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So that necklace board I was talking about? I finished! The glue will take another 24 hours or so to fully cure, but at this point I have a functional, hanging, necklace board. This is so much nicer than having my necklaces hang off the corner of my mirror. Besides getting tangled it just looked janky. SO. Photos, ho! (Also, directions for making your own!)Read more... )

Fall 2011 Quilt

Wednesday, 24 August 2011 05:45 pm
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I've been trying to get this quilt top fnished for months. I think in the end, I'm not very happy with it. The orange colour is not as rich as I'd like, and I 've pulled this quilt top apart at least three times. This looks NOTHING like what I had originally planned. I'm sure it'll grow on me after I 've quilted and finished it, but... I dunno. I might just decide to put it up on etsy or something. I just don't feel as happy with it as I would like to. Photos after the jump. Read more... )

Miki's Quilt

Wednesday, 20 July 2011 06:22 pm
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My mother requested that I make an Asian-themed quilt for her, queen-sized. I've never done a quilt this large before, so I'm going to do something very simple. I started off making some really easy quilt blocks with a stash of Asian fabrics I bought off of eBay, but not many of them go together very well. I have about 3 yards of an Asian fabric in my stash that I bought about a year ago and decided to incorporate that into my design. It's a very pretty pattern, so I used it as the centerpiece and surrounded it with the quilt blocks. I'm going to surround what I have so far with a black border, and then use the remaining stash-fabric to make a wider border around that. I'm hoping that'll give me the width and the length that I need to make it queen-sized. I might go searching for another fabric and use what I have along the long sides and use a different fabric along the short sides.. I haven't decided yet. This is definitely an easier quilt-top, but I didn't want to commit to something more than I could handle (I didn't really want to do a queen sized quilt; I would have rather done something much more intricate and make it throw-sized, but she wants something for her bed). The only other thing I have to decide is how I want to quilt the top... I don't know if I want to go with something geometric (because of the lines in the blocks) or if I want to go with something more organic... Once the top is finished I'll probably just sit on it awhile until I come up with something... Pics after the jump. Read more... )
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And it's done! I'm so excited to be sending this off to Christina and her hubby. I ended up not putting her son's name on it, for two reasons: 1: I had already fallen behind, and 2: the kid is going to know it's his anyway. So today I get to wrap it up and send it out! Pics behind the jump. :) Read more... )

Christina's Quilt II

Thursday, 14 July 2011 11:44 pm
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By the weekend, I should be able to start quilting Christina's baby quilt! I'm so excited! I still need to put the feet on the owl, put on his eyes, and put the baby's name on the back of the quilt, but that should take me no time at all... I can't wait to be able to wrap this up and send it out to her! And I can't wait for her little peanut to show up. :) Hit the jump to see a current photo! Read more... )

Christina's Quilt I

Friday, 15 April 2011 10:32 pm
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So, my close friend Christina is going to have a baby in October! Unfortunately, she and her hubby live all the way on the other side of the country (quite literally -- I think there's fewer places farther apart than Connecticut and Washington State), and I'm not going to be able to be there. I'm super crushed (you have no idea). So I'm making a quilt for her little peanut! She didn't want a boy/girl-themed quilt, but instead asked for owls. Now, I'm not one for arty quilts. In fact, I really have no idea what I'm doing! So I'm not going fancy -- pretty much it's entirely applique! And then I'll quilt some pretty designs on it in the end. (And don't worry - she's totally cool with me posting the quilt with y'all. I asked. :) )

So, some photos! The colors aren't exactly right, as I took the photos as night with a bright light focused on them, so they're a little washed out. Otherwise, this is pretty much how it looks:
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Winter Quilt [Finished]

Wednesday, 16 March 2011 03:14 am
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So, I initially was going to only make the bias tape and pin it, and save the stitching for tomorrow. Well, that plan went out the window as I got into a groove and I just plowed through it. For the record: I absolutely hate bias tape. It is probably the only part I hate about quilting -- stitching it to the quilt. Maybe there's some trick, but I ALWAYS seem to 'un-catch' part of it on the back every so often, so then I have to go back, rip out stitches, and stitch again. On this one, I didn't bother to rip out the stitches - the fabric is dark enough that I figure if you go looking THAT close at it, you deserve to find my mistakes... lol.

This quilt would have been a LOT easier if I could have used my darning foot... unfortunately, no matter what I did, I couldn't get the tension right with the thread that I was using. The thread is a metallic silver on the top and black in the bobbin, and the silver gave me nothing but trouble (any tips?). So the ENTIRE QUILT is stitched using a walking foot. It sucked, but it was still easier than stitching it with a regular foot. Even with that, the tension isn't QUITE right in some places. When you look at the back, you can see silver thread poking though in some places. It doesn't bother me a whole lot, but now I know for the future: Metallic threads suck.

