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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt on: May 14, 2010 07:46:50 AM
Or, as I call it, my first 'What not to do' quilt  Cheesy I can sit all day in front of spreadsheets and tinker with forumlas, but squares of fabric did me in, lol - go figure!

The big lessons I took away: My rotary cutter & scissors do not shoot flames when cutting material, putting the pedal to the metal is a figurative term for driving, not sewing (for me, at least). Self binding - I like this, alot. My execution of it - not so much.

 I learned so much doing this on my own - I think that next time I'll be in the right frame of mind to tackle it more carefully, and methodically. This was a 9 patch, with the squares cut & turned - forget what it's called? I'm sure someone knows the official name. It's 48x48 & my oldest dd picked out the fabrics - when I gave it to her this morning she grabbed & hugged it and was like, 'oh yessssss!'

C&C welcome - Thanks for looking!

12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / From night to day on: May 03, 2010 09:30:44 AM
I used an old satin night shirt that I had hanging around and some stretchy black knit and pieced this together yesterday afternoon. It's my first recon of something - was easier to do than I thought, but it made me think on how to use what I had more effectively.

Thanks for looking Smiley
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Halter Neck Dress- Simplicity 2947 on: April 23, 2010 11:21:03 AM
I'm not a big fan of halter tops, but it gets so frigging hot in Phoenix after June -I need to start going on something. And being fairly new to sewing (at least things for myself, instead of my kids) might as well do a summery dress.

 I had a rough start to say the least on this - did the measurments, cut the pattern, did a test fit, sewed and then went 'Oh sugar honey ice tea!'. The top part/bust was way too small (went from 40 to 35 inches with 3/8ths seams?), redrafted on tissue paper, just expanding off the one I had cut (doh!) and got it to fit, but awkwardly so. The bottom skirt measurments were fine. And the shrug- I like that quite a bit myself - didn't care for the elastic @ the cuffs, tho.

Think I will keep this one for laying around at home and try again with a light-med. weight jersey and do the bust differently, like connected in the middle with diaganol pleats, or just ruched up in the middle and straps front to back.

Thanks for looking Smiley
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / New cushions for a porch swing on: April 04, 2010 02:05:29 PM
I got this porch swing for free a few years ago and have gone through 3 cushion sets, the top frame/plastic doohickey broke and the dogs shredded the fabric by the time I got home. I finally gave up and just let it sit outside and the dogs took over it. The old man chiweenie likes to lay down/swing in it. Wierdo. Smiley

My folks came to visit a few weeks ago and we usually do a few projects around the house, besides them spoiling grandkids. This was my moms & I - a new cushion set which can be moved easily indoors and used as floor cushions in the family room, etc. My dad & dh's project - well..they logged some serious REM cycles in the early afternoons. Grin

2 inch foam (22x63 inches), 2 king size pillows, 4 yards fabric, 4 yards velcro, 3 yards bias tape.
Sewed 2 giant pillowcases with bias tape/velcro on the ends
The cushion just wrapped the fabric around, sewed velcro down the center and on the ends.

Next project is re-paint the frame, I'm thinking aqua or yellow.

15  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The *Bold* Miss Lily dress on: April 01, 2010 11:24:02 AM
I thought this was an adorable pattern from The Handmade Dress and decided to go for it. Glad I did, but oh my...this red is bold! I think it works for 'Fine Dining & Spring Picture Day'  at school, though. Maybe next time I'll tone it down a bit  Wink

Also featured is Miss Sass and her shirred polka dot dress.

16  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / First Attempts at Shirring on: February 23, 2010 12:08:35 PM
The only problem with sewing for 2 girls, is that the 3rd one will pipe in at the end, "But I wanted my dress that way, too!  Cry "   As she wads up the twirly sundress and stuffs it under the bed in disgust.   T_T *sighs* And so it continues...lol.

These were pretty easy, but what isn't when it's just a big tube in the end, right? Will be doing more of these for the summer as play dresses for sure.

C+C  Smiley

/sorry 'bout the bluriness- bad lighting+camera phone since the camera cable is MIA right now (story of my life)

17  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first purse on: January 11, 2010 08:45:22 AM
Yeah...it's a jordy/hobo-y type of thing. Decided to give it a whirl - I'm limited on my fabric stash right now and so I used a green corduroy that my grandmother sent me (from  jumpers she made for when my cousin & I were little) and a satiny animal print shirt that I no longer wear.

C+C welcome  Smiley
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Christmas Star on: December 07, 2009 01:38:01 PM
Alright - I can't take all the credit for this - I had my husbands help. After all was said and done, he tried to climb our pine tree to no avail and we settled for in front of the window, since the plug type was compatible with what we had run close to it, while the one by the tree wasn't... 1 outlet outside makes it difficult to do multiple strands of lights. For us...at least  Roll Eyes

Got the wood slats in 4 foot lengths at Home Depot - bought 4, really needed 5 - so we took the last one off a fencing section that had fallen apart in the back yard. Cut each in half, nailed together, screwed on the back supporting pole and stapled 2 strands of 50 ct. lights to the front. We like it, our neighbors...probably not so much, lol.

Sorry about the night shot- I'm still learning the quirks of my camera - and the image stabilizer, or lack thereof.

19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Frog & Minky Scarves on: November 02, 2009 09:05:11 AM
We had a cold snap last week, which prompted me to buy jackets for my girls, so I decided to sew scarves to match (little did I know the mercury would hit 90 again over the weekend).

Pretty basic, each is about 38 inches x 9 inches and have a pocket sewn on the top for whatever treasures they find walking home.

20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Montana Knox's 'Dead Bird' on: October 16, 2009 10:02:22 AM
It took alot for me to even begin this - to consider and then decide to enter, and then to find an image - nothing seemed to fit. I found a site of sketch drawings by Montana Knox - I chose this one based on a question I asked myself,  " In the end, how did I feel?"

 I didn't have the option of running or hiding; I had to face it head on. My situation tested every fiber of my being- physically, spiritually, and mentally- I was drained.

This sums it up. It's not pretty, it's not cute. It is what is. It's what I was, but not who I am.

Majority is done with a stem stitch, with back stitch here and there.
C+C appreciated. Thanks for looking  Smiley
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