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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / It's okay, I guess on: October 01, 2011 08:15:01 PM
The last quilt I made, my mom just loved. So, I figured that I would make her one for her birthday. (October 5th). Since I had this idea back in like, July, I figured that I'd have plenty of time. We all know how that goes. I kept putting it off and putting it off, and I've only just finished, and it's almost the second of October. My mom's favorite color is brown, and let me tell you, it gets really old looking at different shades of brown material. I finally just said enough, and the material I had up to that point was what I was making the quilt with. Turns out, it takes up almost the entire top of my king size bed, with about 16 inches hanging off the bottom.
   As I was laying the pieces into groups for the blocks, I was thinking, "Oh, what have I done? This is going to be the ugliest quilt ever."
   But it turned out surprisingly nice. I actually like it. And I would like to point out that this is the first quilt I've made that didn't have a ton of folds or gathers on the backing fabric, from shifting while I was quilting. This time around, I washed my backing fabric, ironed it, and used twice as many pins as I have on previous quilts. Something worked out right, because it's completely wrinkle-free! Hopefully my mom likes it.

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Rainbow "Fractal" bargello on: August 04, 2011 04:49:47 AM
LOVE IT!!! So gorgeous!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: First Papercut: Orbital & Castle on: August 01, 2011 05:03:10 AM
LOVE both of these!! It's tough to pick which on I like better. I'm in serious awe of your patience. There's no way I'd have the patience to sit there and do all that. They both look awesome!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 on: July 29, 2011 05:00:15 AM
Toward the beginning of this thread, I've got a picture of the artwork that I'm doing, but not the pattern. It's kinda massive, so I'm not even sure I could upload it.  Undecided
I don't think it will take away from the piece if I leave it off, and no one that sees it in my living room is going to say, "WTF? Where's the missing 19 rows?" Smiley At least, they'd better not.
So I might just wait until I'm done with everything else, and then see. That is, assuming I ever finish it.
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Birthday Aprons! on: July 28, 2011 05:26:28 PM
One of my best friends requested an apron for her birthday, with the only requirement being a pocket. So, I looked through my patterns, and found one I liked. I'm pretty sure it's McCall's, and if anyone wants to know for sure, let me know, and I'll go dig it out of my pattern box.
  I'll go ahead and apologize for the pictures. I didn't want to model them, and my hubby sure as heck isn't going to. And they're a bit large for my 2 year old. But back to my story...

  I went to Joann's, and some fabric just jumped out at me. And this is what happened:

And the lining:

The colors are more vivid in real life, I promise. My living room has crappy lighting.
I'm so happy with how this turned out! And it was so easy! Except the straps. Ugh. Turning them right side out was so tedious. But I'm very happy with the result.

And secondly, my MIL has been dropping not-so-subtle hints that she wanted me to make her an apron for her birthday. It's rapidly approaching, so I decided I'd better get down to it. I made my hubby go with me to pick out the fabric, since it's for his mom. Her kitchen is done in an apple theme, so that's what we were looking for. He found the one bolt of apple fabric that Joann's had. It's a little much for my personal taste, but I have a pink plaid apron, so I don't have any room to talk Smiley
So here's the apple apron....

With long-ish ties, because my MIL is a little on the short... round side.

Comments and suggestions always appreciated!
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 on: July 28, 2011 05:10:30 PM
Page four: DONE!! And a little of page 5!

Sorry for the semi-dark picture. I would've taken another one, but it's been a long day, and I'm exhausted!
So, opinions: On the right hand side, there's an additional 19 rows of pattern. About an inch and a quarter, I think. Now, when I was cutting out my cloth, I wasn't paying attention, and I didn't leave myself enough extra. I have enough to finish all the way across, but because it's so close to the edge, it would be really hard. So I was thinking about just leaving that off. I don't think it would adversely effect the piece as a whole. What do you guys think?
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Stitchalongs / Re: Big Project stitch-along 2011 on: July 18, 2011 04:59:30 AM
I was also going to suggest going with a super dark navy. But black would work as well. As peihan17 said, you're not going to have a lot of fades and shading. Which I should've thought about before I started mine. It's a pain in the butt. I have finished another page, though, I just haven't uploaded a picture.
Good luck with that! I hope he likes it.  Smiley
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Filet Crochet Carriage or Crib Cover - Baby Animals on: June 30, 2011 06:54:08 AM
Love this! I love things that have this vintage look. Very nice work!
9  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Steampunk Jacket on: June 28, 2011 08:08:46 PM
Love love love! I too, work around an industrial embroidery machine, and I hate embroidering on something that I know can't be replaced. I can't imagine eight hours of sewing, though. Yikes.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Labyrinth Swap Round 4 GALLERY!! on: June 22, 2011 06:04:57 PM
That poppet is awesome! I've made a regular poppet before, and I just thought that was tedious. I can't imagine making one that came completely apart, including internal organs. Seriously awesome!
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