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21  Scrappy Modern Spiderweb in Quilting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: July 01, 2009 03:45:41 AM
Pattern: from a great tutorial on Quiltville (http://quiltville.com/spiderweb.shtml)
Finished size: 54 x 69" (lap quit)
Fabrics: Five fabrics from the 'fresh aire' collection, seven coordinating cottons purchased at JoAnn's. Used leftovers from another quilt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=292662.0), and bought a few more 1/4 yds and 1/2 yds when I ran out of scraps.
Binding: Used a cute green on green Heidi Grace print from JoAnn's.


These blocks are intensely time consuming, so the quilt took a lot longer than I had anticipated. The finished product is so worth it, though. Free motion quilted, with only a few small folds on the back. The batting is 80/20. I put my quilt sandwich together using basting spray -- an approach I highly recommend. I pre wash all of my fabric, but not the batting. I find this gives a nice crinkly texture when the finished quilt is washed and dried.


I think the back turned out a little plain, but I am pretty happy with the label.


I embroidered a spiderweb using metallic floss, and them embroidered my name and the date on top. Then I cut it out as an octagonal medallion and appliqued it on to the center of the spiderweb block for the back. Quilting distorted it a bit, but oh, well!

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22  Re: Flea Market Fancy Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: May 04, 2009 09:44:38 AM
I'm working on a spiderweb quilt using the scraps left over from this one... http://dellastella.blogspot.com/2009/04/spiderweb-quilt-in-progress.html


This is an old pic, it's more than twice this size now. I plan on making it 4 blocks by 5 blocks (around 43" x 54") for a baby quilt. It is VERY slow going, but I love the look.
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23  Re: Easy Fan Programs -- with Tutorial in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: March 04, 2009 09:09:37 AM
Future Mrs. Smith, here you go! Hopefully these are easier to see.



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24  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 17, 2009 05:27:50 AM
We got married in Aug of '08, and I totally dropped the ball on posting our DIY projects on Craftster. I'm trying to redeem myself... just posted a tutorial for easy and inexpensive fan programs. Hope someone finds it useful!

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25  Flea Market Fancy Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by dellastella on: February 17, 2009 05:12:05 AM
Pattern: Flea Market Fancy (http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2008/12/measurements-for-flea-market-fancy.html) from Crazy Mom Quilts
Finished size: 80 x 110" (twin bedspread)
Fabrics: Five fabrics from the 'fresh aire' collection, seven coordinating cottons purchased at JoAnn's. Used 1/2 yd of each.
Binding: Pieced from scraps of the 12 fabrics used.


The front. Each block is 10.5". Every other inner block is centered. The other ones are placed randomly. (Sorry for the wrinkles -- I was impatient to take pics! Will iron next time.)


The backing fabric that I had purchased shrank, so I had to improvise. I added a strip of blocks to the back, and I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.


I used the center of one of the blocks on the back as a label. Split stitch, hand embroidery.


This was my first project with free motion quilting. It was kind of a pain to get the hang of, but I love the effect. Now I'm hooked!
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26  Easy Fan Programs -- with Tutorial in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: February 17, 2009 05:01:01 AM
I posted this to my personal blog, but thought some crafty brides might get some use out of it. Enjoy!

We went for fan programs, seeing as we had a summer wedding (Aug '08). On the front, I put the basics -- names and a few graphics. To jazz up the back, I came up with three little wedding related games for our guests to play while they waited for the ceremony to start: a Mad Lib, a fill-in-the-blank, and a word search.


I had the foresight to take some pictures while I was putting them together, so here's a tutorial if you'd like to make your own.

First, gather your supplies. You'll need:
- Golf pencils, pre-drilled with 1/4" holes
- Popsicle sticks, also pre-drilled
- Scissors
- Needle with a large eye
- Corner rounder punch
- Double stick tape
- Thin ribbon
- Cards pre-printed with program info (I used A2 sized)

To start, open up a card and put double stick tape on three sides.


Then put double stick tape on both sides of a popsicle stick, covering about half of the stick. Center on the card and press in place.


Close the card, pressing to seal the edges.


Using the corner rounder punch, carefully round all four corners.

Cut a piece of ribbon that when halved is long enough to reach from the end of the posicle stick to the end of the pencil, while still allowing enough slack to write. My scientific measurement was about an arm's length.

Thread the halved ribbon through the hole your husband-to-be very nicely drilled in a skajillion popsicle sticks.

Use a lark's head knot to secure.


Thread the other end through a golf pencil.

Knot the ends to secure, then trim.


Here's the back of a finished program. Word search, anyone?


And the finished stack of about 50 programs. I used green ribbon for half, and brown ribbon for the other half.

By all accounts, the guests loved them. I had people coming up to me during the reception to read me their wedding Mad Libs. One of my cousins found an (accidental) dirty word in the word search, and was sharing with the other guests all night. I got such a kick out of the reactions to these programs! I'm really glad I took the time to do them.

These were very easy to make, and cheap to boot! I can't remember the exact cost now, but it was under $20 for sure. Questions? Comments? If anyone makes programs from this tutorial, I'd be tickled if you'd post pictures!
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27  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: September 11, 2008 04:47:16 PM
After a few weeks of absenteeism... I'm back from my destination wedding and honeymoon! I've got tons of projects to post about, but a.) I'm feeling a bit lazy and b.) I won't get my pro pics back until late October, so I'll focus on the one I'm most proud of: my dress.

Here's the 'before': David's Bridal 'Galina' T8628. Loved the lace, loved the hemline, especially loved the price, but I think strapless dresses make me look like a linebacker.


I bought another of the same dress from a bride who opted for another gown, did a little chopping... made a mockup..


Finished hand sewing the dress two days before the wedding...


Et voila! A one-of-a-kind dress that I absolutely adored. (This is also a great shot of my DIY silk bouquet!)


And a gratuitous me & hubby shot:


I'll post more projects when I get over my honeymoon jetlag!
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28  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: August 19, 2008 03:44:30 AM
I'm less than two weeks from my wedding! This is all a bit surreal. I'm trying to knock out as many craft projects as possible before I leave for Canada.

Exhibit A: Hershey bar favors


Exhibit B: Corsages to match bouquets
I just need to wrap all of the stems in some brown ribbon, and they'll be totally done.


Synne - love the necklace, btw!!  Grin
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29  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: July 23, 2008 05:50:00 PM
Thanks, guys! Smiley I just hope they fit... I'll be seeing both of the lovely ladies this weekend, so I have my fingers crossed.

@thekster: One shrug is a medium, the other is a large. The angle makes them look a lot more different, though, you're right! Here's another shot:


Now the small one looks bigger. My photography is terrible! I give up. Smiley

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30  Re: The Crafty Wedding Craftalong! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by dellastella on: July 23, 2008 03:31:23 AM
@elottino: Masquerade masks? I'm intrigued! Can't wait to see them!

@pinkangel1979: Your dress is beautiful!

I've got two more FO's to share with you ladies. I made a 'Short 'n Sweet' shrug from Stitch 'n Bitch: Happy Hooker for each of my two bridesmaids. I used Knitpick's Andean Silk, in colorway 'Lettuce.' All told, the yarn for both cost right around $50.




I've been working on these for a few weeks now, so it feels great to finally have them done.
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