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11  doll quilt made from 30's repro charm pack in Quilting: Completed Projects by FlashleyAshley on: December 14, 2008 12:38:45 PM
Over the last two nights I made this doll quilt for my niece, Isabella. I love tiny patchwork and instant gratification, so this project was the perfect thing to keep me occupied between studying for finals. I plan on making a little doll (maybe a black apple doll) to go with it. I used an Aunt Grace charm pack for the patchwork, which is how I discovered that I hate sewing with fabric with pinked edges. Because I just couldn't match up the edges well enough, I trimmed the blocks down and made even tinier patchwork than I'd originally intended to.

Here is the finished product. It measures about 18"x16" and has a tiny 1/4" binding. After I'd done a bobbin's worth of quilting, I flipped over the quilt and realized that I had quilted over a big crease in the fabric. So I ripped it all out and re-did it. Again, I quilted a crease, but not as bad as the first time and there is absolutely no way I am fixing it. Sorry, Bella. I'm a 'do it my way or not at all' kind of person so of course I didn't baste or pin, but I learned my lesson and will do a better job next time.

also blogged here
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12  from splotchy 90's to IKEA goodness...my couch story. in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by FlashleyAshley on: November 26, 2008 11:17:22 AM
So, last year I moved out of my parent's house and in to my first college apartment. For some reason, people think that being in college gives you license to have horrid furniture and live like a slob. I, however, had literally been dreaming of decorating my apartment and had been buying dishes and hoarding them under my bed for a year when it finally came time to move.

My roommate was supposed to bring a couch and flaked on that duty, leaving us having to share a chair whenever we wanted to watch tv! When a family friend offered to give me their old living room furniture, I jumped at the chance. The couch is obscenely comfortable and in good shape, but just didn't match my bright, pop-art living room in any way. For months, every time someone would come in the the apartment, I would say "this couch was free, don't judge me!" I tried covering it with blankets, hiding it in the corner, and blocking it from sight behind laps and other furniture...but one day I just couldn't take it any more! Using an old duvet cover from IKEA, I draped, nipped and tucked the fabric over the arms and bottom part of the couch. I handstitched the fabric directly on to the old fabric and staplegunned any parts that could be staplegunned. For the cushions, I pretty much just threw a sheet over them and tucked it in at the arms. It's a little but annoying since I'm constantly readjusting the sheet, but it's worth it to me! I think putting a little bit of quilt batting over the cushions may help this problem.

Anyway, the sheet cost $10 new, and the duvet was about the same. They were both a few years old and not really being used, so for all intensive purposes I'd consider this a free project. I like my living room much better now...but when I move, this couch is NOT going with me!  Tongue

and here is what it looked like before...

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13  Re: Lap Quilts For All Swap- Round 4! just 11 slots left! in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by FlashleyAshley on: November 15, 2008 09:27:14 AM
Here are the fabrics I think I will use for my quilt.

I bought the two on the bottom right yesterday, and those will be in every package. The one on the top right is from last round's apple quilt. The 3 on the left are fat quarters ( or less Sad) that were in my stash. I think I might have to add a solid or two (gasp! I NEVER use solids). I might also trick the boyfriend in to going swith me to my most favorite ever Japanese fabric store where everything is at least $10/yard but it's all so painfully cute you can't resist. We shall see.
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14  Lap Quilts For All Swap: Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FlashleyAshley on: November 12, 2008 01:39:35 PM
here are my fabrics so far:

and here is my first block for j_q_adams. He said he wanted some different sized blocks, and of course I went for the smallest size, 6.5". I like making tiny patchwork. It's from Carol Doak's book, Simply Sensational 9 Patch Stars.

Here is a block for MareMare. It's the same block as for John, but bigger. Her quilt has similar colors to mine, so I liked working with the fabric a lot.

Here is my block for gordongirl. After making it, I saw Rita's block and reazlied I used one of the same units in it! Sorry for copying you Rita, and I hope it works for your quilt, Gordongirl!

