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1  Perpetual Calendar- Quilted in Quilting: Completed Projects by HalfBrit on: June 19, 2013 05:18:13 AM
I love calendars and especially perpetual ones if it's easy to change them every month.  And I also needed a clever way to use up some of the accumulated bitty blocks I had acquired in a Flickr swap.  So I came up with this design- a quilted calendar with paper tags for the days and banners made using 5 bitty blocks that represent each month.  A small quilted circle for the month completes them.  The banners are held on with velcro.  The paper tags sit down in little pockets made with strategically sewn twill tape.  The days of the week are stamped on fabric with a permanent ink. Grid quilting completed it.  I used 2 layers of batting for stability.   

Here's June-

You can click on this link to see a mosaic which has links to each banner individually, if you want to see all 5 blocks in each of the 13 banners.


This was a fun project, took me a couple of months from start to finish, sewed on LOTS of binding!  LOL

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2  I made my Mum a new wallet/purse - 4 pix in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by HalfBrit on: February 18, 2008 07:23:58 AM
I adapted a pattern from a fabric accessory book that I've had for years and years, and made her a little wallet/purse on a string.  She wore her last one flat out, it had holes in it!  Since she uses it every day, she likes this kind of fabric because it goes with almost everything.  This is Laurel Burch fabric on the outside, inside it says things like "meow, big cat, Burmese, jump, scat cat, play, tiny kitty, smitten kitten, precious", etc.  That's funny, because Precious is her nickname. 

There's a zipper compartment on the flap.

A pocket/zipper compartment combo on the back.

Inside- a credit card holder/money slot and gusseted ends so nothing loose falls out.

And a pen holder.  It's held closed with a long strip of velcro.  The strap is removable so she can use it as a wallet if she wants to.  My mom is 87 years old and so easy to please, she's going to love this when I get it to her tomorrow. 

And thank goodness for tough machines and heavy duty needles.  At one point, I was stitching thru 17 layers of fabric and batting and interfacing.  Sheesh!  I'd make myself one but I don't feel like torturing myself!   Next time, no back pocket!  Too thick.  Or else no CC holder, that added a lot of fabric to it.  Oh, well- live and learn!

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3  Little cell phone purses, so simple! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by HalfBrit on: November 07, 2007 02:00:43 PM
I found this pattern at a local sewing shop.  It uses preprinted interfacing that you iron on and then just cut out on the line and fold and stitch.  SO easy, these things only take about an hour from start to finish, if you're doing them one at a time.  If I decide to make 3 alike, I bet I could get them all done in an hour and a half.  Quick, I'm telling ya, really quick! 

This is the pattern company.  http://www.quiltsmart.com/khxc/index.php?app=ccp0&ns=prodshow&ref=fun_cellbag&sid=o66563n89c6w0sx6e0gf688a2aq3bx99 

You can even order extra panels of the interfacing, or do what I did and trace it off onto a new piece of interfacing.  I didn't want to pay UPS shipping on something that only weighs 3 ounces!   Wink  I've already sold 2 of the orangey bali ones to friends and have donated 2 more to a silent auction benefitting our local humane society.  I could make these all day.  SO easy!

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4  Re: TUTORIAL: Singlet Style Shopping Bag (like the plastic shopping bag) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by HalfBrit on: October 01, 2007 09:35:03 AM
I made 2 of them yesterday, what a lovely tutorial that was to work with! 

I didn't have any inexpenisive fabric to make linings with so I had to use the good fabric, making these a bit pricey.  I'll get some muslin or something like that so I can keep the cost down in the future, but I must say that I love this idea and these are quite luxurious shopping bags.  I made the red and green paisley one for my Mum and the other one for me.  (I "prudently" matched up my pocket to the design.) It's modeling with 2 boxes of cereal, a giant tub of raisins, spaghetti sauce and big can of stew.  Room to spare!  I'll keep one in my car door pocket to use when I pop in for a few things after work. 

