Friday, November 14, 2008

I Take Custom Orders!!

Hello all!

I have had a few replies about the different projects I have posted on my different blog postings and I just want to let you all know that I DO take custom orders!

If you see something that you would like to order for yourself or as a gift... perhaps, with different colors, themes, etc.. please contact me and I will give you a price quote!

I will be adding more stuff for sale to my website over the next few weeks so please keep checking back!!


Thursday, November 13, 2008

More handmade backpacks!!!

Here are two more backpacks that I made in the last 6 months... One is University of Florida Gator quilted drawstring backpack... like my Obama '08 backpack (see blog entitled: Obama '08... BACKPACK for more info).

The other backpack was made using a sewing pattern.. I used black twill to construct the backpack itself and then lined it using a really cool and funky dollar bill fabric! I thought it was more than appropriate for the 16 yr old boy who received this as a gift! I also made an applique iron on patch of the flag of the Dominican Republic which is where the teenage boy is from... and so is my family!

The black backpack has a zippered pocket on the front where the flag patch is and also 2 other pockets inside.. one is smaller and narrower to hold his cell phone or iPod and the other is wide enough to hold a wallet, etc.

Obama '08...... BACKPACK!

This is a small comfy backpack that I make and sell for any of you that may be interested.... it was inspired by my original Obama tote bag (see Blog posting entitled: Obama '08!...tote bag for pics and info)....

I constructed the backpack using 100% cotton fabrics and polyester batting. The backpack itself is machine quilted and the shoulder straps are made using black drawstring. I love wearing mine around town! I've even had people pull up next to me on their bikes on campus and ask me where I got it...I (of course) smile... and hand them one of my business cards! :o)

The Obama backpacks and totes are still for sale on my website:

Feel free to order one... we accept PayPal.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

My Boyfriend's 29th Birthday Quilt!!

This is a very special quilt I made for my boyfriend a few months ago! He turned 29 and I decided to make him a picnic quilt! Of course it isn't only for him.... it's for us both to share when we have picnics in the park or on the beach! :o)

I used a very simple pattern for this particular quilt because each of the blocks have such different fabrics and themes that I didn't want any other choppier pattern to take away from the overall picture/theme of each print.

The different fabrics used represent things that he likes or enjoys! For example, one of the prints has basketballs all over it---- he loves basketball!.... Another print has a bunch of hot peppers on it--- he loves spicy food!..... Another print has planets on it in outer space---- the one place he wants to visit is outer space!.... etc...etc..etc.

For the backing I used denim so that it would hold up better on the ground or on sand since it is a picnic quilt!

I was also able to hand-make a label for the back of the quilt! I have a Husqvarna Viking Scandinavia 400 machine that has 2 different alphabet features on it and I'm able to stitch out anything I want for labels! It's a great feature!

I had a professional longarm quilter right here in Gainesville, FL quilt it for me using variegated rainbow thread and an overall edge-to-edge stars and swirls pantograph that I chose, of course! I love the look... the different colors of the thread go beautifully with all the different colors of the quilt!

I presented it to him at a birthday dinner we went to with his family and he loved it! I'm glad he did! We have since taken it to the beach for a picnic and it's worked out great and its super comfy!

I have to give myself a few pats on the back for this one!! ;o)

Patchwork Aromatherapy Eye Pillow!

This is a little patchwork aromatherapy eye pillow I made for myself after having made one as a gift for my boyfriend, BK. We both loved it so much I have decided to make a few more as gifts and I am also in the process of signing up to teach this project as a beginner sewing class at the local community college through their continuing education program for January 2009. Wish me luck!

I filled this particular eye pillow with flaxseed, lavender, mint, and chamomile. Very soothing and relaxing.... smells yummy too!

For the back I used some pure silk fabric to make sure it goes on nice and smooth over the eyes!

Christmas Pot Holders!

So, I just made these Christmas pot holders this past weekend just to try it out.. it was super easy!! It was just like making a mini quilt! I made this matching set for my friend, Regla as a gift. She loves to cook and to decorate her home for the holidays so I figured this would be a cool gift that she could actually use this holiday season.


Baby Quilts!! My favorite thing to make!

So, here are a few pictures of some of the baby quilts I've made for gifts in the last year or so... I especially enjoy making baby quilts because:
  1. I love babies! (don't have any yet but I definitely want a lot of them!)
  2. The quilts are a lot smaller than regular lap sized or larger quilts
  3. they are quick and easy to do! (for the most part)
  4. I can make the entire quilt from start to finish in a few days usually since I can quilt it on my regular sewing machine myself and I don't have to send it off to a professional quilter.
  5. did I mention.....I love babies!
Feel free to tell me what you think of these quilts or if you have any questions regarding technique or how I did something to the quilt feel free to email me, I'll be glad to answer your questions.

Obama '08!..... tote bag!

I made this Obama '08 tote bag almost a year ago and I wore it everyday my last year in law school it would fit my laptop, wallet, toiletries, and a book and a notebook. A lot of people really liked it so I decided to make more of them and sell them!

The bag is completely constructed by me! I even use a fusible applique technique to sew the letters/numbers and to create and attach the logo.



After all this time I have finally put together my very own sewing and quilting blog! :o) I'm excited!

I figured it couldn't hurt to let the world see what sewing and quilting crafts I can make!

I'll start off by uploading pictures and short descriptions of some of the stuff I've made over the last two years.. and then I'll go from there! I am going to be moving to a new place in a few weeks and I will have to put aside sewing for a few days but as soon as I get all settled in..... get ready!!... because I'm getting a longarm quilting machine and I will really be having fun making big and fun quilts in my very own sewing studio!

I hope you all enjoy my blog as much as I enjoy making my projects and telling you about them!

don't forget to check out my website:

happy sewing/quilting!

♥ Vanessa ♥

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