Made By Gina's Custom Creations

Made By Gina's Custom Creations

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Thursday, May 28, 2020

More Masks

With the COVID19 pandemic still going on, I’ve been so busy making masks lately that my other sewing projects are suffering. But it’s okay...masks are important to those who need and want them, so it’s been a priority for the time being. However, it takes me a little longer to make each mask since I like to take my time and make sure each one is perfect before it gets sent off to its recipient. I want people to feel confident in knowing they are worth the extra time and effort when wearing a mask that I’ve made for them. Plus, anything I make, regardless what it is, is a reflection of me and my craftsmanship.  So I want that reflection to show the pride I have in my work, and the fact that I care about quality craftsmanship.

Anyways, the following are photos of more masks I've made, and a few of the happy recipients.  (Including myself in a couple of photos, haha)!  Descriptions will be in captions under some of the photos.

“Mod Ovals on White”
Fabric is available to purchase in my Spoonflower shop: Gina's Custom Creations
Bottom 3 masks in above pic are from my Spoonflower fabric designs,
which are available in my shop: Gina's Custom Creations

 Here are two photos are of me wearing a mask I made for myself using my Spoonflower fabric design: "COVID19 - The Battle Is On - V.2" printed on Basic Craft Cotton.  The fabric used in this mask is available for purchase in my Spoonflower Shop: Gina's Custom Creations

 And also some photos of happy mask recipients. 
(Just a note that the purple mask is not made lopsided.  It's the way he was wearing it, lol).



My mom loves her mask!

 And here are a few more masks...

Used low volume fabric for mask, and appliquéd a fussy cut rose emblem to the top center.
For the music lover...
A special request for a skull mask.
Made from: Regent Skull by Henry Alexander - OOP
I just happened to have a teeny bit of this fabric left in my stash from quite a few years ago!

Made and surprise gifted this one to a really awesome friend of mine.
He's a die-hard Kiss fan.
(You can see him wearing it farther up in one of the photos in this post).

*Before making this mask, though, I did some research to make sure I'm not
infringing on any copyright laws, since I didn't make it to sell.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

"The Yearning" - A Modern Mini Quilt

I just finished my Modern Mini Quilt for the #ModernMiniQuiltChallenge at 11:30pm last night, and got some photos of it this morning. WHEW! Talk about cutting things close since the deadline is today at 5pm Central Time!
My entry is called, "The Yearning"
It features an image of my son, surrounded by dark, modern fabrics with a pop of golden sunshine seeping through. The dark colors represent depression and sadness in missing my son throughout the stay at home orders of Covid19. As well as the loss of one of my beloved cats, Jasper, who passed away one week ago today, after being a part of my family for 14 years. The improv-piecing represents the chaos and upheaval in life these days. The zipper pull represents the unzipping of the dark and dreary, to let the sun finally shine in and bring forth happiness and contentment to my soul. So in short, The Yearning stands for my desire to have things go back to normal... to be released from the depression and anxiety... to once again be happy.
I mainly improv-pieced this mini quilt, which measures 12.5 inches wide x 13.5 inches high, using a mixture of scrap fabrics leftover from previous projects. Some of the fabrics used are from Northcott's Stonehenge collection. The sun and burst of golden pieces that are appliqued on top of my quilt, are fussy cut from two of my own personal surface designs on Spoonflower, called "Blazing Sun" and "Hypnotic Sunflowers, Large Scale". 

I machine quilted this, which is not my forte! I usually pay someone else to machine quilt my projects... so I am quite proud of myself for being able to pull this off!

Watching The Voice on Hulu while sewing.

Monday, May 11, 2020

Fun with Face Masks

Life sure has been crazy the past couple of months of 2020.  Every day I wonder if life will ever have a chance at going back to normal... or at least what each of us consider to be normal in our every day lives.

In light of all the COVID-19 things going shut downs, stay at home orders, etc., many places are now requiring people to wear face masks.  So I've been making masks for family, friends, coworkers... pretty much anyone who asks me to do so, or mentions they are in need of one or more.  My go-to mask pattern is the free Florence Face Mask (formerly named the Fu Face Mask).  I get so many requests for this because of how comfortable it feels, and how it has excellent facial coverage, including wrapping around the chin.  I'm also finding that more people prefer the ties over elastic, as the masks with elastic are hurting the backs of the ears, and rubbing the skin raw.  So I will say that I highly recommend this pattern for face masks!

With many of the masks, I'm using my own surface designs, printed on Spoonflower fabric from my Spoonflower Shop: Gina's Custom Creations.
Here are some photos of a few masks I've made using the Florence pattern:

Florence Masks:
Made with fabric remnants from my stash
Florence Masks:
Made using swatches from my
own personal fabric designs.

Florence Masks

Fabric Purchased on Spoonflower:  Pictured from Left to Right...
"Notions in Pen - Zipper Tassels" ~ Designed By: emilysanford
"Mod Ovals on White"; "COVID19 - The Battle is On"; "COVID19 - The Battle is On - V.5"; and
"COVID19 - The Battle is On - V.2" ...Designed by me.

