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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Appliqued Parrot Wall Hanging on: April 09, 2009 02:59:03 AM
I made this wall hanging to use up some fabric 'scraps" I had accumulated from another project. It was made by fusing the individual pieces to the background fabric and then going around the edges with a small zigzag stitch. The image of the parrot is not my own. It was borrowed from here.

Close up:

Thanks for looking, comments and criticism appreciated.
2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Stencilled Cushion Covers on: October 10, 2008 09:24:56 PM
This is my first attempt of stenciling using freezer paper.
The images are not my own. The first one is from Echino's Woodland Damask fabric (I adore this fabric!), and the second is a wave stencil I got off of the internet (I can't find the link again Sad).
I would recommend freezer paper stencils as it is reasonably quick depending on the amount of detail in your project and best of all, easy!!. I made mine into envelope style(the backs) cushion covers.

Thanks for looking. Grin
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Appliqued Butterfly Wall Hanging on: September 26, 2008 02:45:47 AM
I didn't really know whether to post this here or in the Needlework section but I think it fits here best.

First things first, this is not my own design.
The pattern was taken out of an Australian Quilting and Patchwork Magazine and was created by Natashia Curtin of Smee Designs. If you would like to see hers it is here.
It is a wall hanging, measuring approx 15x29 inches.
It was 'supposed' to be made with "oriental/japanese" fabrics but whenever I have something in mind that I want to make and can picture the fabrics I want can never find them Cheesy. So instead I chose bright rainbow colours and made them pop by using a black background. The border fabric is black and gold and is absolutely gorgeous but also very expensive Sad.
The butterflies were appliqued on using fusible webbing and then blanket stitched around the edges in gold embroidery floss which compliments the border fabric. The antennae were done using back stitch.
The flight paths were quilted with my sewing machine.
My mum had some black beads somewhere that shined a greenish colour that would have been perfect for their eyes but we could not find them anywhere, hence they are eyeless. I might go back later and do gold french knots for the eyes but I am not sure if they need them.

Anyway I think that explains the most of it. Feel free to ask if I missed anything.

And some close ups..

Thanks for looking.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Military men dress on: August 06, 2008 02:50:09 AM
Here is my latest piece of clothing and my second time using a store brought pattern (I've also made another dress but it needs a little resizing).
I used a Simplicity Project Runway Pattern-2951. I thought I would be a bit different by using a "little boys" fabric for a feminine dress.

What do you think?
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / MMmm popsicles! on: June 01, 2008 06:08:00 PM
I have seen a lot of this kind of style on the internet lately so I thought I would join the bandwagon. Its my first time ruching with elastic on an item of clothing and I love it!

Thanks for looking!
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Corduroy on: May 27, 2008 02:58:29 AM
I have some left over BRIGHT yellow corduroy(big ribs) from a GIANT beanbag my boyfriend and I made. I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for what can be made out of it. There are a few pieces/odd shapes biggest being a rough guess of about 70 x 90cm. I thought of making a heat bag-but I already have quite a few.
Anyone have any ideas?

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apples and Strawberries + Tute On Page 4 on: May 27, 2008 02:42:38 AM
Edited to add **Tute on Page 4**

I finished this top last night. I am not sure of what you call the gathered/ruchy/tab bit on the bust. Anyone know if it has a name?

Just a question though, anyone have any ideas of how to keep the bottom hem stretchy? I serged the bottom and hemmed it with a straight stitch and now it has no stretch at all/feels stiff. I put it on and hear threads snapping!!  Undecided

8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pandas, Reconstruction and a Dressing Gown.. on: May 23, 2008 10:40:47 PM
Today I finally got off my bum and took some pictures of what I have made in the last few weeks. Hooray for weekends!!

This top was made from scratch using some cute WWF panda knit. I have brought some black buttons to put on the front tab although I haven't got around to sewing them on. It probably won't happen because I don't see myself wearing this one out.. more like a practice piece.  Cheesy

Here I reconstructed a HUGE over-sized "Mink Pink" tee into a simple tank top. I love the colours/design of the fabric on the front.

Lastly I made myself a dressing gown out of this gorgeous blue stretchy fabric with raised dots all over it. I didn't like how most dressing gowns at shops are really over-sized so I made my own. I am small and I like them a bit more 'fitted'. Not exactly a fashion statement but it keeps me warm. Grin

Thanks for looking!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Alice in Wonderland Shoulder Bag. on: March 18, 2008 01:11:59 AM
I made this bag using some gorgeous Alice in Wonderland fabric I found on Ebay and with the help of this tutorial from the U-Handbag Blog.
I had never tried piping before so this was a good challenge. I think I did it ok on most parts but next time I think I would get a better result if I made it more "snug". I used iron-on interfacing on all fabrics except the lining and there is also some heavy sew-in interfacing in there so the bag is really sturdy (but it was hard to sew through on the handle loops because there were so many layers of fabric etc so just a warning if you want to make this bag Wink).
On with the photos...

Full frontal.

The front is a pocket with a magnetic snap. This lined up perfect!

The back.

Close up of Alice in Wonderland Fabric in case anyone was interested.

I love the colours together.
What do you guys think?

Thanks for looking!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Monkey Madness and Brights on: March 10, 2008 11:36:09 PM
The other day I finally finished my second ever quilt!
I used a pattern from the Quilters Cache called Squares Upon Squares.
When making this quilt I didn't quite have enough yellow left for the border (9 squares short) so I went to the shop to buy some more. I looked along the wall trying to find it..not there. Luckily at the last minute I glimpsed a bright yellow in the "Fat Quarter-End of Roll" basket and it turned out to be a match! I would have been VERY disappointed if there was none left at all. So on with the quilt:

Top View


Even Closer

Lounge Shot

View showing the backing, which was done in the sock monkey fabric

As you can see the red fabric is covered in cute sock monkeys!
It might be hard to tell in the photos that the yellow is covered in tiny white flower heads and the blue is covered in blue swirls with a few "metallic" dots that glimmer around it.

Thanks for looking!
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