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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Selvage Projects on: April 09, 2009 08:02:07 PM
I can't stand to throw anything away! I also like to use cast-off scraps and trimmings in my work, too. I have been saving my selvages, which are those fabric ends with color dots and the designer and manufacturer's names.  Here is an example of what selvages look like.


So what do you make with these?  Here's a quilted chicken pincushion:


and a selvage basket:


and a selvage quilt- in progress (before my quilting):


Btw, there are others out there who also make things with selvage edges, including a quilting book by Karen Griska, in case you are intrigued by the idea of quilting with discarded fabric or Green Quilting.  Carla
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 2 sided Decorator Fabric Comforter quilted! on: April 02, 2009 08:07:55 AM
A friend came over and I helped her by quilting her 2 decorator fabrics into a king size comforter.  She is going to now bind them with cording and decorative edging, but here are the pics:


Here is another shot of the top:


and the back:


This project took 2 people due to the heavy weight and size of the project.  Thanks for looking!

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted bag with freeform beading on: March 30, 2009 08:03:37 AM
I decided I needed a decorative new small shoulder bag to hold my iphone, credit card, and ID.  The embellishment is freeform beading, in case anyone is curious.  I also quilted the batik fabric before cutting it up.  Today, I am attaching the shoulder strap so I may wear it across my body.... Thanks for looking!



close up of the embellishment:

14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Freeform Beaded Project with Copper Enamel Pendant on: March 29, 2009 07:23:45 PM


I made the freeform beaded piece to attach to my quilted iphone bag. I have way too many bracelets or cuffs, so I thought I would add it to the quilted piece instead.  Functional and decorative!  Here is a larger picture:


If anyone is into freeform peyote, I have a tutorial on my blog for beginners at http://featheredfibers.wordpress.com/2008/04/15/freeform-beading-tutorial/    Thanks, Carla
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Star Guild Opportunity Quilt (image heavy) on: March 28, 2009 09:28:31 AM
Finally finished this one for a local guild. The request was for a 2 sided quilt, which can be challenging.  Anyway, this quilt took me 2 weeks to finish the quilting, so now I can rest!

Here is the "before" picture.  Notice how many threads I used, plus the extra fullness in the black fabric:



And the "after" picture:



Here is the back of the quilt:




Here's the corner of the quilt:


Thanks for looking!  Regards, Carla
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / feathered star quilt on: March 19, 2009 10:39:48 PM
I finished the quilting on this one last weekend.  It is for a local guild; they are giving it to their outgoing president.  I gave it a traditional look to match the piecing and fabric:



and a closer look:



I love all quilts- art quilts, landscapes, traditional, wholecloths, and crazy quilt, too.  I also like to make quilted purses and make things using the selvage edges with the colored dots and manufacturer info.  I also teach classes at my local quilt store covering a wide variety of topics, this Saturday I'll be teaching this easy slash quilt:


happy quilting!  Carla


17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / cell phone bag on: March 05, 2009 07:35:25 AM
Hello,  I lost my first iphone, so I made this cell phone bag so I wouldn't lose it again.  It also is good in those situations when all you need is your phone, ID, and credit card:



and this pic was taken before I added my strap:



I really love all the projects here in this section...  I'm a purse junkie, so I can appreciate the items posted.   Thanks, Carla
18  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Silver Ice Tong necklace on: March 04, 2009 07:51:30 PM
Hello, I found a decorative pair of silver ice tongs at my local thrift store.  I cut it apart using a jewelry saw, then sanded it smooth.  A hole was drilled to hang a butterfly charm, but any decorative element could be used in place of the butterfly.  Here is the finished project:



Carla
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Freeform Crochet Scarf on: March 04, 2009 07:29:15 PM
Hello, I thought I would post a picture of a freeform crochet scarf:



I love to crochet, but find myself drawn to freeform work. 

Regards,

Carla

20  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / copper beaded bracelet on: March 04, 2009 05:56:36 PM
Hello, I'm a longtime lurker, so I decided to de-lurk and post some jewelry projects.  This first one started life as a copper sheet:



I formed it using a hydraulic press after texturing the metal, filed and sanded the edges, then patina-ed the metal using white oak sawdust and some household chemicals.  Here are 2 more, a brass and a copper bracelet after the patination process:



Last step was to add the beads.

Regards,
Carla

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