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21  cheery baps in Recipes and Cooking Tips by seamlessgem on: July 22, 2009 05:36:19 PM
My luvly man had to go in for a double hernia operation last week. The day before he was feeling pretty jumpy and nervous about it so I decided to cheer him up by making that days bread something special...
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What man could fail to feel his spirits lift when presented with a pair of these well rounded, curvaceous, wholemeal boobies.
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scary faced (and weirdly big haired) "look at the baps on that" pose.
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He loved them and laughed til his hernia bulged.
Just had to throw in this last pic to prove that the father of my child, my best beloved, gorgeous man is not the chimp faced, baked goods fetishising weirdo the previous photo may have suggested.

See, cute..
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22  "Head Spin" mini quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: July 18, 2009 03:42:32 AM

I made this for my partner in the Mini art quilt swap, which has produced some fantastic stuff from everyone. My partner just received so I'm safe to post now.

Angle shot to pick out the echo quilting.
I totally love crazy patchwork and pieced the background by string piecing a load of red strips and then hacking it up and reassembling all the pieces with a few new strips thrown in here and there.
I've managed to accrue a ton of different reds and love to use every last tiny piece.It's really hard to get the colours to come out right. They don't look nearly as pink as in these pictures and the pale strips are a shiny but quite deep red. I tried with and without a flash but it just couldn't make it work. Roll Eyes

This one is particularly annoyingly pink but give you the best image of the satin stitched appliqué (also shows up a few stray black threads I should have clipped a bit closer Embarrassed).

I'm a naughty patchworker I throw in all kinds of fabric textures and weights, but in an art quilt your safe to do what you like. That's why I love 'em
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23  mini quilts- my new obssesion! in Quilting: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: April 29, 2009 02:57:37 AM
I've recently been getting really into making mini quilts. These are a few of my first ones. Looking after a toddler and running my soft furnishing business from home leaves me absolutely no time to get into anything bigger, so these are ideal ways to experiment with ideas and techniques.
The colour scheme of these is all down to them being made from off cuts of this https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=293982.msg3342766#msg3342766 proper large quilt I made for my partner's Ma.
This one is about 9" square and is the first one I tried.

This one is a kinda IOU quilt for my parents. I'm making them a quilt for their ruby wedding anniversary but had no chance to finish it, so sent them this to try and assure them their quilt is on it's way.It's  about 6" square-ish.

With this fishy one I was experimenting with free form machine embroidery over the top of appliqué and patchwork, using the embroidery to shape and colour in the fins.It's about 4"x7".

This last one was my first attempt at a fabric ATC so is 2.5"x3.5"

I like it too much to give away so now it's framed on my work room wall.
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24  Re: Fabric ATC Swap R4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by seamlessgem on: April 21, 2009 05:41:10 AM
I received this little beauty from Krafty_karasu,
It's titled "a few of my favorite things" and it does indeed represent just that. Hands, birds, planets, stars, spirals, love it.
my 2 year old son is sat on my lap right now singing "Twinkle Twinkle" to it...

What did you use for the image transfer? I've never tried it myself but I'd like to give it a go.
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25  Re: Fabric ATC Swap R4 GALLERY! in The Swap Gallery by seamlessgem on: April 12, 2009 07:12:10 AM
Many apologies to Theplatypusproject for not getting her card up sooner.
Here it is in all it's planety gloriousness! I love the furry planet surface and the icy blue and silvery colour scheme.
It's called "Alien Nation"

I also just received this felt sparkly lovely from Dramatruama. The comet tail is fantastic and it's got wee star charms on the side.
It's called "Chaotic Chaos"
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26  Re: Make Me A Reusable Shopping Bag Swap – Round 2 - The Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by seamlessgem on: March 20, 2009 04:54:47 AM
Well here are the lovely bags Samj sent to me!
sorry for the delay in getting them up here, it's been a crazy couple of days...
Loving the crochet, I'm rubbish at it myself!

The singlet style bag is a very pretty fabric.

tasty lining shot..

beautiful work, thanks sooo much.

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27  "loved up" re-usable shopping bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by seamlessgem on: March 12, 2009 02:51:08 PM
my swap partner has received these now, so I won't be spoiling the surprise.

This one is based on my favourite shop bought reusable bag- the Ikea blue mini shopper.
I had some medium weight black canvas and cut it to the Ikea shape, square base that gives a very cube like shape.

I like the long handles on the blue bag, so made sure mine were long enough to go over your shoulder.

