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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Patriotic Rag Quilt on: June 27, 2008 07:15:43 AM
Okay, I was a quilter possessed last week ...   Grin.  I wanted a quilt to picnic on for the 4th of July celebrations, but it needed to be quick to make, easy to wash and would wear well. Yep, another rag quilt ...

Still using up my stash of repurposed blue jeans. This quilt is 55"x55":

The stars are cut from the jeans, and patriotic fabric was sandwiched below. Basically, reverse applique. The batt was an old cream flannel sheet I had hanging around. The only fabric I purchased was the patriotic stuff ... everything else I had in my stash. So I guess you could say this quilt was made with 50% post-consumer waste  Grin.

The back of the quilt is patchwork, with the typical "x" through the solid blue blocks in front, and stars outlining the star blocks.

And an overall pic of the back:

As I'm posting this, I realize I didn't make a label! Guess I better work on that this weekend.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Another Stenciled Rag Quilt ... Fantasy Creatures on: June 25, 2008 08:26:34 PM
Here is the first rag quilt I created using repurposed jeans and bleach stenciling. I had posted it on the Image Reproduction Forum earlier. It was made for my Make a Friend Swap partner who is nutso about mythological and fantasy beasts.

This quilt was the first I tried my hand at with bleach stenciling. Basically, I couldn't find fabric I really liked with neato beasties on it, so I decided to give stenciling a go. I believe I have found a new passion.  Grin Here is the overall pic:

Again, I searched out graphics for faeries and such, and found that the designs I could adapt/alter to stencils best were tattoo designs. There are 8 different creatures included on the quilt ... Unicorn, Phoenix, Gryffin, Gargoyle, Sea Serpent, Faerie, Mermaid, and Pegasus. Here is a close up of some of my fave stencils:

The alternate blocks were "Freedom Log Cabins" in a variety of batiks and a few prints. I LOVE batiks, especially the tropical colours. Freedom Log Cabin blocks are basically log cabins built out of a variety of strip widths, so they are not symetrical. This was a great use of the bins of 1", 1.5", 2" and 2.5" strips I have (when I finish a project, if I have less than a 1/2 yard of fabric left, I cut it into strips and stash it ... I have a TON of fabric strips! Anything less than 1" or an odd shape gets thrown in a garbage bag labled STRINGS ... I just can't throw away fabric!)

And the pic of the label:

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Dragon Stencil Rag Quilt on: June 25, 2008 07:33:58 AM
I've been on a roll lately, playing around with different designs and fabric treatments. My current fetish seems to be stenciling using bleach.

This is one of two largish rag quilts I've made in the last two months using bleach on repurposed denim from old jeans I've had kicking around the studio. This quilt was made for a friend's son who is hot for dragons:

I designed the dragon stencils after tattoo designs I found on various sites. I had to alter each for ease of cutting and to my personal tastes. After I bleached each denim block, I hand-washed and air-dried them. Then using my EQ5 program, I found a star pattern I liked and foundation pieced those. Here is a close up of some of the blocks:

I decided to put a border around each block, to make it stand out a more (and also to tame the yellow-orange of the stars a bit). It seemed to help.

And, of course, a pic of the label I made, using Pigma pens and the handy-dandy light box:

This was a fun quilt, and I really enjoyed the bleach/stencil process. I can guarantee many more quilt projects (and jackets, tee shirts and pants!) are in my future using bleach!
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Fantasy Rag Quilt w/bleach stencil blocks on: May 18, 2008 05:13:22 PM
For the 3rd and final package for the Make A Friend Swap, I sent my partner a rag quilt. But because I have been sooooo enamoured with stenciling lately, and I couldn't find and fantasy/mythical beast fabric I actually liked, I decided to use bleach gel pens (I LOVE THESE THINGS!!!!!) and stencil my own on recycled denim. The designs were mostly tattoo designs I found in various and sundry sites and adapted/altered for my own use (and ease of cutting):

Some of my favourite stencils (there are 8 different beasts in the quilt; unicorn, pegasus, gryffon, sea serpent, gargoyle, mermaid, faery and phoenix):

And a pic of the entire quilt:

My swap partner says she totally loves the thing. Now I have a TON of ideas using bleach pens ... gads, never enough time in the day (and the DH won't let me quit the day job, the rotten slave driver)!  I think I've sniffed too much bleach ...  Grin
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupouged File Box / Yukata Fabric on: March 08, 2008 01:27:12 PM
For the Make A Friend Swap, I decided to decoupouge a wooden file box I found at Michael's for $3.99 with an assortment of Japanese yukata fabrics I have collected. I have never decoupouged anything in my life, not even in grade school. It was fun and I'm going to try it again!

