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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Kobo e-reader cover on: January 22, 2011 04:11:13 PM
Just today I purchased a Kobo e-reader from Borders ($40 off, yay!) and promptly purchased BirdifulStitches' ever popular cover pattern to encase it in!  It was easy and great fun to make Smiley  I did change it a bit- I put batting against the inside and outside fabrics, and I put a cut down piece of extremely heavy duty interfacing in the very center of both sides, to give it more shape.  That way when it gets beaten by things in my bag I don't have to worry about it as much.

I saw this fabric in November? and had to have it....love the irritated-looking orange dude Smiley  The button is a cover button made to match the inside.

The inside!  These fabrics had been purchased for a friend's quilt...but I have so many for that project now I don't feel terribly guilty using them Wink  The decorative stitching on the large pocket is obvious, there's a leaf pattern also on the small pocket-

which this non-flash picture kind of shows.

I'm so excited to start carrying it everywhere in style, and safely! 

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Assorted quilted goodies on: January 22, 2011 04:04:44 PM
I've become terribly bad about uploading my projects, so I'm going to chuck all three of these into one post.  The first is a paper pieced wall hanging that I worked on in a class back in August (!).  Can you spot my goof? Wink

Close up of the quilting

The back

hanging on my purple wall Smiley

Next is a small mug rug I made up about two weeks ago to a) get prepared for the swap, yay! b) to do some sewing and c) to kill some boredom.  I just threw it together, please don't judge me :O

And finally, I have a very close friend who was dealing with some bureaucratic mess the other week, and I (half-jokingly) offered him a quilted goodie to make it better.  So while he was out of town on MLK weekend I put this together for him.  I'm quite proud of the back, my quilting stitching is quite straight Cheesy

The wrinkly looking bits in the blue borders are decorative stitching in the quilting thread, which is very close to the blue color.

Whew!  Hope you enjoyed the 3 month tour of my fabric follies; feel free to ask questions, make comments, or....anything else you can think of Smiley
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Paul's Quilt on: January 22, 2011 03:56:46 PM
I have deduced, both in life and by reading the awesome things people on here make for their friends, families, etc; that far too many people have cancer nowadays.  This is a quilt for one of them.

Paul is a high school band director for/with whom I have been working over the last 3 years.  He's been a cancer patient for over 5 years, starting with a sarcoma and now with a secondary bone/blood cancer.  This past year things became bad enough to warrant surgery.  Since I knew he'd be having 2 surgeries, I wanted to make him a quilt to lay around under while stuck at home.  The first was before Thanksgiving, and he was only in the hospital about 3 days; the 2nd was December 20th, when he had five (!!) organs removed- and went home Christmas day Cheesy  He's doing well now, other than going stir crazy!  I managed to get this to him as he was recovering at home after the first go round.

That's on a full bed, it's about 4x6 feet.  Made of uninspiring squares Smiley

To show the back

And the obligatory cat approval Wink 

He very much seemed to like it, and I hope it's given him a good way to keep some music nearby even when he's not teaching Smiley
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Disney hip/crossbody bag of fun on: July 10, 2010 05:04:35 PM
It so happens this year that I get the awesome chance to go to Orlando with my college roommate and her mom.  We're leaving Friday morning for 5 days in Disney and Universal (YAY HARRY POTTER WORLD!! *cough* back to the post...).  And while I have bags I use to carry around theme parks, I thought to myself "Self, this is a great excuse for a new bag!".  And so I sat down today (watching ABC Family's Harry Potter weekend...) and put this together Smiley  I used the fantastic iris1617's tute for her belt bag for the freedom of all hands, found here.  

I made a few small changes- I put a pocket in the front side, and did the flap separate because I was using a directional printed fabric.  And I think mine ended up smaller than hers, but hey, it holds stuff!

Front/top flap

Inside, showing the pocket.  The tabs on the sides are meant to be used for a long purse strap, dependent on me finding/making one.  They'd also hold keys Smiley

And in action!

Thanks for looking Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rail Fence Lap Quilt on: July 10, 2010 04:10:36 PM
So, this here would actually be my fourth quilt...but I'm going to consider it my first "real" quilt.  I made my first quilt in the fall of 2008, mostly by hand.  I knew nothing about what I was doing to cut straight lines, sew proper seam allowances, or actual quilting.  That being said, it didn't turn out terribly bad.  The second was a donation for an auction, and the third was a mystery quilt project. 

Well, I found a quilt shop near where I'm living and learned they offer classes...and decided I should take the beginning class to really learn all those small details I couldn't pick up from a book.  So glad I did!  The teacher is fantastic, and the ladies I had the class with were all great fun.  And now I have a quilt that I know I worked really hard on and completed very precisely Cheesy 

And just a note, I have a fourth fabric for my border (I bought my fabric from the instructor, and she told me I could use a fourth on the top.  Score!).  So there's a close up of that one in there too.  Enough words, time for pictures Smiley

The best part?  The other ladies I took the class with and myself are taking another class together next month with the same instructor- this is addictive!! Smiley

Thanks for looking! Smiley 
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Intergalactic grime fighter! on: July 10, 2010 03:59:55 PM
All of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will....where do you want to start (cleaning)? Wink

