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1  Chinese Coins lap quilt - Completed!!! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Craftywife on: August 04, 2009 02:39:47 PM
It's not completed yet, but I had to post a picture of the first quilt I'm making for myself  Cheesy  I've made two baby quilts before, so I'm excited to have something for my very own Wink

Inspired by several Chinese Coins quilts I've seen on here (and I'm sorry for not giving credit - I can't recall who all inspired me) I pulled out the Ziploc baggie full of 4" x 4" squares I had of various purple-ish fabrics, the bag of fabric I had no idea what to do with.  And this is the result!

I haven't picked out backing for it yet; Joann's is having a mega sale this weekend so I'll end up picking up fabric then, and I'll post pictures when it's fully done.  And it's a little wonky; it's a bit difficult to get those rows to line up perfectly!

Edit:  I actually ended up finishing this a few weeks ago but am just now getting around to posting pics:

The completed quilt

Front and back

What am I most proud of

This is the first time that I've done something other than prepackaged blanket binding, so I am proud as hell of the binding on this quilt.  Look at that mitered corner!  Cheesy
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2  Baby quilt for friend's first in Quilting: Completed Projects by Craftywife on: February 21, 2009 08:29:34 PM
It's been a really long time since I last posted anything!

Here is a baby quilt I made for a friend's first child.  It's finished and is still sitting on my table as I have yet to make it out to her house to give it to her!

I just used a plain muslin backing for it, as they're very nature-oriented and kind of bohemian, and I thought it would work better.  The quilting was done by machine as I attempted to do something a bit more complicated than straight lines.  It's a bit wonky in some places, as it's only my second quilt, but I'm proud of it and pleased with it.

Close up of the leaf quilting

Close up of the flower quilting

Bottom, top, and the blanket binding

Close up of one of the squares

The whole quilt
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3  Outlet pictures / memories (updated new pics!) in Completed Projects by Craftywife on: March 10, 2007 12:46:05 PM
Oh, and first craft post!

I decided to put this here, instead of in scrapbooking.  I used regular outlet covers that you can find at the hardware store, jazzed them up with scrapbooking papers, phrases, and stickers, and put pictures of my husband and I from early in our relationship as well as a wedding picture.  I only have the one picture now, but if anyone would like to see up close pictures, let me know.

I got this idea from a book on layering / collages. 

As requested, here are a few up close pictures:

The left side. 

The little definitions I got from a piece of scrapbook paper.  They show the definitions of giggle, love, and romance.  The little conversation hearts are beads I got from Oriental Trading.

The center.

It's not the greatest picture, but the background paper says "I love you", it has the definition of heart, and the metal piece at the bottom says 'memories'.

The right side

The 'time goes by' is a sticker.  The plate is covered with parchment paper, and I glued on some tulle I saved from another wedding.  The key symbolizes 'the key to my heart'.  The right side is one of our wedding pictures, and the tiny word says 'marriage'.

And the back: 

Black cardstock cut to fit, and a tiny hinge.
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4  Polka Dot Score! in Discussion and Questions by Craftywife on: August 25, 2006 06:39:38 AM
I won these polka dot fabrics off ebay, and they arrived today!  All are 4 x 4 inch fabrics, and there are 48 of them.  I can't wait to use them!

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5  Simplicity 5351 -- sizing help needed! in Clothing: Discussion and Questions by Craftywife on: August 06, 2006 04:27:24 PM
I am a beginning sewer.  I also cannot accurately judge my size (veryveryvery low self esteem, but that's another story).  I tend to make things a lot larger than they need to be, and don't realize this until it's sewn up.  Most of the time, I make circle skirts that are easy to adjust.

This time, I went with Simplicity 5351, view F.  It was only the second skirt I've made from a pattern, the first time I put in a zipper without help, and my first pleats.  The sewing went great, I didn't really have any problems except with the pleats, but I figured those out.

My problem came when I tried it on.  I came to the realization that it was waaaaay too big for me, so I took it in a little bit at each seam, so it would be proportional.  All sewn up, it's still a bit too big.  The pleats, which should run about mid thigh, are spaced far apart.  It's fairly boxy looking right now.  Once the waist is brought in and the pleats are where they're supposed to be, I'm sure it'll look fine.

My question is:  what would be the best way to make this the correct size?  My  husband suggested just doing belt loops, but that doesn't solve the problem of where the pleats are.  My only thought is to take it completely apart, redo one of the pleats so it'll lay where it's supposed to, then sew the yoke back on.  This seems like a lot of work, and I've made a mental note to be objective to my correct size and not make things sooo much larger than they need to be.

Here is a picture of the skirt, on me:

What other suggestions can anyone make as to resizing this skirt?

Thanks in advance!
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