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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Spring Door Wreath on: March 02, 2014 03:12:11 PM
March and the door still had the Christmas Wreath on it!

First attempt for a Spring Wreath was a failure. 

This was the second attempt:

See failure picture and more details at:  http://destashification.com/2014/03/02/spring-door-wreath
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Infinity Scarf on: February 06, 2014 10:26:08 PM
Take a yard of 60" wide fabric, sew two seams (yes, only two) and voila!  An Infinity Scarf...or two.

3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Scarf Hanger on: February 06, 2014 10:14:20 PM
This scarf hanger takes less than 30 minutes to sew and is constructed from leftover ribbons and drapery rings.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Huck Towel Embroidery (Swedish Weaving) How-to on: January 12, 2014 04:38:42 PM
Two more resulting from a trip to the Arizona Mountains:
  Arizona Tall Pines

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Huck Towel Embroidery (Swedish Weaving) How-to on: January 03, 2013 12:21:23 PM
I've posted a few more patterns and towels that I stitched up as quick Christmas Gifts.  They make the perfect hostess gift.

http://destashification.com/2012/12/20/destashification-christmas-day-six-huck-towels/  Finishing these depleted my Stash of Huck Toweling Fabric - but the stash of embroidery thread seems to be self-replicating!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Hand Quilted Floor Pillows on: December 20, 2012 05:38:35 AM
Christmas presents for family with 4 children...

Designed to match the decor and color scheme of their family room - these pillows were made with the full knowledge that they will support more than heads and neck.  Typical use will include dinner plates, nail polish remover, cereal bowls, computers and the occasional math book, so they needed to be sturdy and machine wash and dry.

The motifs were enlarged on a copier to fit the large (26") pillows and transferred using Saral transfer paper onto pre-washed (because, like almost all home dec fabric - the label says "Dry Clean Only" but it doesn't really mean it) polyester fabric.

The hand-quilting was completed in a few hours.  The pillow was constructed with a zipper and a lining (so it can be easily washed) and are ready for a few years of hard use!

More photos at: http://destashification.com/2012/12/20/destashification-christmas-day-8-feathered-quilted-pillows/
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sew a replacement watchband on: July 28, 2012 06:09:46 AM
Thanks.  I think I fixed the link.
8  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Sew a replacement watchband on: July 27, 2012 01:02:08 PM
Just some ribbon and about 20 minutes - and a new watchband!

Simple to make.
Sew a decorative ribbon to a grosgrain ribbon.  Turn raw ends under once
Slip clasp onto one end and stitch end down.
Secure other end.

A new watchband in "no time!"  (pun intended)
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Transferring a Quilt Design to quilt top on: July 25, 2012 06:31:33 PM
Oh! I feel your pain...

I have had this frustration before.  It is not fun.

What I finally did was to use more than one color marking pen.  Light on the dark fabrics and dark on the lighter colored fabric.

It was a great deal more work to mark, but there really wasn't any other options that seemed to work.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Victorian Crazy Quilts on: June 30, 2012 07:18:50 AM
Thanks for the comments ladies, but, um, foundation??
Like I said I know nothing about quilting and when I started this the other day I just started sewing pieces together and planned to embroider those directly to my backing.

Can I do that?

Warning!  Crazy Quilting is Addictive!

The foundation backing helps keep the quilt top flat and "square" (not pulled to one side or one corner).  When the crazy patches are sewn together they are often at angles.  Fabric cut at angles (called bias) stretches. 

Using a very lightweight cotton or linen for the foundation helps prevent "finger fatigue" when embroidering.  Although tempting to use, old sheets are too tight a weave for this purpose.  It is hard to embroider through them.

There are a number of tutorials in response to googling "crazy quilt foundation piecing" that will help understand the process.  This one is good:  http://www.needlework-tips-and-techniques.com/crazy-quilt-block.html

If a quilt seems too overwhelming - another option would be to make a bed runner.  They are about 25" wide by the width of a quilt and lay across the foot of the bed.  The narrower width makes them easy to embroider and embellish (and actually complete!) Perfect for a first project!

Good Luck with your project!  Please post pictures!
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