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1  New York quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by centrallyisolated on: November 26, 2009 01:32:00 PM
This is the project that has been occupying all of my sewing time lately! Its a quilt for a friend of mine whos having her first baby. The pattern is based off of a historical image of mapping New York City (the last picture). Shes a historian studying the US coast survey, and this is one of the images from that project (you can read a little bit about it here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._National_Geodetic_Survey, if youre interested). I wanted to do something that would represent her, and also remind the baby that it was, at least for a few months, an east coast baby (shes since moved to the west coast). Some of the quilt is machine pieced and some is appliqued, and then it was machine quilted to look a bit like contour lines on a relief map.

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2  Re: Bento Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by centrallyisolated on: January 12, 2008 10:57:31 AM
Okay, I finally got a chance to upload these photos this afternoon, and here's the cool stuff that starlawill sent me in my swap package!

First, a cute little soup thermos with a felt cozy that totally matches my laptop lunchbox!:

Next, an awesome hand-painted bento journal for keeping recipes and stuff.  Much cooler than the old lab notebook I currently use as a recipe book:

Some embroidered napkins and a placemat cloth.  These are totally my favorite.  She hand-dyed the blue napkins and embroidered cute clouds on them, and then the placemat has a double helix down the side! Perfect for me, since I'm very into genetics:

And finally, a ton of goodies from the asian store near her, which are not fully represented because I started eating them right away Smiley  The lychee gummies are delicious, but my absolute fave are the super lemon candies... I can't even bring myself to open them because the package is so cool:

Thanks starlawill!  This was such an awesome swap!
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3  Wile E Coyote Slippers **Updated, lots of pics!** in Shoes: Completed Projects by centrallyisolated on: January 09, 2008 05:11:22 PM
Okay, actually so far it's Wile E Coyote slippe_r_, but I got really excited by how these turned out and I just had to post.  These are for my boyfriend... he complains that no one makes cute, plushy slippers in a size 14, and so I agreed to make him some slippers of his favorite cartoon character (Him: "Can you really do that? Me: "Uhh... I think so!").

Basically, I bought some cheap slippers in the right size and have been covering over them with fun fur. I thought for a while about making them from scratch, but really couldn't figure out what to use for the soles that would be durable enough.

Here's what it looks like!

**** Updated ****

Okay, as promised, I took some pics while I was making the second slipper, so you can see how it's put together.  I'm not sure this is really detailed enough to count as a tutorial, but maybe it will help someone in piecing together their own slippers.

So, I started with an ugly blue slipper, and covered it over with brown fun fur.  You can see some of the blue poking through at the top.  I left lots of spare fabric on the top of the slipper so it could be shaped into a "head" later on.

Then I cut out some pieces for wile's jowls and snout.  The jowls are just tubes of fun fur loosely stuff, doubled over, and held in place with a few stitches.

The nose is a big wad of batting with felt covering over it and tied so that it makes a little black knob.  Then I cut a hole in a piece of fun fur and stuck the unfinished end of the nose through and stitched it down.

Now I'm starting to stitch it all together.  You can see that the extra fabric on the slipper has been gathered up to make the head, and the jowls were stitched to the sides.  Now I'm starting to stitch on the snout, starting at the front.

Once the snout stuffed and stitched down, I did some detailing with thick black thread to make it look like lines across the snout.

Next, the eyes.  These were pretty tricky, and I had to think for a while about what I was going to do that would work for the eyes.  I ended up making them kind of like making a covered button -- I took a stiff piece of plastic in the shape of an eye, put some batting on top of it, covered it with white fabric and hot glued a felt pupil onto it.

Now, I'm stitching the eyes onto the head.  An upholstery needle really helps for this, because the curve makes it a lot easier to stitch on something without having access to the back side of the fabric.

Finally, the ears.  I didn't put batting in the ears at all because I didn't want them to look too rounded.  Instead, I made one piece of fun fur slightly bigger than the other so that it would curve when sewn.  This worked really well, because when you flip it inside out, the seams make the outer edges of the ear thicker and the inside falls in and looks very ear-like.

Stitch the ears on, and some scraps for eyebrows, and ta da!  You've got a pair of mean looking Wile E Coyote slippers.

All in all, I was actually pretty amazed at how easy this was to pull off, especially since I had no real pattern and have never tried to make a stuffed animal before.  The fun fur is really forgiving, too... you can stitch really messily, and the fluffiness of the fur just covers it right up!

I'll give them to him next week, and I hope he likes them!  Maybe later on if I'm feeling ambitious, I'll make a pair of road runner slippers for myself so he can chase me around the house Smiley
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4  Pop art storage bins *updated* in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by centrallyisolated on: November 23, 2007 08:45:26 PM
I've been making a bunch of these storage boxes lately, just using plain wooden boxes from the craft store and acrylic paint.

This image is from a poster that my old roommate had hanging on her door, I always thought it was marvellous:

The other side is a Lichtenstein print of a lady in the bath... but I haven't come up with anything good for her to be saying yet:

Any suggestions for a nice, witty caption that would match the vibe of the other one?

Also, does anyone know if I could varnish or seal these somehow without smudging the paint? I've been too afraid to varnish these so far for fear of messing them up.


Okay, here's the finished bin -- with caption, varnish, and storing lots of spare computer cords.  Maybe I should have called it "even nerdy girls have to come clean sometime" Smiley

Thanks for all of your crafty advice, guys!
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5  Lured in by lemon fabric in Quilting: Completed Projects by centrallyisolated on: April 11, 2007 08:51:10 PM
I saw the lemon fabric at the fabric store and I *had* to buy it.... and before you know it, I was buying more fabric to match, and I ended up making this little quilt. The design is my own creation, I sketched it out on some graph paper before starting in.

I really the colors and I'd like to make something else in this color scheme, but I'm not sure what... the colors really match my kitchen more than the bedroom, but I'm not sure what kind of quilt projects to do for the kitchen!

Anyway, hope you enjoy it!

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6  Watson and Crick Light in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by centrallyisolated on: August 23, 2006 09:11:27 AM
My landlord is not too keen on the idea of me painting my apartment, so I've been trying to find other more creative ways to add colour.  This is a light that I recently finished for the kitchen.  I cut a piece of plexiglass to fit in between the cupboards, and painted it in a pop-art homage to Watson and Crick (genetics is cool!).  I ended up lining the back with parchment paper as well to diffuse the light, because the glass paint was a bit too translucent.  What do you think?

With the light off:

Watson and Crick illuminated:

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