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1  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by mellybelly81 on: April 02, 2013 10:31:39 PM
Heres my last minute challenge entry finished 30 March - non-fabric Cheesy

Alas I missed all the April Fool's fun so will have to go back and read all the missed posts.
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2  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by mellybelly81 on: March 23, 2013 04:49:25 AM
oh all these cool crafts make me wish I had a proper crafting space instead of a pokey little table behind the couch.

Love the baby crafts, I haven't made anything for my bub yet but I figure since the gender is a surprise, I don't particularly need any more neutral stuff.

Here's my birth dress. Try to ignore all the mess in the background, my husband doesn't think of hiding this stuff in photos.

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3  Re: 13 Quilt Projects in 2013 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by mellybelly81 on: March 02, 2013 10:37:28 PM
and finally the quilt I was trying to finish for the WIP challenge in January... I just made it before the end of Feb!

The Dr Seuss quilt for my cousin's little boy that has been in the making for over a year (originally supposed to be for his first bday and he turned two a month ago). It's about 40" square.

Both my cousin and his wife are Dr Seuss fans, so I know they will be "educating" their son in the ways of Dr Seuss too!
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4  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by mellybelly81 on: March 02, 2013 08:35:57 PM
here's my February challenge entry, a Dr Seuss quilt for my cousin's little boy. It's about 40" square.

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5  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by mellybelly81 on: February 02, 2013 02:49:31 AM
we took an extra couple of days onto the Australia Day long weekend last weekend and I came back monday to 20 pages to catch up on! Waaaay too many projects to comment on, but all so awesome and I love the variety of crafts I get to see by being a part of this craftalong! You are all so inspiring, i want to make so many of the projects i've seen here.

I finished some last minute belated Christmas gifts (in the car!) for the family members we were travelling to see last weekend.

taggy fabric cube for 7m old nephew

two sets of barbie skirts for 4 and 6y old nieces (sorry uploading from my phone and a PIA to turn)

ironman mask for 8y old nephew

I'm trying to finish a WIP quilt for my cousin's little boy next.
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6  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by mellybelly81 on: January 07, 2013 05:42:31 PM
so here's the pictures of my stash that is in one area, there's still other random boxes of wrapping paper, old clothes to be cut up and piles of stuff that *could* be used for making something! *blush*

the top of my craft space, I have to move everything off to do stuff. The boxes on the right have my sewing patterns and theres a bunch of random stuff with no home.

this is under my sewing table. Yes its all in boxes, but a PIA to get anything out, there papercraft stuff, WIP box, clothing to be cut up, cross stitch supplies and my blue sewing box has random habby like velcro, elastic, safety pins, etc as well as other random stuff I can't throw away... You never know what you could use spare shower curtain hooks for!

this my temp storage cupboard, the drawers are semi organised at least at the front (i need somewhere to keep my scissors and rotary cutters) but the rest in just kind of thrown in. On top is bits and pieces with no home as well as a catch all surface. The cupboard itself was stuffed full but things haven't been put away so thats prob my first job is to at least put stuff away that HAS a home.

these boxes have my non-quilting fabrics and the basket has yet more bits and pieces

and this is our "extra" couch that I bought fabric to reupholster years ago which is currently more storage. I swear under all that stuff that I should put away when I finish making, is two more plastic tubs with quilting fabric and workable quilting scraps.

