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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wonky Nine Patch on: January 14, 2010 02:18:17 PM
Made this a couple of years ago, but didn't get pictures until now!

It's a wonky nine patch "pattern" -- instructions actually -- from a UK magazine (sorry, pretty sure it's British Patchwork & Quilting, but don't have the issue number). The wonky sashing is my own contribution.

To do the blocks, you need two squares of fabric, for this quilt I used 14.5" squares, one white and one patterned. Place them face up on top of each other. Then use a ruler (or not) and make the cuts. Be sure to have at least 2.5" from any edge/other cut. Two cuts horizontal, two cuts vertical. Then switch out the pieces so you have two blocks: one with five patterned pieces and four solids, and the other has five solid and four patterned. The blue blocks show what I'm talking about.

I totally recommend doing just two blocks at a time. Cuts down on the confusion.

Then I did free motion quilting in the blocks and on the border, but not in the sashing. Gives the back a 'sashed window' look.

Also, the backing is a fine wale/needle wale corduroy. Scrumptious! The white isn't terribly user friendly (especially when it's for a toddler), but it holds up pretty well anyway. It was an Easter gift for my tyke, so it mostly gets displayed on the quilt rack outside her room rather than played with too much. Don't worry, she has plenty of other quilts and blankets that get plenty of her love (and apple juice, and blueberry stains, and, and, and.... Wink ).

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fun Santa Tote on: December 16, 2009 06:55:27 PM
A couple of weeks ago I had a "vision" of this bag. It had been a long day, and I was too tired to start on it (I know better than to try cutting/sewing/ironing while it's late and I'm exhausted), so it had to wait. But only until the next morning! I got up, gathered everything needed from my stash, and got to work.

I totally love this bag! The applique. The size (huge!). The *look*. Even that crazily-shedding silky "fun" fur didn't make me curse (much)! It's made with bright red velvet and is fully lined with a Santa "vintage postcard" fabric.

What a blast! I'm soooo looking forward to doing some Christmas shopping now!

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / PBK Style, Craftster Price on: October 07, 2009 03:27:45 PM
Let me start out by saying I love Pottery Barn style and quality. Those prices, though. uh uh. But their catalogs are are free and sooooo pretty. Lots of inspiration in those pages.

Several months ago I was flipping through a PBK catalog and totally fell in love with this desk, but seriously hated the price (sure, *now* it's on sale! lol).  Not to mention, it's only available in white or light pink. The red might have been considered, but not the pale colors.

Probably the next day, kid you not, I was in a thrift store and found this:

It's a little shabby, no drawer pulls, and someone half-heartedly painted it white, but it has some pretty bones. Plus it's a true roll top desk. For a kid. Best part? It was only $10! Of course I took it home. Where it sat on the porch for about two months.  Embarrassed

Then the weather started to change. There's snow in the forecast. Snow. It's hard to paint furniture in the snow. Yesterday, however, was windy and sunny. I got out my spray paint and the drawer pulls I got at Target a couple weeks ago.

Now my shabby, thrift store find has become a gorgeous, PBK-inspired piece of furniture:

Here it happily resides in my tyke's bedroom. I'm ridiculously happy with how this one has turned out.

Cost comparison:

PBK - $249 (okay, it's $149 on sale, but still), plus delivery

Mine - $10 desk, $12 spray paint, $8 drawer pulls, elbow grease

Bonus: the book rack above the desk is also inspired by PBK. They wanted about $99 for theirs, mine was $1 at an auction, plus some spray paint.

What do you think?

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Ahoy Matey tote bag on: September 18, 2009 04:59:54 PM
Ahoy Mateys!! September 19 is one of my favorite holidays: "International Talk Like a Pirate Day"

This bag was so much fun to make! I just freehand "embroidered" the letters -- dropped the feed dogs and used a darning foot. Same for the chaos stitches on the fabric.

The odd shape of the pirate/skull fabric is to cover up a logo on the bag.

The denim tote was pre-made, and purchased at a thrift store. The red ribbon is from a Tiffany Christmas present several years ago.

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Faceless Lucy on: September 09, 2009 07:34:34 PM
I no longer have the ability to hold a needle/skill necessary to embroider something, and applique just wasn't "her" -- so meet Faceless Lucy! At first it was a little weird, but now I really like that she's faceless, so let's just say that I was inspired by the Amish dolls.  Wink

She came about as a request from my tyke. I was given firm instructions that "her name will be Lucy" and she "will have pink hair and a pink skirt and a pink shirt." *sigh* gotta love a three year old's sense of color! Anyway. Later that day, Lucy was born. erm, created. No pattern, just winged it, and managed to learn a lot about 'just whipping up something' I've never made before.

