Saturday, May 15, 2010

Quaker Turtles!!! warning tons of pictures

Luke had a friend come to play, and Andrew was golfing with daddy! Perfect day to make some turtles!

Ready, Get Set, Go.. well, maybe I better start with this:
a little bit before 1:00 I had all my pieces cut out, the bottom shell was laced onto the posterboard and the head was finished.

by 2:06 I was done with half, but it was the hardest half! I sewed all the little legs together, and attached all the legs, tail and head to the bottom shell but I still needed to attach the fabric lining. The poor thing looks ugly, doesn't she! (Hope Ellen doesn't see this!)


How about some lining?


How about a place to put some needles?


Wanna see the bottom shell? Yes I have boring initials! Nothing I can do about it!!!!

By 2:36 (not that I was looking at a clock!) I had put together the top shell, which was super easy since it only had stuffing in it.

It was around this time that my friend calls and ends up dropping her son off to play too. When she came to the door she wanted to see my turtle. So I showed her noncrafty self my nearly finished mommy turtle and she innocently says, "What do you do with it?" So I was explaining how it would hold my needles, and my wonderful son answered her question quite truthfully!

"SHE IS GOING TO PUT IT IN HER BASKET WITH HER OTHER 900 NEEDLEBOOKS!"
Hey, the truth hurts sometimes! ha

It took another 30 minutes to attach the buttons and make that stupid detached buttonhole stitch! I can NOT do that one pretty! I had forgotten to buy green buttons and look at the cute little ones I had in my stash!


Yeah for Mommy Turtle! That wasn't so bad!!


At 3:20 I decided to start the baby. And by 4:47 I was completely done with the baby, even made my cording. Even attached him to my gingher scissors!



Baby had a few issues though! Somehow I had managed to sew on the bottom shell crooked! For about five minutes I thought I could live with it!


I really thought I could live with it. But it was just awful! Wouldn't you agree!???

Fifteen minutes later, poor Baby looked like this!


Took a break, to take all the ten year old boys home! Well, one had to stay...he lives here!

At 6:40 I take my second attempt to make a baby! (oh shush!) Somehow I even managed to take the itty-bitty thing apart and not even cut any of my backstitches! That's a miracle in itself!

By 7:30 or so, baby looked much bettter! And I was much happier with it! Wouldn't you agree?


There are two other turtles that go with the set. One pincushion and one is a pocket. I thought there was no reason to stitch them. But these two are so darn cute.. I think I'm going to stitch the other two. They will be easy to put together now that I have the hang of it!

*edited to add one more picture*

Please don't tell Luke he's right! It might get ugly!!
DH just called and asked what I've been doing all day! I said, "Making baby turtles!" He said, "Huh?" I said, "DUH!"

He's gonna be here in 30 minutes, wonder if I can get all my laundry done in 30 minutes?! :)

23 comments:

Lizy said...

Hi,
Cute little turtles wish I could learn how to do those it just reminds me of my pet turtle.

Amy said...

Great job! Congrats on the wonderful finishes!

saras said...

lizy, have you ever made a biscornu? It's the same basic technique! Just add some arms and legs!

Carolyn said...

Sara, how adorable are those? So, so cute. I am a new follower of your blog. Gosh, look what all I've missed. I've got some great catching up to do! I just love your little turts! I've never made a needlebook before, but I have one that someone made for me. And biscornus? One of my favorite finishes! Okay, off to read more of your blog. HUGS

Daffycat said...

Love those turtles! Love your basket even more!

~*Shar*~ said...

Those are too cute.

FayeRaye said...

Way to go Sarah~~ You REALLY took advantage of your day~~ The turles are SO cute~~~ Faye

Paula C. said...

You did an amazing job! I think I am closer to actually purchasing the pattern now =)

MrsB said...

Cute little turtles!

Kathy A. said...

Now those are some cute turtles. Way to go on such a picky project! Love those little guys.
And that basket - there are some very wonderful needlebooks in there!

Monsoon said...

I was going to wait to assemble them after I had stitched them all up , but it looks like good inspiration to make them as you go. eh? I have the stuff to do the fob now....hmmm.

Dani - tkdchick said...

Positively, absolutely adorable!!!!

Robin said...

Great finish! More I see them the more I want to do them.....you may have a bakster of 900 other needlebooks, mine's a basket of 900 projects to do!

Andrea said...

Great turtles!

linen and floss said...

Wow those turtles are great. I love your basket of smalls x

Justflo said...

Lovely , something different.

C in DC said...

So cute! How can you resist stitching the others?

sharona said...

Those are sooooooooo darling!!!! Where did you get pattern? I tried to find your e-mail but could find it no where. These are something I would LOVE to make as a R.A.K. thanks for such an interesting blog

Margit said...

Adorable!!! I am doing them right now also and just wish that mine turns out half as good as yours!
Congratulations on a wonderful finish!!!

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