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1  Re: Beginners inchie swap gallery (send out by 16th Feb) in The Swap Gallery by ac! on: February 19, 2011 04:55:15 PM
Recieved my inchies from Kitten Wrangler yesterday!  Not only are the awesome inchies but, each set has a really meaningful and personal story behind it.

LOVE these origami envelopes that seperate each of the sets.  Much more creative than my method of throwing them all in the envelope all jumbled up.  Tongue  Stealing this idea next inchie swap I do!

These are nature inspired (which was my theme) and also depict the area where my partner grew up and many generations of her family lived.  I love the personal story!

The next two sets are inspired by songs.  This one by the song Loverman by Nick Cave.  I love the vintage picture of the couple on the moon!

This one is by the song Il Peso della Valigia by Luciano Ligabue.  It's based on a poem he wrote which I thought was really neat too. 

Sun, rain, snow, storms
On the suitcase, and inside your head
And legs for going
And a mouth for kissing

Sun, rain, snow, storms
On your hair, over the things you've seen
And arms for holding
And hips for dancing

I had fun learning more about my partner and exploring some music which I had never heard before.  I really appreciate all of the hard work she put in to creating these artistic and thoughtful inchies for me!!
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2  HELP! Bias tape disaster on a bib I'm making for baby shower gift! in Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions by ac! on: November 07, 2010 04:48:16 PM
Cute pattern.  Check.
Decent embroidery job. Check
Bias tape. FAIL!

I am a beginner and I thought that this would be an easy project!  The bias tape looks okay in the front, not perfect but, acceptable and then in the back it goes horribly wrong.  Not really sure what happened there.

Any advice on how to salvage this or maybe ideas on deconstructing it and making it into something else?
I'm making it for a co-worker of my husband's (a fan of The Office, hence the beets).  Thanks for looking and in advance for any advice you may have!
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3  Cooking Themed Quiet Book-Lot's of pictures! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by ac! on: August 15, 2010 05:22:43 PM
I made this quietbook for my nephew's birthday.  My sister got him a toy kitchen so I made this "cookbook" to go with it.  Given that I'm a beginner at both sewing and embroidery, this project turned out much better than I expected.

The refrigerator, freezer, and oven open up. 

My son loves the book I will have to make him one next! Smiley
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4  My first sewing project! Hand-tied play mat in Quilting: Completed Projects by ac! on: April 09, 2010 10:50:31 AM
I have been really wanting to try quilting but, haven't sewn anything since I took home economics in middle school!  So I decided to try and make a simple blanket for my son to play on.  My great grandma made me several hand-tied quilts so I decide to do that.  It's didn't turn out perfect but, baby doesn't seem to mind!  Smiley
Any comments/advice would be much appreciated!

I sewed the two pieces of fabric together like you would for a pillow case then turned them right side out and sealed the opening with by hand an invisible hem stitch.  I used embroidery floss to tie it.

I had a hard time keeping a straight line and I veered off course in several places!  The back piece of fabric also bunched up a lot!  Would a walking foot help with this?
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5  My bearded husband: A noodle portrait in CHALLENGE 49 ENTRIES by ac! on: April 07, 2010 11:07:10 AM
This is my first Craftster Challenge and I had so much fun making it!
It's a portrait of my husband, Greg made out of his favorite type of noodles.

I think the curly noodles worked really well for making his beard! Smiley

A picture of my husband of my husband.
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