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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Blue and White Kaleidoscope Quilt on: May 26, 2010 10:29:52 AM
I finished this quilt last night, after starting it one week ago. I'd been daydreaming about it all through exams and started cutting pieces out the first day I got home! It's a kaleidoscope quilt block. I pieced the top together on my machine and then hand-quilted it (you can't see it in this photo, but I quilted a labyrinth onto it). It's bound with the backing fabric and is roughly 5 ft x 5 ft.



I'm pretty happy. My quilting isn't amazing, but it's my first time hand-quilting something so large. It's going to decorate my apartment for the summer, and I'm going to give it to a good friend of mine come fall. What do y'all think?
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / a 'thanks for the summer residence' gift? on: May 18, 2008 07:17:22 PM
Hey

I'm going to be spending 2.5 months this summer with my boyfriend's family in Maine where I'll be working (I live in FL). I've met his family (mom, dad, and sister) once before and only for a few days. They're all really nice and chill, and also invited me to stay with them before they'd even met me. I'm driving up in two weeks and want to bring them something, but it has to be able to travel well.

I don't know all that much about them, but here goes:
-they're into sports (loyalties to Boston teams)
-his dad's a bit of a hippy
-his mom likes gardening, takes care of two little girls for a living
-sister is a sophomore in high school, plays field hockey, basketball, and tennis
-also, his mom is pre-diabetic, lactose intolerant, and has an allergy to wheat, so baking anything would be hard.

Ideas? Cost is not too prohibitive (I'm a college student, but it's two plus months and I don't think they'll let me pay rent or anything). I'm just at a loss for ideas. I can sew well, do general crafty stuff, cook, can make books and cards and three-dimensional paper 'sculptures', and could learn something new!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / any advice? antebellum-style draped skirt on: January 21, 2007 05:57:28 PM
I really want to make this dress- does anyone know how to do the bottom of the skirt?  I was thinking to just gather it near the bottoms of the seams, but I've never done anything like that before and I don't really know how.

Thanks, y'all!



(I found this dress on thefrock.com, btw)
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