So now, without further ado, some photos (behind the cut):
(Please ignore how messy my apartment is. I'm in the middle of moving, so stuff is everywhere right now; also, the colour is correct in the second photo. The first one was taken with a flash, and the colours aren't accurate)

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So, I've decided to try crocheting hairpin lace... and make it into a spring/summer throw! It's so cold out right now, that I figure making a throw for the warmer months would do to brighten spirits! So amongst all my OTHER projects I have going on right now (2 hats, 1 quilt in the piecing stage, 1 quilt in the planning stage, the katamari damacy breadcover, kanzashi, and a beaded bracelet), I think this one and the quilt are going to be top priority. It's my first time with hairpin lace, so... we'll see how it goes. I'm using a sky blue & white rainbow boucle. Hopefully that'll mean that it'll be nice and light!

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So, I switched gears a little bit from my usual hodge-podge of crafts (namely, quilting. And I'm still trying to work the kinks out of those stupid fabric flowers... but I'm getting there. Using ribbon instead of fabric seems to help) and crocheted a hat. And now the hubby wants one. And a friend's boyfriend wants one. So it looks like I'll be making hats for the forseeable future. Oh, well. It'll be something to keep my hands busy as the hubbs and I finish watching the Star Trek movies... :) I ended up using a yarn that I'd been saving for awhile. I picked it up sometime last year (I honestly can't remember when) and I wanted to save it for something special. I think it came out looking pretty nice. I snagged the pattern from a friend, who found it here

Pics behind the jump. Please ignore my terribad camera skills!
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So the past week has been an exercise in patience. Last week, the good ol' hubby was sick with a pretty nasty cold. He got better over the weekend and I thought that I was out of the woods without getting sick! But then... there was this little tickle in my throat... and that was the end of that. I've been relegated to the couch since Sunday evening, wrapped in blankets, sipping tea, and watching a ton of Star Trek: DS9.

As it so happens, we had ourselves a nice little snowstorm last night. So who gets to go out with the hubby and shovel snow? Why, I do, of course! We got about 20 inches, on top of the snowfall we got just last week. Which, honestly, wasn't bad. I was feeling pretty good today, and it was nice to get out and fresh air.

For the record, this is what our car looked like before we went to work digging ourselves out:

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So, since I've started feeling okay, I've started a new project: a Katamari Damacy bread cover! So far, all I have is the Prince's legs done, but eventually it's going to be lined with some of his cousins. I'm really kinda excited!

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Happy New Year, everyone! I am happy to say that even with New Year's cleaning, and making pies, and having a small New Year's bash (which was badass, might I add), I managed to finish Cora's Quilt. The binding didn't come out as nice as I had hoped -- usually I hand-stitch the binding but I had to machine-bind it this time because I was worried I'd run out of time and it wouldn't be finished by this afternoon. But, it is finished, and I'm as happy with it as I can be. :)

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Cora's Quilt III

Friday, 31 December 2010 03:44 am
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So close to done! I'm excited -- I might get this thing ready in time yet! So, thanks to fusible batting, I didn't have to do any of the tacking that I usually do to keep everything together while stitching. So now, the edges are seamed together, and a majority of the inner stitching is done. I have 6 blocks yet to stitch the detailing on, but other than the binding that's the last bit I have to do. So, without further ado...

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And now... for bed.

Cora's Quilt II

Thursday, 30 December 2010 12:13 am
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I have 2 days to finish this quilt. Bad, bad idea.

I managed to get all the strips cut, and pieced, and stitched, and pressed, and then stitched into larger squares... all that's left now is to cut the black fabric that'll go in between the squares, stitch it all together, stitch the front to the back, make the binding, and stitch the binding on. In two days. While also taking care of baking and New Year's cleaning.

I must be crazy.

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Cora's Quilt I

Tuesday, 28 December 2010 11:51 pm
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So, my fiance's brother's wife (a.k.a. my future sister-in-law) just had a baby about two weeks ago. For her first Christmas, I'm making her a quilt! (Yes, I know - Christmas has already passed! As a family, we're exchanging gifts on New Year's Day instead, so I have 3 days left to put this thing together!)

It's a simple nine-patch quilt made of bold, bright mottled cotton squares, and a fun animal-print on the reverse.

Here's the progress from the past two days:

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Tonight: finishing the cutting of the triple strips, and piecing as many of them together into squares as I can. Looks like it's about time to totter off to the coffee pot... :)