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11  Strippy Lap Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by hokiekate on: June 26, 2007 11:01:52 AM
This quilt is a lap quilt for a friend's mother who has undergone some life-changing surgery and will be in a wheelchair for a good long while, if not permanently.  I figured she could use some bright cheeriness and snuggly quiltyness.

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12  Re: Simplicity 3927 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by hokiekate on: June 23, 2007 08:35:41 AM
OK, I redrafted the pattern pieces for the tunic and made a new and better fitting version. I made it less low cut (it really was more low cut than it appeared in the picture!), made the sleeves a bit narrower, added a couple of inches to its waist, and lowered the neck in the back. I LOVE how it came out.

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13  Simplicity 3927 in Sewing Pattern Reviews by hokiekate on: June 04, 2007 07:12:35 PM
This tunic is from Simplicity 3927, the "It's So Easy" line. I figured that easier was better for my first attempt at a shirt, although the zipper did make me nervous. While sewing the actual top was as easy as advertised, getting it to actually fit me was not so easy. I took my measurements and chose my size based on those, but ended up with way too much space in the bust area and not much breathing room. Apparently, this pattern was made for really skinny people with large boobs. Since I don't fall into this category of body types, I took out the side seams and added panels so that the waist actually fit. Then I added darts to the side to make the bust fit better and took up the shoulders a little. Even with all that, I'm not entirely happy with the results. It's too low cut for me to be comfortable wearing it and there is still too much room around the arms and shoulders. I think I may give it another go by redrafting the pattern pieces with some modifications of my own. Something tells me this is a lot harder in practice than it is in my head.

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14  My First T-shirt Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by hokiekate on: May 24, 2007 10:06:23 AM
This is a memorial quilt made from some old t-shirts as a commissioned piece of work.  It was my first attempt at a t-shirt quilt, so I was pretty nervous.

I had to use some medium-weight fusible interfacing on the back of each scrap, so the finished top was WAY bulkier and heavier than I was used to.  This made maneuvering the top to quilt it very difficult.  But, I managed.  See for yourself:

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15  Cape for Dress Up - with Tutorial link in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by hokiekate on: March 25, 2007 06:09:51 PM

I made my son this cape as an Easter present.  I had him try it on a little early so I could get pictures.  Hopefully, he's already forgotten about it.

If anyone else wants to make one, I put a tutorial up on my blog.  You can access it here.
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16  Little Button Picture Wall Hangings in Quilting: Completed Projects by hokiekate on: March 16, 2007 07:27:15 PM

These little wall hangings seemed to evolve all on their own. I started out by piecing the borders out of leftover cutout squares from some jordy bags I made a while ago. I then sewed them onto the center, white rectangle. After that, I was going to maybe add some yo=yo's or applique, but somehow I thought better of it and decided on buttons. I reached into my awesome vintage button collection (courtesy of Grandma) and picked out some coordinating buttons and waited for inspiration to strike. The designs in black are all free motion quilted - so much fun!
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17  Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by hokiekate on: February 16, 2007 05:50:16 PM
That Elmo shirt looks great.  I love how you used a shirt he already had!

Here's my red craft.  Well, partially red anyway:

It's a small purse with a little stuffed spider inside.  My sister sent me a thrifted sweater to felt, but it was only 30% wool.  Good for crafting with, but not really as a felt substitute.  It was perfect for this little project though.  Made entirely from materials I already had.  That would be more impressive if my stash wasn't embarrassingly large at the moment.  I need to not purchase anything new for awhile.  Wink
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18  Sunbonnet Sue Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by hokiekate on: February 13, 2007 03:18:11 PM
I made this baby quilt as a gift for an old family friend.  The Sunbonnet Sues are appliqud and embroidered by hand.  The piecing and quilting are done by machine.  Enjoy!

If you are interested, you can read more about this quilt on my blog.
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19  Pink and Green Lap Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by hokiekate on: January 31, 2007 06:53:15 PM
This was a custom quilt for a one-year-old girl, with the expectation that she would enjoy it as she grew older (so, not too baby-ish).  It's  a lap-sized quilt and features free motion quilting done by me on my regular, old sewing machine.

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20  Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by hokiekate on: January 26, 2007 02:54:00 PM
OK, I can't believe I was actually able to finish my rainbow project in time!!  This is a quilt I made for my 16-month old son.  He's really into colors and shapes right now, so I made this to hang on the wall.  Great for pointing and demanding to know what everything is.  It's a typical crib quilt type size, even though it's being used as a wall hanging for the moment. 

I had so much fun with this project!  It's made entirely from my stash (and most of it from scraps) and I didn't plan any of it out ahead of time.  I totally made it up as I went along, which is so different for me.  It was very freeing.
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