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1  Hubby's Birthday Present/My First Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by PawPrints on: February 27, 2011 07:15:01 PM
My husband loves Cincinnatti Reds baseball.  I love sewing.  So a few months ago he mentioned that it would be pretty cool to have a quilt that looked like a baseball field.  I've been sewing for a long time, but I'd never made a quilt before.  I bought a quilting book and studied all about it until I felt pretty confident.  Here is the end product, and overall it turned out pretty well...but I had some pretty awful problems with the quilting process.

It is essentially a "map" of Great American Ballpark, with the major "landmarks" in the border, and his favorite players at each position.  I included the smokestacks, the home dugout, and the big screen.  The major piecing and quilting was done by machine, and just about everything else was handsewn.  It took me over a month!

The worst problem that I had was that I used invisible/clear thread to do the quilting.  That stuff is EVIL!!!  It kept bunching up in my machine and broke at least a thousand times.  I spent an eternity just getting it wound into the bobbin.  I will NEVER use it again!!!  Has anyone else had any trouble using this kind of thread?

The second problem I had was really awful wrinkling on the back, as you can see here:

I think the main issue was that this fabric was very thin and stretchy, even though it was woven.  No matter what, I could not get it to lie completely flat when I was assembling the quilt.  If it was flat in one area, it had wrinkles in another.  I used safety pins all over the quilt, spaced probably 8 inches or so apart.  Do you think this had anything to do with it?  Any tips for keeping my next quilt from ending up like this?

Regardless of the problems, my husband loved it anyway Smiley  And I have to say, not too shabby for my first quilt!
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2  Autumn-Themed Raggedy Ann in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PawPrints on: October 30, 2010 12:04:57 PM
This is my second Raggedy Ann and I'm really happy with her!  I think it's the best doll I've made so far.  She is a 20" doll from the popular McCall's pattern.  She turned out just exactly as I had envisioned.  I had originally planned for her just to be a Fall decoration, but now I think I'll make her a set of clothes for every season/holiday so I can always have her out  Smiley

And just to throw it out there - if you're looking for doll chairs to display your dolls, try local flea markets or antique malls.  I found the chair she's sitting in for $10.  All I had to do was sand and repaint and it was as good as new!

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3  Two Rag Dolls in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PawPrints on: July 28, 2010 07:36:43 PM
Today I finished my first Raggedy Ann doll.  I know it's nothing original, but I am so pleased with how she turned out!  I used the 1970's McCall's pattern, 15" tall.

And this is my Tropical Princess doll, made to commemorate my recent vacation to Florida.  The shells on her dress and headband are actual shells that I collected on the beach.  She is made from my own pattern, and her dress is a scrap from an old sarong.

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4  Re: Doll Clothes (Post your projects here!) in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PawPrints on: October 22, 2009 06:40:25 PM
What a fun thread!

Here is a dress and a hoodie I made for my 27cm Obitsu doll.  I plan to make more clothes, but this is all I've had time to make so far.

I did not make the jeans, I bought them from parabox.com
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5  First Bag, Wallet, and Key Fob in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by PawPrints on: March 17, 2009 06:27:02 PM
So I got a sewing machine for Christmas, and I've been practicing until I felt ready to make my first bag and wallet.  The bag is a simplicity pattern (can't remember the #); I used the pattern but made up my own instructions, partially because I find simplicity instructions hard to follow and partially because I wanted to modify it a bit (I wanted the pockets on the inside instead of the outside, and it called for a zipper but I'm just not ready for that yet).

Please don't mind the puppy in the background  Roll Eyes

Inside pockets (don't mind the kitty either)

I used this tutorial for the wallet: http://darnkat.wordpress.com/quilted-fabric-wallet-tutorial/ I don't know if this is in the tutorial list or not, but it should be, because it was very clear and easy to follow.  Mine turned out kinda crooked because I didn't measure everything perfectly square like I should have  Embarrassed but it's still good for my first wallet and it serves its purpose.

This fabric doesn't match the purse or wallet but I just LOVE it and it fits my personality exactly  Grin  I was scared that my machine couldn't sew through the 3 layers of webbing at the bottom, but she chewed right through it without any problems.  She's a good girl!

*Edit* a few of the pictures aren't working now, I'll fix them soon, sorry!  Sad
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6  Banjo-Kazooie Plush for Hubby in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by PawPrints on: January 03, 2009 06:34:56 PM
My husband is a big fan of the video game Banjo Kazooie.  He's always wanted a plushie of the character(s), but they are very hard to find, if they exist at all.  So I decided to make him one for Christmas!

This was very hard considering no patterns exist.  I took a clay figure he made of the characters and used that as a base for my pattern, and this is what I came up with:

Here's what the character(s) really look like:

He loved it!  And I'm really proud of myself for making the pattern completely from scratch.  Grin
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7  What am I doing wrong? in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by PawPrints on: December 26, 2008 08:55:19 PM
Santa was very good to me this year...he brought me a new sewing machine!  It is a Singer 3116.  I am pretty good at handsewing, but I have never used a sewing machine before.  Last night I read the instruction manual cover to cover, and started practicing.  I made some stitches on fabric scraps, but they didn't turn out so good.  I tried threading the bobbin both clockwise and counterclockwise and adjusting thread tension, but it's always the same.  The stitches on the bottom are always loopy (see picture)!  What can fix this?  Is there something I'm forgetting, or does it just take practice?

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8  Zoe's Tote Bag ("Diaper Bag") in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by PawPrints on: December 05, 2008 09:39:00 PM
I got really tired of my dog's things always lying around the apartment making everything look cluttered up, so I bought a cheap plain tote bag at Wal-Mart and decorated it.  I got the cute pawprint fabric at JoAnn's.  I basically just cut out the pieces and used ModPodge to glue them to the tote.  I thought about embroidering around the edge, but that would take too long for me and besides, I kinda like the rugged look.  The modpodge is keeping it from fraying, too.

So now this bag holds everything belonging to my dog: clothes, nail clippers, brush, toys, harness and leash, the list goes on  Roll Eyes

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9  Peacoat for a Pom in Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects by PawPrints on: November 23, 2008 06:20:13 PM
I used the Circle of Crafters free coat pattern to make this little fleece coat for my Pomeranian puppy, Zoe.  I modified it a bit, adding a hood and a d-ring to make it a harness-coat.  I meant for the hood to fit over her head, but I made it a bit too small.  Still, though, I think it adds to the look of the coat  Smiley  The underside and the inside of the hood are the same pawprint pattern in the stripe.  What do you think?

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10  Re: The Long Awaited Poppet-Along in Craftalongs by PawPrints on: June 20, 2008 06:58:30 PM
I almost forgot about the poppet-along and so am now just posting a pic of my first poppet, Penelope.  But now I have wasted hours reading the poppet-along and it makes me so happy to see so many beautiful variations of poppets!

Here's Penelope (or "Pippalee," which is what hubby calls her)
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