Just a couple of projects to keep me busy

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I took a few minutes tonight to put pictures of my recent
projects on my web page:

The infamous pillowcases:
http://ickes.us/USIRPillowcases.aspx

My sister's (very late) Christmas present, finished after
the pillowcases were delivered:
http://ickes.us/BarbarasFloralThrow.aspx

And a new shirt I just made to wear on vacation next week:
http://ickes.us/Purplestripedshirt.aspx

The item I'm making for Ursula's DD is done, but I won't put
pictures up until after she receives it.  I won't be able to
get to the post office until after I return from the beach.
:-(

Whew!

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx





Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy

"BEI Design" wrote...
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Very nice, indeed. I hope they thanked you on their knees as is their duty!
;->

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Lovely, indeed!

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Ah yes, just the thing for the beach; the cotton is easy care, I take it?
Anyway, the colours are so deep, and rich, and juicy - just like the plums
in my parents' garden that are ripening now. I really like that. I'll try to
make something for my trip to the seaside, too, but I'm not sure I'll be
able to finish it. Anyway, you set quite a pace and I'm striving to keep up
with it (I've given up following Kate's, since that is far too fast for me),
and all in all, I'm quite proud and happy to be part of a group of such
diligent and creative people as is alt.sewing.

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Ah, don't worry about that; the little darling is spoilt enough as she is;
we redid her room, meaning that we gave away the couch that took so much
space and now she has a little kitchen there with a table and chair. She is
so proud of it; she decorated the table with all her plates and cups and is
expecting guests all the time. On her door, there's a 'wind chime' made of a
fake lei in Germany's national colours, a key strap with bottle opener and a
plush 'Hello Kitty' (rattles nicely when the door is moved and the lei and
other parts tend to get stuck in the door, but dear me, what has to be has
to be). And the door is to be closed at all times. Perhaps it's about time
to hand her the 'good' IKEA toy china, cutlery and glasses... ;-)

You take your time and have a smashing time! Take deep breath of Pacific sea
breeze for me, too.

U.


Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy
Ursula Schrader wrote:
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I received a very nice thank you note, and a gift package
containing a mug with the USIR logo, a pound of 'handcrafted
coffee" beans, some Stash peppermint herbal tea, and several
handmade shortbread cookies!  ... and a mention in the
program... with my name spelled wrong.  :-}

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Thanks!

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Yes the colors are delicious!  And when I wore it into the
shop where I bought the fabric last year, both clerks
exclaimed "you must have made that!"  They were pleased to
see their lovely fabric made up into a garment.  And I found
a cute black and white all-over print with tiny dragonflies
to make another apron for younger DD. :-)

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NO ONE is capable of keeping up with Kate.  No one!

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I did have a spectacular time.  The Oregon beach can be cold
and wet at all times of the year, but last week it was
fabulous.  Cool and overcast in the AM, but clearing and
warm in the afternoon, with very little wind and a couple of
spectacular sunsets.  We lit a fire on the beach and roasted
marshmallows to make S'Mores Wednesday night.  (For Ursula,
S'Mores:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S%27more )

Sadly, DD, DSIL and DGD left Thursday after learning that
DGD's bassoon teacher had a fatal heart attack on Wednesday.
Damned text messaging, it would have been just as well to
have learned that news after they returned home Friday as
planned.

I stayed and enjoyed the cabin, walked on the beach, read
two books on my iPad, and did a little shopping in Cannon
Beach.   Drove home Friday late afternoon, picked up a very
happy-to-see-me MingTu, and started a couple of loads of
laundry.

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx




Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy
I am sorry that the instructor passed away.  You are so right about texts,
etc.  A phone call Friday would have sufficed, since there was nothing to be
done, except pay respects to the family and maybe attend the funeral.

Emily



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E Bengston wrote:
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Exactly!  They cut short their vacation for no good reason
at all, there will be no services.  They will, of course,
offer their support to his widow.

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx




Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy
On 8/8/2011 12:14 AM, BEI Design wrote:
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That's a pretty good excuse for being as quiet as you've been.  Nice work!

