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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Some encouragement for wannabe quilters on: November 14, 2008 06:43:31 PM
thanks so much, everyone!

the little heart on the back is my favorite bit, i think, aside from the stars. i like the idea of 'featuring' an imperfection, rather than struggling with fixing it and making it worse. Smiley

hollydaze, i totally think you should finish yours on your own!

deece, thanks for the advice. i tried to do that, but i guess i didn't pay as much as attention as i should have, because it definitely got 'sucked in' and ended up not matching up. i will make sure that doesn't happen next time!

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Some encouragement for wannabe quilters on: November 02, 2008 04:44:04 AM
It's not as hard as I feared!

A month ago my husband and I got a baby shower invitation from some sweet friends of ours who live many states away. There wasn't any way we'd be able to go, so some handmade gifts mailed were in order. Usually I make a baby sling and buy something from their registry or something. I wanted to do something more this time. What else to do than make a baby quilt? Even when you've NEVER quilted before?

It turned out not so bad! I found a group of colors I liked (they're having a boy) and sewed them all together, first in twos then in fours and then in strips and then strips together. For the quilting itself, I made little stars in the blue and plaid squares and "stitched in the ditch" on the green squares.

I discovered quilting really only requires patience, time, and creative forethought, all of which I'm running low on lately (um, always). But the end product is pleasing and useful, and really, what more could a quilt want? Smiley

The binding is so not perfect.....far away from perfect. I'm not very good at binding. But it covers everything it should (mostly...there's a little corner where some of the flannel I used for the back doesn't quite meet up with the batting and quilt top, i don't know why because it matched up when i pinned it all together, but i sewed a little heart over that space and i think it looks cute) and doesn't look too too terrible.

All in all, minus the binding, this was a great (and easy!) introduction to quilting. For a scaredy-cat like me. It's not the most complicated quilt, or even the most dynamic first quilt, but I like it.

To those who want to try quilting but are too intimidated to do so - go forth and quilt!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: DIY Cloth Pads Tutorial on: February 25, 2008 06:46:41 PM
Today I came across this site: http://www.goods4girls.org

and thought how awesome it is and how awesome this thread is and how awesome you all are, and so I had to share.

4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / knit fabric and wrap skirt? could it be? on: January 27, 2008 06:55:04 PM
liike, could it work?

i have some beeeeautiful deep wine-almost-burgandy-but-not-quite knit fabric that i would love to turn into a wrap skirt. but i'm not sure it would work due to stretchiness.

would the band and ties have to be made out of something else? it's ok if they do, i'm just not sure. in my head it seems the knit fabric wouldn't be secure enough.

allllso...........suppose i cut the front wrap panel part on the diagonal, instead of having it square. would the edge curl and look pretty, or would it just roll and look wonky? i don't have a serger but i wanted something to effect of lettuce edging.

any help, anybody?
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cotton Cardi - Good Idea? EDITED to add Pic on: April 04, 2007 07:05:20 PM
i've never knit with 100% cotton and you know how my first sweater is going....

however, because i wouldn't be annie without a sweater, i have lots of experience with 100% cotton cardigans. and the sleeves stretch. especially around the elbows and the band at the end, either at the wrist or forearm.

maybe you could incorporate elastic or some decorative yarn that has some kind of stretch to it at the ends of the sleeves?

i like that pattern a lot and think it would be nice with the cotton. you'd definitely have to do a lot of re-shaping every time you washed it.

hope that was helpful!
6  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: baby kimono character tops on: February 28, 2007 05:05:04 AM
those are adorable! and sickly funny. Smiley did you use anything on the back of the shirt where you appliqued or did you just leave it plain?
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: fun maternity sun dress! on: February 12, 2007 03:17:55 PM
awww thanks! you guys sure know how to make a girl blush Smiley

i, of course, am very happy! i love this time! and i really liked this pattern (not to mention the fabric in all its fun-ness)....i probably will make another dress from the pattern with a stretchier fabric and i may modify it to become a wrap dress. it seems easy enough to do in my head, anyway!

thank you!!
8  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / fun maternity sun dress! on: February 11, 2007 07:57:42 AM
i hope this is the right place to put this.....if someone knows of a better place, please let me know!

i found this maternity dress pattern, mccalls 4398http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M4398.htm?tab=family_sleepwear_maternity&page=2, and thought i'd give it a try. i've given up on simplicity, since none of their patterns ever work for me and i find their directions confusing.

anyway....i sewed up view c (the yellow long-sleeved dress) but omitted the sleeves. i also omitted the linings (hate sewing them) and used a 22" zipper instead of a 20" because i found one at the thrift store for 50 cents and i wasn't about to pass that up! i also used a medium weight cotton instead of the lighter rayon or georgette suggested, which doesn't drape quite as well, but i can't have everything i want in life.

it fits absolutely perfectly, except for a little snugness on top...i'm a little more uh endowed than the size allowed for. the measurements are right, it's just not as loose as i think it's supposed to be. that's ok, it fits and it looks cute! and i lovelovelove the fabric so much!! i have lots of little seemingly useless bits left over...more things to make!

thanks for looking Smiley

p.s. wow those pictures are large! i had modified them but i guess not enough. sorry about that!
9  CLOTHING / Clothing Sewalongs / Re: Simplicity 4050- Sewalong for Curvacious Craftsters on: January 26, 2007 06:51:39 AM
I thinki might give it a miss for a while, if you guys cant work it out there is no way i will be able to .. i think i will stick with the kids clothes  clothes for a while...   : )

oh you can do it! i think, with me anyway, the pattern just got boring and unnecessarily complicated. i have the top half finished, minus trim and hemming, and will eventually get to the skirt. Smiley i am psyched about making children's clothes, though, so i want this done before the little one is here!
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: French Baby Wrap-Around Sweater on: January 16, 2007 01:31:03 PM
Anniefee (and anyone else interested),
Feel free to e-mail me and I can give you directions!

rachel (at) craftyrachel (dot) com

The designer's name is Florence and her website is


hey cool, thanks! the only issue is copyright. i don't know the designer (and i can't read french) so i don't know her stance on sharing her patterns. is the pattern available for sale on her website? maybe you can help translate Smiley thank you! i'll be emailing...
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