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1  Spooky tea cozy in Quilting: Completed Projects by Bjo san on: March 09, 2012 11:34:46 AM
So I've never really done any quilting before. I had all this awesome fabric and was in need of a tea cozy. I had a book with a basic pattern and modified it.

Here is the first side, which was a simplification of the basic pattern:

And here is the other side, which I designed myself - the patches in the skull area are one inch square.

And finally, the cozy in action!

This was all hand sewing, by the way, as there was nowhere to set up my machine (not to mention that my machine skills are...optimistic novice, shall we say?). I used a neon green thread for the actual quilting, which of course only shows when really close up. I learned tons, and perhaps someday I'll tackle something a little larger...

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2  A bunch (5 pics) of samplers given as xmas presents in Needlework: Completed Projects by Bjo san on: January 01, 2010 08:54:58 PM
So this is my first time posting here, hope I do it right.

Inspired by all the awesome samplers I saw on here of quotes and fun R-rated phrases, I decided to do something similar for some of my friends and family for Christmas presents. I have sadly fallen into that trap of always feeling like I have to make my presents, rather than just buying stuff. I also framed them all (mostly in dollar-store frames which I then spent WAY too long repainting and customizing to go with the piece). They were all huge hits.

The nitty-gritty details: all are stitched on Aida of varying sizes with good ol' cotton floss. For a few of them I blended in some metallic thread (a trick someone taught me is to buy metallic threads in the regular thread section, rather than buying blending filaments - great selection, possibly cheaper!). I designed out all the samplers on graph paper first, using alphabets and borders found in pattern books. I did design the high heeled shoe myself, however. I worked on these off and on from late October, and am glad I started so early. I was literally framing them the day before they were unwrapped.

First off, based on an episode of The Office of which my friend is very fond, "Classy." With chocolate-dipped strawberries.

Next up, a set of three pieces inspired by White Christmas, which is one of my mom's and aunt's (and mine, for that matter) movies.
For my mom, "With not so much as a kiss my foot or have an apple."

For my aunt who loves snow, "Vermont should be beautiful this time of year. All that snow."

And for the two of them to keep in their office, because they are some of the closest sisters in the world, "Lord help the mister who comes between me and my sister."

And finally, for my husband, because it's one of his favorite action movie quotes. "Shit just got real."

Thanks for looking!!
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