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1  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
2  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

3  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?!? : (

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / my first dress!! [IMG HEAVY!] on: May 30, 2008 06:31:50 PM

okay. so I saw the tutorials people have posted for the infinity dress and decided that I absolutely NEEDED one. however, I wanted to put a formal twist on it. so I bought 2 yards of this really pretty stretch knit that has a bit of a glimmer to it and went to town.

I basically measured my underbust and my hips because what I ended up doing is creating a tube skirt for under the straps. [error: of course, I cut against the stretch, not with it, so it's really really clingy. maybe this isn't such a big error... ] then I cut the straps [45" or so long, and even thinking about it I may cut them shorter] and attached them to the top of the dress. I hemmed one side of each strap to make it look more "glam" and I hemmed the bottom with a dec. stitch, too. the dress is a really pretty royal blue, and the thread I used is a silk gold.

so without further ado.... the pictures!

the dress long

me modeling the obscenely long straps and not sure what to do with them!!

I tried a tube dress....

and a neat little criss cross in the back [I think I like this one better]

bottom hem

detail on the straps and the dress coming together

Cheesy hope you guys enjoy it!!!!! pleaseeee criticisms are good
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / reversible shoulder bag! on: March 17, 2008 04:32:11 PM
so, here is one of my projects from spring break! i don't normally make bags but i wanted a new one, and didn't want to have to buy it. i think i'll be making bags more often! i enjoy Smiley

inspiration/tutorial: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231468.0

thumbnail pictures [click for enlargement]:

plain, and before i trimmed all the raw edges from the serging [i learned how to serge my ends!]

detail on inside pockets, sorry i forgot the outside one Sad

edges with bias binding...  my first time using bias binding as well! it was exciting and i really enjoyed it : )

the bag in action!! my mom had taken a picture but it was crappy so i'll deal with this one. :X

hope you guys enjoy! constructive criticism ftw Smiley
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / turtle quilt! on: December 23, 2007 12:58:34 PM
so i posted about the pattern about a week or so ago, and i put it all together in the last day and a half...

its laying on my sister's bed, excuse the... excessive amount of stuffed animals. [the sewing machine is actually *hers*, although i use it more than she does, and it's set up in her room]

the closeup of the blocks i used - turtle and plain white/blue

corner of the fleece-y background and the music note border

here you can see the fleece-y back against the front.

it's not quilted yet, because i'm taking a break after working for most of the day yesterday and half of the day today. the whole front came together really well. the strips for the border were really annoying because i couldn't cut them straight enough. i used fusible batting, which was new and i was really hoping it didn't screw it up. the backpiece, as per usual with me, was too small but some handy dandy hand sewing fixed it all up, and you can barely even tell.

i'll post more pictures when i actually quilt it.. taking a break for now! : )
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / iron stains in your quilt tops? on: December 23, 2007 07:55:09 AM
okay so i have a minor problem.. ok maybe not minor

i was ironing my quilt top and the iron steams a bit and it left like orange-y marks on a couple white squares for my quilt top, and so i'm kind of freaking out because this quilt isn't for me..... anyway. does that kind of stuff come out with regular stain treatment? after i quilt it i'm going to be washing it because i used fusible batting, and it needs to not be so stiff as a quilt so... yeah... HELP! Sad
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / pattern ok? on: December 11, 2007 05:57:14 PM

so i'm working on my own pattern for a quilt for a fundraiser raffle type of thing.
it's really simple, no real big pattern at all, just diagonal lines, but i think it's cute and simple and easy to do over break, since i only have 3 weeks to do it. the quilting pattern, if i can get that far, is what's in black - so around all of the colored blocks, and then a treble clef in one corner with a bass clef in the other corner, and stars all in between. what do you guys think?

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / my very first quilt! on: December 11, 2007 03:45:18 PM
Hi all! My name is Jeni, and this is the first time I've been on this board. But I wanted to share my first quilt!! I did it over the summer. I'm a student so summer is really the only time I have to myself, minus my job! Anyway, I created the pattern myself, and the corners are quilted whereas the middle is tied - I had a really hard time quilting on my machine because it's a typical machine. So I tied it. Either way, it looks okay. I missed a few seams here and there, which I've been fixing as I find them. So all together, this took about two months to do.. anyway! pictures!

this is the quilt stretched out over my bed. it's approximately 55 inches wide and about 80 inches long - I wanted to make it long enough for my twinXL bed at school.

folded up

detail on the blocks.

I'm working on building the pattern for my second quilt now, which is a LOT smaller. It's 4' by 4', and it's going to be regular blocks just in an overall pattern. : ) Hope I can get it done over my winter break!
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