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1  Dresser Runners for me!! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Yarn or Fabric on: July 25, 2011 05:28:32 AM
I have been wanting to make runners to go on the top of my dressers for a long  loooong time... I have started a few times and then changed gears because of one reason or another. Well, almost a year and a half later I finally came up with something that I liked - and it was almost instant satisfaction since it was a quilt as you go project.  Once you are done piecing it, all you have to do is bind it.  Sweet.  Granted, it doesn't have tons of beautiful quilting but these are runners.  I'm okay with that.  Cheesy

I followed  the Idaho Quilter tutorial
I will say that the long ones I changed the starting square to 8 1/2" to make it deep enough for my big dressers.  I also added a strip of the butterfly fabric to tie it together halfway through the repeated strips pattern. 

If you make it - use your walking foot... it will help to keep your tips on track - and I also drew a line down the length of the material to make sure I was staying on point and with the walking foot I was - without the walking foot.... yeah, I ripped  A LOT.

The colors are not right.  The materials are richer in color.  The inside shots are closer to what they really are but they are much deeper and richer shades to the colors.

This size is 51 x 16", for the side tables... and the larger ones for the two big dressers is 94x20".  I love the way they came out.  I think they're just perfect.  My bedroom walls are a dusty purple. I'm going to make valances and wall hangings in the upcoming year... But not right now, I have other projects that need to be checked off my to do list.

I also of course blogged about this but it's one of my pet peeves when people post a pic and then say for more info go to my blog... I *think* I covered everything here that I did on my blog.  I'm really happy with these.  I just love instant gratification.  Cheesy  Although now I have to finish cleaning up the room.  The pictures here are of hubby's dressers... I still have to put mine on.  I'll do that this week....
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2  Shredded Beef Baked Chimichangas Recipe in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Yarn or Fabric on: July 20, 2011 04:36:37 AM
Last night I had a dilemma... I had leftover slow cooked roast so it was nice and super tender.  I needed to cook something for dinner and the family was wanting Mexican.  As much as I love shredded beef tacos I just didn't feel like having the same old same old. 
I went online and searched for chimichanga recipes but none sounded like what I wanted to do so I went out on a limb - and am glad I did!  These were a huge hit!  I will be serving this again!

I have added the recipe to my personal website - not my business one... but I thought I'd share the recipe here as well Smiley

Shredded Beef Baked Chimichangas Recipe

1 medium onion, chopped
3 cloves minced garlic
Small amount of oil or nonstick spray
1 1/2 lbs cooked then shredded beef
1 can of black beans drained and rinsed *optional
1 can Rotel tomatoes with green chiles
1 tsp oregano
2 tsp cumin
1 tsp chili powder
shredded Mexican cheese blend
8" flour tortillas

Serves 6-8
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Saute the onions and garlic in oil or with nonstick spray until the onions are soft. Add the shredded beef, Rotel tomatoes, oregano, cumin and chili powder.  Cook until the liquid is gone.
Microwave 6 tortillas until they are soft, about 40 seconds on high.

Lightly oil or spray a cookie sheet with non stick spray.  Lay a tortilla on the cookie sheet.  Add cheese as desired.  Put about 1/2 cup of the meat on top of the tortilla down the center of the tortilla, leaving about 3" on the top and bottom of the tortilla.  Remember that you must be able to fold the sides over each other to completely enclose the meat so do not add too much meat mixture.  Fold the bottom and top of the tortilla down over the meat.  Fold the sides over the meat.  The sides of the tortilla will overlap.  Place on the cookie sheet with the folded sides down.  Repeat for remaining tortillas.  Lightly oil or spray the tops and sides of the chimichangas. 
Bake for 15-20 minutes until they are golden brown.  Serve with rice and veggies.  I do not make a sauce for these however you can add salsa, queso, etc as you like.

A few side notes....
***These are a little bit spicy - I think they are pretty mild but others might think they have a good kick.  It all depends on your tolerance.  There will be those that don't think they are even remotely hot enough.  For my family, these were hot enough to not need salsa added.
If you prefer milder foods, replace the Rotel with diced tomatoes instead or replace the spices and rotel with a taco seasoning packet. 
We also use a lot of black beans.  You can use any kind you like or no beans at all. 

