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31  My son's space quilt! in Quilting: Completed Projects by baileemartini on: November 01, 2010 10:15:17 PM
So I have been waiting for my machine to get out of the shop for a long time, finally got it back and was able to finish this quilt. I made the awful mistake of trying to use fusible batting. Note to others: DO NOT USE FUSIBLE BATTING. It would not bond in most places, and bonded like glue in others, it would not lie flat, it was hard to reposition, and worst of all, it was stiff as a board once ironed. I could have set the quilt on top of my finger and it would have stayed flat. This meant I could not roll it up to topstitch like I planned. So, it turned into a wall hanging, which is ok, since I would rather not have my son destroy it. The pattern is a Friendship Star, and the fabrics are from Joann's. Let me know what you think; I have not made this pattern before, I usually stick to rectangular shapes.

In progress:

All done! (Pardon the super bright colors, it's my camera)

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32  My new nursing cover in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by baileemartini on: November 01, 2010 10:04:27 PM
I have a baby girl coming in March, and last time around I couldn't find a good, afforable nursing cover. So I looked around at several that I liked, and made my own, with some fabric I bought just because I loved it. There is a piece of boning in the front so that I can look down and see the baby without using a hand, it is very long and wide, and I made the strap to custom fit me, so I don't have to worry about adjusting it each time. Thinking about making a burp cloth with the leftovers.

The fabric is called Mademoiselle, I believe, by Michael Miller. It is out of print.
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33  vintage kneeling chair refurbish in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by baileemartini on: July 27, 2009 05:25:50 AM
ok, so at the thrift store the other day, i found this sweet kneeling chair! they are really expensive, and this one was at least 20 years old, probably more. it has really scuffed up wood and was covered in this:


ew ew ew ew ew. and it was all kinds of dirty. so i spray painted it matte black to help disguise some of the wood imperfections, and recovered it with a fabric i have been drooling over, and here you go, an awesome kneeling chair! still needs 3 bolts that were missing when i got it, but thats an easy fix.




check out this one someone refurbished...eek! exact same chair!


what do you think?
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34  my first two quilts for baby in Quilting: Completed Projects by baileemartini on: July 20, 2008 05:19:16 AM
ok, so i never made a quilt before, and i decided to make one for my baby boy due in november. i had so much fun that i made another, then i made another one for a friend, no pics of that one. they are flannel 5"x5" squares with a sort of thin waffle weave fleece backing that was on clearance. the first one has sort of diamon stitching, the second one has these great giant buttons sewn on with embroidery thread.

i want to get more fabric today to make more!
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35  The star flower hats are coming along nicely in Crochet: Completed Projects by baileemartini on: December 29, 2007 05:33:38 PM
I have crocheted at least ten of these, modified from a pattern I found online. They are such a huge hit, I have been doing commissions! This is the first one I have done with a puff ball on top, and I used a high quality wool/nylon blend, and this turned out great. It took exactly one skein of the yarn I bought, but luckily I bought two skeins, and I am making an extra hat for me!

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36  pens? pencils? help! in More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions by baileemartini on: December 26, 2007 01:14:36 PM
so i have started doing all kinds of drawings on regular computer paper, first in pencil, then going over in black micro point felt tip pen. only problem is, i dont know how to fill in the rest of the pictures. i cant use felt pens because obviously those dont color evenly...i dont know what to use! i have a lot of great drawings, some I would like to frame and sell on etsy, if only i could figure out how to finish them. here is an example of one...an undersea scene made out of various abstract shapes

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37  Re: my first hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by baileemartini on: December 14, 2007 01:52:31 PM
sorry for taking so long to reply! yes, the lizzie hat was my inspiration, but i was using a larger gauge yarn, so i made several modifications to the whole thing. you can (mostly) follow the lizzie pattern all the way up to row 7, where i did

row 8

step 1: (hold last loop of ea st on hook)
ch 6, 2 dtc same eye, 3 loops on hook

step 2: holding last loop of ea st on hook
   3 dtc in next eye, 6 loops on hook, yo thru all 6 loops, sl st to close

step 3:(hold last loop of ea st on hook)
ch 5
   3 dtr in same eye as last cluster

repeat step 2

repeat until finished (if you end up with just one star point to do or something, then do it, i think you end with 3 loops on hook, sl st in next eye thru all loops to close

i believe that's how i did it...should form 6 pointed stars all the way around, with ch5 in between the bottom 2 points of each star...then i finished off with 1 row of dc, and one row of dc, decrese, dc, decrese, until done.

also, everywhere it says to chain 6 (in the original pattern, not my directions), i chained 5, because i already had one chain on the hook from closing off all the loops on my hook. the pattern is not super well written, it took looking at the pictures with the original pattern (http://bythehook.blogdrive.com/archive/87.html) several times before i realized what it meant, and from there it is a piece of cake....if you read the comments to the original pattern, that helps too. and if you dont want the hat to be so puffy, you can use a smaller gauge yarn, it should be more form fitting. the stuff i used was about this gauge (sorry i cant remember the exact yarn)

just slightly fluffy

sorry, im bad at explaining things, but i will say that i have received tons of requests for these hats and will be selling the ones made with my modified pattern on etsy (so please dont thief; ok for personal use only) Smiley

as soon as i can get home and examine the hat, i will post the actual pattern, not just what i think i did Smiley

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38  my first hat in Crochet: Completed Projects by baileemartini on: December 04, 2007 04:40:36 AM
this was the first thing i ever crocheted from a pattern, and the first thing that invloved more than a single crochet (so basically the first real project ive ever done). i think it turned out great!

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39  paintings in More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works by baileemartini on: December 04, 2007 04:35:23 AM
just wanted to post the paintings i made for family members for christmas...all paintings are acrylic on canvas

came from this:

(i had someone photoshop it into black, white and gray)

gir from invader zim, and then i just doodled until i came up with the pink elephants
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