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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Graffiti quilt for cancer (photo fat) on: June 30, 2010 10:04:43 AM
Hi all! After many trials and tribulations keeping me from starting and then finishing this quilt, it is finally complete! In an earlier post I was looking for ideas for a fundraiser for a child in our community with a brain tumor ( http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=350930.0 ). I was hoping to make many small things, but decided to go with one big thing and a few small things (perhaps I will post the small things some other time). Anywho, all fabrics including the batting and backing, are from my stash. It is quilted in matching orange thread around each section and approx 2" away from the black flange (omg, the flange was so much fun!) around the entire quilt. The backing is the same orange as the binding, I believe it was either red rooster or blank... or something. Anywho, I hope all you seasoned quilters can appreciate it as much as I do.

Now, how much should I have them price it for? I guess I should mention it is toddler/small throw size.

In progress:

Here is a link to the lil boy's website if anyone would like to learn more, or perhaps donate.

2  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Child Cancer Fundraiser Ideas? on: June 16, 2010 09:43:06 AM
There is a little guy in our community, age 2, with cancer. He has had 5 surgeries I believe so far. Various people are holding a fundraiser sale and I am needing ideas on quick things to sew up for the sale that people will actually buy. One person is making hand puppets. I have the idea to make little boy ties, but I need more variety in what I can donate to them to sell. I know you craftsters are full of ideas, so please send 'em my way. Links to tutorials are also welcome.

My fianc's band along with other bands are holding a benefit show for this cause as well. I just love how when someone is in need, our communities seem to pull thru.

3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Drapery Lining on: June 15, 2010 07:01:13 PM
I have a garbage bag full of various drapery lining remnants. Anywhere from Rain no Stain, Thermosuede, and Blackout. I have pieces that are under a yard, some are well over, and some are even 2 or so. Besides the obvious use for this fabric, what else can be done with it? I have tried my good pal Google, but came up with nothing. My mind is fried from working 2 jobs and cannot come up with a single thing. So, what would you use it for?

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Singer 7430- Reviews/Opinions needed on: December 29, 2008 05:59:31 PM
I am broke like no other, but my father sent me $100 this x-mas and well that is half the cost of this (Singer 7430) machine at work right now. I have tried searching the internet for reviews and have come up with almost nothing for this machine. I am asking those of you out there who own this machine to give me their honest opinion of it. I do not want to waste my money.

I would really prefer to buy the Janome 8077, but the $60 more could go toward food or bills.

So I guess, if you have tried both of these machines, which would you buy if you were in my situation?

I hope to hear feedback soon as I am going to make the purchase either tomorrow at work or Wednesday at the latest. Thanks in advance!
5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Pink Paisley/ Blue Stars Washcloths- 4 pics on: July 15, 2008 01:57:09 PM
(I thought this area would be fitting for these, if I am wrong, please move this)

A lil story: I haven't sewed since the 7th grade when I made a gym bag in home-ec. I have designed many things, bought many yards of fabric, and just recently purchased 25 pounds of sewing patterns, but haven't sewed anything, until today. I grabbed my mom's Sinplicity 4700 sewing machine about a year ago, and haven't used it. Since then I have purchased 2 (yes two) "Shark" sewing machines (the cheap $20 at chain stores). Since I'm not machine literate and there is no manual to be found, I decided to take the plunge and actually take one of the lil sewing machines out of it's box today. Even tho this machine only goes forward in a straight stitch, I love it for its simplicity. =)

Anywho, I'm long winded, and here is what I made in about 30min or so: 4 washcloths, 2 of each

This first photo shows the front and back of the washcloths. Navy blue terry, light pink terry, pink paisley cotton, blue stars cotton

The colors are truest in this photo

Close up of paisley

Close up of stars...which is actually "The Wise Old Owl" by Kristen Powers (if anyone is interested)

I was just too excited that I had to post. I know it is nothing compared to all of what you guys can do, but I guess I gotta start somewhere.

Thanks for looking!!

6  CLOTHING / Designer Clothing Homage / Dirty Little...Stella on: July 03, 2008 09:35:39 AM
Stella, Stella, Stella. How I admire her beauty and raw talent. Thankfully, since her new musical endeavor with Dirty Little Rabbits in the lovely (now flooded) state of Iowa, I am able to see her many many times. Anywho, I found this photo of her online, and absolutely love her outfit. I don't know who made it, but I need to have it. I have already found fabric very similar (if not exact) to that used, so I am good there. Would anyone know of a pattern that resembles the dress? Also, is making the type of corset that she is wearing, much different from a regular?

(I don't remember where I found the photo at as I just got excited and saved it to my HD when I saw it. So I am only linking to the photo from my photos)

I'm sorry if I am posting this in the wrong board, it just seemed this one fit the best.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Charming Stitch Markers - Few Pics on: June 05, 2008 07:04:21 PM
I made stitch markers to pass the time while my boyfriend/fiancee' (not sure anymore) is at work and band practice. I made hundreds of them. My fingers are sore, but they are well worth it. The heart and leaf ones fit on the round KK looms. The blue leaf ones fit on the long KK looms. And the tiny pearls fit on size 9 needles. They are nothing special, but I need to get in the habit of posting more things.

Glass pearls

Size reference

Glass leaf.

Thanks for looking!!

(I hope I posted these in the right area)
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Substitution on: May 20, 2008 08:07:44 AM
I'm not sure if this is the right board or not, but I'll give it a try.

Does anyone know a good substitution for Lion Brand Lion Cashmere Blend? For as much as I need, it is a bit out of my price range for my whole project. The substituted yarn does not have to be Lion Brand. I'm actually a newbie when it comes to my yarn choices, so new and exciting brands and comments about them are very welcome.

Thanks so much in advance!

BTW: I'm making a blanket with cables if anyone needed to know.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Bummer of a Mother's Day- Photos inside on: April 29, 2008 12:47:57 PM
So my remaining grandmother,mom's mom, passed away March 1st, unexpectedly. So obviously this will be our family's first mother's day without her. My grandmother and I were very close, as was the rest of the family and her. My mom and aunt are hurting so badly, and I don't live at home but wish i could be there to comfort them. And, truth be told, I need comforting. Mother's day was always a big deal in our family. We would get together, eat, exchange gifts...have a good time. So anywho, I bought an "I am loved" bracelet for both my mother and my aunt, as well as making them a compilation cd with these songs:  (if you have more like this, please let me know as this music isn't the kind i listen to...but metal doesn't say "mom, i love you" in our family)

Faith Hill- Can't lose me
The Wilkinsons- 26 cents
Good Charlotte- Thank you, mom
Confederate Railroad- Jesus and mama
Clay Walker- 'Fore she was mama
Lynard Skynard- Simple man
Van Morrison- Mama said there'd be times like this
Boys II Men- Song for mama (this is actually my brother's and mine ringtone for when mom calls either of us)
Josh Groban- You are loved (don't give up)

What other kind of gifts can I make for the grieving mom's in my life?
10  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / 6 yards of strechy fabric....what is it good for? on: April 15, 2008 09:17:51 AM
So I went a bit overboard a week ago and bought 6 yards of this black w/pink & silver pinstripey fabric. It stretches horizontal (with the stripes going vertical). First off I dunno what kind of fabric is. Can anyone tell me? Secondly, since this was an impulse buy I didn't have anything in mind for it. So...what can I do with 6 yards of stretchy fabric?


(sorry for the link. I'm working on posting more. I mean...I have been a member for a few years.

I'm a sorta newbie sewer

Thanks in advance my dear craftsters. Grin
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