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1  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Multi textured shawl on: July 04, 2013 07:53:54 AM
 I've been wanting to make a shawl for a while but was afraid I'd get half way through it get bored and leave it to linger in wip limbo forever.  Then I found this pattern on revelry http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/texture-stitch-wrap and thought that the three different patterns could keep me entertained long enough to get it done, and it did.  It was actually a pretty fun knit and only really got monotonous at the very last little chunk but that was probably jut because I was ready to be done.

So here it is completed
I used a Caron 1 lb skein in the ocean color and had the tiniest little bit left.

Thanks for looking
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / cars on the go with mini tutorial on: June 01, 2013 08:57:50 PM
My nephew is turning 4! (gah where has time gone) and has been really into cars for the past couple of years so I decided to make him this fabric case to hold some matchbox cars and road pieces so that he can take his cars on the go.  It's six pockets to put the cars in and an extra velcro pocket at the top that can be used to haul other things around. To complete his birth day kit I made some portable road pieces to go in that pocket.

I based this off of a crayon holder that I made earlier in the year, and decided to make up a little tutorial so I won't have to try to figure it all out again in the future when my other nephews have their birthdays.

First the pieces you will need
I used a main and contrast fabric for a little variety
so 2- ( 18x10 ) inch pieces of main fabric
1- ( 18x 6 ) inch piece of contrast
1-( 18x 6.5) piece of contrast
2- (4 in) pieces of Velcro
1- (3 in) piece of thin elastic
1 button ( I used a cute one i found shaped like a car)

gather all your supplies

Start by folding the 18x6 piece in half and press- this will be your pocket for your cars,
 then on your other piece of contrast fold over 3/4 of an inch and press. Decide where you would like your velcro to be for your pocket, I put my pieces in 3 inches from each edge, and then line that up with one of your pieces of main fabric so that you can pin the other side of the velcro down.

Now I'm a big fan of doing lots of pinning then lots of sewing so next I got my car pocket ready to go. I lined up the raw bottom edges of both the contrast piece and the main piece that already has the velcro pinned to it. Starting from the middle measure out lines every three inches and pin, these will make the pockets that your cars go into. I did find that 3 inches was a little bit on the big side but I figure if he wants to put any of his trucks or bigger cars in this will work just fine.

Next head to the sewing machine and sew along the lines you've marked and sew the velcro down.  Here are my pieces all sewn together.

Next take your piece of thin elastic and fold it in half and pin it to the short side of the piece that has the pocket and velcro, tack down in place

Now comes the easy part, velcro your contrast piece with elastic onto the main piece so that it lines up then take the other piece of main fabric (the other 18x10 piece) and place it on top right sides together. Pin all the edges around making sure you leave an opening for turning.

Sew all the way around, again making sure to leave  an opening to turn the whole thing, and then clip the corners and I like to press everything just to make sure it's nice and flat

then with a needle and thread or with the sewing machine, stitch up the opening that you left for turning. Fold the top half down and then fold into thirds to determine where to put your button and Ta-Da! you have have a cut little holder for all your cars that has an extra pocket for additional things you may want to bring along. In this case I filled it with some road pieces I made.

For the road I basically just got some grey felt and cut road pieces that were 3.5 inches wide and however long or curvy I thought looked cool then eyeballed the yellow dashes down the middle. The dashes are just basic yellow paint. the most difficult part was waiting for the paint to dry.

And one picture of the car/ road carrier all folded up

I hope he likes it and I hope the instructions I provided are clear and make some sense!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / sharky chevron quilt on: May 30, 2013 10:01:57 AM
 I'm getting an early start on christmas presents this year and this quilt was the first thing I wanted to get nocked off my list.

I have a friend that Just loves sharks and after I found two pieces of shark fabric I knew it was destined to be a quilt.  I've also loved seeing all the the various chevron trends lately and wanted to have a go at making one myself. So I got out my trusty graph paper and colored pencils and designed this one.  It's lap sized, and designed for lounging around on the couch, and backed with flannel for extra warmth.  I'm pretty happy with how it came out It's all hand quilted along the zig zags, and each whole shark is quilted around.

and an example of one of the sharks

Thanks for looking.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / placemat quilts on: March 15, 2013 10:03:00 AM
So my husband and I recently bought a new table from an actual furniture store and decided to celebrate by inviting all of our friends over for a table warming party.
I decided that we needed some sort of something to protect our new table so came up with the idea of quilted scrappy placemats to use up my huge pile of scrap fabric.

The best part is that I didn't have to buy a single thing for these, I had all the fabric and batting in my stash.

