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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Rainbow Baby Quilt on: October 29, 2013 03:03:08 PM
     I made this quilt for my niece.  I asked my SIL what she wanted and she whatever I wanted. I had so many different fabrics I wanted to use that I was driving myself crazy trying to pick a color palette  and finally I decided to use EVERYTHING. It's about 30"x30"

I wish I had better pics but all I have is my phone. It's so much more vibrant in person.  Sad

This was the first time I did mitered(sp?) corners. It's one of those things I was afraid to try because it looked so difficult, but it was actually pretty easy.  Here's a link to the tute I used: http://seamslikely.blogspot.com/2009/04/tutorial-mitered-borders-for-quilts.html

2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 90 ENTRIES / Worry dolls and their mushroom house on: September 09, 2013 08:28:09 PM

It kinda looks like a mushroom, right?

      I've been meaning to make some worry dolls for a long time so I'm glad this challenge was here to kick me in the butt.  i started out making a tutorial, but it was taking forever to finish them with all the stops to take pics. So here are a few of the pics and no tutorial.

I peeled apart twist ties and wrapped the wire in tissue paper to make the bodies. In this pic you can see how I put together the dolls with skirts.

All the dolls finished:

At first I made the faces sort of detailed with different color eyes and smiles and whatnot, but they were creeping me out. Also, the worry dolls I had as a kid were just eyes and a mouth kind of slopped on so I wiped off those creepy faces and did vague faces. Much better!

I made the house/box out of a Teddy Grahams box and painted it with acrylic paint that is seriously about 10yrs old. I love projects that use materials I already have. No money spent and no long bus rides to a craft store.


Here it is with a ruler so you get a sense of it's size.

Thanks for looking!
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / looking thinner in plaid on: July 14, 2013 12:58:51 PM
  I mostly love this dress, but I feel really square in it. The ribbon helps a little but I wondered if having the plaid be diagonal on the bottom part of the bodice would help more? I have a pear shape and I want to emphasize my small waist.


New Look 6966

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Cutting jeans into diagonal strips on: July 06, 2013 01:42:22 PM
I want to make a denim skirt from old jeans. I want the strips to be diagonal like in this pic:

(sorry it's sideways)  What I need to know is if I should cut the strips on the grainline or on the bias or does it even matter? Thanks for looking.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Need help shortening dress bodice on: March 08, 2013 11:15:14 PM

I want to make Butterick 4443 view F

My problem is shortening the bodice, I've done this successfully before on a dress pattern, but I think it was a simplicity pattern so it was, ya know, simple. On this pattern I don't know what the foldline is,  I didn't see anything about it in the instructions.  Does the foldline affect how much I can shorten the bodice? And does 'for petite' mean that's the foldline for the bodice after I shorten it? Here are some pics to clarify my rambling.

I tried to rotate it idk what happened.

Close up, very sorry that this one is also upside down.


I'm really tired, I hope this made sense.  If not let me know and I'll try to make sense tomorrow. Thanks for looking.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Got a dress form, how do I use it? on: February 06, 2013 08:32:38 PM
So , I made a duct tape dress form and I'm so impatient to use it, but I don't know how! I have started so many dresses and only finished one. I would cut out the pattern pieces and try them on, then take them off and make adjustments, try it on again, etc and eventually I got frustrat ed and quit. Now I have this lovely copy of my body to work with and don't know how to start. Should I cut a muslin using the pattern and tuck and pin until it fits? Do you know where I could get info, a website or book or whatever? Or just tell me your own experiences with dress forms, wether they were successful or not; they'll be helpful. Thanks!

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Simple quilt for my darling mother on: December 28, 2012 12:53:58 PM
   My mom has been asking me to make a quilt for her for years and I've always been busy, but this year I'm not in the middle of baby quilts or anything that has a deadline. So in September I decided to make a quilt, in late November I decided on a very simple design that wouldn't stress me out, early December I bought the fabric, December 22nd I panicked and finally put the damn thing together almost in time for Christmas. My machine went on strike so I had to finish it at her house after she opened it. Whatever, it's done and she loves it.
     I used polyester batting for the first time, I hate it and will gladly spend extra for cotton batting in future projects. I used symphony broadcloth from Joann's for the dark brown border and also don't care for that. It smells weird; and it feels weird next to the 100% cotton fabrics.

Here it is, not quite done, but done enough to wrap up and give her.

It was supposed to be a lap quilt, but ended up being about 65"x75". Too big for a lap quilt and too small for her bed. Meh.

Creepy Kitty wasn't happy that the quilt was taking attention from him.

And here it is, not quite done, but done enough to wrap up and give her.

***Update: I made this to match her living room and a wall hanging I made for her birthday so she could use it while watching tv in her favorite chair. Instead it's folded up at the foot of bed. She says it's too pretty too use. I know people mean that as a compliment, but it irks me when I spend so much time making something and then it doesn't used.  Angry
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mother's Day wall hanging on: May 16, 2012 07:48:20 PM
Ok, so this definitely isn't my favorite color palette, but it goes with Mom's living room and she likes it so I suppose that what matters when you make a gift. Sigh.
 Anyway, I made a wall hanging and a hastily sewn mug rug for her for Mother's Day. A week before I gave them to her she said "I have too much crap hanging up, huh?" and "I think I need to settle down with the butterflies, it's getting crazy." So, yeah. I think she liked it though, lol.

And I was inspired by other craftsters to make a mug rug for her too. I made it at the last minute and it's kind of crappy, but she really, really liked it and like a good mom she didn't mention the mistakes Smiley

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I never want to see this baby quilt again! on: March 25, 2012 01:38:28 PM

Oh man. I hate this damn thing. Too be fair, it's not the quilt's fault; it's my fault for starting a project with absolutely no planning. It was inspired by Cluck Cluck Sew's raw edge circle quilt, but I did it a little differently because I kept skipping steps and a girl can only handle so much seam ripping.

approx 37"x31"

I'm so sick of pink and brown.

The friend I made it for also has a 4yr old girl so I made her some doll quilts as a big sister present.

approx 20"x15" each

This project was my first time doing applique, using a walking foot, using zig-zag stitch on curves, and my first attempt using a free motion foot which did not go well but I promise I will practice on less important projects until I get it. I can not f'n wait to pack this thing in a box and get it out of my apartment. In fact, it's being shipped out of my state so that's even better!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Vengeance Purse! from ex-bf's favorite concert tee on: April 02, 2011 10:41:04 AM
A lil back story: I bought this Dropkick Murphys shirt for my boyfriend for Christmas and he loved it; he wore it at least twice a week. Then I found out he had been cheating on me the entire 6 months we were together. Awesome. I went through each room in his apartment and took back everything I had given him. Green is my favorite color and Dropkick is one of my favorite bands so at first I thought I would wear it as a pj shirt, but I was sooooooooo pissed and hurt and I wanted something that would help me feel better. Anger and sadness can be powerful muses. I present to you The Vengeance Purse!

side one

side two

I couldn't get good pics of the inside so I turned it inside out so show it better
pockets and tall narrow pocket for a pen

elastic to hold a water bottle upright and tiny pocket for bus tokens

Magnetic snap, 20" straps with green topstitching, interfacing all over the place...this baby is gonna last a long time! I'm am absolutely ecstatic! And I feel better knowing I've taken a crappy situation and made something positive from it. Thanks for looking  Smiley
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