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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / buckaroo bike baby quilt on: October 05, 2009 08:16:24 PM
I made this unisex quilt for a friend who is waiting until her baby is born to find out its sex.  She is an avid cyclist, and I fell in love with the Michael Miller fabric I used as the focus of each improvisational square, which features girls and boys in a western setting--including one scene of girls riding a tricycle.

I also used Kona cotton solids in cream, red, blue, green and yellow.  The backing is a cream and red-polka dot that I pieced. 

Unfortunately, I did not pre-wash the fabrics and the Kona red bled onto my cream background.  YIKES.  Fortunately, I bought a brand new Dye Grabber cloth and spot treated the bleeding, which came out.  I am now keeping track of the washings my Dye Grabber has in it and will definitely pre-wash Kona red (and any deep colors that will be paired with a light fabric).

12  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Toddler Pants - New Look 6689 on: October 05, 2009 07:42:05 PM
I am a quilter/knitter/other artisan and have just started teaching myself clothing construction by making things for my kids.  The best thing about making these pants was that I did it with a remnant of baby cord from Joann...I think they cost about $8 total (including fabric, pattern and elastic).  It was my first time using a New Look pattern and I really liked it.

13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / how do I: increase evenly in the round while maintaining a 1x1 rib pattern? on: December 03, 2008 04:01:57 PM
I'm trying to increase evenly (on a cowl knitted thus far in the round) while keeping my 1x1 rib pattern.  Is this possible?  If so, how?  Thanks for any expertise you might offer!
14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / "Hop Skip" Lavender and Pink Doll Quilt on: December 01, 2008 03:59:59 PM
This doll quilt is a Christmas present for my niece (who is almost two years old).  It is inspired by Denyse Schmidt's "Hop Skip and a Jump" design and features 1930's reproduction cotton fabrics in various shades of lavender and pink to match her doll stroller.  It was improvisationally cut, machine-pieced and free-motion quilted with lavender thread.  The backing fabric features a Little Bo Peep print.

The quilt measures about 22" square:

Detail of binding, backing and piecing:

15  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / snow white baby cloche hat on: November 25, 2008 02:32:57 PM
Another Christmas present completed!   Cheesy  This is a toddler cloche-style hat in pure white Mission Falls cotton.  The recipient lives in So Cal, so it needed to be something a little lighter than wool.  And what baby doesn't look good in white??  In hindsight I would have bought (and made) more white for my babies.  Anyhoo...back to work for me...Christmas is coming!

16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / christmas tree onesie on: November 25, 2008 11:37:16 AM
Not sure if this is in the right place Huh  I embellished a Hanna Andersson onesie with applique and hand embroidery for my daughter.  (Didn't make the onesie!) 

I chose a simple motif as it was my first attempt at machine applique.  Unfortunately my machine wouldn't zig zag correctly (it was scrunching up the base fabric behind the applique) so I did raw-edge applique instead of satin stitch.  I think I may like it better with the raw edge anyway!

17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Construction Quilt with Pieced Back on: November 13, 2008 02:30:02 PM
Just finished another project which provided me with the opportunity to practice my free motion quilting.  I found the construction panel at my local shop and then pieced the back just for fun.  It measures about 40 x 33 inches and my son likes to use it as a lap quilt.  Not the prettiest quilt...but he sure likes it!   Wink

It was very windy when we took this so the quilt looks uneven, but it's not.  the front:

and the back:

18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / prewash applique fabric??? on: November 09, 2008 02:18:58 PM
Wondering whether it's necessary to pre-wash 100% cotton fabric before it's appliqued onto a pre-washed 100% cotton jersey onesie?  Any tips for appliqueing onto jersey?  Thank you!
19  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / baby flapper beanie *with basic pattern* on: November 01, 2008 02:39:47 PM
my cutie patootie in her new crocheted flapper beanie.  i improvised (no exact pattern) using mission falls 1824 wool.

basic pattern @ https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=276503.msg3128272#msg3128272
20  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Orange and Black Halloween Clown on: November 01, 2008 01:55:04 PM
My 3 year-old son originally wanted to be a vampire for Halloween, so we went to Joann's to buy a cape pattern and material.  "Easy!  I can do that," I'm thinking.  While looking through pattern books, he suddenly decides he wants to be a clown.  Darn.  Find the clown pattern and it says it's easy.  I'm not loving the primary color clown idea, but I look for fabric.  I don't find anything I love, so I head to a quilt shop.  They, of course, have great, perfect fabric...for a price.  I chose orange and black in case he waffled again and then I could make it "scary" if need be.

After sewing this with a few yards of primo fabric and the notions, I realize I could have bought a designer costume for the same or less.

Ah well, at least I get to post it on Craftster!

It is McCall's 3306.  Jumpsuit is cotton, collar is taffeta.

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