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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ireland-Inspired Quilt on: February 21, 2010 06:18:49 PM
This quilt took about a year of time, several cusses, trips to the fabric store to get more fabric, and lots of patience.  I worked on it mostly at my future mother-in-law's house, where she has an excellent quilting set-up and is very generous with her stash, her machine, her time, and her advice.

I was inspired by the gorgeous patchwork-esqe landscape of Ireland when seen from the air.  The patchwork didn't make it so much into the final design, but it does remind me of plowed fields.  

She finished this off for me (last 5-6 strips and the binding) and mailed it this week.  I died of happiness.  

I sewed the strips directly on to the batting and the backing, if that makes any sense.  I think it's called window-shade quilting.  That's why some of the fabrics only appear at one end of the quilt; I ran out of them after I had already sewed down a dozen or so strips. Wink  This is my third quilt, and the biggest one I've made yet!

Naturally, even though I took these with as much natural light as I could get, the flash vs. non-flash pictures came out very different.  The true colors are somewhere in-between, I think.

The back, so you can see how it's quilted in straight lines across.  In my head, the little white dots are grazing sheep.
2  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / What is your method of choice for making faces? (On stuffies, that is) on: June 17, 2009 12:31:47 PM
Making stuffies is a great way to use up scrap yarn, and I always love the outcome.  However, the assembly required is often a bit harrowing to me, especially when it comes to making the face.  The face dictates a lot of the personality of the critter, and off-kilter eyes are more noticeable than off-kilter arms or legs.  Most of the time you have to put the face on the stuffie before the head is completed, which makes it easy for me to get things off-kilter!  I've made roughly a dozen stuffies in my time and I'm still trying to work out my favorite method of doing faces, so I thought I'd ask around and see what others like!

1. How do you attach the facial components, in general?  Do you sew, embroider, needle-felt, glue, screw, etc?
2. What is your favorite material to use for eyes?  Safety eyes, felt, yarn, buttons, embroidery floss?
3. Do you have any tricks for ensuring that eyes and ears are symmetrical?  What are they?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Moss Garden...my second quilt! on: June 10, 2008 03:29:54 PM
The story of this quilt is that I picked up a bunch of fat-quarters from Joanne's to practice lining up corners.  I could consistently get one side of the nine-patch lined up nicely, so I called that success. XD

This is the top before I fixed the parts that I didn't notice were wonky the first time around.  Oh quilting.  Grin

I had my own machine for this quilt, and I worked on the initial stages with a lot less supervision than my first quilt.  Therefore, I made more mistakes initially and learned how to work them out later in the process.  I will be much more careful cutting the fabric and piecing the blocks of my next quilt.  I like education when it yields pretty lap-quilts!  Cheesy
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Summer Picnic...my first quilt! on: June 10, 2008 03:20:55 PM

I posted an in-progress picture of this quilt, but I thought I would post the finished product as well!  It is not quite twin-bed sized, but works fine as a summer blanket.  I called it "Summer Picnic" because the bright colors and the t-shirts reminded me of summer.

I didn't have enough of the striped fabric to do the entire backing, so Mrs. Robertson, my fiancee's mom and my quilting mentor, donated that pretty watercolor-like print from her stash. 

I learned a lot from this project.  Quilting has many more steps than I thought.  Also, I am abysmal at freehanded machine quilting.  Egads.  Something to work on  Wink
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / nutsaboutcrochet13's chapstick kitties! on: February 21, 2008 07:00:43 PM

The gray one is for my friend Wynn, who is currently in Australia.  The orange one's name is Cheeto, and he's mine. XD  They will eventually have tails once I get unlazy enough to figure out my new knitting spool.  Thanks for the pattern, nutsaboutcrochet13!
ETA: Pattern can be found here: http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=71582

6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Mostly ornaments, and also Ralph the Wonder Llama on: December 19, 2007 06:33:08 PM

I did not make Ralph the Wonder Llama.  My roommate, the talented gaudiknight, knitted and felted him for me.  In her words, I saw him as a blank canvas and promptly made the blanket for him out of felt.  I'm going to put some gold sequins in the middle of the flower, but I don't have any on hand and I do not wish to venture to Wal-Mart this close to Christmas.
The ornaments in the bottom of the picture are made with Sculpey.  The Christmas tree and the candy cane were made using cookies cutters, and the rest are free-hand.  I'm going to use them as package-toppers or to decorate cards.  I wish I could varnish them, but I have nothing on hand with which to do so, and the only place within an hour of my home that would carry whatever I need is Wal-Mart.
The little mice in the top of the picture are made with walnuts from my grandparents's front yard.  The squirrels did the work of halving them neatly for me, and I have not been able to duplicate their efforts.  I might look for some more tomorrow.
The Christmas tree was modeled after a mosaic thing someone posted a long time ago on the Poly Clay board.  I'm going to keep that one for me and varnish it after the holidays. Wink
Mice details.  I used them as an excuse to get some googley eyes.  Wink

Let me know what you think, especially if you know some way to halve walnuts without a Dremel tool.
(Yes, I know I am less of a woman because I do not own a Dremel tool.  I'll put it on my wedding registry.  Grin)
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Snowflake pattern help on: November 02, 2007 06:17:36 PM

Here is the pattern.  I like it a lot and I got to round 5 and went, "Buh?"  I can't figure out how to make it work with adding an extra loop to one of the points.  I cut off and wrapped wire around it to make it round, and I might do that with beads for some of them, but I'd like to know how to do it with crochet too.  Any help would be greatly appreciated!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / T-shirt quilt top on: October 10, 2007 06:25:10 AM

My boyfriend's mom is a MASTER QUILTER (caps are necessary) and she is teaching me how to quilt!  I just finished the top of my first project and thought I would show it off.  I don't have enough of the stripey fabric for the back, so I'm going to use some of her stash to fill in the gaps.  Thanks for looking!

ETA: http://www.arquilts.com/  This is the website of the wonderful woman who is helping me learn to quilt!
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Stash-busting dice bag on: October 10, 2007 05:39:40 AM

The bottom yarn is Renaissance something or another that I got from my roommate for my birthday.  I only had one skein of it.  The rest went into a neckwarmer with the same sc, dc, sc, etc. stitch pattern.  The top yarn is from elann.com and is left over from mimiw's shawl that I made her for a personal swap.  I have two full skeins left, so more little bags may well be on my horizon!  The ribbon is from my stash and the beads are from mimiw.  I am very happy with the look of this bag and the fact that I busted some stash!  All of my projects are stash-busters these days.  Wink

Here is the bag open and next to a water bottle for scale.  Thanks for looking!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Knitting comic(s)- post your favorites here! on: September 17, 2007 06:52:39 AM
Not every Two Lumps comic deals with knitting; most of them deal with cats being goofy.  However, this one deals with both, so I thought I'd post it and invite others to post comics that mention knitting!
I'm a crocheter, but every time someone sees me they inevitably say, "Oh, what are you knitting?"  Roll Eyes
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