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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Batik Bento Box- Brights with Black Borders put on your sunglasses! 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!

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Two Sisters, Two Pregnancies= Two baby sweaters times 2- my first sweaters 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!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt for grandma, Amy Butler Lotus-Brick Path 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.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Finished Quilt for Grandma- To wash or not to wash (before gifting)? on: June 04, 2008 10:02:47 AM
Hi Quilters,

I just finished the binding on an Amy Bulter lotus Brick path quilt. I'm giving it to my grandma before her open heart surgery this Tuesday Undecided She's the person that inspired me to begin quilting so I'm very happy to finally have a finished project to give her. All of my fabrics were prewashed before I started quilting with them. Do you all wash quilts before gifting them to make them look more worn in? I used warm and natural batting which I'm told shrinks up a bit when it's washed for that old fashioned look. Better to give it to her and let her wash if/when she wants? Opinions greatly appreciated. I'll post some photos in the finished projects sections when I get home tonight.

Thanks all Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help!! My singer's gone crazy on: May 10, 2008 07:34:26 AM
So I'm trying to finish up piecing a quilt top for my mom for mother's day (so I can at least show her the top, despite the fact it won't be quilted for months) and my Singer model 1120 has gone nuts. When I'm sewing straight seams it sews a few normal stitches and then once in a while sews one much bigger stitch. So it sort of looks like this ----___----- (the big stitch would still be aligned with the smaller ones, I just don't know how to do that on the computer) but you get the idea. So I have to rip out the whole seam and do it again, but most of the time it will do the same thing over and over. I'm loosing my mind trying to fix the problem. I changed the needle and changed to a new bobbin thinking that might fix the problem, but it didn't. Does anybody know what I'm doing wrong? I  only have a few more squares to go and I really want this to be finished by tomorrow morning. Uggg

Much thanks,

cursing like a sailor
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Heather Bailey Queen Sized- Finally finished w/photos 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!

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Cabled baby sweater pattern- anyone know of a good one? on: December 08, 2007 01:37:23 PM
Hi all,

I've been scouring the internet for days to find a cute, but simple pattern for a baby sweater with a cable down the front. I don't have a lot of experience making baby sweaters (I just finished my first today, it's blocking, pics to come when it's dry), but it seems to me that there must be a simple pattern our there somewhere right? I'm looking for something top down because I hate to seam (I just did my first seaming yesterday and I already HATE it). Is it possible to do a cable on a top down raglan? I'm totally new to making sweaters so that may be a foolish question. Any pattern links or advice you could provide would be so helpful. I just found out both of my sisters are pregnant and due in June. First babies for both and first grandchildren for my parents, very exciting! I have to get to work right away Wink I have some worsted weight wool set aside for this project, but a pattern in any weight yarn would be wonderful.

Thanks in advance!

8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Marigold-in avacado green. My first lace hat attempt 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.

9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / My first afghans- Granny square? 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!

10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Pink flowered hobo bag, my first real purse 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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