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1  Batik Bento Box- Brights with Black Borders put on your sunglasses! in Quilting: Completed Projects by kgo6050 on: August 24, 2008 05:06:44 PM
So I came across these quilts at my local quilt shop 40% off back when I was living in Boston. The boyfriend loved the bright colors but I was a little skeptical. But for 40% off I figured I'd get a bunch of half yards and see what I could come up with. He picked the colors and the pattern (boy that man has an eye for colors and design). I had everything but the borders together last year before I moved to NYC for grad school and just finished the borders this spring. Who knew grad school could eat up so much of your crafting time? Wink

So here she is finally finished, quilted, and bound? Shocked (with binding complete, sounds more gentle right?). I sent it away to be quilted by Debbie Allen in Utah (found her on e-bay and she's wonderful, done 4 quilts for me now, moderate prices, excellent workmanship, a little slow on the turnaround but well worth the wait). I picked a varigated cotton and love how the quilting blends on the bento box and stands out on the borders. Overall this is my favorite quilt so far, not only for the aesthetics, but because the bf helped me pick out the fabrics. He calls it "his quilt", I told him it can visit him at his place but it's not his until we're engaged (don't want to curse myself, I guess quilt giving to bfs is sort of like sweater giving to bfs right?) It's a queen size.

so without further ado...here she is, bright, but cheery and fun.Photos taken at my parents house in Maine where the quilt will stay until I have more closet space or a spare bedroom (ugg nyc apartments) Comments, questions and criticisms welcome!

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2  Two Sisters, Two Pregnancies= Two baby sweaters times 2- my first sweaters in Knitting: Completed Projects by kgo6050 on: August 24, 2008 04:47:18 PM
So 10 months ago my eldest sister announced that she was pregnant with her and my BIL's first child. My whole family was so excited because this is the first baby in our immediate family. About 2 weeks later my sister (also older then me, the middle child) announced that she was also expecting. So you know what that means...Baby sweater mania! My fingers felt like they were going to fall off with all the knitting I did. I originally wanted to make each baby 3 sweaters, but alas grad school got in the way and I ended up making each baby only two.

So without further ado here they are (well a picture of one set). The other set I made was identical. The Gray sweater is a top down raglan made out of Paton's classic wool with celtic knot buttons (we're Irish). The Cream colored sweater is "presto chango" http://www.jimmybeanswool.com/freeKnittingPatternPrestoChango.asp by Valerie Wallis for Jimmy Beans wool. Wooden buttons and a breeze to knit.  I loved the pattern and it was super easy for a first time sweater knitter. Must confess I hated the seaming, but the finished product and the wow factor at the baby shower made it well worth it Wink The tags say, "made with my hands given from my heart love, Aunt Kari" with a moon and stars. The cloths on the side of the photo are burp cloths that I made out cloth diapers with some fabric sewn down the middle.

Both sister's had their babies, so now my parents finally have their boys. Two grandsons Jack and Quinn. Quinn was 9 lbs and 4 oz (delivered naturally, god bless my sister) so he was a little too big for the sweaters, so I'm working on bigger sizes now. Jack fit perfectly and the last photo is him wearing my creation (how thrilled was I to see this photo!!). Thanks for taking a look, comments, questions, and advice more then welcome!

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3  Quilt for grandma, Amy Butler Lotus-Brick Path in Quilting: Completed Projects by kgo6050 on: June 05, 2008 01:41:21 PM
Hi Quilters,

I just finished up this quilt for my grandma who taught me how to quilt and is going in for open heart surgery on Tuesday. I'm hoping this will make her happy and give her a little comfort when she's recovering. I used a free pattern from Amy Butler's website and also used her lotus fabrics. I made it the traditional way and not the "birthing Method" that she suggested. I also added a couple of borders, one cream and one orange out of kona cotton that I bought at Joanns. The quilting was done by Debbie Allen on her long arm machine (I want to try quilting by hand but haven't had the patience or time...yet). I added a striped binding also made out of Amy Butler fabric. The quilting was done in cream thread so it would blend in on the patterned fabric and stand out on the solid borders.

I'm very pleased with how it turned out. I hope grandma is proud Smiley Comments and critiques welcomed. Also thanks to the folks that answered my question about washing a quilt before giving on the questions and answers board Wink Sorry about the poorly lit photos, it's a dark day here in NY.

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4  Heather Bailey Queen Sized- Finally finished w/photos in Quilting: Completed Projects by kgo6050 on: January 09, 2008 07:53:45 AM
I made this quilt with all Heather Bailey fabrics. I just love her designs and color palate. It's just strips that I cut from fat quarters and sewed together to form blocks. I was going to make it a twin size, but got a little carried away. The borders are quilter's cotton that I bought at Joanns. I sent it all the way to Utah to be machine quilted and I could not be happier with the quality of the quilting. This is the first quilt that I am truly proud of and happy with. I also made a mini quilt out of my scrap for my mum. I gave it to her last mother's day and she cried.

I asked for help with the binding and some wonderful quilters helped me out, so thank you to those craftsters and I apologize for taking so long to post these photos. Comments and Critiques welcome!

