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1  Glitter Every Day in Quilting: Completed Projects by elvissatx on: May 31, 2010 08:56:13 AM
When a good friend of mine was diagnosed with breast cancer recently, I knew I wanted to do something special to help her through the upcoming few months, so I made her a quilt.  The inspiration came from the blog post where she announced her diagnosis.  http://rocknrealty.net/blog/glitter-day/ 

Anyhow, here are a few pictures.  It's a pretty regular stacked coins quilt, except that I used some of the backing in the stack, so it looks more like stacked bricks to me. 

And here's a closeup of one brick so that you get a better idea of the fabrics.  I took sequined dance fabrics and ironed them to fusible interfacing to stabilize them so I could get the appropriate sparkle and glitter into the quilt. 

And last but not least, if you look very carefully at the quilting way down in the bottom right hand corner, there's a tiny heart just to remind her that she's very loved.

Thanks for looking.  If you can send a few good thoughts to my friend, we'd both appreciate it!

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2  Re: Fiber Friday 2/19/10 in Spinning: Completed Projects by elvissatx on: February 19, 2010 07:28:32 AM
Hello!  It's my first Fiber Friday!

Oddacity, I'm sorry that yarn was so traumatic for you.

So I got a spinning wheel on Sunday (used Ashford Traditional from craigslist) and made this:

It kind of looks like a hairball present from the cat, but after many aborted attempts to learn to spin, at least it was sort of yarn.

By Tuesday night, I had made this:

It's actually much greener than the photos make it look.  It's about 3 oz of merino roving from the local yarn shop, and my first attempt at plying.

By Thursday, I had this:

It's a turquoise heather Corriedale roving that I bought from The Woolery.  

I'm still working on consistency, and trying to figure out exactly how much twist I need on things, but it's actually recognizable as yarn, and that is so exciting to me!

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3  A very smart Santa hat in Winter Holidays by elvissatx on: December 10, 2009 12:23:49 PM
Like many owners of smarts, I have an unnaturally close relationship with my car.  Since this is our first Christmas together, I thought Ruby needed a little present too.

I'm very proud to present Ruby in her new Santa hat!

The hat is made out of a yard and a half of fake fur, about 4 yards of 72" red sparkle felt, and cussing.  A whole, whole, whole lot of cussing.  It was quite a project!  It's attached to the car with elastic straps at the side mirrors and tailgate, and an adjustable webbing strap under the roof.  Then I used my air compressor to blow up a plastic garbage bag to put under the hat to give it a little peak.

It's not great for a lot of driving, except when you can go slow and not get in the way, because the visibility isn't great, but I've taken it for a whirl in the neighborhood, and I got quite a few giggles.  On Saturday, she's going to wear it to a Blue Santa event be on display there with another smart whose owner bought a costume to dress his car up like Rudolph.  With luck, it will be hilarious.

I'm glad to share all of the steps that were involved in making it, if anyone is interested.   

Ruby and I both thank you for letting us show this project off!  Happy holidays to all!!!

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4  Pattern by I Sew Cute, Stitching by me in Needlework: Completed Projects by elvissatx on: October 19, 2009 01:59:20 PM
I haven't been around in ages because I haven't had anything worth showing off, but now I do.  My very dear friend I Sew Cute made me the most wonderful embroidery pattern as a gigantic surprise.  It's my nephews and niece!

I decided to use it for Christmas presents for my mother and sister on calendar blanks I bought from SeptemberHouse on etsy. 

I haven't finished the edges of the calendar yet, but here's the stitchery:

It's mostly stem stitch with a few French knots.

Thanks for looking!

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5  Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt in Winter Holidays by elvissatx on: September 13, 2009 06:19:43 PM
I'm starting presents early this year-- here's one of the first. 

