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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Great Wedding Quilt Caper on: September 19, 2011 07:39:59 AM
My sister Angie and her man Nathan finally got married! You may remember Angie and Nathan from our exciting adventures in Ecuador together a few years ago. They did the exotic travel thing, and then the "having a baby" thing, and then finally, Finally, they decided to go ahead and get married.

The proposal happened last fall, and around Christmas they announced the wedding would be "some time in the summer." By my calculations, that gave me 6 to 9 months to put together a bitchin' present.

Challenge accepted.

I had this idea. I'd recently gotten into quilting. And by that I mean that I made a very simple small blanket out of 8X8 inch squares that was all mangled because I didn't bother to learn how to finish it correctly (for those that don't know, attaching the front patchwork part of a quilt to the soft batting and the back is done in a really specific and finicky way, and if you don't do it properly the whole thing looks like junk). I was practically an expert. Who wouldn't want a wedding quilt?

I sent squares of a plain beige material to friends and family and asked them to decorate them in some meaningful way and return them by April. That was the hardest part: getting those squares back from people was an exercise in frustration that I imagine is on par with herding cats. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pk7yqlTMvp8&feature=player_embedded

But finally, but late June (JUNE!) I had 30 squares back. Now it was my turn. Time to put them all together into a quilt. No problemo.

Putting them all in their perfect place

Front Assembled

Trying to attach it to the batting without mangling the whole thing

Final Product!

Needless to say, it was a little more work than I anticipated.

The hardest part turned out being keeping it a secret. I was worried that one of my co-conspirators would spill the quilty beans, but it was me who very nearly told Angie several times.

Angie: Whatcha doing?

Me: Working on your qu....I mean, nothing. I'm doing nothing.

This was also my excuse for doing nothing else over the summer. Finding yoga work, writing, updating my blog, getting a stockpile of knitted good going - all that was put on hold.

I'm happy to announce that despite all of the great opportunities to ruin the surprise, Angie and Nathan made it to their wedding day having no idea.

Now, back to my regular scheduled programming. What did I used to do in my free time?
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Patchwork duvet cover a la Amy Butler on: March 02, 2009 06:29:11 PM
My duvet cover used to be white...I think. It was all yellowy and ripped up. I got some money for christmas, so I thought I'd splurge and buy some nice material for a new duvet cover.

I used the patchwork duvet pattern in Amy Butler's Stitches. It was my first attempt at anything patchwork-quasi-quilty.

If you're thinking of using this pattern, beware! The material measurements are all weird in it. It calls for around 20 yards of fabric, and something like 13 different kinds. I ended up with way too much of some stuff, and not nearly as much as others. For the most part the instructions are pretty good, but the last few steps call for a lot of extra work that isn't needed. And she puts the opening/buttons at the top, which is just plain weird.

Oh, and the picture in the book is horrible, really blurry. So you don't get a good idea of what it will look like when finished.

Anyway, here are some picks of the looooong process.

First step, the foundation in pieces.
You can't really tell, but the material that looks white is really green and brown pin stripes.

And all together. I nearly stopped at this step as it doesn't look too bad. But I'd already bought the rest of the material:

Making these ovals took forever. They all have sew-in interfacing on the back.
At this stage I thought they looked really stupid, but my sister convinced me to keep going, and they do look much better when actually sewn on.

I've never sewn something so big before!

Done at last!

Close up of the ovals:

Thanks for looking! Feeback/ideas for improvements always welcome Smiley

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Knotty Canada t-shirt on: May 31, 2008 06:13:37 PM
Is anyone else addicted to Generation T? I got it out of the library, and the next day I ran out in bought it.

This is my attempt at #33 from the book. It's a no-sew shirt. I thought that would be boring, but it was actually really fun, and quick, to make.

I don't have a before pic, but it was your standard huge tshirt.

The back is the coolest.

After I was done tying the back, the arm holes were huge, and it looked really trashy. After a few attempts to fix it (and only making it worse) I decided to snip the shoulder straps and tie them as well.

Thanks for looking!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Oversized Checked Shirt - How to recon it into something summery? on: May 31, 2008 02:40:30 PM
I bought this shirt at a thrift store for a few bucks. I really like the material. It has snaps instead of buttons, and I like the pockets.

Does anyone have any suggestions on what I should do with it? I'd love to turn it into something summery, and use the pockets. Any tuts I should check out?

Any and all suggestions are greatly appreciated!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Really easy reversable aprons (pirates and jazz) on: May 11, 2008 08:45:55 AM
I have to admit, I ripped this idea off of my sister. She had a really basic apron pattern, and tweaked it to make it reversable. Now, I am a sucker for reversable garments, so I had to have one.

When I got the fabric cut, the woman said "Oh, you're going to make a little boy so happy with this!" And I said "Actually, it's for me..." She didn't have much to say after that Cheesy

The pocket isn't really off center. It's just looks like that in the pic. 

I love my pirate apron. I can wear it this way if I'm feeling more like a kid, or, I can flip it around and be more serious, with just a smidge of pirate. Cheesy

Then my mom wanted me to make one for my step-dad. He's really into jazz, so I thought this material would be appropriate.


D rings:

And the back:

What I especially like about it is how far back it wraps around. I find a lot of patterns are just a front panel with ties. They offer no hip protection against spills (which are a common occurance in my kitchen).

Thanks for looking!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / New Spring Skirt (Burda 8090) with pictures! on: May 05, 2008 07:53:08 PM
I've been on this skirt kick lately. It must be the weather.

I bought Burda 8090(http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/show/1022), only to discover you can download it for free.

The pattern was pretty easy, and that's saying a lot considering I'm an awkward newbie. The material I got was a little see-through though, so I decided to add some lining. I found a great tutorial (http://www.ca.uky.edu/hes/fcs/factshts/ct-mmb-172.pdf) that you can download that made this process a breeze.

I just love this material, and love even more that I made something from scratch that fits!

I wasn't sure about the green trim. Originally I wanted yellow, but couldn't find any that matched. The green is growing on me, though.

I was afraid of the pleats, but they turned out to be super easy.

And a matching headband with the left over. Tutorial here(http://www.kcquilts.com/blog/2006/09/reversible-fabric-headband-tutorial.html)

I hope you like it! Any feedback is most welcome.
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Pants into skirt recon on: April 21, 2008 11:02:48 PM
Hi Everyone,

I've just recently gotten into sewing. Mostly because I enjoy new clothes but hate shopping. I had a few pairs of pants that were too big, and found this really easy tutorial on turning them into skirts.


I forgot to take before pics.

Close up of panel:

When I first made this the panels were totally see-through, so I had to go back and line them. Oops!  Shocked

Jean skirt:

I'm new to all this, so any comments are appreciated. Thanks for looking!
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