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11  denyse schmidt discards in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by chimes on: May 27, 2010 12:09:59 PM

I debated on where to post this, but decided it should go in paper crafts and not quilting. Smiley Hope I made the right decision! The tutorial for this came from Denyse Schmidt Quilts.

I've been hoarding a bunch of nice paper that I received as samples a while back from Neenah Paper for a portfolio revamp that never happened. I also hoard fabric scraps.

I decided to make some of these cards after drooling over the ones in the Denyse Schmidt Quilts book.

They're A6 size (6.5"x4.25"  fits in an A6 envelope). 

These are super quick and easy to make. They make a great gift for friends if you put them in packs of 5-10 with envelopes. Or they're nice to have around for all your notecard or greeting card needs.

You can find the tutorial in the book, but here's a super quick rundown.

1. Cut your cardstock or heavy paper to the size for a card.
2. score on the halfway mark using a ruler and the back of a butter knife (or a real scoring tool)
3. fold in half
4. take scraps of fabric and arrange on the front part of the card
5. once happy with the pattern, use a glue stick and glue fabric to card (makes it easier to sew)
6. use a zig zag or another fun stitch and stitch along the edge of each piece of fabric
7. use the regular stitch and make a few lines or zig zags in the opposite direction of your strips to "quilt" the card
8. trim to the edges

One tip  don't use the needle on your machine for anything else BUT these cards. The cardstock will dull your needle and it will likely tear fabric when sewing regular materials.

More details on my blog if you're interested!
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12  Easy Handmade Napkins for a Friend's Housewarming with tutorial in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by chimes on: April 11, 2010 08:26:30 AM
My friend and her fiance just moved into a rental house and had a party last night to celebrate.  I wanted to give them something in honor of their move from an apartment to a house but am pretty much broke.  I remembered that they use fabric napkins, so I decided to make them a spiffy set.

Most everything they own is black and white, so I used a fabulous black, white and grey IKEA fabric that I've been hoarding for a while.  

Here's photos of the finished products. I've also uploaded a JPG of the tutorial.  If you'd like a PDF, you can download it here.

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13  Popover Sundress for my niece in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by chimes on: April 06, 2010 03:50:32 PM
I recently came across the Popover Sundress pattern by oliver + s.  Super cute! I have an 18 mo old niece that would look absolutely adorable in something like this ... plus I have a TON of fabric I need to work through.  This is the first of a few I plan to make her.  This one is made from solid pieces of fabric. I plan to do some cute patchwork on the next one and maybe even add a pocket.

Thanks for looking! Smiley
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14  Quilted Heating Pad Cover Denyse Schmidt Style in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by chimes on: March 09, 2010 06:01:44 AM
My friend whoopdedoo5 let me borrow her Denyse Schmidt Quilts book a bit ago and I've been wanting to make some of the projects in it ever since.  She's got a tutorial for a heating pad cover that I've had my eye on for a while.  I never make things for myself, so I figured this would be perfect.  My heating pad is always out in the open in my living room and it has a heinous 90s-ish geometric pattern on it.  Not anymore!

I didn't use the tutorial ... instead, I ended up doing 2 large wonky log cabin blocks (which I'm currently obsessed with) and sewing them together. I then sewed them to the existing cover (which I'd cut to lie flat) and quilted the pieces together.  Then I sewed it shut and turned it right side out. Easy. Peasy. 

I used the existing cover instead of batting not only in the spirit of reuse/recycle, but also because I didn't know if it was made out of some sort of special material and I didn't want my new cover to start a fire. Wink  Also, it already had a snap closure on it, which saved me the trouble of adding a new closure to the new cover.

Anywho, it's stylin' now.

thanks for looking!
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15  scrapbustin' hello betty pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by chimes on: March 07, 2010 11:15:52 AM
It's been a while since I posted a finished project. I've been making a TON of quilt blocks, but no actual quilts.  I'll be putting a ton of tops together soon.

Anywho, I had part of a Hello Betty (by moda) honey bun leftover from a friend (whoopdedoo5) and I finally got around to doing something with it.  I had an 18"x18" pillow form lying around, so I made a wonky log cabin block (which I'm currently obsessing over because it's so darn easy!) and created a pillow cover for it.

The white fabric is actually something I received from my great grandma's stash after she died. I opened up the stash today and found 4 yards of white fabric ... so she helped me make this in a way. Smiley

closeup of front

Back of pillow

closeup of back of pillow
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16  Metric Butt-ton of Quilt Blocks! in Quilting: Completed Projects by chimes on: February 18, 2010 06:07:38 AM
I've been making wonky log-cabin quilt blocks lately ... via quilt dad's tutorial ... and finally finished all 41 of my blocks. Not sure how I ended up with 17 of the one version, but whatever.

I had this fabric I've been hoarding for a while some repro fabric and some Amy Butler and Wonderland by MoMo fabric so I decided I could use it for this project. 

Anyway, I'm not going to post *all* my blocks since there's 41 of them. If you're ultra-curious, check out my flickr.

Here are some of the more fun ones.

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17  Le Bebe Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by chimes on: January 07, 2010 03:33:27 PM
I made this quilt out of two tops I had lying around for my niece for Christmas. I had planned a cuter quilt, but I didn't have the money to get it professionally quilted, so I put two of my tops together and qulited this blanket with wavy stitching. The stitching is pink on one side and yellow on the other.

AND surprisingly, she loved it. She's one.  I figured she wouldn't care, but she picked out all the patterns and she wrapped her dolly up in it. Super cute! 

Here are some photos and of course, action shots!

Thanks for looking!! Smiley
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18  A smattering of patchwork wallets in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by chimes on: January 06, 2010 07:33:02 PM
I had two weeks off for winter break at work (I work at a University ... yay higher ed jobs!) ... and I spent most of it with my family and friends, but I spent a good chunk of time creating these lovely wallets along with several other things that I ended up giving away as gifts before I could get photos of them.

Anyway, oddly enough, I'm not in a chatty mood, so without further ado, here are the wallets. Enjoy!

PS they were all made from scrap fabric I got for free at the Needle Shop in Chicago.

Thanks for looking!

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19  Wonderland Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by chimes on: November 02, 2009 03:42:54 PM
I've recently come off a 2-month crafting hiatus (got dumped by a bf of 4 yrs and didn't take it so hot) ... anyway, this is my latest creation.  I made the top for this quilt a while back but just recently had it quilted and I finally put the binding on it.

It's made with Wonderland by Momo ... my favorite fabric line EVER.  The quilting is an allover butterfly pattern.

I'm in love with it!

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20  Re: Michael Jackson...We love the gloved one gallery in The Swap Gallery by chimes on: October 08, 2009 05:07:27 PM
Okay, so sorry for the crappy quality. My camera sucks at life so I figured I'd just take some pix with my webcam.

So I got some cool stuff from deadbathducky!

felt embroidered bracelets

Some cool magnets

This one opens up into a little shrine box magnet way cool!

AND some extra goodies that reminded her of MJ AND some goodies from Aussie!

THANKS deadbathducky!! this was a lot of fun. Sorry if I was kind of a crappy partner this time around. Getting my life back together again is tough, but I'm doing it and I'm glad I got to be a part of the swap. Smiley

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