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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Christmas Star, My first machine quilting (photo heavy) on: October 07, 2009 05:57:57 PM
Well technically not my first machine quilting, but my first "non-grid" quilting. Usually I just draw straight lines and make a diamond pattern across the whole top. But now that I have my new machine I decided I needed to branch out a little bit. After I quilted around each of the stars I thought there was too much "un-quilted" space so I quilted another smaller star inside each (I think that's called echo?). In any case, I'm glad I gave it a go and I'll definitely be trying to branch out more with each quilt.

So here she is, a simple Carpenter's star inspired quilt made with red and white quilting cotton. I didn't use a pattern, but was inspired by a photo I saw on flickr. More details can be found on my blog if you're interested: http://littlegraydog.blogspot.com/2009/10/christmas-quilt-is-complete.html

Thanks for taking a peek Smiley

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Top Down Raglan Baby Sweaters (Wool-y Goodness Times 4) on: September 29, 2009 12:35:22 PM
This summer I finally finished up 4 sweaters that I've been working on for a while. They are all top down raglans and made of 100% wool. Ready and waiting for the next person I know who has a baby. Size 12-18 months or so. More detailed information can be found on my blog here: http://littlegraydog.blogspot.com/2009/07/one-morning-in-maine.html and here: http://littlegraydog.blogspot.com/2009/09/why-does-it-take-me-so-long-to-take.html if you're interested.

Comments and Critiques Welcome!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Early Start on Christmas Gifts...For my Nephews (up-dated to add 2nd quilt) on: September 16, 2009 12:44:41 PM
I made up these little lap sized quilts for my one year old Nephews for Christmas. I didn't use a pattern I just made up a bunch of brightly colored blocks and sewed them together in a pattern that I found interesting.

The solid colored cottons are mostly Quilter's only cotton from Joann's and were scraps from previous projects. Some of the prints I used (in various colorways) include: Henry Glass Gardenia by Linda Lum Debono, Dots by Cranston Village, Maywood Studio Bee's Knees by Glenna Hailey, Peas and Carrots American Jane patterns by Sandy Klop and a few other 100% cotton polka dots and prints of unknown origins.

I hand embroidered the labels and used an Ikea print on the back. The hardest part of this project will be waiting until Christmas to give them away. More details can be found on my blog: http://littlegraydog.blogspot.com/2009/09/quinnie-done-jack-to-go.html  

Thanks for looking Comments and Critiques Welcome
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Her name is "Ziggy" terribly uncreative, I know on: September 02, 2009 04:34:52 PM
Finally finished up this lap-sized zig zag quilt. I've seen so many on flickr I just couldn't resist making my own. Mostly Kaffe Fassett florals with a few other florals mixed in. The brown is Kona Cotton. More details can be found on my blog http://littlegraydog.blogspot.com/2009/09/c-fini.html

Comments and Critiques welcome. Thanks for looking!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Bind-Aid Ruler, Has anyone tried it? on: August 28, 2009 06:09:00 AM
I just saw this ruler and am wondering if anyone owns/has used one? According to the description "The Bind Aid saves time and frustration with the sometimes complicated process of joining the quilt binding".

I don't mind (and sort of enjoy) handsewing the bindings on my quilt, but I dread attaching the beginning of the binding to the end. I always end up sewing and re-sewing about 5 times until I can get the right angle, slack etc.

Here's the link to the tool: https://www.ericas.com/quilting/tools/bindingaids.htm    It's about halfway down the page.

Thanks Smiley
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Coin Quilt-My first attempt at machine quilting on: August 06, 2009 07:38:21 PM
Today I finally finished a baby coin quilt I started last summer but never finished. This quilt was made with scraps of amy butler's lotus collection that I had left over from two Brick Path Quilts that I made last Spring. The cream colored sashing is quilter's only cotton from Jo-Anns. The blue binding and backing fabric is also quilter's cotton. More information can be found on my blog: http://littlegraydog.blogspot.com/2009/08/baby-coin-quilt-finished.html

Questions, comments and critiques welcome Smiley
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer 7470, Bobbin won't wind and LCD shuts off After 2 spins-Help! on: July 29, 2009 05:24:06 PM
Hello all,

I purchased a Singer confidence 7470 today and am having problems winding a bobbin. I thread the machine as described in the instruction manual and and hold the thread when I begin. When I press on the foot control to begin winding the bobbin the bobbin turns several times and then the machine beeps and the lcd screen goes blank. I can turn the machine off and turn it on again and the same thing happens (one or two rotations then the beep and the machine stops spinning the bobbin). Has anyone experienced this before, am I doing something wrong or is my machine defective? I've always worked on non-computerized machines, so this beeping and turning off business is making me crazy Undecided.

Thanks in advance Smiley
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hand Quilted, Hand Stitched, Baby's Room Wall Art? on: July 27, 2009 01:26:53 PM
So I recently went to a thrift store and found this little gem for $3.00, it was originally $6.00 but I got it half off because it was a "blue tag" day. Sadly, there's no tag or label that says who made it Sad (another reason I need to be better about labeling my own quilts).

Everything appears to be stitched by hand, the quilting, the applique, the blocks etc. The border has a cute little chain and heart pattern. It has a little piece of fabric slipped stitched to the back for hanging, so I assume it was used a a wall-hanging, perhaps in a baby's room? I just thought this little sampler was too cute not to share, I'm not sure what I'm going to do with it just yet since I don't have children yet, but the hand stitching is pretty inspirational.

Sorry for the dark photos, it's such a dreary day here

More info about projects I'm making here: http://littlegraydog.blogspot.com/
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Moss Green Linen Peasant Top-My first Adult Size Pattern on: July 21, 2009 09:22:41 AM
I recently finished making my first adult size pattern. It's view A from Simplicity 4589. Although there were a few bumps along the way (user inexperience), I found the pattern easy to make. It didn't fit the way I had hoped so I don't have any photos of me wearing the top Sad But I am pleased with my ability to follow a pattern and produce an object that looks somewhat presentable. I ended up giving my mom the top and the fit is much nicer on her. More info available on my blog http://littlegraydog.blogspot.com/

Comments and Critiques Welcome!

10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Simplicity 3765 Baby Jeans+Matching Owl Onesie on: July 09, 2009 01:08:01 PM
My first piece of clothing made with a pattern and I think I'm hooked!

I struggled a little at first to understand what I was doing, but after a complete read through of the pattern directions things started to make sense. The pants are size Large (18months) and made out of a pink lightweight denim that I picked up at Joanns on super sale. I debated about the cargo style pockets for a little girl, but I love them now. I'm thinking about making another pair with a coordinating lining so that they can be rolled up if need be.

The onesie is a size 18 months and is my first attempt at embellishing a onesie. I was inspired by all the ones I saw on etsy and finally decided to give it a try. I used steam-a-seam lite and some scraps I had in my stash. I pre-washed and dried the onesie in a hot dryer so hopefully it won't shrink. The stitching is terrible, but I was OK with it for a first attempt.

Check out my new blog for more details: http://littlegraydog.blogspot.com/

Comments and Critiques Welcome!...Oh and I should also mention that I don't actually have any children, I bought the pattern to make pants as shower gifts for my sisters (both have 1 year old boys), but as you can tell my timing was a little off, I blame grad school for that Wink

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