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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Paisley Wallet-My first!! on: January 09, 2011 08:43:02 AM
Hello Craftster peeps!  Yesterday was a snowy day here in CT, so I sewed all day to make this!

The outside is quilted, and there is 16 card/ID slots, 4 money/coupon/receipt slots, and a zippered coin pocket.  It also has a magnetic clasp.  But I'm pretty stinkin' proud of this since it's the first wallet I've made!  I hope you like it too!

Top section-8 card slots and 2 money slots:

Bottom section-8 card slots, zippered coin pocket with money slots on either side of it:

And here was the view from my kitchen table this morning.  I'm not really a snow person, but this was so pretty I had to share it.

If I make another one, I'll use a different interfacing and cut it so that the interfacing isn't in the side seams for less bulk, and I'll make it just a bit bigger so I can topstitch around the whole thing for a more tailored look.  One reference I used called for a product called Stitch-n-Shape.  Has anyone used this before?  How does it work out?

Thanks for looking!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Happy Halloween! quilt top on: October 31, 2010 11:11:17 AM
Happy Halloween!  Usually, I don't get too excited about this holiday, but I have good reason this year!  I made a Halloween-themed twin size quilt top.  The fabric is mostly from a Halloween fat quarter bundle from http://www.thequiltplace.com/ supplemented with more fabric from the Fat Quarter Shop.  The pattern is from QUILT magazine, but for some reason isn't available on their archives.  So far, this is just the quilt top, but I still wanted to share!

(Freebie shot: my kitty Arwen!)

I just realized after finishing this top that I tend to make very busy quilts.  I like it here, but I'll have to work on that in the future.  Enjoy your spooky Sunday!
C + C welcome!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilts this summer on: September 29, 2010 04:47:09 AM
Hi Everybody!
I just wanted to share pics of my first two quilts I made this summer.
Here's the first one: 

It's a bargello-style quilt from random stash fabric.  My favorite is the Tinkerbell fabric.  I quilted is stitch-in-the-ditch style.

The second was from a pattern from a magazine that is now in the trash, sorry!  It came out this summer.  It's made with the Metro Market fabric collection.  This quilt was given to a friend of ours who survived a bad car accident and is now healing.

This was quilted outline-style.

I hope you like them!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / First Knitted Projects! on: November 02, 2009 04:14:30 AM
Hi everybody!  I just wanted to share my two first knitted projects.
The first is Edgar the Plot Bunny!

Edgar is helping my sister with her month of writing for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).  He's winking and has a heart tattoo on his backside!  Made from a white sparkly acrylic yarn and with Spud and Chloe's Rabbit pattern: http://www.spudandchloe.com/blog/2009/09/rabbit-free-pattern/  I sent Edgar as part of a NaNoWriMo survival kit with music, healthy snacks, good chocolate, and a little Asian print drawstring bag for Edgar to travel in.  My sister loved it!
Also, I finished a stockinette stitch scarf from Lion Brand Homespun yarn.

Hope you like them!
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / My cats helped me... on: October 21, 2009 04:21:34 AM
Hi there.  I'm a new knitter and I'm working on "Rabbit" by Spud and Chloe.  Well, I was working on it, until my two cats decided to get involved.  In chewing off my working yarn. 
It now looks like this:
Uh, what do I do?  My guess is that I treat it like starting a new ball, but I've never done that before.  Oh, and the yarn is acrylic, if that gives you some more information.

Here's a pic of the culprits:
Loki and Arwen, so innocent looking...stupid cats.

(Sorry, I can't get the pics to work really well!)
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / New apartment means new curtains! on: June 20, 2009 01:45:47 PM
New apartment + no painting = new curtains!
DH actually designed both sets of curtains and helped pick out the fabric.  We chose cotton fabrics because one of the best features of this place is how much light w/o heat it has and we wanted to keep that to some degree. 

His study: black country print toile with ribbon loop tabs

His favorite scene:

Living room: blue top border with casing and blue flowers with green leaves on a gold background.  Also my first french seam ever!  So easy!

close up of the fabric:

There's a pillow to come for the living room in matching fabric, eventually!
What do you think?

7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / First Tote Bag in Toille on: June 20, 2009 01:36:46 PM
So, I made my first bag!  It's a tote bag out of decorator fabric.  The outside is red toile and the inside is a maroon plaid.  It has a pocket on the outside front and it has lots of pockets inside for all my stuff.  I made this to be my music bad, so it has places for my tuner, earplugs, metronome, etc.  I'm pretty proud of how it turned out!

Here it is with my stuff in it:

I didn't put interfacing in it so it's slouchy.  I'm even debating going back and fixing it.
Ah well.  What do you think?
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help with moose block on: February 19, 2009 03:03:25 PM
Hi everyone.  I've got a present in mind for my mom for Mother's Day.  I want to make a pincushion for my mom, who is an avid quilter.  She adores moose, and she made a cute little wall-hanging with about 4 blocks of 4" paper pieced moose.  Cheesy My idea is to make a square pincushion with the moose on one side and a "happy mother's day" something on the other side.  I've been looking for the same block pattern online and I can't seem to find it.  I really want it to be a surprise, so I don't want to ask my mom for the pattern.  Has anyone seen this block?  Can you tell me where to find it?  If I can't find it I was thinking of finding a cute moose fabric, cutting the moose out and applique-ing it onto another block.  Anybody know where I can find fabric with moose on it?
Thanks in advance.
9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Build-A-Bear clothes on: February 16, 2009 03:00:18 PM
Hi everybody!  I've been lurking for awhile, but here I go with my first post! 
Okay, so I got a Build-a-Bear Pooh when I graduated, and I only have the Pooh shirt and one other outfit to put on him.  I'd like to make clothes for him to match the seasons, for a bit of home decor, if you will.  But I'm not really sure where to get a pattern or how to make one.  Usually I like making my own stuff because the pre-made patterns just aren't quite right.
Any ideas?  Thanks for all the help.
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