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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / For Azure on: May 18, 2013 04:41:34 PM
My sister-in-law Azure died a year ago, leaving behind two sweet little boys.
To commemorate the one-year anniversary, her family and friends planned a benefit for the boys, to help cover "kids being kids" type expenses (school field trips, summer day camp, etc.).

I made this quilt to donate to the silent auction. I wasn't really working off of a pattern, just trying to put something together quickly, but now that I've seen posts about the Modern Quilt Guild's Plain Spoken, it looks pretty darn similar Smiley I must have seen that one somewhere.

It's not quite twin sized... more like large throw-size or foot-of-the-bed draping size.


Messy, uneven hand quilting:


Wrapped up and ready to be sold!

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Auntie Tootie's chemo quilt on: January 15, 2012 07:53:22 PM

I made this throw sized-quilt for my "Auntie Tootie."

She was recently diagnosed with ovarian cancer. This has shaken our family to the core... I could go on, and on, and on about how much she means to us. We are saying our prayers every day that she comes through this okay.

In my manic "need to make a chemo care package!!!" state, I declared that I needed to make her a quilt. I know it's not much. It was hastily put together, in hopes of trying to get it finished before she started her treatments. I didn't use a pattern, I didn't measure, I tore instead of cut much of the pieces, and the hand-quilting is uneven at best. But I love it. It's my favorite quilt so far. I mostly make baby-sized quilts for friends. This is the largest one I've completed, and it's gorgeous, if I do say so myself. I give 90% of the credit to Anna Maria Horner for designing such beautiful prints. The entire quilt is from her Loulouthi, Innocent Crush, and Little Folks collections. The front is quilting cotton, and the back is voile.

3  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Barbie Zombie Garden 2011 on: October 31, 2011 05:36:26 AM
Happy Halloween!
I posted last year's Barbie Zombie garden here:https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=363431.0

I didn't add any new zombies this year, but they are in some new locations. Enjoy!

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Hanging Strawberry Planter on: June 12, 2011 05:56:50 PM
In the spirit of "huh, I could make that," I took inspiration from a craft that I found at the local Farmer's Market, and made a hanging strawberry planter.

I honestly didn't use a pattern, or measure, or pin, or finish my seams, and it shows Smiley

The bottom is a single thickness of fabric, and the sides are a double thickness. I placed a plastic bag with the bottom cut out of it inside of the bucket before adding the potting soil and compost. I figured that would help to keep moisture in, while still allowing it to drain.

It may or may not work... but I figure for the investment of $5 for the plants and less than an hour of my time (the fabric was from my stash and I already had the soil), it will be a fun experiment.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Pumpkin in a Cherry Tree on: May 15, 2011 04:50:44 PM
Here's another little baby quilt (and hopefully the last for awhile...).

The mother is Japanese, and the baby (currently being referred to as Pumpkin) is a girl, so when I saw this pattern: http://www.magpiepatterns.com/product-details.php?ProductID=EM003CS&DesignerCode=CS97201 my adrenaline level spiked a little bit. I was determined to incorporate it into the finished product.

I used a log cabin style pattern to frame the embroidery. I was improvising and making it up as I went along, using scraps from my stash.

The backing is a gorgeous print from Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush line. I love it.

I think one of the reasons I love this one so much is that it was created without a plan, under pressure, required A LOT of improvising, and there are at least a dozen mistakes to show for it. Despite all that, it turned out beautiful (if I do say so myself - and I do).
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Applique Treasure Map Play Mat / Quilt on: May 02, 2011 05:26:31 PM
'Tis the season for baby showers. Gotta love 'em.

This weekend's baby will be receiving this little number.

I was inspired after finding Alexander Henry's "Pirate Pups" fabric. It's adorable, and it's the backing.

I swore to myself that I wouldn't do another pieced applique quilt for a long time because they're so darn fussy, but I guess I forgot that promise.

Pieces were adhered with Lite Steam a Seam, then sewn on with a narrow zig-zag. My machine is several decades old, and while it's sturdy and reliable, it doesn't have the fancy new stitches that a lot of modern machines have.

A few closeups...

I hope the little guy has lots of adventures with it as he grows up!

