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661  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Love Bug on: August 11, 2009 12:31:45 AM
I was a bit of an insomniac last night (always am a bit when my OH on night shift) and was having a look around craftster and found a link to this cute little "love bug" on someone's WIST. Here is the link to the pattern


Had to make one! Here she is with my almost 7yo, who promptly claimed her after school today to "help with her homework"!!

The wings ended up a bit smaller than the original ( i blame the tiredness Smiley but not too bad for a first attempt, i think!

I find the projects on here very inspiring, thanks everyone for renewing my interest in crochet!

Kate x

662  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Peasant dress freak out. on: August 09, 2009 12:55:50 PM
Love the colours, love the sash! My daughter would love it!
663  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pixel Quilt Question on: August 09, 2009 12:14:46 PM
you will have a 1/4 inch seam on all sides with a 1 and 1/2 in square...

seam lines are the dashes

i would suggest a LOT of strip piecing! (machine piecing technique, wont really save you any time if stitching by hand) this is where you would cut strips (1 1/2in) across the width of your fabric, and join them together before you cut into individual blocks eg,

if you are doing lots of colours you may just have to do them individually Smiley

hope the diagrams helped, and good luck with your project x
664  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: First try at filet crochet on: August 09, 2009 10:42:25 AM
wow thats awesome!
665  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Help altering a baby bib on: August 09, 2009 08:39:10 AM
ric rac is a kind of wavy ribbon available in heaps of colours... im in australia, thats what it is called here Smiley

found a pic!

would be easier and less bulky than putting a binding over the top and would give a bit of colour!

666  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What am I getting myself into? on: August 08, 2009 11:47:41 PM
wow that is a nice quilt!

Are your colours/fabrics the same as the picture or did you pick something different?

When choosing how to quilt it, I would advise something quite simple and read the recommendations on the batting/wadding you are using - some have to be quilted say 2in apart and others 10in!

Another tip! I have just started using a quilters masking tape (it looks like regular masking tape but its only 1/4in wide) and find its great for keeping my quilting lines straight when hand quilting, and saves heaps of time when marking the quilt - esp good for darker fabrics!

Kate x
667  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's your favourite quilting method? on: August 08, 2009 10:53:56 PM
I love the look of feathers and symmetrical patterns on quilts, but right now Im sticking with the all over stipple/meander patterns mainly - its a LOT easier to hide mistakes and a lot quicker!  I still use the walking foot to "quilt in the ditch" but then change to the free motion foot.
668  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is it wrong? on: August 08, 2009 10:48:08 PM
I think it would definately be frowned upon... Quilt shops tend to display quilts that have used a pattern and fabric that they have available to purchase - (and of course patterns come with photos, so why would you need your own?)

I would ask first, and if your using it as inspiration rather than just copying, maybe they wouldn't have a problem with it (but who knows!).  I dont think its any different to seeing something in a magazine and copying it really...

I know at Quilt shows, photography isnt allowed but im not really sure what the exact reasons are for that.

just my 2 cents

kate x
669  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pixel Quilt Question on: August 08, 2009 10:38:19 PM
standard seam allowance for quilting is the 1/4 inch, so for a finished block size of 1 inch you would need to cut your squares 1 and 1/2 inches.

have fun x
670  SEWING IN GENERAL / Machine Embroidery: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered crochet roll on: August 08, 2009 11:32:08 AM
Fantastic tutorial! pics were really detailed, and I can't wait to get started on one for my mum for chrissy.... i might even make a bigger one for her knitting needles!

thanks for a great project!
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