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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Polaroids on: June 11, 2009 01:19:57 PM
I made this little set of quilts for my little sister's graduation!

They are roughly the same size and proportion as polaroid photographs, and I included little descriptions of places we've been, like you would an old photograph.

Sewn and quilted by hand (my machine crapped out on me recently!). I had a lot of fun experimenting with new quilting stitches. The descriptions are written with micron pens.

Peace, y'all!

22  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Awesome meal involving shallots, green beans, and french bread! on: May 01, 2009 12:11:15 AM
I started out with the first half of a crepe filling recipe, and just went wild with it!

Green beans, shallots, mushrooms, and garlic in sauce served over french bread. Yum!

The recipe:
Makes 2-3 servings.

1/4 c shallots, minced
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 small mushrooms, chopped
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/8 tsp sage (or to taste)

...Saut in oil until shallots are translucent.

1 c vegetable broth
1 c green beans, cut bite-sized
1/4 c walnuts

...Add to pan and simmer until green beans are cooked.

Sliced french bread

...Spoon veggies and sauce over a slice of bread in a bowl. Enjoy!

SO TASTY!! But what to call it? It needs a name!
23  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Old Singer Help: delayed and skipped stitches! on: April 24, 2009 08:12:56 PM
PLEASE HELP, I'm really getting frustrated!

I have an old singer (Model 347, if you're interested) that has been acting up. I just replaced the needle (old one was bent and causing trouble).
Now when I sew it is delaying-- it runs nearly an inch over the fabric before finally catching and making stitches, and then it skips stitches periodically.
I was working with a basic cotton scrap (like a quilting fat quarter) to test it, and it was working moderately well (a little delay, then hardly any skipped stitches), but when I went to work on my cotton shirt, (not a knit, but a bit finer than the test scrap) it delayed a lot and skipped a ton of stitches-- to where I had only three or four stitches somewhere in the middle of 3 inches of sewing.

Please help me before it punches needle holes all over my shirt without sewing anything!!

24  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Completed Projects / Rosary on: March 09, 2009 02:09:09 PM
Recently I've been over-stressed, to the point where I couldn't even find peace and quiet at meeting for worship (I attend a Quaker church). So I decided it was time for a new craft project! I happened into a bead shop during a 50% off sale and got a handful of 8mm beads, then strung them together with embroidery thread using a simple macram knot.

It's not big enough to wear, but a perfect size for my hands!

Here you can see the knots-- to make the loops, I just tied a really loose knot, followed by a tight one. It helped to have a yarn needle to tighten them as I went.

I tied both ends to a larger bead, and tucked the knots inside for a clean finish!

And now I'm a lot calmer and things are going better!
25  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Real fur? on: December 18, 2008 10:51:29 PM
So, I was looking through my old drawers and found a rabbit pelt that I acquired long ago in my blissfully ignorant youth. I kind of feel that it would be respectful to use it somehow (rather than let it waste away in a drawer), but I don't know what to do. Does anyone have any tips for working with real fur? Or any craft ideas for it?
26  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Fall is here~ Stuffed Acorn Squash! on: October 27, 2008 10:48:38 PM
I love acorn squash, but have been making it the same way every time-- so I tried something new!

Stuffed Acorn Squash!

Makes 2 servings. 1 hour cooking time.

Acorn squash
a bit of oil
1-2 apples (I used two small ones from the tree in our yard, and it was plenty), chopped
1/4-ish of an onion, chopped
Cumin (at your discretion!)

Preheat oven to 375. Cut squash in half (be careful, it's hard!) and scoop out seeds (you can keep these for toasting). Place cut-side down in a pan with about 1/2 inch of water in the bottom. Bake for 30 mins.
In a pan over medium heat, saut onion in oil. When slightly tender, add apples and walnuts. Stir, and add a splash of water to make things juicy. Add spices to taste. Continue to saut until everything is soft, juicy, and aromatic.
When you remove squash from oven, discard water. Turn cut-side up and fill squash with stuffing. Return to oven and bake for another 30 mins.

27  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Hip pack on: September 05, 2008 10:53:11 AM
My new wallet is too big for my pockets, so I decided it was time for a purse. Of course, I wouldn't be satisfied with a simple purse or clutch, so I came up with this: a hip pack. A functional relative of the fanny pack, I'd say it's rather a bit more stylish. It can also be worn with the strap over the shoulder.


the back


in action!

I designed it myself, which ended up being interesting, as this was really the first bag I've ever designed--or constructed, for that matter. I guess there's a first time for everything!
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Small Kayak Quilt (bet you weren't expecting that)! on: September 05, 2008 08:26:37 AM
Similar to the canoe quilt I did prior to this, https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=267301.0, this small kayak quilt completely hand-sewn and of my own design.

The writing reads "Rain water, sea water, river water, holy water," which comes from one of my very favourite songs-- Spirit Voices, by Paul Simon. It is kind of in memory of my longer kayaking expeditions.
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Small Canoe Quilt on: September 05, 2008 08:15:30 AM
My first completed quilt! It's a smallish wall hanging, sewn completely by hand. It's a bit imprecise, mostly because I made it while working at summer camp, using my travel sewing supplies.

The words on the quilt read: "Love Many, Trust Few, Always Paddle Your Own Canoe."

Yeah canoeing!
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