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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! on: January 08, 2014 11:32:40 AM
I have one of those mini irons but I never remember to use it!

Cute table runner. Aw man, picking out binding sounds like the least fun thing ever...except maybe for picking out quilting!

Yea I'm not looking forward to it. It's 33" by 12-ish" so its not super huge. I machined the binding down when I should have just hand stitched the final part. So I really only have to unpick half of the binding, but still....not my idea of a good time!
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Blue jean rag/boston commons quilt on: January 08, 2014 08:57:37 AM
The nice thing about a rag quilt is you can make it any which way you want! It's up to you where you want the "rag fringe" to show up.

My only recommendation is to skip the batting layer! If you're making a denim/flannel rag quilt it is completely unnecessary. I made one a couple years ago out of old jeans and flannel pjs, no batting and it is WARM!!
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! on: January 08, 2014 06:08:00 AM
Here's my first project without binding, its a table runner/hot pad for my friend Lyds:

I put binding on it after I took the pic and of course am unhappy with it so Ill be spending this evening unpicking it Sad

Also, I really need to work more on "pressing" vs "ironing" and patience, lol. I am a lot better at slowing down and spacing the project out though, so that's a plus Grin
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! on: January 06, 2014 07:20:19 AM
I saw this last year, now I finally have the courage to jump in! I received a 6' banquet table, a ridiculous amount of fabric (is there such a thing?!) and several gift cards to craft stores for Christmas, so I really have no excuses  Grin

1. Table runner/potholder for Lyds
2. matching potholders for table runner
3. Mary Poppins quilt (probably going to keep!)
4. quilted thermal mat for Murphy, the ungrateful wretch
5. Tinkerbell for Bailey Boo
6. Baby playmat for Heather
7. quilted patchwork purse for myself
8. knitting needle bag
9. quilted dish carrier
10. Weekender
11. ottoman cover
15  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lotion recipe hunt on: January 04, 2014 09:01:49 PM
Hello all, sorry I wasn't more specific, but I thank you all for your advice! As previously stated all my free time last year was devoted to taking care of my mother. It was difficult to remember what day it was sometimes, so I apologize for not replying Lique. The recipe I linked to above was merely a starting point. I did do a ton of research before beginning this and also consulted her oncologist to see what he considered safe. He's a fantastic doctor who did his own research and was happy to work with us on it. I did go with unscented body butter for numerous reasons, but the main one being she doesn't like "stink". Before gifting it I did create ingredient labels and the recipients were made aware of all the variables and offered to be my guinea pigs.  I would like to try more of a lotion one day but for obvious reasons there are too many variables to consider and I'd rather be too cautious at this point.

16  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lotion recipe hunt on: December 05, 2013 05:15:39 AM
Hi smittenheart!

I ended up using this recipe. And it worked really well! I'm actually making a bunch more this weekend to give as Christmas gifts along with lotion bars and lip balm Grin

My Mom's doing great, thanks for asking! She finished chemo in August and is now working on getting her strength and hair back. She's rocking the cutest little mohawk right now!
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pattern help please! on: October 25, 2013 01:01:51 PM
Thanks soozeq! I've made slipper socks before but they were constructed differently, so this is my first attempt at turning a heel. Still have a lot to learn with these but I finally conquered my sock fear! Grin

18  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Pattern help please! on: October 24, 2013 07:58:13 AM
Finally venturing into socks and part of this pattern doesn't make sense to me:

Heel Flap:
For the next 12 (14, 16) rounds, place 12 (14, 16) stitches on needle #1, and
divide the rest of the stitches between the other two needles.

Heel Flap Row 1: (Sl 1, K1)*, repeat * to end across 12 (14, 16) stitches, and
turn work.

Heel Flap Row 2: Sl 1 purlwise, P11 (13, 15), and turn work.
Repeat the last 2 rows 4 (6, Cool more times, ending with a P row

To me it would make sense to Sl1, K(11,13,15), turn. Am I reading that correctly or do they mean Sl1, K1,Sl1, K1,etc. to end of row and turn?
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: First Time Knitting on: October 21, 2013 07:40:46 AM
I also would recommend checking out combination knitting (knittinghelp.com has wonderful videos about it). As someone who crocheted for 20 years and suddenly decided to try knitting this was the least frustrating way for me to figure it out and not fear jabbing myself in the eye Grin
20  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Finally venturing into CP.... on: October 17, 2013 12:31:46 PM
Just a couple questions about CP, I've been reading all sorts of stuff about it, especially the things you ladies recommend. But well, I'm pretty much at the point of absorbing too much and my head's about to explode lol.

I've played with the mms sage lye calculator til I'm fairly comfortable with reading it, but my question is, how much water should I actually use? Shoot for the middle range and hope for the best?

And has anybody used milk cartons as molds? Does it need to be lined? Can I just clothespin the top closed or cover the top of the soap first?

Thanks ladies and germs....off to mop the floor, I think some gray matter is oozing out my ears Tongue
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