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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: need an opinion... on: October 11, 2013 06:59:34 PM
Thanks! I think I needed a bit of confidence to go on...

I hadn't thought about different yarn. I've been working really long hours lately and haven't had any time to go shopping, so when I needed a new color I gave my mother one of the papers off my first two balls of yarn and asked her to go by it for me. She came back with the yellow ball of yarn, and said that it was the only one that was the colour I wanted but it had no paper wrapping on it. The girl at the store thought it was the same brand, but she could have been wrong.

I think I'm going to just keep going. I'm too lazy to start over. Cheesy

I'll have to look up some other giant granny squares now!
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / need an opinion... on: October 11, 2013 06:37:46 PM
I decided that I wanted to learn to crochet, and had my aunt give me one quick lesson. The result of which is that I sort of know how to make a granny square. Go me I guess? Anyway, I decided to make an afghan and came to the conclusion that I would just make one giant rainbow coloured granny square.

My stitches (is that the right word?) started off nice and tight, but have been gradually getting looser as I go along. I don't think that the size of the orange stitches is too far off from the red, but the yellow looks much looser. Is it as bad as I think?

And are giant afghan (like throw blanket size) granny squares really a thing? Or am I just attempting something crazy because I don't know any better??? 

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: How I made my Slayers baby quilt. (Very pic heavy.) on: May 24, 2013 05:28:58 AM
This is so fantastic that I do not have proper words for just how fantastic it is. So I'm going to keep saying fantastic a lot. Cheesy

Seriously though... I am in awe of all the work this took and very, very jealous of this baby and the parents. (who are clearly very fantastic people if they love Slayers this much)
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First Attempt Baby Quilt (pic and word obese, I like to ramble) on: November 04, 2012 08:52:49 AM
And now the epic tale of how I sorta made a quilt even though I have never attempted anything like this before:

Let me start this out by saying I am clearly insane at times.

A few months ago I found out that one of the girls at work was having a baby. We're friendly enough at work, and on Facebook, but don't really spend time with each other outside of staff get together. And since I now work in another department we see each other even less. So I made a mental note to buy her a gift eventually and didn't really think about it for a few months.

Skip forward a bit and I find out that she is having a girl. My first thought was that I would have to go and buy her something really girly and pink, but then while I was at the fabric store I came across a pattern for a butterfly shaped rag quilt. Perfect I thought! And I promptly bought the pattern.

And then I forgot about it.

A few weeks later (again) I was at fabricville and there were bolts of printed flannel out front for $2 a metre. I found a really cute polka dot fabric which I bought only because it was cute. I bought a few metres, brought it home and then remembered the quilt pattern I had bought. I ran out, got coordinating pink and purple fabric, and decided that this was it! This weekend I was going to make the quilt!

Skip forward another two weeks.

I still haven't touched the fabric, and I've decided that I don't like the butterfly anymore. I think my logic was that it had too many curved lines. I don't know.

So at this point I find my way to google and after much searching, I decided on making a rag quilt. Then I came to the conclusion that it needed more than 3 fabrics in order to make an interesting pattern. Thankfully after digging through my stash I found some brown and blue flannel that tied in fairly well.

After messing around in paint, and some fairly quick math I came up with what I decided was a workable pattern. 7x10 blocks all 5 inches square. Brilliant. Except for the part where I didn't have enough fabric in some colours and had to mess around with my pattern to make everything work.

But eventually I prevailed and managed to cut out all the blocks, and middle squares while watching countless episodes of Downton Abbey.

Enter yet another week long break. (I live to procrastinate)

At this point I am informed that we are having a staff baby shower and it will be in three weeks. Thinking that perhaps I should get around to actually starting this quilt I started sewing together a few rows. And then I realized something about rag quilts. With the edges the way they are they look messy (to me anyways) while you are sewing them. It drove me crazy. And my mother and my sister were fairly doubtful about how it would turn out. Their doubts infected me I swear.

So I took another week long break.

Meanwhile I have actually gone out and bought a gift in case I don't finish whatever mess I am currently in the midst of.

Finally with one week to go until the baby shower I decided to stop messing around and make a "proper" quilt with backing and batting and pretty pink satin binding. So I start sewing. Every night after work. And by Friday of that week I have 6 out of ten rows. The baby shower is on Sunday.

So basically (and I'm going to wrap this up, because any one who is actually reading this and not skipping forward for pics is probably sick of listening to me babble) I spent all night Friday and all day Saturday working on this.

In the interest of saving time I used a cream flannel throw for the middle and stitched it to the finished quilt top. I then cut backing fabric to fit, and sewed all around the edges. I used the pillowcase method (I think) to turn the quilt rightside out and then hand stitched the opening closed. I also added a puffy heart applique to one corner for some added interest. I then added some quick stitches in the middle to keep the backing fabric from shifting around too much.

So in the end, even though it is not a "proper" quilt, and it was a bit of a rush job, I'm pretty pleased with it. Hopefully the recipient will be as well.

And now for the good part! PICTURES:

Layout on the floor, notice how it has seven rows, but the finished quilt has eight! How did I do it? I don't really know.

Front and back fabrics:

The not so helpful helper:

Finished quilt, washed and dried but not ironed. Yes I ironed it. Is that not normal?

Close up of my puffy heart applique:

And another pic of the backing fabric, cause I thought it was too cute:

And finally all folded up and ready to go:

Now the baby shower is in an hour, so I should probably go get ready!
5  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Re: GERMINATE! GERMINATE! GERMINATE! on: May 08, 2012 06:34:07 PM
Wow! This rocks so much!!  Cheesy

I used to work in a garden centre and I would sketch pics of Daleks yelling "Pollinate!", I wish I still worked there, I would loved to have set something like this in amongst the flowers.
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: I'm Back and celebrating with a Fabric Bucket TUTORIAL!!! on: March 25, 2012 06:14:15 PM
Very cool! I'm going to have to add these to my to-do list.
7  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: I have a slight obsession with coo coo clocks <333 on: October 02, 2011 06:08:31 PM
Love it!
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: Halloween Jar Luminaries + tutorial on: October 02, 2011 06:07:51 PM
My response at seeing these was "OH LOOK AT THE PRETTIES!" I'm sticking by that.  Smiley

Now to find myself some jars...
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Sky of Blue, Sea of Green on: September 22, 2011 07:16:38 PM
Wow! That's amazing!   Cheesy
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Tom Baker 4th Doctor plushie on: August 09, 2011 04:48:56 PM
So awesome! I love the little scarf!
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