Some of them are a little sloppy and I probably should have made a more simple pattern given that I only had a week but overall I'm pretty pleased with how they turned out and the do the job of protecting the table.

Here is a picture of each of the 8 placemats

Thanks for looking

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Christmas present quilt. on: October 10, 2010 04:24:37 PM
So i started on Christmas presents extra early this year as i had some pretty big ones on the list. One of my bigger projects was this quilt It's supposed to be lap sized 54"x72". I'm pretty proud of it as it's one of the first quilts I've made where most of my seams line up.  It's going to be for my boyfriends parents, and of course no matter how many times I asked he just couldn't remember to find out their favorite colors for me so I tried to pick something kind of neutral.

sorry about the terrible lighting but i live in a basement apartment so i don't get much good natural light Sad

This one is a little bit truer to the colors (and look at those matching seams!)

Overall I'm pleased with it, but have decided this is last quilt that i'm going to make until i move to a place where i have more room to lay them out and sandwich them together, because my backs always end up slightly bubbly because i just don't have the room to lay them out all nice and smooth.

C& C welcome
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / piecing a quilt top that isn't in rows? on: April 03, 2010 04:44:05 PM
Hi there

so I'm making yet another t shirt quilt only this one had many odd sized designs and if I'd cut them all out to the same size it just would have looked off. So me in my infinite wisdom decided "oh well I'll just graph it all out and make each block a different size". So i have my blocks cut and planned so that it makes a decent sized lap quilt. My problem comes in with putting the top together. none of the blocks really line up in rows.... at all. All of the previous quilts I've made had rows so they were simple. I guess I'm just lost as to how i put it all together without there being any real rows. Maybe i'm just overthinking it, but any help would be greatly appreciated.

thanks in advance for any advice
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / living room quilt for the new apartment on: January 25, 2010 07:18:29 PM
so this quilt has been done for quite a while and getting alot of use but i forgot to put it up here. It's a pattern i saw somewhere here and fell in love with so i convinced my roommate that we needed a quilt for our apartment to class the place up a little Wink.
so we went to joann's together to pick out the fabric and this quilt was born. I really love the colors and the back is my favorite part, i wish i had some of it leftover.
but without further ado i give you the quilt.

please excuse the wonky angles my apartment isn't very conducive to quilting. ( I swear why don't they build college apartments with the crafty in mind?  Roll Eyes )
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Michelangelo- the ninja turtle not the artist on: November 01, 2009 02:11:37 PM
so this idea got concocted when  i was watching the ninja turtle movies with my boyfriend over the summer reminiscing about the good ole days  Smiley.   Michelangelo was my favorite ninja turtle as a kid plus i though he ha the coolest weapon so that was an easy choice.

the entire costume was made by me with the exception of the fishnets which i found at walmart. Thankfully it was a pretty cheap costume to make i rummaged through my mom's fabric stash for all of the fabric and stuffing, and only had to buy the supplies for nun chucks.

i forgot to get a picture of the shell, but it was all hand sewn because i couldn't figure out how to sew two poofy things together, also it's got a secret pocket for my keys, cellphone, ID and money
That's the closest i have to a picture of the shell. it was also after i slung my nun chucks too hard.

and just because they've my first pair of shoes and i'm proud of them here are my turtle shoes

it was a fun costume and i got alot of complements throughout the night, especially when people found out i made it myself.

thanks for looking.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My latest quilt (t-sthirt quilt) on: August 23, 2009 12:41:26 PM
So i this is the latest quilt i've finished.
My boyfriend just recentlly graduated from college and moved 1800 miles away  Embarrassed as he was packing up alot of his stuff he discovered some t-shirts i convinced him were too big,or that he just shouldn't wear anymore. So instead of throwing them out, i scaged them to make a quilt with, so i have something to curl up w/ on nights that i miss him alot.
without further ado here is the front.

and here is the back it's made out of scraps that i had just lying about, it's mostly flannel and cotton, and infact the black flannel w/ monsters is from some pants i had made him.

sorry for the slightly wonky angles, my apartment is small and it's therefor hard to take pictures.
C&C welcome
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / boyfriends birthday quilt on: May 12, 2009 12:54:50 PM
So my boyfriend turned 24 last weekend and i decided to be ambitious and make him a quilt with some of his favorite colors and pictures from movies that we both like to watch together. It ended up being WAY bigger than i had ever planned.  It dwarfs my full sized bed. For the white blocks i just printed pictures onto inkjet transfer paper and ironed them on from there. All in all it wasn't too hard. The only problem i had was that there was no where in my apartment big enough to lay the whole thing out at one, so i had to get creative Undecided which means that the edges don't look as pretty as they should.

this is my favorite block.

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