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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Famous composers - ring in on: August 15, 2010 04:49:38 PM
I have a really good friend whose birthday is tomorrow. Over the weekend, I decided to make him a present. Ages ago, I bought some fabric with cameos of famous composers on it, as my friend loves classical music, and is a fantastic pianist. I decided to make a cushion for him, but pimp it up a little to personalise it. I embroidered a silhouette of my friend dressed in old-timey clothes, then sewed the embroidery onto the fabric.Here is the finished product:

and a close up of the embroidery of him:

I was kinda surprised by how good it turned out - ie it actually looks a little bit like him!
I love piping on cushions, so I used some musical notes fabric I had for piping:

here he is among the crew:

I gotta admit, I just love how it turned out. I'll be giving it to him tomorrow - can't wait to see his reaction  Grin
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cushions - applique spots on: June 14, 2010 05:09:55 PM
We just had a long weekend here in Australia. I decided to start a smaller project (been quilting) and found inspiration in Amy Butler's book. These cushions are a simplified variation - her spots are patched. Mine are just from some beautiful fabrics. I had a lot of fun choosing the fabrics, with help from my friend and my daughter and son-out-law (daughter's boyfriend). Each cushion only took a couple of hours! I didn't have any zippers so the back is just two pieces that fold over each other.
Here they are together on the couch:

the orange by itself:

the blue by itself:

this picture shows the back of the blue cushion - fabric is cut from an old sarong:

aaaaand a couple of close-ups to show the beautiful fabrics:

I hope you like them as much as I do! c & c always welcome!  Grin
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Snowball quilt for my Dad on: May 23, 2010 06:05:29 PM
Hi everyone,
I started making a quilt for my Dad about 18 months ago. I have worked on it slowly and got a bit of momentum early this year. Just as I finished the quilt top, my dad had a fall and ended up in hospital with pneumonia. While in hospital he fell again and broke his hip. Embarrassed He got a hip replacement, then in the rehab centre, he fell AGAIN and shattered the bones around his prosthesis so he had to have another, major operation to repair it. Cry He has been very very sick and still can't talk or swallow, though he is now out of intensive care. I have spent the last three weeks staying with my mom. FINALLY i finished Dad's quilt. When I took it into visit him in hospital, his eyes lit up. He knows that every stitch is done with love.

Here is my mom under the quilt:

Here it is held up by my sister-in-law:

and a close-up:

Well, the technique is pretty poor, but the overall effect worked, I think. Anyway, Dad likes it. I hope you do too! c and c welcome. Grin
14  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Felt brooches on: February 17, 2010 03:34:38 PM
okay just a couple of things I made over the weekend, since my sewing machine is in for a service and I can't make a quilt. I saw a tute in a book called 'Meet Me at Mikes' for cute felt brooches, and thought I'd try my hand.

one is a pooch, the other a matryoshka doll. Here is poochie being modelled:

and a slightly blurry pic of the doll one:

which includes a lovely background of the rubbish bin  Tongue
c and c welcome - they aren't groundbreaking, but they were kinda fun - nice quick project.
ps tried to edit the photos - sorry if they are upside down etc...
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Finally finished my star quilt on: January 31, 2010 04:43:36 PM
I made this quilt top about 2 years ago and put it away. I pulled it out again late last year and finally finished quilting and binding it last night. Despite some shoddy workmanship, I just love it.  Grin I hope you do too.

I was unsure about this binding, but I think it turned out great!

The colours are quite rich - my iphone camera doesn't show them very well. Here are some of the individual blocks

sorry for the blurry photo - a detail of quilting that shows the binding.

For anyone interested, I quilted around the flowers in the star centres. The star backgrounds have meander/stipple quilting. I quilted flowers and vines and leaves along the striped block borders.

c & c welcome!
16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / A very crafty December - pic heavy on: January 03, 2010 08:55:05 PM
Over the last month I have done a lot of embroidery. I have been laid up following surgery, and have really enjoyed the change from quilting. I started with an embroidery for my brother. He loves knots - tying them, books about them etc. So I thought I would embroider a knot diagram to hand on his wall. the pics are of the work in progress, have almost finished it and only have the last section to go. (sigh, so much for xmas). I will take proper pics after it is framed.
one section:

a close-up of one hand:

the whole thing (early on):

Then I did some pillowcases for my mom and dad, using sublime stitching patterns:

They are the same size, though one looks bigger in this picture  Huh
A close-up of one bluebird

