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1  From useless room to beautiful dining room in Interior Decorating: Completed Projects by cgaker on: September 23, 2009 01:12:35 PM
The short version of this is that we moved into our first house at the end of May. It's a 1940s farmhouse/character house which is right up our alley style-wise.

Because of the era, it is not an open floor plan, the rooms are all separated by walls with single doors in them. Though we've debated opening up the wall between the living room and the dining room, for now it has to stay the way it is. Because of that, the dining room had never really gotten set up properly (I didn't have a hutch or cabinet for all my dining room goodies) and it had turned into the crap catch-all room. There were unpacked boxes, bags of toilet paper, stacks of towels. You couldn't even see the dining room.

So, I caved - $600 at Ikea for a big hutch and a hanging chandelier. Everything else was already in my house. I like to do projects on the cheap, but I really couldn't tackle this room without having somewhere to put the china, crystal etc. that my family and inlaws have been slowly handing down to me, lol...

So, here's a before (and actually, this is a tidy before picture) and two after pictures. Curtains on the window changed, everything tidied, table actually usable.

Behind that light brown curtain in the third picture is a closet which had no door on it (I actually reorganized it too, and turned into somethign that is actually useful!) We do have more chairs, they are just in use in the kitchen, so we have to get more chairs for the kitchen and move those ones back in to the dining room to go with the matching table.

Without further ado...


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2  First post: Baby Rag Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by cgaker on: April 07, 2009 10:51:38 PM
Hi all,

Long time lurker, but first time poster ... I hope that this is the right area to post this in. I'm not sure if the rag quilts fall in the same category as the regular quilts? If not, please move as necessary!

I've always wanted to try my hand at quilting, as my mom did quite a bit of it when I was younger. But I never actually did it, as it just seemed too big a project. I'd also not done much sewing since high school (now in my early 30s) but last year finally took it back up and have been trying to slowly teach myself to do some simple sewing projects, mostly simple clothing patterns.

Anyway, I came across this tutorial for a rag quilt, and got so excited I went out that day to find fabric. I made this for my toddler son, with a pillowcase in the blue check fabric, as a Christmas present.

Here's the tutorial: http://jenyu.net/make/ragquilt.php

Crossed fingers, hope I uploaded these pics properly...

Here's the fabrics I chose. The lighter blue one was used in the front, but also made up the entire back:

This is midway through the very laborious process of cutting out all the squares, creating "sandwiches" with the front square, batting and back square, and stacking them. These were then sewn in an "x" from corner to corner, individually - if that makes sense.

Here's midway through sewing the rows together, there's two in the back already done (and Diet Coke, the most important crafting ingredient):

I sewed the "strips" together with a pattern of sliding the blocks one block to the left in each row, so that it would end up with diagonal strips of the same fabric. Here's a stack of the strips... I did eight strips of six blocks each, so that the final project would be six squares wide by eight blocks long ... about the exact size for a crib or small toddler bed.

Finally, I sewed the "strips" together, then snipped the upward facing seams (a very long process), and put it through the wash to soften and "rag" the edges. Ignore the Doritos, lol!

My son loves it! I'm hoping that one of my friends (or me?) will have a baby girl in the future so I can try this again with some pinks, purples, aquamarines, etc.

Thanks for looking!

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