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Spiderweb? Hexagon? Whatever you want to call it... on: December 04, 2010 01:03:27 PM
I've been trying to think of a way to use up my random scraps and smaller pieces of fabric. Loosely inspired by Anna Maria Horner's "Sixth Time's a Charm" baby quilt, I made this:

I didn't have the pattern in front of me, so I kind of made it up as I went along.
I cut out a triangle template out of a piece of random upholstery fabric I had in my stash. I laid out sewed strips of fabric in a loose triangle shape, then sewed the strips together and cut out the resulting triangle. After six were done, I sewed them together into the hexagon shape.

I have no idea if my quilting technique is going to hold up, but I'll keep my fingers crossed. I hand quilted with embroidery thread through the top and the batting layer, along each seam. Then I used a Minky-style fabric for the backing. I was really tired of hand stitching by that point, so I simply put both pieces facing together, then sewed around the edges, turned it inside out, and topstitched the whole thing.

The thing turned out HUGE, but I like it. I made a second one that I'm still finishing up the hand quilting on. That one is quite a bit smaller... not surprisingly, the quilting is coming along much faster.

Some closeup shots of the fabrics I used:

And finally,
A shot of my dog pretending to be indifferent about the cute green and white backing fabric.

8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / A Halloween Zombie Garden on: October 31, 2010 06:08:42 PM
Ack! Zombie Attack!!!

I have been alternately cracking myself up and creeping myself out all weekend.

I really let my garden get away from me this year. I had a hectic summer, but thats no excuse for how badly overgrown things got.

Inspired by the Inspired by the Zombie Barbie Garden at This Mama Makes Stuff ( http://thismamamakesstuff.com/2010/10/barbie-zombie) , I decided I might as well turn my horror story of a garden into the real deal.

I got some of the dolls from a friend who has three daughters and a home daycare, but the bulk of them came from the thrift store. Even though they were going to be buried, I wanted to wash them first. The dishwasher seemed appropriate.

I don't think our neighbors can see into this part of our yard from their windows, but if they did, they might have wondered what I was doing...

I used a spray paint specifically made for plastic, but apparently "plastic" does not equal "Barbie heads and legs." The paint adhered and dried just fine on the torsos, but after a day of drying, the heads and legs were still tacky. I rubbed some baby powder on them and they were good to go.

I didn't have enough clothes to outfit the entire Zombie Army, so I wrapped scraps of fabric around them and called it good. It was kind of fun to play zombie fashion designer for a few minutes.

Faces were drawn on with a Sharpie.

Some of my favorites:

Happy Halloween!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Little Drummer Baby blanket on: October 21, 2010 08:52:41 AM
This was a quick little baby quilt that I recently finished for a friend. I wasn't feeling very creative pattern-wise, so I just sewed blocks of fabric into strips, and joined them with sashing.

I was having a really hard time finding fabric to coordinate with the nursery, which I thought was decorated turquoise and black. The baby's daddy is a professional drummer, and his mommy loves dogs... I thought I was doing pretty well with what I found until the baby shower, when I realized that the nursery was actually decorated in turquoise and BROWN.


Oh well.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Eyeball" Quilts on: August 17, 2010 02:50:08 PM
I named these the Eyeball Quilts, because I eyeballed everything. Not a single darn thing was measured, which kind of shows  Smiley

Three of my girlfriends were having babies two weeks apart from one another. I needed a project that wouldn't take ages to make, but would still be kind of interesting.

This is for Sara, who is having her first baby in a couple of weeks. It's a girl, but she is non-traditional so I chose this color scheme for her. Unbelievably, and unknown to me, she had decorated her nursery in similar colors.

This is for Beth, who had her first girl a couple of days ago. I made hers more traditionally girly, since she already two boys. I figured a change of pace might be nice.

And this is for Trina, who had her second girl a couple of weeks ago. I am a bit nervous about this one, since it was made with vintage fabrics (very much her style), and a couple of the seams came undone when I put it through the wash.

I mended the seams, then covered the stitching with some patches. Hopefully nothing else unravels!

Now to start another one for a baby shower this weekend. I really need to stop doing these at the last minute!
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