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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A whole truck load of quilt blocks for the Lap Quilt 3 swap on: October 08, 2008 12:28:45 PM
So I've just finished up all of my blocks I sewed for my swap partners and I'd like to share them here as well  Tongue Enjoy!

For 1boy1girl1kitty2:

I didn't have nearly enough of the background fabric, but I found a really good color match in my stash so I used that. The boot still needed something to oomph it up, so I added the mini harlequin border. Yeesh that was a doozy!

And now the block for Homerof2, whose fabrics were so much fun!

I actually ran out of the measuring tape fabric, but I had some in my stash from a different company which was so close I really don't think it's noticeable.

For Fishie: With appliqued and embroidered snails. Lots of color choice modifications to make the most of the pieces I received. Holy, there is not one piece of usable scrap left! I was sweating bullets at the end, but I think it turned out all right.

For Ajanderson: The pattern came from here: http://www.liesbosquilts.nl/patronen/pat99kosm01N.html

One wonky house and tree for Flashley Ashley:

Here's a cluster of hearts for gilttergirl:

I ran out of the blue border unfortunately but I still like it! The hearts can be found here: http://www.lenzula.com/pattern/free/hearts.php

Here is Athenamat's block. It's the inner half of the snowflake I originally intended. Even though I'd shrunk the pattern by 50% it still would have ended up too big.

Here's a radiant star for JQ. Oh man I love this one! I didn't have a pattern, so I reconstructed it from a photo of one. Phew! I'm shocked it turned out this well to be honest, LOL!

One for Carodynamite. This one has 140 pieces. I quite like how it turned out, it's 4 shrunken to fit Storm at Sea Blocks: http://www.quilterscache.com/S/StormAtSeaBlock_Page3.html

One for Whoopdeedoo5:

And last but certainly not least, Berta's block:

12  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / How to prevent color bleeding on: August 12, 2008 09:46:20 AM
So I know I've seen a thread about this before but I can't for the life of me find it again.

I plan to do a bunch of embroidery on a baby quilt which has a gorgeous linen textured, pure white background. I think I'll have a heart attack if the colors from the thread bleed all over when it's washed.  Undecided

Is there a certain brand of thread I should buy or avoid? Should I prewash the excess color out of the thread like I do for the fabric? I refuse to use any color binding chemical rinses for quilts for babies, but there must be something just as effective I can do?!?

Thanks so much in advance for any insight!

13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Zipp a Dee Doo Da on: July 02, 2008 09:26:28 AM
Zipp a Dee AY, My oh my what a wonderful day!

Just a quickie post of the zip-away fabric bag I made for my daughter's teacher. Made with some really nice black linen and a fat quarter of ... oh was that amy butler? I'm not sure..?? I wanted to get some Amy butler's lotus fabric in grey tones, but it hadn't come in yet so I had to choose something else. The bag features a handy extra zip pocket for money or cards or little bought items, and sturdy reinforced handles.

She loved it! She apparently spent her last day in class zipping and unzipping the whole thing over and over LOL! She was on her way to europe and said she would definitely be taking it with her.

All zipped up:



14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Teh Yarn Bukkit on: June 27, 2008 09:45:46 AM
Oh I had fun with this one! I made this for a swap and really had second thoughts about letting it go!

Introducing Teh Yarn Bukkit:

From the front:

hehe, it looks like it's wearing one badass headband LOL!

the drawstring top closure:

the pirate guard:

oh, and when it's time to knit it shows a little more demure side:

Shots of the inside:

and the bottom:

I made it from 2 pairs of pants, hence all the nifty pockets on the inside.
15  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Vintage pleated clutch on: June 27, 2008 09:35:18 AM
I made this for the handspun handicraft swap. It's a pleated clutch made from this absolutely mint condition vintage...brocade? It even has gold foil woven all through it. My great aunt had it hidden away for decades and just recently gave it to me.

The pattern came from my noggin. I wanted a rounded bottom, so I cut the front and back as one piece.

Here is it filled with something:

It was fun to make, I had a hard time parting with it. The only thing is I wish I could have centered the pattern, but the piece I had didn't allow for it.

Edited to add:

I'm kicking myself for not taking better closeups, as I took the time to identically pleat the lining, and used a matching metallic gold thread to topstitich around the handle. There's a nice little magnetic clasp holding it closed. I think I used 2 layers of heavyweight interfacing for the handle pieces.
16  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / I'm a cat, I'm a kitty cat on: May 30, 2008 05:13:13 PM
Hello everyone Grin, just a picture loaded post of some kitty pouches I made for the zipper pouch swap.

