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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / What to do with Wasp paper? on: April 26, 2013 09:24:13 AM
I had a bird house that wasps covered inside and out. It was really beautiful, but alas, something came along (I suspect Stellar Jays) and tore it apart. I collected all of the big sheets of wasp paper and now am trying to find something to do with it. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best way to glue/fasten it down to either paper or fabric? If glue, what type of glue do you think wouldn't ruin the paper? Thanks so much for your ideas!!

2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Twirly dress on: September 19, 2008 10:52:18 PM
I had a lot of fun putting all the patches together for this twirly dress. It's from Vegbee's tutorial at
http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2007/05/patchwork-circle-skirt.html. It's for my granddaughter's fourth birthday. I love to applique and my quilting friends give me all their scraps, so I pieced a lot of the patches together from these scraps. The dress is in the mail so I'm awaiting a picture (hopefully a video) of the dress on the twirling girl. Her poor twin brother is only getting legos.

Thank you Vegbee for your great tutorials!

I'm not sure what possessed me to put the busy twirly dress against the busy rock wall for the picture. . .

I used McCall's pattern 5613 for the top.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Penguin baby quilt finished!! on: February 27, 2008 08:56:06 PM
I finally finished my newest grandbaby's quilt. It's from a two fabric applique pattern by Pacific Rim Quilt Company http://www.prqc.com. I love these patterns.

Here's a picture of the front

And here's a picture of the back

I pieced the back with Japanese fabrics from a fabric exchange that we had in my quilt group. Elsa (almost six weeks old) seems to prefer this side of the quilt at this point.
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Machine knit dress gone awry on: November 20, 2007 10:05:08 PM
OK, so this happened a hundred years ago, but I still remember it. When I was in college my parents lived in Tokyo and I would go there every summer. One summer I took knitting lessons on my mother's new knitting machine. I knit up a gorgeous dress, did a great job on it, and my mother and I took off for downtown Tokyo for a day of shopping and then to a fashion show in the afternoon. This was in the days when mini skirts were the ONLY style. You absolutely could not wear anything longer than your finger tips. By the time we arrived at the fashion show, after a day of walking around shopping, my beautiful knit dress had stretched all the way down to at least mid-calf. Talk about embarrassed! I don't know what ever happened to that dress. Needless to say I never wore it again.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / applique rose block for a friend on: November 19, 2007 10:19:30 PM
A friend in my quilt group asked each of us to make her a block using a square of her fabric. This is what I came up with. I used a rose from the two fabric quilt pattern "Rose Arbor" that Pacific Rim Quilt Company http://prqc.com/2faq.htm puts out. I love these patterns. They're really easy. I did this one backward, though. The rose fabric should have been on top and appliqued, but I wanted a white border so I put the white on top and appliqued the lines between the petals. I wasn't sure if I was going to like the flower fabric in the shape of a rose, but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out. I can hardly wait to see the whole quilt when she gets it finished to see what everyone else did with their blocks.

6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Quilted elephant is finished!! on: November 02, 2007 10:58:44 AM
I'm the world's greatest procrastinator and have a gazillion projects going, but I'm so excited that I've finally finished my grandson's second birthday present. (OK, he's almost three now, but at least he now has an elephant to add to his menagerie...) I made it from a RumpledQuiltskins pattern http://www.rumpledquiltskins.com/. My quilt group had a batik fabric exchange so I pieced some of the batiks together to make the fabric for his body. I haven't sewn stuffed animals for awhile and I had to argue with the tusks a bit to get them in, but in general I'm really tickled with how he turned out. Here are a couple of pictures of the little guy. (I've not posted pictures before so I may have to fiddle around a bit to get them to show up properly.)

7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Bread Bag Tabs on: October 07, 2007 04:18:05 PM
OK. So there are tons of things I just can't throw away, but bread bag tabs are one thing that I just can't think of anything to do with. The only thing that comes to mind is shingling a doll house roof, but I'm not planning on making a doll house anytime in the near future. Do all you imaginative people have any ideas? Thanks! My husband will appreciate it if I use up all these tabs.
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