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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Random Awesomeness in pillow form on: April 03, 2011 10:55:34 PM
I made this pillow for a friend. 

We were chatting one night when she dropped this little gem and I knew that it needed to be memorialized on a pillow. 

The center of the pillow is done in cross-stitch (designed by me), the middle is a white minkey, and the outside is a .... suggestive .... cotton print. 

Don't overlook the saucy tassels in the corner. 

 finished the back with a simple envelope closure. 

The finished size is 12"x12", but it's awesomeness is UNLIMITED!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Ecological formal wear on: May 27, 2008 04:01:31 PM
I'm chaperoning a dance where the theme is green and the kids are challenged to wear ecologically friendly formal wear. I feel like I should too ... but I'm having trouble getting the ball rolling as far as ideas. On top of that, I'm under a bit of a time cruch, the dance is June 14th and I'll be out of town the weekend before, so that leaves very little time to pull something fabulous and eco-friendly together.

Any ideas, helpful suggestions?

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Super-fast baby quilt on: April 11, 2008 09:18:41 AM
I've seen a few of these on the board and thought "hey, I can do that!"I've done an actual quilt with the cutting and piecing and batting and whatnot, but I needed to do a quick one for a friend who had her first girl.

This was my first time using a binding, first time using a satin binding, and first time doing mitred corners -- overall I think it looks great (as long as you don't at the corners). I'm especially proud that I managed to keep the binding pucker-free.

I couldn't find a good position to show the full blanket, so here it is folded in half.

Opened to show both sides, I used the same fabric on both.

A detail shot of the best corner. I should do a comparison shot with the worst so that I don't give off the false idea that I do this very well yet.  Smiley
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Cheery Cherry Sundress on: April 11, 2008 06:46:40 AM
This is my first post on this board. It is my first attempt at sewing clothes for my 3 year old. In another lifetime I did some re-conning of clothes and sewed a few pieces from patterns, but both now and then I would consider myself a very beginning (self-taught) sewer.

This dress is from New Look #_____?, using the dress from view A and the straps from view B. The pattern didn't call for it but I crossed the straps because otherwise they would be falling off her shoulders all the time and generally being annoying. Although I took careful measurements before cutting the fabric, and I used the suggested seam allowance, this thing was like a tent before I did major taking in. Now it fits better but is difficult to get on and off because there isn't a zipper or buttons. I might do some more alterations until I find a happy medium there.

The front

Showing off the back straps

A modeled shot. FYI, those are pj shorts peeking out from the bottom of the dress, not a wonky hem.

The back, which would have been more useful had I moved the pony tail.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / "Graffitti" knitting -- or -- Trees like sweaters too! on: April 02, 2008 07:01:28 AM
I'm not a knitter, I would like to learn how but have discovered that it is one of the things I have not been able to teach myself from a book. So it is with a bit of chagrin and some amount of awe that I'm even posting on this board.

That being said, I saw the below linked article and thought I would share. I'm familiar with the town discussed in it, Yellow Springs, Ohio, it's a very artsy and independent area, so I wasn't at all surprised that its residents would be involved in renegade cozy-ing of trees and such. Perhaps others on this board are involved in such activities as well?

The pictures below are not mine, they are from the linked article, but they were too much fun not to post  Smiley

Article: http://www.komotv.com/news/offbeat/16447826.html
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Octopus and Monkey with handbags on: February 13, 2008 02:24:32 PM
I decided that this past Christmas would be a homemade-gift holiday, mostly I decided that because I couldn't afford much of anything. The adults were easy to make for, and so was my little niece, but when it came to something from my two nephews (second and third graders), I was at a loss. Then I came across two truely awesome posts by spookydaddy, one with an octopus (complete with a tutorial) and one with a monkey that had removable internal organs. Seeing those, I knew what I had to do.

I have to give props to spookydaddy, without his incredibly inventive-awsome-fantastic-peculiar toys I don't know what I would have made, but I know they wouldn't have liked it nearly as much. Pictures below for your amusement.

The octopus. There's nothing in the pic to give you and idea of the scale, but this thing is massive, I had to ship it with the head unstuffed because I couldn't find a box big enough. From the top of the head to the end of the tentacles, I think it measures somewhere around 4.5 feet. I love it, but I think my nephew, the second grader, is a bit frightened of it, he won't sleep with it in his room.

The monkey, complete with internal organs. This one was a hit with everyone, including my three year old daugher who was afraid to stick her hands in the opening at first, but then loved pulling out the intenstines and wearing them as a belt, necklace and headband and using them to decorate the tree. She was very sad to see the little guy go.

Some purses I made for my neice. There were more, but these were all my sister could find when I begged her to send me the pics. If you'll notice the blue fur, I must say that was one of my better bargains (and why all of the toys are made from it). I went fabric shopping in early November and found the blue fur on clearance, it was originally priced at $20 a foot, on clearance for $2 a foot. I'm still pulling blue fur from my carpets because the stuff shed all over when it was cut, but it is well worth it for the great fabric.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Finding fabric ... on: February 04, 2008 08:23:59 PM
I'm getting ready to start my second quilt. This one will be (large) lap size. I'm having some difficulty with fabric though. I found three great, wonderful, terrific fabrics BUT two of them I can only find in fat quarters and I don't know how to locate them in wholecloth (? whatever it's called when you can buy by the yard). I found them at Joann's the girls there weren't any help, they just told me I could only get them in fat quarters. I've scoured the website and several others looking but with no luck. Does anyone know how I can figure out who the manufacturer of the fabric is or how I can go about finding this stuff by the yard?

Thanks in advance for any advice you can give!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Quilt on: February 02, 2008 02:27:07 PM
So, I'm nearly done, but I'm just too impatient to wait until it's done to post. It's all by hand as I don't have a sewing machine. The top really came together quickly, but the quilting is taking a lot longer.

The full quilt, the pic is a bit dark, but you get the idea.

This one shows the backing too, some bunny flannel.

A closeup of the blocks, they are made up of some eyelet lace, blue satin, and printed flannel. I'm quilting 1/2" inside the border on the blocks, I don't know if I'll do any more than that as it's been pretty time intensive.

Thanks for looking!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilting for breast cancer awareness/comfort on: January 19, 2008 08:19:18 AM
Hi all. I'm a long-time lurker but first time poster.

So I'm finishing my first quilt and I'm totally in love with quilting. So much so, that I constantly find myself daydreaming about quilts I want to make. In one of these moments, I thought about making lap quilts to donate to oncology centers where women receive chemotherapy. I designed one that is simply a large pink ribbon on a white background. One thing I would like to do is embroider the name of a survivor or a name in memorial in each square.

This project is very near to my heart as my grandmother was a 15 year survivor and then had a relapse. She died this past May a few days before my graduation from law school, only a month after her second diagnosis. We were very close, closer than I am with my own mother. I've been looking for a project to dedicate to her and I think maybe this is it.

I need some help getting this off the ground. Does anyone have any experience doing this? Any suggestions on how I can go about collecting names? I don't yet have a stash of scraps to work with, any ideas on how I cheaply obtain fabrics to use?

Thanks in advance for your advice and suggestions. I plan to post pictures of this quilt and the one I'm currently finishing as soon as my digi camera returns from its trip out of state with my family.

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