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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: blue flowery summer dress! [IMG HEAVY] on: June 29, 2008 07:38:43 AM
thanks guys! im actually wearing it today to a picnic and i'm really nervous because it's braless!! but i think i should be alright Smiley
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / blue flowery summer dress! [IMG HEAVY] on: June 26, 2008 08:41:50 PM
sooo im finally done my dress!! i drafted the [very vague] pattern myself at work on a slow day, and finally after a couple weeks of forgetting about it and too many stuck pins in my fingers, here is le finished product - and i am so proud of it!! i might even start wearing dresses now Wink

for color

for shadows

sorry for being in your face, just the best way to show the detail. in this picture it's pinned to hold it up, i went back and sewed over the top line of sewing under the piping to reinforce the chest.

detail shots:

stitching on the bust

mm, piping.

even stitches! and also showing off the contrast fabric.

my very first zipper!!!

i gathered this layer [90-some inches, maybe even 100] of fabric under the skirt [38"].. best way to gather? IN PARTS. try it, it's so much easier!

: ) please guys, criticism much appreciated! hope you enjoy Cheesy
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: giant girly tote and tatoo prurse. on: June 25, 2008 10:22:51 PM
that tattoo fabric is called 'Skin' by Alexander Henry.... i know because i have envied it for so long, only to find it nowhere around here!!!

lovely bags : )
4  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Screen Printing: Completed Projects / Re: Veins, Hearts, and Ovaries- fabric pattern on: June 13, 2008 09:53:11 AM
um, hello GORGEOUS. great job!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Bento Box Baby Quilt with tutorial/pattern on: June 13, 2008 09:49:45 AM
regardless, this quilt is gorgeous! very mod Wink
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Father's Day/ (Late) Birthday/ (Late) Christmas gift for Dad on: June 13, 2008 09:46:04 AM
this is so pretty!! did you use flannel as the backing? where did you find any big enough? lol

as for binding - i've tried using both bias binding, making the backing larger and folding it over, and sewing it inside out before quilting, and then sewing around the edges. as much as bias binding looks more professional, the last technique is my favorite.. that way i know the edges are DEFINITELY even all the way around.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / spring-like quilted tablerunner!! [IMG HEAVY] on: June 13, 2008 09:43:55 AM
so i used my mom's tablerunner [and accompanying patchwork pillows, soon to come] as an experiment for some free motion quilting... i think it turned out well : )

the diagonal lines quilted through the middle

my free motion on the sides of the table runner, they hang down and look pretty : )

close up of my stitches. they're still really uneven and sometimes i get little loops and spikes.. i need to work on moving the fabric better!

binding [yay, joann's bias tape] and my corners.. not too bad

the tablerunner being put to good use [can you tell my mom loves goldens?.. there's one under my feet too lol]

constructive criticism always accepted!!! thanks for looking Cheesy

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: tension when free motion quilting? on: June 12, 2008 05:07:42 PM
the sewing machine came with a darning foot, and that's what i've been using. i put the pressure to 0 for minimum pressure on the fabric and it works okay except when i have to cross over the patchwork and i get these really big spikes in my free motion. plus sometimes the quilt just won't move underneath and then i get more jerky movements in my meanderings. : ( idk what to do!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / tension when free motion quilting? on: June 11, 2008 11:59:21 AM
hey guys,

so i've been doing tops for a while and quilting in the ditch/straight stitching or just tying, and i'm trying my hand at free motion since i think that's a lot more fun. my stitches aren't so great, but that's not what i'm worried about... when i flipped over the practice bit, the back stitches were all wonky. i think it means tension is off? but i'm not sure what to do. i was free motioning with my presser foot up and the feed dogs down [as i couldn't get it to move with it down].. should i be using a different foot or what? what am i doing wrong?!? : (

10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Leavers dance/prom dress for a friend on: May 31, 2008 10:42:46 AM
this is gorgeous!! oh my god. good work!
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