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11  Re: BBW / Plus Size Swap Round 2 in The Swap Gallery by sewmess on: December 09, 2012 04:46:16 PM
I am sooooo late.  I'm also sooooo sorry...life has gotten chaotic: multiple illnesses in my house, injuries of elderly family members, busy season at work, hr issues at work, and so on.  The so on including my DH putting the camera and fire-wire in the closet where he stashed my Christmas presents, making it off limits!!

I'd like to say Thank You!!! to Eiseldora for spoiling me silly.  The pictures don't do everything justice, but here we go.


Four stenciled shirts - One white one is Terry Pratchett's Discworld, the Great A'tuin.  Grey one is a Firefly Class space ship flashing on (with glitter!) the blue is Chinese? (Eisedora, want to pitch in with a translation?) And the other white is one Angy Bird!  She also threw in two shirts she found but didn't use. Pretty pink and a purple sweater.
She knit a skinny scarf, earwarmer/headband and wristwarmers.  I'll make use of these when it's not 65 degrees here in Alabama!!! 
And under it all....an awesome plaid skirt.

Not the best picture, but DH had disappeared and I wanted to get the picture taken.  It's warm, and long, and COMFY!!!

Thanks again, Eisadora!!  (and sorry I'm sooo late posting all the goodness. Undecided)
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12  Winging it vacation bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by sewmess on: November 17, 2012 09:54:54 AM
At the end of September DH and I went to Walt Disney World on vacation.  I had been using my old vacation bag for daily use and it was a bit worse for the wear.  So I thought I'd make a new one.  And then procrastinated so I ended up finishing it up the night before we left.

I knew what I needed: many interior pockets, crossbody, a place for sunscreen or water bottle, and at least one outside pocket for the tickets.

This is what I came up with:

A nice basic square with a long strap (the pin was added on the trip) the front pocket, that little one, was the one for the tickets.  On the back was a bigger pocket, just about the right size for a regular sized piece of paper quad folded, which I now use for coupons.

I had some hardware that I'd picked up on clearance a while back and the fabric is from my stash: the black is a canvass/duck type and the lining is some vintage that I got from my mom when she was destashing and the zipper was picked up at a thrift store.

Speaking of the lining...I think I either mismeasured or sewed the wrong seam allowance, because it did not fit correctly.  It's very loose, unlike most of my linings.  Did I mention that I was actually putting the whole thing together the night before we left?   Roll Eyes

Anyway: interior pockets: my first inset zipper pocket and a regular pocket.

I made the sides big enough to theoretically put an ID pocket.  The plan was an elastic holder for the water bottle on one side and the ID pocket on the other side.  And so I did...except I put the ID pocket on the lining bottom...which gave me this:

I put the insurance cards in it to have them handy, safe, but out of the way.

The bits I'm most proud of are the strap (sturdy, straight and perfect length) and the topstitching.  It's all purple and inspired by the grandest of all Disney Villians. . .Maleficent.

It's in daily use now: the big main pocket can fit a paperback book, my wallet, my organizer and my sunglasses as well as the hand santizer. 

Comments and suggestions thankfully recieved.

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13  Mug Rug: Cap's Classic Shield in Quilting: Completed Projects by sewmess on: October 28, 2012 01:34:18 PM
I promised my DH a Mug Rug for work a while ago and finally got around to making it for our anniversary this week.  He looked up the traditional gifts for the eighth anniversary (pottery & brass) and I claim the rug is "pottery adjacent.

He's also a Captain America fan, so the rug is in the shape of the classic 1940s shield from the movie.  I was originally going to go with the more familiar one, but the classic spoke to me.

I appliqued the shield onto the blur fabric and then traced the shield to quilt it to the back.  I don't have a picture of the back, I just used a kind of country stars print that he actually picked out one trip to Joann's when I asked him what fabric he liked best for a background.

It's Really BIG.  He uses one of those 32oz mugs at work, so it had to fit that.  The mug in the picture is extra large and there's still a lot of room.

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14  Re: Disney Swap Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sewmess on: July 27, 2012 04:59:08 PM
Pictures of the great Disney goodies that motherconfessor sent me.

The Whole Deal:

The other side of the bag - It's Mater!!! (which is exactly what I said when I saw it..exclamation points and all)

In the package there was a little Oriental style pouch and in it I found these: I wore Dr. Facilier to work the day after I received them.

Here's an upclose of the etched glass:

I didn't get close-ups of the tee or the extra fabric she sent to spoil me. The fabric has chocolate pieces and I'm seriously thinking about lining a bag I want to make for a trip to WDW we're taking in September. We're going to the Halloween party & I think I'll wear Malificent.  (She's my favorite evil fairy, but can't spell her name at all Roll Eyes)
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15  Re: Mug Rug Swap R4 Gallery (send out: 6/5/2012) in The Swap Gallery by sewmess on: June 11, 2012 08:13:49 AM
I received from Peachyinthe916 last week and am now posting.  Crazy week and then it took me a while to find the camera.  Roll Eyes

Anyway, she sent me a space themed rug which, seeing as I work at a science center, I think is pretty appropriate.

