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11  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / My Real Life Heroine 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!
12  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Big Crochet Pumpkin and Friends 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!
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Mini Quilting Projects showing "cheaty" binding 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!

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Matryoshka Doll Tunic on: August 20, 2017 09:07:20 AM
A few years ago, craftylittlemonkey sent me some lovely sheer fabric and lining to make a skirt.  I kept it because , well, I stopped making clothing years ago...but, the fabric was just so unique and it needed out of the closet...

So, since I do not wear skirts often, I decided to see if I had enough to make a tunic.  I did!

The fabric is sheer and frays a lot, so it took a bit of work cutting it out and then finishing all of the edges nicely.  I used French seams.  The only thing I would change if I did it over again is to use a darker interfacing...the white showed through too much so I had to double the fabric in the facings.  I made a shell to wear underneath as well.

Can't wait for cooler weather to wear it!

Close up of fabric...love the matryoshka dolls!

Thanks for looking!

15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Boot Trees from Bed Sheet! on: April 15, 2017 10:32:04 AM
A few years ago, we had a challenge to make something from a bed sheet.  I made a dress from the top sheet but still had the bottom sheet left.  Since it was a twin size, it languished in a wash basket for years...

This winter, I bought a bunch of new tall boots and since it is finally getting warm, I am putting away my winter wardrobe. I have used commercial boot trees in the past, rolled newspapers, etc. But I was never happy about them.  I started doodling around and came up with this idea.

I cut the elastic from around the bottom sheet off very carefully. I measured around the fattest and thinnest part of my boots and the height...I sort of drew a wedge from these measurements.  I added the elastic to the sides, making a loop on one side. Stuffed the thing sewing the bottom by hand. After I stuffed them in the boots, they looked plain so I added a felt flower that I sprayed with Fabreze. Target has these really cute baby hangers that I found years ago so I am using them to hang my boots in a closet!

Boot tree and one boot:

The boots can stand on their own if I want:

Boots ready to hang in the closet for next year!
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scarf Quilt on: March 01, 2017 05:08:25 PM
One of our cousins is a breast cancer survivor. Each time she had to have chemo, they gave her a soft knit tube scarf for her head since she lost all of her hair due to the treatments. She sent me her scarves and asked that I make her something to celebrate and remind herself of her battle and the hope and optimism she had during this very challenging time.

She picked out her three favorite scarves and asked that I keep them intact, that is, not chop them into bits. After measuring and drawing and re-drawing many times, I finally got something I liked and could work with. The fabric is a thin, slinky knit.  I cut each of the three tube scarves in half and then picked out 9 more that I thought would blend and cut them into quarters. I had to use iron on knit interfacing on each piece before using it.

After sewing all the pieces together (the sashing is quilting cotton), I used a layer of batting and used polar fleece for the backing. The quilting was simple but very difficult to do...thank goodness for my walking foot!  This part took hours, wrestling that heavy thing!

Anyway, I posted it on FB for all to see, and she loves it!  Can't wait to mail it to her this weekend!  Thanks for looking!

17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: January 02, 2017 09:51:08 AM
50 Projects (More or Less ) 2017

2017 Snuck on me...busy with real life...BUT, I do know that I am happiest when I am making things and sharing them with such wonderful creative friends like you....so...let's get 2017 going with our lists, our ideas, our things to learn...

18  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Leftovers: Make mandalas while trying new color combos! on: August 16, 2016 01:31:56 PM
I have a huge bin of leftover DK weight yarn from the many afghan projects I do...I hate them...they seem to multiply each week...

I decided to try to keep up, so I am doing projects that I can finish quickly and give away...like mandalas (which my hubby thinks are just colorful doilies...Grin)...

Mandalas are a fun way to test out color combos as well:

purple, cream, lime

grey, yellow, cream, burgandy

teal, baby blue, cream, grey

These are free patterns I found in the net and one I just made up as I ran out of yarn...

Thanks for looking!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / A little lace goes a long way... on: July 06, 2016 09:51:31 AM
I love to knit lace but usually it takes me hours since I have to pay attention to a chart and spend more time writing down stuff and counting...ugh...

So, I decided that I was going to knit things with "some" lace...way faster and much more satisfying...

I found two triangle scarves/shawl patterns in an old issue of Creative Knitting magazine...made both shawls start to finish in about four days...

Made with a single skein of Knit Picks Chroma fingering weight:

Simple little rows of lace stuck in between stockinette:

Just enough lace to show off while wearing as a scarf:

Made with a single skein of Knit Picks Chroma fingering weight:

Close up of simple lace:

Soft and comfy when worn:

Thanks for looking...now onto another project...simple lace socks! Grin
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Little Hexies, little hexies...what do I use you for? on: June 27, 2016 10:30:47 AM
I love making hexies but never know what to do with them when I am done...I doubt that I have the patience to make a huge quilt with them all!

So, when I found out we were doing a white elephant gift exchange at the recent Canada Meet-up, I decided to make a linen journal or book cover.  I picked out a bunch of green ones I made in a variety of sizes and scattered them on this natural green/grey linen.

I wanted a simple but useful closure...I have had this bakelite button found in my great grandma's button box forever that screamed out at me...

Here it is:

I enjoyed making it and had so much fun watching everyone as they opened their prizes.  I am hoping that the person who got my prize can use it to make a list of her next fabulous projects or gift it to a friend who needs some organization in life, like me!
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