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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Pre-cuts, in general on: January 11, 2016 05:40:18 PM
First I want you all to know that I finally get it, bali-pops! Bali-pops? Get it? Anyway, the only pre-cuts I've ever bought are charm packs but I've been itching to by a layer cake. Do you buy pre-cuts with a pattern in mind or just because?
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Story Book baby quilt on: December 01, 2015 09:19:09 AM
I thought I would never finish this thing. It's a baby quilt for my cousin who is having her first baby any day now. I had bought a bundle of this fabric (Story book by Kate and Birdie for Moda in aqua) when it first came out, then a few months later I heard the announcement. I took it as a sign.

I ended up hand quilting it and it turned out great but my phone doesn't have a very nice camera Sad
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Constellation Flask - decoupage on: October 07, 2015 12:10:12 PM
I finished this a few days ago and i've been letting it dry.  I mod podged this adorable fabric (Under The Stars by Timeless Treasures) onto a flask I bought last year. It was on sale at Target, from Christmas and it was really cheap so I was content using it as an actual flask until I thought up this brilliant thing!

I wasn't sure it was going to turn out and now that it did I wish I would have taken before pics.

The seam in the back was the only real trouble. I decided that the fabric was so busy that it wouldn't matter if it lined up or not.


PS I don't really think this meets the definition of decoupage but I thinkit's close enough.
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fabric scraps on: August 05, 2015 02:19:55 PM
I did some fabric swaps a few years ago and I really enjoyed amassing some new scraps for my stash. Id really like to do another. I looked around but didnt see anything I liked. The closest thing was a two year old discussion on one for
fabric for i-spy quilts

https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=250815.0 This charm square swap was fun.

It could be very structured like that one or maybe we could work with kind of a wishlist. An example would be someone who is looking for postage stamp squares or someone whose project is mostly greens and blues. Im working on a few sewing projects right now (ok, like 20) but one is a Dresden plate quilt so I could use skinnier longer strips.

Is this an exciting possibility to anyone else?

PS I haven't been frequenting the boards these days so if I'm missing something or whatever, point me in the right direction.

PPS Ideally this would be for cotton fabric only.
5  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Woodward Dream Cruise Craft Fair on: July 17, 2014 07:09:03 AM
Woodward Dream Cruise Craft Fair August 16th from 8am to 9pm in downtown Pontiac. Tables only $20!
I'm not the one hosting it but I am going to be there at my own table. It's indoors! You can pm me or contact Letizia at [email protected] for more details.
6  UNITED STATES / Michigan / Upcoming Craft Shows? on: February 28, 2014 06:03:01 AM
I recently started making things to sell (versus making things to amass great piles of things) and I'd really like to try a craft show. Does anyone know of any upcoming shows within a few hours of the Detroit Metro area?
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tiny gift bag pouch on: December 09, 2013 09:28:30 AM
I made these tiny little bags for candy and other Christmas treats so that I can put them in a stocking or basket and keep everything looking neat. I ended up putting Hershey kisses in one of them. There is elastic in the opening so that everything doesn't just fall out.

I think this is a pretty easy project so hopefully some beginners out there can enjoy it and put it to use this holiday season.

I cut one square of fabric into a 9 x 4.25 rectangle and one small piece of elastic to 6.5 inches. I serged the edges so that I wouldnt have to line these bags, I wanted them to be a quick, easy project.

I folded the rectangle in half, right sides together, with the folded end at the bottom of the bag.

I sewed the sides using about a quarter inch seam allowance. You should have something resembling a small flat bag.

Now you need to make this bag stand up on its own, so holding it upside down youre going to push down the middle so that the two ends of the bottom stand up, like in this picture:

It should look like this:

Now fold those two pointy ends together like this:

and draw a little line at the one inch mark like so on one side:

and flip the bag over and draw a line on the other side. Fold these two corners apart and sew them each, individually. It should look like this:

Fold over the top a half inch or so and sew around the top leaving a small space big enough for a safety pin to get through.

Secure a safety pin to your elastic toward the end of the elastic, but not too close because the pin can fray the elastic. Feed the elastic through the half inch or so you just sewed.

You should have two elastic ends coming through the small space you made big enough for the safety pin. You need to sew these two ends together. I dont worry too much about whether the two ends are flat or whatever. You can machine or hand sew the elastic, just make sure its secure. I dont recommend tying a knot, that hasnt worked for me, ever.

Pull the elastic, which should now be in one piece and sew up the tiny safety pin sized hole and turn it right side out.
TADA, insert candy or peppers

8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Soft Kitty Toys, no bits can be torn off and eaten! on: November 23, 2013 09:35:51 PM
I made these toys because I have a cat who is totally insane. He eats feathers, eyes, feet, tails, tags off of every toy we've gotten him. So what these are basically, is a shape (in this case, a fish) sewn together and filled with stuffing and a smattering of catnip. I also did a mouse one, but that was a little more trial and error.

Heres how to do it!

Fold a piece of 5x16 fabric right sides together and draw your pattern on it. I free handed this fish because I couldn't seem to find what I needed online, for free but there is a lot out there. 

Cut out your fish pieces leaving about a inch around the whole thing for your seam allowance.

Sew along the lines you drew, making sure to leave the tail part open.

Now, turn in inside out and add stuffing and catnip! It should be looking like a cat toy now.

To close up the toy I folded the end of the tail inside itself and machine sewed a straight line from the top of the tail to the bottom. Though, there really isnt a top and a bottom.

My boyfriend got a great shot of the cat going bananas.

I think I'm going to try a person next, like a gingerbread man or something.
I hope someone finds this useful. This is a great beginner project!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Twenty First Purse (Blue/Brown) on: July 14, 2008 12:11:52 PM
I made my first purses back in 2002 and they were...eh.  So I put it down for a while but I've been practicing over the last year.  I made one in April that I am currently using and of course it's not quite as attractive and photogenic after months of wear but here is one I just completed.  My twenty-first!  I got this fabric on sale at JoAnns, it was $4 a yard and the lining is some turquoise cotton I got at the local quilt shop.  Inside is no particular interfacing (I can't remember...it was just laying around) and some warm and natural.  The only real issue I had was that I didn't get the innards quite the right size so I had to do some last minute trimming when it was already half-way sewed to the outside.  If that even makes any sense.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What to do with this on: July 04, 2008 08:14:09 AM

I cant remember what all the fabrics are in this thing but the brown background with red roses is from the Queen of the Ranch Collection from Moda.

This is the dissappearing nine patch and I really like the way it looks, I like the colors I picked out BUT!  Theres always a but.  Just one block alone looks good, or in this case heres four blocks sewn together:

But when I line them up next to eachother in the formation of say, a quilt, it starts to look really busy. 

What do you think?  What are my options?

Heres a picture of the throw pillow Im making to go with it.  I was orgionally thinking of making this a bedroom quilt but I think it may need to be smaller to accomadate the design.
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