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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Purple, Black, and Silver on: February 16, 2012 12:47:54 PM
Made for my 8-year-old daughter. She picked out this fat quarter bundle and told me she wanted zebra on the back. I had planned on using fleece but found this zebra fur for $1 less and ran with it. It is sooo super soft that I cant imagine having used the fleece now. I used a free pattern from the Moda Bake Shop called "Sugar Pop N Change" and would love to use it again.

It was so much harder to take pictures of this one than I thought it would be. There is silver on this fabric and it just really catches any light at all.

Got a few better pics.

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Halo game quilt on: February 16, 2012 12:32:28 PM
When I made my husband's Gears of War (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=398193.0) quilt, my son all but demanded that I make him a Halo quilt, so here it is. Instead of making a binding for this one, I just wrapped the fleece around to the front. Since I hand tied this one it just seemed to make more sense to me. I have no idea why, lol.

When trying to find a good Halo symbol/logo I came across this one in a few places. I'm not 100% sure it is one that is even used in the game but Thomas said that was the one he wanted because it shows the helmet. Apparently to a six-year-old, the helmet is everything, lol.

I used regular embroidery floss for the ties but am already seeing them come loose. Any suggestions for tha? I really don't want to use yarn, but I suppose if that is what is needed to make it last I'm up for it.
Thanks for looking!!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Gears of War quilt on: December 08, 2011 08:35:27 AM
I made this quilt for my husband for Christmas. I should mention that I don't particularly like this game but the hubs loves it and has been known to play well into the night.

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Makeup bags gifts on: November 23, 2011 01:07:20 PM
I am making makeup bags for all my sisters this year for Christmas. So far I've finished three sets and only have two more to go.
For two of the sets I decided to use http://www.noodle-head.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html. I simply changed the dimensions so that I could have three different sizes, then boxed the bottom corners to help them stand on their own.

This one is how I think I may "wrap" them.

My favorite combo of them all.

Originally, I had planned on everyone having a different kind of bag, so I started off with this one. I looked at several different tutorials and then just kind of winged it here. Unfortunantly, I had to stuff them with books to get them to stand up nicely.

Well, thanks for looking!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A t-shirt quilt courtesy of Sonic on: November 16, 2011 08:21:21 AM
At a recent family garage sale, I was digging through my MIL's box and found 11 Sonic t-shirts that had once belonged to my SIL, Megan. She worked there for a year or two, and met her husband there as well. These were good, cotton t-shirts and for the most part they were in pretty good condition. As soon as I saw them I thought of a t-shirt quilt, even though I am not a quilter. I finally finished it and now I have to sit on it for a month before giving it to them for Christmas. This is gonna be so hard!

Here is the whole thing. I was so afraid of it not being big enough that I think I may have made it too big, lol! It is close to a queen size.

Just a close up of some of the inside blocks. With only 11 shirts to work with I had to get creative, so I used the sleeves and bottom parts of the shirts to create 9 patches. I think that I literally used every single bit of material from those shirts.
To quilt it I simply ran a line of stitching along each row of black and down each column of black. I wanted to do more but, quite frankly, I got tired of quilting very quickly and it was so hard to fit all of it in the machine.

For the back, binding, and sashing, I knew I wanted to go with a simple black and white. I just happened to have the crazy wavy fabric and the solid black in my stash, ao all I had to buy was the black w/white dots. Makes for a bit of a busy back and binding, but I think that may be my favorite part.