The heart motif is kinda crazy patchwork that I foundation pieced then freehand squiggle stitched it on the front.   

The second is simple square bag. This time the heart is a piece of plain blue denim, with squiggly freehand stitching again.

The colour went really weird in this photo. It is actually a ruby red sort of colour, but it's the only pic I have of the shape

I left the denim edges raw as I like a more deconstructed look.
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28  Turning leaves for my mother outlaw in Quilting: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: February 24, 2009 03:56:50 PM
It was my MOL's(me and the man are not married, she's not an inlaw, she's an outlaw) 70th birthday over the weekend and having only given myself a month to do it I was very pleased to have finished this in time.

She likes strong colours and happened to turn up to her birthday dinner wearing rusty reds and gold, so when she opened the parcel she matched the quilt! I was really relived as it's always a little daunting picking colours for someone.

Here it is in all it's glory, pinned to my work room wall.
I had a crisis half way through and thought it was all a bit garish(I do love to add a bit of disco sparkle to my quilts), but now I reckon it's all come together OK.
She LOVED it and that's really the only thing that counts.
This is the first time I've tried this sort of random foundation piecing on a quilt. It's cool...
Had to keep the quilting fairly simple. Time was ticking away and I must admit I find the putting colours and designs together part much more interesting than the actual quilting bit.

Appliquéd centre leaves

First time using those curved quilting pins...Fantastic... I used to baste things all together by hand, not any more!

The quilt is about 5' square. Big enough to sit beautifully on the top of her bed or used as a sofa throw, but she said she was thinking of using it as a wall hanging so everyone can see it. Grin
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29  A cushion for nana to cuddle in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by seamlessgem on: February 22, 2009 03:13:00 PM

I had the idea for this while sorting all my wee boy's tiny baby things for storage.
Hamish is my folks first grandchild and because they live 500 miles away they don't get to see him as much as they would like, so I wanted to make a nice soft cuddly "commemorative" pillow for my mother to hug when she misses him.

I took one of his tiny vests(guess you call them onesies in the states) and stuffed it with a layer of quilt batting to give a kind of quilted effect then did the same with a pair of socks. I appliqued the vest to one side.

I'm really liking doing free hand writing on my lovely sewing machine, so I put his name (forgive the airbrushing I feel a bit funny putting his whole name up here)and birthday on and sewed the socks in the middle.

She loves it, it made her cry!
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30  Octopus evolution- now with rough pattern... in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by seamlessgem on: December 07, 2008 06:58:25 AM

I started making a few fabric balls for my toddler as he's reached that "lets chuck everything around the house to wind up my mum, stage" and I needed something safe and appropriate to use for indoor football practice.
When I'd made a few, an idea started to come together in my head and soon the simple ball pattern began to elongate and legs appeared.
With a wee bit more tweaking and some chunky textured velvet, my octopus was fully formed and ready to meet his public!

Except for a few sock monkeys,this was my first soft toy animal and I'm really happy with it.
I'm especially happy about how the pattern just kind of happened! Grin

Here's a picture of the paper patterns I used for the balls and the octopus.
I suggest that you try putting together a ball first, it's good practice for getting mr octo's head right:
 Cut 8 shapes, sew together in pairs then sew the resulting ball quarters together so you get two halves then sew these together leaving a gap to turn it right side out and stuff. I found doing it in this order made it easier to get the points to meet neatly at either end.

The octopus top can be pieced in a similar way, but only join the pieces together as far as the wide centre point leaving the righthand  sides (roughly marked with yellow dots- a bit to small to see on the photo... sorry) free as these form the tentacles.
The undersides need to be stitched together along the short left hand triangular shaped bit(marked with purple dots - you can see them if you zoom in) so they fan out into a star shape. leave the final join unsewn to give you a hole to turn him right side out through. Pin the underside of the tentacles to the tops and stitch together. turn right side out through the gap in his underside. it took me a lot of time and poking about with a knitting needle to get his tentacles right. Stuff the head and tentacles firmly but don't put too much in the flat skirt shaped part of his body. sew up the hole in his underneath and quilt in triangles between his tentacles to give the webbed effect.
His eyes were just circles of white fabric I sewed with a running stitch, then pulled up to make a little pouch which I stuffed and sewed shut then hand stitched on eyelids made of the body fabric and slot like octopus pupils made of black felt.

Sorry I couldn't find the time to do a more detailed tute with pictures, but I'm up to my neck with work all to be finished by Christmas!
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