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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Butterick 5181 - Black and White Dress on: June 16, 2008 07:17:58 PM
I love that dress!  I've always wanted asymmetrical fabric like that but have NEVER been able to find it.  Good job you.
2  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 23 ENTRIES / Re: Sad Suit to Ruffle-y cute on: December 18, 2007 09:03:38 PM
Holy shit that's cute!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Mola quilt: WARNING may cause seizures on: December 18, 2007 12:11:18 PM
my mom has a ton of antique-ish molas that she says aren't washable- have you tried to wash yours? are any of yours older?
My molas are all pretty brand spanking new and no I haven't tried to wash them.  I'm not a big quilt washer and don't really plan on washing it.  I always use a top sheet underneath quilts and try to keep bare asses off them, and they stay clean enough for me.

If I were dealing with some antique molas, I probably wouldn't make a functioning quilt.  But then again, buddha sez permanence is an illusion.  If you have to wash them, I'd go super gentle hand wash style.  A washing machine would be more like a wood chipper on them.

As for the size of them, they vary from 16" to 18" wide.  I measured another quilt of mine to figure out how big the final product should be, subtracted inches for all the borders around the squares and then divided by 3 to figure out how big each square should be.  I think each mola plus the bright frame around them were something like 25" or 27" square.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Science Tea Towel Part Deux: Bat on: December 17, 2007 12:22:02 PM
Shhh... I'm giving it to my neighbor. 
It's a little too cute for me, plus I can't bear to actually use my embroidered towels.
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Science Tea Towel Part Deux: Bat on: December 15, 2007 06:04:19 PM
Hey yall,

Sorry it's taken me so long to continue my science series.  My move and new job situation has been disastrous, plus it's xmas, blah blah blah... here it is.

My new neighbor rehabilitates bats and I think they are cute as hell.  I wanted to do a bat embroidery and make it more wildlife biology than gothic (nothin wrong with gothic, just not what I was going for).  So I used soft colors and gave him a big sappy eye.

P.S. This is a pallid bat.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Postage Stamp WIP (pics of new block added Nov 12!) on: November 15, 2007 08:00:43 PM
My Goodness!  I am NOT a "master of patience" so this project terrifies me.  It is BEEYOOTIFUL tho.  I love the controlled randomness.  What's the statistical term for that?

Go you!
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Jellyfish Tea Towel on: November 15, 2007 07:44:33 PM
Thanks for all the kind comments.  I'm glad you guys liked it.
For those of you eagerly waiting for the rest of the series, an excuse: I'm moving and starting a new job and it's going to be a few weeks or a month before I can pick this up again.  It actually didn't take that much time at all.  It only took about a day.  Can't wait until i have some time to sit on my ass and embroider some more!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Jellyfish Tea Towel on: November 08, 2007 12:17:13 PM
Hey yall!  I embroidered a tea towel.  This is based on an Ernst Haeckel jellyfish drawing.  I plan on making a series of sciencey designs.

What do you think?

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Mola quilt: WARNING may cause seizures on: November 07, 2007 05:10:36 AM
Sure!  First I made 7 blocks that were more or less square.  5 of these I actually planned out fairly carefully by photographing my fabric and trying out different combos in photoshop.  I was originally planning a quilt that was much more blocky:

This was pretty time consuming so eventually I bagged it and made a couple more blocks just by laying out bits of fabric next to each other.  I tried to make things as uneven and crooked as possible.  After I made seven blocks, I felt like I had run out of attractive combinations, or my gnat-like attention span wandered away, one or the other.  I realized I wasn't going to be able to fill out the whole quilt with square blocks without losing my friggin mind. 

At that point I started laying out the blocks on the bed in a random arrangement and filling in the blank spots with folded fabric (I never cut fabric until I was sure about its placement).  I worked on one smallish section at a time - you can kinda make out some larger rectangles in the final quilt.  When I got a good layout, I took a photo and printed it out so I could remember what I had decided on.  Towards the end my choices were obviously limited by whatever scraps I had left over.

Update!  The quilt is now actually truly finished for reals!  I'm just trying to figure out how to photograph the whole damn thing!
10  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: (untraditional) Skull Jack-O-Lantern on: October 17, 2007 07:00:22 PM
I've been an fan of elaborate pumpkin carvings for many a year.  This, however, is the best fucking pumpkin I have ever seen!  You rock! 

How'd you get it so smooth and not stringy?
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