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Sunday, July 30, 2006

I need help!!

Calling all quilters, i need help. I have a really bad problem with buying fabrics that i love but the dont want to cut up. I'm always afraid that i'm going to ruin the fabric with bad ideas. But i dont like it when my pretty new fabric just sits there staring at me. So now i really need help, i bought these 5 amazing Heather Ross fatquarters from Emerald City Fabric and Craft and i would really like to use them in a quilt.

These fabrics called my name because they represent my favorite color combos, pink and orange and a little bit of brown. The tricycles, which i love, could probably be left out of the quilt design just because they're slightly more childish than the other prints. I really need help findinng a quilt pattern that would show off these wonderful prints but that would make a fairly large quilt, I dont like to make lap quilts. I want something that covers my feet. More yardage of these fabrics can be obtained if the pattern calls for it. I do have a large stash of pinks reds, a few oranges that i could throw into the mix, but since i'm such a huge fan of these prints i dont want to do too much to take away from them.
If anyone has any ideas at all please, please help me out. I really want to use these fabrics!

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Tie One on!

That is what i've named my little headband scarf things that i've been working on. My sister pointed out that "tying one on" has to do with getting drunk, but i think i' m going to stick with the name anyways, i have no idea what else i would call them! I'm working on making 50 of them to send off to the sampler, 10 down, 40 to go!

My new favorite quick craft of the moment are these super cool mini scrap books. I received a how to kit from Dawn as part of a thank you gift for a swap I did. I'm love to collect scrabbooking papers and supplies when they are onsale at michaels but i never do much with them, i'm more of a sewer. I just love all the prints that they put on paper, so this is a perfect little project. Here are the four I made this weekend, they are about 4.5 x 4.5 inches

Here is one opened up, the inside paper is folded and glued so that it opens accordion style instead of page by page. I have a feeling that everyone i know will be getting one of these at some point!

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Monday, July 17, 2006

My New Etsy Banner!!

I just wanted to show everyone my wonderful new banner for my etsy store. I did a personal swap with lasandri, in exchange i made her an Amy Butler Weekender bag. I will post pictures of it once she receives, and when my camera has new batteries! Lasandri did a really amazing job using the colors I wanted and the kitschy nature I wanted without making it look cheesy or cartoony. Once i have more of an idea of where i want my personal site to go, i think i may have to look into some of her more advanced services!

I know that the picture looks a little fuzzy here but its configured for my etsy shop where it looks amazing, I'm no good with pictures, so i apologize to lasandri if it looks a little fuzzy here.

Let me know what you think of my banner!!

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

I joined the Modern Quilt Along over at Dioramarama, so i wanted to show you guys which quilt i picked and what i'm working on. The quilt pattern is called Marquee, and its a really fast and easy to put together quilt. I really love the colors of this quilt in the book, I dont know why i didn't just use them, instead I picked my own, and now i dont know if i like them. So heres a few of the blocks i threw together to see how it was looking.

The main background fabric is a light pink paisley, i think the picture shows it a little more purple than it is. I picked out the pink background first and then decided on brown as an accent.

I picked out a range of browns and tans, and then threw a couple of bright prints with brown accents. I cant decide if i like it yet, but we'll see.


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Princess Starshell has a new home


Here is my entry for the whiplash competition over at Whipup. My parents are taking me, Seth and my sisters and brother to the beach this weekend, for some swimming and some fishing. I take crochet with me every where, class, work, to the movies, and of course the beach! I dont think i will take the crochet fishing though, Princess Starshell doesn't need a smelly blanket. So I wanted to make a fun new crochet bag that looked like a beach bag! I think I accomplished that with these fun bright colors!

Here is a side view of the bag, its about 4 inches deep. The reason i think this bag belongs in the skill category is because of all the modifications and upgrades I made to a basic square bottom tote. There is a large pocket across the front of the bag for holding trashy magazines that you only read on vacation. There are two narrow pockets on each side of the bag for pens, or extra crochet hooks. On the inside i made a fairly deep slash pocket to hold a pair of scissors, or anything else that doesn't need to tangle up the yarn.

And here is the afghan in her happy new home, you can see the hook poking out of the slash pocket. I'm afraid my afghan may outgrow the bag by the end of the weekend, she's getting big, i'll have to post updated pictures soon.

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Saturday, July 08, 2006

So here's what i've been doing the past few days....

I made the quilt top a few months ago and never got around to quilting it. Its 6 feet by 6 feet and the biggest quilt i've made so far. Heres the backing...

For my next quilt i'm thinking of doing Plain Spoken from the Modern Quilt Workshop by Bill Kerr and Weeks Ringle.