Besides the above masks, I've also been making some customized masks here and there as requested by some of my friends and coworkers, or just to surprise someone with a fun mask as a gift after overhearing them say they wish they had this or that, LOL. 
I sometimes have to find and use *free clip-art that resembles the image a person wants, which I use as inspiration to create a similar design for use with applique.  (Some times I will purchase the right to use a clip-art image, depending on the situation).  And sometimes I design my own personal image to use on a project, if I'm able to.
*DISCLAIMER:  Any time I make projects that use clip-art images created by someone else, (such as the plethora of free clip-art one can find online at various websites), I DO NOT SELL any of those items.  I respect copyright laws, and only use them on items I gift or donate.  (If I purchase the permissions to use a clip-art image on items that I sell, then that's a whole different story).

So then here are some of the fun masks I've made and gifted in the last couple of weeks...

Canadian Flag Mask
Made for a Coworker whose from Canada.
I had overheard him in the hall outside my office, mentioning to someone
that he wanted a Canadian Flag mask.  I went home and made him this.
Turning pieces of a Harley Davidson bandanna into a mask.
A very good friend mailed me a stack of bandannas.
Two of the bandannas were Harley Davidson themed.
He asked me to make him a couple masks from them.
I just love how this one turned out!

Harley Davidson themed masks.
Made from HD bandannas.
Side view of Harley masks to show the difference
between the two different patterns I used.

I had a request for a coconut bikini top themed mask.
This is what I came up with, LOL!

Close-up to show the
coconut cocktail applique.

Buck Tooth Smile Mask, LOL!

My brother's FB post,
after receiving the
Buck Tooth Smile mask
I mailed to him, LOL!

A coworker asked if I could make her a mask depicting a
flamingo with a mustache.  LOL!

The basis for this mustache-wearing flamingo was a clip-art image I found online.
However, I added a few extra elements to it to make it more fun, to reflect the person who will be wearing it.
Note: I honestly do not know who created the original clip-art image in order to credit that person!

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Saturday Night Fever!

Recently I had the pleasure of pattern testing this fun piece!
“Saturday Night Fever”
~ a Kohatu Patterns design ~

*Screenshot image above from KohatuPatterns' Instagram Story.

When RJ invited me to test her
I was ecstatic, to say the least!
The pattern has templates for three different block sizes:
14” - 16” - 24”
(I made the 24” block).
The pattern is 100% paper piecing technique,
but I added some appliqué elements to it
that weren't in the pattern instructions.
(To help cover up some of my imperfections, LOL...
...and to give some background disco elements).
Hopefully I’ll have a chance to
test another pattern or two
down the road again.
What fun! 😁

Friday, March 6, 2020

Tree Blocks for a Cause

A few months ago the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild in New South Wales, Australia had reached out to the world of quilters through their website and social media groups, requesting tree blocks in their effort to make quilts for the affected families of the #bushfires in their communities.  You can read their original post here: Australia is Burning

I love the meaning/purpose behind the Wollongong Modern Quilt Guild's request for tree blocks, and think it would be an excellent paragraph of symbolism to add to a quilt label:
"...The tree is a symbol of growth and nourishment. A tree symbolizes the generations of a family; a tree sprouts from a seed, the roots provide strength and stability, and whilst the new sapling is young and vulnerable they are protected by the other trees until they grow and flourish. In time the branches spread and then create new fruit that gives life to the next generation."

So in light of the above, I started collecting tree patterns.  I now have a pretty big stack of them.  But due to the limited time I had available for working on them, I was never able to finish and send more than 5 blocks. 😩  I did have a 6th block under the sewing needle, but couldn't get it done on time.  (Deadline to ship was February 29th). 

Due to the fact that I have accumulated so many tree patterns, I still hope and plan to make each one of them at some point in the near future.  And since there is a worthy cause and need for donated quilts and quilt tops here in the United States, I will make and donate a quilt/quilt top to my favorite charity, Quilts of Compassion.  They travel the states, hand delivering quilts to victims of natural disasters.  I've donated quilts and quilt tops to them in the past, but it's been a couple of years since I've had any to send their way.  This will be an excellent way to use those tree block patterns for another very good cause!

Well anyway...  below are photos of the 5 blocks I sent over to WMQG... hoping they will make whomever gets the quilt(s) they will end up being sewn into, happy.  That's all that matters to me!
Pattern credits are on each photo.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Jolly Whales Quilt

A couple of years ago I came across the cutest (and FREE) quilt pattern, Jolly Whales.
*Pattern designed by Janet Clare for Moda.

Jolly Whales quilt top before being quilted in January 2018

A closeup of Jolly Whales after quilting and washing 2/12/2020
I decided to make it just for the heck of it.  That was in 2018.  My long-arm quilter friend, Dorie, machine quilted it for me in 2018, as well.  When I got it back from her, I machine stitched the binding on, but then it got set aside before I got around to adding the final stitches onto the whales, which Dorie had left for me to do.  Sadly, Jolly Whales ended up on the UFO pile for almost two years!

Earlier this week while chatting with a coworker, it was mentioned that she's putting together a gift package for her neighbor, who's having a baby boy.  I asked my coworker if she'd give her neighbor the quilt for me if I finish it... so last night I pulled it off the UFO pile and finished it.  The photos aren't the greatest since I didn't have any natural light, but I had to give it to my coworker today, so there was no other time than late last night to take some pictures.

Here's how my Jolly Whales quilt turned out...

Back side of Jolly Whales: Ship Panel I had in my stash