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11  portrait of a friend in Needlework: Completed Projects by Ansie on: October 04, 2009 11:22:37 PM
I am making a memory quilt for a friend who will be leaving us soon.  We have given squares to 35 friends to decorate. I will make these up into a quilt to give to her as a reminder of her time here in Dubai.  This is my block.  I am still waiting for the others to come in, so when it is finished I will post it on the quilting community.

I used a family photo from her facebook album as inspiration.  The whole project is a surprise for her, so I am really excited about making and presenting it.  I haven't posted this on my blog yet, as I suspect she sometimes looks at it.  After we presented it to her, I will post it with her permission.
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12  spiral granny squares - finished! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Ansie on: July 31, 2009 11:09:00 PM
The blanket is finally finished!  I am very happy with the end product and really enjoyed making this

The blanket is very soft and cuddly and the ideal snuggle-up-on-the-couch-blanket
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13  tin can stars NOW WITH TUTORIAL in Completed Projects by Ansie on: June 14, 2009 10:07:54 PM
This is a mural I made out of recycled soft drink cans.  I connected them with fishing line and beads.  The soft drink cans are quite soft so it is easy to cut with normal scissors.

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Ever since I posted my tin-can-star mural in June 2009 I promised to do a tutorial. I kept on putting it off because I haven't done any tutorials before and the whole idea seemed a bit overwhelming.
Not any more! Here it is at last:

This tutorial shows you how to make the stars. You can then use the stars to make anything you want from mobiles to Christmas decorations.

You will need:

Empty soft drink cans
Utility/kitchen scissors
template (download and print)
Permanent marker
Sharp object. I used an awl, but a thick needle or nail will also work
Flat nose pliers

Step 1:
Cut the can open.
Start by forcing the one edge of the scissors into the can near the top rim and away from the logo. Cut all around.

Cut from top to bottom. Make sure you keep the logo intact by cutting on the bar-code side of the can.

Cut off the bottom.

This is what you have now:

You can now clean the inside of the can to make sure your work surface and hands don't end up all sticky.

Step 2:
Trace the template onto the can with the permanent marker.

Make sure you place the template over the logo and in such a way that you can fit two stars onto each can.

Step 3:
Cut out the stars.

>Step 4:
Score the stars.
With the logo side facing up, line the ruler between two opposing internal corners. Use your sharp tool to mark a straight line. Make sure you don't cut right through the metal. Repeat with the other internal corners.

Flip the star over with the logo side facing down, line the ruler between two opposing sharp points. Score as before. Repeat with the other sharp points.

Step 5:
Hold the star between your fingers and fold on the lines.

Repeat the folding along all the lines.

Use your sharp tool to sharpen the corners and edges.

Step 6:
With your flat nose pliers pinch the sharp points of the star to flatten them and to bend them slightly upwards.

Step 7:
Hold the staown on the work surface and push a hole through the flat ends with your sharp tool. You can put a cutting board or cork tile underneath.

That's it!


If you want the metal side of the star to be on top you have to change the scoring around. The shorter lines (between internal corners) on the metal side and the longer lines (between the sharp points) on the coloured side.
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14  spiral granny squares in Crochet: Completed Projects by Ansie on: May 31, 2009 11:18:51 AM
I made these blocks using a pattern I found on the crochet-me website.   

Here is a close up of where the edges are joined together:

I mirrored the block by using my left hand to make the spiral go the other way:

it was very slow going so I stopped after 2 blocks!
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15  embroidered portrait in Needlework: Completed Projects by Ansie on: May 30, 2009 11:50:24 PM

I have made these portraits using a photo of my son.  Although these are finished portraits I would love to hear opinions about the use of colour in these portraits.  I made the first one on a plain background but that looked boring so I added some colour.  Now I am not sure wheather I should use a solid coloured background or just a flash of colour or maybe more than one shade of the same colour.  Please give me your opinions.  Thanks  Ansie
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16  leather quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Ansie on: May 26, 2009 09:25:54 PM
I had a post about this quilt before but had to remove it because I included a link to my blog (sorry, now I know better).  Here it is again, this time with photos.
I made it from leather offcuts that I bought at an upholstery shop.  The bag of offcuts travelled with me for about 12 years because I didn't know what to do with it.  I then decided I either had to throw it away or make something.  This is the result.  It is quite heavy in comparison with other quilts but very cosy.

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17  hearts and flowers (with added tutorial) in Quilting: Completed Projects by Ansie on: May 26, 2009 09:20:05 PM
I finished this quilt about a 3 months ago.  I started it after I found out I am expecting a baby girl (I already have to boys aged 9 and 11!)  I had to have something pink and girly and this is the result.  The design is my own.

Feb 2010:  At last I got around to making a tutorial to this quilt.  The instructions (pdf files) can be downloaded underneath this post.
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