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51  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Quilt From My Husband's Grandma on: May 24, 2013 01:24:27 PM
My husband went for a trip back home to see his family recently, and was gone for 2 1/2 weeks. I don't have that much vacation time (gotta hang on to what I have, at least for now anyways) and I ended up having bronchitis while I was here at our home.

Among the things he brought back was this wonderful quilt from his grandma. Grandma is making sure that each family and each grandchild gets a quilt from her. She finished this one for us in March, in time for our 15th anniversary.



We've hung it on a curtain rod on the biggest piece of wall in our second bedroom. I know it's technically upside down here (look at the orientation of the stars in the quilt), but on the backside is a separate patch that Shane wanted on the bottom so it would be easier to see. It's a patch with our picture on the back, with our names and Grandma's name on it. Shane wanted to be able to show it off. Although the more I look at it here, the more I think I might turn it around. I believe Grandma said this is a 9 Square quilt pattern.

The thing that really kills me is her response back when I sent her a thank you for this. I know a lot of work went into this quilt, because I've made one sewn quilt and I'll probably never make another. They are a lot of work. So I definitely had to thank her. She told me she was glad to hear from me about it and that we liked it because a lot of times, she doesn't hear back from people once they get a quilt from her!!!!

It measures 5'3"x5'9". Each one of the colored squares has a different style of quilting stitch on it. And that thin navy blue border around the quilt? Grandma actually sewed that on BY HAND with the tiniest stitches you've ever seen! Several of the baby quilts she's made are entirely handsewn.

Normally, I don't like to "save" thing for special use: candles, crystal, china, towels, etc. I like to use this stuff because what if there's just NEVER a special enough occasion?  However, in the case of this quilt, we are keeping it safe, while hanging it like this ensures that it's still out for show for all to see.
52  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / A Chemo Cap to Send: "Patty's Stripes" on: May 24, 2013 01:20:33 PM
This is a chemo cap pattern that I came up with myself last week. Since it's for my mom, I'm calling this one "Patty's Stripes." It's already on it's way to my mom's house.

Materials:
I used three different colors: a slight off white (color A), a beige (color B), and a rust color (color C) that was actually left over from my Doctor Who scarf last year.

For my stripe pattern, I worked this color sequence: A, A, B, C, C, B, A, A, B, C, C, etc.

Any number of colors will work here, but you don't want to use your cheapest yarns for the chemo caps, otherwise they will be itchy. Use something soft.

Crochet hook: H

Directions:
CH 2 (or 3) always counts as 1 DC.

Start this hat with a magic circle of 1 chain and 5 SC. Secure the ends with a slip stitch.

Row 1: Chain 2,  work 11 DC in ring. Secure with a slip stitch, and turn the hat around.
Row 2: Chain 2, work 1 DC in the same stitch. Work 2 DC in each stitch around. Secure with a slip stitch, and turn the hat around.
Row 3: Chain 2, work 2 DC in the same stitch. Alternate 2 DC/1 DC around. Secure with a slip stitch, and turn the hat around.
Row 4: Chain 2, work 2 DC in the same stitch. Alternate 1 DC/1 DC and 1 chain around. Secure with a slip stitch, and turn the hat around.
Row 5: Chain 2, work 2 DC in the same stitch. Alternate 1 DC/1 DC/1 DC and 1 chain around. Work your DC with the chain into the space of the previous row's chains. Secure with a slip stitch, and turn the hat around.
Row 6: Chain 3 and alternate 1 DC/1 DC and 1 chain around. Work your DC with the chain into the space of the previous row's chains. Secure with a slip stitch.
Row 7: Chain 2 and work 1 DC in each stitch around. Secure with a slip stitch, and turn the hat around.
Row 8: repeat row 6
Row 9: repeat row 6
Row 10: repeat row 7
Row 11: repeat row 6
Row 12: repeat row 6
Row 13: repeat row 7
Row 14: repeat row 6
Row 15: repeat row 6
Row 16: Chain 1 and work 1 SC in each stitch across. Fasten off the yarn.


Sorry for the crappy cell phone photo.  Smiley
53  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: The Girl Who Waited on: May 19, 2013 07:40:59 AM
I love your dolls so much!!!! I had to add this one over to Geek Crafts too. Smiley

http://geekcrafts.com/the-girl-who-waited/
54  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Necklace, Headband & Hair Clip from Fake Flowers! on: May 08, 2013 01:39:47 PM
Love those! The necklace is especially pretty, but I'm partial to purple. Smiley
55  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Sooooo many hats! *pic heavy- think Hulk weight in pics* on: May 08, 2013 01:38:45 PM
 Shocked Oooooh, purple wolf and zombie brain ROCK!
56  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Glitter heels that won't lose glitter! on: April 27, 2013 04:44:20 PM
 Grin

WOW! Love those!!!!!

***Rocks!***
57  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Adventure Time Converse sneakers on: April 27, 2013 04:43:09 PM
OMG those are awesome! I love Chuck's anyway and I've just recently become a big AT fan.

***Rocks!***
58  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Star Trek Swap V Gallery on: April 27, 2013 04:41:34 PM
I received my swap package from RikaHeart today.



2 unstuffed ST:TNG command uniform pillows--I love the idea of these and I love that she sent them unstuffed. Good thinking!
clay ST:TNG communicator and command pipps--hee hee, she got badges from me too  Grin
a selection of handmade cards with ST:TNG characters on them--LOVE THESE!
outer space wall clings
a ST:TNG paperback--this is funny because I almost went and got one for you too  Smiley
a burned CD of a ST/Doctor Who parody video
and a padd with paper
59  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Sally!!! (pictures) on: April 27, 2013 02:43:12 PM
Love her! She turned out so pretty. Smiley Had to add her to Geek Crafts: http://geekcrafts.com/handmade-sally-from-the-nightmare-before-christmas/.
60  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Envelope bag on: April 26, 2013 06:44:50 PM
I love that! The color is awesome, love the material you used (both inside and out). It looks perfect!

***Rocks!***
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