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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Finished Another Brick in the Wall on: October 23, 2011 02:04:44 PM
Thanks everyone!  Every time I worked on it, I got Pink Floyd stuck in my head and now it is happening again.  The things we withstand for our craft!  Wink
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / VW Bus Tea Towel (& barn animals!) on: October 22, 2011 08:17:49 PM
A dear friend of mine got married a couple weeks ago.  He is the owner of an orange 1973 VW bus.  I decided he must have a matching tea towel.

I found a coloring page for the bus here, and then I just re-sized and printed on my laser printer to transfer to the tea towel.  For extra fun, I used shiny silver thread for the mirror and the bumpers.  It took me about 3 or 4 hours total to embroider this one.

Since one tea towel is never enough, I also did this barn yard animal towel, using a Clover pattern I already had.  This one was done primarily in backstitch.  I love it mostly because of the little piggies.

Comments appreciated!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Finished Another Brick in the Wall on: October 22, 2011 07:57:06 PM
After a long-lived fabric explosion in my sewing room, with strips of cotton everywhere paper clipped together with little slips of paper with lengths on them, and fiddling with the smallest bits of fabric imaginable, I finished Carolina Patchworks Another Brick in the Wall quilt!

I used a jelly roll from Moda. Arcadia is the line.  The background is slightly off-white (bone if I remember correctly) Kona cotton.

A friend of a friend's mom did the quilting on a long arm machine.  It is a little hard to tell from the picture, but it's a leaf pattern.  She also did the binding, but it's a little less than pleasing so I will eventually be ripping off and replacing.  I think I'll use an orange rather than the grey that I had originally picked out in a pinch.

Definitely a labor of love, but well worth it.  Took me about 6 months to finish, with a lot of other projects done in the meantime.  Took me forever to get it quilted too.  Had it sitting around for 4 months finished before I sent it off with my pal.  It was my second foray into modern quilting, and I am definitely hooked.

Would love to hear what you think!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Modern Baby Quilt on: December 14, 2010 07:01:52 PM
This pattern.

This bundle.

Hammered out in one weekend by me and my dear friend for her sister.  Gave it to sister on Sunday.  She was really happy with it.  So were we.

5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: 4 weekender bags in 4 weeks on: April 09, 2010 06:24:37 AM
Amazing.  After having just finished my first one this past weekend, I can say I'm sincerely amazed that you finished 4 in 4 weeks.  I had a hunch the second time around would be much easier with this pattern, so I think I will go ahead and make one for a friend.  It's just such an awesome bag.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler Weekender Travel Bag on: April 04, 2010 05:42:12 PM
I finally finished my Weekender Travel Bag.  I started it sometime in early December, got about half-way through and then didn't touch it again until yesterday.  I left my job for a new position, and this was one of my things-to-do-while-unemployed-for-a-week projects.  I'm so happy I finished it, as I have a little weekend get-away scheduled for Friday and I can't wait to take this bag along.

I purchased the outer fabric on clearance at Hancock's for less than $5 a yard if I remember correctly.  It was a little difficult to work with, but I love it.  It has all my favorite colors and makes me so very happy.

The pattern instructions are very, very lengthy, which makes the bag seem much more intimidating then it actually is.  They are broken down into very distinct steps.  I found it helpful to check everything off as I went along so I wouldn't miss anything.  I had an older pattern, so I used the modified instructions found on the website.

I would recommend being really comfortable with the zipper foot before attempting this project.   You use it a lot to sew on all that piping!  When I attached the side panels to the middle zippered section, I sewed it twice to reinforce.  The first time was to attach it, the second time was to get as close as I could to the piping.  Use the binder clips as suggested, and go super slow.  It surprisingly isn't as difficult as it seems.

My lining isn't perfect, but since the bag is for me, I don't mind so much.  If I made it again, I might futz with it a bit more.  Overall, I really, really, really love it.  It makes me so happy!

7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: To ruffle or not to ruffle? on: August 26, 2009 03:50:23 PM
Thanks for the input everyone!

Looks like somebody's buying me dinner this weekend.  Smiley
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / To ruffle or not to ruffle? on: August 25, 2009 04:32:36 PM
I am in the process of making Simplicity 2724.  Love this pattern, and hope it turns out as well as the picture I have in my head.

I plan on making the view with the slim skirt (in black), and the top with the short sleeves and the stand collar.  I am trying to decide if the ruffle is too much with the fabric I have chosen for the top part.  I have asked my husband, but I'm not sure I trust his opinion since he's not really what you would call a clothes person.  Plus, we have a little bet going now on what the general public at large's opinion will be.  Loser buys dinner this weekend.

So, to ruffle or not to ruffle?

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pretty, pretty dress on: August 02, 2009 06:38:45 AM
The shoes are Nine West.  I got them on Zappos, which does not appear to have them anymore.  I did a Google search though and it looks like Amazon has them though.  They do run a little large.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Pretty, pretty dress on: August 01, 2009 02:08:57 PM
Thanks for the comments everyone!

I had planned on putting boning in the dress, and I did the first go-around - the go-around with the bodice gaping issues.  At that point I said to hell with it, threw out the lining with the boning in it, re-made the lining and just make the bodice as snug and it needed to stay up.

When I think about how much time it made to make such a simple dress I shake my head and laugh. It was all I talked about for a month and people's comments to me were along the lines of, "Now you know why people pay so much money for wedding dresses." 

It's kind of true.  A number of times I thought about saying f-it and going and getting something from some store, but I'm glad I stuck it out.  I have a one of kind wedding dress that I put my heart into
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