Thursday, May 26, 2011

Hydrothermal Vent Worm Plushie

I'm afraid I don't have a particularly good picture of this project, but I made this plush hydrothermal vent worm for a fellow marine scientist as a graduation gift several years ago.

I already talked about hydrothermal vent worms here. Or you could just read Wikipedia.

The pattern is my own. I wish I could find it again, because I keep thinking I should make them to sell on Etsy or something like that. Fortunately, these guys have a pretty simple shape!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

I just used up fabric for binding on the one-patch quilt this week. I'd show you the quilt but it's actually not completely quilted yet. It's true, sometimes I bind before finishing the quilting, usually when there's a small area which I can't decide how to quilt. In this case I know how to quilt the remaining area but I was going on a long car ride and wanted to work on the binding.

I won't be getting a chance to do much sewing for next three weeks or so, but I'll show you some quilts that are already finished!

Used This Week: 0.5
Used Year To Date: 22.625
Added This Week: 0.75
Added Year To Date: 62.375
Net Used For 2011: -40.75

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Thursday, May 19, 2011

I got a basket!

I came home from a work-related trip today (purpose of trip: the gnats needed to be fed) to find an awesome quilted fabric basket from the swap I was a part of in my mailbox. My quilting fairy, Pat, picked marine-scientist-y colors and fabrics for me:

Batiks! My favorite!

There is some beautiful decorative stitching on the top edge and the handles, and the quilting on the accent fabric really complements it:

There were also some extra goodies inside--a few fat quarters and a little coin purse matching the fabric basket.

The coin purse has a neat spring top that's very cool and the likes of which I'd never seen before.

Thank you so much, Pat! I love it all, and the basket is definitely going somewhere prominent in my sewing room--I'm thinking it would be a great place to keep my favorite fabrics.

This was my first swap, and was a really fun experience. If you haven't tried it, I'd definitely recommend it!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

No fabric purchased this week, but I actually used a bunch!

3/4 yard for the quilted fabric basket

2 1/2 yards for backing for my one patch wonder, which hopefully will get quilted soon...

Used This Week: 3 1/4
Used Year To Date: 22.125
Added This Week: 0
Added Year To Date: 62.625
Net Used For 2011: -40.5

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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Quilted Fabric Basket

I finished the quilted fabric basket for the swap I am participating in! I just need to add in a little label and then it will be ready to head off to its new home.

We followed this tutorial to make them, although I made different center patterned strips because I felt like paper piecing them.

I'm excited to see what sort of fabric basket I'll get!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

I haven't done much sewing this week, either, but lots of fabric in! At this rate, reducing my stash isn't going to happen this year.

A dear, longtime friend is in town visiting with both me and her sister this weekend, and she decided to clean out her fabric drawer/have fun picking some new fabrics at her favorite hometown fabric shop. All in all, she brought me about nine yards of scraps and yardage!!!


For no apparent reason other than "we felt like it," another friend and I also went to the quilt shop here, which of course always results in at least a few bolt ends/clearance fabrics.

At least I have an idea for that purple/pink batik already...

I did finish the paper-pieced strips for my fabric basket swap, so putting the rest of it together should go relatively quickly from here.

Used This Week: 0.125
Used Year To Date: 18.875
Added This Week: 11.375
Added Year To Date: 62.625
Net Used For 2011: -43.75

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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sunday Stash Report

I didn't use much fabric this week, other than my start on the quilted fabric basket. But, I also didn't buy anything, so I'm making progress!

Used This Week: 0.125
Used Year To Date: 18.75
Added This Week: 0
Added Year To Date: 51.25
Net Used For 2011: -32.5

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