Ok geekiness over Smiley  I started this dishcloth back in May when I signed up for the Dr Who swap rnd 3, thinking I could work the pattern out and then make one for my partner...only, it didn't happen that way.  I finally finished it a week or two ago.  I love it, but I wish the edges would lay a bit flatter (anyone have tips for that?).  I made the chart up by tracing the logo onto graph paper.  Smiley

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Stash-busting first afghan with LOTS of personality on: April 06, 2010 03:30:51 PM
  I made this afghan recently after the sister of a friend recommended the pattern that she uses a lot.  I was planning to use certain yarn on it- the first stripe closest to the camera- and by the time I got halfway through the skein realized that wasn't going to work, as I only had 3 skeins!  So I decided it should be a stash buster, since I have been collecting randomly colored yarns for years since I started knitting (almost six years ago) and hadn't done anything with them... Roll Eyes  It's mainly Lion Brand Homespun, Red Heart Super Saver, and other acrylic assorted yarns.  Onto photos!

Laid out on my full sized bed for size/color purposes

Detail shot

Closer look at the pattern and colors

And, this is my first post in knitting...I also finished some socks this past November and figured this would be a good place to put them Wink 

I had a lot of fun.  I've been knitting for years but I had gotten more into sewing (need instant gratification, and I knit sort of slowly) and I really enjoyed returning to it.  I was working on that blanket EVERYWHERE.  In case you would like it, the pattern is here.  I just kept knitting on mine so I could use up more yarn Wink, and I ended up using three strands instead of two.  But I plan to use the pattern again.  Questions, comments, concerns, suggestions for improvements always welcome!  And thanks for looking Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Purse and tote and zip pouches, oh my! on: April 06, 2010 03:19:18 PM
  This past weekend I spent some awesome quality time with my sewing machine and churned out a few of these fabric portfolios- one for me and two for gifts (my college roommate and her mom are really great to me, so I wanted to give them a gift when I visited).  I also made the purse I'd been promising my roommate for over a year.  And my Alice in Craftster-land swap partner received, so I wanted to share those bags too!

The portfolios...mine is the music printed one, which is also to the pattern size and interfaced with batting, versus the flannel as called for.  The other two are shrunk to 9.5X12 and use the flannel.  The pattern came from the May 08 Quilts and More. 

Fabric detail of the two smaller ones.  The pattern was brilliantly easy to follow and a good way for me to ease into [actually] measuring closely and following directions Wink

The promised purse, made from a pattern bought at my LQS.  It was EXTREMELY clear and detailed and fantastic.  Even with my multiple goofs it turned out pretty well.  I made it slightly longer than called for, and it finished about 9x7in.  The straps are long enough to go cross-body.

Almost done!  Please ignore the items in the photo that aren't bags... Grin  The blue tote has a silhouette of Alice and Hatter from SyFy's Alice on the front, appliqued on.  The zip pouch in the top left corner is free-motion quilted with red thread, and you can see the royal flush (in hearts!) patch on the front. 

And detail shots of the back/inside of the tote and zip pouch

Whew!  Hope I didn't picture overload anyone Wink  Questions, comments, concerns, and suggestions for improvement are always welcome Smiley

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Stash-busting leaf messenger bag on: December 03, 2009 08:47:22 AM
I made this Tuesday as a way to relearn my sewing machine (it's been a few months! Sad) and to practice techniques for bags I'm planning to make for Christmas gifts.  That was my excuse, anyway Smiley

The brown for the bag body and the brown and green framing on the flap were leftover from my Twilight quilt.  The fabric for the leaf square is leftover from a quilt I made last fall- same with the underside of the strap.  The body is lined with iron-in medium weight interfacing, and the lining, strap and flap are lined with medium sew-in (which is so much better, in my humble and now enlightened opinion Wink).  Pictures!  Please forgive the fact that they're dark and in the bathroom- I was waterproofing Smiley

Outside showing flap and outside fabric in detail

Showing the whole strap.  It's long enough for the top of the bag to hit at my hip.

Inside with the two pockets Smiley

Made with Gloriana's amazing tutorial, found here

Questions, comments, constructive criticism always welcome Smiley
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Dazzling Twilight Mystery Quilt on: September 02, 2009 08:28:43 PM
(terribly original title, no? Smiley)   I'm sure there are a number of TwiHards on here who are making/saw/know of Zeppelin Threads Twilight Mystery quilt (which can be found here!).  For most of the blocks they also give a great description of what inspired it and what it represents.  It was quite fun, and sort of challenging to try and figure how to cut my fabric when I didn't know what was coming next (and this was only my 3rd quilt!).  Onto pictures Smiley 

The top!  The pattern calls for a six inch border all around, but that's boring Wink  I decided to put quotes on blocks and piece the border.  I didn't quite think it through, so it's a bit rough, but the idea gets across.  The huge white block in the center bottom is the "About three things I was absolutely certain...".  And then there are just random ones scattered around.  One of my favorites has to be Jacob's "Life sucks and then you die.  Yeah, I should be so lucky" Cheesy

Detail of the bottom right corner of the back- it's an apple!  I'm thinking of stencilling "When you can live forever, what do you live for?" across the back above the apple in silver- any thoughts?

And front detail, just because Wink

Questions/comments/concerns/curses/constructive criticism all welcomed Cheesy  And if you made one of these, please share! Cheesy

{I apologize for the sideways pictures, apparently the photo hosting has decided to hate me....again.  I promise I turned them right, we'll see if they fix?}
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