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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / looking for a sleeping bag pattern on: July 11, 2011 05:02:22 AM
so I was at the dentist office the other day reading their out of date magazines and in the letters to the editor section of an old good housekeeping magazine (2007 maybe?) there were pictures of sleeping bags people had made. these little sleeping bags were for kids and were animal characters. I have been searching the net for a pattern and keep coming up empty. I have found a few ideas that I should be able to piece together to make this item but if anyone has an actual pattern that would be awesome. Or if you have made this yourself can you please send me a pick so I can use it as a guide as my memory of what a finished product should look like is getting fuzzy. I'm sure i can figure this out as it's a simple concept of a quilted bag with a animal shapped pillow head and paws and a tail sewn on, but I'm a beginner and I like to have a reference to go by.
thanks in advance
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / My Doll on: August 13, 2010 04:32:16 PM
When I was little my great grandmother knit me a couple of dolls. I didn't know her well but I adored the dolls. So now I'm pregnant with my first baby (due sept.10) and I wanted to make my baby something special. I'm still a beginner and sometimes get confused with patterns, so I made this doll up as I went. I'm really impressed with it (and myself for finishing it)  I don't know what I'm having and the nursery is painted green so I tried to keep the doll gender neutral for now. I plan on adding hair after my baby is born. so if it's a girl, the doll will get long hair, and if it's a boy it will get short hair. Also, I went to Build-a-Bear workshop and got one of their recorder thingys and put my baby's heartbeat on it and put it inside of the doll. I think I did really well for making it up as I went.
Thank you for looking. C & C welcome.

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / my little sock monkey on: August 13, 2010 04:06:58 PM
Hi. I was wandering through the posts and was inspired to make my own little sock monkey. I searched google for the easiest set of insructions I could find, because I'm still a beginner. I was amazed this project only took a couple of hours, and I have to say I'm pretty proud of myself. Smiley
I just wish I could have figured out a neater way to sew the crotch area and attach the arms/legs/tail/ears. If anyone has any suggestions it would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for looking.

Here is a close up of the head.

Here is a head to toe shot.

Here is the back.

Just monkeying around Smiley

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / t-shirt quilt -contains slight profanity on: August 13, 2010 02:25:18 PM
Hi. This is my first post of a finished project Smiley
This is a t-shirt quilt I made. The shirts I used contain profanity. My husband seemed to have this growing collection of shirts that he found funny but just couldn't wear out in public. After seeing a t-shirt quilt I made for a friend's son he suggested I cut up these shirts for our own quilt. I used the backs of the t-shirts or the back of the quilt, and inbetween the two t-shirt layers is an old fleece blanket I had, which makes it really warm.

It's intended to be our camping blanket. The edges are horrible, nothing was squared up or measured, it's really rough, but that is the way my husband wanted it. I'm only a beginner, but even still, purposely not measuring and finishing edges was foreign to me as i'm a bit of a perfectionist. I think over all it turned out well. My husband is more than happy with it and says it's exactly the way he pictured it. Now we can't wait to go camping so we can use it.
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5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine needles on: February 14, 2010 05:22:25 AM
This might be a silly question, But aren't sewing machine needles suppose to be a universal size? I ask this because I bought a pack of size 11 needles, took the first one out and put it in my machine, all was good. I needed to replace the needle, took another needle out of the pack and it will not fit into my sewing machine. The end that gets inserted into the machine is just a hair bigger than the previous needle. So  I went out and bought another pack of size 11 needles, read the pack a zillion times and cannot find a width size anywhere, and with this pack NONE of the needles fit. I thought I was losing my mind. I even got my husband and mother to try to put the needle in and they couldn't.
SO i guess my question is, are needles different widths or whats the deal? What am I missing? I have bought needles dozens of times and never had this problem.  Can anyone help?
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