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1  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Super Easy Peasy Pumpkin Pleaser on: October 16, 2011 07:59:38 PM
Well here's my 1st post after a very long time of stalking the Craftster community. I have other projects waiting in the wings that I'm equally as proud of but this was a lifelong dream to learn to crochet.

My mom taught my sisters how but being the youngest I just didn't catch on. But I really wanted to. Last winter my fibro kept me housebound more than usual. So I got a book from the library and set about to teach myself. I picked it up rather fast considering my wrist was broken at the time (and I didn't know it yet!)

Life got busy and I never got around to making anything other than samples of each stitch I tried.  But now with the colder weather coming again I got my yarn & hooks out and set about to find some great free patterns. Of course I found lots of amazing ones here. I also checked out Ravelry and found this pumpkin. It seemed easy enough and I had the right color yarn in what is a rather nice stash in the short 10 months since I first learned this addictive skill. There will more!!

Now be nice to me and I hopefully will get around to the other things I've made.  Kiss

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / First time quilting, well Rag Quilting & I have ?'s b4 I start on: August 28, 2011 03:32:53 PM
I want to do a rag quilt for my teen daughter to use during sporting events to keep warm when her team is waiting. She plays High School volleyball & softball. And sometimes they have to wait in an uncomfortable environment. So, instead of the fleece blankets everyone has I've always wanted to have a rag quilt & thought I'd start with a snuggly size.

I bought about 8 diff flannel prints in school colors. & I bought batting (as the lady at the small shop insisted I still needed it for a rag quilt (do I?) )Then I bought a pattern online that is a little more tedious than I had hoped for this project. I think simple squares are sufficient.

*Can I combine different types of fabric? Like flannel for the front and tee-shirt images for the back? Thought I'd incorporate   some of her old sport shirts from teams over the years.
*Do I have to have a middle layer? If so can it just be flannel? I read where some make rag quilts with the color they want to be dominant as the center layer. That way when it's "ragged" it shows more of that color.
*For a future quilt (if I survive this one) can I use woven cotton fabric?
*Will it "rag" as well as flannel? Can cotton & flannel be used together?

Thank you in advance! I'll never probably get to this point but if I could my dream quilt would be to do the London Tube quilt. When we were in London it was 5 months after the Tube & buses were bombed. It was probably our only chance to be there so there was NO way I wasn't riding those! I loved them both! I've seen the Tokyo subway quilt and searched and found the London Tube pattern. Ah, maybe in my old age... older age.  Embarrassed
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