Hand Panted Space side:

Pieced side:

Thanks again, Peachy - I'm planning on taking it to work!
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16  Re: Mug Rug Swap R3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by sewmess on: February 21, 2012 07:08:54 AM
I meant to post last night, but work was a little. . .dramatic.  SOOOO I now present a most awesome rug featuring. . .METALICAR!!

(For those of you unfamiliar with the TV show, Supernatural, the "third lead" is the main characters' car.  It's a classic Impala and basically helped save the world at the end of season 4 (I think it was 4))

I love the basic black and white. My husband instantly identified Metalica, so I think the 'try' worked, GiddyUpMunky!

Then I turned it over and suddenly was in Buffy-land.  I mean it, everytime I see this I start mentally singing "It Might Be Bunnies"

OH MY GOSH, GiddyUpMunky!  you may be impressed with my sewing stitches, but your embroidery is fantastic!  I haven't worked up the nerve to try blackwork so I am very impressed!

Thanks so much!!
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17  Mom's Lapquilt for Christmas in Quilting: Completed Projects by sewmess on: February 17, 2012 06:05:37 PM
In about November I asked a question of the more experienced quilters about a t-shirt quilt I was going to make for my mom and I'm just now posting. And I only took, like two pictures.

All  of the tshirts mean something, some she had and some I picked up at the thrift stores.  The Alabama Dirt Shirt (middle of the bottom row) was donated by my Brother in Law.  She's from Louisville and LOOOOOOVES college basketball so when I saw those two shirts I had to grab them. 

The center piece was from a sweatshirt I made for her in about 1995, the first time I'd used fabric markers.

The weird looking rainbow thing in the lower left corner is meant to be pastels, which is her preferred medium.

I backed it with the fleece I had on hand, red and yellow and then simply put them right sides together, sewed and flipped.  I was going to tie it, but then decided that it worked fine without tieing.

Sorry for the fuzzy pictures: before Christmas I didn't have a lot of clear space & now that I look at it, I think this is just the top before I attached the back.

Thanks for looking!
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18  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 7 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by sewmess on: September 25, 2011 02:21:53 PM
Sewmess received a couple days ago but was having trouble finding her camera cord and I got impatient  Grin so I decided to go ahead and post the picture I had.

I made her a tiny Fruit Bat (aka Flying Fox) from size 10 crochet thread.  The body is just under 3" and the wing span is about 6" (a little larger than the 5" 'rule' but if you curl the wings a bit it does fit into the dimensions)


And I love him.  He's hanging on the mantle and I'd love to show you pictures, but they won't load. Grrr.

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19  Re: Can't Get Enough Disney Swap! in The Swap Gallery by sewmess on: August 03, 2011 03:35:16 PM
grindhousehussy19 is having a not very good, horrible summer and has asked that I post the pictures of the goodies I sent her.  I realized that these are not the best pics, and I forgot to get pictures of a couple of things, so forgive me GH.

First up: simple stenciled Tigger tshirt - this was my first stencil & based on an old child's T that I found at a thrift store.

Next up: Mini Cast Members from a couple of her favorite rides.  Tower of Terror and the Haunted Mansion.  They're about 4 inches high and all hand sewn with simple embroidered faces.
Tower of Terror

Haunted Mansion

The dolls were in little bags I whipped up from some Mickey flannel I had in the stash, simple red with black oOo, if that makes sense.

As extras I slipped in a set of Villianess Notecards that I've been hording for about 10 years and a pair of Jack Skellington earmuffs.

Thanks For Looking!
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20  Mini Cast Members for Disney Swap in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by sewmess on: August 01, 2011 03:12:35 PM
I just finished my very first Swap and made my partner some little cast members (park workers) from two of her favorite rides.  I did a bunch of research & picked my Disney addict hubby's mind and came up with the following:

Female Cast Mini from the Haunted Mansion

I used some fabric markers to get the stripe details on the blouse and apron and cut up some lace for the, well, lace trim.  My favorite is the lacey/batty headpiece.  It's just a little fleece and lace, but it really looks like the real deal.

Male Cast Mini from Tower of Terror

(sorry for the blur; we were trying for an arty look that didn't really happen)

He's not as elaborate, but he's got his details too: seed beads for buttons and gold yarn trip on the hat (along with some more fabric marker details) and sleeves.  I was going to try the great coat that the cast members wear in the winter, but I ran out of time.

Faces were stitched with simple french knots & straight stitches.  Dark shoes are just painted on with acrylics

I'm sorry the pictures aren't better and I didn't get any great detail pictures.  I modified a pattern from a Japanese designer, Runo.  http://dollmaker.nunodoll.com/mini/mini.html  I love her patterns.

I'd love to hear what you think.
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