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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Giant Star Quilt on: January 06, 2012 01:55:48 PM
This quilt was a gift for my aunt and uncle for Christmas. I made it following this tutorial. I love that big blocky look, but I I'd been taught quilt pieces could only be the width of your hand or smaller. Now I've made this quilt I feel comfortable working on a bigger scale. Anyways, on to the pictures!



I wish I'd taken more time with the photos -- I just took these with my iPhone and the colours are off, especially in the paler fabrics, which are not nearly so white. The fabrics for the star were all from Liberty of London and mostly Kaffe Fassett prints. I went to London in August and though that store is unbelieeeeeevably expensive, I had to get some fat quarters and off-cuts as souvenirs.



With my foot to show some sense of scale. Each square is 18"x18".



The back. You can see I didn't quilt it densely at all. I love that look, but I've been having a lot of trouble with puckering lately. I quilted the plain corner squares into eighths.



All folded up and ready to be shipped.



A closeup of the label. I embroidered it all myself and learned a lot of new stitches. T and T are my aunt and uncle's initials. It's a Sublime Stitching design.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Enormous papercut tree wall hanging on: November 21, 2009 06:11:50 AM
I love it! I have been meaning to do something similar because we have sooo much wall space in our house!

Also, I have to note that I am in love with your couch! Wherever did you find it?

This place came furnished, so unfortunately I can't help you with that. I love the look of it but it's the most uncomfortable thing I've ever sat on in my life.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Enormous papercut tree wall hanging on: November 21, 2009 04:18:19 AM
I have my own home for the first time in my life, and I really love it. It has tons of light and really high walls, but those walls are also covered in boring beige wallpaper. Renting doesn't leave me a ton of options, but I made a tree papercut two years ago (has it really been that long?!) for a 12 Days of Christmas swap, and I've always wanted to make for myself since.

Long story short:



It's made from four pieces of a light foam fibreboard and about 5 feet wide by 4 feet tall. I googled for "old tree" because I wanted something that looked windswept and most importantly, had very few leaves. I wound up using this painting. I then drew the outline onto the fibreboard and cut it out. I had a exacto knife but I actually found that simply pressing the pencil deep worked well most of the time, and was also easier around corners.

Here's a close-up:


I drew over this one so you could see more easily where the intersections between the four pieces are:


I was going to use the pencil to make indentations for woodgrain, but decided to leave well enough alone. I flipped the pieces over to hide the pencil marks (that's why it mirrors the painting) and just stuck it up there with copious amounts of scotch tape. Sometimes I think it's a little creepy looking - the black leafless branches kind of remind me of that scene in Snow White where the trees grab at her - but most of the time I really like it.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: bloom quilt on: February 15, 2009 07:49:12 AM
Wow, this is beautiful! I'm going to have to try something like it. I like that the shapes turned out so blocky and mod.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: What are you making for Christmas this year (2008)? on: November 16, 2008 07:22:59 AM
I'm trying to cut back this year, honest, but it seems like this is the year where I've got the most done. I think it's because I started early, or a lot of the stuff was partially done anyway.

Aunt T - gets a shawl that I promised her two Christmases ago. Oops. All it needed was half the edging. Just needs to be blocked.

Aunt S & Uncle P - were going to get Fuzzy Feet (the felted slippers from Knitty) but I found a DVD which is perfect, so I've appropriated the slippers to . .

Mom - is getting almost nothing but handmade. Two pairs of handknit socks, the aforementioned Fuzzy Feet, a mini-shawl and a small quilt. This is what's going to get me, here. The socks need to be Kitchenered and have the ends woven in. The Fuzzy Feet need to be felted. The shawl needs to have half the edging finished (can you tell I don't like edging?). All of these need to be blocked. I also need to do something little with the quilt, what was it? Oh yes, quilt it. I've almost finished the top, so hopefully the quilting won't take too long.

Roommate - a pair of Knucks and a kitty hat. The Knucks need to be blocked and have the ends woven in, and I'm only half way through the hat. If I have the time, I may make it into a bunny hat rather than a kitty hat, something like Molly's hat from the comic Runaways. (Image here.)

Yup, I think that's everything. It seems like there's a lot left to do, but hopefully I can do one huge blocking session and get it over with.

For the first time ever I have more guys to gift than women, which accounts for the smaller number of larger items this year. I have 3 male roommates and 1 female, and as much as I like the guys they aren't nearly as craft-oriented as my female roommate and I. I know they'd appreciate the effort (one of them really liked his Doctor Who scarf last year) but I don't think I could make them something they'd really love. That said, if I get the chance everyone's getting cookies and applesauce along with their presents. I've been collecting jars all year!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Doctor Who Swap on: November 15, 2008 07:21:56 AM
Count me in!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "Ode to Audrey" Crepe-Backed Satin Dress on: January 20, 2008 04:55:12 PM
The dress is gaw-jus and I love what you said about beauty.
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007 Gallery on: December 23, 2007 03:06:03 PM
xx Kellybean those octopi are adorable!

Sewing Lori, I agrre, those dishcloths are frikkin adorable! I can't believe how much patience would be needed to do all that embroidery.

halblingefrau, I keep saving old keyboard keys and am now inspired to make a pair of earrings like yours.

gala_apples, after working on a self-healing mat you'll never go back. I have a little one and a big one and I think they're just magical. (HOW are they not falling to pieces yet?)

stellato_oscuro, those polyclay hooks are wicked! I wonder if you could do that with knitting needles . . .

superhooker, I can't believe that polyclay sushi! The roll with the little red balls (salmon roe?) is pitch-perfect!

MissDisney gets back today! How was your trip?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007 Gallery on: December 22, 2007 09:27:00 AM
TAOJ I'm so glad you like your day 6 stuff but I have to warn you, one of those packages was for day 2! I'm really glad you liked the socks though, I was so worried they wouldn't fit. The brown is just some German sock yarn but the blue is Knitpicks that I dyed myself.  Grin

Oh and I wanted to add the sewn scarf is from the Denyse Schmidt quilting book. It's made using foundation piecing, which I think is mostly used in crazy quilting. Anyway, what it boils down to is a lot more freedom and way less ironing. i wouldn't use it for everything but I really liked learning it.
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: 12 Days Of Christmas Swap 2007(ANGELS for gwenyvarr have been found. Thanks! on: December 21, 2007 07:04:18 AM
Day 5 (yes, I'm up early AGAIN) was a bunch of great supplies. I got a pin cushion, a roll-up case for DPNs, a quilting ruler/template, and roving and a drop spindle! Now I'm off to Knitty to see if I can find some instructions because OMG MUST START RIGHT NOW.
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