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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Cheerful Flower clutch! on: May 11, 2010 01:22:21 PM
It has been a while since I posted anything here, but I am going to try again. I love summery bright colors and I also love grey so I am loving this new bag I made. Roomy enough for what I need but it is not huge. Plus I can throw away less left over fabric since I use such small pieces for the leaves. Bonus!
Thanks for looking.

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Wedding Quilt on: August 31, 2009 06:44:33 PM
This is a quilt I made for my best friend, whose wedding was in June in Chicago. It was a very untraditional wedding- reception in an antique warehouse- and I thought the colors she chose were so unique and pretty I was inspired. The bridesmaids wore cream colored Antrhopologie dresses and the flowers were white and grey and dark dark purple. Anyway, I liked how the quilt turned out and secretly wanted to keep it for myself. Also- it is not easy to find cool grey fabric!! I think I bought it all Smiley
The quilt is just Amy Butler's Brick Road design. I recommend it. This was only my second quilt and overall I liked it. Except I only quilted the short sides of each "brick." I made another one of this style and quilted over every line like the pattern says but it shifted the fabric too much and made a ton of wrinkles which really bugged me.

a close up. I added some random pieces of lacey trim and used some shimery fabric too.

showing the back fabric and the corner tassels.

Embroidered square in the bottom corner with names and wedding date (and rhinestones). Very girly  but that's why I like it.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / LOVE my modified amy butler bag! on: January 13, 2009 11:45:10 PM
i made this purse a few months ago and really love how it turned out. i havent been sewing for very long, and i feel like this purse looks a lot more complicated than it actually was....so people are impressed by it Smiley
it was the amy butler pattern- i believe its called the chelsea bag. i just sewed on leather handles instead of cutting them out of the bag. and i added inside pockets, including my first-ever zippered pocket. exciting!
the purse handles only fit over my arm if im wearing a tshirt though, so i guess this is in retirement until spring!

its pretty roomy. i like it because it holds a notebook and book and wallet with plenty of room left.
thanks for looking!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / why can't i figure this out?!!? on: August 21, 2008 11:58:10 PM
i recently purchased a pattern for a knit purse on etsy that uses something called the bubble stitch. the directions say to k5b (knit 5 below) in order to create the bubbles, but i have tried every way my mind can conceive of to do this and yet it doesnt turn out like a bubble, it is either a whole, or a clump, or some loose strands, or a scallop. i have searched google high and low and nothing is helping! i really love this bag and really want to make it!
anyway, i am hoping it is easy and i just havent quite grasped it yet, since i have only been knitting a few months. thanks sooo much for whatever help/advice you can give me!!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / world's most giant scarf! on: August 13, 2008 05:27:07 PM
a few monthes ago my friend taught me to knit. we were both in a month long summer school program that consisted of about 7 hours of lectures/poetry readings a day. in really uncomfortable chairs! amazingly, i stopped fidgeting once i learned to knit, and now im hook on it.
this is the scarf i made for my boyfriend during school

and here it is looking more normal

sorry about the no shirt, it was actually like 96 degrees that day, but i made him model it.

then i tried my hand at socks- and itworked!

i have alsa made a little lined pouch and a washcloth. and a few more pairs of socks. i love how portable knitting is, since my sewing machine is packed away for my never-ending cross country move!

thanks for looking
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / good old chelsea bag on: August 07, 2008 12:48:01 PM
i finally bought amy butler's chelsea bag pattern. i am a new sewer but i found this pattern pretty easy overall, though up close the handles dont look that great. it took me about two nights to make because i went really slow to make sure i did everything right.
 i am thining of making the bigger chelsea bag and adding leather handles instead of doing the cut-out ones, but that will have to wait. this was a gift for my aunt and i believe she liked it, but she likes everything i make- shes my aunt!
the fabric is from hobby lobby

thanks for looking!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / strawberries and lady bugs! on: August 06, 2008 12:21:49 PM
hello. here is the first object i have succesfully created using a clothes pattern. it was a built by wendy pattern. it kind of looks like a toddler dress but thats ok, i think its fun and summery. cant wait to make more clothes!

and a close up of the neck
thanks for looking! hope you like it.
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / lots of needlepointing on: June 14, 2008 06:50:18 PM
for a while i was obsessed with needlepointing but have since moved on to sewing. i wll probably combine them soon Smiley these are some gifts i made for my family.
these are actually on bed pillowcases but they are folded so you cant tell the seze. each picture is probably like a foot tall. it was a paper doll on one side and an outfit on the other for my cousin- we used to "play" paper dolls when we were kids ( i really only liked cutting them out though)

this one is not my fave- the cage looks weird and i hate how the bar thing the birds are on is crooked. my iron on transfer was sooo light i think i was guessing- obviously not too good at freehanding. it was a pillow for my sister and it took a while.

and this was for my mom- colors of our living room and the illinois state bird- where she lives. i like how it turned out- i used some shiney thread that was really slippery and kept unraveling (for the flower)- not fun!

thanks for looking, hope you like them!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / my versions of "pleated clutch" on: June 13, 2008 09:28:40 AM
 i saw this tutorial- https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=240105.0- and was soo excited. i love love love this design and even though i havent been sewing wrong the whole thing made total sense and turned out looking very professional. i made both of these for two friends for their birthdays.


i also made a really cool one for my sisters graduation with the metalic linen and alexander henry rainbow fabric inside but forgot to take a picture.
i am definitly obsessed with metallic linen though!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / scrap pillow fun! on: June 12, 2008 04:33:42 PM
i made this pillow using nothing but fabric from my scrap bag. it is an envelope-style pillow in the back although it is a tiny bit too big. i have never attempted a button-hole and am still a little scared of zippers too. but i really like this pillow beucase it has fabric from all the very first projects i ever made. fun! anyway, i really like the cutting part of sewing the best so this was fun- i think i will attempt a quilt soon- has anyone made amy butlers quilt from the in stitches book?

thanks for looking!
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