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41  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 20, 2017 04:16:37 PM


These are the baby quilts my mom and I made in about 3 1/2 (long) days
while I was visiting on my Christmas break. We finished on Dec. 30th, because I thought I was leaving the next day, but it turned out that I was leaving on the 1st. So, we had a day to actually head out and do something besides sew! In the picture above, mine is on the right, and my mom's is on the left. I cut and sew, she pins, presses, and trims! Teamwork!

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42  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Pair of Baby Quilts (Crib-sized) on: January 20, 2017 04:11:15 PM


So, when I went to visit my mom for Christmas this year, she had another quilting project planned. She wanted to make a baby quilt for someone (who actually just had the baby the other day- 10 lbs 8 oz!) and, since it seems that someone is expecting a baby at least once a year at work, I figured I'd make one, too, so I could have one all ready to go! She found a picture of one that looked pretty basic but it didn't have a pattern available because you could only purchase the completed quilt. We only had about 3 1/2 days to do it.

Based on the finished size of the inspiration quilt, we worked out the measurements that just about made it the same size. We changed the layout slightly to make it symmetric. Then, we figured out how much of each fabric we needed to buy, and headed to the store! We bought a little bit more than we needed because we grabbed a FQ bundle, but my mom has put the extra fabric to good use already!

We've been sewing together for a while, and I usually handle the sewing machine and the cutting, while my mom does the pinning, pressing, and trimming.

Once we had our fabrics, we started playing with the layout options. This is mine (the stack of fabric in the corner is my mom's):



We appliqued an elephant and some little hearts on the center panel. My mom had never done applique before, so she was impressed with the magic of Wonder Under! After I zig-zagged the appliques, I hand embroidered the elephant eyes and tails.

The picture is pre-embroidery...



That just about took care of the first day and a half (planning, shopping, cutting, doing the appliques). The next day, we pieced both tops:



Mine is on the left, and my mom's is on the right.

The next (and final) day, we made the quilt sandwich and tied each quilt. I sewed the binding on my mom's and tried to stitch in the ditch. I missed one spot, and after I left, my mom decided to un-stitch it and hand stitch the binding. I decided to hand stitch the back of mine, too.

My mom's is backed in light purple flannel, but because they didn't have enough for two quilts, mine is backed in a dark teal.

Because we stopped working after dark each evening, the lighting isn't great in the photos, but they came out pretty cute, and they were pretty easy to make. Besides the binding, the hardest part was the applique. And, I'll definitely use this layout for a few more baby quilts (I might change the dimensions slightly- I don't love the proportions of it- it's long and not too wide- the photos of the completed quilts are across a queen-sized bed).

43  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 20, 2017 03:43:37 PM
Immaculata,I haven't checked out the quilting classes yet, but the other classes I've taken have been pretty decent quality. I love that I can follow along with the video if I need to, and pause it and replay it if I get stuck. And, I like that I can take the classes while I'm still in my PJs!

And, Amazon_warrior, thanks for the link to the FMQ video! I've got it open and I'll be watching it in a bit for some inspiration! Smiley I have a quilt top that I'd like to do some FMQ in rows on, so I'll definitely be interested to learn about that!
44  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: January 18, 2017 06:53:10 PM
I have a craft day with friends this weekend. I have things o need to do, but I might be able to sneak in a Raffle Prize project!
45  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: January 15, 2017 03:33:40 PM
I ponied up the dough for a couple of Craftsy classes to learn how to machine quilt on a regular machine. Once I can manage that, I'll tackle free motion!
46  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles on: January 12, 2017 01:42:18 PM
I'll have to see if I can come up with a prize for this round!
47  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Irish Potato Pie...Sort of... on: January 09, 2017 07:35:28 PM
It was! But, sadly, I didn't think to ask to take a piece home! So now, I really do need to make it again!
48  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Irish Potato Pie...Sort of... on: January 09, 2017 01:23:28 PM
Thanks! Can't go wrong with potatoes, bacon, and rosemary! I might have to try it again with the dill to see which one I like more. I'm not sure about bacon and dill...
49  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Winter Nerd Battles: December 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 ~*Join Anytime*~ on: January 08, 2017 06:59:51 PM
Prompt:  December- EDM
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: n/a
Project Name: Crocheted Makeup Remover Rounds Redux
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: A while ago, I made a set of reusable makeup remover pads using 1 round of double crochet and some organic white cotton yarn. My friend has been using them regularly, but requested a new set made "one round bigger." I couldn't find the rest of the white yarn, and it has been discontinued, so I used a ball of brown that was in my stash. Since I wouldn't be able to use the yarn for much else, I used just about the whole ball to make a set of 18 rounds. And, the brown yarn is actually better because it won't show the makeup stains!

Project Picture:



Prompt:  January-Zelda
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: WIP It!
Project Name: Queen Anne's Lace Scarf
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: Back in 2010 (I still have the receipt), I stopped in to a little yarn shop in NH, and while most of the items on display were knitted, there was a crocheted scarf made out of Noro Silk Garden yarn. It was beautiful, and I thought it would make a great gift for my scarf-wearing friend. But, my crochet skills at the time were not up to the task (I even went back for help the following year) and the project got tucked away. I came across it this summer, and put it in a prominent location so I would remember to work on it. When my flight was delayed on Sunday, I took it out of my busy bag, and couldn't figure out where I was in the pattern (I had done about 8 motifs), so I frogged it and started over. Now that my skills are improved, I found the pattern to be pretty simple! I got through the first ball of yarn on Sunday, and the second one on Monday. I didn't block it before I gave it to her but when I said I would take it back to do it, she said she liked it just fine the way it was! Whew! One project off of the WIP list!

Project Picture:




Prompt:  January- Pac Man
Team: Textbook
Bonus Points: Community, Engineering (for the modifications to the recipe)
Project Name: Cooking with Bella
Project Link:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451301.0

Brief Description: Yesterday, after a brunch at the home of friends, I didn't want to drive home in the snowstorm, so I stayed over. The parents had a neighborhood party to attend, so I hung out with their daughters. We had been challenged to make something using the extra pie crust (and even some thawed puff pastry), so their daughter Bella and I searched for ideas. First, inspired by this recipe for Irish Potato Pie, we came up with a slightly modified version. We used the pre-baked pie crust instead of the puff pastry it called for, red onion instead of yellow, several smaller potatoes, and only 6 slices of bacon. Plus, we didn't have any dill, so we substituted rosemary. We had to bake it a lot longer than it called for, but it was quite tasty, and I'll make it again. Then, for dessert, we came up with a peanut butter, chocolate chip, and marshmallow filling for the puff pastry, which Bella assembled.

Project Picture:



50  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Irish Potato Pie...Sort of... on: January 08, 2017 06:58:16 PM
Yesterday, after a brunch at the home of friends, I didn't want to drive home in the snowstorm, so I stayed over. The parents had a neighborhood party to attend, so I hung out with their daughters. We had been challenged to make something using the extra pie crust (and even some thawed puff pastry), so their daughter Bella and I searched for ideas. Inspired by this recipe for Irish Potato Pie, we came up with a slightly modified version. Because of the storm, we were limited to what was on hand. We used the pre-baked pie crust instead of the puff pastry it called for, red onion instead of yellow, several smaller potatoes, and only 6 slices of bacon. Plus, we didn't have any dill, so we substituted rosemary. We had to bake it a lot longer than it called for, but it was quite tasty, and I'll make it again.

Baking:



Finished!


Then, for dessert, we came up with a peanut butter, chocolate chip, and marshmallow filling for the puff pastry, which Bella assembled.





I forgot to take a picture of it finished, but it was delicious!
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