Shot cotton face, arms and legs. A scrap of wool felt just big enough for the front hair and chenille fabric for the back. Pinking shears were used to make some spikes/cowlicks.

She's a bit of an exhibitionist! :wink:

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Rockets & Robots (plus corduroy and polka dots) Tote on: August 24, 2009 09:28:52 AM
Loads of life stuff happening over here, so there hasn't been much time to sew at all. Today is my tyke's first day back at Montessori, and she needed *something* mama made! So, I managed to squeeze in some alone time with my sewing machine and serger, plus some *amazing* Japanese twill fabric, and came up with this:

It's a little bigger than I'd intended, about 16" tall (plus handles), 12" wide, with a 1.5" gusset. Heavyweight fusible interfacing only on the twill, fully lined (neglected to add pockets. *sigh*). I'm loving all the colors and am so happy with it!

Couple of detail shots:

Who needs twin needle? Not me! I like topstitching so much that I go around twice! (Yes, really!)
(Plus, gotta say, I totally <3 my stamp!)

Thanks for letting me share!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Black & Bright Alphabet I Spy on: May 07, 2009 09:13:55 PM
It *was* a UFO, but now it's a quilt! The top of this quilt was pieced over a year ago. It started life as an alphabet panel. I cut apart all the letters and the stars, added sashing and some tiny little novelty prints. It's a super cute Alphabet I Spy quilt now! 

I've been admiring the pieced backings on so many lovely quilts that I decided to try it out for myself. Must say, I was wavering there after it was pieced. Too much somehow? Too *something* anyway. But I know that lots of things 'quilt out' so decided to go with it. I am so glad I did!

I *love* the backing. Love it. It's got almost a rainbow effect, which I hadn't anticipated. The binding, orange with tiny white dots, really sets it off.

The colors are loads of fun. That bright green and the black? Very much like my tyke's bedroom (bright green walls, white trim, black dresser and crib/toddler bed). The quilt has so many fun, bright colors that it's going to be a wall hanging in her room!

It's quilted in a grid...approximately 1/4" inside each letter block, both north/south and east/west, to the inside of the orange border, then one line through the middle of the larger, outer border. Used black thread on both sides. That was a hard choice. I knew it would show in the pieced back, and initially it looked a little harsh. But it was definitely the best choice.

After looking at these pictures, I'm wondering about the star placements...it was meant to be at the natural breaks in the Alphabet song (go ahead, I'll wait), but turns out three of the four stars are in a column (the fourth star is after "D" -- just can't see it in the picture). hmmmmm. Not awful, but now that I've noticed it I'm wishing it were different. *sigh*

So. What do you think? Is it a keeper?

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler "Montessori" apron on: January 20, 2009 02:46:07 PM
There is elastic in the neckband, to stretch over those huge toddler noggins, and just one waist strap that closes with Velcro.
It's a great size for 3-6 year olds, and they can do it themselves -- tyke is quite adamant about that lately. She's also quite adamant that no photos be taken of her.  Roll Eyes

More info on my blog


9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Spider-man hat and scarf on: January 01, 2009 10:02:05 AM
Finally getting around to posting hubby's Spider-man Christmas haul! He'd been bugging me to make him a hat like this (our tyke has one, not spidey though); he didn't know that I'd already made this and was planning to give it as a present. It's made from an old t-shirt that he'd received as a Christmas gift a few years ago and some black fleece. Wish I'd thought to use the blue stuff. *sigh* He loves it.

The picture is rotated -- the point at the bottom is actually the top of the hat. The picture just looks miles cooler this way!  Wink

Anyway, he also received a spidey inspired scarf. The spider is embroidered on red fleece, then backed with blue fleece and serged around the edges. My 21y/o daughter did the embroidery on this one. Here's a modeled shot of both pieces:

He's been wearing them all week. Guess that means he likes them!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Super raglan for a Supergirl! on: December 30, 2008 03:27:54 PM
DH and our tyke went to the park this morning (yes, it is December in Nebraska - but the weather's been decent the last few days!) and I got to do some sewing room stuff. I traced a pattern from Ottobre (1/2006, #17), and this afternoon during tyke's naptime, I managed to get it sewn up!

I think it's Supercute (ha ha). The hem and sleeve ends need to be rolled, but I have to get some black serger thread. How do I not have black serger thread?!

Supergirl raglan shirt - size 98


I'm so excited! This is the first thing I've sewn this week! It's done entirely on the sewing machine because of the lack of the aforementioned black serger thread. (Seriously, it's a *basic color* for gosh sakes!)

She should be waking up in a few minutes...hopefully she likes it, too.

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