Then I made a tablecloth for a friend who recently finished putting a huge deck onto the back of her house. Who doesn't love a red check tablecloth? I embroidered fruit along two parallel sides, and cakes along the other two. didn't take many pics, because i was literally running out the door for xmas lunch immediately I finished hemming the edges  Roll Eyes I never seem to accurately estimate the time things will take to make. Anyway, just three of the embroideries, again from sublime stitching:

then my daughter's best friend had her 18th birthday, so I wanted to give her something a bit special. I bought a lovely cream top and embroidered a birdy in a cage, with a l'il note coming out of its beak:

Here's the top showing the size and placement:

Okay, my technique is crap, but I've had a lot of fun. Hope you enjoy, thanks for looking!!
ps multiple apologies:
1. I rotated the pics when I uploaded them, but it hasn't 'caught', I guess
2. My phone takes terrible pics - dark, colours all wrong, colour bleeding.
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / star quilt - stripes and flowers on: October 18, 2009 07:05:43 PM

Some quilted and some unquilted stars. Sorry to be posting a wip, but I am so excited to be getting back to this one. I made this quilt top about 2 years ago. Then my dog sat on it, on the centre red/white star, and bled on it. I washed it - still stained. So I carefully put it into a cupboard to see if the stain would go away by itself. About three months ago, I got it out again, bleached the stain, which mostly came out. Some of the colours near it ran. But I decided it was salvaged. so yesterday I sat down and started quilting. I think my quilting is too close, and not sure that the ivy vines and flowers on the stripey strips really works. But hell, I wanna get it finished now.

The orange star - gee the quilting around the star points is wretched...

Detail of the green star - gee more wretched quilting! Gosh.

detail of star centre. I am happy with this quilting, anyway.

All the stripes will have this vine with leaves and flowers.

This photo gives a better indication of the colours. My iphone washes out the colours.

C & C most welcome. Is the ivy a mistake? Should I take out the star points? any suggestions really welcome...
18  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Octopus - first embroidery on: August 16, 2009 04:30:59 PM
Gooood mornin all,
Finished my first embroidery over the weekend. I was inspired by all the wonderful embroidery I see here on craftster and other blogs like MrX Stitch. I copied the outline from an image on the internet, then outlined it in split stitch. Nothing very wonderfully technique-wise, but it was exciting to watch the picture develop. I'm a little disappointed with the suckers on the tentacles, but overall, like the way it turned out. I love octokitties. Not sure why this one is so crabby - doesn't like having his privacy invaded?  Tongue. anyway, thanks for looking, suggestions, C & C welcome! and thanks for all the inspiration!
Here is the whole shebang:

and a close-up of the head:

 and one tentacle:

sorry about the blurriness - just had to use my phone, since my dd lost my good camera...
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / My kitchen is like a bag of skittles on: February 23, 2009 03:24:34 PM
I hope it is okay to post a wip here - even though it is for 'completed' projects. But I am so excited about the progress of my kitchen that I couldn't hold back.
sneak preview:

Back Story
I bought this house about 6 years ago. It has a great kitchen - large, 60's style, lots of cupboards etc. But the vendors painted everything (cupboards, walls, ceiling, cornices, everything!) in the kitchen a pale blue-grey colour, which is quite gloomy. The kitchen faces south, which in Australia means it gets no direct sunlight. I put off painting for years, because it is such a huge job. Sooo many cupboards, none of them painted inside. But finally decided to get down to it, with the help of my daughter and her boyfriend. When we started to prepare ie sand and sugarsoap, we realised that the existing paint was just one coat and had not been properly prepped, so we have had to scrape and sand all the paint off... Embarrassed. it has been a massive job. Now about half way through. We decided to go insane with colour. I mean really insane...

Anyhoo, on with the pictures:

Here are some 'before' pics -

You can see we have started to scrape back the paint

Now on to the new stuff -still in progress. Some of the cupboards have only one coat, some have masking tape around them.
You can see the masking tape in this pic

These cupboards are finished

The bottom ones are still in progress

Wow, its bright! What do you think? Too much?
(S**t my kitchen is messy)
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / placemats and tablecloth on: January 20, 2009 06:04:55 PM
I used some indonesian batik from my stash to make placemats and a tablecloth. The placemats have the tablecloth fabric on one side and the other batik on the back. They are quilted and bound with a striped fabric. The pictures show two of the placemats, sitting on the scrunched up tablecloth.

hope you like Cheesy
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