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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / on being very mismatched with a partner on: July 13, 2009 09:28:43 PM
Have you ever been horribly matched with a partner? I don't want to sound ungrateful but I seem to be in a situation where I have absolutely NO interest in anything my partner has ever made (I like functional and she makes frivolous).

I plan on following through and finishing the swap. Would you say something (to the mod OR partner) or just say a polite "thank you"? Be honest now.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Quilt! OMG It's King Size!! on: June 14, 2009 09:47:03 PM
Here is the heeeuge quilt I made for my sisters wedding! I roughly followed the pattern from the book "Last Minute Quilted Gifts". This took much more than the 8 hours the book promised but I completely blame that on the fact that this was my first quilt. It's a King size and I quilted the lines MUCH too close together. Even with it's little quirks I am still pretty pleased.

a little blurry but it's the only pic I got of it (almost)full size..... there are actually 6 bars of green...

folded up and ready to be wrapped!

3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / I'm on a time crunch, whats wrong with my viking?! on: May 11, 2009 08:02:16 AM
I have a Viking Emerald 116 and I LOVE it! In less than a month I have to finish a king size quilt set (85% done), a baby quilt (50% done) and a bridesmaid dress (0% done!!). In addition to needing the machine for daily repairs and small projects....

anyway, here's the problem:

When sewing the bobbin area makes a "chunk chunk" noise and only sews one stitch. Then the bobbin thread breaks. I did not change any settings before this started happening but now I can't sew anything! If I can't figure it out I am going to bring it in to the repair shop (but I hate to do it! The machine is only 6 months old and It is probably a obvious fix).

Yes, I am threading properly. Yes, I changed the bobbin, cleaned out all the lint, made sure the needle wasn't bent and made sure none of the bobbin casing parts were not clearly broken.

4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Baby socks with grown up sock yarn... on: December 28, 2008 09:14:02 PM
Ok, I have a bunch of beautiful self patterning sock yarn (regia, opal etc.) and I really want to make baby socks in large quantities. I figure I could probably get 3 socks from 1 ball of yarn.

Here is the real question: Are there any patterns out there for baby socks that don't look like ridiculous froofy booties?
Just a ribbed cuff version of a regular grown up sock? Is there a way to convert an adult pattern?

Baby feet deserve a little respect...
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / a fab new knitting site..... on: August 28, 2008 10:14:04 PM
My word! A fabulous new knitting site!

I gasped at every page.......I gasped so much I almost passed out.

Lovely photography, intermediate to advanced patterns, advertisements that piqued my interest.

I wish to share this lovely gem with you.


6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Double pointed needle cover (With Tute!) on: August 17, 2008 01:03:55 PM
I have been wanting a Double Pointed Needle (DPN) cover forever and the ones I have seen are about $30 to $40 dollars each!! I decided that I could make one myself and I ended up doing so for about ONE DOLLAR. Here is the finished product:

You can throw it into a bag without the needles poking your lunch or slipping out of the stitches.
Here are the supplies you will need:
PVC piping size 3/4 inch
2 PVC end caps
a dremmil tool
sandpaper or an old nail file
masking tape
contact paper

Step 1: Cut the PVC piping into 7 1nch segments. If you have longer or shorter needles adjust size. You can cut this easily with a hand saw. Most Hardware stores have a cutting center in the lumber section (and often they will cut it into segments FOR you!).
Step 2: place 2 strips of tape parralel to each other on the tube. They should be about 1/4 inches apart. Trace the inside edge of the tape with a sharpie then remove the tape before cutting.

Step 3: Use the dremmil tool with a cutting wheel to cut along the sharpie lines. BE CAREFUL!!! I like to use small cuts away from myself. It does not have to be exactly straight -you can sand it down later. (This can get very dusty! Use eye and breathing protection)

Step 4: Sand all the edges including the ends. Dust the outside and inside completely.
Step 5: Cut a piece of contact paper to about 7 inches by 6 1/2 inches. Stick the middle of the contact paper to the outside and then curve it to the inside. You could really decorate it however you want! Paint, Stickers etc.

I found it was easiest to run a towel along the inside to smooth it down where my fingers couldn't reach.

You are done! Slip the needles in the tube and put the end caps on. I have not decided how to decorate the end of the tubes (or if I want to leave them white).

1 8ft length of PVC piping: $4.98 (that was the only length they had)
End caps: 27 cents
Contact paper: $5.65 (I needed to redo my pantry anyway)
Everything else I already had. There is enough piping here to make 15 of these!
It only took about 5 to 10 minutes to make. I hope someone finds this useful. Thanks!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / The "Craft From Your Wists" Craftalong on: July 29, 2008 08:31:07 AM
Are you totally tired of wisting and wisting with no end in sight? "Who will make this lovely thing for me?" you might have asked. Do you have a bazillion totally cute craftable things on your that you are completely capable of making?

Well Craftsters: It is time to take matters into our own hands.

I propose a craftalong to satisfy our object lusts. Nobody knows you better than You do, so lets get going and clean out those wists! You deserve a gift every month at least!

Rough guidelines:
a) Try for at least 1 wist per month
b) No time frame: Craft until you feel totally satisfied or pampered
c) Include pics of things that you make for other people, too! If it related to your wist-show us!!

Don't have a wist? (gasp!) Well make one! (It's super easy)


8  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / My cat thinks she's a cheetah-cat on a mat on: July 18, 2008 10:30:04 PM
So I was making a cover for my laptop with a sheet of foam but Darla (the cat) stole it and I pimped it out for her. She sleeps with her lovey cheetah and it is sooo romantic.

To celibate their love I made this simple love nest for them. Foam covered with flannel and satin blanket binding. A really quick project-but I just had to share.

"Mooooom, It's NOT bedtime!!"
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a Bender pattern (futurama) on: June 09, 2008 10:18:05 AM
I saw a pattern for Bender the Robot from Futurama somewhere online last year. I think he was a miniture. Does anyone know where to find patterns for him or any of the futurama characters? I can't find the site!! Thanks.  Wink
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cult classic movie swap on: June 04, 2008 03:42:14 PM
Another suggestion: A cult classic movie swap would be sooo much fun. Az person could state their favorite cult classic movie and the other person could do research if they needed (like renting the movie) and craft away! Cult classic is a huge genre.

Edward Scissor Hands
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Return to OZ
Clockwork Orange
Pulp Fiction
2001 a Space Oddessey
The Heathers
Breakfast Club

Just to name a few. What fun!
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