Well, thanks for looking!!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Crown Royal Quilt on: November 16, 2011 08:06:43 AM
I made this for my dad's birthday last February and just thought to post it. He has been hoarding Crown Royal bags for a very long time and asked me to make him something. He didn't care what, as long as it was made with those bags. So, after sitting on the bags for close to two years, I finally decided on a quilt. Now, my quilting skills are less than phenomenal, but I think it turned out OK.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How can I create a design from a picture? on: November 04, 2011 01:51:28 PM
While I have been sewing for years now, I've only just caught the quilting bug. I would really like to make a quilt for my husband that has the logo from his favorite video game, Gears of War, much like the Super Mario Bros./PacMan quilts I've seen. I have found a picture of the main logo that I want to use but am unsure as to how to pixelate it to create the quilt top. I do have PCStitch on my computer and have imported the picture there and created a cross stitch pattern for it. The problem is now size. If I've done all the math right, my individual squares would need to be 1.5"x1.5" for a quilt a little less than 9'x9', and there would be close to 5000 squares!!! I just don't think I have it in me. I would really like to use bigger squares but then I will have a ridiculously huge quilt, and all I really want is a throw for the couch.
How does a person recreate an image without going way overboard on size?
Here is the picture I plan to use. This is not my favorite game in the whole world but the man loves it.

Thank you so very much in advance for any help you can give!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Coccoon and hat on: May 05, 2011 08:15:34 AM
I made this for my newest nephew from this pattern http://suzies-yarnie-stuff.blogspot.com/2009/09/wavy-sleep-sack-and-cap-c.html. She has got tons of great patterns!

So sweet all snuggled!

I have a lot more info on my blog.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Square Twirly Skirts on: February 03, 2011 05:02:09 AM
While I haven't posted in a long time, I have been sewing up a storm. At Christmas I was reminded of a twirly skirt my aunt made me when I was a kid. Really simple skirt with an elastic waistband, it was my favorite thing to wear. I thought I would give it a try for my daughter and nieces and really love them! I used http://whatthecraft.com/circle-skirt-variations-tutorials-pixie-skirt-and-more/ to make these and plan on making tons more! I took a lot of pictures so beware! Hehe.
I decided a little last minute to make matching shirts as well and I really like how they turned out.

I only had enough black fabric to make 1 two layered skirt. I got a little lazy and made the black a rectangle instead. It does hang a little funny on her but it twirly really big.

Proof of twirly-ness! Not the best picture, I know, but the good one showed her underwear. We will HAVE to wear shorts underneath.
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Slush Monkey! on: November 02, 2010 06:18:16 AM
For Halloween I wanted to be the mascot for our store- a monkey. We have Monkey Loco candy, Monkey Juice, and Slush Monkeys (slushies). I chose the Slush Monkey. I had no idea where to even begin for the head pieceand there are NO tutorials, patterns or how tos for a monkey costume. I posted a question on the Halloween board and thanks to the great responders I got it all figured out. Everything but the tshirt, tights and hat was made by me.

For the straw I painted a rectangle of fabric with red and white diagonal strips. Then I glued the fabric to a paper towel tube, tucking in the extra in the top and bottom of the tube. After stuffing the bottom with a few cotton balls I sewed it to a white hat. I would have hot glued it but I wanted to reuse the hat.

Next up were the ears. I just cut out the ear shape on 4 layers of fabric. The hard part was gathering them so that they looked like monkey ears and not mouse ears.
For the tutu I bought 4 yards of light blue tulle and cut it in half widthwise and then cut those two pieces in half- giving me 4 4yard strips of tulle. I sewed each strip into a circle and then used blue ribbon to create a binding along the bottom. After I finished sewing the ribbon  to each layer I stacked the layers and gathered them into a blue satin waistband. I was hoping for more of a petticoat effect but this worked out OK. I decided that I needed to break up the blue a little bit so I made another tutu out of white tulle and red ribbon to wear under the blue.
I used the Collette bloomer pattern that has been popping up around here lately to make a pair of white bloomers for under the tutu. For the tights I had planned on candy-cane striping them just like my straw but we just couldn't make it work. Instead my mom and I put rubber bands around them as it we were going to tie-dye them but used red spray paint instead. They came out perfectly!
For the shirt I used printable iron on transfer sheets and printed up the Slush Monkey logo. Super easy and cheap.
My tail looks a little funny in the picture but it did turn out kinda cute. I actually almost forgot to make one. The shoes were also very simple- although very uncomfortable. I found plain flats at a resale shop, painted them navy blue with acrylic paint, and then used red glitter glue on the toes. They didn't last long and go figure I didn't think to take any pictures before I wore them. Duh.
Well, I know it was simple but I hope you liked my costume!
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