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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wedding quilt for a friend on: June 25, 2008 08:39:57 AM
So I finished this in February and already gave it to my friend, but y'all know how it goes with remembering to post things.  Smiley This is a bed size quilt, I think about 90x105 inches. This was my first attempt at a real quilt, so in spite of the (many) little mistakes, I'm pretty happy with it! The recipient is my best friend, who is getting married this September; I'm her maid of honor but won't be at the wedding because I'm a Peace Corps Volunteer in Eastern Europe, so I wanted to give her a special gift.

The photos don't show the true colors. They're more balanced in real life, and nice and warm and, of course, purple.

Here it is spread out on my living room floor while I was trying to figure out where to put the squares. Sorry for the mess: I had to sell/give away everything I owned before coming to Eastern Europe!

And my husband helping!

The backing. This is where all the mistakes are visible. My mom said that mistakes just prove that more love than skill went into making it. I'm not sure if that's a good or bad thing!

And, finally, my beautiful friend when I gave it to her.

12  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / I want this dress! Looking for a pattern... on: March 09, 2008 10:12:02 PM
So my best friend is getting married and while we were at David's Bridal for her dress, I saw a beautiful bridesmaid dress on the back of the catalog. I really want it, like now. I already have the perfect fabric in my stash, so it's obviously meant to be. Cheesy Anyone seen any similar patterns?


13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Warning: ADULT CONTENT Bachelorette party pinata on: February 15, 2008 08:36:55 PM
I saw this: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=190174.0 and thought I'd do something similar for my best friend's bachelorette party in 2 weeks. Mine isn't as good, but I actually don't mind the campy-grotesquely-deformed look of it! It makes me blush and giggle. Not sure how my husband feels about a 3-foot tall phallus chilling in our living room, though!

I think I used too many layer of papier mache, and I'm just hoping it can be broken (it's really sturdy!) when the time comes. I'm filling it with Valentine's candy since it's all on sale now, and I'll probably stick some other inexpensive goodies in there too. Here ya go!

(so there's not a giant penis on the homepage in the new projects section!)

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14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Another coffee bag purse! on: February 15, 2008 08:17:50 PM
I made another purse out of old coffee sacks left over from roasting, this one a little different. I love these! I based this on a tutorial I saw someplace, but I can't remember if I saw it on here or somewhere else, so if anyone recognizes it, feel free to post the link.

It was hard to get good photos since the lighting's so bad, but I'm sure you can get the idea. Smiley



Closeup of the lining and the zipper pocket. The color's off; it's really a pretty light green. Feel free to comment on how good I am at putting in zippers!  Grin
15  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Baby blanket with squirrels! on: February 15, 2008 08:10:02 PM
I wasn't sure if this should go in quilting, housewares, or here, but since gifts for newborns is in the title of this forum (board? Can someone tell me the difference?!), I thought I'd go with this one Cheesy

My cousin's having a baby girl next month, and I wanted to give her a blanket that's not too girly. Everything she got at her baby shower was pink, and it was starting to make me ill...is that a strange reaction? Anyway, I saw this flannel with adorable squirrels and acorns, and I just love it!

It's two layers of flannel quilted together and bound with some kind of leftover material that's really soft, but a pain to sew.

I pulled up a corner so you can see the reverse, which is just stripes. Pretend that the binding isn't all wonky.... LOL

Here's a closeup so you can see the darling squirrels:

16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Shirt just in time for Valentine's on: February 13, 2008 11:27:33 PM
I'm a bit shy about posting this, since I'm so in awe of the recons I see on this board, but I'm ridiculously proud of this, so why not? It's not really that cool, but I personally love it!

So I need a shirt for Valentine's day tomorrow, but I don't have anything that's right and I really didn't want to go spend money on something. I had one of those light bulb moments when I remembered I had just tossed a red skirt with white hearts in a box for the thrift store, that I've never worn once. So I combined it with a plain black tee I also never wear. This is my first time making sleeves! They're not perfect, but I think it's not bad for a first try. I was worried they wouldn't fit over my arm since the t-shirt is stretchy but the skirt isn't.


Here's my favorite part--the bow on the neckline is made from one of those strings that are inside clothes (I think for hanging or something?):

And an action shot (I'm the worst model ever!):

Finally I made a tie for my hair, because I just don't know when to stop. Also, for some reason I decided the waistband would be perfect for this. WTF? I spent so much time ripping the seams here, like a complete idiot. Why didn't I just cut a strip from the giant skirt?
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help with design on: January 11, 2008 12:38:51 AM
So my very best friend is getting married and I would like to give a quilt as a wedding gift. I am not a quilter, but I've dabbled, and I'm crazy busy, between working 70 hours a week, getting ready to move out of the country to join the Peace Corps, planning the March bachelorette party, etc. So I found this quilt design that's really simple and goes pretty quickly (although I can't believe how much ironing is involved!). I guess I could have just gone with something off her registry, but I wanted to do something more personalized. Plus, I feel bad that I'm her maid of honor but I won't be at the wedding, since I'll be in Asia with the Peace Corps!

I'm wondering about what colors to use. My friend's favorite color is purple, and I'm wondering how to best incorporate purple. Here are the color combos I was thinking about. I only made a few blocks, since I didn't want to waste a bunch of time making them if i'm not going to use them.

This is what I originally had in mind:

But then I thought just white:

I love all the purples I have (I have a bunch more than what's here), but I don't know if it's too much. I think the white with the purple center squares might be nicer? It looks cleaner and more elegant, but not as much fun.  Cheesy

Please share your thoughts! I want to make a really nice gift for her!
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Embroidered birdy onesie--my first embroidery project! on: September 10, 2007 08:26:02 PM
I just found out my cousin is expectin a baby in April, so of course I started working on baby stuff right away! So for some reason I decided it would be cute to have embroidered onesies, except that I've never tried any kind of needle work before. I've seen other embroidered onesies on here, and they're all way nicer than this, lol. The stitches are pretty messy, but because it's my first try, I'm still fairly pleased with it!

Here's a closeup of the little birdie (sorry it's blurry, I couldn't get a good picture for some reason):

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Purse made from coffee bags on: September 10, 2007 06:27:10 PM
I've been working for a couple months at a cool little coffee shop, and we roast all of our coffee on site. The coffee beans come in 150-lb burlap bags with interesting things printed on them. The shop's been open for 15 years, and apparently they've just been tossing the empty coffee bags this whole time. Can you believe that? So I used one to make a purse for myself, and then a couple of the other girls asked me to make some for them too. This is the first one I've remembered to take a picture of.

I used this fantastic tute to help me out: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0

Action shot:

Here's the lining. Notice the super cool zipper pocket (it's the first time I ever installed a zipper!).
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