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31  three generation afghan in Crochet: Completed Projects by dulcet on: September 10, 2013 07:42:08 PM
When my Mom and her siblings went to their parents' house to sort through things after they died, she ended up with a lot of Grandma's crochet stuff, including a crocheted flower square.  She figured it must have been the beginning of an afghan.  She decided to finish it with Grandma's yarns and give it to one of us who hadn't gotten one from her while she was alive.  Me!!!  I told her to just use a mix of whatever colors she had.  Well, Mom made about 35 flowers or so, and got halfway through adding the leaves.  Then her arm got really sore and she was having a hard time crocheting.  I told her I could work on it some until she felt better.  Well, she didn't and it was just an early symptom of her cancer spreading to all kinds of places that it shouldn't be.  So two years after Mom died, I've finally got back to working on the afghan.  And finishing it!  Yea!

I had to make a few more flowers to get it six by seven blocks, which ends up about queen sized.  I put Grandma's square in the center of an X of purple flowers so I could always figure out which one was hers.  I didn't really need to since I didn't bother to get a good match on the white yarn.  But there you go.

The ironic thing is, as I was attaching the last square next to Grandma's square, I discovered that her square had a mistake in it.  Each side should have 16 joining stitches.  That last square had 17!  To fix it properly would mean ripping back to the first round of white.  And I wasn't going to do that!  So I just fudged it in there.  But now I wonder: was that single square still sitting around at Grandma's because it was a mistake and she just throw it aside?  Have I now immortalized her mistake with a proud place of honor?  Maybe.  But I made the afghan to honor my Grandma and my Mom and all their work for others.  And I love it.

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32  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: September 03, 2013 02:16:54 PM
Yea!  Now I've finished the quilt made from 4" squares of corduroy.  I found a chunk of black corduroy that I used to do a border, so now the quilt is 42".  And I used almost all of the corduroy and the backing fabric.  I pieced some batting to make do.  But I didn't have the drive to make my own binding this time, so I ended up buying some.  But five bucks for a blanket is great!

Another project finished!
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33  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: August 31, 2013 01:16:11 PM
texscrapper -- those all look so well made.  And such sweet gifts.

I got a project finished this month that actually fits a couple of the themes!  One was rainbow colors, and the other was something about how small of a scrap are you willing to keep.  So I cut up all the corduroy scraps I had into either 6" or 4" squares and threw out the rest.  And last night (this morning really) I finished binding the 6" block quilt.  I wish I could have made it look nice without hand stitching the binding, but it had to be done.  It's about 42" square all together.

I alternated the directions of the wale.  And I tried to get a light/dark checkerboard effect and mostly succeeded. 

I've also sewn all the 4" blocks together for a quilt top, but that came out to just 31" square and I have no idea what to do with something so small.  I don't think corduroy is quite right for a baby blanket. 
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34  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: July 15, 2013 08:54:01 AM
carolmb -- I wish I was that patient!  Lovely work.

Sorry ladies, but I have to brag on my husband a bit.  His stash is quite a bit different from mine.  This is what he ends up with when he destastes:

Full post -- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=425657.0#axzz2Z87mJPuw
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35  There's a Dalek in my front yard!!! in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by dulcet on: July 15, 2013 08:47:44 AM
I have to brag on my husband!  When he said he was making something for me for our Anniversary, I had no clue it was this awesome!

Every time he rides his bike to work, he brings home metal stuff from the side of the road.  We've been talking about him making something from them for quite a while.  A few months ago, he got a crash course on welding from our neighbor who just happens to have a mig welder.  So a couple weeks ago when he started spending a lot of hours at the neighbor's house, I figured he had a project going.  He said it was a surprise.  I told him I hate surprises.  He told me I'd like this one!  Man, was he ever right!

Can you imagine waking up to this in your front yard?!

The only things he purchased were the half-spheres, which are pipe caps.  The eye-stalk in mounted in part of a truck hitch, and swivels up and down.  The arm without the laser is made from a jack, and telescopes out.  The head is a propane tank sliced up, with pieces of our broken garage-door-opener spring on top.  The whole thing is four and a half feet tall.

My husband is awesome!

