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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: A very late Christmas present... (Upcycled Quilt) on: February 05, 2011 07:53:00 AM
Thanks everyone!

magdiego - I used the sheets for the back, binding and a few squares when I ran out of dress shirts -- great source of extra fabric!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A very late Christmas present... (Upcycled Quilt) on: January 31, 2011 07:41:25 PM
Once upon a time there was a very optimistic and delusional crafter who thought she could make a quilt in two weeks, in time to give it to her boyfriend for Christmas.  She industriously chose the fabrics, came up with a design and spent hours ironing, cutting out and stitching squares... and then she realized that there was no way she'd finish that quilt on time!

Well, six weeks later, our hero has triumphed over her procrastinating ways and finished the quilt! Behold:

[Okay, I'll stop talking in the third person...]

This is my second quilt and I'm really happy with how it turned out.  I wanted to make a quilt entirely out of second-hand fabrics, so I used 7 large men's dress shirts and 2 high quality sheets from a thrift shop -- altogether, the fabrics cost less than $50, which is very reasonable considering how nice the fabric is.

I tried to keep some of the pockets and tailored details from the dress shirts, and I really like how it turned out...

Last fall I invested in a computerized sewing machine.  This was my first big project since buying that machine, and I could really tell the difference that a nice machine makes.  My machine has lettering stitches, so I had to test them out on a little label.  Also, notice how the label says "Jan. 2011"?  This was on purpose, to force myself to finish the quilt by the end of the month. (It totally worked!)

The size of this quilt (66" x 90") made it pretty challenging to do the actual quilting, especially at the centre of the quilt.  That said, this was a fairly easy quilt to make as it is made entirely of squares and I just quilted along the seams.  Now I'm itching to do something with more complicated patchwork, but I'll definitely start with something smaller, not give myself an impossible deadline!

Thanks so much for looking, and please feel free to post any questions!

3  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Zombie Care Bear on: November 06, 2009 09:57:27 AM
A-mazing! So creative! So creepy!
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gettin' my poppy on! on: May 21, 2009 09:30:18 AM
Hi David - that's a great flower!  I'm looking forward to seeing that tutorial! 
My poppies are just done with a zigzag stitch, but the possibilities are endless with glitzier buttons, more petals and patterns and other stitches.
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Gettin' my poppy on! on: May 19, 2009 04:57:13 PM
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Gettin' my poppy on! on: May 17, 2009 12:51:51 PM
I have been on a pouch kick of late.  I present to you the fruits of my labours:

These were really fun to make, and the poppies are a great way to use up scraps. 

Thanks for looking!  Let me know what you think!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: boxy wallet on: March 27, 2009 10:01:50 AM
These are so nice!  Nice fabric choices!

(And, thanks so much nruio for posting that pattern, I've been trying to figure how to make these for the longest time!)
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flight of the conchords bag on: March 26, 2009 05:24:40 AM
This is so cool!  Nice design!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Post-- Big Sister Bag (w/Tutorial link) on: March 25, 2009 01:41:06 PM
This is so nice!  I love the fabric!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: TUTORIAL! Make a lined pleated pouch! (image heavy) on: March 21, 2009 08:14:59 AM
That's awesome, tinkerpuppet!  Sweet fabric!

Thanks for the feedback everyone!
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