I used the everyday Modge Podge to adhere the fabrics to the box. Then I used a layer of the sparkle Modge Podge. I wasn't too happy with the sparkle factor and tried to wipe it off (it doesn't come off, but my swap partner said she likes it sparkly, so no harm, no foul):


Here is an extreme close-up of some of the fabrics. Sorry for the glare; camera flash and sparkle Modge Podge do not mix. I used origami paper to separate the fabrics; sort of like leading on stained glass. I also found some koi stickers that I added:


I painted the inside of the box with acrylic paints. I tried to match the indigo colour of the yukata fabrics without very much success, but I did like the resulting shade of blue:


Here is a pic of the label I added to the bottom of the box, explaining the history of yukata for my swap partner. Only after I added the label did I realize I forgot to paint the bottom   Roll Eyes  :


I know you refrigerator-decoupouging masters out there could do better, but I think it turned out okay. I had some problems with air bubbles, esp. with the fabrics. I noticed bubbles after I finished with the label, but after it dried the air bubbles disappeared. Not so with the air bubbles in the fabric pieces. Any hints, tips, or tricks?
6  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Discussion and Questions / Etching Scratched Glass ... Doable? on: January 30, 2008 08:21:54 PM
Need help from all you die-hard etchers out there ...

I have recently replaced my glass dinnerware with new stuff. So now I have a almost complete set of 16 dinner plates, salad plates, bowls, saucers (some have broken in the 11 years I've had them). The dinner plates are pretty scratched up, from steak knives and such. So rather than throw out perfectly good dinnerware (because I can't find anyone to give it to), I'm looking for ideas of how to repurpose/recycle/reuse it.

If I use etching cream, will the cream "erase" the scratches? Or maybe make them a bit less noticible? And does anyone know that once you etch glassware, is it okay to wash in the dishwasher?

Thanks for any advise you can give!   Smiley
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quick Rag Quilt ... on: January 28, 2008 08:37:23 AM
The story about this quickie quilt ...

I work with another quilter who likes making baby quilts. Okay, fine. Our mutual friend Amy has been preggers for 7 months and the other quilter said MONTHS ago she was going to make a quilt. Okay, fine again. I have a personal policy that if this other quilter makes a baby quilt, I won't make one for the same pregger person. Our quilts get compared quite a bit at work and I don't want a lot of hard feelings.

So ONE WEEK before the baby shower (and two weeks prior to due date) I ask the other quilter, "So, did you finish Amy's quilt? Are you gonna bring it in so we can see it (we like show-n-tells at work) and she says, "No, I decided to buy her a present INSTEAD." Oh shitae! Amy is expecting a quilt ... she was told she was getting a quilt!

I didn't have any tops ready to try and beg a machine quilter to whip up (and cost me a fortune), and I don't machine quilt because it really strains my shoulders (because I do it wrong, I know), and I didn't have time to play around and attempt it anyway. So, rag quilt to the rescue!

Recycled denim, homespun, some fuzzy yellow minkie-like fab and a cute flannel w/stars. Because the denim is thick, I used a light blue flannel as a batt instead of quilt batting:

Close up of blocks ... easy-peasy Rail Fence and a Star Block. The minkie-stuff is reverse appliqued under the star cut outs. I then stitched about 1/4" along cut outs and snipped so the stars would rag, too.

The back of the quilt is patched, too. The flannel and minkie-stuff makes it very snuggly. You may be able to see the outline of the star stitching:

Label ... clip art from Microsoft, traced on lightbox with fabric pens:

Hopefully this experience will teach me to have some tops ready to go the next time I'm blindsided!

