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1  Re: Baby quilt square in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by kahlan on: July 22, 2009 06:04:11 AM
Thanks, everyone!

The mom sent me a photo of the completed quilt, with baby  Cheesy

Right-click and select "View Image" to see it bigger if you want.
I thought it was a sweet idea for a baby gift! Props to the friend who organized it.
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2  Bacon Baby Onesie in Needlework: Completed Projects by kahlan on: July 02, 2009 10:10:09 PM
A friend of ours just had a baby, and while she was pregnant, she ate a lot of bacon. We also saw her a lot at brunch, a prime bacon-eating meal slot. We even called her "Baby Bacon" until she was born and named.

Unfortunately, I discovered a lack of bacon-themed baby clothes, so naturally, I took matters into my own hands. Literally. Behold!

The bacon baby onesie!

It's not amazing stitching by any means, but I cranked it out sitting backstage and it has bacon on it. So there.

So hook up a bacon-loving family in your life with some themed baby clothes.
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3  Baby quilt square in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by kahlan on: July 02, 2009 10:02:11 PM
A friend of mine just had a baby, and as an incredible gift, one of her friends organized a group baby quilt! We could decorate our square however we wanted, so I chose the darling Kurt Halsey Sublime Stitching patterns.

Here is my finished square:

And some details:

Then I appliqued the hearts on. It was my first Sublime Stitching project, so it was fun.
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4  Re: Wren's Name Book in CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES by kahlan on: January 25, 2009 03:31:40 PM
Trouble will be thinking of an animal that starts with a 'V' 

I do have two questions .. if I may...
1. the pages and everything are mainly made out of felt, correct?  What kind of glue did you use??
2. How did you secure the pages together? 

Ooh, what's your baby's name? Also: vole, vulture, and velociraptor =)

1. Yup, just 8x11 rectangles of acrylic craft felt. I got mine at JoAnn's for like 30 cents per sheet maybe? I used a clear waterproof craft glue that was on sale. =D

2. I glued everything together (animals on background, googly eyes, ribbons, etc., also page-to-page), then the actual pages are blanket-stitched back-to-back.

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5  Wren's Name Book in CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES by kahlan on: December 04, 2008 12:50:07 AM
I wanted to make the Best Gift Ever for my adorable baby niece (Wren) who just turned one year old. Her mama's family is chock-full of amazing quilters, and I knew I couldn't compete with that.  Shocked Having seen a few examples of felt name books on Craftster and elsewhere, I decided I would make one for her! And I did! I added her middle name since her first name is so short.

First I had to wait for her to be born and named. Then I started the book! I chose my animals that matched the letters and "drew" (read: scrawled) out designs in a notebook.

Then I started assembling it! Next, I learned to embroider. That is not the order I would recommend, in retrospect. Ah well. Glue, stitch, glue, stitch, trace, cut, stitch. After getting through the majority of the book, I messed up the cover not once, not twice, but three times. Boo. Finally, this is what I came up with for Wren Elise:

One goal was to make it bright and colorful. Another was to have lots of texture so it was stimulating for her, so I added ribbon and googly eyes, buttons and rick rack. Here are a few close-up shots of the stitching (check out those French knots! Woo!) and other details:

They live a few hundred miles away but came up for Thanksgiving, so I had the chance to give it to her last week. Her reaction seemed positive:

Hope you enjoyed my entry!

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6  Stacked coins - my first quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by kahlan on: December 04, 2008 12:30:55 AM
My friend and I were in a wedding in September. We got this brilliant idea to make the bride and groom a quilt! We based it off the Stacked Coins pattern in Joelle Holverson's Last Minute Patchwork + Quilted Gifts but modified it to be a queen-size quilt. We chose fabrics to match their wedding colors (and the bedding on their gift registry!).

It looks a bit wonky in the photo, but there was no large enough place to hang it up! If it's any consolation, I'm the shorter one on the left, and I'm 5'10" for perspective.

We wanted to make sure it would fit on their bed, so we took it for a test run:

Most of it was machine quilted, but we hand-quilted around the brown "coins" - no photo of the back =( My friend's beagle loves hand-quilting time, though! You can see a peek of the unbleached muslin backing and a better view of the fabric choices.

In retrospect, we might have chosen a less-fluffy batting, but it's good to know it will keep them warm on chilly Colorado nights. Here are the newlyweds (this was taken the day after their wedding) appreciating their new quilt!

I'm excited to make one for myself next.
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7  Embroidered felt baby name animal book - pic heavy! in Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies by kahlan on: December 04, 2008 12:13:00 AM
After seeing a few examples here on Craftster, I *had* to make a baby name book for my Adorable Baby Niece. It spells out her name - Wren Elise (just her first name was a bit short, so I added the middle, too) and I did all animals for her. I tried to make it textured and interesting for her (she turned one year old on 11-11) with some different materials; the elephant's ear and tail and the eagle wing are also flappy. =)

I hope you enjoy it! I sketched everything out first, but the cover took several tries. I'm happy with the results, though.

Here are some detail shots:

She seems to like it!

The pages are all felt acrylic with ribbon, rick-rack, buttons, and googly eyes. All the pieces are glued down for safety then stitched on, too. I didn't take a photo of the binding. I learned to embroider as I went, so I think it went well, considering!

You can see a few more photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/notahipster/sets/72157603374213114/
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8  Re: Owl Swap Round 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kahlan on: February 18, 2008 08:56:25 AM
OMG!!! I recieved today and my package is soo amazing that i am shaking! Thank you sooo much kahlan!!! I opened it at my work and everyone was crowding around and oohing and aahing over it. I'll post pictures as soon as possable. Thanks you soo much again!

Awww. =) I sent a little late, so I told her I'd make it worth the wait! Karli can't find her camera cord, so I said I'd post pics for her. She might take better ones, though! She just moved into a new apartment, so I wanted to do mostly home-y stuff. I sent:
two hand-carved owl stamps. I stamped the cards for an example. I am not a good stamper, though.  Wink

A set of appliqued owl pillow shams. The picture didn't turn out very well, so maybe she can get an action shot. They're just a little washed out.
A set of coasters - four I embroidered with owls, four I just "quilted" for a full set.

My favorite thing I made was a set of four pieced placemats with little applique owls. I went for fun and added googly eyes to them. =)

I liked the ideas too much not to go through with them, it just took me a while! So I hope everything works with her new home and that she enjoys her owl friends.
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9  Re: Owl Swap Round 5 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by kahlan on: February 05, 2008 02:09:37 PM
Woohoo! I received my package from sheriffkarli a few days ago. These are my adorable new felt owl friends who have been supervising me finishing my (late) package to send back!

Also included were these awesome cards (her first time making cards) since I am a stationery addict. They say "HOOT" inside:

Last but not least, a little pouch with embroidered owl patch and goodies inside -- A fabulous owl pendant and awesome vintage owl earrings!

Thank you, Karli! I love everything!!!!

And to make you feel better about my ridiculous lateness, here is my kitten helping me finish a few things.... Now they're all boxed up to go to the post office in the morning, though. =)

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10  Re: Winter Postcard Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kahlan on: December 17, 2007 03:07:47 PM
So I have finally been home long enough to post these!

Here is my cheery card from cassettetape - it had on good hiking gear and made it intact! =)

Then a lovely handmade card from susanab:

Thanks so much to my awesome partners!
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