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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Enjoy your Burrito! - A Nerdist quilt on: March 30, 2012 03:59:27 PM

My hubby and I are huge fans of the Nerdist podcast, and when I bought him tickets to see it live for Christmas, I decided I wanted to bring Chris Hardwick (host of Nerdist, he's also the host of Talking Dead and bunch of other things).  I thought a quilt would be fun and I sketched out the logo for the podcast on graph paper and planned how to do it.  I severely underestimated how long it would take to cut and assemble all of those squares, so the quilt ended up square instead of rectangle like I planned it.  It measured 70X70 before washing
It's backed in blue flannel (as close to a Tardis blue as I could find) and bound in black with stars on it (forgot to take a pic of the binding as I spent the 8 hr car ride to the show hand sewing it to the front).  I was able to give it to him after the show - and I think it was well received.  Unfortunately, only one picture of him with the quilt turned out - and none of the ones with me in it turned out

Chris Harwick with my quilt

12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Japanese Dream on: January 09, 2012 02:58:09 PM
A little back story on this quilt.
I started this around 5 or 6 years ago, before I had quilted anything before.  My stepdaughter was in Jr. High and heavily into Japanese culture and anime/manga.  So I started collecting scraps of kimonos from ebay, then I found the center panel.  I assembled them on this itty bitty machine my hubby had in the garage (I think it had been bought for the kids to play with).  There are lumps and bumps and I added some white squares in.  I embroidered flowers and used an online translation to find charaters for her name.  Now, I honestly am not entirely sure what I had... it was either "beautiful erin" or 'creative erin"... but my computer crashed that had the file.  I then bought the fabric for the border.  I didn't feel confident to quilt it myself so it sat.... til this spring.  My sister in law got a long arm quilter and said she'd try it.  I did my  best to square it up (ha!), attached the borders, and sent if off.  She did a nice job, and then I set to hand binding it.  I finished and washed and held my breath - and it came out of the dryer and I was pleased Smiley  I gifted it to her at Christmas - she's now a freshman in college.  I think she liked it.  She decided to keep it at our house "until she get's her own place'Tongue

13  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / BBC Robin Hood Maid Marion costume help on: September 03, 2011 08:35:54 PM
A friend asked if I could help make this outfit.  I'm assuming it's an under skirt and an overskirt.  However I've never made a period costume, so I don't know where to start.  Does anyone have pattern suggestions?  Also, the top seems pretty unique, not your standard corset top.
Any help would be greatly appreciated

14  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Grown Up Max on: November 05, 2009 04:44:55 PM
So my dad is a postal worker and is like the only person at work who dresses up each year for halloween.  We discussed over the phone (he lives in another state) what he could go as.  We decided on max, but that it needed to be a hoodie to allow for maximum mail delivering ability.  Here's what I came up with.  There was a sculpture exhibition going on and this one was perfect for max  There are ears under the crown

15  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Tardis costume on: October 24, 2009 08:37:31 PM
The hubby and I have been binging on Dr Who lately and we thought he could go as the tenth doctor as he already had a suit, converse and glasses. I had kicked around going as rose, but figured no one would know who I was, so I decided to go as the Tardis.  I like the dress.  The headpiece didn't quite work and broke halfway through the night.
Please forgive the quality of the photos, 9yr old and hubby were feeling silly and camera happy.

myspacy photo (my husband thought it was funny)

And one of hubby -- I made his sonic screwdriver
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Keeping the backing from bunching when quilting on a regular machine? on: August 24, 2009 05:35:40 PM
Any suggestions?  I've made a few baby quilts and a queen size quilt, and while I thought I had them pinned tight, after rolling and moving them to fit on my regular sewing machine, THere always seems to be parts of the back that bunch, fold, whatever.  What am I doing wrong?
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Torchwood Swap *edit* doctor who/ Torchwood on: August 17, 2009 02:45:31 PM
So I've recently been sucked into (and subsequently obsessed with) Torchwood.  I would love to do a swap of this, I know there have been some DW/TW swaps in the past.  I dunno that I could organize, thats the only problem
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Pattern suggestions? on: April 25, 2008 07:17:48 AM
Everyone here seems to have a great eye for what are good patterns (I have the hardest time finding patterns to match ideas in my head)
I'm looking for a pattern that would work to make a japanese school girl uniform


Any help is appreciated.

19  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Naruto Cosplay Hinata and Sakura (First craft post!) on: April 03, 2008 09:01:51 PM
I've been a lurker for forever but this is my first craft post, be gentle.  This spring break we took my stepdaughters to an anime convention.  The older one is quite obsessed and the small one is getting into it.  The little one is dressed as Sakura from Naruto.  I made the dress and the shoes, the shorts and the headband are store bought.  The older is dressed as Hinata from Naruto.  I bought the hoodie, dyed it, embroidered the patches and sewed on the fur trim.  I also made "Ninja" shoes for her.

20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Pattern help on: March 31, 2008 10:38:38 PM
Does anyone know of a good kids dress pattern to make a fluffy pinafore dress like this?  I know I'd probably have to purchase a petticoat to get the full effect.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!

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