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1  Re: 50 Projects 2016---Busy Hands are Happy Hands! in Craftalongs by aspenwall on: January 04, 2016 08:26:16 PM
love the AG doll pjs and the cards. I just made a similar pair of pjs for my niece this last christmas. i ended up purchasing a pattern from pixiefaeriepatterns on etsy.
I finally finished a project today but the colors didn't turn out right so I should probably re-make them.
It doesn't help that this pic is so...yellow! The curtains are a yellow sheet with white moda trim, or whatever you want to call that. I used interfacing on the very top to reinforce the tab top.
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2  Re: Christmas Stocking Swap! in The Swap Gallery by aspenwall on: December 26, 2015 09:52:32 AM
I managed to wait until Christmas to open mine! Here is the picture of everything (except the food stuff, which I already ate a delicious chocolate orange...I really love those things and a thing of cashews, also really love those things and the two cards)



Here are the things that didn't make it into the pic minus the chocolate covered orange:


I'm going to tell you a little story about how much I love those chocolate oranges. I opened it to have just one slice, or 7 or half of it or 2/3. So to stop myself from eating the whole thing in one day I had to chop the rest up and use them in a shortbread recipe, since I can't eat shortbread. So I saved myself many, many calories, a tummy ache AND everyone loved the shortbread (I put some orange zest in it).

Here's the breakdown pics. There are some cute christmas tags, I wish I would've opened them before Christmas! A tiny card with a wreath on the front made out of green buttons, very sweet. A little journal with a cute birdie on the cover, homemade aloe soap (I love homemade soap) and in the red bag the front says: Wishing you warm and cozy milstle-toes all winter long and inside Christmas socks (with snowmen with earmuffs on which I think is hilarious) and purple nail polish.


This pic is Homemade peppermint sugar scrub, can't wait to try. I'm supposed to go hang out with a friend tonight and we usually have cocktails and do nails so I'll bring this and the purple polish! A few decorated clothespins, my blue and white stocking (matches my christmas decorations, love that) and under all that you can see my christmas peppermint placemat/table runner.



Last, but not least is a selection of very nice REAL tea, like, not from a box of premeasured paper bags and a cup that looks like it was decorated by hand, some baking cups, chalkboard garden markers, and homemade lip balm. And you can see some of the fabric that a few of my gifts were wrapped in. TADA!



I love all my beautiful hand made things Smiley

It's nice to not get the same old stuff from the same old people, although one of my aunt's did surprise me with a gift card that was three times as much as it usually is this year. I wonder if she made a mistake...
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3  Story Book baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by aspenwall on: December 01, 2015 09:19:09 AM
TA DA!
I thought I would never finish this thing. It's a baby quilt for my cousin who is having her first baby any day now. I had bought a bundle of this fabric (Story book by Kate and Birdie for Moda in aqua) when it first came out, then a few months later I heard the announcement. I took it as a sign.



I ended up hand quilting it and it turned out great but my phone doesn't have a very nice camera Sad
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4  Constellation Flask - decoupage in Completed Projects by aspenwall on: October 07, 2015 12:10:12 PM
I finished this a few days ago and i've been letting it dry.  I mod podged this adorable fabric (Under The Stars by Timeless Treasures) onto a flask I bought last year. It was on sale at Target, from Christmas and it was really cheap so I was content using it as an actual flask until I thought up this brilliant thing!


I wasn't sure it was going to turn out and now that it did I wish I would have taken before pics.

The seam in the back was the only real trouble. I decided that the fabric was so busy that it wouldn't matter if it lined up or not.


TADA!

PS I don't really think this meets the definition of decoupage but I thinkit's close enough.
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5  Re: Craft with a Fat Quarter Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by aspenwall on: October 01, 2015 01:56:04 PM
I GOT MY PACKAGE!
You guys, I got the best stuff! Here are my pictures:





Here are some close ups of the details:


I got a pencil case with a cute little zipper pull and nice zipper details, a checkbook cover with closure, a non-slip machine foot pedal which is about the most genius thing I've ever seen, a cute little fabric tray and a very sweet keychain with embroidered strawberries.
There is also a thread-catcher-pin-cushion combo that you can't really see. It's on the bottom right hand side of the first picture. The catcher part attached to the other part with a loop and a button.
I LOVE this fabric and my two FQs (which are in the top right hand side of the first picture).
This has been the best swap ever!
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6  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by aspenwall on: September 24, 2015 04:40:52 AM
Finally, here are the Disney Polaroids!









