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21  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Martha-Themed Bridal Shower Invitations on: February 27, 2008 08:24:22 AM
My mother and sister, who are putting on a bridal shower for me, asked me to design invitations. It's so great having family that understands I'm a bit of a control freak.

I totally adore Martha Stewart, and I thought it's be funny to do a shower themed around her. Here's the mockup (not final draft) I came up with... thought it would make some Craftsters chuckle.

I'll have the postcards printed by Vistaprint.com, most likely. I've used them before and they're cheap and quick.
22  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Debbie Bliss Baby Shrug in R-a-i-n-b-o-w on: February 24, 2008 06:41:05 AM
A friend at work is pregnant with her second child, (a little girl!), and I took that as an excuse to delve into the realm of Knitting for Bebbies. The pattern is a free one by Debbie Bliss, called 'Baby Shrug.' You can get it here: http://www.prima.co.uk/index.php/v1/Baby_shrug

The yarn is a worsted weight wool/alpaca blend that I dyed with Kool-aid. Not terribly washable, I realize, but we'll consider this more of an heirloom piece, mmmkay?  Smiley

Rainbow-y goodness...

Hopefully I can get some action shots once little Miss makes her debut!
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Lucky Coin Quilt for, er, Christmas... yeah... on: December 30, 2007 06:46:44 PM
I started this quilt in January of this year, and finished it just a few days before Christmas. It was originally a 'moving in together' gift for my boyfriend (circa June), then an engagement gift for my new fiancee (circa October), but it finally got finished as a Christmas present for him! My poor fingers finally get a rest.

The deets: Approx. queen sized lucky coin quilt. All 99 colored squares (7" x 4", I think) are different cotton prints. Sadly, between my stash and my mom's, I didn't need to buy more than a handful. The rest of the front is an off-white Quilter's Cotton from Joann's, and the back is the same fabric in beige.

I had every intention of machine quilting it, but it wouldn't fit into my darling Kenmore. Hence the long production time... My fingers have developed callouses that would make a guitar legend proud.

Gratuitous cutesy label shot. Made a transfer of the message in my own handwriting and embroidered with cotton floss.

The binding is a striped cotton. I sewed it on by machine to the front, and by hand to the back.

This is a Paint-aided shot of the quilting on the back. I quilted one inch around each block, and one inch inside. The back looks like a field of Pez!

This is my first finished quilt, so I'd love some constructive criticism from the ladies and gents of Craftster. Thanks!  Cheesy
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