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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Asian Influenced Lime and Purple and Lap Quilt on: February 09, 2009 01:09:01 PM
Here is a little quilt I made for my goddaughter, Sophie, just to celebrate my new sewing machine (Brother Innovis NX-450).  It's just amazing to have a machine that actually *works*.  (Previous machine = vintage 1972 Sears Kenmore.)

Anyway, this is a lime and purple strip quilt with fabrics depicting little Japanese girls in kimonos.  I put a green polka-dot flannel on the back to make it cozy to sit under.  And I quilted it in a random set of crooked lines I thought might resemble chop sticks.  I actually don't know how to machine quilt yet so this was the best I could come up with.

Here's the finished product:



Here's a closeup of some of the fabrics:



And here's the back with the "chopstick" machine quilting:



All I have left to do is put a signature square on the back!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Roosters on a Pink Farm Tablecloth on: January 02, 2009 10:12:00 AM
I found this crazy fabric at Joanne's on the weird stuff table--electric green, yellow and orange roosters on a pink background.  So ugly it's fabulous.  Take a look:



I decided to do a tablecloth for my pink and green dining room, adding some lime green rickrack around the edge (yes, I'm the rickrack queen):



Here's the finished product.  I think it's the perfect antidote to January in New England:



3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Retro Strawberry Coaster + Stitch & Botch on: January 02, 2009 09:17:37 AM
Trying to make some homey stuff this long weekend despite a serious sewing machine meltdown.  I completed one very cool retro strawberry coaster complete with rick-rack and some pretty decent hand-sewing.

Second photo shows the first stitch & botch attempt on this project.  Maybe I can stuff this one with catnip and recycle it as a cat toy?



4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pretty paperback book holders from old pasta boxes on: February 24, 2007 10:43:27 AM
I was trying to figure out how to make my old ratty paperbacks look a little better on the bookshelf.  Something along the lines of those magazine holders, but smaller.  Couldn't find anything to buy, so decided to tackle it myself.

It turns out pasta boxes are just the right size, and are a plentiful commodity at my house!  I cut down two to shape, taped them together, and covered them with wrapping paper.  It came together in about 20 minutes--no fuss or frustration.

I plan to make a bunch of these, maybe with authors' names, etc., printed on the spines.  I'd be happy to put together a tutorial if anyone is interested.





5  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Collegiate Sweater for My New Pup on: February 06, 2007 07:20:59 AM
I just got a new little dog named Tate--a rescue who traveled from Louisiana to live with me in Boston.  He's adorable and sweet, but having a wee bit of trouble getting used to the New England winter.

He needed a good snuggly (hand-knit) sweater, but none of my other dog sweaters fit him--he's got that hot-dog shape.  So I had to get busy right away knitting him something.  I used some yarn I had and ended up with this bi-color sweater that makes him look like a little college athlete:



The maroon part is in a baby cable that stretches like ribbing.  The orange part is in horizontal stripes of garter stitch with a little maroon accent (woven in afterwards).  The neck is a curled stockinette stitch that I put on most of my doggie sweaters.

It fits him perfectly!  I had to bring the underside way up to provide him with plenty of weewee clearance--he was peeing all over all the other sweaters.  Shocked  So here it is on its own:



And I'm already at work on another sweater for him, this one in avocado green...
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Some cutesy animal embroidery! on: January 25, 2007 08:09:36 PM
I bought this book called "Sublime Stitching" that gives the basics of embroidery and then has a ton of fun transfers in the back.  Before I even stitched any of those, I got busy on the internet and found a bunch of wonderful patterns that you can print out and trace with dressmaker's paper (from needlecrafter.com).

So I made up some fun kitchen towels.  Here's one of some bluebirds:



Here's a black kitten:



And here's a scruffy little dog that looks just like my dog Trudy:



These are so fun to do because they're so QUICK!

Thanks for looking  Wink

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Kitsch Strawberries in the Kitchen on: January 23, 2007 10:43:16 AM
I got excited over some strawberry dish towels I got on eBay and decided to make a window treatment out of one of them.  I've got this retro strawberry thing going on in my kitchen.

I had to cut the towel into three pieces, so rather than try to hide the seams in a big ruffly thing, I displayed them boldly by lining them up with a scalloped bottom.  The places where the strawberries are sliced at the seam is a little unfortunate, but oh well.  Then I went wild with the rick-rack.

Here's a link to a photo:

8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Need to find a little box with drawers on: January 06, 2006 01:03:37 PM
Where can I find a little mini-box with drawers...the kind you kept your precious trinkets in when you were a kid?  Everything I see is some big elaborate jewelry box.  I want to to do some kind of paper/fabric/collage on it so I just want something cardboard or plastic.  If you've seen any around, let me know!

Thanx.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Rehabbed Pet Bed--Faux Fur Forever! on: January 04, 2006 12:24:07 PM
Hi everyone--I'm new here, but totally inspired by all your outstanding work!

Just a couple of nights ago I rehabbed a pet bed that I was contemplating throwing away.  This was an expensive bed I bought at Chiasso and my dogs and cats loved it.  But the fleece top had worn completely thread-bare, mostly from my digging chihuahua.

So I got a piece of spotty brown-and-white faux fur and stitched it on over the existing top using heavy-duty thread and a big needle.  It was actually a *&#$% kind of project because I kept stabbing myself with the needle and having to tell chihuahua to get off the bed while I was working on it.

But it turned out pretty well and now it's in front of the radiator in the dining room.  And the critters are squabbling over who gets to sit on it next...which brings up the question--why do they love faux fur so much??

Here's the bed:
http://web.mit.edu/edowning/www/bed2.jpg

http://web.mit.edu/edowning/www/bed1.jpg

The best part is that Trudy the terrier has discovered she can sit there and be invisible:

http://web.mit.edu/edowning/www/bed3.jpg

Thanks for looking!
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