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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Some encouragement for wannabe quilters on: November 02, 2008 04:44:04 AM
It's not as hard as I feared!

A month ago my husband and I got a baby shower invitation from some sweet friends of ours who live many states away. There wasn't any way we'd be able to go, so some handmade gifts mailed were in order. Usually I make a baby sling and buy something from their registry or something. I wanted to do something more this time. What else to do than make a baby quilt? Even when you've NEVER quilted before?

It turned out not so bad! I found a group of colors I liked (they're having a boy) and sewed them all together, first in twos then in fours and then in strips and then strips together. For the quilting itself, I made little stars in the blue and plaid squares and "stitched in the ditch" on the green squares.

I discovered quilting really only requires patience, time, and creative forethought, all of which I'm running low on lately (um, always). But the end product is pleasing and useful, and really, what more could a quilt want? Smiley

The binding is so not perfect.....far away from perfect. I'm not very good at binding. But it covers everything it should (mostly...there's a little corner where some of the flannel I used for the back doesn't quite meet up with the batting and quilt top, i don't know why because it matched up when i pinned it all together, but i sewed a little heart over that space and i think it looks cute) and doesn't look too too terrible.

All in all, minus the binding, this was a great (and easy!) introduction to quilting. For a scaredy-cat like me. It's not the most complicated quilt, or even the most dynamic first quilt, but I like it.

To those who want to try quilting but are too intimidated to do so - go forth and quilt!
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / knit fabric and wrap skirt? could it be? on: January 27, 2008 06:55:04 PM
liike, could it work?

i have some beeeeautiful deep wine-almost-burgandy-but-not-quite knit fabric that i would love to turn into a wrap skirt. but i'm not sure it would work due to stretchiness.

would the band and ties have to be made out of something else? it's ok if they do, i'm just not sure. in my head it seems the knit fabric wouldn't be secure enough.

allllso...........suppose i cut the front wrap panel part on the diagonal, instead of having it square. would the edge curl and look pretty, or would it just roll and look wonky? i don't have a serger but i wanted something to effect of lettuce edging.

any help, anybody?
3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / fun maternity sun dress! on: February 11, 2007 07:57:42 AM
i hope this is the right place to put this.....if someone knows of a better place, please let me know!

i found this maternity dress pattern, mccalls 4398http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4398.htm?tab=family_sleepwear_maternity&page=2, and thought i'd give it a try. i've given up on simplicity, since none of their patterns ever work for me and i find their directions confusing.

anyway....i sewed up view c (the yellow long-sleeved dress) but omitted the sleeves. i also omitted the linings (hate sewing them) and used a 22" zipper instead of a 20" because i found one at the thrift store for 50 cents and i wasn't about to pass that up! i also used a medium weight cotton instead of the lighter rayon or georgette suggested, which doesn't drape quite as well, but i can't have everything i want in life.

it fits absolutely perfectly, except for a little snugness on top...i'm a little more uh endowed than the size allowed for. the measurements are right, it's just not as loose as i think it's supposed to be. that's ok, it fits and it looks cute! and i lovelovelove the fabric so much!! i have lots of little seemingly useless bits left over...more things to make!

thanks for looking Smiley

p.s. wow those pictures are large! i had modified them but i guess not enough. sorry about that!
4  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / more onesies! on: August 07, 2006 05:15:23 PM
so more onesies for more babies.....

the one on top is the birdie but i tried not to iron the banner part (i didn't quite succeed on the end, but it's gonna come out in the wash, dangit!) and put the "true love" transfer underneath it. i hope that's ok, jenny! i modified as i liked. Smiley

the one on bottom is for my best friend since i was 9 and her husband. they're having a boy sometime in the next couple months (i'm terrible!) and the husband is majorly into music and guitar playing and uber-fun things like that and so they want to name the baby fender! after the guitar, of course. not after the car part. i have no idea if this in any way resembles a fender guitar, but it's a guitar! that counts, right?

they're the same size as the other one, 6-9 months. i think they're fun! thanks for awesome patterns, jenny  Wink
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Kitchen apron - with bunnies! on: August 07, 2006 05:06:45 PM
i hope this is the right place to post this Smiley

i pretty much gave up on patterns this weekend. they NEVER work the way they're supposed to and the instructions are designed to drive you to insanity. i made the whole thing saturday, realized that the skirt part was WAY too big (even with it gathered it was the size of a generous circle skirt) and the bib was WAY too small (maybe it was my boobs, but it only covered about a fourth of my top). so sunday i became best friends with my seam ripper and took the whole thing apart. the pattern was mccalls m4958 and had the skirt in three separate parts. i took off 2/3 and it was perfect. i'm going to use one of the third piece to make the bib, but i don't feel like it right now. i'm just happy i have a half-apron!