Thanks for the tute, Your Royal Highness!
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5  I finished an Amy Butler Weekender bag! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by HalfBrit on: September 25, 2007 11:44:18 AM
And it came out pretty well, I think.  It's a big project, but I enjoyed doing it.  I needed a big project, my husband was out of town and I had time on my hands (and no camera, he had it, so no progress pix).  The instructions in the pattern are fantastic and easy to understand.  I used regular quilting weight fabric so I used an iron-on stabilizer to make the fabric more durable.  That added a lot of time and expense to the making of it, but it seems like it was worth it.  I took the bag on a plane right after I finished it and it fit in the overhead nicely and carried a lot of stuff.  I have a friend who is a flight attendant and she says to NEVER EVER check a bag like this, it WILL disappear.  Yikes. 

The pattern actually does match up if you're looking at it exactly straight on.  Yeah, I'm anal like that.    Tongue

About the only thing I did differently was to add a small zippered pocket to the lining and I used a double opening 30" zipper for the main zipper, now I can open it from either side. 

I also made a little matching bag for jewelry, found the free tute here- http://www.studiokatdesigns.com/freepatterns.htm  I only made one, but I love this little pouch and intend to make several more, some for gifts.  Very handy for holding things.  It would even make a great tampon holder!

You likey?   Wink  I had fun sewing on it.  Thank goodness for my Bernina machine- it's a rather heavy-duty sewing project.  I started out using the White but switched when I was having difficulty with getting close enough to the piping.  Didn't break any needles, but some places have many, many thicknesses of fabric and Timtex.  Binder clips worked holding things in place better than pins did. 

Now I'm thinking about making another one in a spring/summer fabric.  Obviously I wasn't TOO traumatized making it!   Grin
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6  My favorite style of bag, in blue/green summery fabric- image laden in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by HalfBrit on: March 25, 2007 09:26:55 AM
A friend loaned me a purse pattern, which gave me the basis for this bag but I improved upon it and tweaked it until I have finally perfected it so it suits me and my needs perfectly.  There are 3 pockets on the outside, one is a pocket within a pocket- part zipper, part just open.

The inside is all pockets lining the walls of the purse and also a zipper pocket for little things.  There's a main area for larger things.  This bag was only the 3rd one, so it still doesn't have the inside zipper pocket like my more current ones do, but you can get the gist of it. 

Here are a couple of others-

This one shows the inside pocket-

The basic pattern is a rectangle of quilted fabric (I quilt my own so I can use any fabric I want)  23" x 15" with 2 pockets applied, leaving 3" for the bottom, and then the strap.  Sew the sides and box the corners.  Then make the lining with the inner pockets applied and stitched down into pocket sizes that work for you and a zipper pocket if you want one and sew those sides and box those corners, making it just a little smaller than the outer piece, like 22.5" x 14.5.  Attach the lining to the outside of the purse, make a piece to hold it all closed, add a magnetic clasp and turn and Voil!  A great purse with enough pockets to hold all your stuff.

You like? I really don't see myself ever buying another purse now that I've got this one.  Er, two....three......four!   Grin
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7  Re: Altoid tin sea turtle "shrine"- lots of pix. in Completed Projects by HalfBrit on: February 14, 2007 11:29:24 AM
Thank you very much.

I made the water by tinting water based polyurethane and squirting it into the tin by syringe.  That's the stuff they sell in Hobby Lobby/Wal Mart in the craft dept painting aisle.  I used gloss.  It shrinks when it dries, allow several days though. 

