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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Christmas blankets for my whole family! (img heavy) on: December 01, 2010 05:18:40 PM
Not going to be a cheapskate this year; so this is my progress on project x-MASS blankets:

Front and back, my cat Maya is underneath  Roll Eyes

Spontaneous top pattern from 4 random fabrics I had

Baby blanket for my Chiropractor's new son or daughter, she is finding out when she has it I guess.. So I went ahead and planned colors accordingly, for an Autumn Birth, either way.

Strange scrap blanket

That's mostly what I have completed so far! I plan on having 11 finished by christmas eve..  Undecided
Any comments or critiques are highly welcomed... I started hand-sewing in June, and in August started using a (early 90's) White sewing machine. Finally in October I bought myself a lovely Brother machine and now I'm sewing like the wind  Cheesy
2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Corset from Simplicity 2355 on: December 01, 2010 05:00:53 PM
This is corset length A, from Simplicity 2355,

I have now started two others of this same pattern, I think I used the cutout size 6/8...

I am very pleased with the results although I didn't put complete edge trim around the top and bottom of the corset (still can't decide what to use!) aaand when I got to the point of lacing it up and wearing it in a little bit, I realized I have absolutely no proper lace to use... so I dressed it up with some silky rope just for the pictures. Any advice on what type of lacing to use, and where to buy?
Critiques very welcomed..

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / HELP 'Distinctive' Even Feed Walking foot with a Brother machine on: November 05, 2010 01:28:36 PM
I've searched around online and watched maybe close to 10 videos of how to attach a walking foot and I just cant seem to get it right. I have a Brother CE5500 and purchased a Distinctive even feed walking foot along with a darning foot.
My real question is, in the small instruction guide with the foot, it says have the needle up and the presser foot up, but in the most comprehensive video I saw, it talked about having the needle down, and dropping the presser lever down then screwing the foot on.
I've tried both and it still doesn't seem to be right... the machine's feed dogs and the plate/feed dogs(?) on the presser foot just seem to stay intact together, and I cant lift the presser foot lever up to slide in fabric with any more than single/double thickness and just start sewing... It definitely looks like I can't fit anything thick like a quilt sandwich under there..

Is there something I'm missing here? Huh Angry
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Strange colors and patterns on: November 02, 2010 07:42:35 AM
I made 4 large pockets for the batting... so after washing and drying this it has become slightly like down comforter. I really like how that part ended up. No walking foot for me yet, this was an experimental batting experience

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Scrap dress for costume; gibbous inspired on: November 02, 2010 07:39:57 AM
So this is a Gibbous inspired costume-dress that I've started on... I wore this on halloween. I started with a very similar tanktop and skirt that I've sewed together,

On the dress I basted the part held together by safety pins..

Close up of skirt section,


The back..

I'll update with images of me wearing it, with the wings I had. It's a shame I didn't get any pictures of me wearing it ON halloween!
6  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / Inspired Gibbous Halloween scrap dress roadblock on: October 17, 2010 04:41:46 PM
So this is a Gibbous inspired costume-dress that I've started on... I plan on wearing this on Halloween most likely; Only I've come to a roadblock. I have a very similar tanktop and skirt that I've sewed together,

On the dress I basted the part held together by safety pins..

Close up of skirt section,

So now it is a thigh length dress, I have this huge part of scraps that I've mended together, to sew onto the dress... my only concern is how to go about doing this the most efficient way. The wrap around section is splayed out at the tops and bottoms of it, so it can contour to the body. Am I best off pinning the whole thing while it's on me? (I don't have a mannequin) and basting sections, then sewing them accordingly?

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Some beadwork... night eye mask on: October 10, 2010 07:14:40 PM
Bought 3 of these $1 Target eye masks... this is like the only kind of needlework I've actually done... so I just beaded onto it, this was a dorm room gift for my cousin Smiley

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Two blanket sides I finished today... on: October 10, 2010 06:59:10 PM
These are the first two "real quilt" designs I've ever started... Turned out as good as I had hoped; I really like where this is going.

And this is just one side, the other is 2/3 finished
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / magazine border on: September 07, 2010 04:18:58 PM
Hand cut this magazine border for a poster
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / A few of my most recent finished pieces... on: August 25, 2010 05:42:25 PM
Long time lurker, this is one of my first few times posting the crafts I've made. I've been making jewelry for 11 months now, and just wanted to share some of the most recent that I've finished. Curious to see the responses I get, I've only been doing more chainwork than just stringing currently but I really love the result

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