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11  25th Anniversary pillow... in Quilting: Completed Projects by magadoo on: December 16, 2009 08:08:48 AM
... or as my boyfriend calls it the "Down the Rabbit Hole" pillow.  I made this as a gift for my parents' 25th wedding anniversary.  I started by picking fabrics that had silver incorporated and then picked coordinating fabrics.  So I found white with silver sparkles and a green-blue with silver specks.  To coordinate I found the light blue with a heart pattern (to represent love  Cheesy).  I crazy quilted the front- it was my first time using this technique- and made it into a slip cover for a pillow.




I sewed 25 pearl beads around the center- one for each year of marriage.  You can slightly see the white fabric with silver sparkles to the left and the green-blue with silver specks at the bottom.


Rick-rack, just because I can.


And the back- I'm not too fond of the back but I think it works.

Thanks for looking!

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12  This year's Christmas gifts (pudgy post) in Crochet: Completed Projects by magadoo on: December 14, 2009 06:45:12 PM
Last year for Christmas, I made Gir, a Triforce pillow, scarf and hat set for my mom, hats for my boyfriends nieces and nephew, and a penguin and dragon for my cousins.  This year, I held back from making so much because I've been having problems with my wrist.  Here's this years haul:

The crowning glory of this year's gifts- the Cthulhu ski mask.  My friend had seen this on the intertubes http://boingboing.net/2009/05/05/cthulhu-ski-mask.html and he casually said that he wanted one for Christmas.  I couldn't find an exact pattern so I started with a basic hat pattern and winged it from there. See:


Scarf for a friend:


Close-up:

The colors are a vibrant blue, white, and maroon but I couldn't get an accurate picture of the colors.

Another scarf for a friend:


Close-up:

It's backed in a purple fleece and the bow is the same color purple.

Panda:

This is a Lion Brand pattern.  The only thing the pattern is missing is a wee panda tail.

C&C appreciated!  Thanks!
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13  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by magadoo on: December 04, 2009 04:06:36 PM
I received the most epic, fantastic, and geek worthy MAQ ever.  MareMare went old school Nintendo style for this!  My eyes went so wide after I opened the box!

See, see:



Isn't it totally fantastic!  I love it so much! Thank you, thank you, thank you!  This is the best swap item I have ever received.  It totally captures my geekiness in fabric form!

OH!  And she also sent me a bar of her homemade soap- Oats & Honey.  I'm excited to use it!
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14  Re: Autumn's Fall Scarf Swap GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by magadoo on: November 05, 2009 06:14:59 AM
I received a beautiful scarf from Kimberly_Star!  Here are the pictures:




This is a close-up of the color


This shows the combination of stitches that she used

Thank you so much!
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15  Anniversary art quilt- many many pics! in Quilting: Completed Projects by magadoo on: October 13, 2009 04:46:26 PM
My boyfriend's brother got married last year and to celebrate his anniversary with his wife I made them an art quilt.  He proposed in a pumpkin patch and got married in October, so I went with a seasonal theme:




Close up of applique and leaf sewn on


Close up of gel medium transfer and edges (I did trim those threads!)


Close up of background (I later went on to use a zig-zag stitch over the edges that meet)


The back is a little off center and the quilting still isn't perfect, but I'm trying  Undecided.  I also went on to put a hanging sleeve on the back to give them the option of hanging it up.

C&C appreciated!
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16  Slippers and hats! Pic overweight in Crochet: Completed Projects by magadoo on: September 23, 2009 02:15:08 PM
The past few nights I haven't been sleeping very well and my cure for that has been crocheting.  I have made 2 hats and a pair of slippers.  The two hats are inspired by AprilDraven's hat making kick as of late.  The first is the star slouchy hat using her pattern in white and forest green:





This hat is a four leaf clover for all those Irish and wanna-be Irish out there.  I plan on wearing this next March for St. Paddy's Day:



And these slippers were made using Lydia the Strange's pattern (with a few modifications) for my mom who asked me to make her a pair because the slipper-shoes she has are too hot for Autumn:



And I lined the bottom with suede:



C&C appreciated.  Thanks for looking  Wink
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17  Re: Bella's Hat *Pattern Included* (Twilight) in Crochet: Completed Projects by magadoo on: September 20, 2009 07:43:23 PM
So this is great and I just tried making it but my head is smaller than most so the hat was waaaay to big.  I have frogged it and plan on making it again with a smaller hook.
my head is smaller than most too so I just make hat patterns a size or 2 bigger. If you want, stop increasing on rnd 8 or 9 and that should make it a size smaller too. Which ever way is easier  Grin

I used a G hook instead of an H and also stopped increasing once the dc was at 8 instead of 9 in each row.  It fits perfectly.  I also found the Edwardian Homespun and used that yarn.  The hat is so cozy!  I almost want to keep it for myself but I made it for my mom who's completely obsessed with Twilight so she'll love it.  Here's my finished product- it is hard to take a pic of your own head and it doesn't help that my apartment doesn't allow light to escape:




(excuse the tired face please, I haven't been sleeping well due to the increase of stress this past week)

Thanks a lot for sharing the pattern.  I'm off to try you star patterned slouchy hat!
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18  Memorial Art Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by magadoo on: September 17, 2009 11:16:05 PM
I just finished this memorial art quilt for my uncle who recently passed.  This quilt is in no way perfect.  This is the first quilt I have actually done but I felt that I needed to do something for his memorial service.  He was a big fan of the Giants so the main shape on the front is a football.  I added "laces", along with his name on top, and the dates of his birth and death.  In the middle, I did a gel medium photo transfer of him.  The backing is Giants fabric-pretty simple.  There are a few mistakes- the binding isn't perfect, and somehow the backing was larger so there are a few pin tucks where there shouldn't be.  Overall, I'm happy with it not only as a quilting accomplishment but also because it gave me a way to grieve and commemorate him.  On to photos:








close-up of photo transfer



Thanks for looking, comments and constructive criticism appreciated.
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19  Re: Hair Doo Dads Swap - Round 2! in The Swap Gallery by magadoo on: September 17, 2009 01:23:16 PM
Here are my bobbies from ollieorange and called2otherskys:





Thanks so much ladies!
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20  Re: Hair Doo Dads Swap - Round 2! in The Swap Gallery by magadoo on: September 14, 2009 03:20:39 PM
I received today from honeyd!







Thanks a bunch... no action shots though, my eyes are all red and puffy  Undecided
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