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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Best way to feature a fabric? on: September 08, 2012 05:37:14 PM
Recently I picked up a few yards of some very pretty fabric (cotton) that I know my mother-in-law would love. It has medium-sized pictures of Peanuts characters (her favorite.) For Christmas, I would like to make her a small quilt or blanket with that fabric featured prominently. However, I'm not an expert at quilting--most of my projects so far have used basic techniques like 9-patch and strip quilting.

What do you think is the best way to make something nice that features this pattern prominently, using no more than intermediate techniques? (It would be a real plus if I could work this project up in less than a month or so, as I have other gifts to make before Christmas, too.)

What do you think? Any help would be much appreciated.

2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: T-shirt scraps? on: April 30, 2012 06:07:58 PM
Cut them into thin strips and crochet with it. I made a laundry bag out of old scraps that way. You can also make a rag rug using crochet, latch hook or braiding.
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Re: Baby Food Jars? on: April 30, 2012 06:04:11 PM
Baby food jars are great for saving seeds.
4  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Beautiful Disneyland (plastic) shopping bags? on: April 27, 2012 09:46:14 PM
I have a bunch of plastic Disneyland shopping bags leftover from various trips to the park. What can I do with them? They're fairly sturdy with big, beautiful pictures of the castle on them. How can I reuse them (or even just one of them) in a way that would show off the picture? Most of the ideas I've seen on the internet have been for purses/reusable bags (which I already have plenty of,) baby bibs (which I don't need,) crochet items (which would destroy the picture) and lunch accessories, which is not really what I want to do.

What does that leave? Do any of you creative people have any ideas? Please help!  Smiley

Thanks!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Gardening wrap question on: October 30, 2011 10:45:35 AM
Hi!
I've been thinking about giving my mom some nice pieces of cloth she could wear around her neck when she gardens (she's a very practical sort of person.) Right now, she uses a cheap flour sack cloth (the kind you can buy in multi-packs at Walmart) tied around her neck to keep the sun and sweat off of it. (with the corners bunched/rolled up, not hanging down in a triangle.) She's mentioned before that she would like something nicer.

I could embroider some cloths with old fashioned borders and designs for her, I guess. But what about the size and shape? Do you think she uses those square cloths because they're handy or because that's what works best? (I don't want to ask because that would spoil the surprise.) Should I use a square or a triangle? What size? How big should the embroidery motif be? What's standard for that sort of thing? I can't find any pictures on the internet of people wearing them like my mom does.

Also note: I've seen all sorts of patterns for neck scarfs filled with cooling crystals. That's a good idea for most people, but I'm sure my mom would NOT want one of those. She would want something simple and chemical-free.

Any advice/links/pattern ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gardening bandana/scarf gift help? on: October 24, 2011 10:04:13 AM
Hi!
I've wracked my brain trying to come up with a Christmas gift for my mom. Since she got laid off, she has been doing the 'homestead' thing. She's very practical, very thrifty, very old-fashioned and very close to the earth.

Anyway, I've been thinking about giving her some nice pieces of cloth she could wear around her neck when she gardens. Right now, she uses a cheap flour sack cloth (the kind you can buy in multi-packs at Walmart) tied around her neck to keep the sun and sweat off of it. (with the corners bunched/rolled up, not hanging down in a triangle.) She's mentioned before that she would like something nicer.

I could embroider some cloths with old fashioned borders and designs, I guess. But what about the size and shape? Do you think she uses those square cloths because they're handy or because that's what works best? (I don't want to ask because that would spoil the surprise.) Should I use a square or a triangle? What size? What kind of fabric? What's standard for that sort of thing? I can't find any pictures on the internet of people wearing them like my mom does.

Also note: I've seen all sorts of patterns for neck scarfs filled with cooling crystals. That's a good idea for most people, but I'm sure my mom would NOT want one of those. She would want something simple and chemical-free.

Any advice/links/pattern ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

7  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Gift for sister who has NOTHING? on: August 06, 2011 01:28:00 PM
Ok, I've seen lots of brain blockage threads about what to make the person who has everything. But this year, I need ideas about what to make someone who has nothing.

Basically, my younger (early 20s) sister made some bad decisions in life and ended up with absolutely nothing but a few tee-shirts and a new baby. She's turned her life around since then. The family has helped her all we can and she's found a wonderful live-in fiance, but times are very hard and they still have next to nothing.

With that in mind, what should I make her for Christmas? I've asked her what she needs and she says nothing. I've asked my mom and she says anything I give her she wouldn't already have. Last year I made her a quilt. What should I make her this year?

I can crotchet, make jewelery, sew (moderately well), embroider and do various assorted crafts. I don't mind spending a considerable amount of time, but I can't spend a lot of money. It should be for her; not the baby (I'll get something separate for the baby.) And it should be as useful as possible.

Any ideas?
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with pattern from Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thrse de Dilmont? on: November 28, 2010 01:11:14 PM
Help! Has anyone done any of the crochet patterns in The Encyclopedia of Needlework by Thrse de Dilmont? I'm trying to do the 'Crochet Chair Back Composed of Squares' and I'm confused by some of the directions.

In row 10, it says: "7 chain, 5 overs, join the loop to the 2nd picot on the side of the pyramid where you are working, draw the needle back through 2 overs, make 2 overs more, and put the needle into the middle picot opposite and draw the needle twice through 2 loops, thirdly through 3 and each time after that, through 2 loops = 6 chain, 1 double treble, join to the 3rd over, 7 chain..."

Now, I'm guessing 'overs' means yarn over. But how do I join to an 'over'? I'm confused.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Baby books storage? on: August 15, 2010 10:27:15 AM
My sister is having a baby soon. For the shower, I'd like to get her some books to read to the baby. I'd also like to get her something (relatively) nice to store them in, but I'm not sure what. A fancy book box, like in Inkheart? A fabric tote she can carry around? A milk crate sort of thing? What would be best?

Whatever I get, it needs to be inexpensive (under $40,) and have a flat surface I can paint or draw on. Also, I would rather not pay shipping, so it needs to be something I can find locally at craft stores or department stores.

Any ideas? Links and/or pictures would be nice.

Thanks!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Storage for baby books? on: August 15, 2010 10:24:36 AM
My sister is having a baby soon. For the shower, I'd like to get her some books to read to the baby. I'd also like to get her something (relatively) nice to store them in, but I'm not sure what. A fancy book box, like in Inkheart? A fabric tote she can carry around? A milk crate sort of thing? What would be best?

Whatever I get, it needs to be inexpensive (under $40,) and have a flat surface I can paint or draw on. Also, I would rather not pay shipping, so it needs to be something I can find locally at craft stores or department stores.

Any ideas? Links and/or pictures would be nice.

Thanks!
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