I tweaked the tin and made a new turtle for it, too.  I added a hole so the tree could stand there when the tin is closed.  And I added a seagull eating a sandwich to reflect the thieving gull that swiped my husband's sandwich on our hike to Caladesi Island.  He thought I had grabbed it until he saw the look on my face as I saw the bird take off, having a little trouble regaining altitude because it was a big sandwich.  It was really funny until I had to split my sandwich with him.   Cheesy

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8  Altoid tin sea turtle "shrine"- lots of pix. in Completed Projects by HalfBrit on: January 31, 2007 02:28:25 PM
I was inspired to make this tin after seeing an ice-skating one posted by mamakittyx2.  I thought her magnetic skaters were SO cool and I needed to do something like that.  Last summer we were at our friends' beach house in FL and a loggerhead sea turtle dug a nest right off the seawall next to our steps and 2 months later 147 baby turtles hatched out and were captured to be released safely after they'd grown a little.  I always like to make our hosts something to commemorate our vacation, last time it was a gourd painted to reflect our stay and their house, this time it had to be turtle-related, it just had to! 

I made the turtle removable so you can see her "laying" an egg.  She's held in place by a magnet on her belly and another under the sand.  The shark's tooth came off their beach, we go out looking for them at least 3 times a day, it's a contest to find as many as we can.

Inside is a palm tree with coconuts, a sea kayak, manatee head (there's a story there!) and a shark's fin, because I am totally, unreasonably afraid of sharks AND we saw 3 baby sharks in the water last year.  The turtle nest is on the right, roped off with orange "tape".  The loose pieces move around with magnets under the tin, just like mamakittyx2's ice skaters.  The palm tree is made from sculpey, ficus tree leaves, silk of course, and sculpey coconuts.   Inside the lid, I painted a sunset and covered it with clear micro-beads, another craftster idea I borrowed from a lady who made an Altoids purse, her name is Faith.  Neat effect, yes?

The tree is removable so you can lay it down inside the tin and close it up.  I have to make another one of these so I'll have one to keep, but I'm pretty pleased with this one and don't plan to make any changes. 

I am so grateful for all the wonderful ideas I've been getting since I discovered this website a few weeks ago.  I would feel like a total copy cat except for the sea turtle part of this tin which came to me one sleepless night.  Thank you all for the inspiration!

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9  Re: I had to do SOMETHING about a small white refrigerator.... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by HalfBrit on: January 31, 2007 06:14:27 AM
Thank you all very much.  I really think you can mod podge just about anything, that stuff is so sticky.  I'm going to do a toilet seat next, because ours are about 20 years old and showing a few signs of wear and new ones to fit our toilets run about $60.  Forget that!  I'll paper the old ones and that will work because I have a funky bathroom, anyway.  One has a countertop with glass marbles grouted down all over it.   

It's not hard to do a fridge, you just have to think it out a bit and plan ahead for corners and areas where you'll have to cut around things, like the top where the hinge holes are and the Magic Chef logo plate.   Wink   By using a busy pattern, it really hides the fact that I DID NOT match up the pattern, it was not matchable because it didn't have a good repeat set up, not like wallpaper would.  So I just tried it out before I stuck it down and if was too obvious a mismatch I would try a different piece or turn it a little, but really, this was fast and pretty easy.  I have a few wrinkles but they don't show up  unless you're really scrutinizing it.

I did the front first, doing the edges and gasket areas, then moving on to cover the whole front.  I just spread the mod podge on with a foam brush, got a good layer of it and slapped the paper on, it doesn't tend to slide around much, so place it where you want it.  I found if I used an abundance of podge, it gave me wrinkles, so I did better using just the bare minimum of adhesive.  Overlapped paper instead of trying to butt seams.  Cut the paper edges wavy so I wouldn't have straight lines underneath, pattern helps hide that.

Once the front was done, did the tricky part of the top (you can see I was working on that when I took this photo) and then the rest of the top, overlapping onto the sides about an inch. Then finished up the 2 sides, folding it over onto the back just enough to cover up the real fridge material, about 1/4".  Let that dry, covered the whole thing with more Mod Podge and let dry.  2 coats is plenty, I was in a hurry. 

See?  Not really hard at all.  And not too expensive.  Big change for the bucks.  Be smarter than I am, though, spread a drop cloth  under your piece.   Roll Eyes  I spent a long time wiping up spilled drops.
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