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1  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.
2  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?

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help! I made a GIANT quilt! on: October 15, 2007 10:40:39 AM
Like an idiot, I always jump in new craft projects with both feet.  I've made a queen size quilt and my next step is basting/pinning the three layers together.  I've cleared just enough space on the kitchen floor that I can lay it out (my linoleum has a hideous but useful grid pattern), but I don't know how to go about pinning it together so there aren't giant puckers and ripples. 

Should I tape the bottom layer to the floor?  Should I work from the middle on out or should I go from one side to the other or do some diagonal criss cross thing?   Similarly, where should I start quilting?  The middle or an edge?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mola quilt: FINISHED FOR REALS!! New pics! on: October 02, 2007 01:16:04 PM
Many years ago I saw a quilt on the internet made from molas: these are very elaborately appliqued squares indigenous women in Panama create and wear.  I got the bright idea that I'd make a quilt using molas some day.  Well here it is.  What I didn't realize when I started, was that this quilt was going to require a lot of bright colors.  I like bright colors, but not necessarily all of them at once.  I plowed ahead and made the top a couple of years ago, but then got busy with school and put it away:

(Pic's a little wonky in the middle cause it's two pics photoshopped together.)

This fall I decided it was time to finish it, but since piecing it together is the funnest part, I decided to piece together the other side as well.  In contrast to the highly precise and calculated top, I went very experimental and freehand, inspired by Gees Bend quilts and the crazy square quilt posted on craftster recently.  I honestly don't know if it was a success or not, but I thought I would share the results anyway.  If for nothing else as a warning: this is what happens when you don't plan a quilt:

I think it might have worked better if the colors were more, um, subdued.  At least it's a two sided quilt.  I tell you what, I have a whole new respect for those Gees Bend women.

** I finally finished the quilt with black and purple borders plus a few more little color squares.  I quilted the whole thing first on the machine in a sort of # design to stabilize it, then I hand quilted around the animals.  It could maybe use more quilting but enough already! 
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fifties style dress with $10 quick and easy petticoat. on: April 15, 2007 06:19:31 PM
I made this dress from a Retro Butterick pattern #6582 but it languished in my closet for a year because it needed a petticoat.  I couldn't bring myself to spring $60 for a new one and the patterns for proper crinolines were too intimidating.  Finally with an approaching wedding and a donated blue silk dress I was inspired to try.

The petticoat consists of a blue silk skirt cut from a 1980's Nancy Reagan style wrap-around dress.  I sewed up the edges of the wrap dress and sewed on a button closure so it would hang at just the right length.  I bought one yard of peacock colored taffeta and two yards of teal netting.  The taffeta I cut into two lengths 18" x 45" and sewed them end to end to form a loop.  I hemmed one edge and gathered the other.

The netting I cut lengthwise into three strips, each two yards long.  The netting strips were deliberately too wide because I wanted an extra margin to hang below everything at a length I would determine later.  I sewed the three netting strips end to end creating a loop much longer than the taffeta loop.  I then gathered up the netting and the taffeta to roughly the same circumference as the skirt where they would attach.  I pinned them upside down onto the silk skirt and sewed them on.  The line of attachment came out a leeetle jankety due to all the slippery fabrics and my haphazard pinning technique. Many cursewords, unstitching and restitching ensued.  After all layers were more or less evenly attached, I topstiched them all to make the petticoat hang a little flatter.

It's not a pretty sight on its own but I love it under my dress.  It's just the right amount of poof and flash around my ankles.
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