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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Robot Quilt on: January 03, 2010 07:41:28 PM
After about 4 month of effort I managed to finish the quilt for my fiance in time for Christmas.  I was happy to have it done, especially since it is my first fully complete quilt.  All that sneaking around was tiring.

Here's the end result:  If you want the long story of the ups and downs of this quilt read on after the first two pictures!

I started with these fabrics:

Then I cut loads of squares:

I did a lot of searching for a neat simple quilt pattern.  I ended up using a revised nine-patch quilt style that I discovered on etsy (not my store). http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=28165923

I'd been hoping to do some robot applique.  However, at the end of October my sewing machine broke.  I tried my hand at some hand applique but it really didn't work.  

So I scratched my plan for applique and just did the repeated blocks.  

I got my quilt fixed and put the whole thing together.  Then realized my sewing machine is so old I'm not sure I can find a walking foot.  I have a Singer 734 which is older than I am.  So I decided I'd just tie the quilt instead.  I used extra fabric that was intended for the applique robots to make a colorful back.  My mom came into town and she helped me tie the quilt and make the binding and sew it on.  We stayed up until 3am the night before we had to go wedding dress shopping.  I was exhausted!

 The end result was a very happy guy!

More pictures, and larger versions of these can be found on my Flickr page in the crafts section: http://www.flickr.com/photos/48969942@N00/sets/72157623070375010/

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Pressed Felt Dolls on: June 20, 2008 09:10:13 PM
Recently I've become fascinated by pressed felt dolls like, Lenci, Maggie Iacono, and John Wright.  However after some amount of googling I haven't been able to find tutorials about how to make these dolls.  Does anyone have any information or know any books that might explain how these dolls are made?   
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Finished Project Raises New Questions on: March 24, 2006 09:38:29 AM
Hi, I'm pretty new here and I actually discovered craftster because I was trying to sew myself a purse.  I made a purse out of a grey wool fabric with a thick purple cotten for pockets and the straps.

I made gobs and gobs of mistakes.  But overall I guess it looks ok.  My computer is dead at the moment so when I get it back from the shop I'll post some pics.

Along the way I came up with a few questions.  First, I've been using the purse for about a month and I've discovered that the interfacing must not be enough because it's not really holding shape as much anymore.  Sad  Does any one have any suggestions?  I think next time I might also try to use a stiffer fabric. 

Second, how do I keep from breaking needles?  I think I broke like 4.  And I was using the strongest ones I could  get from my local JoAnn's.  I figure I might not be doing something right with my sewing machine.

Third, I double and even tried to tripple stitch but it *still* looks like the stitching near the handles are pulling loose.  Maybe I needed thicker thread?

I origionally wanted to make a bag that I could carry my digital SLR in.  But I think this bag will just not cut it.  Maybe after I have some more experience sewing I can make a bright orange bag to carry my camera, a book and my purse while I'm traveling.
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Dolls - gifts for friends on: February 27, 2006 10:41:54 PM
I made these dolls for my friends from college.  Each doll is based on their personality and has clothes made to match their taste.  They call them their voodoo dolls.  Although, they're really not that scary, just scarily cute.


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