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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ruby Doll on: October 14, 2007 06:23:22 AM
I just finished this Ruby Doll for my soon-to-be born daughter today (free pattern from One Red Robin: http://oneredrobin.com/ruby-doll-patterns-and-instructions/). The doll is mainly machine sewn, with some portions (of the face) handstitched.

I'd been looking around for toy patterns that I could use and finally found this one that I really liked - the size of the finished doll is about 11 inches tall.  I don't have that much imagination so I pretty much copied the colour combination, etc.

Initally was a little worried about getting the face right (this is like my 2nd soft toy) but thankfully the eyes didn't come out lopsided!

This is going to be displayed in the baby nursery Smiley

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Red Blue and White Piggy Baby Quilt on: October 08, 2007 03:26:09 AM
As my soon to be born daughter will be born in the year of the Pig (according to the Chinese horoscope), I made her a quilt with little piggies!

Here it is hanging over the crib:

Before I started, I went around searching for ideas and really liked this quilt (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=173624.0), so I copied the pattern & colour combination, but enlarged it (my quilt is 33" square).

I had a terrible time with the red binding, because the colour of the fabric ran ALOT (I prewashed it many times) and I ended up handsewing the binding as the fabric layers kept slipping on my machine (I used a regular industrial sewing machine). This is my 2nd attempt with patchwork/quilting.
thank you for all your kind comments, and colour run-prevention tips! and yes, I knew when I started that I didn't want a pastel-ly or pink quilt.

3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: "60s Suburban Cocktail Hour" chiffon dress on: August 27, 2007 09:23:51 PM
gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous!

i am going weak in my knees....
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Floral Tote for Friend's Daughter on: August 26, 2007 07:45:00 AM
This is for my friend's daughter's 3rd birthday - I wanted to give her something special, so I thought I'd make her a tote bag. This is really simple and I finished it in about 1.5 - 2 hours. The outside is an IKEA floral dishtowel I bought sometime back, and the inside and straps are cotton gingham.

The little girl's name is danielle, so I included a felt "D" to make it truly hers!

5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Be-ribboned Booties: One-Skein Wonder on: August 13, 2007 05:51:37 AM
This pair of baby booties is based on the pattern from Judith Durant's book, One-Skein Wonder.

Was really fast and easy to knit up, and I did it while watching TV. (Didn't even take 1 skein!)

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / *Vintage* Fabric Patchwork Baby Blanket on: August 06, 2007 01:00:17 AM
Knowing that I craft, my friend passed me a whole stash of her grandma's vintage fabric scraps. In return, I decided to use the scraps to make her a patchwork blanket. It's for her baby girl, who is due in October. I spent quite a lot of time working out the colour combination and the placement of various pieces.

The blanket has light quilting batting in between, and flannel for the back so that it will be comfortable for the baby. Initially I wanted to attempt to quilt it, but after reading up on quilting, it sounded too daunting plus it called for a "walkiing footer" (?) which I don't have.

To keep the batting in place, I stitched 2 squares, 1 about 1.5" from the edge of the blankie and another right in the centre so it has a slight "quilted" look. This is super easy and doesn't need anything special other than your standard sewing machine.

This was my first time doing patchwork - it went off quite smoothly largely because I did a lot of planning and measurements beforehand. I plotted the pattern based on a 2" by 2" grid and then made the templates for each fabric piece (total 77 pieces).  It took me a total of 2 (long) nights and an afternoon to finish. I was surprised because I expected it to take a lot more time! It's also been a while since I've sewn, so I was a little worried that I might be going in over my head but I had such fun doing it! Now I can't wait to wrap it up and give it away!

I'm going to be making another one soon, because my own baby is coming in November Smiley

On my couch

Orange flannel on the flip side

Closeup of each patchwork square; includes vintage eyelet and calico fabric

One last shot

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vintage dress on: May 21, 2007 07:44:20 PM
absolutely gorgeous! the colour combination is great and I love the poufy skirt - you look fabulous in it.
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Polka Dotted Circle Skirt on: September 25, 2006 06:33:19 PM
It's been a while since I had a 24" waist.... Embarrassed But I certainly LOVE that skirt! LIke wow, that skirt really lays nice! Would that be about mid-calf? Would work real well for fall with black knee high boots and a black jacket!

Don't think I *ever* had a 24" waist! Actually the skirt falls to slightly pass the knee.
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Dotty Clutch on: September 25, 2006 08:44:12 AM
very  nice!   was it  hard?? I  swiped that  tut  also  but am  leary of  trying it.  HOw  difficult is it?

it's not very difficult at all! go try it and post your results!

I love it! Is it silk?

no, although i would love to make one from silk!!! it's some kind of a blend - i'm guessing linen and cotton.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Polka Dotted Circle Skirt on: September 24, 2006 09:17:36 PM
It's very simple, something that I made some time back. It was easy to draft the pattern and OK to sew. Only difficulty I had at that point was sewing the hem because of the curved edges.

Turned out too small for me though (it has a 24 " waist!) and I never bothered to fix it unfortunately.

But I love the classic black & white polka dots and it's a circular skirt, so it's nice and full and fun to twirl in!

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