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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I can sew, just not clothing on: February 15, 2013 07:09:30 PM
I have a question and hope someone will take pity on me and offer an opinion.  At the sewing expo I spyed some killer lobster fabric and just knew it was calling my name and wanted to become a sundress.  Seriously, it is the best dress fabric I have ever seen.  I would like a sundress, something with a bit of a flared skirt that I might be able to do a small crinoline under, but that really is my only need to have.  It is cotton and I bought 5 yards, totally guessed on the amount. 

So, how do i choose a pattern?  What I have seen at a quick peek at walmart just made me think of ill fitting, looks like I made it dresses.  How do I get a not too challenging but looks ok when I make it dress?  I can sew and have made several halloween costumes.  I am just not aware of how to make clothes fit well.  Is this too much?  How and where do I measure?  If you live close to me and want to help I'll make you a quilt Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A slice of summer time quilt on: October 02, 2008 07:43:37 AM
I made this for a swap, and she has received so I can finally post photos.  I think it looks juicy and like a slice of summertime sunshine, just right for making winter a littel less grey. 

I am really proud of this one and happy with how it came out!  i know the pattern isn't anyting too inventive, but I did plan it out all on my own and I am pleasantly surprised that it all worked out without having to cut anything off or add any fillers.

Ok... close up of the corner-

the entire quilt-

and I did a pantograpgh on this one on my quilting machine-

I did learn a bunch about pantos doing this and there are a few bobbles and wobbles but overall I am happy with the quilting on it.  This one I had a tough time letting go.... I really, really like it!  A good size, I think the fabrics are great and I backed it in flannel so it is a good nap quilt. 

let me know what you think!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sewing carry along on: August 28, 2008 12:20:02 PM
I am teaching quilting to two on my friends and thought this would make a great 'you are doing great' gift.  I think each took maybe 45 minutes to make and are super easy, but don't look like a slap together type project.

Ok.....  The Outsides-

The Insides-

and details....

There is space for a small cutting mat, a ruler, scissors, seam ripper, rotary cutter, pencils...  just enough to take along for a class or small work or stitching with friends.  Anyway, I am happy with them and I hope they'll like them. 
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The done is better then perfect quilt on: August 21, 2008 09:15:40 AM
This one was a tough one for me! Nothing about it on it's own is hard or too challenging, but the combo of thick flannels, on the bias and border prints made it a wee bit frustrating.
Ok.. the quilt-

The border.... 

close up of the quilting- I think I need some help on how to photograph this better-

and the overall quilting.  I like the desigh but wish it had more of a melon wedge shape- more oval, not circle.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / I don't get how people do this with out pre-washing on: July 02, 2008 02:05:35 PM
I have been quilting since 1986, and I have always pre-washed all my fabrics.  I started a quilt made from a jelly roll of fabric and it is driving me crazy!  I have so much lint building up it is setting off the sensors in my machine, the raveling is everywhere and this stuff is slippery too.  So, no more jelly rolls no matter how pretty they are. 
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My latest- buttonhole app. on: March 28, 2008 01:21:57 PM
Finally got this framed and up on the wall, the latest applique I have finished.  My husband says he sees a Dr Seuss type of thing with 1 eye...  I see a happy flower.  I told him that makes it art 'cause we see different things in it Wink 

anyway, here it is and this is my last completed project I am posting today.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / I have fallen in love with plushes on: March 28, 2008 01:16:59 PM
My first plushes, from the book Plush-O-Rama.  Made from recycled sweaters that have been felted and the are super soft. 

Catzilla and a dog-
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Not the best but it's a quilt! on: March 28, 2008 01:13:37 PM
Ok, I know this isn't the best ever but I now have a very happy 2 year old here.  It seems that the 'babies' we have are amazingly tired and are always sick so they needed blankets of their own because they are being put to bed all the time Smiley 

The blocks are from a swap and these just didn't quilt fit the theme or were a bit off in measurements and I am very happy that I got to use them in something.  I had an old flannel burb blanket we used for the border.  Simple and quick and I got some sewing in today so I am a happy camper!


blankets in action
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / buttonhole stitch applique? on: March 19, 2008 09:38:03 AM
I have a completed project I'd like to post but not sure where it'd go.  It is a needlework item, but I notice that most in this area is embroidery ...  is the lowly buttonhole stich applique welcome in here?? 
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Finished is better then perfect.... on: March 19, 2008 08:02:21 AM
This is my new motto.  I have quilts, quilt pieces, borders, kits, ideas, mistakes, and whatever else you can think of piling up in my corner of the world and at the top of all of that are felted sweaters ready to topple over. 
So today I am going to (said with strength and conviction!) finish quilting the one on the longarm, simple panto, and get those final 2 borders on the flannel and consider the top done. 

So I am curious.. is done better then perfect in your world? 
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