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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Needs to be Quilted and I'm stuck on: January 28, 2012 01:31:02 PM
I'm stuck on what type of quilting pattern to use. I had thought about doing something free form, just not sure i want to tackle that on something this large. I think the wall I used to hang that from is 6' or so... taller than me anyways.

So any ideas on how to quilt this bad boy?

2  California / California: North / Fabric/quilting store Cupertino San Jose area on: May 01, 2011 04:34:07 PM
Heading to San Jose and will hopefully be getting some fabric to make a cousina quilt. So any store suggestions?

Looking fr mix of contemporary andctraditional lines with a decent jelly roll selection.

Thanks circumstance help =)
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Cupertino/San Jose quilt stores. on: May 01, 2011 04:12:42 PM
So I'm heading up to San Jose for a little r and r and was wondering if anyone had some quilting/fabric stores they could recommend. And I'm not alkin joannes here ;-p

I'd like a good mix of contemporary and traditional lines and a decent selection of jelly rolls.

I'm gonna try and have some relatives pitch in for fabric so I can make a quilt for my cousin and her hubby. And would like a one stop shop with a decent rounded selection.

Thanks for the help!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Color blocking with a felt wall? on: May 01, 2011 02:44:59 PM
So I'm doing my fist jellyroll quilt. I was just going to randomly organize the block pieces and let the chips fall where they may... Buuut... I'm looking at the parts and am wondering if a couple of black felt sheets on the wall are in order to make sure the color combos work.

So I'm nit sure if it's worth it? Do I just go with my piles as they are or take the time to organize each block on the scale of the quilt?

The OCD part of me is really excited about this ad s jumping up and down frantically waving it's hands in the air saying... 'Me oh Me... Pick MEEEE!' but. The lazy couch potato side is like whateva... They will love it regardless.

So which side wins Miss OCD or Miss whateva?

Looking for experience to see if it's worth the effort and time to lay out the blocks and overall composition on a felt wall or if I should just purveyor thing together balls to the wall?

Thanks for the advice =)

Ps I'm using the 'Floral Bouquet' (pg. 70) pattern from heh... 'Jelly Roll Quilts' by Pam and Nicky Lintott if you were curious to have a peek at what I'm doing and happen to have the book. It will also be a variation in that the background is brown and the flowers are brightish blues and oranges.
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Thrifted Table to Turkish Delight on: January 01, 2010 12:09:12 PM
So I happened to be at the thrift store- donating items- I was a little miffed someone was in front of me but I pulled in and started to get ready to unload... the people in front of me started to take this beauty out of the car... I asked if I could have it and the Thrift Store Gods said unto me... 'This is the table you will be working with' obviously I was ecstatic- I think I went in and bought something- because I just yanked a sale from them and all...



Clip art book- it was my grandmothers and it just so happened to fit in to my 'evil plan' mwhahahaha! Let the planning begin!



So after flipping and scanning and melding 2 different pages... this is what I came up with.



My roomie and I went to JoAnne's in search of the perfect color palette... and this is what we came up with. I wanted it to be somewhat muted... 'burnt' type colors with punches of color.


And yeah... I did actually do a colored version using the afore mentioned color palette in Photoshop to come up with the overall color scheme.



So after melding my ideas for the top a quick trip to Kinko's got me my full size output for photo transfer- which involves flipping your output toner side down and then rub acetone onto a rag so the toner is released to the surface it's in contact with... well in theory that's how it's supposed to work.



And after a quick test I had 'determined' that a photo transfer would work just fine on the finished surface- well as I you can tell I was owned by the table... sigh...





The colors on top of the newly sanded table top and mostly successful photo transfer of my copied design.



A shot showing the table in the final stages. After filling in the outlined areas I had to go back and outline the square edges and then I need to go back and line the inner circle edges.

And a detail shot of said outlining. My straight edge isn't that great so I'm just going to add it has character and you can tell it wasn't made by a machine ;-D



And here you can see the progression of me adding the colors to the transferred design center. Some areas I had to guess as the transfer wasn't 100% (probably needed to sand a tad more?)



And I pretreated and stained the table last night... so that makes it mostly done I think I'll add another few coats of polyurethane or use a 2 part epoxy to get a better protective coat on the top. Hopefully I can have it all done by this weekend or Monday.










6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Need to paint a table- no idea where to start on: December 03, 2009 11:39:58 AM
Howdy!

So I have this table:




and a picture from Flickr which is my inspiration:


And this book with 'Authentic' Turkish Designs


I scanned a few of the drawings and came up with a top


and side stencil


I'm not sure how to get the stencil to the table top so I can add paint... I was thinking I would add graphite to the back of the paper once I print it out full size: 26"x26" so I could trace the lines to the table and then start stippling. Any paint type suggestions ie.. acrylic, oil...  would be greatly appreciated too. I was also thinking I might need to lightly sand the top so the paint will stick better- but I'm not sure? After it's painted I was going to add a few coats of clear Minwax Polycrylic to seal it all.

Let me know if I should do anything different or if you have any other suggestions.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Monkey Zombie on: November 19, 2009 01:21:58 PM
So a friend of mine wanted a sock monkey for her hubby as a present. She and her whole family love zombies so it seemed only natural that her monkey had to be a zombie!

First you take some mutant bits from your stash of left over bits from previous stuffie projects... like so...


You take said bits and start assembling them into a sceery zombie...


Then you take a frosty beverage break...


And after much sewing and slashing and darning you end up with a zombie fit to eat anyone's face off =D


And then the zombie decides to explore the grounds so he can get a lay of the land to report back to his other zombie buddies.




And a few close ups of the slashes and gashes...




And what zombie wouldn't want to have a furry vest... =D


and in the process of looking around mr zombie seems to have lost part of a leg- ewww...


Hope I'm safe while I wait to deliver this zombie goodness to my friends family
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Prom dress to skirt questions on: November 12, 2009 11:28:57 AM
So I have a thrifted lined prom dress and I am taking the bodice off to make it into a skirt. I didn't look before I took out the zipper I'm thinking I need to sew the zipper to the outter fabric then tak the lining to the zipper?
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Polo the Playa Sock Monkey on: October 11, 2009 09:15:13 PM
Thanks Hot Monkey Sox for helping me make a new friend. See ya next year!



My New born friend:



Polo Poses for his Portrait!



Our time around the playa:



Soon The Man burns!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Retro Butterick 5032 1952 Dress on: October 11, 2009 02:11:54 PM
A friend of mine recently got married and she asked me to make my own bridesmaid dress. After a lengthy email illmination we both decided Butterick 5032 was just the ticket for my dress. I wanted a fitted bodice top and fairly full skirt. Little did we know that the full skirt is actually a seperate piece- no matter options are good.

Here's the pattern envelope picture: We had both decided the black dress was the final look we wanted but time got away from me and I ended up making hte yellow version with out the belt.



And some finished pictures of the dress at the wedding.





oopsy- messy me


I'll eventually wear all the pieces so as I get more pics I'll update this post. Thanks for looking and comments are always welcome
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