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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tessellation Quilt on: September 09, 2015 09:59:02 AM
I spent most of 2015 working on this. I didn't realize what a project it would be. This is the first time I blocked a quilt and I was super happy with the results. Pattern is Tessellation by Alison Glass and the layout is my own. It is paper pieced.

2  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / The truth about polar bears on: May 09, 2012 11:55:24 AM
I redid an old sewing table to use in my kitchen.  My man rails against people who find polar bear cute insisting they are blood thirsty and not to be trusted.  I made this stencil to honor his cause by combining a regular stencil with a seal pup picture.  I used a heated stencil cutter and three transparencies.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Birds in a tree and baby makes three! on: March 28, 2012 06:14:52 PM
I made this for my friend who is having her first baby.  She has been trying for about two years and there is always some sort of problem... until now!  Her doctors think they have figured out all the problems and everyone is hopeful this one will be carried to term.  She has been so strong through the whole thing and is an inspiration.  She has been through terrible heartache and still kept trying and also talking frankly to help other ladies dealing with similar circumstances with grace and charm.  An inspiration!

I wanted to make her quilt modern and in her nature theme.  I used Judy Hopkins "One of a Kind Quilt" book to map out the pattern and design after I picked up the fabric in a bundle at a sort of sale for medical reasons for a guild member.  The colors are much brighter in person.  If anyone knows the maker/line name for the fabric I would love to know!

Up close of the detail and the minky back:

The top:

Action shot:

Once I went through a few design options I really got the hang of using the book.  It was an excellent resource!

Thanks for looking!  C/C welcome! 
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Oh, you make me ~SWOON~ on: March 14, 2012 10:34:08 AM
I used the Swoon pattern from Roskelley.  I loved the way it came together... modern and 70s-ish!  
Here is the beast in all its glory:

On my bed... the quilt is queen size.  My biggest yet!

The back:

Close up of the fabric on the back... I got all six yards for $12 on sale.  I was beside myself!

This is how I used painter's tape to template the straight line quilting:

It is machine pieced and quilted on my industrial Consew 220.   I added the dark grey border so the blanket would cover the box spring on the bed.  This is my third quilt and first post.  C/C welcome.

Thanks for looking!
5  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / 4 ft. Vespa on: January 24, 2010 05:11:56 PM
I made this from a picture my husband took.  I also used blockposter.com to blow it up to 3x4 feet and made the stencil from that the freestyled the dots.  It's ink on canvas.  Comment or critiques appreciated.  The all black parts are much smoother looking in person.

6  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Maria Callas/Bette Davis/George Carlin 3 pics on: January 22, 2010 05:11:38 PM
These are cheap acrylic on canvas!  This first two are glossy and the Mr. Carlin is flat.
Maria Callas - opera singer, personal hero, arch nemesis to Jackie O

This is  a lady from a Zorro post card that happened to come out looking like Bette Davis

A painting made for my now husband.  We went to see him right before Carlin died.  I wanted it to look like one of those poster pasted to a city wall.  Ignore my gross attic carpet please!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pipeline dress/First post - 4 pics on: January 06, 2010 08:54:40 PM
Long time user of craftster and I am finally posting!  This site always inspires me when I am feeling lost in a see of fabric.
I made this with a pattern drafted on Wild Ginger and a mental commitment to using piping for the first time!   It has a princess bodice and circle skirt!
Standing still with goofy face shot:

Semi action shot:

Bodice piping and topstiching:

Comments welcome; thanks for looking!
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / This years best holiday present on: October 15, 2008 06:56:33 AM
I am a reformed knitter that only sews now.  That is until the holidays when everyone I know wants something homemade and usually knitted.  My grandmother always gets something knitted from me and this year I wanted to make something for more people to slash rising holiday costs.  I remember a grenade purse I made for myself years ago and how many complements I got on it and how many time I avoided that dreaded, "can you make me one to?" question.  I'm a stingy knitter.

The pattern is free and super easy and super fast and cheaper yarn looks good do to its rugged nature.  This might have been posted before but I don't look at this one so much anymore.


I tried not to all post but I am going to say it anyways, this gift is the bomb.  I just had to share. 
9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Matching big printed patterns on: March 20, 2008 08:03:55 AM
I have some fold fabric with large large cherries on it.  I want to make a dress out of it and when I went to cut the pattern I realised the cherries would need to match up at seams so it would look nice.

So I laid my pieces out and stared at them like they would rearrange themselves.  I don't get how to plan it out.

Any tips or is there already a thread on this?

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