Christmas crafting

I can now share my crafted Christmas projects. First, this rug.

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This went to my sister, Jenny, in our exchange. I could really only see it in her house so I was really glad it went to her. I had some trepidation about it because I really felt it was for her or maybe my sister Katie’s kids. I am looking forward to seeing this after it is washed a few times. Here is the back where you can see the stitching:

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This next project went to my sister, Katie. This is a book I made. I haven’t made a book for many years, but it turned out really well. She said she would use it for her little girl’s drawings.

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I make one of these denim lap quilts every year. This year I gave to my brother and sister-in-law. Hopefully, they will be able to sell it for their upcoming trip to China to adopt a second child.

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Here is the back. I love this wild horse fabric. My friend, Sandy, gave to me a couple years ago and I finally found the perfect project for it.

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2015 UFO/goals

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For several years I participated in online UFO Challenges. This year I decided to work on them myself. What is a UFO? A UFO is an unfinished object. What is a UFO challenge? It is a challenge to finish them in a year, or in my case make progress. I am choosing to work on my own because my creative projects don’t neatly fit into quilting or even sewing projects. Even though it is late if you would like to do something similar, let me know.

I have twelve. Which works perfectly since there are twelve months. I have made 12 index cards each with a project written on them. Every month I will draw one for me. I will really focus my attention on that project for a month although I will still work on my other projects. The goal will to be to finish some, but also to get direction on others.

Some are just ideas and some are really far along. So here we go.

2015’s UFOS:

The first part is clothing construction:

  1. Green and black bolero
  2. Green skirt
  3. Knitted tank

The second part is quilting or sewing projects:

  1. Angel quilt
  2. Cross stitch project
  3. grandma’s cathedral windows
  4. Hawaiian quilt
  5. wedding ring quilt. I have the fabric, I just have to get to it, technically mending than a UFO.

The third part is new projects:

  1. New girl quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.
  2. New wedding quilt. This is a new quilt that I need to make for a gift.

The last part is writing projects:

  1. Poetry book
  2. Blog book

mystery project

I have been working on this for a while, not sure if it is going to work.  I will tell you more after Christmas:

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finished!

The bolero is done. It took a lot of time but I am very happy with the way it turned out.

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The sleeves are really over the top! They are a cross between Carmen Miranda and Dr. Seuss.

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What I learned about with this one:

I used different colors for the lining on the sleeves. Since they were going to be completely covered, it didn’t seem important. However, the bottom edge does show slightly. Next time I will be more intentional about the lining.

The double layer of t-shirt is surprisingly warm.

The pattern for the sleeves is very large. It is difficult to get two sleeves out a t-shirt unless it is an extra large. For this reason, I trimmed a small amount of the ease off. This didn’t affect the fit at all for me.

 

surprise for me!

I was out-of-town this weekend. I had a great time visiting my family and seeing my adorable nieces and nephews. In any case, I do not have anything to share with you of my own work. However, I was given a lovely gift, that I happened to have the perfect place between my design walls. I also already know what I will use it for.

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Thanks, Mom, Becky and Jenny. It was great to see you all!

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bolero

I just got back from a long trip to my mom and dad’s.   I had a great time first at my parent’s house and then at a big family reunion.  We had a good time fishing and hanging out with my dad.  At the reunion, it was wonderful to see everyone and catch up.   We also had a rousing game of kick ball which has left me still walking a little funny.

 

It is a 10 hour drive each way so I made up 4 kits a la Alabama Stitch book to work on in the car. The first one was this little bolero which I made to match the little tank top I made a few weeks ago. It took me most of the trip but I am very pleased with it.

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Here is a close up of the beaded edge.

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I am very happy with it. I am excited to start on my other three kits. Now I can position one on the porch and another up in my bedroom while I am watching TV.

 

yarn bomb

I was invited to go to a yarn bombing. I wasn’t able to go, but went to look as soon as possible. Look at this fabulous yarn bomb:

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It is such a cheerful, happy piece with so much attention to detail. I love how dimensional it is. I love how many different yarns were used.

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This photo shows the beautiful sun.  I can’t believe what  a great job they did.  It was made from leftover donated yarn. If you live in Minneapolis, this is at my church, Holy Cross, on 1720 East Minnehaha Parkway.  The column that is decorated is on the east side by the basement.

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Jean transformation

I missed last weekend because I was out-of-town.  I am working on a pattern from Alabama Stitch Project. I will have full review in the next few weeks.

In the mean time, I did some dying this week. Remember these jeans?

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This what the lighter pair looks like now:

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I plan to make them into shorts.  I love this new color- although if you look closely you can see the mint green zipper.

 

 

 

first rainbow jean project

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As promised I made a little skirt with the rust jeans.  It turned out a little shorter than I envisioned, but still very successful.  I will get a lot of wear out it this summer.

 

new denim quilt

I don’t know if it is the springish weather or just general laziness, but I am having a hard time with motivation this weekend.  I spent way too much time this weekend laying on the couch playing Fire Emblem.  I did spend a little time yesterday working on this new quilt:

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This is a quilt that I am jointly designing with Steve, which explains the unusual color choices that somehow work.  I am also getting more use out of my template set.  They have a way to go but I do like the way they look.  This will probably be a nearly bed size quilt with a polar fleece back.

Now, I return to Crimea with my little band of freedom fighters…

 

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