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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Nursery Set - curtains, bed skirts, diaper stacker, blanket PLUS dresser revamp on: October 26, 2013 01:53:06 PM
I am pregnant and due one week from tomorrow.  I have been working hard on getting the nursery set done.  So far, I've finished curtains for both windows, bed skirts for both beds (twin and crib), diaper stacker, and the crib blanket.  For the diaper stacker, I used the tutorial here: http://www.sewing.com/downloads/projects/bds6645.pdf.  Everything else is my own pattern.

Almost everything - missing the twin bed with the skirt and the other window with the other curtain

Another view of the crib blanket and window.

Diaper Stacker

My husband repaired and repainted an old dresser we got for free.  Looks SO MUCH better!  There's a couple places that he avoided when painting because he had to use wood putty to repair them and the wood putty wasn't quite dry yet.  He'll have to go back and touch those up later.
22  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Garage Sale fabric turned maxi dress on: January 14, 2013 11:40:59 AM
Thank you for your kind words!  It is interesting that you compliment me on matching stripes as I did not do that on purpose.   I just cut the pieces and sewed according to the directions.  I didn't fussy-cut anything to match stripes.  It just worked out that way.   Roll Eyes
23  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Garage Sale fabric turned maxi dress on: January 14, 2013 10:17:15 AM
I happened upon a garage sale selling fabric for $1/yd.  I rummaged through boxes and boxes of fabric and found several that I liked that had enough I could make larger projects.  I took them home and stuck them in my fabric stash.  Fast forward a couple of years...  It has been quite cold here (highs in the 20's *F, without wind chill..  Lows in the negative single digits at night).  I have also recently completed several projects for other people and thought that it was time to do something for myself.  I had been looking at quite a few maxi dresses recently and had decided that I wanted one.  That's when I happened upon this fabric in my stash and decided it would be perfect for a maxi dress.  I found a tutorial that looked interesting and decided to go for it.

Here's a link to the tutorial I used: http://www.sew-much-ado.com/2011/08/soho-maxi-dress-tutorial.html.  I did have to change the tutorial some to make it work for my fabric.  First of all, I used cotton instead of knit fabric.  That in and of itself didn't require much change, but my fabric was only 40" wide, while the tutorial called for 60" wide fabric.  So,  I ended up having to use twice the length of fabric to make up for the lack of width.   Other than that, I followed the tutorial fairly closely, maybe almost too closely.  For the front of the dress, the tutorial shows a picture of a cami being laid on the fabric, with the fold of the cami on the opposite side as the fold of the fabric and then cutting the fabric.  I did this only to realize that I would then be matching the front center of the dress with the sides of the back.  I ended up modifying the "front" and making it the back because of this.  Overall, I think the dress turned out really well.  I really like the length.  In the pictures, I am wearing boots with ~1" heels.  The dress just barely touches the floor. 

I was running really short on time with this dress as I started it at about 2:30 pm on a Saturday afternoon and wanted to wear it to church the following morning.  I realized when I was nearly done with the dress (after I'd serged the seams) that I had wanted to add pockets.  That was at about 10pm Saturday night.  I am NOT a night owl, so I was pretty tired by that point.  I decided that I'd wear the dress as it was and add pockets later.   At the garage sale, I bought 4 yards of this fabric for $1/yd.  I used all but about a foot of the fabric, so this is my $4 dress!  Despite the lack of pockets, I really like the dress and would love to hear your comments/critiques!

My hubby's version of a close-up:   Grin

Side view:
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Cancer Quilt on: January 03, 2013 01:29:58 PM
Thank you for all of the kind comments!

Good news!  My aunt came out of surgery without any problems!  They ran some tests, and as far as I know they have only gotten results for one of them so far.  That one said that her lymph nodes are clear and look good.  If the other test results look good, she may not have to have chemo/radiation!  However, from what I've been told, she will have to have at least one more surgery.
25  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Teal shantung dress...*finally* done on: January 01, 2013 05:30:35 PM
Very pretty!  You did a really nice job!
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: insert name here quilt on: January 01, 2013 07:41:17 AM
I, too, like the colors of this quilt and the pieced binding!  Good job!
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Log Cabin Quilt king size on: January 01, 2013 07:18:51 AM
Wow!  I thought quilting extra-long twin sized quilts was bad!  Very nice job!  I love the log cabin!
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Cancer Quilt on: December 31, 2012 08:29:01 AM
Thank you for your positive feedback!

My aunt really liked the quilt.  She called everyone who helped contributed to the quilt (those who contributed also signed the quilt) and thanked them.  The quilt meant a lot to her, and it meant a lot to me that she liked it so much.  I asked her to send me a picture of herself with the quilt, so I am expecting to be able to post that soon.

Also, I forgot to include a link to the pattern I used for the quilt (see here for the original pattern: http://www.allpeoplequilt.com/projects-ideas/throws-wall-hangings/high-light_1.html).  I modified the pattern to make the finished quilt smaller (final dimensions of my quilt ended up being approximately 40"W X 70"L).  By making it smaller, I was able to cut back on the number of different fabrics I would need without sacrificing the look of the final quilt.  For instance, the pattern called for two different red/white prints.  I only used one red print.  I got 1/2 a yard and had enough left over to use on the back to accent the signed squares.  I really liked the final look of this pattern, and once the cutting was done, it came together very quickly, thanks to the large pattern pieces. 
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cancer Quilt on: December 29, 2012 08:43:12 PM
Around Thanksgiving 2012, we found out that my aunt had been diagnosed with stage 1-2 breast cancer.   Nearly 3 years ago, I made a quilt for a friend (see here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=368283.msg4328536#msg4328536) who had a reoccurence of cancer.  This friend died only days after receiving the quilt, but the quilt meant a lot to her family.  Armed with the knowledge of how much the quilt meant to my friend's family, I mentioned to my mother the idea of making a quilt for my aunt (my aunt is my mom's best friend and only older sister) while I was home on Thanksgiving/Christmas vacation.  My mom loved the idea.  While I was home, I sat down with my mom on the computer and picked fabrics from the wide selection at www.fabric.com.  Due to some unforeseen circumstances and, of course, procrastination on my part, washing and cutting the fabrics took longer than expected.  My goal was to have this quilt done and in my aunt's hands before her surgery on 1/3/2013.  I calculated in my head that I would have to send it by Friday 12/28/2012 to get it to her in time, taking the holidays into account.  Of course, that meant that I was pretty much doing all the work for the quilt the week before it was "due".  Many pinpricks and hours later, here are pictures of the completed quilt:

The top of the completed quilt.  In this picture, you can barely see the quilting lines running diagonally across the quilt.  I chose a very minimalistic quilting pattern for this quilt because of the tight timeline.

The back of the quilt.  All those who helped fund the quilt project signed the white squares between the red fabrics. 

The backing fabric ended up being black/cream instead of the black and white that I had hoped, but I think it turned out okay anyway.

A close-up of the front of the quilt:

I am quite proud of how the binding on this quilt came out.  The mitering on the corners looks better than it has on any of my previous quilts.  I think I've finally figured out how to attach the binding and make it look nice!

I did get the quilt sent on 12/28/2012.  My aunt received it today, 12/29/2012.  She called me this evening to thank me for making the quilt for her.  At one point in the conversation, she was in tears because she was so deeply touched by the quilt.  It makes me feel good to know that something I've made means so much to someone else.  My aunt will be able to take the quilt with her to the hospital for her surgery next week, which makes me very happy.

30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Rooster Quilt on: February 09, 2012 07:07:19 AM
Wow!  Very nice!  *hits "this rocks"*
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