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21  This is how I jump into a craft... (1st block done!) in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by seamshistoric on: June 06, 2007 07:30:36 PM
Headlong without checking how deep the water is first!  Cheesy Roll Eyes

This is what I want to do:

The center blocks I believe are called 'amish diamond in squares' or somesuch and it's from one of my mom's patchwork books from the 70's. The border is Ribbons from Quilterscache.com, with a modified triangular corner block.

Each block is 16" - 6x6 layout = 36 blocks; 96x96 inches.

I've already figured out the fabric yardage (hopefully correctly!) and bought it. I actually just went out and bought a bit more for shams.  The border is 4" squares, but the amish blocks have a bit of variety with 3" and 1" squares and a center of  approx. 4 1/2" square.-- I have similar diagrams of each block style.

I'm wondering if anyone has advice on how to keep organized during the project; how to keep it neat (no wrinkles, etc) so I don't have to iron 70% of the time. And any other advice, of course, for a newbie, is always welcome. Please advise on binding a jagged edge! I can easily just insert pieces to smooth out the edges, but I don't really want to do that.

And for a side note, I won't get started on this until next week -- we're in the middle of moving, and my sewing machine is packed up  Cry

Oh yeah... Stop me now if you think I'm going to burn up with this task I've set myself!  Cheesy
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22  Civil War dress - from a fashion plate! in Costumes: Completed Projects by seamshistoric on: April 17, 2007 10:17:16 PM
Here's the fashion plate I worked from:

And here's my finished dress:

And artsy:

There are a lot of differences between the fashion plate and my dress, but it was a great source of inspiration all the same.

Read more about it at my website!
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23  Re: I'm rediculously excited about this. in Needlework: Completed Projects by seamshistoric on: April 17, 2007 08:40:18 PM
Here's the cuff design:

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24  Help... fancy letters in illuminated manuscripts in Discussion and Questions by seamshistoric on: March 28, 2007 07:12:22 PM
something like this:

Is there a name for this big, fancy letters before the rest of the text?
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25  new Civil War camp dress a.k.a. costume in Costumes: Completed Projects by seamshistoric on: March 07, 2007 08:39:23 PM
My old camp dress was falling apart at the seams and was too big, and didn't fit at ALL:


At Last! I made a new dress.

The similarities:
same pattern for the sleeves.
same buttons
(will use) the same apron

The differences:
New bodice pattern
I know how to fit bodices now
New skirt pleating/gathering

 Oh, that and the fact I'm wearing a newer/better corset.

See the Project Diary
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26  Re: Procrastination Station: Get Motivated! Never too late to join! in Craftalongs by seamshistoric on: March 07, 2007 08:31:12 PM
Top priority -
 - finish draping a bodice pattern (1/26) - finished 1/24!
 - use finished bodice pattern  for a basic dress - FINISHED!

Click to view!

 - create a new dress straight out of (or near to) a fashion plate by end of March - Started!
 -  create a higher-status dress with silk - by the end of April
 - Finish WIPS - all summer
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27  Re: Let me introduce myself..... in Discussion and Questions by seamshistoric on: March 04, 2007 09:55:33 PM
Greetings Fidget!

My name is Mischa.

It is SOOO boring around here when my person, who you know as Seams Historic, is sewing. She forgets about me! You are lucky that your person is entertaining, and will sometimes craft for you.

You should hear the excuses my person comes up with for not crafting for me. She says I can't wear anything because I'm too big and too furry. Once I wore a bandana, but she says I looked rediculous. She won't craft anything for me to play with because she says I don't play with toys! Now... maybe I don't... but a good kleenex doll would be enjoyable! You'd think the kleenex all over the floor every other day would be a clue.

But I'll say one thing for her, she takes me to work with her and she spends a lot of time with me. She's determined to make me a good obedient dog. She calls me pushy. I could never be that! Okay, so I broke out of the new crate she bought me, and startled some customers at work, but I didn't do anything BAD...

Whew. Thank you for listening to my rant! That was exhausting... and it -is- rather late. See you another time, Fidget!

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28  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 19 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by seamshistoric on: February 20, 2007 03:10:21 PM
I got a great package from Gatsbygirl, thanks so much!

21 skeins (and bobbins), a lot of vintage designs and 2 yards of fabric!

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29  Re: Come one come all post your new tattoo IDEAS! in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by seamshistoric on: February 06, 2007 06:07:29 AM
I've had this design swimming around my head for years:

I had four rats a few years ago and I love them, but the rat represents more the fact that I love misunderstood creatures more than just rats. If you can see the "nai" in it, you're better than most. "Nai" means nephew in Welsh, and the way I wrote it is inspired by Spencerian handwriting, which is the script of my favorite era in time. I'm tempted to turn his tail into a crochet hook to represent my crafting, but I think that's one meaning too many.
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30  Re: You guys inspire me in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by seamshistoric on: January 24, 2007 03:22:21 AM
A new page. The words and pattern are from my Crochet magazine, which heroically sacrificed itself to this project (the lace around the page is actually the inside of the back cover, not the page itself).

A closeup of my 3d 'yarn ball' and the hands. I don't know if you can tell, but the yarn is wrapped around the pinky.

A quote on the inside of the front cover:

This page looks incredibly basic to me for how long I worked on it.

Edited to say: I suppose I should credit mom's scrapbooking stash for the paper and glue. Yay for raiding.
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