the fabric pattern is so freaking cute that i had to do something with it. i have a whole lot of fabric left over....maybe i'll make matching potholders and reusable menstrual pads with it!

my chair modeling the apron....chairs make beautiful models....and my beautiful sewing machine, edna, in the background. i love her.

the fun fabric that reminds me of lemonade and jelly shoes

thanks for lookin'  Wink
6  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / hula baby! on: July 26, 2006 04:35:24 PM
on monday my husband called me from work all upset because his co-worker was supposed to have a baby shower at work last week and NO ONE showed up! my husband was off that day, so he was excused, but he felt absolutely terrible for the guy and his wife. me too, so i whipped this puppy up yesterday afternoon while watching the first season of lost (i caught season 2 finale - now i HAVE to watch it!!) with the stitch it kit and a onesie i happened to have for another stitchery project for yet another baby due soon. i swear, it's like baby season or something!

anyway, you don't want to read all that. you DO, however, want to see pictures! and i just happen to have one:

nothing too fancy, but i liked how it turned out. it's for an older baby, 6-9 months i believe, so they'll have something ready for her to grow into. i've noticed that everyone always buys all the newborn baby stuff for pregnant families, but they don't buy any future stuff. i think i'd like to get a few things for when the baby is a little older, since they grow so darn quick! the momma and daddy live in palm beach and it's a little girl and she's due like right now.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / sea colored eyeglass chain! on: June 22, 2006 03:31:27 PM
my one and only picture of my mom's birthday present! first real bead project, too!

her other chain, which broke, was purpley and pretty but i was in an oceanic mood....i love the sea, she loves the sea, it's all good!

and a random bracelet.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / easy white eyelet drawstring skirt! on: June 17, 2006 10:32:57 AM
this morning i was suffering from a mildly intense migraine. what compelled me to make a skirt, i don't know. but i did! and it was easy! except the waist is a little bit too big and gathers too much. and i didn't bother changing out the thread so it's sewn with lilac thread on a white skirt. ah well, what can be expected when you're half delirious? Smiley

i put the drawstring in the back because i hate front drawstrings....i alwasy feel like they add so much to a part of me that already has plenty!



close-up of the waist - with the pin still in the cord! Smiley

bad, bad pictures of me in the skirt

it's definitely see-through, so i'm going to have to wear a slip under it. ew...slips in florida are gross. but i might make a fun petticoat to make under it, to make it swishy and nonsee-through and all-around more fun!

hope you liked.  Cheesy
9  KNITTING / Projects from the Stitch 'N B**ch Books by Debbie Stoller / Big Bad Baby Blanket!!! on: June 13, 2006 05:23:57 AM
i'm so proud of myself......because of the torrential downpour resulting of alberto's thrashing on the west side of florida, what was there for me to do besides sit on my couch and knitknitknit? and watch a boatload of movies. Smiley

so, after starting this blanket in late april, here is the final finished product! i still have to do the cool water thing and weave the ends in, but otherwise...DONE! hope the baby (and the mommy and daddy) like it!!!

i used lion's brand homespun yarn in sierra. worked out pretty well! Smiley

edit: it is a square, it just doesn't look like it....i kind of took the picture at a weird angle. i dunno.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / wow! something actually finished.....NOW FINISHED! on: June 07, 2006 04:43:55 PM
i finally got something very nearly done!

so i bought this pattern....simplicity something or other. i can't find the package at the moment. anyway, i tried making a skirt from a pattern before and was relatively successful until i got to the zipper, where i had to stop just because i didn't have a zipper. so i figured i could make this dress. right?

yeah, not so much. i thought i could get away without a lining, as it suggests to have. however, that totally screwed up how the top went together. then, once that got all straightened out (with much help from my second cousin on her gorgeously ancient singer) i realized the skirt part is too big and the top is too small. my boobs are squashed! so i added in a panel down the back to make it bigger. which it did, but not enough. ugh.

so! my new idea is to put in a zipper in the back or get bias tape and replace the straps with that and maybe make the top part of the back corset-style that would keep the back close and cinch the empire waist a little more. hm. anyway. pictures! i apologize profously for the hideously large pictures. i'm not good at resizing. i'll get right on that!

front.....pardon the awkward body shots...i'm too impatient to wait for my hubby to get home!


close up of the back panel

and close up of how the front is supposed to look without squished boobies

sooo....anyway....that's that for today! i'm just excited i finally got something very nearly done! Smiley hope you all enjoyed.....

EDIT: YAAAY!!!! i finished Smiley all that's left is trimming the little threads that seem to force themselves out. ah well...

it still doesn't quite fit. i think i'm going to give it to a pregnant friend of mine who is less, um, endowed than i am. Smiley

also, my arm isn't that hairy. static electricity!

thanks for all the compliments and suggestions!!! Smiley i sure do appreciate it.
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