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1  Re: Aussie only craft my stash in The Swap Gallery by stefmsu on: September 28, 2008 05:32:47 AM
Cindy - the items you made are just too cute!!  I love the owl!

I received from Taniquel.  Don't have a picture of the "before" stash but it was a bunch of paper, a bag full of letters, blank cards, stickers and other embellishments.  I love everything she made for me!!!  I never would have come up with these ideas!!!

Group shot: 

She made me a terrific birthday book (I am so jealous of her calligraphy!) with room to write birthdays in each month and then pages to hold cards.

Here are some of the cards she made.
A flower card made using ric rac and a bunch of "O"s - I never would have thought of this myself.  It might be my favorite!!

A camel card (I love it!)

A rhino card (but this might be my favorite, too)

A small container with 3-D flowers on the front that holds gift cards.

Close-up of the card she made using the letter Z (or N?)

A recipe book (and recipes included!) that she sewed together with a gorgeous stitch

Coasters made from old CDs (what a good idea!) and decoupaged and varnished

She organized the bag of letters I sent and sent me back the container with all the letters in their spots.  This is perhaps the best thing ever!

She also included a small tape measure so I can make a fabric-covered one like the one Farmgirljane made for emerri that I admired so much!

Thanks, Jen!  I had a great time swapping with you and I love everything you made!!!!

Steph Smiley 
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2  Re: Quilting with silk...am I stupid? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by stefmsu on: September 22, 2008 02:38:45 AM
I made some pillows using some of my dad's neckties.  Before I cut them, I used an iron-on stabilizer.  The squares I cut were about 3 inches and I had no dramas with it.  The pillows were a little bit stiff but keep getting softer and softer. 

Here's a picture:

I hope you find a method that works well for you. Have fun with it!
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3  Re: Men's Ties / Neckties in What the heck can I do with THIS? by stefmsu on: August 18, 2008 04:12:29 AM
Hi Missmoppet,
I'm sorry to hear you lost your grandpa. Sad  My dad passed away unexpectedly a few years ago and I've made a couple things with his ties.  I found the process very difficult but also cathartic.

I made a purse using rickrackruby's necktie schoolbag tutorial:

I also made a couple of pillows.  I picked apart the ties and ironed the silk onto heavyweight interfacing.  Then I cut out squares to make the patchwork:

My favorite bit is the back - I used a boy's button-up shirt for the back of one of one of the pillows:

Enjoy the process and the memories of your grandpa.  We'd love to see your finished projects!

Steph Smiley
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4  fabric lunch bag (pics included) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stefmsu on: July 31, 2008 04:17:20 AM
I made this cloth lunch bag following this tute .  It was so easy - just two fat quarters, a bit of interfacing, and less than an hour!

Thanks for looking!

Steph Smiley
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5  "Chicken and Egg" reversible tote made using gloriana's tute in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stefmsu on: July 31, 2008 01:15:04 AM
A friend from work is leaving us next week for a new job.  We work at the faculty of Veterinary Science at a large university and we call our little group of friends "The Vet Chicks" - so when I saw this material at Spotlight, I had to get it!  This is my first reversible bag and gloriana's tute was really clear and easy.

And here's a close-up of the fabrics:
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6  My first quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by stefmsu on: July 27, 2008 03:04:23 AM
I've just made a quilt!  This is my first one and it's got a lot of flaws but overall I'm pretty happy with it.  My friend's got us making things to donate to the Armenian orphans, and I hope they don't mind a wonky quilt...!


showing the back (cause I wanted to work with flannel)

It is VERY bright and pretty basic - just 4-square patches outlined in paw print material.  I stitched in the ditch around each large square and used bias binding for the final border.

Comments are welcome - I'd love advice for how to do these better in the future.

Thanks for looking!
Steph Smiley
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7  NEED HELP! Loopy bobbin (pic included) in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by stefmsu on: July 27, 2008 12:24:02 AM
I'm sewing bias binding around a quilt I just made and everything was going fine until I sewed over a safety pin.  I was able to untangle everything and start over, but now my bobbin is extremely wonky!  WHY?? 

The seam on the red bias binding is the top thread and the loopiness on the black fabric is what the bobbin does.  (And the bobbin is spinning the right way - it's a drop-in bobbin so not much else can really go wrong, I believe...)

I'm relatively new to sewing so a general explanation would be great, too.  I've read some books but it's always different when it happens to you!

Steph Smiley
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8  Re: Tutorial: easy peasy tote (with pics) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stefmsu on: July 11, 2008 04:50:21 AM
Thanks for the fantastic tutorial!!  I made a patriotic bag - and I was so  happy to find this material right before the 4th of July.  I'm an American living in Australia and I got the material for $1 a meter/yard (probably because no one else was buying it!)  Anyway, I am so proud of my tote!

Steph Smiley
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9  Re: Tutorial: Paisley Necktie Schoolbag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by stefmsu on: July 10, 2008 09:36:05 PM
I love this tutorial!!!  Thank you SO MUCH for posting it! Smiley

Here's my bag:

I used faux suede for the gusset, strap and lining.  I love the way it looks and feels, but my machine was not happy sewing through all those layers!  I also experimented with rings to attach the strap and I love the look!

Thanks again for such an awesome tutorial - this is about one of the first things I've made and it was really easy and clear!

Steph Smiley
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10  Re: Another Messenger Bag w/ Zip Top Closure - TUTORIAL NOW ON Page 3! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by stefmsu on: July 09, 2008 03:46:46 AM
I've made two of these this week!!  Oh my gosh, the tutorial is REALLY CLEAR and easy to follow.  Thanks so much for the step by step and all the photos! 

There were 2 things that gave me trouble: 
1.  When attaching the outside of the bag to the lining, keep the strap BETWEEN the two layers.  I wasn't smart enough to figure that out by myself...!

2.  I found it easiest to close the zipper halfway before sewing the lining to the bag, and by manually sewing together that side (on the sewing machine but by turning the dial) I was able to sew right through it.

This is the outside of my first bag:

And I made one for my mom's birthday.  I changed dimensions to make it wider:

Here's the inside:

I used sewpixie's tutorial to make a zippered pocket (too easy!!) and added lots of other pockets.

Steph Smiley
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