I used butter flavored cooking spray when I made these.  I don't own regular cooking spray Wink  Usually I use Crisco to grease pans but of course that's also butter flavored.  I don't own regular Crisco either lol.
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3  Snap the Dragon! in Amigurumi: Completed Projects by Yarn or Fabric on: June 01, 2011 07:17:48 AM
Both of my boys have been harassing me, asking me to design a dragon... and I finally did!  I've actually got a second, larger one in the works however that one is going in the box to join a few other projects waiting for me to get enough together to submit for a book proposal Wink 

One of my testers named him Snap the Dragon and I loved the name. I'm so glad that she let me run with it Cheesy

He's 14" long, from nose to the tip of his tail.  I chose to not make his wings posable with the help of wire as I wanted him to be totally play friendly.  His wings are stiff enough to hold a pose for a bit though Wink

I had so much fun designing him - and am planning on a few more.  My oldest was upset that my dragon wasn't fierce so a not so gentle dragon is in my future lol.  It's all good.  I am planning on making a few eventually.

I chose to use pink eyes as I didn't want him to look too angry - with just enough color to show he's got a little fire in there lol.  The next one will have those bright yellow mean eyes per Logan's request Cheesy

I spent a long time on his wings as I had a picture in my head of what I wanted them to look like and I didn't stop until I got them the way I wanted them.  I love the way they came out!

He's also got a great arch to his back.  Yeah, I know.  I'm pretty retentive lol.  I can't tell you how many times I reworked his body until it was exactly the way I wanted him to look.  I love the shaping.  Okay.  I just love this dragon lol.  I admit it!!
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4  Re: Crafty Detective Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by Yarn or Fabric on: April 22, 2011 04:17:36 AM
I've tried to talk him in to digitizing embroidery designs as well as helping me learn to use the quilting frame but he won't touch it.  He doesn't even want the kids to learn anything overly crafty.  I think he has some insecurities there lol. 

Oh - here's a picture of the front of the patchwork box I did up for StacySews... I have a solo shot but I'm being lazy

ahh. even lazier.  I'm not going to delete the other picture..

And the pins...

and the Dwight tin.  It was one of my first Altoid tin alterations and I learned a lot along the way. I have a few tins here that just didn't make the cut.  This one I was not jumping for joy over it and I almost didn't send it.  The others I did with fabric and I didn't like them at all.  Fabric gets really hard and scratchy with mod podge although a few more coats might take care of that.. but then so would just chucking them....

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5  Re: Crafty Detective Round 7 in The Swap Gallery by Yarn or Fabric on: April 18, 2011 05:03:43 PM
Today must be a hot day for receiving - I got a package too - from the fabulous MareMare - and I had no clue who was my stalker - I actually thought it was someone else but it wasn't.

Here's a group shop of everything... in my messy living room.

Buster standing guard.. or staking a claim.  He loves when I make him things.  He's a silly dog I know...

Baskets!  I love baskets!  And it's funny - I was considering making my stalkee the same styled one but ended up doing something different... and I really needed and wanted baskets so I'm really stoked!

fabric in lots of different prints and colors - I am always able to find uses for fabric!  I have to say the mushroom fabric is my favorite which is funny since I love cute mushrooms but I can't eat one to save myself.

Reusable produce bags - two pairs in two different sizes.  I keep saying that I'm going to make them and I never do... I can now officially cross them off my 2011 to do list - and they are going to the store with me tomorrow  Smiley

Template sheets for quilting and goldfish in a bag soaps.  Collin is totally intrigued by these - Logan hasn't seen them yet Cheesy  I'm going to surprise him at bath time and put it in the bathroom lol.    The dark chocolate Rochers are gone now  Grin mmm... They are my absolute favorite!

And just because we crafters look for every excuse to throw in pictures of our pets.. Buster again - rolling all over the fabric.  He's such a turkey.  I have to say I love my new camera.  He doesn't have evil glowing eyes in the pictures!  How cool is that?  I really like this new camera.  I'm sad that my old one kicked it but this one I'm quite happy with it - too bad it takes AA's and they don't last long - but it's mainly for my website so I can live off of rechargeables.  Smiley

I feel totally spoiled.  I can't pick a favorite and everything is so well made.  If ever you get paired up with MareMare in a swap, she's awesome!

