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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Halloween Quilt! on: October 26, 2011 12:18:22 PM
I'm still a beginning quilter, this is my third quilt. Sorry I haven't posted the others yet! I'm so in love with this halloween quilt, even if it was pretty simple and quick. I added rid rac to the inside border of each middle square, and quilted each square with a free-motion spiderweb. Otherwise, I kept the quilting pretty simple since I backed it with minky and wanted to retain the soft squishiness. Backing it with minky wasn't as scary and difficult as I thought. I used June Taylor basting spray (they should call it "holy crap this stuff is sticky!!") and it all held together perfectly.



Spiderweb quilting


Minky!

Loki says "Okay, NOW it can be Halloween!"
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Symetrie hat of happiness on: September 13, 2011 11:21:27 AM
I finished my Symetrie hat (pattern by Woolly Wormhead)! The yarn is Knitpicks Chroma fingering weight in Lollipop. Yummy!


Why, Mom? Why would you do this to me?

Yeah, that's right. Laugh it up. I know where you sleep.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Non-hideous knitting pillow on: September 03, 2011 02:17:44 PM
I got tired of fighting with pillows to properly support me while knitting/embroidering in bed, and finally had enough. I deal with chronic neck pain (and headaches), and needed some proper support. I didn't want to go out and buy a back rest pillow (they're ugly, hard to store...oh, who am I kidding? I was just lazy and didn't want to leave the house!) so I drafted up a pattern and went for it! What do you guys think? Should I write up a tutorial?
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Glow in the dark firefly tree on: August 23, 2011 12:10:36 AM
My sister is CRAZY for glow in the dark anything. When I saw that Sublime Stitching had a pack of glow in the dark floss, I HAD to get it. About two hours later, this is what I came up with. What do you think?



IN THE DARK!!!


I know it doesn't look like the tidiest work in the world, but that floss is a bit tricky to work with. It was really fun though! Practice makes better. Smiley
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Custom sheet set *with link to pillowcase tutorial* on: July 05, 2011 11:30:16 AM
Remember these pillowcases I made recently with the tutorial? http://www.bclef.com/2011/06/fastest-easiest-pillowcase-ever.html

Well, I decided I needed sheets to match.  Basically, I just took a white topsheet from Ikea (the high thread count one...I have my standards. Wink ) and applied the same approach as the pillowcases to hide the seam and raw edges. I swear, at this rate I'm going to run out of vintage ribbon, and then I'll be really sad! But I love these sheets, they make me very happy. I'll be posting the tutorial on my blog in the next day or two in case you want to make some yourself! The best part is, by keeping the fitted sheet plain white, I can just buy white topsheets and have lots of different styles and colors to change out! YAY!




What do you think?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fastest, easiest, coolest pillowcase ever *with link to free tutorial* on: June 25, 2011 10:25:44 PM
I've been seeing a bunch of pillowcases popping up on crafting blogs lately, and it totally inspired me to make my own. If you like it, I wrote up a tutorial on my blog! I love being able to use the vintage ribbon from garage sales I've found. Cheesy  The best part is, there's no exposed seams, and each pillowcase only took about 20 minutes! You can checK it out here: http://www.bclef.com/2011/06/fastest-easiest-pillowcase-ever.html




What do you think? I think it's going to brighten up my day, getting to sleep with these. Smiley
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / The garage sailor pouch *with link to tutorial* on: June 16, 2011 03:48:16 PM
I wanted to design a pouch for hitting the garage sales without hauling a purse with me. Then I thought how funny it would be to have a hidden pocket for those times you don't want a seller to know you actually CAN afford to pay $2 instead of the $1 that you're offering. Wink so here's what I came up with! Like it? I wrote up a tutorial on how to make your own on my blog.



8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / The dog bed that was meant to be... on: June 11, 2011 09:51:36 PM
Since I moved back in with my parents last summer, I was using two ginormous bulky dog beds at the foot of my bed for the "kids". It didn't leave much space at all, and just wasn't very attractive. I started this project a couple of months ago, but lost steam. I was mad at myself for letting this sit for so long without completing it. It took such a short time to create the top out of the squares, and there it sat. Just the poor lonely top. I even cut the side strips out of black fleece, but a couple of months had passed and I must have lost two of the strips.

Today, I got the proverbial "bug up my butt" to FINISH IT ALREADY!! I discovered that I did NOT have enough black duck cloth (heavy canvas) to make more strips for the sides, but it was absolutely a perfect fit for the bottom. Hmm... what to use for the sides since I couldn't find the other black fleece strips? I dug around and found the leftovers from last weekend's project of curtain surgery. I'll post those later. CRAZY story though, the measurements for the side strips were a PERFECT MATCH for the amount I had cut off of my white heavy linen-type curtains. I couldn't believe it. It was *meant to be*. If I had finished the dog bed when I'd originally started it, I wouldn't have the awesome heavier white sides, using the leftovers from my curtain surgery!

But what to do with the two black fleece strips I had now? I didn't want them to go to waste. Oh hey! I bought some clothesline at JoAnn's the day before yesterday, wanting to make coiled fabric bowls, why not use the black fleece and make PIPING?! Yeeessss....I'm so glad I did. I think it "makes" the whole project.

Husky tested, husky approved.

Are you SURE this is for us?

Yes, I suppose it'll do. At least it matches my fur.


Reinforced zipper for washing ease

Actually, the 4" foam I got from JoAnn's wasn't wide enough. I took a serrated bread knife and sacrificed an old foam dog bed and used my trusty hot glue gun to bring the pieces together. It worked perfectly.

SO much better than the before:

After! TA DA!
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Getting my fabric in order... on: June 09, 2011 09:01:06 PM
Since moving back in with my parents, I basically live in a craft room that happens to have a bed in it. Keeping my fabric hoard tamed is a constant process, and yesterday and today were spent folding, organizing, and whipping the ginormous pile into shape. I finally have all my quilting cotton and flannels organized, and next will be the fat quarters. Lordy help me with that one. *sigh* I fold my yardage onto comic book backer boards as "mini bolts", and it makes for a be-yoo-te-ful fabric library. I did a quickie tute on how to do that, if you're curious:
http://www.bclef.com/2011/01/how-to-turn-your-fabric-stash-into.html

Here's the pics so far, and I can't wait to show you guys what my room looks like when it's all done and totally organized. I'll need photos to prove it once looked perfect, because it certainly won't last! LOL

The cubicles are quite deep, so I've got two "layers". The front layer was tilted down so you could see the layer behind it.




10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / A Rapunzel iPad case on: June 06, 2011 11:35:44 PM
I got my hands on some Heather Ross fabric from the Far Far Away line. I've been making iPad cases for other people, and this one's for me! Okay, so it might actually go to my Mom who's a professional storyteller. Smiley magnetic closure, and magnets inside to hold it in place when turned into a stand. I'm pretty proud of this design. I "fussy cut" the closure button because I loved Rapunzel's disgruntled, disapproving face. The top pic looks wonky on top because of the elastic pulling in those two spots. It needed to be nice and snug.






And a pocket for my stylus and camera attachment dooohickys.
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