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61  Mini Book Jewelry thanks to My_RubySlippers! in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by Padester on: March 28, 2014 03:31:50 PM
Okay - so first I need to pay my respect to My_RubySlippers for her *awesome* tutorial on how to make these mini books for jewelry!  Here is the link to her fabuloso tutorial:


So - thanks SOOOO much, MRS!

I decided to make some mini book jewelry for teacher gifts this year (getting on the ball sooner rather than later this time!), and here is one set.  This teacher said that she likes classic fairy tales, so I made a bunch of fairy tale mini books and a necklace on which she can change out the book according to mood:

The necklace with one of the books (Thumbelina):

And under the cotton are the other books:

Another view of them:

And the clasp I attached so that she can switch out the books:

I am very excited!  I have some earrings made of "The BFG" and will be making earrings and necklaces of several other books!  Very exciting and not too terribly hard (though a bit finicky)!

Thanks for looking!
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62  Christmas gift for the in-laws (Pic heavy) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: December 15, 2013 10:27:44 AM
So - I have made lap quilts for my parents, and my hubby's mother and step-father, but never one for his father and step-mother.  The kids love going "beach camping" with them each summer, and they adore their grandfather's camper-cab that goes on the back of his pickup truck.  This year I decided to try to recreate in a quilt a picture of the two of them sitting atop the camper:

Original picture:

I photocopied it and enlarged it, and then took a sharpie and outlined the parts I would cut out to applique on:

Then started cutting out the pieces with double-sided fusible and putting them in place:

And so forth and so on:

I added fabrics to represent sand ('cuz they're at the beach), fishing ('cuz they do that there, too) and some rocks at the shore, as there is a rocky spot they like to go to that they call "crab island" that is only there at low tide and is basically some rocks near the shore that are uncovered at low tide.

This was my very first time doing free motion quilting!  It was harder than I anticipated, but I am happy with at least some of the quilting I did on it!

And here it is bound (used store-bought, as we need to get it in the mail soon):

And an obligatory shot of the back:

Thanks for looking!  It's not perfect, but I am overall pleased with the results!
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63  Owl Ornaments! in Winter Holidays by Padester on: November 13, 2013 05:24:36 AM
Okay - so not sure if these go here, but . . . .

My kids' school mascot is an owl, and so I thought that as part of their Christmas/Holiday gifts, we would make them little owl ornaments.  I found the tutorial here: http://juicy-bits.typepad.com/juicy_bits/2009/12/131-give-a-hoot-for-the-holidays.html

So - here is the owl family:

And each one individually:

And this last one my daughter made - about 98%!

Thanks for looking!
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64  Owl fabric bowls in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: October 03, 2012 07:09:35 PM
So I decided to get a head start on my holiday teacher gifts for this year:

The mascot for my kids' school is an owl:

From the side:

Here is the artwork I used for the bowls:

This is the same technique I used for my fabric leaf bowls seen here:


Thanks for looking!
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65  My daughter's first doll (that she made, that is . . .) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by Padester on: June 22, 2012 07:42:05 PM
So my daughter (6yo) was bugging me to help her make a doll.  We finally downloaded a free pattern (I can try to find the site again if anyone is interested), and she cut out the pattern pieces, cut out the fabric, sewed it all together on the sewing machine (I helped a bit on the curves), turned the pieces right side out, stuffed them and sewed them together.  She then drew on the face and hand-stitched the hair on.  I helped her get started with the hand sewing, but overall, she did 95% of the work herself!  I am so proud of her!

Here is her doll - Betsy

And the proud momma with her dolly:

Thanks for looking!
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66  Lily and Sassafras bowls in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 17, 2012 07:22:37 PM
So I have been on a kick with these bowls, since I got the pattern from keepsake quilting and foudn out how easy and cool they are.  The pattern comes with a maple, birch and palm leaf, which I have made already.  I then decided to go online and find usable outlines of other leaves, and now a flower, to use for the bowls.  So here are my latest creations:

Calla lily:

Sassafras leaf:

Both together:

And the lily with the graphic I printed out from google:

I have a graphic for an iris, too, but am not sure how it will work - it's a bit more involved than these . . . if I attempt it, I will be sure to post it, though.

Thanks for looking!! Cheesy
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67  In honor of St. Patrick's Day . . . in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 15, 2012 09:38:36 AM
So I decided to find an outline of a 4-leaf clover online so I could make a bowl for the holiday!  Here is a link to the original leaf bowls(https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405474.0) - the pattern comes with 3 kinds of leaves, but I figured I could do it with something else! 

And the back, becaue I didn't show the backs for the other bowls:

I am planning to make a sassafrass leaf, too . . .

Thanks for looking!
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68  Re: Leaf Bowls in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 14, 2012 04:49:25 PM
Thanks, everyone!  Here is a pic of the third one I made - the birch leaf.  These are the three that come with the pattern, but I googled leaf outlines, and have another I printed off that I am going to try when I get some time. 

But here is the Birch Leaf:

I think I did a bit better with the satin stich around the edges - did the corners differently, too, and I think they came out better.  Give me another 20 to do and I should be an expert at it!!   Cheesy
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69  Leaf Bowls (now with birch leaf in post #19) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: March 11, 2012 03:04:55 PM
Okay - not exactly a quilt, but close enough, and I REALLY want to show these off, as I am totally stoked at how they came out!  Definite room for improvement, but still . . .

Here you go - Maple Leaf:

Palm leaf:

Both together, just for the heck of it:

This is a pattern I got from Keepsake Quilting, and you use this really stiff double-sided fusible interfacing that softens up when heated so you can mold it into a bowl shape - I can look up the name if anyone is interested, but can't remember it off the top of my head.

You fuse a backing fabric (didn't get shots of the back, but that's batik, too) to the back, then fuse the various pieces to the front of the bowl.  Then you stitch all around to make the veins in the leaf, and to keep the fabrics on better.  Then you cut it out - all the detail shapes - and go aroudn the edges with a loose satin stitch.  I need a bit of work on my technique with this - might try using embroidery floss around the edges next time - wasn't feeling that ambitious just yet.  Then steam it to make it flexible and mold it over a bowl and let it cool and harden.  Pretty easy, other than the stitching around the edges - man is that a pain!

Anyhow, thanks for looking!!! Grin
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70  New quilt out of leftovers! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Padester on: November 05, 2010 06:25:22 PM
Well, I made a really cool (to my mind) quilt with a batik jelly roll a while back (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=353078.msg4125468#msg4125468), and had a bunch of leftover pieces of jelly roll.  So this is what I did with it:

Close up of fabrics:

Even closer:

And the back - again needed to stretch how much backing fabric I had, so used some leftover squares from the front (plus, I like how this looks better than just the plain dots!):

It's a bit funky-looking in the pic because I didn't bother to smooth it all down - sorry!  Next time I will be more patient!  Cheesy

C&C welcome!  Thanks for looking!
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