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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Glitter Every Day 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!

2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / A very smart Santa hat 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!!!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pattern by I Sew Cute, Stitching by me 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!

4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Quilted Christmas Tree Skirt 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!
5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Family Reunion Tablecloth and Custom Box 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!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Little girl's western shirt 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!
7  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 1000 yards of cotton tape on: May 19, 2009 06:02:50 AM
At work they were getting ready to throw away this:

It's an almost unused 1000 yard spool of cotton tying tape-- it's a lot like a fairly loosely woven twill tape.  100% cotton, about 5/8" wide.

I know it will turn into something awesome.  The question is what-- can y'all help me out?!?
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / English Paper Piecing - My New Obsession on: May 19, 2009 05:57:24 AM
I did my first thing with an English paper pieced top, and I'm hooked!  This is for the Charity Unswap (see the link in my signature below-- it's not too late to join) for the silent auction for the Portland Women's Crisis Line.  The whole thing is about 34" point to point, so hopefully a good size for a baby quilt/blankie, and there are 469 little 1.5" hexagons.  Hand pieced, and then machine quilted. 

Thanks for looking, y'all!  I love this one and can't wait to attack some tumbling blocks next.  Any thoughts on how I can get better are, of course, appreciated muchly!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Two new dresses for my niece on: May 14, 2009 05:13:31 PM
Neither of these are as crazy as the Pink Yo-Yo Dress of Doom, but they both turned out so cute I thought I'd share them.

First up, Simplicity 2989.  It ended up being my niece's little rockabilly dress.  I love the retro vibe of the shape, so used retroriffic fabrics and ended up with this.

And another to show the cute little tulle ruffle on the slip.  Truthfully, though, the tulle was such a pain that next time I think I might try slipping a little horsehair braid in the hem of the skirt instead.

And Simplicity 4721.  In the pattern, the godets are the same fabric as the rest of the dress, but I think it's much more fun with them in contrast.  And the main fabric reminds me of the 1970s wallpaper in my childhood bedroom.

Thanks for looking!  I think both of these are winners and love having people to show them off to!
10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / Postage Stamp Quilt Square Round 2 - 1 Angel Found on: April 11, 2009 12:19:11 PM
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We've had one flaker in this swap, so we need one person who is willing to send out 11 packages of 1 1/2" squares of quilting cotton (as many different cottons as possible, please).  11 of the packages have 40 squares, and one has 20.  Several swappers are international.

No DC is required, but if your package does not arrive in a timely fashion, you will be required to resend.

If you're interested in being an angel, please let me know!


Thanks to the lovely RhymesWithOrange for being our angel!!!
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