It turned out great and I can't believe that I finished it two weeks early! She picked it out and the instructions in the magazine were absolutely terrible. The first problem was that the pattern was extremely small, like baby sized and so I had to use some trial and error to figure out how much to enlarge it for my 10 year old. Fortunately, I am kind of experienced, so I figured out what to do.
I love the cherry on top headband:
I used synthetic ecofelt for the whole thing. I think it all cost less than 10 dollars because I had an old sweatshirt from a past halloween costume waiting to be used.
My mom got this kit for me several years ago when we were browsing a large quilt show.
It came from THIS COMPANY. This project is the one that got me started in embroidery several years ago. I'd done lots of cross stitch years ago and gave that up for a quilting obsession that lasted for awhile. I also learned the chain stitch when I did this project and that has since become my very favorite stitch.
I had this about 3/4ths done for several years and decided this Mothers Day was finally the time for me to get it all finished up. She's known about it all these years and when she redecorated her living room recently after an actual trip to South Africa, she mentioned it and I promised that soon she would be totally surprised when I'd present her with the cutest pillow ever.
I used the threads that came with the kit. They are not quite pearl cotton and are of varying thicknesses and are quite fuzzy. I really like the way the stitching looks on the black background. This pillow is looking really cute on my own living room sofa, so it will be hard to give away!
I made this piece of geekery for a product review. I was trying out Quilters Interfacing which is interfacing with grid lines to facilitate the making of watercolor quilts or pixelated quilts.
You may not already know this, but when googling pixelated video game images, the term "sprite" is very useful.
Here is a 1-Up mushroom form Super Mario. Catch him and you get an extra life!
If you are highly motivated, you can read my product review at Craft Critique HERE.
Quilters Interfacing is found near the cutting table with the other interfacings at your sewing shop. I found it really easy to use, except that trimming and pressing the seam allowances is a pain. My mushroom is made on a 2 inch grid. The finished pixels are 1.5 inches after sewing. You ciuld also do this really small with the 1-inch gridded interfacing so that you end up with 1/2 inch pixels.
This pattern was in my Nov/Dec 2008 issue of Crochet Today. I thought it would be easy, but that snowflake was tricky! I stopped trying to use the written out pattern and switched to the pattern chart and it was a lot easier.
Thank goodness for pattern charts! Mine is made with Red Heart Acrylic, but the white is some sort of unknown fuzzy stuff I had lying around.
You draw on fabric with Sharpies (I suppose you can also use other types of permanent markers. I happen to have a lot of Sharpies.) Draw a design that is at least an inch in diameter. More ink bleeds more. Drip rubbing alcohol into the center of the design and watch the ink bleed out to beautiful effect. (I'm informed that rubbing alcohol is known as surgical spirit in the UK.) Use alcohol with a low water content for better results 70% or 90% alcohol.
We used a straw instead of a medicine dropper to drip the alcohol, you only need a few drops for each design. It does have a strong smell! After a few minutes, we could remove our creations from the glass and lay them on an old towel to dry completely.
We used some muslin and a cut up old sheet for our fabric. My daughter already made a card for her teacher out of some of our lovely sharpie color bursts.
Heat set with an iron or in the clothes dryer. Be sure the alcohol is completely dry as it is very flammable!
The marshmallow is slightly stuffed. I used Ecofelt, which is that stuff that is made from recycled plastic bottles. It is really easy to find this kind of felt.
I machine stitched them because one cannot handstitch everything, especially for a bulk order! the components are handstitched together so they fold open and I handstitched the chocolate letter monograms on the front. Closed, these can also be used as pincushions.
I made these Amy Butler Birdie Sling Totes for my mom and mother-in-law for Mother's Day recently:
In April my mom and I went to the big quilt show in Paducah, Kentucky and we had fun going through the fabrics at the remnant table at Hancock's of Paducah. I used some of our favorite fabrics by Kaffe Fasset for these bags.
This Amy Butler Pattern was pretty easy to make. You can't tell in these pictures, but the tote is quite large: