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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / restoring/repairing vintage quilts? on: August 18, 2005 08:06:44 AM
I was recently given 2 quilts which are hexagon flower quilts (which I call Grandmother's flower garden)   The quilts themselves are almost 100 years old.  They were made for twin boys who were born in 1904.  The outside of the quilts look ok for being almost 100, the inside portion of the quilt has suffered.  Mainly sun damage from lying near a window on a bed, then an accidental washing to an already delicate quilt.  The hexagons near the center are practically non existant.

I wonder if I should try and restore them, or simply fold them so the outside blocks are showing and just hang them on my quilt racks.  I've never restored a hexagon quilt and not sure if it was paper pieced or what. 

This is quilt 1: green solid hexagons

quilt 2: blue solid hexagons

example of good blocks:

example of a shredded block:

Part of me wants to leave them exactly as they are...  I just don't want them to deteriorate further.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Harry Potter shoulder/messenger bag on: August 12, 2005 06:07:36 PM
I made this for an angel package I sent out for the Harry Potter Part Duex swap, for those of you who don't visit the swap gallery.  It is a shoulder/messenger bag.  It was kind of a make it up as you go whilst looking at one I had store bought, but it is very similar in style to this one: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=2684.0

So here are the pics and trust me it looked better in person than the pictures can do...  And for those of you who read this on the swap gallery.. sorry for the repeat.

  It was very hard to take pics of the inside I got this terrible glare, but there are pencil holders and a cell phone pocket inside.  She likes the twins, so I used a picture (printed on fabric of the twins) for the flap.  It was completed with my precious Harry Potter fabric (catching the pixies) and the inside was this swirly blue that just said magic to me..


close up of flap


The strap on the bag is quite long, but can always be shortened. 
3  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Sterling Silver alphabet beads on: July 07, 2005 09:14:14 AM
Anyone bought these?  got a good source for them?  I need 27 beads, but if I have to order more to get a cheaper discount I will.  I prefer the 4mm size and found them on eBay for about 85 cents a piece.  I usually deal with Fire Mountain, but theirs are pretty high, and bigger than I wanted.

Any info greatly appreciated!

4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pearl Jam backpack on: June 24, 2005 08:10:58 AM
I crafted this drawstring backpack for a friend.  It was inspired by another post on Craftster which I can't find...

Black is her favorite song.  I rubber stamped the lyrics on a piece of muslin.  Time consuming, but easy.  I lined it with spider web fabric.  I couldn't find the cord I had to use for the straps, so I used the spider web fabric which I folded and top stitched.  I used grommets on the bag corners and just buttonholes on the top of the bag.

Here's the pics.

Front: (sideways, forgot to rotate it before I uploaded)



Whatcha think?

She adored it.  We work security staff in a concert pavillion, so we carry these kinds of backpacks with us to make sure we have supplies we need!  Now she has a very cool one to take when we work the Stones/Pearl Jam show in Oct!

5  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / 4 Halloween costumes on: June 17, 2005 12:12:52 PM
These are the costumes I made for the kiddies this past Halloween. 

The teenage mutant ninja turtle was made using a 80s pattern and I used this heavy houndstooth material that just happened to be solid green on the back.  $1 fabric woo hoo!  The shell (you can't really see), the chest piece were both papier mache.  The mask was a Don Post mask that was originally Raphael.  I painted it to be closer to Leonardo's color and painted the mask.  The costume was adorable.  I especially loved the turtle feet and turtle hands!!

Darth Vader was a chore!  He is quite accurate (as my 9 yo DS would have it no other way)  right down to cod piece, chest box, belt controls, and leather like pants with quilted stitching.  The only authentic piece we are missing was the chain like closure for his outer cape.  Everything was pretty much done without a pattern, using pictures as a guide.  His pants were too big and making those stupid arm gloves look authentic was a big pain in the arse, but DS loved it...  Did I mention he wants a papier mache General Grievious this year?! Oh and mask was a vintage Don Post Deluxe (with updated posts). 

Strawberry Shortcake was made using an altered Raggedy Ann pattern.  Apron was on my own design with painted embellishment.  Tights were painted on PVC piping since I couldn't find striped tights in her size.  Wig was made using those colorful streamers you get for parties...  She opted for the shiny look rather than the more accepted yarn look.  Hat I made up on my own.

Cinderella....  OK After making this I promised to never make anything using satin fabric or sheers!!  But I will!  I used I think it was a Butterick pattern for this.  I also made a crinoline as it was much too long and it just needed that extra POOF.  I especially liked the way the trim looked on the bodice.  Wig was (gasp) store bought and came with crown, and wand and shoes, which she insisted on wearing despite not being able to walk!!

I have no clue what I'll be sewing or crafting next year...  But I think I'll start in July.


6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Best Bead Magazine on: May 31, 2005 08:35:53 AM
Any opinions on the best bead magazines out there?!  The selection available seems overwhelming when trying to decide at the craft store.  Any reviews or reccomendations would be greatly appreciated!!

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / My Beatles cross stitch projects on: April 25, 2005 07:57:25 AM
I have these all over the house.  Thought I'd share a few.

The first one is the Beatles in black and white.  This is absoultey gorgeous.  Picture doesn't do it justice.  Swore it would be the last black and white I did (all those greys!!)  I lied though cause I started another shortly thereafter!! It is huge, about 16 inches square.

Next is my favorite!!  This is the cartoon Beatles.  (If I ever got a tattoo, it would be of a cartoon beatle image!!)  I made it into a pillow.  It measures 8X12 inches or so.

Next is a color blocked Beatles For Sale.  Paul's face looks all wonky.  Same color of floss, not sure why it appears there is a stripe, not there in real life!!

Next is With the Beatles   (no this isn't the other B&W I started.  This was all white floss on black aida, another pain in the arse, but doable!  I changed it up a little and put Ringo in a line with the others.  Afterthought, I wish I hadn't since his face looks out of proportion to the others, but I wnted a long slender finished piece instead of a square.  It is also long, about  12 inches by 6 inches or so.

Last, is an ornament I made.  It is a Beatles boot, with some extra adornment!

I have a lot more made (yellow sub, sub guys, Sgt Pepper, etc)  But I don't have them scanned in.  I forgot to take care of all my images when photoisland went under, so I'm still trying to upload everything I need to.  I miss having all my stitching pics in one place.

So, whatcha think?


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Dresser and potty chair revamp on: April 22, 2005 10:10:18 AM
Hello!  This is my first ppost, although I've been a lurker for over a year!  I wanted to show a pic of the dresser I revamped for the girls room (mod podged with Strawberry Shortcake fabric)  This dresser was mine when I was a baby, so it had seen it's better days.  I painted it white and added some cheapie drawer pulls.

The potty is painted and mod pdged with some Care bear fabric.  I thought it would convince DD to actually use it more Smiley

I'm not sure I'm posting these pics right, but I'll give her a go

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