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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / advent calendar--oops, it's December 10th already??? on: December 10, 2009 09:48:50 AM
Yes, I am extremely late getting this done.  But done it now is, hurrah!  I loved the pattern by oh fransson found here http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/?p=863 but wanted to do my own thing.  I also didn't want to have to buy 12 new xmas fabrics.  So I dug through my stash and found as many coordinating fabrics in xmas-y colors as I could, cutting them into 4.5 inch squares as I went.  That wasn't enough.  So I dug through again, and cut more squares.  Still not quite enough. This went on for what felt like weeks and actually took...well, weeks.  The sewing of the thing was easy in comparison.  I didn't follow the pattern exactly, what with it being already DECEMBER and all, but I really like the end result.  So, pictures!

Thar she blows.  I quilted it with a decorative stitch on my machine, in a simple grid, because, again, DECEMBER.

I bound it in some white bias tape I had lying around, and the amount of tape I had fit exactly around.  In fact, I thought it would be about 1/2 an inch short, but I stitched it together and hoped for the best.  Thankfully, bias tape has enough stretch that it fit perfectly!  Woohoo!  Love that crafting mojo.  When it works.

Here's a shot to show how I just stitched over the binding with the same deco stitch in red, so I wouldn't have to hand stitch the back.  I think it looks really great, and adds some color to the edge.

One more for the road:

Well, thanks for looking!  Happy Holidays!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Finlay's Flowers quilt on: October 13, 2009 06:40:13 AM
Well, here's a long neglected project finally done.  I finished piecing the top four months ago, and it has been floating around my sewing room since then, with me unable to decide on a border and stick with it.  Finally, I just said "Screw it!" and finished the durn thing.  Now that it is done, all I can see are the problems (of which there are many) but thankfully they are less evident since washing.  AN-yway, here's the quilt, a variation of Amy Butler's Mid Mod quilt pattern, which is available for free on her site.

The flower block is fussy cut from the same fabric I used for the backing, a gorgeous print from Jane Sassaman's Prairie Gothic line.

I echo quilted random strips in each block, and pieced the binding from several of the prints I used in the quilt. 

All in all, it came out rather well, I think.  I haven't measured it, but each block is twelve inches, so it should be somewhere around 40x54in.  I had some major problems with the top bunching while I was quilting, and am not entirely happy with that, but I don't think it interferes too much.  Next time I will iron the seams open like I did with my last quilt, which I think helped it stay flat and even while quilting. 

Thanks for looking!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Two buttercup bags, please don't hurt me.... on: September 23, 2009 07:42:04 PM
Sorry about this!  I know everybody is probably annoyed with the ubiquitous B-Bag, but hey, a good pattern is a good pattern.  Here are two that I made for my son's preschool teachers.  They whip up so fast!

This first one photographs strangely, the dark fabric is actually black with a very subtle grey pattern that is...not quite as subtle in the pictures.  Lining is Amy Butler, button is vintage from the thrift store.

Love that lining!

Second one, khaki pant fabric with unidentified floral lining, another vintage button (that I had trouble parting with!)

In both bags, I wanted a relatively conservative exterior with the surprise of the lining, since I didn't know the teachers that well, and didn't want to push the envelope on the exterior.  I did use the lining fabric on the interior of the handle on the black one, because I didn't want it to be too dark.  They both loved their bags.  Yay!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / rocket ship mixtape quilt on: August 10, 2009 12:43:13 PM
Finally I have another finished project to post!  This is the quilt I made for my little boy/future astronaut.  I had vowed not to start anything new before this was done, and I stuck to it.  To my regret.  Anyway, here she is, a mixtape quilt (pattern from oh fransson) using space themed fabrics (many from the Rocket Scientist collection from Keri Beyer.)

I pieced the back from some grey fabric that was originally meant for the sashing before I rejected it, and some leftovers from piecing the top.

I love the binding, it is a striped red fabric that my son picked out.

And one more, just 'cause I'm proud.

This is the largest quilt I've made to date, a BIG twin at 74x93 inches.  Yikes.

Anyway, thanks for looking.  Bye!
5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Two watercolor stencil portraits--must make more! on: May 06, 2009 07:12:16 PM
Along with nearly everyone else here on Craftster, I, too, decided to haul out the watercolors when I saw this amazing tutorial  (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301135.0).  My results were successful for the most part, although I found the hardest bit is finding a photograph that works well at super high contrast.  I wanted to do portraits of my kids for my mom for mother's day, but only one of them came out well.  Behold my beautiful boy!

I also did this one of both of my kids at the breakfast table.

They are currently both winging their way to Memaw's house.  Hope she likes them!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Eddie cap for my little girl (Edwina cap?) on: May 03, 2009 03:38:47 PM
Well, I was determined to make a summer hat for my girl, and the Eddie cap seemed just right (tutorial: http://mushroomvillagers.wordpress.com/the-eddie-cap-tutorial/ )

With a little bit of an ikea shower curtain, and some coordinating Amy Butler dots, I whipped this up in an afternoon.

I had a little bit of trouble, in that I am an IDIOT and insist on changing things on the fly and getting myself into trouble out of which there is only one possible recourse (hello, seamripper) but if you actually follow the directions, there shouldn't be too many problems.  Other than topstitching.  Grrr, topstitching. 

