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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What can you do with one quilt block? on: March 05, 2012 05:44:54 PM
I recently found a cute pattern for a toy that requires making and then cutting a quilt square.

Being efficient, I cut out two, pieced both together and made the toy from one. Did not like how it looked, felt it was a monumental waste of perfectly good quilt piece. This is the best piecing I have done.

Ok, so maybe not perfect, but why destroy it like I did the other one?

Seriously, it hurts to look at that.  Sad

This square is huge (to me), nearly 13 inches across and the final disk was just over 8 inches.

So what do I do with one large square that does not go with my house, will never see a partner as I have finished off the yellow and can not replicate it no matter how I try?

Any suggestions would be great.

2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Dreamcatchers from the Wild on: February 14, 2012 06:17:44 AM
This is from my husband, Tla Dinuwa.

For several nights, our nieces had been having terrible dreams and were reluctant to stay in their rooms. Their father asked if we knew of anywhere or of any one who would sell him a dreamcatcher. The belief behind dreamcatchers is that the webbing catches bad dreams, but allows good dreams to flow through the center hole. Dream catchers are symbolic and represent things that are important to the maker and the customs of the people.

I chose to represent the four directions and the number seven represented in the pink and blue tear beads and the silver lined glass blue beads. Both sets of numbers are traditionally found in most Native American cultures. I felt it was a good learning tool to teach a tradition of the past to the children of tomorrow.

The hoops are harvested from wild grape vine from our back yard. They bend easily when soaked overnight in water.

Thanks for looking.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Stop Light on: March 08, 2011 09:56:39 AM
This is just a simple quilt, more play than work, inspired by the Fall 2010 'Stitch' magazine.

What do you do when you have scraps of denim, calicoes and a piece of fleece that has been sitting in your stash for years? Combine them of course.

The backing is a simple piece of fleece.

A few details of the front.

Thanks for looking.  Smiley

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Fall Harvest Bird on: October 01, 2010 07:26:32 AM
I love fall with all of it's color and bounty. The animals are preparing their nests for the upcoming cold weather and the plants giving their all for one last harvest.

This is my first applique work and I am inordinately proud of it. I made it a slipcover for one of our many pillows.

The blue back ground is a polyester linen scrap and was to be thrown out at the local craft store until I asked for it. There were what looked like grease stains and it was oddly cut, making it unsalable.  The grass was to meet the same fate.

Of course, for any sunflower, you need seeds in the head for the birds to feast on.

All birds need feet to hop about on or stand below sunflowers to eat the seeds.

Thanks for looking, I had fun making this.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Locker Hooking Rug on: August 02, 2010 06:33:31 PM
My first locker hooked rug, made almost entirely of left-over scrap flannels from my families sleep clothes. The only material not used from scrap was most of the white, about 2 yards worth of that.

Here you can see the foundation material the rug is worked on.

The underside. You can see which half I learned how to make slip knots with the strips.  Undecided

And the finished rug. Thanks for looking.

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Hearts on my Porch on: February 13, 2010 08:20:14 AM
I saw so many printed Valentine's Day flags and always ignored them. Until I had to face my growing fabric stash.  Roll Eyes What to do with all of that pink, white, red and more red? Make a pop of color of course!

If you happen to have a goofy kid around, be prepared to have them jump into the picture.

The goof in the picture is my son, who drilled the holes into the wooden rod, placed the eye-hooks into each end and hooked the chains onto the eye-hooks for me. The rod can be re-used for any other flags I make.

This flag was quite simple to make. I took one yard of red broadcloth, hemmed the sides and bottom and made a pocket for the wooden rod at the top. I freehanded the shape of the different hearts onto each piece of stash material and cut them out. I then placed the hearts on the red broadcloth and stitched them down with a small zig-zag stitch.

Hopefully this flag will last me for years if I take care of it and it was very inexpensive to make. The red broadcloth was the least expensive piece, $3, the cost of the rest of the material might add up to $7 total. So I have a nice red flag to celebrate V-Day for years to come.

Thanks for looking,
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Teach me to draw!! Or... on: January 10, 2010 07:50:32 PM
can you recommend any websites or books for a complete beginner?

I have watched others draw for all of my life and have been utterly fascinated by the process. Maybe now, I feel I am ready to try my own hand at drawing. So any of your favorite books or sites would be greatly appreciated.

8  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Kids Flannel Pajama Pattern? on: September 04, 2008 07:53:48 PM
I thought I could wing a pair of sleep pants for my boys, but either my kiddo has had a growth spurt or I did not buy enough material.

But when I look for a pattern for sizes 12 boys to small mens, I can't find anything. How the heck is that? Most pattern books are FULL of the things.

Is it a case of not seeing the forest for the trees? Can you point out any patterns to me please?
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Need advice on weight of material for purse. on: August 27, 2008 07:39:57 AM
So, I have this tiny piece, maybe 1/2 yard, of corduroy. I would like to make a purse out of it like this one.

The problem is the material that has chosen me. It has a soft drape and not much body, despite being both corduroy and embroidered. I worry that even with very stiff interfacing, the material will eventually look ragged and wrinkled.

Should I let this idea go? Are there any tips you have to pass along on how to get good body from something that has great drape?
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / I need a slip...where to find material? on: July 11, 2008 03:41:49 PM
Honestly, I just can't find slick, slip like material in my area.

Any sites you know of?

What if I wanted to make one out of cotton instead? What weight?

Thanks! Smiley
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