Here's a block for 1boy1girl1kitty2. I was sick of following patterns for the day, so I improvised this one. I was going for a bargello feel.

Here's another bargello block, but this one for j_q_adams. I think the block looks better sideways, so turn your head!

Here's my block for whoopdedoo_5. The star is inspired by a tutorial I found on here years ago. I miscalculated how big the border was supposed to be, so I chopped it down and added another one.

Here's a block for Audrey1999. Her fabrics were so bright and cheery! The block is from eq6. I felt bad for not using the ladybugs, so I'm going to make another little block to go with this one.

Here's a block for Poerava.  Gordongirl saved me and sent more of the burgundy fabric I needed to finish  Shocked The pattern is from Carol Doak.

A block for glittergirl94. I really have taken a shine to using solids; they're so easy to work with!

So, I made lourapalmr's block after my 3 hour Corporate Finance class. Turns out, my brain must have been mush because I sewed 2 of the squares on wrong.  ::)I thought about ripping it all apart and fixing it, but I'm not sure if it's so critical. I still think it kinda looks cool. Thoughts on this?!

Here's my block for LibbyK. It's pretty simple but I'm happy with it:

And for southern flower, a kind of wonky log cabin. The wonkiness was uhhhhh, unintentional, but I think it works.
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15  Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2008 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FlashleyAshley on: November 07, 2008 03:05:27 PM
Here are my goodies from iheartzb!

day 12:6 dandelion notecards for my wists and 6 guinea pig santa notecards! The best part is that the guinea pig looks like my guinea pig so it's extra cute Cheesy

day 11: Christmas decorations! There is a button wreath Cheesy, a 'merry effing christmas' door hanger/wall decoration, 5 reindeer ornaments, 3 little snowmen (one of them has glasses like mine) and best of all...handpainted Christmas nesting dolls! I love it all, but the onscene decoration and the nesting dolls really put it over the edge. I collect nesting dolls so YAY.

day 10: A stocking filled with stuffs! There was a yarn-chain necklace from my wists, Christmas pins, hair clips, candy, lipgloss, and best of all, THE guinea pig stamp from day 12's cards! Sweeeeet.

day 9: 9 folded envelopes/notecards in a zipper pouch. There wass also 2 yummy sounding face masks in the pouch too.

day 8: A glass etching kit & 4 etched martini glasses. I turned 21 during this swap and have NO barware at all. Each glass has a recipe for a different cocktail attached to it, and 'martini' etched on to the rim of the glass. It was hard to capture in a picture! She also sent the glass etching cream, 3 votive candle holders to etch and some stickers and other supplies.

day 7: Jars painted with chalkboard paint so I can write what's in them. They were filled with a bag of lemonheads (my favorite!), buttons, ribbon and other goodies. There orange bobble-y buttons are my favorite.

day 6: random day! There were 2 kitschy cookbooks (New Orleans and the Florida Keys) and a few other regional recipes (Beignets and red beans & rice, yummy!) There's also a stocking for the boyfriend, with nintendo ornaments, NES code shirt, starburst 'tetris' blocks and growing sponge toys. And finally, sparkly wall art that says 'crafty b!tch'. I put a thumbnail of it so hopefully it's not offensive. I don't know where iheartzb gets her glitter, but DANG it's glittery!

day 5: tie dye day! Funny as it is, I requested a tie dye kit. Iheartzb gave me EVERYTHING I need- even clothespins, rubberbands and gloves. Also included were 3 dyed tea towels and a tank top, and a pillowcase to practice on. I'll have to do it in the basement laundry sinks since I don't want to mess up my pretty tub, but it'll get done!

day 4:  4 knifty knitter circular looms! I am a terrible, terrible knitter and iheartzb thinks I might be able to make something semi decent on these Tongue I hope so! I'll be giving it a go once the crazyness of Christmas is over. I've seen some cool stuff come off these looms before, so I think I have a shot! Oh, she also included 2 skinny scarves and some yarn Smiley

day 3: warm a cozy winterwear! The picture shows the knit headband and scarf made of suuuuuper sofy yarn. There is also a pair of slippers, but the picture of my foot next to my head showing everything at once was slightly (ok, really) funny looking. Not that this is any better. I guess I was really surprised to have a warm head!

day 2: a handbag and clutch knitted out of recycled plastic bags, as well as a headband and credit card holder. My dog was busy sniffing them.

day 1: a cute little tree skirt with a partridge in a pear tree painted on. My tree was so tiny this year (I had to bring it home on the bus) and this tree skirt was just the right size.

