I had plans for this one. Better design... better binding... hand quilting... y'know, a proper quilt.
My son had other plans. Did I mention he never sleeps and has to be right in the middle of all sewing projects?
I finally realized that if I wanted to use the thing before he starts school in oh, 2013, I would just have to slap it together, tie it, and be done. (I am quilting in individual squares when I have a free moment--I tied at the corner of each block, but it still shifts more than I'd like).
It's cheerful, though, and it used up a bunch of scraps from earlier projects. Used bamboo batting, which is warm enough, but super light. It's not a standard size--I had an old utility quilt from my great-grandmother which was the perfect napping-on-the-sofa size, so I cut this one to the same dimensions. The backing is the same red cotton as the binding.
Closeup of some of the squares. The prints make me happy.
Yeah. Started this as an entry for a Lion Brand contest, then realized halfway through that NJ residents were ineligible. Finished it anyway, even though I'm not too fond of working with acrylic and even though Sprocket doesn't really need another Roman solider outfit.
I'm trying to write down a pattern for the helmet and pteryges and will post it when I'm done, if there's any interest. They're easy enough, but the construction's a little weird, because I hate sewing bits together and try to crochet as much as possible without breaking the yarn.
ETA: I'm adding the pattern in pieces, as I get it worked out. See Page 2!
My little Roman! Sprocket unfortunately didn't get to wear this on Hallowe'en, since he had a cold and wasn't in the mood to humor me by wearing dumb stuff. But at least I got some pictures beforehand, so I can still embarrass him. The cuirass and pteryges are felt, and the helmet is freeform crochet.
Floor shot of entire costume
About 2 seconds before he tried to eat the pteryges....
I did convince him to stay in the helmet for a while-- here, having a power breakfast.
Made this last fall to deal with all our yard and garden waste:
It's a pretty simple design. The front of each box has slots where you can drop in additional 1 x 8 boards, depending on the height of your compost. Makes it easier to turn the compost from one bin to the other and to rescue the finished product. My husband saw something similar online for about $200, plus shipping, plus assembly, so naturally I had to try to make it. Constructed from 1 x 4 's, 1 x 8's and hardware cloth, with 2 X 4 footers (which you can't see in the picture). It's about 3 feet by 3 feet by 6 feet. I built it in panels in the living room and then assembled it on the patio (because that's where the outlet was for the drill...) This was a ROTTEN IDEA, as I then had a miserable time moving it to the corner of the yard. It's waterproofed with about six coats of linseed oil and is holding up well to the elements.
Now, if I could just convince the maple tree in the back yard to keep its roots out of my compost...
This isn't my craft-- I just wanted to share it. My father made this Scrabble board 20-odd years ago. He used to say that Scrabble was the key to a happy marriage-- he and my mom played almost every night for 47 years. After my mom died, Papa and I played regularly on this board. Although I no longer have anyone to play Scrabble with, I HAD to have the board when Papa died-- it has decades of good memories associated with it. He was very proud of the design.
The case is made from 1 x 2's and thin plywood, glued and bradded together, hinged at the back and with a swing latch at the front.
The most tedious bit of Scrabble is flipping all the tiles. With this design, at the end of your game, you merely close the board, flip, and shake a bit, and all the tiles are automatically upside down and shuffled-- ready to go again.
The pieces are held in place while you play by a woven grid of nylon twine. The board colors used to be a bit brighter-- he painted them on with acrylics and covered with polyurethane, which has darkened over the years.
I apologize for the giant pictures-- I only recently got a digital camera, so this is my first project post, and I didn't realize they'd be so huge.
DH kept complaining that all Sprocket's clothes had very un-masculine ducks and bunnies-- so I made the little guy some pants. They're a little long, but they fit fine with the cuffs turned up. DH still hates them-- apparently he thinks babies should wear little business suits. Sprocket thinks they're cool, though.
Detail of robot patch:
Alien patch on bib:
As you can see, my machine doesn't zig-zag very well. Time for a tune-up.
I wanted an action shot, but Sprocket's got a cold and isn't very cooperative. I'll try again after his nap.
Ah, here we go. He wasn't that gracious about it, but hey:
And another pair of pants (same pattern, but I tapered the leg more and did shorter cuffs). Sort of a biker vibe:
So I'm going through my dad's stuff, and there are some truly amazing categories of junk. Which of course I want to do something with, because it was my dad's junk. I abandoned all hope of figuring out all the random machine parts and hardware, but I have a few odd little collections that seem promising:
I have about 200 keys and keyrings. While keys are easy to use, I have no idea what to do with all the keyrings (mostly split rings, with metal, plastic, rubber, wood, etc. dangly things, both classic styles and cheapy promotional styles).
And what on earth can I do with a whole collection of brand new plastic watch bands? (He used to buy the cheap plastic digital watches and detach the bands, then carry the watch itself around in a coin purse in his pocket).
Several old dead watches (metal cases, plain white face, but not "collector" watches-- just plain stuff from KMart or somewhere-- mostly my mother's)
A bunch of really old tie tacks and tie bars, some of which are broken.