Oh - funny true story about my package...
Everything was wrapped in this really pretty gold paper and one of the items had a piece of paper on it that said Look on the Bottom of the box... mind you, I was unloading the box and this was on the first thing in it .... so I pick up the box, hold it over my head and I'm looking on the bottom of it... Yeah, I'm a dork.  It was on the inside bottom of the box lol.

I have to also say that MareMare either used a hand made card or made it herself - it's so pretty and so me.  I'm a tree hugger I know.  So pretty  Smiley
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6  Carrots in time for Easter! in Crochet: Completed Projects by Yarn or Fabric on: April 16, 2011 03:23:01 PM
I designed this a bit ago and added it to the free patterns on my website - I thought I'd share especially since it's free Smiley

The carrot bags are about 7" long.
You can buy the disposable cake decorating bags to put the carrots inside - they are nice triangle shaped bags and are pretty cheap - and they'll keep your jelly beans from getting any yarn fuzz on them  Cheesy

I forgot to add the link to where the pattern can  be downloaded - that would help!
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7  Machine knit baby swirl afghan - and then some ;) in Knitting: Completed Projects by Yarn or Fabric on: March 14, 2011 06:50:27 PM
I made and sent this machine knit baby swirl afghan as part of the Swirlie Swap I was in.  It was a lot of work but well worth it in the end.  I also crocheted some flowers and appliqued them on here or there - not many, just a few to break up the solidness of it all.

The pattern is free online.  http://diananatters.blogspot.com/2009/11/circular-swirl-baby-blanket-written.html
I used 90 needles instead of 60.  It took a few days to do - I know, a fraction of what it would have been had I hand knit it.  I have a lot of admiration for those that hand knit.  I prefer the machine - same with sewing.  I don't hand sew either Wink  I avoid even sewing on buttons if I can help it!  Cheesy

I really regret not getting a good picture of the blanket.  I was in a rush to catch the mailman so I didn't smooth it out completely.
I used Simply Soft so it would be nice and snuggly - and yes, it's really big.  It's about 5' across, possibly a bit more.  I wanted it to be able to be used without feet or other body parts hanging out one end or the other.

I did not use a pattern for the flowers.  It was just an easy repeat with rounds and scallops.
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8  Washi Washi I made tawashi in Crochet: Completed Projects by Yarn or Fabric on: March 14, 2011 06:42:54 PM
Tawashi or not to washi lol.

I sent these as part of my Swirlie Swap package. The package was delivered today so I'll go ahead and post pics..

All together shot - I made 3 of each style I chose.  They all have a swirl theme since it was the swirl swap - oh , and the cook book chook is shown as well.  That is sewn, filled with rice and holds a book open Smiley

Anyhoo... These were made with cotton..

The pattern can be found here...

And the spiral apple scrubbies - I used acrylic since I read that it's great for dishes Smiley

And last of the crocheted cloths I made are the spiral which is also a free online pattern but I'm having difficulty locating right this moment. I'll edit to add it later Wink

I myself have not used crocheted washcloths.  Some people really love them though.  Dish/washcloths were on my partner's wish list so I whipped them up and added them to the box Smiley
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9  Re: Great Big Swirlie Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Yarn or Fabric on: March 14, 2011 06:33:13 PM
No, according to the dc she has received.  I hope she has at least Smiley

I took a few quick action shots.  The basket is big - I have 5 full skeins of Super Saver in it and I really love it.  Smiley

Now I'm nervous about what I sent.  I did my best. It was a new pattern and I was very rusty with the knitting machine.  I did crochet up a storm as well.  I'm going to post pics in the appropriate boards of the things I made Wink
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10  Looking for a tester - found in Amigurumi: Discussion and Questions by Yarn or Fabric on: March 10, 2011 05:15:16 PM
I am looking for a tester - and it's a rush job... sorry!  I will need it done no later than Sunday evening.
If you have spare time this weekend and would like to test a retro tv ami, please let me know.  It stands 8" tall, including antenna and is 6" wide.
I know this is a horrible picture but I have not taken the official pictures yet.  It seems like it has been raining for a week now!

This pattern does require color changes as well.

update - thanks everyone. I  did get testers through another board
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