First up: The triangle pouch with skully bandana print lining

Next up: Newskitty pouch with pink patchwork lining

You likes?
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mini quilt for my daughters bunny *Bunny pics added on pg 2* on: May 29, 2008 11:08:02 AM
I made this about a month ago for my daughters little bunny. She was cold at night and needed a quilt to keep her warm.



Maybe once I get my nice camera working I'll snap some better pictures. Tongue
18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Introducing the Fun Cats Baby Quilt *image heavy* on: April 11, 2008 01:35:39 PM
Last Saturday night we learned that my hubby's pregnant cousin is coming from the other side of the country to visit this Sunday. And well...I can't let her leave without a baby gift from us!

So, in 5 days i whipped up this little quilt. The goal was to use whatever I had in my stash. the top is a nice red fleece, and it's backed with a soft flannel - white with orange duckies. It measures 31" x 36" and is based on a little piece of wrapping paper created by Helen Rhodes : http://www.helenrhodes.com/

I machine appliqued each frame together, using fluffy red fleece for all the red parts and used smooth satin ribbon for the edges so that it becomes a touch-filled experience for the little one.

I also used a different free motion quilting for each frame, and snuck in some messages to discover within the embroidery.

There were a couple of firsts for me: First time using machine embroidery for a quilt top,  and the first time adding a label - which I hand embroidered Cheesy Oh, and the first time I ever made french knots! LOL! If I had more time I would have done some free motion quilting along the red chunks and finessed the cat's faces better...but oh well!!

So on to the pictures! *it's really vibrant and cheery...seems a tad muted in some of the pics*

The whole blanket

Top left corner

believe in yourself close ups:

Top right frame:

laugh and play close ups:

Bottom right frame:

imagine, invent, create close ups:

Bottom left frame:

sing close up:


snip of inspiration:

Hope you like it!

edit: I've added a couple of pics of the ribbon wrapped gift, along with a little card...I didn't get to paint one, but this will do  Tongue

19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / a new skirt from favorite jeans *tutorial added* on: April 04, 2008 01:39:11 PM
Oh my daughter looooved these jeans. But the knees were gone, there was a hole in the crotch (wth?) and were too small.

So I've given them a new life...will post action shots when she's home from school.  Grin

Ok, since a few of you are interested I've made up a quickie tutorial for you.

Step 1 - cut the jeans @ 1” below zipper, or just above where the crotch meets legs so the front is still nice and flat. Otherwise you have to cut the vertical seam, tuck and sew one side underneath to make it nice and flat.

Oh....perhaps you should take them off your child first.

Step 2 through the rest of them:

Cut 2 pieces of skirt fabric (front and back). Make them at least 4-8” wider than the jeans. You can make them wider still if you want the skirt nice and full.

Sew the sides together, turn under the top and bottom edges, and topstitch.

Gather the top edge so that it is the same width as the jeans you just cut.

Now slide the gathered edge of the skirt fabric underneath the raw edge of the jeans (or inside the jeans) so that the raw edge covers the gathering stitches. I do it like this so the seam isn’t so bulky and adds some shabby chic to the skirt. The jeans will fray nicely at the edge after you wash and dry it.

Pin and topstitch about 1 inch from the raw edge really well. You may want to zig zag, or use some fancy embroidery type stitch on your machine to prevent the jeans from fraying through the seam.

Prepare the bottom tier the same way as the skirt without the gathers. Layer the bottom tier under the hem of the skirt the same way and top stitch.

Et Voila! You’ve saved another pair of jeans - aren’t you just so crafty!

Oh! For jeans that are too small at the waist but have that wide elastic sewn into the back of the waistband: Sometimes all it takes for them to fit again is to stitch rip about 2" into each side of the elastic and let the fabric out. Half of the time I don't even bother topstitching again as it usually just stays together just fine.
20  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Super crotch! on: April 04, 2008 01:32:17 PM
So found this project in the clean laundry pile yesterday. They're hubby's new lucky shorts. Don't worry, we wasn't wearing them when I took the pictures LOL!  Grin

So it's a little wrinkly due to being washed...and the fact that I have yet to try some kind of interfacing on my projects.

It's a combo of needle turn applique and satin stitch embroidery.

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