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1  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Pirates argghhhh Kid Vests on: May 12, 2009 09:27:19 AM
I know its not much but I wanted to share the costumes we did for a pirate themed birthday party.

The baby got only a scarf and an earring.  We still thought he was pretty cute!  somebody at the party compared him to the travelocity gnome!



Here is my oldest:



I made his and 2more vests on my own.  I used a large sheet of paper and sort of outlined a shirt and then freehand drew it from there.  After I sewed the pieces together I trimmed anything that was uneven.  I did not finish any of the edges to give it a more rough look and I did all three in less than an hour! 

My husband cut out 3 cardboard swords and we covered them with foil and electrical tape at the handles.  The costumes were a big hit with the kids!



My middle son and then following is the birthday boy with his vest and sword



Thanks for looking!

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Elephants Galore! (pic heavy) on: February 04, 2009 07:12:09 AM
When my partner asked for elephant stuffies I knew that I had to try.  I went on a net wide search for the perfect pattern and I settled on Rumpled Quilt Skins  http://www.rumpledquiltskins.com/wwwrumpledquiltskinscom/2008/6/23/elephant-pattern.html

This post inspired me  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=205598.0

So without further ado here they are:











The three cloth ones have names.  The purple one I finished first and did with mostly machine stitching.  My son named him Enoch!
The blue and black one is for my other son and he was named Chance.  I did all the quilting this time by hand.   (The quilting helps give the Elephant a wrinkled appearance!)  The pink patterned one is for my swap partner and I named her Ruby.  I did the quilting and most of the seams by hand since she was smaller.  Each elephant took at least 10 hours from start to finish.  The last little guy was sculpted in polymer clay and then painted.  He was also for a swap, but he got broken  in transit Cry.   Thanks for looking!   Comments are most appreciated!   

oh and I found the pattern for sale on Etsy.  I can't wait to get the tiger pattern that I ordered and start making some tigers!
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Tracy from Hairspray on: December 29, 2008 07:31:16 PM
I made this for the 12 days of Christmas Swap.  I found a line drawing I liked and reinterpreted it for back stitching on aida cloth.  I hope you like it!  I thought is was something I could just whip up, but I ended up spending about 6 hours on the pattern and stitching.   Shocked

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / another inchies swap? on: October 16, 2008 05:04:04 PM
So while I was stalking darkladymajesta for the dotee doll 3 swap, I noticed a cool swap I would have loved to join.  Inchies Exchange!   http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216385.0  (started by rackycoo)

I loved this post, showing how a bunch of inchies made some really interesting wall art.  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=268943.0

The other thing I really like is the low cost of materials and shipping. 

so is this fad over?  are others interested? 
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help! I need some ideas for borders/ finishing a quilt top on: April 28, 2008 01:14:09 PM
I found this great transitions fabric at a Hancock Fabrics store, and had like a midnight inspiration on what I wanted to do with it.   Here is the finished result:





Unfortunately its only about 2 feet by 3 feet.  Sad    I don't have any more fabric and the whole piece was MUCH more of a pain in the but than I expected.     I did find this fabric that I like that has a lot of the same colors.   Is it too busy?   I do have more of the bright orange.   should I add orange and then a border of this?  or skip it and stay with some more solid looking colors/prints....   hmmmm


6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tiny lighthouse picture on: February 19, 2008 01:22:51 PM
I used a foundation pieced pattern and I thought it wouldn't take me very long!   Turns out there are lots and lots of fabric pieces  (i think more than 40!)    I made it for my husband who I generally hate to craft for, because I don't really know if he likes it or not.   I think he likes this one..  I hope so anyway Huh
It was so tiny I didn't actually quilt it, but framed it as is with a little batting behind it.  I think the frame is for a 4x6 picture.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My son's tractor quilt on: February 19, 2008 01:19:01 PM
I actually made this quilt some time ago, but I kept forgetting to take pictures.   Paul (age 4) loves his blanket and sleeps with it every night!  Of course now little brother wants his own, so i am working on a dinosaur one for Kyle.
I am pretty sure that this is the second quilt I have made.  (i have made a couple mini wall hangings too)  I am still a little scared of machine quilting and too lazy to hand quilt so it is both quilted and tied.




8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / **my first quilt ** galaxy pattern ** gift for my sister -lots of images on: December 11, 2007 03:30:13 PM










this website was my inspiration

http://www.geocities.com/pcpiecers/galaxystar.html

I used auto cad to resize and print all of my foundation papers. 
I also tie died the backing. 
I am really, really happy with the piecing of my quilt; but I wish I had spent more time on the quilting. 
I learned a lot and i am excited to make more quilts.   
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