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31  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Fugly silk dress into cute gathered skirt! on: November 17, 2013 06:45:02 AM
You look so chic! Great find! I can never pass up some good second hand silk

What's going to happen to the rest of the drss? Tote bag? Throw pillows? Jammies?
32  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plastic bags basket on: November 16, 2013 07:45:45 AM

I made this little basket out of nothing but plastic bags! It's about nine inches wide. I don't know if I'll use it for anything, but it's looking cute on an end table in our living room right now.

Now I'm itching to make a big storage basket. I still have TONS more bags...
33  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Harshmarked Inside of Envelopes on: November 16, 2013 07:10:25 AM
I made a decorative paper chain out of these at work. Bunting would be cute too.
34  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Matching Red Quilts on: November 14, 2013 06:26:23 PM
These are so adorable! Haha, I would love to see a tutorial on how to quilt aggressively! That sounds like something I'd like to try Smiley
35  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Stash busting ten stitch blanket... on: November 14, 2013 06:22:01 PM
This is so inspiring! When I first saw this two weeks ago, I forgot to post a comment because I was too eager to start knitting my own!

Knitting a blanket has always been on my bucket list, but I always got so discouraged with other patterns -- the ones where you knit huge long rows for days and you can't imagine how it will ever be a blanket, so you unravel it and make another hat... But  with this one, I can see the blanket coming together! And it's fun to throw so many colors together. Plus I can work on it while I'm snuggled up watching Netflix... Mine is only the size of a bed pillow right now, but I'm in love with it! Thanks for posting this!
36  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Film noir coat dress on: November 14, 2013 05:59:20 PM
This is so stunning and chic! Perfect for film noir! It reminds me of Kate Middleton too. Congratulations on finishing your goal! Can't wait to see your other garments!
37  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: completed garden patchwork cushion on: March 23, 2013 08:48:03 AM
Gorgeous colors and patterns! Smiley
38  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Woven Block Baby Girl Quilt on: March 22, 2013 09:33:04 AM
Beautiful colors! So pretty!
39  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / silk and polyester on a mostly cotton quilt? (updated w/ pics!) on: February 19, 2013 06:25:19 PM

I finished sewing the quilt top!!!! Behold!!!

I actually love how the silk turned out! I like that little shine it adds. It was a pain to work with though... I ended up backing all the silk pieces with an extra triangle of cotton for stability (and sanity). Maybe I should have done the same with the polyester... too late now, CAUSE I'M NOT TURNING BACK!!

But now I understand why most quilters stick to 100% cotton. I used to think it was just a pretentious hobbyist sort of thing... but no. Out of all the fibers in this mess of a first quilt (top), the cotton was the kindest to me. Two of the poly blends were okay, but most of them were finicky, and one of them will never relinquish its wrinkles, even though I steam-ironed it! (Though I guess that's why I decided it deserved to be a blanket rather than clothing...)

So now my plan is to quilt "in the ditch" by machine. I think it's small enough and thin enough for that. Though I really have no idea. And binding? I'll figure it out.

But first I must acquire more ivory thread. Quilts use SO MUCH thread.

---OLD POST---

I'm a long time sew-er, first time quilter. I'm making a quilt out of scrap fabric and a few old clothes (something that will hopefully look similar to this-- http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohsohappytogether/7441739272/, but probably smaller.)

Most of the stuff I'm planning to use is cotton/poly blend. A few are 100% cotton. The problem is, there are two colors that I REALLY want to have in there, and one is 100% polyester and the other is 100% silk. It's all machine washable, so I'm not worried about that. And they both have a matte finish. But they have a different thickness, drape, and feel than the other fabrics, so I'm worried it might look silly. But I CAN'T sacrifice my beautiful color scheme!

It's just a "scrap quilt" so it doesn't have to be heirloom quality, right? And I'm probably going to love it no matter what, right?

Has anyone ever mixed fibers like that before? Any regrets? Should I just go for it?
40  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: New Years Peplums on: January 08, 2013 06:51:26 AM
I would find every excuse to wear that sequin one! So stylish and fun!
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