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36  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: July 11, 2013 06:19:12 PM
I decided to get a head start on ballet costumes for next performance.  So this week I made 15 yards of 1" wide piping.  The cord was purchased, but the fabric came from a bedspread (or maybe tablecloth?) from my grandma.  Thing is, I ended up cutting waaay too much bias -- I have another 12 yards of it!

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37  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: July 08, 2013 05:20:06 PM
Good luck CLM.  I would be terrified to move after being in our house for so long.

I have managed to clear about a cubic foot of space on my "sewing bench."  This included sorting my buttons and threading together the sets, a lot of mending which I normally avoid at all costs, and finishing these two projects--

Two Halloweens ago I started a prototype/muslin for my son's costume.  Halfway through I knew it wasn't what I wanted and stopped.  Today I finished it off.  This jacket is made totally from stash.  Of course I was determined to just get it done and usable, so I skipped putting in a zipper or any other type of closure.  But it has pockets, so who cares!

Also a couple years ago, I made this small quilt sandwich to practice free-motion quilting.  Couldn't just throw it away.  I decided that it would be the perfect size for a dolly blanket.  While looking for binding I realized that the 70's fold-over eyelet stuff I had from my hubby's grandma would be just the thing.  DD put it right to use.

I'm feeling pretty good.  And I have an offer.  I came across my daisy-loom while cleaning.  I tried it out when I first got it, but it's been sitting around for years now.  It's time to pass it along.  If anyone would like to have it, just PM me.

For those who wonder what a daisy-loom is--
And I even have the pattern booklet for it from 1948.
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38  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: June 30, 2013 12:45:59 PM
I've only gotten a few things de-stashed since school got out.  I did finish reconstructing my daughter's yo-yo blanket.  I ended up dropping the feed-dogs on my sewing machine, and doing a wide zigzag to tack the yo-yos to the new backing.  I tacked each yo-yo in six spots around the edges or where they butted up to each other.  Clear as mud?  Well she's pleased and it seems to be holding together.

I also finally finished off the box of trousers that's been haunting me.  Since I used all the blues in the blankets and the rug before, I was left with browns, blacks, and greens.  They were mostly cut into 3" strips already, so I did the rest that way.  I just made more blankets backed with double-knit.  This time I left the backing an inch wider all the way around, folded it to the front, and stitched it down.  I ended up with a twin-sized blanket, and two lap blankets that will probably go in the car trunk for emergencies.  They all pretty much look the same.

Of course, the next day my son brought me two pairs or trousers with holes in the knees and asked me to turn them into cut-offs.  I refuse to make more blankets.  We don't need more, and I don't know that many people who would be happy to get something made out of some one else's worn out clothing.  Argh.
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39  Re: 2013 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by dulcet on: June 02, 2013 01:47:29 PM
I enjoy sewing costumes for my girls' ballet studio, but I am sooo glad it's done!  Of course, I was still sewing an hour before the performance.  And I did use some of my stash.  All of the visible layers of Snow White's costume were from stash.  (There was also a lace layer on top of a classical/pancake tutu that she changed into before the prince kissed her--no photo.)

And the black jacquard that I finally settled on for the Evil Queen's bodice.

There were also two pageboys with tam O'shanters and pantaloons made from a burgundy crepe-backed satin from my stash.  But no pictures of those.  I was so busy in the back with costume changes and then putting away that I didn't get the chance to take pictures of many dancers.  And I made several more costumes, but they were from new materials or studio stash.

Now I need to reorganize my sewing bench because I didn't put anything away properly for the last two months or so.  And then I can get back to finishing my UFOs and other fun stash-busting.
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40  Re: Crochet pineapple stitch warm weather summer sexy beach hat ---> pattern link in Crochet: Completed Projects by dulcet on: May 12, 2013 09:05:21 PM
This is a great pattern for using up those partial skeins I've got laying about.  And it's so quick that I made three of them this afternoon.  I hope it's okay to sell them at a fundraising auction.  I didn't see any copyright notice on the pattern.  None of the "don't sell anything made from this pattern--personal use only"  kinda' stuff.  Anyway..they turned out super cute in neon pink, lime, denim.  And I made one in sport yarn with a G hook, which should fit a toddler.  Thanks Maria!

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