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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / ohio sky brick path quilt on: February 20, 2009 05:15:26 AM
This is the Ohio sky brick path quilt I just finished.  I used the Ohio sky colorway of Amy Butler's Midwest Modern collection.  More details on my blog, http://janmade.com/2009/02/20/the-brick-path-quilt/.  Thanks for looking!

12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / eco friendly coffee cuffs on: December 10, 2008 06:38:03 PM
I made these as christmas gifts for my over caffeinated friends.  They were so simple!  I just loosely traced a starbucks cuff to make sure mine would fit a standard cup.  Then I just sewed wrong sides together, turned right side out, ironed, topstitched, and used little velcro circles to fit them to the cup.  They are so easy and fast to make, and I used scrap fabrics I had laying around the house, and leftover fleece for the lining.  If you need a last minute gift, these are a great idea!

on a cup

all together

13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / lap quilt for mom for christmas on: December 06, 2008 01:06:32 PM
i just finished this lap quilt for my mom for christmas today.  its a rail fence and about 60" square.  I'm really proud of how it turned out, its my second large-ish quilt and its the first time I made and sewed binding, which I was really intimidated by.  let me know what you think!




14  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / my first sock monkey on: November 25, 2008 02:16:48 PM
I was so inspired by yackyjan, the most amazing sock monkey maker i have ever seen,  i decided to make my own monkey! here she is, i made her a dress, without a pattern, so its not very good, especially in the tail area, but i think she is pretty cute regardless.  she needs a name though, i dont know what to call her!




i just realized she doesnt have nostrils!  should i add them?

15  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / my molly monkey on: November 16, 2008 06:58:15 PM
I just finished my molly monkey from the pattern on mmmcrafts.blogspot.com.  I used fabrics from the moda recess line for her dress and socks.  I love her, I think she turned out really cute.

16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Samus Quilt - Pic Heavy! on: November 01, 2008 10:18:07 PM
A dear friend of mine is getting married and I wanted to do something really special for him and his fiance...they are two of those "people who have everything", and I wanted to give them something a little more unique then some housewares off the registry.  So I decided to make one of the ubiquitous video game quilts! I knew metroid was my friend's fave old school nintendo game, so I went with Samus.  Many many hours on this labor of love later, I am finally finished! I wanted to share how I made it, because I think I used a much easier technique than just sewing thousands of squares.

First, I drew my design and cut the squares. I did 2" squares, the finished design used 1170 squares.

Then I used fusible quilt grid and first laid out the 2" squares into the pattern, then pressed to stick to the fusible.

I sewed the horizontal rows first. Since I needed to use 2 pieces of quilt grid to accommodate the size of my quilt, i just attached the two pieces during this process.

The next step is clipping the seams at each intersection, I didn't get a photo of this, just clip the seams where the vertical fold will cross.
Fold the vertical seam and sew down the row.

Then you are done with the image!

 I added borders to make it larger. 

I sewed the batting, backing, and top together first and flipped inside out like a pillowcase, rather than do binding.  After that I topstitched in 1/4" from the edge making sure to sew the opening from flipping the quilt shut, and quilted the top and it was done.  The finished size is about 56" x 72".  I feel this method is a lot easier to control, making things more precise and saving a lot of sanity instead of sewing each square individually.  I've only done a baby quilt before, so this was my first large undertaking, I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

finished quilt


17  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / You established a name, but someone on etsy already has it, what to do? on: October 29, 2008 07:54:46 AM
Ok, so you have a blog, built a website, own the domain with your business name...then you decide you want to set up a store on etsy and someone else has that name?  Do you modify your business name with something lame like "name1" or "nam3" or what?  How do you differentiate, yet maintain your name consistency, for lack of a better term?
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / how do i take a sprite and make a pattern from it? on: August 07, 2008 12:16:19 PM
I was wondering if anyone could help me by explaining this, i feel pretty dense.  I have been on the sprite web pages looking for ideas for cross stitch, but how do you take a sprite off one of those sites and convert it into something you can make a pattern from?  any advice would be great. thanks!!!
19  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / baby shower decorations - baby sock bouquet and diaper bear on: July 17, 2008 04:53:37 PM
so i am helping to throw a baby shower for my friend this sunday, i made a baby sock bouquet and a diaper bear.  I think they both turned out pretty cute.

20  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / baby quilt and stuffie (img hvy) on: July 01, 2008 04:58:33 AM
I just made my first quilt...its a baby quilt for one of my best friends, who is due in August.  It really inspired me to try making another quilt, but I will never use the furry/fuzzy fabrics again!  I think it made everything so much harder, and I would be covered in  off white fur every time I worked on it.  I was beginning to regret my decision to make it!  But now that I am done, I am so happy with how it turned out.  I feel so accomplished!  I also made a stuffed puppy with the leftover materials.  She is a little wonky, but I think it adds to her charm Smiley
Anyway, here they are!

The Quilt:

The puppy:

Puppy and Quilt together:
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