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21  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: September 21, 2008 02:20:32 PM
sew~amy's theme is birds/sewing. I cheated a little. These chickadees are beading rather than sewing, but I think it still fits in with the intended spirit:

The birds came from a 1974 booklet of childrens animal "motifs." I improvised the rest.

I was going to add a supervising owl since I have plenty of time, but decided that I should show a little restraint.  Grin

Oh, and I'll add to the chorus that sew~amy's towel is dream to embroider on. It makes all of your stitches look so smooth and professional.
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22  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: September 13, 2008 12:35:44 PM
rectangel -- I completely understand why your sister's drawings make you feel bright and happy. They can't help but put a smile on your face.

~Glenda's towel theme is fairies and gnomes. Since I'm going to an absinthe party this evening, one thing led to another, and I had no choice but to stitch ... The Green Fairy:

It won't photograph well for some reason. So, the silhouette is done in split stitch in a solid green -- four strands. The wings are two strands of stem stitch in variegated green floss and the seed stitch flecks are gold metallic thread.
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23  Re: T4-Tea Towels Go International in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: September 06, 2008 12:18:08 PM
Lilyvanilli's towel theme is roosters and/or chickens. So, I present you with "Love Fowl":

The story: Rooster McGee just moved from the big city (work with me here) to the barnyard. Of course, the farm hens are clamoring to put all their eggs into his basket. Much to his surprise though, the one who has caught his eye is Celia Chicken. She's not the brightest bird in the coop, but she's very sweet and is on a mission to change Rooster McGee's chickenizing ways. The end.

I hope you like it. I'm a bit paranoid now since my husband came in while I was ironing it and said: "Wow, your's is even better than their's ... wait, which one did you do? ... well, you definitely went in a more cartoon-y direction."

Jackass. But, hey, he really likes your original one lilyvanilli, so fingers crossed I didn't mess it up.
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24  First Quilt! -- Modern Wedding Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by GatsbyGirl on: August 31, 2008 12:23:43 PM
OK, while this is only the pieced top I'm putting it in completed projects because other than the binding, my part is done. I made it for friends who are getting in November and since I've never quilted before I'm sending it out for that part. (Note: I am planning on doing the quilting for my next project, but decided to start off with something smaller like a lap quilt, rather than a full-size one for my first go).

I am inordinately proud of it. Here it is:

Full view:

Side View:

Close Ups of Some of the Fabrics:

It's going to be backed in a solid tangerine orange.

I used a free pattern I found on the Internet:


The measurements are wrong in a couple of places on the pattern which I luckily caught during the cutting fabric stage, so if anyone's interested let me know and I'll tell you what the corrections are.

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25  Re: Friendship Quilt Block Swap #1 /Friendship Star/ in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: August 23, 2008 10:34:17 PM
Eeep! Jenicat, thanks for reminding (and shaming me) into posting photos. I'm sorry it's taken this long. Here they all are.

First up, from Jenicat:

My other two partners both flaked on me. Pertelot and Colorado Deb were kind enough to angel.


Colorado Deb:

They are all so lovely and even though each set has a distinct look they all play well with each other. I'm thinking of making them into a couple of extra-large pillows.
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26  More Japanese Scooter Fabric Pillows in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by GatsbyGirl on: August 04, 2008 04:28:47 PM
It seems great minds were thinking alike this weekend. Earlier, purpleone posted about the two pillows that she made for her Vespa-riding significant other:


Indeed, yesterday I also made two pillows for my Vespa-riding husband using the same fabric. Behold:

They're each 16 inches square and I did an envelope back with this great loose weave fabric my husband found in a remnant bin at the fabric store:

It was my first time doing piping which I discovered was kind of a pain in the ass. However, my sewing machine's zipper/piping foot is my new favorite toy.

These were a "thank you" present for my husband for helping me choose fabrics for a wedding quilt I'm making for friends. I needed 28 contrasting patterns and prints. He possesses an amazing eye for color and was able to pull them all together in under 90 minutes. If it has been up to just me, I'd still be standing there ... probably in tears.
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27  Argyle Applique in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by GatsbyGirl on: May 18, 2008 06:46:04 PM
This is actually my husband's idea. He wants me to cut up some of his old t-shirts and use them in argyle design on either a blank t-shirt or a hoodie for him.

Since I didn't want to jump in and use his project for practice, I decided to use some fabric scraps and old tees of my own.

First up:

This one didn't go too well. 1) When I outlined the appliques a couple of the edges got away from me. Wouldn't be terribly bad except when I put the t-shirt on, the knit stretched the fabric away from the edge at a couple of tips. Since my husband doesn't have boobs, this wouldn't be a concern for him, but regardless it's sloppy. 2) While it photographed well, the stitching is actually too light so you have to be pretty close to see what we're going for.

Next up:

This one turned out MUCH better. I played around with my sewing machine (and in the process ended up making a sampler of all the stitches it can do) and found a couple of thicker options. I also like how all the colors contrast on this one best.

Still, while I have it down in theory I still need a little more practice before I do my husband's. I'm going to see the baby of friends for the first time on Thursday, so I figure I can whip up a couple of onesies for her in this style before I go to work out the kinks even more.
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28  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: April 28, 2008 10:36:07 PM
I totally don't mean to hijack/hog this thread but ...

I was cleaning up my craft space this evening and came across the patches from the Embroidered Patch Swap at the end of last year. "Hmmmm," I thought, "you know what these would look good on?"

So, I present to you the Tea Towel 3/Embroidered Patch Swap pillow, including the Botticelli Venus from our very own organizer, rectangel:

AND, I still have two patches leftover, but because they were on felt they didn't quite fit for this.

The encrustation has definitely begun.

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29  Re: Tea Towel Tour 3-T3- Rise of the Tourists in The Swap Gallery by GatsbyGirl on: April 27, 2008 05:38:49 PM
My pillow is back at home with me, safe and sound. I told everyone in my group that I wanted random placement and that they were free to use either side. Here it is:

Thanks everybody! It all looks even better in person and I keep walking by the the chair and flipping it over so I can admire the other side.

Part of me wants to see it completely encrusted.
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30  Arachne's Tears Scarf from Interweave Crochet (Spring 2008) in Crochet: Completed Projects by GatsbyGirl on: April 14, 2008 05:37:40 PM
This was a super fast, fun project. It can easily be knocked out in several hours/completed in a day.

The one in the magazine was done with blue yarn and beads, but I used what I had on hand.

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