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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Trellis Quilt on: April 13, 2013 03:01:26 PM
Thanks, everyone!  She loves it, and was a bit overwhelmed when we gave it to her.  I think it really helped that everyone contributed something towards it -- really let her know how much we all love her. Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Trellis Quilt on: April 06, 2013 07:07:15 AM
My mother-in-law turned 60 this year and as a family we were all too poor to put on a big party or huge present.  Then it occurred to me that I could make her a lap quilt, as she likes to have something over her knees when she's watching TV.  A dig through the stash provided just enough fabrics of the right size to make this:

Finished size is 48 inches square.

The family chipped in with a couple of pounds each for the backing and binding.  Hard to see from my crappy photos, but the binding is a jolly brown-and-cream spotty affair, which complements the lime beautifully.  And I made a pretty label frame thing with more stash fabric.

I already had the batting as well, so the whole thing only cost 20, and she loves it.  Hurray!
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: five purses! And three more purses on the third page! on: January 30, 2010 10:49:01 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments, everyone!

I got into an industrious mood over the last couple of days and made another three purses.   I tweaked the design a little more.

This time the first pocket's front uses the same fabric as the outside of the purse, so that it'd look plain/co-ordinated when closed...

...and colourful and pretty when open!

Not sure if you can tell from the photos, but I also trimmed the corners of the velcro to make little ovals. I think it looks much better like that!

And in making these purses I found another stash of Amy Butler fabric at the bottom of my fabric basket.  I really love her designs:

Thanks again for looking! Smiley
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: various cross-stitch fipperies on: January 30, 2010 10:38:20 AM
Will you be giving them as gifts? Every time I cross stitch I always give it away Roll Eyes

I'll probably keep them.  I don't really know anyone who'd want them, to be honest. Cheesy
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / red cat and taggie blanket (many pictures) on: January 30, 2010 10:36:26 AM

My mother-in-law was having a clear-out of old clothes, and let me have a look through all the bin-bags before she took them down to the charity shop.  I found a fairly nasty black-and-silver blouse thing that's going to be a wizard's cape for my godson in the very near future, and a lovely red fleecy jacket.

After a few hours with the sewing machine, I had this:

It's for  my godson's as-yet-unborn sibling (due in March).  Here's the back:

You can just see on the left there the little applique heart tag.  I just thought the back would be a bit boring if it was all just red.

In making this cat/devil thing I discovered that my sewing machine does a reasonable approximation of blanket stitch.  Here's a close-up of the face, so you can see the stitching:

It's such a pretty stitch that I'm thinking of using it without any applique, as an embellishment on future sewing projects.  Here's the back of the little heart tag:


I also used some of the fleece to make a taggie blanket for the baby:

And I used some stash fabric for the other side:

It was a great project for using up some of my massive ribbon collection (a Christmas gift from my brother-in-law and his wife).  Here's one of my favourites:

Thanks for looking!  I hope you liked them. Smiley
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Re: measurements for 4-5 year old boy on: January 25, 2010 01:36:56 AM
Thank you so much!  That's EXACTLY what I was looking for! Smiley
7  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / measurements for 4-5 year old boy on: January 24, 2010 04:26:38 PM
I'm wanting to make a cape and a wizard's robe for a little boy (he's 4 years old at the moment), and I'm just wondering what kind of measurements to use.  I can't measure him because he's a couple of hundred miles away.  I've asked his parents to measure him before but they never got round to it, which is what I expect would happen if I were to ask them again.

So, what I need to know is the average breadth of shoulder, and the average height.  And I suppose the average chest measurement too.

Can anyone help? Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: various cross-stitch fipperies on: January 17, 2010 02:38:17 PM
Those sachets are great! Where did you get the patterns or did you make them yourself?

I got the patterns from a local shop.  But a bit of googling reveals that they were nearly all from the Textile Heritage Collection.  I don't know if the patterns are still available, since I bought them many years ago. Cheesy  But they probably still make equally pretty kits featuring other herbs etc...
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / various cross-stitch fipperies on: January 17, 2010 08:00:52 AM
I've had a box full of unfinished cross-stitch kits sitting in a cupboard for six or seven years, and a couple of weeks ago I suddenly had the urge to finish them all off.

I'd already done the fun bit -- the cross-stitching -- but I'd never got round to turning them into things.  So behold the many lavender sachets and one pincushion that I now proudly possess:

Thumbnails to click on:

Pincushion!  With pins!

I also found, in the bottom of the box, two little Christmas cross-stitch things that I think were supposed to be used to decorate cards or something.  But I thought they were much too pretty to be given away and probably thrown out with all the other Christmas cards that people get.  So I sewed some silk scraps to the back, attached ribbons and stuffed them, and now I have two new Christmas tree ornaments:

Thanks for looking!
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: five purses! on: January 17, 2010 05:27:52 AM
Thanks for all the nice comments!

Yeah, I've had that fabric for nearly three years and hadn't used it for anything because I liked it so much, and wanted to keep it and pet it and call it George.  But I'm coming round to the idea that if you love something you have to set it free. Cheesy
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