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1  Crow Fly in Needlework: Completed Projects by petunya on: May 17, 2015 11:56:52 AM
I have seen so many projects using the bleeding Sharpie technique and I wanted to try it! So I drew a crow with black marker on a chunky canvas. After spritzing with rubbing alcohol, I loved the bleeding effect (purple was a surprise!), but the original drawn line became too faded. So I embroidered back over the lines with black thread to pop the crow back up and into focus. I added some sashiko-inspired stitches to create movement and to highlight the interesting paths of the ink-bleed lines. Kind of a fun experiment!

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2  A Bunch of Baby Quilts in Quilting: Completed Projects by petunya on: May 17, 2015 11:18:33 AM

We had an abundance of babies in our family/friends circle this spring. I made 10 quilts between Nov and Feb...all the same pattern. I love this pattern because it is quick and easy...basically a four patch and a couple of borders. It allows me to highlight one particular focal print (the big square), but also to use several other fabrics to play around with print/color/pattern mixing. They are all 36" x 36".

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3  A Quilt for Dino in Quilting: Completed Projects by petunya on: April 01, 2011 10:02:15 AM
I made this for my friend's new baby boy...Dino! His nursery is black, white and red. I found the cartoon-y panel print and then selected the other fabrics accordingly. I love, love, love dots and checks, so Dino got the full range of spotty red and a b&w gingham! The little heart print binding was a last minute addition (which I think is my new favorite baby-quilt-detail). Its machine quilted with X's through the blocks and I outlined each cartoon character too. Lastly, I hand-quilted his name in the little red strip along the bottom border. Welcome to the world, little man!

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4  Dyeing with Silk Ties in Dyeing: Completed Projects by petunya on: April 01, 2011 09:32:11 AM
This project was inspired by a magazine article...unfortunately, I can no longer find the magazine. But it was probably Fiber Arts. Sorry to not give full credit!

Basically, this project takes advantage of the poor colorfastness of printed silk.

You need printed silk ties or scarves, unprinted silk yardage, undyed cotton yardage, string, water, stock pot and vinegar.

Step one is to cut up the ties. Feels a little wasteful...but remember they can be reused for several printings. And if they're thriftstore ties, this is probably their last chance anyway!

Then you create layers. First, lay down some undyed cotton fabric (like muslin). You're going to layer muslin, then the ties, then the silk. You can also put another layer of muslin on the top, if you have alot of red in your tie colors (red bleeds so much, the extra muslin will soak some of it up and keep it from staining your entire project).

Next, you roll it up. As tightly as possible to keep the ties in place. Tie it with undyed string.

Then fill your pot with cold water, add vinegar (I used 2 tbsp in this pot). And dunk your fabric roll(s) in the water. [You want to weigh down the rolls...so put a heat proof pan, plate, smaller pot cover, etc on top of your rolls to keep them immersed. Otherwise they float and you'll get uneven printing]. Place on the stove top, heating water to a boil. Once boiling, keep on high heat for 20 minutes.

After boiling, drain the pot and rinse the rolls with cold water until the run off water is clear.

Then unroll and see the surprise!

Lastly, hang dry. After dry, press with a hot iron to help set the color (it will never be super colorfast...just like the ties weren't).

Here is the finished silk fabric. As you can see, the transferred print colors are much softer than the original tie colors. But I LOVE the soft, aged, antiqued colors. I'm planning to make a bunch of these and then cut them into quilt squares and make a silk patchwork coverlet for my bed. Watch the Quilting section for that...many months down the road!
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5  Kissie Quilt and Booties, Too! in Quilting: Completed Projects by petunya on: January 20, 2011 01:56:55 PM
Here's a little newborn quilt that I put together for a friend. I had this CUTE kissie fabric as my starting point. I added the baby blue gingham (I just love plaids and checks in quilts) and then I found the red and blue bandana-inspired print which tied it all together. A touch of blue and white stripe was the finishing touch.

Usually, I pre-sketch my quilt layouts and figure out all of the measurements before cutting. This time, I decided to "loosen up" and let the design evolve. I began with the kissie blocks, then just added from there. Once I finished the center area, I decided to add the stripe as a narrow frame and then the sawtooth border. I love the way the triangles create movement around the larger rectangle blocks.

The finished measurement is 36 x 36. I like this size for a newborn gift...its small enough to carry here and there and big enough to be useful for a few years.

