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11  Lime Green and Orange Pinwheel Quilt (pics) in Quilting: Completed Projects by bookwyrmhole on: July 07, 2008 11:57:57 AM
so...i was in home ec in 8th grade and we had to make a quilt. so i took home the pattern to buy and fabric and noticed that it was only for a crib size quilt, 5 by 4 blocks. i said to myself "what use will a baby quilt be? lets make it BIG!" me being the nerd that i am, i promptly began calculations to make mine twin size, 5 by 7 blocks. went and bought some of the COOLEST fabric ever at walmart for $1 a yard, cut my pieces and began sewing. lo and behold, cotton shrinks, like it always does, and i found myself four blocks short. so i say "i bet you have some matching fabric that you can use to fix this mess" and i did. hence the pink blocks on the corners that are different. my pretty fix. then i came to the actual quilting part of the project. i have been ahead of the class the whole time cuz i have a machine at home and i cut my strips at my aunt's house. but no, i can't just machine stitch-in-the-ditch like everyone else was going to do, i have to hand quilt it! i say "it can't be that hard, its like cross-stitching but faster." well, needless to say, i was no longer ahead of the entire class. and they all ended up tying their quilts. my mom had to help. but, i like how it turned out.

enough rambling, on to the pics. no, its not square, craftster resized it. the blocks are square, the quilt is rectangular.

the entire thing. its big. and the colors are blinding. but i don't care.

the back. yet again blinding.

close-up of one of the blocks and the awesome dotty orange fabric and vine-y green fabric. blinding. i know.

my magic corner block "i ran out of fabric" fix. pure chance that i had that pink, considering i really don't wear pink.

my attempt at showing my laborious hand-quilting, which i know isn't very good, but i was 13 and this was in the midst of finals!

so this is what i did for an edging. i just brought the back fabric around to the front, turned the edged under, and did really close machine topstitching. is this legal? i didn't like the way the bindings on other quilts were turning out.

and guess what? its huge, and i still don't use it!

thanks for looking, comments always welcome!
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12  Capri Sun/Kool Aid Jammer Bags (now with mini-tute!) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by bookwyrmhole on: July 07, 2008 11:10:15 AM
so i went to a sewing camp five years ago (i think) and another girl taught me (briefly) how to make these bags. so i went home and began eagerly saving pouches (no help from my brother, who for once in his life threw his trash away!) to make a bag. after a few months, 35 pouches, much wasted thread and a couple broken needles, i finally had my bag!

then i heard about a contest at my dad's take your kid to work day where you had to make something useful out of recycled materials. i was like "cool, im done already" until i saw that there were size restrictions, at which point i said "aw, crap, now i have to make another one." but all was well, i don't think i broke any needles on this one. 23 pouches this time, and kool aid jammer ones. well, i ended up winning the contest! granted, i was the only entrant in my age category, but i don't particulary care.

well, the judge put a nifty little note in above bag, asking would i please make her one. some communication, she wanted pink, which frankly doesn't exist, so red it is. i finished it and then... she dropped off the face of the earth. so i still have it. this was also the point at which i realized "hmm, i bet i can cut those wrappers and not have wide annoying handles, but instead have cool skinny ones." so i did. and i like it.

and my i just mention that these are freakishly strong? seriously. i use mine when i go to the library, which means, if you know me, that they have to be strong. i rather like books, but have an aversion to the skinny kind. if anything does break its just the thread so i sew it again and all is well.

and no, they don't still have juice in them. i have a magically secret way to wash them that doesn't damage the wrappers which ive never seen before. they do kind of smell like juice though.

i made a monstrously huge one that i donated to a silent auction, but the pics are mia for now.

thanks for looking, comments always welcome.

EDIT: mini washing+sewing tute
i cut holes in the bottom of mine and rinse them out, then leave them standing open in a dishrack to dry. then when i sew them together, no visible hole! ive even been know to just dunk them in a sink full of water. mine don't get wrinkly. some people cut slits in the back, but then you can see them (unless you line the bag, which i don't) and i don't know how well they'd dry.

as for the sewing, i use invisible nylon-ish thread that is for machine quilting. i slightly overlap the pouches for each panel and zigzag stitch them together, making sure to back tack because otherwise they'll come apart. then when i have all the panels i do a straight stitch to put them together with the seam on the outside. (see pic) BEWARE: THIS IS WHERE I HAVE BROKEN NEEDLES. i still have yet to find a perfect order to attatch all the panels together, but just don't try to sew too close to the corners at the bottom, or YOU WILL BREAK A NEEDLE! the bottom (which i forgot to show, sorry) is made out of three pouches that i kind of folded/overlapped so they look kind of like squares. i folded the extra length into the inside but didn't cut it off because it makes the bottom stronger. i just folded pouches to make them narrower on the first two for handeles, but then on the third one i actually cut them in half and then folded to make skinny handles. regular scissors.

hope this helps. id love to see any of your creations, especially if they're really different. not much of a mini-tute, maybe i'll add in process pics eventually.

please don't sell bags made this way (zig-zag stitch and invisible thread) as i have never seen it done this way and i would like to sell them myself. please.

happy crafting Smiley
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