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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First finished quilt ever (baby quilt all from stash fabrics) on: January 18, 2012 06:45:50 PM
So I don't really know anything about quilting but I love them. A friend of mine was having her 3rd child (a girl after 2 boys) so I made her a girly baby quilt, using fabrics that I had in my stash left over from dresses I made my own two girls (the pink butterfly print and the blue flower print). The other fabrics in the top were remnants (the reddish color is really a dark pink, but it looks too dark in this picture). The colors are very bright.

The back is fleece and oh so soft! I didn't add any batting because I wanted this to be a fairly thin quilt and the fleece was so cozy I figured it probably didn't need batting too...

The quilting is stitch in the ditch and then I decided that wasn't enough so I made concentric rectangles in each patch.

I didn't do the binding right but I was working on a deadline and by that point I just wanted it done! Next time I'll do better. Smiley

And the last thing... it turns out this baby girl shares both my first and middle name (Catherine Elizabeth). Not that I had anything to do with naming her, but it is pretty cool. Wink

So, how'd I do?

 -- Cathy

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Second hand cabinets turned into hidden cat litter boxes on: January 18, 2012 06:19:24 PM
I'm owned by two cats who track litter everywhere and I was desperate to contain it somehow. The ready-made covers you see online cost upwards of $100+ and I wasn't about to shell out the $$$ for 2 of those... So I found two unwanted cabinets and repurposed them to fit my needs.

The first cabinet is a small TV cabinet with glass doors that I found on Craigslist for $15. I removed the inside shelf, covered the doors with scrapbook paper, and cut out an access hole in the back (which was cardboard). The litter box was a tight fit but it works, plus the cats like to sit on top of the cabinet to look out the windows (bonus!). And it's on wheels which means it's easy to move to sweep the few stray pieces of litter that make their way out... So it's not a perfect solution but it does catch about 95% of the litter that used to come out!

One of these days I'll get around to painting the oak laminate, but for now, I'm happy. Smiley

The second cabinet from a thrift store (I think I paid $60 or $70 for it) is quite a bit bigger but fits perfectly in a small alcove next to the stairs. It was also a TV cabinet and it's solid wood. Again, I removed the bottom shelf and cut out a hole in the back (not cardboard but composite wood this time). I want to paint this one too but the finish is in very good shape so that'll wait for now. The upper part of the cabinet stores extra litter, garbage bags, etc.

So for less than $100 I now have two hidden boxes for the cats -- seems like a good deal to me! Let me know what you think. Smiley

-- Cathy

3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Hawaiian print dress on: July 21, 2010 07:06:32 PM
Hi, first topic!

I fell in love with this hawaiian print fabric and thought it'd make super cute sundresses for my girls. I used a ready-made dress for inspiration, but basically drafted the pattern myself. The skirt is a full circle skirt because Eldest Daughter loves twirly dresses. The bodice is self lined, with shirring in the back and ties for the straps.

Front view:

Back view (looks a little loose here but the shirring tightened up after I steamed it):

Full circle skirt (pic during first fitting):

And Youngest Daughter wanted to try it on too (yes they practically wear the same size, tho they're 2 years apart...)

Youngest daughter now has her own dress, but the skirt is just a regular gathered skirt because I didn't have enough fabric left for another circle skirt. She loved it anyway. (I don't have a pic of the second dress, but you get the idea). I'm super pleased with how these turned out and my girls love the dresses!

Thanks for looking!  Cheesy
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