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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Daydreams Quilt on: November 06, 2008 07:01:22 AM

Yay, another quilt!

I made this one for my sister, for her birthday.  It is made from three Moda Daydreams charm packs (gotta love charm packs!), and a sheet for the back.  I used the Disappearing Nine Patch pattern, which I found last year from the Sew Mama Sew blog during their quilting month.  They had a very helpful tutorial, I must say. 

I did mostly straight lines for quilting, putting to use my walking foot for the first time.  That thing is great!  I really wanted to do free motion quilting, but the back is always all wonky when I do it.

It is 45" by 60", the perfect lap quilt. 

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Animal Quilt on: March 17, 2008 07:52:43 PM
Basically, Animal print fabric, batting, and some solid blue fabric.  I machine quilted around each animal and some of the bigger shapes. 

It's about 30" by 45".  I started it as a baby quilt, but now I want to keep it for me.  The machine quilting took a long time, but it was great practice, which is actually why I started it!  I wanted practice following lines that weren't straight...

You can see some of my wavering lines... the awesome thing is, you can't really tell unless you just look really closely. 

And the back:

You can kind of make out some of the animal shapes on the screen.  It's easier in person.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Full Moon Forest - Charm Pack Quilt on: January 06, 2008 08:31:55 AM
This is my first quilt to actually complete.  I have started several quilt tops, but I'm a perfectionist and get frustrated and stop when I mess up.  I decided on this one that I was going to complete it no matter what, and that I was going to quilt it and bind it no matter how badly it turned out! 

Here it is, hanging from my curtain rod:

It's only a lap size quilt and not very heavy, but I can't imagine trying to quilt anything bigger!

The stitching isn't perfect, and I didn't get the squares all lined up perfectly, but I like it.  I think the person I gave it to liked it as well.  (I hope it doesn't damage a relationship by giving a quilt early on... I really don't want to scare my new girlfriend off...)

I used the Full Moon Forest charm pack because I loved the colors and prints, but I didn't want to spend a lot of money on fabric for a quilt that I wasn't sure I'd complete. 

I'm glad I finished it, and I think it turned out nicely -- now I'm not so scared to try another one!
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / My Pear Pin Cushion on: June 05, 2007 07:52:36 PM
So, I was completely inspired by Heather Bailey's Pear Pin Cushion http://heatherbailey.typepad.com/heather_bailey/2006/08/out_the_door.html

I tried and tried to come up with the right pattern -- my first one resembled an onion bulb, my second attempt was more of a fat banana... finally, this:

And another view:

So, what do you think? Pretty close?  I'm going to try making a few more and see if I can make it a little better.  It was completely made from scraps out of my scrapbag.  

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Apple & Pear Apron on: March 07, 2007 06:23:06 PM
I love making aprons!  Especially cute ones.  I whipped up this one today. 

The fabric is Apples & Pears by Alexander Henry, and the pink and yellow gingham were great finds in the remmant bin. 

I gave it to my mother as a Birthday gift.  I plan to make a matching quilted pot holder and possibly some matching embroidered dish towels.

Any thoughts?
6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Amy Butler's In Stitches - Wide Leg Lounge Pants on: March 06, 2007 05:11:56 PM
I picked up In Stitches last fall, and love the projects in there!  I actually followed the pattern completely (normally I make slight changes here and there).  It was super easy!  I gave them to my girlfriend as a Valentines Day Gift.  I'm going to make a pair for myself as well.

The Front:

They have a drawstring, but it's hard to see.  I took the pictures at the last minute.

Detail of the bottoms:

And a sideview:

Excuse the mess and the tennis shoes!  She had to take me to the airport but didn't want to change out of her pants.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Well Behaved Women Quote on: March 05, 2007 07:17:51 PM
I took up embroidery last summer when I discovered Sublime Stitching. This Sampler was actually the first thing I made because I wanted to practice, and this is one of my favorite quotes. I have it hanging over my bed now!

I freehanded the pink swirly border as I went. I wrote the letters on the fabric (just a solid fat quarter) with white chalk stuff, but I didn't follow them very well, hence the slight tilting and awkwardness. Tongue
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Quilted Knitting Needle Roll (Image Heavy) on: March 01, 2007 09:27:05 AM
I'm not much of a knitter, but I do like to carry around my knitting needles in style, so I made this spiffy little case.  My grandmother recently passed down all of her knitting supplies, so I'm trying to learn.  I make a mean scarf, but that's about it so far!

It is 16" by 24", made from fat quarters, and has brown corduroy on the inside.  I used Brown Elastic Ribbon to keep it closed.

What do you think?  It is also my first quilting project.  I'm making a matching zippered pouch thingie for my crochet hooks.
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