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1  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??? 

2  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!
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Jumping on the dragon bandwagon! : ) Image heavy on: December 12, 2010 10:08:57 AM
Hey everyone! I thought I would join in the love of dragon plushies! Cheesy

I made this little guy for a friend who has been reading a fantasy series full of dragons! So for christmas she is getting the last book in the series and a cute chubby dragon to go with it.

After seeing the dragon that rlynn had made I fell in love with the pattern and decided to buy it. I'm so glad I did. It was super easy to follow, usually when I buy a pattern I have to call my mom and have her translate the instructions into "normal" english for me.  Embarrassed

I'm not too happy with the lines on his tummy or the wings, but for a first attempt with embroidery floss I don't think he's too shabby.

More dragons here:

The pattern:

And now for something completely different:

Mini - Jack Harkness (torchwood) a going away present:

You can't tell in the pic, but he has tiny suspenders under his coat!

And his gift box:

Thanks for looking!
4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Plush Wall-e on: December 01, 2010 06:49:07 PM
So, this is my first posted project here on Craftster! Woot!

Does anyone else have a friend who is impossible to shop for? Well, one of my best friends is definitely that person. Most years I have to tell her what I'm buying her before her birthday or there is a good chance she'll have already bought it. So I decided to eliminate that risk by giving her something handmade. And so the Wall-e plushie was born.

Wall-e is the second plushie I've made (um..  completed) and I'm quite proud of him. I made the pattern myself and sewed him by hand since I have an insane fear of my mother's sewing machine. Smiley

The pattern was made by cutting up paper and taping it together to form basic geometric shapes. Thankfully Wall-e has a pretty simple design of some squares and triangles. I put him together and he sat in my living room for a while in front of the TV. He was so cute I couldn't bring myself to take him apart!

The part that amazed me the most? His head actually stayed up on his neck. No flopping!

Here is a pic of my Wall-e "pattern". I'm going to claim the Pepsi can in the picture is for scale, but really its because I forgot to move it when I took the pic!  Grin
Sorry about the sketchy picture quality.

And a close up of the Wall-e logo. The letters are cut out of felt and glued on with hot glue. Which was not fun and slightly painful.  Undecided

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