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1  new found admiration for hand piecers/quilters out there in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by rusty spork on: May 07, 2007 02:01:31 AM
I started my grandmother's flower quilt over winter break and boy is hand piecing challenging!  Now when I hear that a quilt was hand pieced and hand quilted, I will really understand the time and energy it takes into completing such a quilt!

Here are pictures of the progress.  I tried to line them up so that you wouldn't see my  dorm room floor. (Not to worry - it has been swept... but even with sweeping, dorm floors  never seem clean...)

37 so far... no clue how many more to go.  I'm going to sew them all together with white hexagon spacers (same white as the middles of the flowers).

Some colors appear darker than they should... they all blend together pretty well (so when you stand back, there won't be those pesky few that are distracting... I hope!)

So additional pats on the back to anyone who has hand sewn quilts (or who only does it) - it's really a long (but fun) process!
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2  a bag i found that all of you should have. in Discussion and Questions by rusty spork on: December 02, 2006 12:30:57 PM
 Grin  I saw this at www.fredflare.com and had to post about it here!


Happy crafting!  I'm busy at school and I miss my summer crafty days - can't wait until winter break!  I've made myself stay away from this board just because it's pretty much an express train to the procrastination station.

- rusty spork
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3  Lavender Sachet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by rusty spork on: August 06, 2006 05:32:58 PM
firstly, i'm guessing this should be under housewares? i mean, you use them in a decorating sense in drawers...

my first completed lavender sachet!  i bought the fabric at a sewing store in seattle called Nancy's Sewing Basket.

i hope you like it!  i'm making them for my college dorm room.

Pardon the blurry pic.  I couldn't help it.  My camera was too busy not focusing on it... haha
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4  my second quilt (well, not mine... a graduation gift!) in Quilting: Completed Projects by rusty spork on: August 01, 2006 11:01:00 AM
so i finally took a picture of the quilt my aunt made for me for my graduation present... time to share!

i could get the pattern for you guys if you want to know more about it.

i hope you like it as much as i do!  Cheesy
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5  my finished laptop sleeve! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rusty spork on: July 27, 2006 10:57:52 PM
perhaps like most of you, i searched and searched for a padded laptop sleeve to keep my new laptop safe from the evils of scratches and bumps, but i couldn't find one that really fit my fancy.

so i thought, heck - i'll make my own!

i used some pretty thick fusible web (1.5 yards - i did come out with extra, but i decided to go for the big flap so i'm glad i had enough to go all the way around three times, if that makes sense)
a crib quilt's size worth of batting (wool/cotton, but i just used the cheapest i could find)
and a yard or so of flannel (purple for the inside)
and a yard or so of the printed cotton (from my favorite fabric store, dell fabrics!)
oh and some bias tape. originally, i was going to do something with ribbon and a button, but i got lazy.

*i forgot to say (since i abandoned the button idea) i still need to buy some velcro, but i was too excited tonight to not post it!!*

so here's the final product!

this was my first time quilting like that (i've done hawaiian quilting and a quilt with no quilting) so does anyone have tips on how to make it look better next time?  it went from squares to diamonds and that really frustrated me!!
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6  question about sewing with leather (for a wristlet) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions by rusty spork on: July 19, 2006 06:06:34 PM
okay, i've never sewn with leather so i have a few questions

1. do you need special needles and special thread?
2. how much does leather cost and where can you buy it?

3. i'm trying to make this... or something like this

so... should i even attempt or is that too darn hard and i should give up and just buy it?  (if i make it, i think i'll keep it simple and not have the stitching)

are wristlets harder to sew as it is because they are so small?

i think i'm about to bite off more than i can chew... haha

any tips (or comments of concern haha) are welcome!
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7  fabric + wooden bead necklace *very easy!* in Beads: Completed Projects by rusty spork on: July 13, 2006 02:00:22 PM
yay! i always see these fabric necklaces for 20+ bucks... so i thought 'to heck with that! i'll try to make it myself!'

and i think i was pretty successful.

i used fabric from my crazy quilt border (i might as well plug it while i'm here): https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=102247.0

so it took 18  one inch wooden beads from michaels... they come in those forest green/clear bags? i think you guys (the crafty types) know what i'm talking about...

1)   i just took fabric, measured it around the bead, marked that (edge touching the other piece of fabric) and then marked two seam allowances

2)   i cut a very long piece of fabric (with a 3.75 in width - this will work with 1 in beads)

3)   with that fabric, i folded it and sewed the edges together (good side in)

4)   i then i had to flip it out (the tricky/time consuming part) so the good side was showing.

5)   i tied a knot on one end (leave some fabric on the end) and put a bead in, then tied a knot close to that... repeated that and 18 beads later...

6) undo that first knot and tie the two ends together.

uhh that's kind of a bad tutorial seeing as though i do not have the yardage. you do need a LOT of fabric because the knots just eat it up.

maybe i'll make a better tutorial this week.

thanks for checking it out!
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8  fun polka dot messenger bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by rusty spork on: July 10, 2006 07:20:23 AM
i used a mccalls pattern (M 4323) because I really like using patterns and have yet to really get the hang of tutorials (plus, it was dirt cheap - it went from $16 to about $2)

here it is! i hope you like it!

the lining is green with pockets (with pink rick rack on them since i had extra)

this was my first bag.
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9  cute flannel PJ shorts in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by rusty spork on: July 05, 2006 08:16:01 PM
i finished my pajama shorts!

they are cute flannel with princess fairies, castles, and daisys. i attached bright pink rick rack as well as three bright pink star buttons.

pardon the... crotch shot. and the totally un-matching shirt! haha  Cheesy
- rusty spork (i forgot - i can't use normal html on this thing!)

i also put in some elastic... and the grand total came to under seven dollars!
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