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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / quilted cowboy pillow on: June 02, 2010 05:55:47 PM

    This pillow was a gift for my Dad, who loves cowboy movies.  The sunset fabrics are at slightly different angles, and the sun, land, and cowboy are raw edge appliqued.  Then I just stitched in the ditch to quilt it.  My own pattern. Smiley  My Dad loves it and has it in this chair where he sits and watches westerns. Smiley




2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted throw with applique flowers on: April 11, 2010 05:15:20 PM

I have been experimenting with raw edge applique.  I found the website for "don't look now" quilts and was inspired.  These flowers and the bird are adapted from a free pattern on that website.  I used steam-a-seam and raw edge applique for the flowers and then did free motion quilting for the stems of the flowers.  It is hard to see in the pictures, but I did free motion stippling all over with some cloud patterns mixed in.

It wasn't too hard, I would encourage you all to try it yourself.

Quilt fearlessly!!!





3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / It's sew time!!!!! on: August 07, 2008 01:52:46 PM
I love to watch Project Runway, even though I don't know how to sew clothes.  Everytime I go to my craft room to quilt or do other fabric crafts I always say that thing Heidi says on Project Runway, "It's Sew Time".  I couldn't think of a better quote to hang up in my craft room.



Above is a picture of it in a frame for my room.  I made up the pattern.  The letters are slightly altered from some I found in a book of alphabets.  In the corners are little log cabin blocks.  I sewed on a fabric "border" just like I would for a quilt.


This is a little closer so you can see how I did the border and the little log cabin corners.


Even closer you can see that there are flowers and a little bee in the letters.

I had so much fun making this!
Enjoy!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My variation on the calorimetry pattern *****Pattern now included on: April 09, 2008 12:01:09 PM
My sister's bf has long dreads, and I make him calorimetry head bands all the time.  I make them nice and big for all his hair (using a smaller version of the pattern on knitty.com).  Come to find out, my sis has been yoinking his head bands to wear for herself.  But they are too big, and all the bulk under her hair makes it stick out funny. 

So anyway, here is my smaller variation on the calorimeter.

From straight on, so you can see the ribbing and that it is skinner than usual:


From the side, so you can see the cute buttons.  They really work, so you can adjust for big/little heads:


From the side with my hair up, so you can see the full glory of the wood buttons.  You can also see that it is very skinny on the part that goes under your hair.  I find this more comfortable.


And finally laying down so you can see what the under-strap looks like:


What do you think?  If anyone is interested, I think I could come up with a pattern. Smiley

****Edit:  Now includes pattern:
This is a modification of an original pattern by Kathryn Schoendorf from knitty.com

I used ~worsted weight (or a little bigger) yarn and size 7 needles. 

Black_Buffalo Calorimetry
CO 64 sts
r1:  work sts in 2x2 rib.
r2:  work in 2x2 rib as set to last 2 sts, turn work.
r3:  Sl 1, work 3 sts, place marker, work to last 2 sts, turn work.
r4:  Sl 1, work 3 sts, place second marker, work to next marker, turn work.
r5:   remove marker, sl 1, work 3 sts, replace marker, work to next marker, turn work.
repeat r5 4 more times (you can repeat more or less times depending on how wide you want it.  Make sure you do it an even # of times)
r6:  Do not remove marker, Sl 1, work to next marker, turn work.
r7:  Sl 1, work to marker, remove marker, work 4 sts, replace marker, turn work.
repeat r7 until 2 sts remain outside the markers at each end.
r8:  Sl 1, work to marker, remove marker, work last 2 sts.
work 1 more row, removing final marker.
Loosely BO all sts, but don't cut the yarn!
At the end of the piece, Pick up 4 sts (this will be the under-part of the headband)
Do combos of knit and purl rows so you have a 2x2 rib to match the large part of the headband.
Continue for about 6 inches (or whatever fits your head)
BO and work in loose ends.
Attach buttons.
(pattern adapted by Daria Kluver)

5  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My first Ami. What did I do wrong!!?? on: April 03, 2008 06:54:42 AM
Hello.  This was my first attempt at an amigurumi and it is supposed to be a monkey.
 I used a pattern from the Ana Rimoli book (which is very cute and easy to follow),
but my monkey doesn't look like the animals in her book.  What did I do wrong?


He is not nice and round, but kinda squareish and wonky. 

Here you can see all his wonky-ness:



Here he is helping me type this post:


And here he is riding the cat.  (he fancies himself a cowboy):


I can see the stuffing in his belly.  And he doesn't seem to have a neck.
Should I crochet tighter??

I appreciate any suggestions!!!  Thanks!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Are you ready for spring? on: February 20, 2008 01:43:03 PM
I finished my masters thesis in the spring and wanted to make a quilt to have in my office as a momento.  I got this fabric around the time I finished and just threw it together for a quick office quilt.  I am working on my PhD, so I don't have that much time.


nothing too fancy on the piecing, but I did stipple the whole thing, except the red blocks, which got squares in them.  I think that difference in the red blocks gave it a neat 3D effect.


Enjoy!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / quilted tote bag with cool batik fabric on: February 09, 2008 04:14:35 PM
I made this tote bag for my sister.  The batik fabrics are bright and vibrant, but the orange is very earthy and hip, which makes the purple pop.



I don't know if you can tell in these pictures, but the outside of the tote is quilted with a swirly pattern, with purple thread.  There are several pockets inside, some the purple lining color, and some the outside color.


the coolest thing- for my Bday, a friend made me labels to sew inside my stuff, so here is a label!!!


I hope you like it.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Awesome French Braid Quilt!!! on: February 08, 2008 07:57:09 AM
I made this quilt for my Brother and Sister in law for Christmas.  It took me 6 months!  Mainly because it is queen sized and I machine quilted it on my little bernina machine.

However, it was worth it!  The pictures look nice, but in person the quilt is breathtaking!  The colors graduate from yellow to a mix of yellows and blues, to dark blue.

Here is my Brother and Sister-in-law with the quilt:

I really wanted to make this a special quilt because my brother sews.  Mainly sails and outdoor gear.  But, he made the curtains in their bedroom and they are dark blue.  So I wanted the quilt to match with that.
9  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Pretty and Purple on: October 09, 2006 07:01:57 AM
A pretty I made for my sister's Bday...


Action shot (altho oddly pixelated, but that makes it look kinda cool)


My hubby helped pick out the beads!!
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / tomato pin cushions on: June 30, 2006 08:15:45 AM
I made some pin cushions using different fabric than the typical red tomato.   There is a purple swirl pattern with green top, orange pattern with yellow top, and red/black paisley pattern with black top.

I have been making them as fun little gifties for friends who sew.
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