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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Second Quilt [For Baby Niece] on: August 02, 2013 05:20:48 AM
Following the first quilt I made, here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=422558.0#axzz2aoSl6YE2, I gave another a go. This time for my boyfriend's baby niece. We worked on it together and he picked the design.

The fabrics are thrifted duvet covers and the backing is a fleece blanket. Hand enbroidered name tag.

The first two pics are Instagrammed, the last shows the colour better Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Quilt on: April 11, 2013 05:04:45 AM
Made my first quilt for my cousin's baby girl.

Backed with just a fleece blanket. I embroidered one corner with baby's name and date of birth.

Most of the fabric is reclaimed from charity shop bought bedding. Some of my corners didn't quite line up but I'm happy with how it turned out. She's having a little boy now so I'm working on a scrappy blue/green stacked coin quilt.
3  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Firefly Quote & Graffiti Name Tshirts on: February 26, 2013 05:15:42 AM

Made with freezer paper for the mister for Christmas. He loves it!

For the boyfriend's nephew. It wasn't meant to have the white bits, the stencil warped slightly, but I actually prefer it this way.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Jack Daniels Soap Dispenser! on: February 26, 2013 05:13:39 AM
I'm sure everyone has seen the JD bottle-turned-soap-dispenser flying around the interwebz. I saw it and decided I wanted to make my boyfriend one for Christmas.

I stole requested an empty JD bottle from our local pub. It was fairly larger than the example soap dispenser on the internet!

Several bottles of soap later, with several pump lids... and none fit! I ended up with a crap load of soap at home. I the found a perfectly fitting silver pump from an empty soap dispenser (one you buy to fill with whatever you're using - from Tesco if any of you want to retry this). I painted this black (spray paint would have been best, I used nail polish as it was the only thing I had to hand, but worked fine), attached some plastic tubing (from a novelty straw/glasses set from a 1 shop).

Bob's you're uncle.

Unfortunately he at first thought it was just JD with a pump lid. Unfortunately for him, no. Fortunate for his liver though.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Brother Walking Foot Help on: March 15, 2011 03:36:17 AM
I find myself needing a little guidance from your good selves.  I have a Brother XL3600U1 & I'm starting to work on my first quilt. I need a walking foot, but I have found a few different versions & I'm unsure which I need. My manual isn't much help.

I've found the following...

F033N Walking Foot (7mm Width)
F034N Walking Woot (5mm Width)

And then

F062 Open Toe Walking Foot

Do the different mm matter? Is it in reference to the shank? How do I know which I need? The Open Toe foot has no measurement, how do I know if it's suitable?

Help, I'm lost!

ETA - Ohh I think I've identified it as the F034N.  I'm still unsure on the F062 though.
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Elodie the Elephant on: January 18, 2011 03:35:57 AM

Made this on Saturday from the Bit of Whimsy pattern for my niece's 1st birthday.  The fabric is from a set of curtains I got at a charity shop for 3.50.  Unfortunately I somehow marked the legs and feet and feet as legs. So her appendages are at funny angles. H loves her new cuddly ellie though Smiley

I've already got an order from a friend to make another for her friend's baby due in the summer Smiley
7  COOKING / Dessert / Simple Marshmallow Fondant Cake for 1st Birthday on: January 18, 2011 03:16:13 AM
I decided to make a cake for my niece's 1st birthday. I've never worked with fondant before. I cursed it quite a bit, and need a bigger rolling pin, but other than that I rather enjoyed it! Next time I'll try working with other colour (rather than tones).

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Star Wars TShirts on: December 20, 2010 03:04:21 AM

Stencilled these for my 5 year old cousin for Christmas. He's a big Star Wars fan. The Yoda is a 3 layered stencil and the R2D2 is a 2 layered Smiley Rather chuffed with them, hope he likes them! (And that they fit!!)
9  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Red Muscle TShirt (David Tennant's Hamlet) on: November 19, 2010 04:37:09 AM
The backstory: My friends and I are big fans of David Tennant, and met during his run as Hamlet for the Royal Shakespeare Company. We saw the play an inordinate amount of times (shhhh!), got to know many of the cast, followed the on set blogs of the subsequent film, and even went to the London BAFTA premier of the film.  As such, it forms a large part of our friendship.

One particular item of clothing worn by David on stage and on screen is a red tshirt with a stencilled muscle pattern on it. It highlighted David's slender frame and the fangirls went nuts (mainly because there were, at the time, no public images of said tshirt). No one could find out where it had been purchased.

I was at a costume display at the RSC last year and was delighted to find it on display (I even touched it!) and hanging on the wall was an A3 stencil. They'd created the tshirts themselves. I took a good photo of it, and set to work in Photoshop to create a stencil.  The stencil accidentally fell down a few hours into the event, and no one put it back up again. As such, there are very few photos of it too.

It's my friend Leeann's birthday soon, so I gave it a go. Hope she likes it!  

The original on display (with the original stencil behind):

The original (from the film):

(Any Brits out there, you might recognise our Sam on the right from the current Terry's Chocolate Orange advert!)

I don't have an A3 printer, so printed it A4 and scaled it up on A3 freezer paper.  The sleeves on mine are long, but I plan to cut & hem them. Also mine is darker, but the tshirts started out darker, and faded after 5 months of washing after every show!

Next time I plan on printing it slightly larger, as my proportions aren't quite correct. I also need to fade out the sides more.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reversible Tote on: November 10, 2010 02:52:51 AM
Started a machine skills class recently. This is my first finished project.

The handles are just cotton webbing.

Closeup of the appliqud flower.

I'm very proud of it! Last night we started a small zip purse.
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