It's a tree skirt for my brother and his wife.  Pretty easy-- I just drafted up a circle, divided it into 6ths, and added a border.  Just easy quilting in the wedges, and then some free motion swirls and squiggles in the corner.  The only trick, probably, is that I did the whole thing as a circle, and then slashed up the back and trimmed around the hole before binding.  The whole thing probably took about 25 hours of time.

Here's a view of the whole thing:

And here's a detail to show the quilting.

Thanks for looking!
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6  Family Reunion Tablecloth and Custom Box in Party Planning by elvissatx on: August 19, 2009 05:47:49 PM
I think this is probably the most appropriate place to post this.

One of the things I love about crafting is when generations mingle to create something together.  This is a tablecloth that has been at every family reunion on my mother's side of the family for about the last 50 years, as best as we can tell.  Every person who has attended a reunion has signed the tablecloth and someone has embroidered the signatures. 

The whole thing is gigantic-- about 6' x 8', and I haven't counted, but I'd bet there's at least 100 names on there.  Here's a few details to give you an idea of the craziness.

After 10 or 12 reunions, the tablecloth has seen better days, so after the last reunion this summer, my mother asked me to work on it and embroider the newest names.  I now have my stitches in there with a couple of generations of my family and that's pretty cool.  I also soaked the thing in OxiClean for several passes to get rid of some lingering staining and general yellowing.

The last thing I did was build a custom box to store the tablecloth safely between reunions.  The very top picture shows it all packed away, and below are a couple of pictures of the box itself.

I'm hoping that the tablecloth will be around collecting signatures for the next 50 years and beyond, now that it has a good housing to protect it.

Thanks for looking, y'all!

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7  Re: 44 Cents Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elvissatx on: August 16, 2009 12:39:20 PM
I received Friday from CJSachiko.  I've been laid up in bed with a cold acquired at a conference this week, but I'm finally up and around and have pictures to share.

Be prepared to be jealous-- I got such a thoughtful package!

First, here's all the loot:

She decorated my envelope beautifully!  There's also beautifully stamped vellum, a gorgeous bookmark, super-sparkly sticker, embroidery floss, a matchbook notebook and a matching mending kit, and best of all, some amazingly gorgeous paperclips.  CJSachiko did a great job with my favorite colors, and giving me things I will use.

Here's a closeup of the best bits, so you can all drool more.

Those paperclips are so awesome.  I'm going to have a hard time resisting taking one apart to see how you put them together.

Thank you so much!  This was such a thoughtful and beautiful package.
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8  Re: 44 Cents Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elvissatx on: August 09, 2009 09:10:58 PM
phlegethon is having camera problems, so I told her I'd upload pictures of what I sent:

There's some strips of flocked paper, a piece of nice burgandy and gold bookcloth, some vellum paper printed with Japanese fans, the cover that I lifted from a 1950s reader, a loteria card, a Monopoly card (Advance to Go, Collect $200, I think), a few yo-yos, a nifty vintage green button, and a guitar pick from the Stax Records museum in Memphis, with their famous finger snap logo.

I hope she'll enjoy it all!
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9  Re: 44 Cents Swap Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by elvissatx on: August 08, 2009 12:38:50 PM
I received from phlegethon today!

Here's the loot!

I got sweet ribbons, some fun ephemera, a little piece of cool fabric that looks like it was sunprinted, a bunch of little jewels and best of all an adorable piece of embroidery.

Here's a close up of the embroidery.  Isn't it adorable?  And a great match for the ribbons, too!

Thanks, phlegethon!  It's a great package!
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10  Little girl's western shirt in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by elvissatx on: July 27, 2009 02:02:42 PM
After a lot of looking for a cheap pattern for a little girl's western shirt, I decided to be brave and try converting a little boy's Simplicity pattern for my niece.  It didn't take much modification-- changing the sleeves to a more feminine length and switiching the sides for the buttons and buttonholes did the trick.  And adding loads of lace and ric rac never hurt anybody, right?

Anyhow, here she is, fresh for a day at the farm.

Over the shoulder with the "princess smile"

And the back view

Thanks for looking!
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