While I was making this quilt, my mom came to visit for a month. I enlisted her help to knit a pair of coordinated booties...they are soft, fuzzy, angora beauties. Everyone at the baby shower asked for a pair in adult sizes!  Cheesy

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6  Grandma's Buttons Memorial Shadowbox in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by petunya on: August 03, 2010 07:25:47 PM
My grandmother was a dressmaker who collected beautiful buttons. She would buy garments at garage sales and bring them home...only to cut the buttons off and throw away the clothing!
When she became too frail to live alone and moved out of her house, she made sure that her collection of buttons went to me. I had cherished them since childhood, spending hours digging through them, selecting my favorites and stringing them on yarn to make fancy necklaces for dress-up.
For nearly 10 years, those buttons moved around the country and the world with me. I would occasionally use a few for a project, but for the most part, I felt they were too precious to 'waste'.
At age 96, Gram passed away and I grieved, avoiding her button buckets in my sewing room. One day, I finally opened them and burst into tears, sifting through them while remembering dresses she wore, coats she made for me and cardigan sweaters that she would wrap me in on cold Minnesota days. And I decided that I should share the buttons with my mom and her sisters.
I made five of these button wreaths, framing them in deep shadowbox frames. I attached the buttons to classic black silk moire taffeta (Gram LOVED moire taffeta!) with glue and then stitched through the buttonholes. On the back, I copied a portion of an Irish poem that reminded me of my Gram's giving spirit.
I made 5 wreaths; I gave one to my mother and each of my four aunts. We all cried together and then they shared stories of the buttons they recognized from the many, many, many dresses, coats and suits that Gram made for them during her long, giving life.

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7  Birthday Present Quilt for Mom in Quilting: Completed Projects by petunya on: August 03, 2010 06:57:45 PM
The pattern of this lap quilt is Birthday Present and I gave it to my wonderful Mom for ... her birthday!

I took a class for this pattern at The Cozy Quilter in River Edge, NJ and had a great day cutting and stitching with the women there.

I selected orange and green colors to work back to Mom's living room. And the prints were paired by combining floral/earthy patterns with more linear/geometric patterns. I like the contrast of the colors and the patterns, but I think some of the prints are a little too busy together. If I ever do this pattern again, I'll definately improve the scale of the prints.

After finishing the top at home, I realized that I would not have time to do the quilting myself in time for Mom's B-day, so I took it back to the shop for machine quilting. I selected a leafy pattern, which didn't turn out as distinct as I had expected.

But it's okay...it was done on time and Mom LOVED it! Doesn't she look happy?

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8  Re: Potholder Swap Gallery ~ Sendouts 6/30 in The Swap Gallery by petunya on: July 11, 2010 06:15:33 AM
I received my swap items from angelofmusic earlier this week. She sent 3 potholders & a toaster cover in my FAVE green/orange color combo. I love the patchwork pattern that she chose. They are all perfect in my kitchen!
This was my first craft swap and I want to say thank you to jennieingram for such wonderful organization and double thank you to angelofmusic for being such a great partner! I love craftster!

The potholders are lovely all nestled together.

The toaster cover is a perfect fit!

The package included a pretty little crafty note (my cat is obsessed with the buttons on the card).
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9  Re: Swap a Yard of Fabric Spring Edition in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by petunya on: May 03, 2010 08:17:41 PM
Non-smoking, pet-filled household (1 cat, 2 dogs).
Will cut to any request.

1.  Kitchen Utensil 100% cotton woven. 2 yards available.
2.  Veggie print 100% cotton woven. 1/2 yard available.
3.  Dalmation print 100% cotton woven. 1/2 yard available.
4.  Floral/Polka Dot 100% cotton woven. 1/2 yard available.

5.  Ladybug Check 100% cotton woven. 2 yards available.
6.  Batik-type Frogs 100% cotton woven. 1 yard available.

7.  Big Tropical Fish 100% cotton woven. 1 yard available.

8.  Black and Gold Mesh 29" x 2 yards. Since its narrow, let's call it a yard.
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10  Re: Quilts for Kids Quilt-along (Charity for Kids) in Craftalongs by petunya on: March 24, 2010 06:40:15 PM
I finished another stash quilt for Quilts for Kids. I started it while waiting for my 2nd kit to arrive. Finished it on Monday and received the new kit on Tuesday. Perfect timing!

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