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31  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tilted Squares Baby Quilt - Original Design on: September 20, 2006 07:11:38 AM
Here is a baby quilt I made for no baby in particular.  I tend to stockpile them for when the baby explosion comes among my friends and family.

I really like the way the border came out, but I think in future versions I would make the green squares a little smaller and all out of the same fabric. Also, I wanted to alternate the dark and light pink squares, rather than setting them in alternating rows, but I had a hard time planning out the different tilts, if that makes sense. I know how to do it right next time.

32  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My New Fall Diaper Bag on: September 19, 2006 12:27:35 PM
I decided that I needed a pretty, new diaper bag for fall and this is what I came up with:


The outside is pieced and quilted.  This inside has four, large quilted pockets for diapery/kid stuff, and a small zippered pocket and cell phone pocket for my stuff.  It has an adjustable strap, a flap closure with magnetic snap, and a zippered closure on top (thus making the flap redundant).  I'm very happy with how it turned out and have already used it numerous times.  

Interior shots:

33  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Fabric Headbands - with TUTORIAL LINK on: September 04, 2006 07:34:06 AM

I came up with this method for making fabric headbands and decided to try my hand at a tutorial.  It's my first, so I would really appreciate any constructive criticism you have to offer.

The tutorial is hosted on my blog.

If you decide to try making one, I would really like to see a picture of it here!

34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purse from Blue Jeans on: August 11, 2006 07:39:09 AM
Last weekend, I went shopping at a discount clothing store. I was browsing through the petite section when I found a size 24, irregular, pair of Liz Claiborne jeans for $2.99. They must have been reduced at least four times - I couldn't even remove all of the stickers to see the original price! It was such a good price and such a nice, lightweight denim that I had to buy them and give them new life:

35  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bridesmaid Dress into Keepsake Wall Hanging on: August 10, 2006 07:08:45 AM
I'm very pleased with how this turned out.  You can read about the whole process here: http://www.kcquilts.com/blog/2006/08/bridesmaid-dress-revisited.html

36  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scrappy Wall-Hanging on: July 27, 2006 07:43:37 AM
I had some scraps left over from a baby quilt and decided to try my hand at machine applique and machine binding.  Here is the result:


37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Quilted Case for Eyeglasses on: July 26, 2006 09:56:21 AM
My mother-in-law made a request for a new case for her eyeglasses and this is what I came up with.

38  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Need New Top For Coffee Table - Ideas Please!! on: June 24, 2006 06:16:17 AM
I've had this coffee table for many years - it was a hand-me-down.  Nice, white marble.  But it cracked!!

I had to remove the marble and now the table has a sad, unfinished top.  It appears to be stained, but it's not smooth or varnished.  I could just sand it, stain it, and finish it - but that would be so boring!

So my question to you, fellow crafsters, is what the heck can I do with this coffee table that is not too expensive, baby-friendly, and would look fabulous!!??  (tall order, I know)

I thought about getting a piece of plywood and stapling some foam and fabric on top.  That would be baby-friendly, but not fabulous.  An idea my husband had was to get a nice piece of rounded glass to put on top and place pictures underneath.  I immediately took it one step further and had grand ideas about creating a collage right on top of the table, but I've never done a collage before.  I wouldn't even know how to approach it!  Also, where does one get a nice, piece of glass.  I sort of doubt it would fit into my inexpensive criteria Wink.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

39  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My First Original Pattern on: June 15, 2006 06:19:10 AM
OK, so I decided to just go for it and draft a pattern for a puppy.  Here is the result:

I'm hoping to make a second, better, version soon.  You can read about the process of making him and changes I plan on making here.
40  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / College Dorm Quilt on: June 03, 2006 07:28:16 PM
Here is an extra-long twin quilt for my brother-in-law, who will be attending Virginia Tech in the fall (Go Hokies!).  School Colors are orange and maroon.


As you can see, it consists of log cabin blocks set in a traditional barn raising pattern.  I cut 60 2" orange squares, and MANY 2" strips of the cream and maroon fabrics.  I then pieced the strips around the squares to make 60 10.5" blocks.


For those of you who don't know, the beds in college dorms are an unusual size: "extra-long". It's basically a twin bed with an extra 5" on the end. Since a standard quilt size for a twin bed is 65"x95", an extra-long twin quilt would need to be 65"x100".

Now, I don't know about you, but my quilts are never the recommended dimensions. I do try though to get them as close as possible. So, I figured that with 10.5" blocks I could set it in 10 rows with six blocks per row in order to end up with total dimensions of 63"x105".  

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