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Lrschic
« Reply #500 on: March 16, 2009 01:44:59 PM »

It took me a while to decide what to make in March, but I decided on a throw pillow. I agree about the slump thing! Sometimes I make myself do crafts. This is going to my boyfriend's mom. I found this cool print in the remnants at Hancock Fabrics. I used a turquoise for the sides and backing. I kind of quilted the front in a random pattern, but it's hard to tell.





Good luck to everyone else trying to finish a March project!  Cheesy
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« Reply #501 on: March 17, 2009 09:15:26 AM »

I have the perfect quilt for the March theme of making a memory.

I saved several T-shirts that my daughter wore when she was little (they all had holes or stains, etc. so I couldn't donate them) for the purpose of making her this quilt when she got older. When I saw this months theme, I knew it was time to do it.

It's a rag quilt. I added little things to the squares like a "C" pocket, applique heart and fish, stamped a few with flowers, etc., but mostley painted bedbugs on it.  Smiley
 

She's a teenager now and likes the memories that these shirts bring back.
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« Reply #502 on: March 17, 2009 02:49:04 PM »

Wow, you guys did such beautiful work Cheesy
Lrschic, the pillow is so adorable. The fabric combinations are so beautiful!
GumInMyHair, Wonderful quilt! What a lovely way to cherish childhood memories. 
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« Reply #503 on: March 17, 2009 06:26:12 PM »

great stuff.. love the pillow.  gives me ideas..

the quilt is very cute.  love the little critters.
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« Reply #504 on: March 18, 2009 05:34:03 AM »

Lovely pillow and quilt! I have many plans for this month, hopefully I will have time to craft them next week... I've been super busy with swaps! I want to make a scrapbook photo album for the BF, a pincushion for my mom (though this may end up as a birthday gift as her birthday is in may!  Roll Eyes) and some lavender sachets for friends and relatives. I love lavender, and I have been planning to make some sachets for a while now. Here is a nice little tutorial if anyone's interested: http://bugsandfishes.blogspot.com/2008/12/lavender-sachet-how-to.html
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« Reply #505 on: March 19, 2009 03:42:21 AM »

wow that quilt is amazing, i wish I had thought of that and saved  my DDs t-shirts from when she was little.
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« Reply #506 on: March 20, 2009 05:51:10 AM »

I'm working on my project...a shadow box of memories of my grandma, for my mom. Not sure if it'll get finished this month...I'm in a crafty slump here, too!
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« Reply #507 on: March 23, 2009 10:17:09 AM »

Two more pairs of socks completed!! 

Here's one for my cousin who loves green:


And for my uncle:


apricot-colored socks for an uncle, you ask?  well, i acquired about 4 pounds of this yarn, so i'm going to use it for all the men's socks since there's so much yardage.  then this summer (with the help of my friend lapoli), i will dye them brown, olive, blue, etc.  nice way to use up good solid yarn that just happens to be a not-very-useful color.  i'm almost finished with another pair in this yarn, so you'll see them later this month. 

i am feeling a bit ambivalent about socks as gifts, though.  i mean, socks are a lot of work (most of it mindless knitting, but still, a serious investment of time), but will anyone actually wear these?  do you think people will think they are weird?  any ideas on how to package them?  i've found that with homemade gifts (especially those that are being sent out of town, which is all of mine) it's essential to include a note that describes what the gift is.  this xmas i made sets of organic cotton washcloths with handmade soap, and even though i packaged the soap in little printed bags and labeled everything with little tags that said "handmade organic cotton washcloth" and "handmade oatmeal honey soap", several people thought they were potholders!  why would i give people sets of soap and potholders???

how do you guys deal with the kind of handmade-gift self-doubt that I'm experiencing right now??  any new ways of thinking about this would be much appreciated!!  Smiley 
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« Reply #508 on: March 23, 2009 10:34:50 AM »

I usually write a little note or give them personally so that I can explain.  Last year it was a generic note to everyone about doing my best to keep Christmas from being a consumer driven holiday and that this year I spent more time than money on the gift and put alot of love into scouring thrift stores and craft shops for the perfect, usefull, environmentally friendly (reuse/recycle) gift.
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« Reply #509 on: March 23, 2009 10:38:13 AM »

I usually write a little note or give them personally so that I can explain.  Last year it was a generic note to everyone about doing my best to keep Christmas from being a consumer driven holiday and that this year I spent more time than money on the gift and put alot of love into scouring thrift stores and craft shops for the perfect, usefull, environmentally friendly (reuse/recycle) gift.

I love this!  Great idea to be really straightforward about your ideology.  Thanks!
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