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5  Marigold-in avacado green. My first lace hat attempt in Knitting: Completed Projects by kgo6050 on: September 08, 2007 07:14:10 PM
I made this hat a while ago but forgot to post it on craftster. It's a pattern by Marnie MacLean found at : http://www.spindlicity.com/summer2006/marigold.shtml#
I'd really recommend this pattern for beginning lace knitters, it's really well written and easy to understand, even for me (someone who's easily frustrated) Wink

I used wool of the andes in Avacado and followed the pattern exactly. I'm very happy with how it turned out, since it's my first lace knit hat, well except for I like really long hats that come down further on my head then most people so I'll probably end up making another with another pattern repeat. If anyone's interested in a swap please let me know.

Sorry for the huge photo and the bad photography, I thought I could take this one by myself.

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6  My first afghans- Granny square? in Crochet: Completed Projects by kgo6050 on: August 15, 2007 08:18:46 AM
My best friend came to visit me last year and showed me how to crochet (well, very basic crochet that is) I don't even know the names of the stitches that I used to make these, but I'm pretty sure it's a huge granny square.  I made the blue one first (there are a ton of mistakes, but I'm proud) and then made the off white one for a friend for Christmas.  The blue one is a wool acrylic blend and the off white is 100% acrylic- I got one of those huge 1 pound skeins and had just enough to finish a lap size.

They are very basic but I'm hoping to learn more stitches soon. I still don't know how to make the beginning square, but recently got a copy of Debbie Stoller's crochet book and I think that should help. Some people say you're a knitter or a crocheter, but can't be both. I guess I was a knitter first, but I'd like to get better at crochet. It seems less frustrating so far Smiley Questions, comments and suggestions welcome!

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7  Pink flowered hobo bag, my first real purse in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by kgo6050 on: August 15, 2007 07:59:55 AM
I've been wanting to make a purse for a long time but could never really understand any of the store bought patterns that I bought (I've made quilts and a few tote bags but never really followed patterns). A few months ago I saw a tutorial posted by runnermom100863 and finally making bags made sense.  I whipped up this hobo bag from some interior decorating fabric that I picked up at Joanns.  The inside is tan cotton. I also made a tissue holder from another pattern that I found here on craftster. I know it's really basic compared to some of the purses I've seen on here, but I'm so proud I finally made something I can use. I've gotten many compliments and I even made one for my sister for her birthday. Thank you to runnermom for posting the easy to follow pattern! Questions, comments and suggestions always welcome Smiley

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8  Adult eyes only! Penis pinata for my sister's bachelorette party! in Weddings and Bridal Showers by kgo6050 on: August 15, 2007 07:49:54 AM
August 2nd was my big sister's bachelorette party, and of course I had to do my bridesmaid duty of providing her her with a fabulous bachie (our code word for a night of drinking and debauchery). I knew I wanted to make a pinata and fill it with sexy goodies...condoms, lube, penis straws, penis mints, candy and assorted toys. I'd seen penis pinata's at the sex toy stores, but who wants to pay 30 bucks for a pinata? Not I! I searched the net for pinata paste recipes and went to work making the sticky goop. 6 balloons later and a ton of newspapers and duct tape I had a penis pinata. I put on 3 coats of paper and paste (each layer has to dry for 24 hours). Then the night before the party I layered on white tissue paper- to block out the color and writing from the newspaper and put on a layer of hot pink tissue paper.  The day of the party I cut a hole in the top, put all the goodies in and taped the top closed with clear  tape. We tied string around the head and tied it from a tree.

Everyone at the party was totally amazed by my handi-work and several girls offered to purchase pinatas for up coming weddings that they are attending. I'd say it was a big hit. My sister laughed hysterically when she saw it and so did all of the patrons at the hotel we were staying at. (ask the manager first, so you don't get in trouble). Even my grandma and brother in law's mother loved the idea. Mission Accomplished!

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9  Dayflower and branching out scarves- Yes I'm a little behind the curve in Knitting: Completed Projects by kgo6050 on: August 15, 2007 07:35:03 AM
I made these last year and never got around to posting them. Both of them are made out of cotton fleece that I picked up on e-bay for a steal of a price. The brown one on the yellow towel is branching out from knitty(yes I blocked in wrong side up on the towel, whoops) and the green is dayflower. I might hold on to them and give them out as Christmas gifts this year. I've made about 4 of them so far. They are quick and easy to make and I like that the lace patterns are easily memorized. Comments, questions and suggestions always welcome. I have a yellow one that I made up but probably will never use if anyone's interested in a swap. Smiley

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10  Re: JANUARY 2007 BIRTHDAY SWAP Gallery!!! in The Swap Gallery by kgo6050 on: February 04, 2007 06:21:35 PM
OK so I finally got my butt in gear and took some pics of the fabulous goodies I received from this swap!

These wonderful stitch markers a cute pouch to store them in and a pretty black coaster (already in use and not in picture) were a present from the talented bunnyboo

I received a second package the same day from Sparklecookie with 3 pieces of gorgeous jewelry, actually six pieces (1 pretty necklace and earrings set, one cute bracelet, and my favorite piece, a necklace with a large stone and 4 smaller stones attached). She also included a yummy peppermint soap--she has a great website with yummy smelling bath goodies and stylish jewlery you should totally check it out!

Last but certainly not least I received a package of blue fabrics for a quilt that I'm making for my sister's wedding. And a funky little purse with the cutest teal button. Atzma was a wonderful first time swapper with some super sewing skills.

Thank you so much to javastain for organizing this swap and HAPPY BIRTHDAY January Babies!!
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