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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt for Sophie on: August 13, 2017 06:25:54 PM
I made this little quilt for my new niece.

This is my first use of free motion quilting. I am not sure I achieved the look of wind I was going for in the center portion, but I am still pretty happy with it.

I wanted it  to be snuggly so I used fleece as the backing. I also wanted it to be customized, so I finished everything except for the kite while my sister was still expecting. Then when the baby was born, I embroidered the name on the kite and attached it to the quilt.
Can't wait to give it away!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Summer Dresses on: May 25, 2015 01:37:38 PM
A couple of summers ago I was inspired by this tutorial https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411013.0. I took some measurements and made a pattern using wrapping paper (my goto pattern making material  Roll Eyes). At the time I made two dresses, which I wear regularly.
The other day I saw my little wrapping paper patterns and decided to make two more dresses. The 2nd one was made by following Jane's tutorial exactly. The first one is just a slight variation that uses two pieces of fabric instead of four.

I am pretty happy with the dresses, and also with how using a new fabric with an old pattern can create a whole new look. Cheesy
Just for fun here are the dresses I originally made with these same patterns: You can see how the first floral one uses the same pattern as the first one above except it has sleeves. The second purple one is just the same as the 2nd one above.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Garden Fence Quilt Block Swap Quilt on: December 01, 2014 08:29:05 PM

This is a queen sized quilt I put together from the blocks I received from rounds 3 and 4 of the quilt block swap. As you can see I had some beautiful blocks to work with.  My partners did a great job of coordinating color and I received a large number of fussy cut centers, which I was a wonderful surprise Cheesy.

 This is by far the largest quilt I have made and it is far from perfect.  My sewing machine had too be replaced half way through the quilting process  Undecided, so it has taken a long time to put together, but it is finally done!  These pictures are kind of dark, but in real life it is s big and bright and I am very happy with it Grin

The quilt. As you can see it covers my whole bed (It was kind of dark when I took these pictures, it is a bit more vibrant in person).

I got some "extra" blocks that I incorporated into the back of the quilt. Then I decided to to add some extra fabric squares when I realized I did not quite have enough backing fabric Tongue 

I was rather excited about the mix of colors on the binding and here you can see a close up of the back which had tiny squares that seemed like a good fit for the motif

And some details of the blocks:

Thanks to all my partners: donniesgirl, princesspimp81, waterbaby, sloth003, Melladh, jungrrl, Fontiua, Sparkledust, danynn, carolmb, alwaysinmyroom & kbrison
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / A moment of silence for my old singer. . . on: July 02, 2014 08:20:56 AM
This is my sewing machine.  An old metal singer that was made back in the early eighties.  It was my mom's first, but I have had it for about 15 years.  Last week it just stopped sewing.  It was rather strange because it happened midway down a line of quilting and there weren't any tangled threads.  I cleaned out everywhere where dust likes to accumulate, but it was just stuck.  I took it in for repair, but alas it is not able to be fixed. Apparently, over time moisture has gotten into the machine and rusted some of the gears, so they are fusing together.  No one makes the gears anymore so fixing this problem is not really an option.  Cry  I am feeling more sentimental then I was expecting about the loss of my machine.  It is the only one I have every have and it is so tough I guess I just kind of thought it would last forever.

Now comes the arduous task of selecting a replacement machine.   Huh It seems that new machines have lots of fancy features compared to mine, but they also seems much more flimsy that it makes me wonder how long they will last. I would appreciate any thoughts anyone has on the topic.  My impulse is to get another singer.  A friend recommended this one( http://www.amazon.com/9970-600-Stitch-Computerized-Extension-Accessories/dp/B00GG5W9NY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404313678&sr=8-1&keywords=singer+9970) , but she does not actually own the machine.  Do you guys have any experience with it?
I am feeling a little lost and have been trying to think about the characteristics I would like in a new machine.
I want it too last. . . (It does not have to last the 30+ years of my old machine, but I don't want to have to buy a new one for a good while)
I want to be able to quilt through lots of fabric. I use my  machine to quilt, and make purses out of upholstery fabric and sometimes sew denim.
I would like to be able to lower the feed dogs (this is something my old machine could not do but I think it would be fun to learn to free motion quilt).
I am looking to spend less than $500. 
I am sure there are other things but I cannot think right now. . .
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / New Purse for Work on: February 25, 2013 05:03:27 PM
I usually like very small purses, but lately decided I needed something a little bit bigger for work. The bag itself is about 7.5 x 10 (big for me). 

 I thought about using Amy Bulter's Blossom bag, but after reading about how difficult it is to make, I decided to just use "Blossom" style handles on a bag of my own design.  The lining has all sorts of pockets so I can stay organized. 

I took it for a test run to the store yesterday and I am pretty happy with it.

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / A dress I have been itching to make. . . on: July 15, 2012 05:12:32 PM
Since summer started I have found myself itching to make a dress. Something cool and comfortable but dressy enough I could wear to work.  So when I saw this tutorial by violentjayne I had to give it a try.
Here it is:

C & C welcome.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about reading chart for cableing on: February 05, 2012 09:18:12 PM
I am sure this is an easy question but I am still a little unsure of myself when it comes to cables.
So I have just started my second project with cables and my first project with charts and I am a little bit confused. I am working on this pattern. . . http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/elbow-patch-cardigan.
On the third row of the chart the instructions are to put 1 stitch on cable needle in the back; knit 2, purl 1. Then put 2sts on cable needle in front; purl 1, knit 2.
My question is when do I knit the stitches that I put on the cable needle?
I am thinking maybe I should  put one stitch on cable needle in the back; knit 2, purl 1 from cable needle. Then put 2 sts on cable needle in front; purl 1,knit 2 from cable needle.
Is this correct?
Thanks in advance
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / I heart your mind on: December 24, 2011 06:32:51 AM
These were for a recent swap. I used my partner's love of anatomy as an excuse to learn a bunch of new stitches.

The heart:

The brain:
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Snowflake Mobile on: December 11, 2011 06:50:58 PM

My new place has rather high ceilings.  I created this snowflake mobile to hang over our table. Hopefully it is high enough that the cat will not bat at it.  Wink She seemed very interested when I was making it. 
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Sonic on: July 21, 2011 08:56:13 AM
I made this for my hubby's birthday. He is a big sonic fan.

I wanted it to be a surprise so I tried not to let him know I was working on it. I would work on it while watching TV and hide it under a blanket when he came into the room. He must have thought I was very lazy for all the time I spent just sitting in front of the TV with a blanket on my lap, but I was able to fool him and make it a surprise Cheesy.
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