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1  Help! Need ideas for finishing my brother's wedding canopy. in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by solargrl on: April 23, 2013 09:18:23 AM
I'm making a wedding canopy for my brother's wedding on May 19th. It's made up of 36 square patches on white canvas which all the couple's friends and family decorated for them with well-wishes.

I now have to sew all these squares together. They are 12"x12", with a one inch seam allowance all the way around each one.

I have a really basic sewing machine - it's a Singer Featherweight 221 which belonged to my grandmother in the 1940s. Still works like a dream though. I'm not super experienced, but I'm a quick learner!

I was going to assemble the square in rows first, press the seams open, then attach the rows, much like people do when assembling blocks in quilting. The right sides of the squares will be facing down, over the couple when they get married, and the top likely won't be seen, BUT just in case, I was wondering what the best way to finish the seams or to hide them would be. Do I stitch wide ribbon over top of them creating a grid of borders? Or is there some way of finishing the seams? Or do I stitch a second layer onto the top like in quilting to hide all the stitch work inside? Please help if you can. Here are some pictures of the sort of thing I am doing.

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Keep in mind also, that this will be an outdoors wedding if the weather is nice - so some light may shine through the canopy and expose some of the work (by shadow).

Thanks for any and all suggestions!

Below are pictures of my squares.

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2  Knitted/Embroidered iPhone (case) in Knitting: Completed Projects by solargrl on: July 19, 2009 12:39:16 AM
I ordered an iPhone a while ago from my mobile provider, and they've been sold out and on back-order for ages.  It was making me really sad, so I decided to make my own.  



I left the top seam open so that I could use it as a case IF I ever receive my phone.

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3  Rolling Stones Laptop Case in Knitting: Completed Projects by solargrl on: February 03, 2009 01:41:39 AM
It seems like I finished this ages ago, but I finally got some time to sew in the big red zipper.  I used the fair-isle method for the logo, and then used a big circular to pick up stitches all the way around to do the red roll border.  I wanted the border to be sort of 3-D.  The case itself was a separate piece, which I attached to the logo patch just before seaming.



It fits my 15.4 inch Acer laptop, which is a PC (I know it's confusing because I put an Apple sticker on it).  I charted the logo using a print-out and tracing paper with a chart, trying my best to keep the shape.  I know it's only rock n roll, but I like it.  Thanks for looking!!

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4  Multi-textured Peacock Scarf in Knitting: Completed Projects by solargrl on: October 23, 2008 08:40:05 PM
I made this scarf using Lion Brand Fun Fur in black, knit together with Bernat MAX yarn in Big Country (which I hear has since been discontinued).  Bernat Max is a great yarn because it varies in weight throughout and creates interesting texture in the stitching.  I left the tassels without fun fur because I liked having the pure colour at the ends for the accent. 





Should be perfect for the coming colder weather!
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5  Ego-Tweed Arm Warmers in Knitting: Completed Projects by solargrl on: October 20, 2008 09:13:31 PM

I made these great arm warmers for the fall, on 6mm dpns, using Schachenmayr Ego Tweed:

"A bulky tweed yarn with lovely, long color repeats. Ego Tweed will knit up into cozy sweaters, jackets, and accessories. It can be machine washed in cool temperatures on a gentle cycle, or machine wash hot and it will felt beautifully."


I love the way the colour gradient turned out.  It's just a k2, p2 rib pattern.

Progress pic: 


Thanks for looking!
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6  Varsity style personalized baby cardigan in Knitting: Completed Projects by solargrl on: May 14, 2008 12:57:20 AM
This was a cardigan for my friend's new nephew Ezra.  It's modified from SnB's "Baby's First Tattoo" pattern to look like a varsity style jacket.  

Back of cardigan:

Front of cardigan:


I used a cheap acrylic (Red Heart) to knit it, on 3.5mm needles, and it can feel quite stiff.  So I lay a wet towel over each piece before assembling, and pressed each with an iron (on low to med) just to break down the fibres a little.  It had a really nice drape to it afterwards, and felt much softer.  The wet towel protected it from melting the acrylic, and the steam was great.

Progress Pics: 


Thanks for reading my very first Craftster post!
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