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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Bacon Baby Onesie 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.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Baby quilt square 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.
3  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 33 ENTRIES / Wren's Name Book 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!

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Stacked coins - my first quilt! 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.
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Embroidered felt baby name animal book - pic heavy! 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/
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Who isn't sick of circle skirts? on: August 30, 2005 07:31:55 PM
Such satisfaction from whipping up a project and finishing it in one evening. Sorry for the weird angle, I wanted the buttons to show.

EDIT: april_cocaine's circle skirt tutorial rocks my socks. Or it would if I were wearing any. Check it out!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / (another) t-shirt surgery -- with polka dot pocket action! on: August 30, 2005 07:29:18 PM
I bought a huge t-shirt for like $4 and made it considerably smaller and used remnants to jazz it up a bit. Mmmmm polka dots.

The pocket is functional!
The neckline makes me feel a little Judy Jetson, but I still like it.  Cheesy
8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / First stencil - sakura -- NOW with tank top! on: August 23, 2005 08:51:27 PM
I was so motivated by all the fabulous projects that I decided to try stenciling for myself. This was me testing my stencil out on card stock to see if it worked, and I didn't tape it down very firmly, so it bled a bit. Not bad for my first attempt, I thought.


So I got brave and got out my spray adhesive and fixed up a boring white tank top. Yay for pretty things!

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