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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / camo bikini on: August 05, 2008 06:36:12 PM
This is my first ever piece of clothing. lol yea, I chose a bathing suit. I made it as a surprise for my boyfriend after he graduated from boot camp and we went to myrtle beach. He's big into hunting and I thought it would be fun. The only shots I really have are at the beach but you can still get the idea. I had a lot of fun but it took me a lot longer to make than I thought. Maybe it was the elastic, or the sewing machine that I've never used, or the fact that I changed the pattern lol who knows. But it turned out really nice and fit perfectly! I also made a little wrap sarong thingy out of the scraps since my tush hung out so much lol. It was my first time doing embroidery too. I did the sarong during the 12 hour drive down to Ft Jackson, SC. All the bumps didn't make it easy lol

look at my tush! lol

sorry if this pic is kinda crappy, the batteries in the camera were dying...
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Patriotic no-sew rag quilt on: July 11, 2008 06:05:51 PM
This is another one of my no-sew fleece quilts. I decided to do a patriotic theme. I was supposed to have it posted by the 4th but I'm kinda lazy, it's also my second post on my etsy site...hope you like!

3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / TMNT on: July 02, 2008 02:33:47 PM
I didn't want to fully post this twice (I've entered into this months challenge) But I had to share it with my fellow cross-stitchers who would truly appreciate my hard work!

Here's the link to the full story with a million pics - https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254683.0

Here's my fav pic of the bunch just to give you an idea of how totally awesome it is!

sorry in advance if this counts a posting twice...I just can't help but brag about it, make sure you vote for me!! lol!
4  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 29 ENTRIES / TMNT Cross-stitch blanket - Tons of Pics!!! on: July 01, 2008 08:51:09 AM
This had to be the biggest project I've ever done! It all started a year ago when I decided that my boyfriend, who loves the ninja turtles, needed a blanket. So I set out making a pattern. I had a friend of mine crochet a blanket for because I don't know how to crochet. I think its a single stitch or something like that. I'll have a pic don't worry. Anyway, this particular stitch gives you a grid pattern, it's easier to see if you stretch it a little bit. But it was perfect for cross stitching. I hadn't cross-stitched in years, since I was a little girl. But I wanted to do it. After the first month I realized I was in over my head. Between school, work, and plain ol' procrastination, the whole cross-stitching portion took a year and about 3 months. I was excited to see this challenge as I was finishing the blanket. I thought that this would work perfect!! I am amazed at how well it turned out even if I know where ALL of my mistakes are lol. The back portion turned out messier than I wanted but too late to fix that now. To keep it as neat as i could I wove the colored yarn through the crochet stitches. You can see it better in some of the pics. Thanks so much for looking!

Here's the blanket as a whole.

Here's the back of the blanket.









closer look at stitches

back - you can see a little better how I wove the color through.

crochet part
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Another no-sew rag quilt thingy (lots of pics!)*Now with directions* on: May 05, 2008 09:22:13 AM
This is a blanket that I made for my mom for christmas. I finally got a chance to take pics of it. It's another on of my cool blankets that I created. There was no sewing involved anywhere in this blanket. I tied lots of tiny little strips together lol. This is actually one of my favorite blankets that I've done like this.

Tell me what you think!

Brief instructions with some pics!

First you need to know that all of this is very adjustable and any mistakes you make will go completely unnoticed with the finished project. It's very forgiving...

supplies for a 60x70 blanket (size of above blanket)

I like to use a rotary cutter, but scissors work just fine.
I use chalk to draw on the fleece so I can get straighter lines, it rubs off pretty easily and won't stain.

For the above blanket I used 6 different colored fleeces. You'll need 2 feet of each.
If you want a back to put on it, 2 yards should be enough.

First you need to cut out squares that measure 12"x12"

You should be able to get atleast 8 squares. Which is good because it leaves you with a back up of each color.
I like to cut all my squares out and get that step out of the way...

Next, on each square you need to cut out the corners. I like to do 1"x1" but it all will relate to how long you make your strips. (i.e. I make my strips only 1" long. If you made them 1 1/2" then your corners that you cut out would be 1 1/2"x1 1/2")

When you have all your corners finished you can cut your strips. I make them 1/2" wide to make the knots look cool. If you use that measurement you should have 20 strips on every side. This is where many "adjustments" are made because I'm not very precise in my measuring lol so not all of my strips are perfect, but I have 20! The uncut portion should measure approximately 10"x10".
*Note: If you think that you will have difficulty tying 1" strips then make them 1 1/2", just remember that you will only have 18 strips on every side and you would have a 9"x9" uncut portion.
*Tip: I draw a line across with chalk 1" deep so I don't have to keep measuring that part. You can notice my yellow chalk line in the pic...

Now comes the fun part! lol after you figure out how you want to lay out your fabrics you can start to tie them together. I usually have the 6 squares (one of each color) going across, then I make them go diagonally down giving me 7 rows. All you need to do is line up the strips and double knot them.

When it comes to adding the back I just lay the top portion on top of the 2yards of fleece and cut off the excess and then cut strips so they line up with the top. It's kind of the messier part of the project...

Another example of one that I made is https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=238936.0
It's a baby blanket with the uncut portion of the squares measuring 5"x5" giving me a whopping total of 35"x45"

Any questions ask!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / not sure if it's really a quilt on: April 08, 2008 06:37:15 AM
I call this my no-sew rag quilt fleece thingy. I really wanted something that looked like a quilt but I have no sewing experience, so I created my own breed of blanket. This is my latest, a baby blanket for a friend.

I've also just posted in the business advice section because I'd like to start selling them. Maybe you could help me here. The materials for this blanket cost me about $20 and it took me 12-15 hours to cut and tie everything. Any tips on the best way to go about pricing?
7  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / questions about pricing on: April 07, 2008 09:43:20 PM
I've been making my own version of the no-sew fleece blankets (I got bored with the normal way) and I've been told that it might be worth selling them. But I have no clue where to begin with pricing. And I'm not sure if I should do craft shows or stick to online sites. I have pics of a baby blanket that I just finished to give you an idea of what I'm making.

That's the front of it. Here's a close up.

It's a little img heavy sorry. and here's the back.

Now for this blanket, the materials cost me about $20 and it took me around 12-15 hours to cut and tie all those tiny knots. Any tips on how to price it? This is the first baby blanket that I've done. Normally I do large full size blankets. And what should I consider this? A quilt or just a no-sew blanket?
Thanks for any help!
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