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pink Log Cabin Baby Quilt on: January 05, 2008 12:20:00 PM
I made this for my niece last spring. Pink is NOT one of my favourite colours, but it is her mother's and older sister's fave ... I had to go out and buy a bunch of fat quarters to get the scrappy look I was going for.


The large pink hearts are hand appliqued in the center in the same neato pink flannel print that is on the back of the quilt. There are double hearts and quarter flower wreaths hand-quilted in the border and in the pink sections of the log cabin blocks (the quarter flower wreaths were a waste of time because you really can't see the detail with all the prints and flannel backing). Everything else is cross hatch.


Here is a shot of Sammy's label. I used fabric pens and clip art found on Microsoft's web page:


I have to say I think baby quilts are my favourite quilts to make ... they're fairly small, so you can see your results much quicker. And the moms seem so greatful to receive them ... I had to threaten my SIL to let Sammy actually USE this quilt, and not put it up on the wall.   Smiley
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kimono Scarf on: December 29, 2007 12:12:36 PM
Hi folks, noob here, looking for advise ...

I usually post on the Quilting Forums, but I made a scarf from some kimono silk I had and would love to get some comments/critique from you.

In the last year, I have fallen madly in LUST with Japanese textiles, specifically, kimonos and obis. Being the eBay whore that I am, I have amassed a large collection of silk and cotton kimonos and obis. Lately, my seam ripper and I have become very intimate, and with some of the silks I had, I made my Grandma this scarf for Christmas:

The scarf is 6.5" wide, and 50" long. Grandma is very petite and only 4'11" (on her good days!) and I didn't want to make something that would overwhelm her. Kimono fabric is  woven in 14" widths, yet a bolt (called a tan) is usually 15ish yards long. So when you take apart a kimono, you have a lot of fabric, but it's only 14" at its' widest.

This is a close up of the phoenix hand painted on the silk:

Here is a pic of the back of the scarf. The black silk came from a Tomosode kimono (worn by married women to formal occasions) and the graduated peach/brown silk came from a Homongi kimono (worn by married and unmarried mature women to formal occassios):

I was going to piece some other silks together to make up the front of the scarf, and also add some black fringe to the ends. But once I started playing with the silks, the Homongi silk seemed too beautiful to cut up. And adding the fringe seemed, to me at least, to distract from the pattern on the silk. So this scarf is just a long tube turned right sides out.

Of course, my Grandma loves it and says it's beautiful. I would like to make some more for gifts and whatnot, but I would REALLY like some unbiased opinions. So please, let me have it! With both barrels!  Grin
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Japanese Obi Tote on: December 29, 2007 11:46:35 AM
Hi folks, noob here ...

I usually post on the Quilting Forum, but I made this tote for my auntie for Christmas and I would love to hear any comments/critiques. This is the first tote/handbag I've ever made, so let me have it!!   Grin

Background info:  I have fallen madly in LUST for Japanese textiles, specifically kimonos and obis. It started Halloween '06 when I wanted to go to work as a geisha and won an auction for a Japanese kimono on eBay. The garment sent to me was a true work of art, and being the quilter that I am, started the gears whirling and I wanted to incorporate vintage kimonos into my quilts. To see a quilt made of vintage kimonos, go here (I won't post pix because it's the wrong forum):

Anywho, being the addicted eBay whore that I am, I have now amassed a large collection of silk and cotton kimonos and obis. Lately I've been getting to know my seam ripper intimately, and finally have begun deconstructing my collection. This tote is made from a Fukuro obi, woven and embroidered silk, with a silk lining. 

Generally speaking, obis are about 14 feet long, but only 12 - 14" wide. This tote, once finished, completed at 12" wide, and 15" long. Weird dimensions, I know, but it was what I had to work with:

Here's a shot to give you an idea of scale. I wanted the tote large enough for my aunt to haul mags and books in:

This is the inside. No pockets, because I was able to use the lining already attached to the obi itself. No zipper or closures, either ... zips scare the geewilkers outta me, and snaps and such would've looked ghetto:

I wanted to make straps from leftover fabric, but I didn't want to waste anymore silk than I already had with my FIRST attempt at straps. So I found webbing that seemed a pretty good match.

Please let me know what you folks think. I would like to make some more of these as gifts, and of course my aunt said it was fantastic.  Undecided I need some unbiased opinions.
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