So as you can see, some of last years organisation remains, but i think my stash has grown Sad as well as me not putting things away. When DS goes for a sleep I will get a box and try and collect all the bits and pieces around and at least get them in one place!
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7  Re: 50 Projects 2013--You Know You Can Do It! Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by mellybelly81 on: January 06, 2013 02:49:41 AM
here is the pic of my last minute gifts. My aunty isn't the crafty type and I didn't give specific instructions, so they aren't the best for seeing the pieces, but I can't complain since I forgot to take them!

the apron was in Lisa's fave colours and the coasters (which you can't really see at all) were made from white felt scraps at the bottom and some precut fabric squares I inherited from my gran. Finally found a use for some more of them. I trimmed the top with some purple grosgrain ribbon. As I said in my earlier post, I started these coasters last year for my aunty's bday but didn't get them done in time, so they got left and at the last minute I decided the last three should have their ribbon attached! So glad to have a WIP out of my "started" box!
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8  Re: 13 Quilt Projects in 2013 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by mellybelly81 on: December 26, 2012 09:34:33 PM
well I did a few rhings off my list this year, which is better than the one I got done in 2011. I am having another baby this year so I might be being ambitious, but here's my list!

1 quilt for DS (supposed to be when born, but he'll get it sometime after he turns 2 I guess!)
2 baby quilt for #2 (surprise gender due in April)
3 baby quilt for sister's baby (also due in April)
4 monopoly lap quilt for dad
5 squatter lap quilt for mum
6 Christmas tree skirt
7 queen bed quilt for me and DH in teal/turquoise/aqua, grey and white
8-10 quilted animal sleeping bags for nieces and nephew
 *do you think a 8-going-on-9 year old would appreciate it??*
11 cousins's son's quilt - WIP since last year, needs to be quilted and bound.

12 TBA
13 TBA

I'm hoping that I'll be more organised again this year so even with a toddler and new baby I think I can better this year's effort!
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9  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by mellybelly81 on: December 25, 2012 08:44:54 PM
oh and here is a pic of one of a set of six fabric placemats I made for a personal swap. Of course, as usual I forgot a pic before I closed the parcel, so when I get pics of the rest I will post.

The other items I made were three crochet snowflakes and a crochet hook roll.
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10  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by mellybelly81 on: December 25, 2012 07:10:14 PM
love the embroidery silvermoon! I have cross stitched for years but am scared to dive into embroidery... You are so inspiring to just dive in!

So Christmas is over in Australia and here are (most of) the gifts I made in the sewing and baking marathon of december 24! In no particular order...

Set of customised tea towels for my sister and BIL to go with a curry cookbook.

our Christmas tree on Christmas morning with DS's Santa sack on the right. It's a little bigger than I planned because I forgot to allow for the red trim, so the green part is the size I was going to make. I thought of shortening it but it worked out well because little kids toys seem to come in stupidly big packages.

mug rugs for my teenage cousins. The mushrooms are for a girl and the green one is for a boy. I don't have too many masculine fabrics thus the piecing.

two of the eight boxes of choc chip cookies. I didn't get a pic of all the cookies before packaging because it was a rush to get it all done before DS got home from day care! But I got 30-odd gluten free cookies (out of a recipe that said it made 18) and because I didn't think I'd have enough in that batch to fill all boxes I made a non-gluten free batch. So I now have a LOT of cookie dough in the fridge that I need to freeze because there's no way I'm even thinking about turning on the oven in the next week - they are forecasting a week of about 38-39C (about 100F I think)..

this set is for my great aunty and uncle. It's hard to see the pattern (I'll try and get a close up of the fabric) but its a tiny pink and green floral. Their living area is pink, green and blue floral so I thought it would go well. I backed one with a pink and the other a green.

for another aunty and uncle

for another aunty and uncle. I bought a scrap bag from one of the online fabric shops I use and these two pieces were just a little too narrow, so I had to add a piece.

I have been making a quilt for my cousin's son for ages (it WILL be finished in Jan!) and since they like dr seuss then I used scraps to make their mug rugs. They were a huge pain though, so I will utilise triangle scraps some other way!

I also made bunting for my nephew and cousin's son using scraps from their respective quilts (the animals and dr seuss) as well as some suitcase handle covers for my parents. I will try and get some pics of those to post.

I wasn't sure how to count all of these mug rugs, so I think I will count each set as one item. Some were a lot more work than others, some being pieced and others not, but I couldn't count them all as one!
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