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11  My Real Life Heroine in Knitting: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: September 23, 2017 05:13:16 PM
Kittykill and I have been friends for a long time.  We met only once in Boston at a mod meet-up, but that was all it took for us to develop our friendship!

She is my real life heroine...she loves dogs, she has a crazy, lovable hubby, she is kind to everyone, she kicks ass, she is beautiful, she is talented, she is creative...everything that a real life heroine should be!

When she posted a pic of this shawl. I told her I would make it for her. I finally got it blocked and ready to send.

Here is the link to the pattern.

It had to be blocked a couple of times to get the pattern to stick: But I finally got the perfect "W".

She knows she is receiving it, so there is no secret...kittykill is my own super heroine in real life!
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12  Re: Virus Shawl Crochet-Along (& Virus Blanket, Virus Poncho, etc!) in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: September 21, 2017 05:05:19 AM
I am using Crazy Zauberball yarn, which is normally a sock yarn, to make this scarf for a friend of mine who loves fall colors...I am using size F.

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13  Big Crochet Pumpkin and Friends in Crochet: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: September 20, 2017 09:41:00 AM
I love fall because...PUMPKINS!  I love pumpkin everything so I joined the swap of the same name!  My partner, bywilma said in her questionnaire that she liked crochet items because she herself does not crochet.

I found this tutorial and decided to give it a try.  I had yarn in my stash that was a little more rust in color that I thought would be perfect.  The pattern uses a bobble stitch that took forever!  I had no idea how large the pumpkin was going to be! ha ha

Anyway, I ended up dyeing the filling brown because I am just not good at very tight crochet stitches.  That in itself was a project!  My hands, towels, and sink turned out brown as well...

After I did the big pumpkin, I decided he needed some friends...I made these little guys just crocheting round and round until I got a tube.  I think there are some tutorials on this one, but I just figured it out from the pictures.

Here is a way better picture taken by my partner...

I have so much  of the yarn left over that I am going to make a few more of the little ones to give to friends!  Plus, all that brown stuffing... Grin.

Thanks for looking!
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14  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: September 20, 2017 06:02:47 AM
I was paired with MissingWillow in a  Mod Love Swap. Here are the things I made for her:

Two little crochet pumpkins:

A pair of fingerless gloves.  These are so soft but very strong.  Made of baby alpaca and acrylic.

A little owl ornament.  I love these crochet frames...they fit anything and work up quickly.

I also made her a Political hoop.  You can check it out in my gallery.  Just a warning...I am not a fan of our current president.
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15  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: September 18, 2017 10:07:32 AM
ha ha That place was amazing!  I am sorry they closed down after 40 years in business!  I wish I had taken pictures of their buttons...it took up two walls!

Anyway, here are two little fabric bins I made for a friend. While downsizing, she came across this cool Wile E. Coyote fabric that she purchased for a project that her two sons had to do for school, nearly 30 years ago!  She gave it to me thinking I could use it for something.. It was dirty and stained, but a good washing fixed that.  I had enough to make her two, either to keep or to give back to her sons...they are lined in patriotic fabric because her house is decorated in Americana style...

Close up of Wile E.!
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16  Re: Pumpkin Everything Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by alwaysinmyroom on: September 18, 2017 09:59:34 AM
I received my pumpkin goodness from BigBangMomma this weekend!

Remember that fabulous fabric that we all "oohed" and "aaahed" about?  Well, she made me the most awesome wall quilt with some it!  Plus, all of the other fabrics were just as gorgeous!

Look at the applique detail!  And...hello, glitter!  Grin

She sent me a cute owl to help with my decorating...and yes, it is a pumpkin owl!

A few extras completed my package:  a recipe for Sweet Pumpkin Dip (going to try it this weekend with nilla wafers!), a fat quarter of the gorgeous fabric, a mini set of pumpkin lights (already in use--ha ha ), and a handmade card with envelope!

Thank you for setting the mood for fall and for Pumpkin goodness!
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17  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: September 15, 2017 08:52:43 AM
I used a bunch of longer zippers that had been given to me by a clothing seamstress.  I hated to cut the nice 22-26 inch zippers, but I had no use for them.  Plus, I doubt that I would ever make a pink dress requiring a 22 inch zipper... Grin.

I will inventory and see what I have left...I kinda went crazy at this local shop when they were closing and had zippers for sale...lol

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18  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: September 12, 2017 02:45:39 PM
JS--that Junker Doll was excellent!!!!  I think everyone did a great job in that swap...I love that style...

I made ten pouches using the tutorial that bunny1kenobi did...so cute and easy!  These will be going to her to help in her kindness to others...I know the women in the shelter will be grateful that you and others have thought of them!

Plus, woo hoo!  I used up some small pieces of stash and zippers that have been stuffed in a drawer...I did not have to buy anything for these!!!
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19  Mini Quilting Projects showing "cheaty" binding in Quilting: Completed Projects by alwaysinmyroom on: September 11, 2017 12:53:57 PM
I make a lot of small quilted items for friends and family that require quick and easy techniques to get them done.  One of my favorite is using what I call a "cheaty" binding.  Here is a small project I did to show you how it is done.

1.  Either cut out your fabric to the size you want plus seam allowances (my project is about 14") or, finish piecing your project and then cut it to size. Cut out your lining to be about 2 inches bigger than your front piece.  My backing is about 16".

2. Cut your binding strips from the backing.

Example:  I want a 1/2" binding. I will use 1/4" seams. So each binding strip will be 1" wide. Cut two strips 14" and two strips 16".

3. Sew the shorter pieces to your front fabric at each end and press.

4. Sew the longer pieces and press.  Notice that my strips are longer than needed.  It is because I really hate to measure.  I will trim it later.

5. Trim and cut out a piece of batting to fit your top fabric.  It is super important that you cut the piece to exactly your front piece  Be sure your top is right side up.

6. Next, right sides together, put your backing piece on top.  If you need, to, trim the backing to fit your top. Again, make sure they are the same size as you will be sewing on the back and have to catch the front and batting in the seam!

7.  A little tip...sew from end to end with some reinforcement stitches there the two perpendicular lines meet...like so:

8.  Don't forget to leave an opening to turn your piece right side out!!!

9.  Trim the corners so you will have a nice pointy point!

When you turn in right side out, you need to poke out the corners:

See how it looks like binding already?  Cheesy

10.  Hand sew the opening with whatever stitch you want...I use an invisible ladder stitch.

11. Quilt your piece.  The last step is to stitch all around your piece to highlight your "cheaty" binding!

I know there is a way to fold over the back and use it as binding, but I can never seem to get the corners right and spend so much time fussing with it. 

You can play with this and do the strips for your backing in contrast fabrics to get even more looks!

Have fun!

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20  Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! in Craftalongs by alwaysinmyroom on: August 26, 2017 03:04:12 PM
I made a prayer flag for Averia....guess what her favorite color is?  Cheesy

We both made each other blue ones using some of the shibori fabric we made in the Craftster Canada Meet up!!

(I wonder if she noticed that it has a "face"....ha ha ha)
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