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141  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lacy Squares on: September 05, 2008 07:31:38 PM
I haven't made a full size afghan for a long time but I've wanted to try this one and so a number of months ago when one of our nephews announced he was getting married on September 6th, I knew what I was going to make him.  What I forgot was how long these things took and I only finished this last Saturday, just one week before the wedding.

Unfortunately I decided to use variegated and lost the pattern quite a bit.  I know that you can see the squares somewhat but the original pattern is in white and they stand out way more.  I may try one of these again in baby size with a solid color so it looks better.

This is my Lacy Squares afghan


and a close up of one section:


What I really liked about this when I first saw it was that it looked like individual squares but it's made in rows.
142  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Combine This with This and you get This! on: September 02, 2008 07:50:07 AM
If you combine this:


with this:


you get this:


                                               A FISHING POLE COZY!

We often go camping with friends who have all the latest gadgets and one day while out fishing, the husband pulled out his latest purchase which was a hard shelled case for his fishing pole.  Meanwhile, we came along with just our poles.  When we got home, my hubby and I were discussing what we could do to carry our fishing rods better and I said I could come up with a fabric carrying case.  I took each of our fishing rods, laid them on paper and drew around them.  Then I cut out fabric a little wider and longer than the pattern and sewed them up.  Worked great!

When I was reading about this challenge, I figured this would work.  Leah had written:  In my opinion, it should be form fitting to the object you are covering (cozying?), and above all it should be fun and silly and quite frankly kinda useless.

Well, this is form fitting and fun and silly:

            you try watching this material when you're bouncing over waves

and kinda useless when your sons decide they need longer poles shortly after you custom made cozies for their other poles  Grin
143  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Screen size problem on: July 31, 2008 01:27:20 PM
I just came on here for at least the 5th time today and I'm experiencing a problem with my screen size.  When I go into photo hosting, it looks normal, like this:

but anywhere else I go on Craftster, I'm getting large annoying borders on the side, like this:

Can anyone explain what's up with this?
144  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby blanket from leftovers on: July 28, 2008 09:29:48 AM
We are having a baby boom in our church and since I decided to make all first babies born into a family a quilt, I've been kept quite busy this summer.

I had lots of leftovers from this quilt, so I decided I would make a very simple baby quilt with it.  There is no batting between the front and back but it's still a nice weight since it's all flannel.  I didn't want to put a binding on nor did I want to leave the edges ragged so I just sewed it right sides together, left a small opening for turning and after it was turned, I sewed a 1/4 around the entire outside.  Then I did a little quilting so the front and back wouldn't slip during use.  I'm very happy with how it turned out and hope the new mom will like it tonight when I give it to her.

145  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Baby Cabin on: July 28, 2008 09:18:49 AM
We seem to be having a baby boom at our church and since I decided a few years ago to make a quilt for each first baby born into a family, I am being kept quite busy this summer (there were 3 babies born in 2 days!)

This is a baby sized quilt made in the traditional log cabin style and is going to it's new owner tonight.


a close up of the center so you can see some of the material better


10:00 p.m. -  Cheesy  I just got back from the baby shower and had a funny story to share.  If you look at the top picture you will see a purple strip on the left hand side - that's the material I used for the entire back.  When the new Mom opened the package, she pulled it out, looked it over and commented how beautiful it was - at that point I told her she was looking at the back of the quilt.  She then turned it around and commented, again, how beautiful it was!   Cheesy
146  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 Gallery on: July 16, 2008 12:21:04 PM
Let's wait until people actually start posting pictures before we fill this gallery up with chit chat - keep that on the main thread for now   Grin
147  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 - COMPLETE on: July 01, 2008 04:32:18 AM
Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2

Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Homerof2

Sign-up date range:  July 1 - 10 or earlier if we hit 24 people

Date to send item by: July 28

Limited to a certain number of people?  Yes, 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants:  Not applicable

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


You will be crafting 3 small items (no purchased items allowed) for your partner.  Your partner will select a color, a shape (such as a square, rectangle, triangle, pentagon, circle, etc.) and a texture (such as hard, soft, squishy, smooth, etc) and you will be required to craft one item to fit each 'category'

I've given 18 days to craft which should be plenty of time as these are only SMALL items.  SMALL means it takes less than 2 hours to complete and the cost is less than $5 - that means you should spend no more than $15 on the supplies and should have to spend no more than 6 hours total crafting time.

Put some thought into deciding what to make - read the questionnaire, stalk your partner or ask them questions - communication is very good!  Don't just throw something together and send it off as quick as possible - I'd rather see quality items sent closer to the deadline than junk going out the next day!

DC #'s will be required if you are sending within your own country and if you send outside your country, please keep the receipt and be prepared to send me a scan or picture if your package goes missing.

If you want to participate, please PM me the filled out questionnaire and then post a little note on this thread - something as simple as 'I'm in' and then bookmark it so you can follow along and won't miss any messages I may post on here.


Name of swap - Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

Your color:
Your shape:
Your texture:

What crafts do you do?
What types of crafts would you like to receive? (remember to keep them in the small category and these are only suggestions)
Any patterns or designs you like?
Any patterns or designs you don't like?
Anything you would not like to receive?
Do you have any allergies?
Tell your partner about yourself:

148  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A ragged wedding gift on: June 16, 2008 07:38:05 AM
As with all my previous quilts, this one comes with a story  Cheesy

One of our nephews is getting married the end of June and I've been planning to make them a rag quilt and last week figured I better get it going or I would never finish.  I headed to the local quilt store to check out their flannel prices and found they were having a sale, 40% off but that still left it at $11.00/meter (for those of you in non-metric countries, a meter is 3.5" longer than a yard) and if I made the quilt the way I wanted, it would have cost me $120.00, which is a little rich for me.  I decided to head to the city to check out the one remaining big box fabric store (Fabricland) and see what their prices are like.  I walked into the store to discover they had a massive sale going on.  I headed to the flannel section and discovered that the fabric I wanted was on sale 'buy 1 meter get 3 free'!!!!!!!!!  This wasn't their cheap stuff, it was their high quality material.  After getting it cut and picking out thread, I ended up paying $40.00, tax included!  Once home, I cut it out and ended up with almost a meter of each fabric left over so by a quick calculation, I figure this quilt cost me less than $30.00!  Okay, enough babbling, I present my ragged wedding gift......


and a close up of the material:

149  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Shape, Color and Texture Gallery on: June 02, 2008 11:54:09 AM
Post pictures when you receive your great stuff!

I can't wait to see you all came up with, especially for the shape and texture.  I read all the questionnaires and there were some interesting things on them!

150  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / All About Orange (new picture added September 3) on: May 12, 2008 10:30:47 AM
I started collecting material for this quilt about a year ago and was able to collect most of it by doing swaps here on Craftster, although, in the end, I had to buy a couple of pieces.  I can't remember exactly where it all came from but I know for sure that some is from South Africa, the UK, Sweden, the US and Canada.  The pattern came from a magazine called Fun Quilts and it's the Uneven Nine Patch.

It is for my 18 year old son, whose favorite color is, you guessed it, ORANGE!

I present my All About Orange quilt:

A little closer up so you can see detail:


and even closer for more detail:


and the obligatory back picture showing all the quilting I did:


September 3 - this is a picture of the quilt in my son's room.

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