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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / new challenge? on: August 24, 2007 12:26:42 PM
i was wondering if anybody knows about a new quilting challenge? i'm always glancing at that board to see if a new one is being posted, but there's isn't anything. is anybody else interested in one? how about a christmas quilting challenge? not necessarily quilts, but quilted items...like stockings and tree skirts, wall hangings, quilts, throws, pillows, table runners. anyone interested and who sets it up?
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / not a quilt, but something to help you while quilting... on: August 14, 2007 08:55:23 PM
so, this isn't exactly a quilt. however, it is something that is used by quilters and sewers alike and so i thought it might be more appropriate here where people will probably know what it is. if it needs to be moved, eh, so be it.

my mother bought me this kit for christmas and i've only just now gotten around to making it. it's catch-it for the little bits of thread you cut off after sewing a row or scraps of fabric. it is weighted by a lily pad pincushion so that it hangs off of your sewing table an you don't have to turn around or get out of your chair to get to the wastebasket.

here he is with pins in his lily pad:

and here he is an action shot of thread, etc. in his mouth:

i just love that he is a frog...frogs are my favorite animal. the pattern iis by art fabric studio. this is actually part of a collection and there are other little animals: a mouse that holds thread and needles, a dog and a cat that hold scissors, thread, seam ripper...too cute. anyway...this was super, super easy to put together...i was a little worried at first because they really just give you exactly what you need in terms of fabric...no messing up allowed!  Undecided  but it's totally do-able.

well, thanks for looking. sorry to be so long-winded...hope you enjoy even though it's not a quilt!  Smiley

23  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions / fast2fuse on: August 10, 2007 07:51:40 AM
i have just attempted to make my first fabric flower (i have the book "fast fun and easy fabric flowers" by karen flamme) and i used wonderunder to make a daylilly and it came out horrible! it's so droopy. so, i'm on the hunt for this fast2fuse business and i see online that it is rather pricey. i have no desire to add a shipping cost to the already high cost. does anyone know where i can get it?

she suggests other alternatives, but they require something like timtex or peltex fused with wonderunder...well, by the time you do all of that you spent what you would have spent on fast2fuse between the time and money.

by the way, not all flowers call for fast2fuse...just the ones i want to do!  Roll Eyes isn't that how it always works!!
24  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / quilted rectangle bag IMG HEAVY on: August 09, 2007 07:48:02 PM
okay, my last post for the night. this is actually something i just finished. my mom requested this bag and gave me the pattern and the fabric. the pattern is called "amanda's purse" by little scraps from this and that. the fabric is a pack of charm square...umm...sanctuary by three sisters.

one side of the bag:

the other side of the bag:

action shots so you can see how big it is:

so, this bag is quilted in such a way that you put sew the patchwork part to the batting and the lining together so that it is, in essence, quilter. then you just zigzag or surge the edges...a very easy, quick way to put a bag together...the lining is secure and you don't have to deal with any turning anything inside out, etc. however, you can't really sew a pocket in. so, i put together a few charm squares and experimented with the various embroidery stitches on my machine to make my mom a matching cosmetic bag:

and lastly, here is the cosmetic bag inside of the purse itself (another way for you to get a good idea of size):

i just mailed it to my mom today and i'm so excited to hear what she thinks of it!! i think she'll really like it. i wanted to make a matching wallet, but i pretty much used all of the fabric she gave me.

anyway, let me know what you think...comment, questions, constructive criticism welcome.

thanks for looking!
25  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / amy butler betty shopper on: August 09, 2007 07:40:18 PM
i made the amy butler betty shopper a while ago...geez, over a year now. as i said in my previous post...i am only now posting because my husband is here to help me. anyway. i took a class to make this bag. i am huge fan of taking classes because it forces you to make time to sew...which i needed not because i wasn't motivated, but because i'm a teaching and just don't always have a lot of time to myself. plus you get to meet new people and learn new things/techniques.

without further ado and chatting, i present to you my betty shopper. i made the smaller version.

the bag:

the inside:

sorry the inside isn't very clear...and no, i don't have three hands (though, it would be helpful! Grin) that's my dear hubby helping me to hold it open while i snap a shot. the pockets are HUGE! there are two on each side and together they take up the width of the top part of the bag and are as deep as the bag. the nice things is that they don't flop open and they hold a lot.

finally, an action shot:

and i loved the fabric so much and had enough left over that i made a cute little matching handbag. the magnetic snap is waaaaay off center, but i didn't take it apart like i usually do because i didn't care. i was impressed that i actually put it together in one evening, cut to finish-extremely rare for me!  Cheesy

hope you like it. again, comments, questions, constructive criticism most welcome.

thanks for looking!
26  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / pink and brown hobo bag IMG HEAVY on: August 09, 2007 07:33:27 PM
i made this bag and coordinating accessories in the spring to take on a trip to florida. (i am posting now because i have a husband to teach me how to do it... Undecided) the pattern is by indygo junction. you can actually make it a size bigger. there are three slip-in pockets sewn on the inside. the pattern itself does not include any sort of closure, so i created and added the ties myself...i'm well familiarized with magnetic snaps, etc., but i really wanted a bag with a tie closure.

the matching wallet is by favorite things and the pattern is called "a safe place." the matching cosmetic bag is of my own creation, based off something i learned in a class.

first up, the collection:

the bag itself:

walletl...there are two sets of credit card holders, one on each side of the wallet...each set hold SIX cards...amazing! there's a zipper pouch that moves as well as a velcro pouch that moves back and forth. the tab to close it is velcro, too. next time, i'll use snaps, i think.

inside wallet:

matching cosmetic bag:

action shot so you get a better idea of the size:

comments, questions, constructive criticism welcome.

thanks for looking!!
elizabeth  Smiley
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Post: Quillow on: July 21, 2007 12:51:42 PM
This is my first craftster posting. I have been observing for a long time and there are so many, many talented people creating amazing projects.

Here is the first thing I've finished in a long time (I got married and moved and all of that really takes up a lot of time.) I made a quillow for my husband's sister who just graduated from high school. The fabric is from a line that is a knock off of the Vera Bradley Java Brown fabric...it has tons of coordinating fabrics. I forget the maker...

This is the pillow top...I used a crazy quilt block and I quilted by stitching in the ditch.

These next two are the front and back of the quilt once the quilllow is unfolded.

I just quilted the quilt part using diamonds. I've never quilted something so big and it was not easy, so the quilting lines are a little wobbly in places. I got better at it towards the end, though.

Anyway, I gave it to her yesterday and she seemed to really like it.

Thanks for looking!
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