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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / looking for inspiration on: March 23, 2008 04:23:59 PM
I've decided to make a wall-hanging for my friend's wedding this summer.  I've got the concept: four squares about 12" wide, each with five ovals in a row across the front.  The ovals will be embellished to look like: birds, trees, and beakers (the groom is a chemist) but I'm having trouble with deciding on what my fourth square will contain.  In my sketch, it's fruits, but I have two problems with this: (1) it's hard to identify the fruits, due to weird scale and shape, and (2) the fruits don't have as much repeat as the other concepts.   (ie. the trees, birds, and beakers are identical except for colour and scale)

I asked a friend or two and they've suggested replacing the fruits with candies or with coffee mugs, but I'm not 100% sold on either of these ideas, so I thought I'd ask some fabulous craftsters for ideas. 

The Concept:


images inspired by various things I've seen on the internet... so if they look familiar, they probably are.
12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Newbies Only Round 9??! on: March 22, 2008 02:31:00 PM
yes, I've been thinking for some time about participating in a swap - until now I've only lurked in the galleries!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first completed (almost) project. Pretty red summer dress. on: March 19, 2008 10:27:22 AM
your dress is beautiful!  I even love the colour, even though I don't like red.  The fit is great as well.

As for the length, we can't see your legs in the photo so it's hard to say what length flatters you most.  Maybe try pinning it to a shorter length and trying it on before you cut into that gorgeous fabric...
14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: My beautiful new Easter dress... Simplicity 4119 on: March 17, 2008 07:24:55 PM
This dress is adorable!  I love the pretty pastel fabric too.  Looks like you're going to have a fabulous Easter this year!
15  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: greeeeeeen jacket on: March 16, 2008 09:07:31 PM
thanks, you guys! 

The pattern I used is now out of print, but it's Vogue V2865.  I usually have to alter things I make from commercial patterns to make them fit me, but I didn't have to do a thing to this other than slim down the lapels.  The outer points used to extend to my shoulders, which... ick. 

I used a tweed crepe, and everything but the sleeve is backed with a fusible knit interfacing.  Three layers is a lot of fabric cutting; I think it bruised my thumb in the shape of my scissor-handle.   Cheesy
16  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / greeeeeeen jacket on: March 15, 2008 09:00:21 PM
Every time I visit my parents, I take a sewing project with me... can be tough to pass the hours on the farm without something to keep you busy... So this is one of those projects.  I started making it about a year ago, but got discouraged or something and didn't bother to finish the sleeves until just recently.  I can't believe I just left it hanging in the back of a closet all that time.  I love this thing! 

the front (it matches up perfectly, except for when I'm leaning against walls, then one side hangs longer than the other):

and the back:
17  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Quick, easy, moderately last minute gift bags. on: February 21, 2008 05:46:53 PM
I love the minimal look of the snowflake ones
18  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Reverse applique tulips on: February 21, 2008 05:08:02 PM
love this so much, I created a wist just so I could wist your tshirt.  that seems like a weird thing to do, now that I write it down...

19  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: goddaughter's Christmas dress on: February 13, 2008 04:43:20 PM
thanks, guys!  I'm actually pretty tempted to make a copy of that thing in my own size, except: that's cheesy, and I don't have enough fabric.  maybe a skirt for me or something. 

I think that photo was taken just a couple weeks before her 9th birthday, so I guess she's not that little (she's also not that sweet, but in in a really kick@ss kind of way.  she's pretty cool.  One of these days, I'm going to sit her down in front of a sewing machine - she's so crafty and so fashion-conscious)

Anyway, thanks so much for the props!
20  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / goddaughter's Christmas dress on: February 12, 2008 05:29:26 PM
My sweet little goddaughter's been asking me every time I see her if I still like to make clothes.  I figured I'd take that as a hint about what she wanted for Christmas this year - behold, her Christmas jumper.  Not sure if you can tell from the photo, but the plaid has a stripe in it the colour of the shirt she's wearing.  Also, I didn't get a shot of it, but I stitched a label on the inside where I drew little hearts on it and wrote something special for her. 

I was pretty stoked that it fit her properly, since I took no measurements, only estimated size from photos I've got of her and me together.  She was pretty stoked that I gave her something I'd made. 

This is the first project I've posted on here, too!  how do i post images... o please I hope that worked. doh!

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