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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / poppet #2 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:
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first poppet! 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!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / zig-zag quilt 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)
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / what would you do? on: February 02, 2010 12:32:59 PM
I was sitting in the doctors office earlier today, and looking at the quilt I made for my 6 month old son..and noticed one of the fabrics are full of holes.  It seems that each one of the metallic polka dots ( the fabric has non-metallic and shiny/metallic dots) have...dissapeared, fabric and all ( i just thought the metallic-ness was dye, im really not sure why it seems to have taken the fabric with it.), and left polka-dotted holes in my quilt!  This quilt isn't very big, but has many pieces, (wonky log cabin) and is fairly heavily quilted.  Should I:

take the whole thing apart, replace the holey fabric and re-make it?
let it go, fray-check the holes and hope it doesnt fall apart?
chalk it up to experience, fray-check the holes, hang it on the wall and make a different quilt for the baby?
something else?

This is one of my favorite quilts I've made so far, I'm so dissapointed that this happend..what would you do?

(I wish i remembered where I got the fabric from, most likely it was a fat quarter from joanns..)
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Sister's birthday quilt 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! 

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / (My) First Quilt of the year! on: January 16, 2010 01:16:40 PM
I decided this year to try and use up some of the fabrics I've been hoarding and make a couple quilts for Project Linus, and here is the (badly photographed) first one!

(links because I'm lame and haven't posted hardly ever.)


It's backed with a solid aqua, and quilted following the zig zags.  Its a baby size, and is so soft that I wanted to keep it..until I realized that I really have no use for any more baby-sized quilts.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / pink & black baby quilt 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.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / what to do on: September 06, 2007 10:44:31 AM
I recently acquired what I was told was a almost finished twin size quilt.  all that it needed was binding.  cool.  I've done that before.  so, i cut up a bunch of fabric for binding strips, unfolded the quilt to determine how much more i needed, and lo and behold, the quilt is a odd size.


about 4 feet by like, 10 ( i didn't measure the length, but its almost the length of my living room.)

should I just bind it up the way it is, or can someone think of something to do with it?  its wholecloth, blue on one side, white on the other, and basic straight line quilting, so i guess i wouldn't feel bad about taking it apart either, and doing who knows with the fabric...

thanks in advance!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / first quilt for baby boy! on: August 15, 2007 09:42:29 AM
While I was pregnant and unable to do much, I decided to start quilting! (and am now quite hooked on it)

so, I now have gotten the nerve to upload my first quilt.  I machine sewed the blocks together and hand quilted & bound.  The back is a blue/green polka-dot on white.

first photo with the baby boy -

second photo closeup on the quilting - I did many, many groups of concentric circles with invisible thread.  took forever, and I hated using the invisible thread after awhile.

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