--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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"They say" that perfectionists are never pleased.  Bunk.  We are indeed
pleased and your creations dazzle me.  All of them.  Way to GO, Beverly.
Your perfect details make me smile all the way around my head - like 'just
the right' buttons on the shirt.  Too often, I'll see an expensive and
nicely made shirt and think, "Why did they use those buttons?"
    Thank you, Beverly.  You inspire me.  Polly

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Pogonip wrote:
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Thanks!  They were really fun to do (well except the last
130 pillowcases).  I also stitched four lighthouses on a
denim shirt (pics soon), and took it with me to the beach.
Several people stopped me to ask where I got it, they
"wanted one just like it".  ;->

--
Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy
On 8/13/2011 11:08 PM, BEI Design wrote:
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I'd like to see that, ma'am.  My recently deceased cousin's husband is a
lighthouse fan, and he has been calling me since she died.  I think he's
lonely for someone to talk with, most likely someone who doesn't say
things like, "She's in a better place," etc., ad nausea. He quite liked
it when I told him that I had made at least two good-faith efforts to
kill her when we were young.  He said he could relate to that.  ;-)
--
Joanne
stitches @ singerlady.reno.nv.us.earth.milky-way.com
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Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy
Pogonip wrote:
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<snip>             I also stitched four
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Here you go:
http://ickes.us/Lighthousesondenimshirt.aspx

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Do you think he'd like something embroidered?  I could send
you a link to the designs.  ;->

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Ugh.  I had to bite my tongue when people said that to me
after DH died.  I knew they THINK they were comforting me,
but they were not.

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LOL!

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Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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Le 08/08/2011 09:14, BEI Design a écrit :
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Delicious I will give Mum a tour of them later but we are going "lady
shopping" as my son called it when he was little, today. So She will
admire as much as I do tomorrow.
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Pretty.

Non matching pockets!!! Shocking ( duck & run) but you are right so much
easier to find.
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Lovely work as ever Beverly. I'm going off to fondle fabic in Pau for
the day. Happy day!!

Claire in Montréal France.
http://claireowenperso.free.fr

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Claire Owen wrote:
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Advise your mother to always ask "how many" before saying
"sure" when asked if she would be willing to "embroider a
few things"...

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Thank you.


Occasionally a design element NEEDS to be unmatched in order
for it to be seen.  This was one of those times.   I had
enough fabric, I COULD have matched the print for the
pockets, but then they would have disappeared.  :-}

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Thanks, Claire.  I hope you and your mother have a wonderful
shopping time together and find yards and meters of glorious
fabric.

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Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy
I love my wrap, but I think your sister's is beautiful as well.
Emily



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E Bengston wrote:
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Thanks, Emily.  I liked the fleece I found for you so much I
decided to use if for DS as well.

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Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy
My DIL loves mine, and would like to have one for her & the 12-year old DGD,
with either horses &/or ladybugs.  The DGD is an avid horseback rider and
has been since she was 3-years old; but they all love ladybugs.  I may try
my hand at making one for each for Christmas, using the ladybugs you
digitized for me.  My family appreciates gifts whenever they arrive.
Emily



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E Bengston wrote:
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Emily, I found that tear-away fusible (either one heavy or
two layers of medium weight) UNDER the design, and Sulky
Solvy (again either one heavy or two light) on TOP works
great.  The Solvy completely dissolves in a warm water bath.
Also, a fairly thin fleece like I got for you is easier to
work with then a very plush fleece.  Good luck!

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Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx




Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy
Thank you, Beverly, for the hints for the fleece; I have saved your note.
Emily



Re: Just a couple of projects to keep me busy
E Bengston wrote:
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You're welcome, I hope your projects are as fun as the ones
I have been doing.

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Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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WHEW!!!!!!!!!!!  Those are really sharp, and that was a TON of work!!   Best
Grandma ever!!!!

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So pretty!!!  I love the iris motif.  Very pretty.  And it doesn't matter
when gifts show up.....you can stretch out the holidays that way.  lol


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That looks oh so comfy!!  Very nice.

Have a Marvelous time on vacation.  We'll "see" you when you get back. ;)


Sharon
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Never try to teach a pig to sing.  It's a waste of time and just annoys the
pig.



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mamahays wrote:
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Thanks!  I understand for the TY note I received that the
dancers (and their mothers) loved them.

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Sure, that's it, I'm not a procrastinator, I was stretching
out the holidays....  ;-}

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It was comfy, and I've finally perfected the alterations on
that pattern so I like the way it fit.  The quilt shop
ladies recognized the fabric right away and pointed it out
to several other customers.  ;-)

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I did, thank you!   I love being on vacation, now I'm happy
to be back.

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Beverly
http://ickes.us/default.aspx



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