Thanks for everything iheartzb, merry Christmas!
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16  Re: The Happy Housewife Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by FlashleyAshley on: October 23, 2008 08:09:18 PM
I received from rira a few days ago but I've been busy with school--but here are the pictures finally!
First, we have a ginormous laundry bag....with me inside!

then, 2 paintings for my empty walls. I'm not sure if you can tell in the picture, but one is sewing related and one is a cute bird in a tree.

and finally, my favorite item- a recipe box full of yummy recipes! The cards all have a darling vintage lady on them.

She also sent some treats for my guinea pig, but every time I clean his cage to take a picture he makes a million poops and therefore makes it impossible to take said picture. She also sent some halloween candy for me Smiley No pictures cause it's gone already!
thanks rira!
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17  Re: The Happy Housewife Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by FlashleyAshley on: October 09, 2008 10:13:51 AM
Here's some of the stuff that I sent to rira. The pictures are terrible quality, but you can get the general idea!
I made her some grocery bags that folded into their own pockets. This one is a singlet style & has an applique of a jug of milk on it.

And some coasters which were inspired from some scrabble pillows on her wists:

and a few reusable produce bags:

and a windsock-like contraption for holding plastic bags. Her kitchen has an Italian chef theme. I didn't have an Italian chef fabric, but I DID have some vintage Campbells soup girls and I thought were too cute not to use.
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18  Re: Scrap Fabric Swap Rd. 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by FlashleyAshley on: September 22, 2008 10:21:39 PM
I received my box from MissDisney a few days ago, but I was busy turning 21 so I didn't post yet!
She sent me some awesome stuff! A few bigger pieces aren't in the pictures because I'm going to be using them in a swap and I don't want to spoil it for my partner Smiley
Here's the smaller (mostly FQ sized) pieces.

and here's some of my favorite! I don't know what I'm going to do with the outer space fabric on the left, but I know it'll turn into something really cool.

thanks MissDisney!!
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19  Re: July 2008 Mostly Fat Quarter Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FlashleyAshley on: August 06, 2008 08:32:17 PM
I got my package from thunderchild today!

she sent 1/2 yard of silky purple, and 4 fat quarters. I really love the blue woodgrain print. It works perfectly for a quilt I'm working on right now   Smiley

Thank you Thunderchild!!
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20  Re: Christmas in July STASH BUSTER Gallery in The Swap Gallery by FlashleyAshley on: July 27, 2008 10:39:28 AM
I received from bendybones!
She sent a box of super fun goodness. Yay!
First, there are 2 cute, cute crocheted birds. Also, 2 crocheted washcloths in a holder.

shrinkydinks galore! My roommate is from Germany and thinks it's hilarious that I LOVE garden gnomes [gartenzwerg] but she liked these little guys too Tongue There was another pair of bird earrings but I'm wearing them already.

she also made me 2 crocheted hats! I took the pictures last night when I was gross looking, but here is the red one. I'll have to get a picture of the green one later! I love the cute little flower on it. It's RAINING today in SF so I'll get to use them sooner than I thought  Roll Eyes

and finally, a present for the boyfriend: A really awesome mario cross stitch. He claimed it before he even knew it was from him, so that's a good sign! He's moving this week so it's his housewarming gift.

THANK YOU, bendybones! You must have looked at my profile, huh?  Wink I really love it all (especially those birds!) and I will be getting your stuff out to you soon!
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