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1  poppet #2 in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by littlebluebirdie on: June 09, 2010 12:55:12 PM
After making many mistakes on my first poppet, I tried again, with rather different results.  I stuffed this one a thousand times firmer (I'm not really sure I like the super-firm stuffing, I like my stuffies to be a little...slumpy.)  She's also got a bamboo skewer spine, her hair is heavy!  Its a handspun yarn, and it is a lot redder in person, with bits of super red and some blue.  I kind of forgot to sew her ears into the head seams, so her ears are sewed on in a C shape to the sides of the head using a ladder stitch.  Her dress is the easy peasy dress, the only difference is that I lined both the skirt and bodice, the shiny fabric was too slippery to work with on a small scale. (though I managed to break my first needle ever sewing the bodice to the skirt!)

She has no name because she's going off to michigan to live with a good friend of mine, and I'm going to let my friend name her.

Also, I dont think I'll needle sculpt the fingers and toes...I kind of like how she looks without sculpting.

enough talk, more pictures!

her ear:
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2  My first poppet! in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by littlebluebirdie on: June 01, 2010 09:29:48 AM
I've attempted stuffed toys before with varying degrees of success...but never tried a human-oid type doll before.  I've admired poppets for a really long time...and with my birthday money I bought supplies to make one!  I am hooked!

She's made of alova suede (I think, I've had the fabric for quite some time.)  Her hair is wefted out of some green yarn I spun when I was first learning to spin, its very uneven, and there wasnt enough of it to knit with, so it made perfect hair!  her eyes are a little far apart for my liking, but she's still cute.  Her dress is made out of a green polka-dot, with ghile's easy peasy dress pattern.

She has no name yet, so any suggestions will be accepted!

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3  Re: Spring Cleaning 2010: Fill a FLAT RATE Box; GALLERY send by 5/22 in The Swap Gallery by littlebluebirdie on: May 24, 2010 10:34:47 AM
I recived my box from cxcaitlyn today, and oh my!  so much great stuff!

theres all sorts of fabric, both large pieces and scraps for quilting, a whole bunch of old embroidery magazines, embroidery floss & sample fabrics for stitching on, some fun yarn, buttons, charms, and she even threw in some little plastic window sun-catcher things,  crayons and chalk for my kids!

thanks so much cxcaitlyn! I cant wait to start crafting with some of this!
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4  zig-zag quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by littlebluebirdie on: February 19, 2010 01:29:17 PM
This quilt is the second quilt I've made for my 6 month old baby, the first, unfortunately, is being retired before it falls apart (i posted about it a few weeks ago here)

its not as complex as the original, but i still love it!  its a zig-zag quilt without using triangles, (tutorial here)  I used fabrics from all over, some moda, heather ross, riley blake (i am so in love with the stars prints!) Micheal miller, Joann's brand...its quilted along either side of the zig-zag seams and bound in aqua blue and green kona.

The back is the Riley Blake All Stars print, and I inset a few leftover blocks from the original quilt.  I do wish I had planned the back a little better and centered the blocks vertically more, but I had to sew on an extra few inches to the bottom because my math was wrong.

all in all, its a super soft snuggly quilt that should last my baby through the toddler years. (I sized it to fit well on a toddler bed.)

on to photos!


(please ignore the gross looking gray splotch on the back..my older boy spilled some graphite powder on it..i hope it will come out in the wash)
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5  Re: what would you do? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by littlebluebirdie on: February 04, 2010 01:40:44 PM
I think i'll go with the hang it up/make a new one plan (plus that gives me an excuse to buy new fabric:)....I took a photo to show whats going on...

as you can see..there are *tons* of holes...and this fabric is in at least 3/4 of the blocks..but they are tiny holes, so appliqueing over them really isnt an option.  thats just a standard presser foot for scale... please ignore my wonky quiliting lines.. Smiley 

also! as long as I have the photo in there..does anyone know what that yellow dot fabric is?  i bought it a couple years ago and love it...but i forgot what it is!  (i hope its not discontinued)
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6  Sister's birthday quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by littlebluebirdie on: January 18, 2010 06:36:37 PM
For my sister's 21st birthday, I took her to Joann's and told her I would make a quilt out of fabric of her choosing...she didnt pick anything out.  So after pointing her towards the fabric selections on etsy, she finally settled on a bundle of Alexander Henry's Granville line. The only ideas she gave me as to the design of the quilt were that she didnt want anything *too* traditional, and she liked a lot of texture.

I decided on an elongated wonky log cabin, semi-inspired by SewKatieDid's stepping stones quilt (mostly the solid middle colored blocks and the elongated shape, hers is less log-cabin-y i think.)  Its backed with a solid aqua blue, and quilted in many, many horizontal wavy lines.

I wish I took more photos of it, but I had to wrap it up for christmas and give it to her! 

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7  pink & black baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by littlebluebirdie on: December 06, 2007 02:57:39 PM
My friend commissioned me to make a quilt for her brother-in-law's new baby.  She sent me the fabric and this was born!

I hand quilted it, but its machine pieced, and the binding is just the backing rolled over and machine sewn down.  its a little wobbly in areas, but i think it will be alright.

I also made a pointy kitty from wee wonderfuls out of some of the extra fabric, but forgot to take a photo before it got sent off.
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