Here are the crows beak:


and here are the celtic twist:


And last but not least:


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7  Re: how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by aspenwall on: August 07, 2014 04:53:19 AM
I think I'd out line all the blocks but maybe do an extra square inside the bigger squares, maybe 2 or so inches in from the 1st.

EDIT: Sorry, I forgot to mention that I'm not totally sure how well that would work on a machine quilted quilt. Through I imagine it would be no different than any other pattern.
Here's one of mine where I did that in the large blocks with hand quilting (sorry it's a little hard to see):
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8  Tiny gift bag pouch in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by aspenwall on: December 09, 2013 09:28:30 AM
I made these tiny little bags for candy and other Christmas treats so that I can put them in a stocking or basket and keep everything looking neat. I ended up putting Hershey kisses in one of them. There is elastic in the opening so that everything doesn't just fall out.



I think this is a pretty easy project so hopefully some beginners out there can enjoy it and put it to use this holiday season.

I cut one square of fabric into a 9 x 4.25 rectangle and one small piece of elastic to 6.5 inches. I serged the edges so that I wouldnt have to line these bags, I wanted them to be a quick, easy project.

I folded the rectangle in half, right sides together, with the folded end at the bottom of the bag.

I sewed the sides using about a quarter inch seam allowance. You should have something resembling a small flat bag.

Now you need to make this bag stand up on its own, so holding it upside down youre going to push down the middle so that the two ends of the bottom stand up, like in this picture:


It should look like this:


Now fold those two pointy ends together like this:

and draw a little line at the one inch mark like so on one side:

and flip the bag over and draw a line on the other side. Fold these two corners apart and sew them each, individually. It should look like this:


Fold over the top a half inch or so and sew around the top leaving a small space big enough for a safety pin to get through.


Secure a safety pin to your elastic toward the end of the elastic, but not too close because the pin can fray the elastic. Feed the elastic through the half inch or so you just sewed.


You should have two elastic ends coming through the small space you made big enough for the safety pin. You need to sew these two ends together. I dont worry too much about whether the two ends are flat or whatever. You can machine or hand sew the elastic, just make sure its secure. I dont recommend tying a knot, that hasnt worked for me, ever.


Pull the elastic, which should now be in one piece and sew up the tiny safety pin sized hole and turn it right side out.
TADA, insert candy or peppers

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9  Soft Kitty Toys, no bits can be torn off and eaten! in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by aspenwall on: November 23, 2013 09:35:51 PM
I made these toys because I have a cat who is totally insane. He eats feathers, eyes, feet, tails, tags off of every toy we've gotten him. So what these are basically, is a shape (in this case, a fish) sewn together and filled with stuffing and a smattering of catnip. I also did a mouse one, but that was a little more trial and error.

Heres how to do it!


Fold a piece of 5x16 fabric right sides together and draw your pattern on it. I free handed this fish because I couldn't seem to find what I needed online, for free but there is a lot out there. 

Cut out your fish pieces leaving about a inch around the whole thing for your seam allowance.


Sew along the lines you drew, making sure to leave the tail part open.


Now, turn in inside out and add stuffing and catnip! It should be looking like a cat toy now.

To close up the toy I folded the end of the tail inside itself and machine sewed a straight line from the top of the tail to the bottom. Though, there really isnt a top and a bottom.



My boyfriend got a great shot of the cat going bananas.


I think I'm going to try a person next, like a gingerbread man or something.
I hope someone finds this useful. This is a great beginner project!
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10  Re: Big Project Stitchalong 2009 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by aspenwall on: February 05, 2009 05:42:27 AM
I am working on the Anemone Lady from Barbara Hammett's Art Nouveau.  I can't seem to find a picture of the finished work anywhere but here is what I got so far.  I started this on New Years Day!


A few years ago I completed another design from this book and it took me about two years, so I am shocked at how fast this one is moving!
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