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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Roller Derby Jam Ref Wrist Bands (link to tutorial) on: May 25, 2013 06:03:06 AM

As president of my league I'm in charge of a lot of things. One thing that slipped my mind again and again was providing team colored bandanas for our jam referees. There always seemed to be a mad scramble to find someone with an extra green bandana. Well no more! I made wrist bands in my team's color as well one for each of the teams that we were going to be playing this season.

After I made our set, someone from a nearby league commissioned a set as well, and then just recently a jam ref from a team we played told one of his girls that they desperately needed a set. They are quick, simple, and cheap! Jam refs love them because you don't have to tie them like a bandana, they're less constricting than those spandex glove covers, super visible to jammers and NSOs, and easy to switch during half-time.

The full tutorial is available on my blog[/size]

The wrist bands in action!

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Trip to the Apothecary - Paper Pieced Quilt on: October 19, 2011 05:05:45 AM
I meant to post this here and now 2 weeks have gone by and I'm just remembering!! This is my paper pieced potions bottle quilt. I actually made two of them. One of them full sized and the other is a miniature (about crib size, I believe) version. I designed all of the potion bottle blocks and made the quilt tops and Shannon of Rock Creek Quilts did the amazing quilting job on them.

Much more info about these quilts and the patterns are available on my blog post about it. If you click through the images it will take you to my flickr where I have many more photos and pictures of the individual potion bottle blocks. Cheesy

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Doctor Who Towels on: February 07, 2010 08:56:56 AM
I've had my embroidery machine for about a month, but had no clue craftster had a forum for machine embroidery (that's what I get for sticking to my favorites). Tongue

I just recently got into Doctor Who (finishing season 3 of the newer show today), but it is such a craftable show. I've only done two designs based off of the show, but I have a feeling there will be more to come. The designs came from stencils on the livejournal community crafty_tardis.

After posting my original dalek I ended up having to make a lot more, so it was like I had an army of daleks!

And the TARDIS is special because the white part at the top was done in a glow in the dark thread! I've been looking for an excuse to buy that thread, and this was perfect!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Y-Front (underwear) Quilt! Image Heavy!! on: November 22, 2009 07:11:07 AM
Over a year ago Jennifer Ofenstein posted a pattern for Merlin's Y-fronts on Sewhooked.org I immediately fell in love with the pattern and thought, "Wouldn't it be funny if...?"

And over a year later my thought is finally a reality! I made all 35 10"x10" blocks before 2008 ended and then left them in a box until October of this year when I decided that I had to get this quilt made. I got some fabric and started sewing the blocks together. I did not have the equipment or skill to quilt it myself, so Shannon S of Rock Creek Quilts was recommended to me to contact for quilting services. You can see her progress pictures here. As soon as I was done I sent it to her and I got it back in the mail yesterday!

I am absolutely proud of this quilt, you can't even believe. I am amazed that I was able to do so many blocks and that they actually turned into something!!

y-front quilt on a king size bed

And I made a pillow to go with it. The main color on the pillow is the fabric I used for the sashing and the back panel is the back of my quilt. All of the scraps on the pillow are scraps from the y-fronts!

I also scanned all of the individual blocks and they can be viewed here
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Marilyn Manson T-shirt Bag on: November 08, 2009 08:05:39 PM

I've been debating whether or not I was going to share this on craftster, but decided to do so because I'm quite proud of it. This is my very first purse and I'm so happy with how it turned out.

I used this monk's bag tutorial and an old Marilyn Manson t-shirt that I never wear (photo ganked from google search as I forgot to take a before picture). Not exactly sure when I'll use this purse, but I love it all the same. Smiley

links click through to flickr

The left sleeve had a logo on it, so I used that logo to make the interior pocket.
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Twilight Cross Stitch on: October 01, 2009 06:20:37 AM
Everyone has an opinion when it comes to the Twilight series, but the only thing I can think of is relief. I am finally done with this cross stitch! I've been working on and off for 2 months (mostly off), and I finally put the last stitch in last night.

It is 8x12", 25 colors, and 24,320 stitches. I love doing little stitches, but there is no greater feeling than finishing a large project.

If you click this first picture and zoom, you'll be able to see all of the individual stitches.

and anyone who has seen my flickr stream knows that I have an insane love for the backs of cross stitches because they look so spiffy, so I have to share this picture. Tongue

Oh, and I almost forgot - if you want to do it yourself, I have the pattern uploaded here and the patterns for the rest of the books are here
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Etch-A-Sketch Embroidery on: July 27, 2009 07:32:25 AM
I was going to post this here a while ago, but then I decided to wait until I had a tutorial so that if someone wanted to do something similar, they could. This idea came to me pretty randomly (I blogged about it here), and I think it is really fun.

I used gray fabric and one strand of black embroidery floss to "doodle" what people normally try to draw on an etch-a-sketch. I'm planning on doing a really cool etch-a-sketch doodle, I just haven't decided on what I'm going to do yet.

If anyone wants to make something like this - here is a tutorial on making the frame

8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Trying out embroidery... on: July 12, 2009 07:29:26 PM
I'm a fantastic procrastinator. Today my goal was to procrastinate an oceanography assignment (it is due at midnight). I decided that even though I didn't really have the right kind of fabric, I was going to give embroidery a try.

I whipped out some fabric, traced a design (from my twitter background) and stitched it up using french knots and another stitch that I am clueless about (I need to read some tutorials or something and figure out how I'm supposed to be going about this craft). I haven't learned a new craft in about 6 months, so I'm glad I'm starting to learn this one.

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Saw Blade Clock on: June 21, 2009 07:44:52 PM
I'm always at a loss when it comes to gifts for my dad, but this year, I was prepared with a fun idea: a saw blade clock. We both work for the same construction company, so I had to be sneaky. While my dad was out of the office I asked one of the shop guys if we had any extra saw blades around. I chose the largest 10" blade and started to work on it.

This thing was DIRTY. I forgot to take a before picture, but here it is about halfway through sanding.

After that I attached the clock parts to it and the number stickers. Here is the back of it. I didn't bother to sand this side, since it would be facing against the wall anyway.

From certain angles the numbers blend in really well with the saw blade. When the light hits them just right, they are very noticeable. Also, I picked up a metal stand from Michaels that could be easily attached to the wall.

My dad absolutely loved it.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Danger! High Voltage! on: May 18, 2009 06:31:01 PM
If you are a fan of Electric Six, this cross stitch set should make some sense to you. If you aren't a fan, let me educate you - Danger! High Voltage. My friend Heather and I are constantly singing this song at random intervals, and we probably had it stuck in our heads for 3 months straight after hearing it.

I had no choice but to cross stitch a flaming disco ball. After finishing it and showing it to my sister, she suggested I make a Fiya in the Taco Bell one (you simply cannot say Fire when thinking of this song, I've tried). I managed to get the Fiya in the Taco Bell done in under 24 hours (gotta love the weekend). Anyway, enough talking!

Edit: to anyone who requested the pattern, click here to get it. If it doesn't print out right, let me know and I'll upload the individual image files.

images click through to flickr if you want to see them larger

Thanks for looking! Cheesy
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