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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cabled Baby Sweater on: March 10, 2013 07:24:24 AM
I found this pattern and immediately decided I needed to make it for our baby-to-be. It took a lot longer than any baby sweater I've made before, but was so worth the effort. It was actually pretty easy to work up, just time consuming.

Here's a link to the pattern:

2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Beardie Hammock on: August 16, 2012 09:18:26 PM
I love this!  I thought about making one after I had to return a storebought one due to his nails constantly getting caught in the mesh.  Does that seem to be a problem with yours?  It looks great!!

He hasn't had problems getting his nails stuck, but once in awhile he will get his nails on the suction cups and knock himself down. Fortunately it's not too high up so he doesn't get hurt. Now that he's had it awhile he absolutely loves it, sits there all the time.
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Dish Towels- My first embroidery project on: July 21, 2012 07:40:39 PM
While walking through Hobby Lobby last week the embroidery iron on transfers caught my eye, so I picked a couple up and decided I would like to learn. I stitched them onto flour sack towels to give as Christmas gifts this year. The wine one was my very first one. So far I have learned backstitch, satin stitch, french knots, and vine stitch.

4  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower Trivets on: July 09, 2012 11:08:16 AM
This was a pretty easy project once I got the hang of it. I used Hobby Lobby's I love this Cotton yarn. I'm planning to make up a bunch to give as Christmas gifts.

Here's a link to the pattern: http://www.freecraftunlimited.com/flower-hot-pad.html

5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flat in the front, shirred in the back lined skirt (plus bonus bracelet!) on: July 01, 2012 06:17:09 AM
This skirt is fantastic, good work!
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Beardie Hammock on: June 30, 2012 11:24:43 AM
Who says you can't craft for reptiles? Tongue

I wanted to give my bearded dragon, Norbert, another place to hang out, so I made him a hammock! I used old batman sheets and some suction cups with hooks to make it. (Like the reptile hammocks at the pet store but cheaper.)

He's still getting used to the idea of sitting in a hammock, but he has crawled up there a few times. He enjoys sitting underneath it too. Hopefully once he gets comfortable with it he'll find it a nice place for a nap. Now I just need to make another our other dragon, Yoshi.

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Simple Baby Quilts (now with tutorial!) on: June 07, 2012 11:39:08 AM

 (it's kind of hard to keep the fabric from bunching up here, lots of pinning helps  Wink)

Have fun! If you need anything explained better i'd be happy to try to help!

     Wonderful tutorial sweet and simple ....
    How to avoid the bunching ...(I am new to sewing)  Will you please explain with a picture how you pinned to avoid bunching... mine is getting bunched I guess I have pinned them wrong.....

Can I use old fabrics for batting will it work ?

Wow, blast from the past on this post! It's been a long time (6 years) since I made these, but I'll see what I can do to explain.

First, if you have an even-feed (also called a walking) foot for your sewing machine, that will help tremendously. I definately had no idea what an even feed foot was when I made these, but boy do I wish I did!

As for pinning, pin as if you were making an actual quilt. Smooth the quilt out on a flat surface so it is all even. Then use safety pins through all the layers to keep the fabric from shifting. I usually put mine about a hands-width apart, throughout the quilt.

I used a pretty lofty batting on these, so mine were pretty hard to work with. Something a little flatter would have been better.

I'm sure you could use old fabric for batting if you wanted to, like flannel or something like that. That would make for a little thinner blanket, which I've found is actually much easier to sew. Now I actually make receiving blankets with just 2 layers of cotton fabric sewn together, turned and topstitched, without any batting at all.
8  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Project Thrive- reusable pads for girls on: May 06, 2012 02:31:11 PM
Thanks so much for sharing this! It was the perfect use for leftover PUL scraps from making diapers! I just sent out a package to Days for Girls and plan to make more when I have more scraps to use up.
9  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Overalls on: February 11, 2012 06:18:47 AM
I made 3 pair of overalls using Simplicity 2459. They snap at the legs. The I made them in the Small, Medium, and X-large sizes. The legs on the X-large seem a little short, but other than that I really like the pattern.

These were a gift for my neice for Christmas:

These are for my future nephew. He's due to arrive around April 1st:

And these are going in the hope chest  Wink
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Friendship Mittens on: February 11, 2012 05:30:57 AM
I found this free pattern for "Friendship Mittens" on Ravelry last summer, and finally got around to trying it out. It was surprisingly easy, finished them in just a couple days. I think I know what my friends are getting for Christmas next year  Smiley

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