I had to totally remake it after really screwing up the brim by trying to "improve" it, which resulted in my daughter having zero peripheral vision.  My advice?  Stick to the tute.  Look how cute it turns out!

Well, thanks for reading.  Love to hear what you think!
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Fair Weather jacket--Little Red Riding Hood edition! on: March 16, 2009 02:22:31 PM
Hey there!  This is my version of vegbee's Fairweather jacket, and my first experience making a piece of clothing from a pattern.  And hey, it worked!  I was kind of shocked at how few problems I encountered.  And all problems were mainly my own stupidity and/or fabric misbehavior. 

For fabric, I used an adorable print of Big Bad wolves chasing lambs through the trees, but I only had one yard.  Necessity being the mother of invention, I decided to make the hood red, along with the belt, ends of the sleeve linings, and front facings.  It is fully lined with #$&!% bronze taffeta.  I had a remnant that I thought would work. Let's just say that, me and #%$!& taffeta don't get along too well, and I would rather dig my eyes out with my seam ripper than use that $#&!% bronze taffeta again.

But all's well that ends well, right? 

I made the size 4, which is a bit too big as you can see, but I figure she will only grow into it, and we can use it in the fall, too.

So there you have it.  Great pattern, fun to make, and I only cursed the gods, oh, four or five times.  At most.  One more beauty shot:

Thanks for looking!  C and C welcome....

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / super snuggly ipod touch cozy on: January 23, 2009 10:23:00 AM
Another completed project! Here is a cozy I made for my ipod touch.

The fabric is a Kaffe Fassett print (called, I think, "Paperweight"?) and the lining is a super, super soft grey microfleece. 

I want to make myself a sleeping bag-sized one for myself, this stuff is so soft.  The button is from a big bag o' vintage ones I got from the thrift store.

You wouldn't believe the amount of tweaking this one stupid cozy went through.  Arrgh!  But now it is done.  Yay!

9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Three convertible backpack/tote bags for triplet girls---PIC HEAVY on: January 17, 2009 08:08:49 AM
I decided to make xmas presents for my triplet nieces, who just turned 8 years old.  I wanted to make bags for them, and kept hemming and hawing about what kind.  I finally decided, after going through hundreds (it seemed) of tutorials, to just wing it.  My inspiration was a pattern I saw on Purl Soho for a backpack/tote bag (Liesel + Co Backpack Tote).  I just examined the picture, and dumbed it way down so I could make three in a relatively short time.  Oh, and did I mention that this was the first time I have ever made a bag of any kind?  Yeah, I don't believe in doing things the easy way.

So here goes.  (My pictures aren't the greatest because I took most of them at night, but I adjusted the color where I could.)

First, The Cat Bag!

Detail of the vintage red button:

Detail of the lining (sorry about the color, this fabric is white with black and red flowers)

From the back:

And hanging as a backpack:

Second, The Flower Bag!

Vintage Button:



As Backpack:

And Finally, The Bug Bag!

Vintage Button:



As Backpack:

Yeesh, sorry about the gigungous amount of pics.  Well, I hope you enjoy them.  They were totally a pain in the ass, but I think a learning experience as well.  And now I have to make one for my four year old son, as well.  He was pretty disappointed that the backpacks all went to Germany never to return, so his is next in line!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Eric's quilt--aka. that's one big log cabin you've got there.... on: October 13, 2008 09:36:13 PM
Okay, here is my second quilt of all time, a 30th birthday gift for my brother.  A few weeks ago, as the occasion approached, I hemmed and hawed at what to give him.  Nothing seemed momentous enough.  I thought about making him something, and in fact had already purchased some Ohio and California themed fabric with the vague thought of doing something like a throw pillow.  But he is a guy.  With a girlfriend.  And I am pretty sure that when it comes to throw pillows, she would be the one calling the shots, and I didn't want something I made to be the object of some kind of strange couple argument segue, nor something she insisted only be brought out when I visited.  So I thought about something with some actual use.  A picnic blanket?  Why not!  So with six days to go before traveling to Yosemite to visit him, I started piling manly fabrics together in a kind of lunatic daze. Hopefully the effect isn't quite as eye-searing as I was fearing.

The pattern is my own, a nearly-wonky log cabin on steroids.  I used only fabrics I had in my stash (besides the blue leaves in the last row.  what can I say, I ran out of blue), leftover quilt batting, and a bed sheet for the backing. 

I quilted in the ditch of each row of the log cabin (after ditching plans to tie the quilt. so glad I did) and quilted one single fish in the middle square. 

I apologize for the grievous wrinkles.  We had picnicked.  Proof!

And so, duly baptized, the quilt now lives in Yosemite.  More proof!

That's El Capitan, the largest granite rock face in the world. 

Anyway, there you go.  Made with love, gifted with only a slight twinge of remorse (it's kind of like handing over a baby, I swear), and received with tears and a hug.  Oh wait, I promised him I wouldn't mention the tears.  Ahem.  Received with manly only slightly reddened eyes and a firm pat on the back?  Better? 

(okay, not that you asked, but here is a detail shot of the fish in the middle.  I call the quilt "Eric's fishbowl")
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