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1  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Help with Granny Squares on: November 23, 2010 11:20:40 AM
It has been YEARS since I crocheted, and I was never very enthusiastic about it.  I'm not sure I could locate my needles.  But, I am very proficient at sewing.

Recently, I came across some granny squares that were made by my Aunt's long deceased mother.  There are nine squares and they are 5" square.  I thought that maybe I could make something out of them for my aunt for Christmas.  I was originally thinking Christmas ornaments, but I have no idea how I'd do that. 

Does anyone have any advice or suggestions??

Thanks in advance.
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 33 on: April 22, 2008 06:46:42 PM
I claim ThreadOrYarn for 1 1/2" (4cm) cotton fabric squares (any color except neon-bright, and no holiday themes please)
I'm in Fairfax, Va (USA).  This is my ist claim this round.

About me: I am a 30-year-old stay at home mom who loves to sew, but seems to have very little time to do so of late. I'm not very girly and I'm not a big fan of trinkets.  Basically, I'm very practical and like useful things.  Of course, I consider things to hang on the walls useful Wink.


-Play food for my son's new toy kitchen.  Felt or crocheted.

-Dress up clothes.  I'm trying to put together a collection of dress-up clothes for my 2.5-year-old son, but I'm stumped for what to include in it.  So far, all he has is some capes and a fireman hat.  I would appreciate some assistance -whatever you can dream up.

-Toy butterfly.  Ever since I took my little guy to see the butterfly pavillion at the Natural History Museum, he has been nuts about them.  Maybe a little crocheted butterfly?  Or something made from felt?  I don't know.  I'm stumped, so help me out!

-Cloth napkins, for everyday use, in shades of blue, purple, or yellow (to match my kitchen)

-A tote bag to bring to the farmer's market this spring/summer.  Something sturdy enough to handle all my veggies!

-Homemade soaps.  I love homemade soaps and trying different scents.  They are so much nicer than store bought, using them feels like a luxury Wink.

-Notecards for my sister-in-law.  Her interests are bicycling, recycling, and carpentry. - *new*

-Notecards for my sister.  Her interests are butterflies, origami, and poetry. - *new*

-Anything inspired by my wists.

-Surprise me with what you do best.  Just, you know, try to make it something I can make use of Wink.


-Quilting fabric.  I'm a quilter and my stash is woefully in need of some yellows, purples and neutrals.  I'll accept any and all sized pieces (including scraps), but I would really prefer quality fabric.

-Sewing patterns for children's' clothing.  I especially would like a pattern for baby bloomers (you know, to wear under dresses).

-Embroidery needles - *new*

-Transfer Pen for embroidery - *new*

-Bias Tape Maker

-Some kind of crafting book or magazine that can instruct me on how to actually make felt food.  I can figure out a bunch of things for myself, but anything three dimensional really trips me up.  I haven't been able to find any books at the library or magazine online, so maybe some crafter out there can help me Smiley.


-Anything related to Simon in the Land of Chalk Drawings (and if you know how to get a hold of some episodes on DVD, please PM me!)

-3" fabric squares for a scrap quilt I'm working on.  Don't send a ton - just a few.  And all different fabrics please.  I want a real variety Wink.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Mother's Day / Re: Lady Bug Lover? on: April 15, 2008 07:00:34 PM
That is so awesome!  It makes me wish my grandmother wanted a tattoo Wink.

Oh, and maybe make a little ladybug stuffie?  It's just two circles sewn together with some batting or beans inside.  And you can be a little creative with legs and antennae and spots and stuff.

Here is a link to some bug bean bags I made, to give you an idea.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Hand Smocked Navy Bishop Dresses on: April 07, 2008 06:01:32 PM
This is unbelievably gorgeous!  I have no idea how to smock, but now I want to learn!  How long have you been doing it?  Your work looks so professional!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Discussion - Round 33 Discussion Starts on Page 54 on: April 07, 2008 05:53:07 PM
I drank a lot of Heineken when I first started breast feeding.  (well, a lot means one a day Wink).  I had many problems/issues and a really hard time in general.  In my opinion, the beer/wine/whiskey is probably good for relaxing, which does help with the breastfeeding.  Especially if you are as stressed out as I was.  Just, you know, don't get carried away!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Bug Bean Bag on: April 05, 2008 06:10:29 AM

Here is my completed buggy collection Wink.  I gave them all slightly different faces and added knots to the little legs for feet.  I really liked the suggestion of beads, but I didn't want anyone getting hurt (or offended, more likely) by beads to the head.

I haven't done any research yet on bean bag games we can play with them, but Simon has made up a few of his own. First is "Throw Them in a Bowl". This involves tossing them into a plastic mixing bowl. He walks right up to it, drops the bug in, and then wriggles with glee. The even more popular variant on this game is to place the bowl far, far away and then make Daddy toss the buggy guys in the bowl. Crafty kid. The other favorite game is called "Zoom... weeee!". This involves placing the bean bag on top of the coffee table and sliding it off with as much force as possible. While it is flying through the air, he yells, "Zoom! Weee!"
7  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Croquet sundress! on: March 31, 2008 06:41:46 PM
This dress is fabulous, and I think dressing  up for croquet is hilarious.  I mean, in a good way Wink.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt and Coordinating Doll Quilt on: March 31, 2008 06:34:36 PM
Here is a baby quilt I recently made for a friend who is due any day now. I wanted to make sure I got it done in time, so I went with an Irish Chain and used various soft hues I found in my stash.

The Front:

The Back:

Closeup of Quilting:

Doll Quilt I made from same fabrics for baby's big sister:
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to get neat squares on: March 29, 2008 04:19:36 AM
Good advice so far.  Also, if you are really having a hard time lining up seams, pin them together!  I tend to skip the pinning a lot since it saves time, so it's up to you which is most important: super accurate piecing or less time spent agonizing  Wink.
10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Bug Bean Bag *updated with picture* on: March 28, 2008 07:20:42 PM
I've been working on a BIG quilt for a long time (intermittently) and it involves curved piecing. This is a big pain in my butt since I hate templates. It also results in a lot of weirdly shaped scraps. Well, I had all these half circle scraps and I thought I could make them into something fun and this little guy just appeared. The idea for this bug bean bag was totally inspired by these bunnies. I've only made the one and plan on making more, as I have lots of scraps. I think I can improve on him. He doesn't look all that buglike to me. And his legs look weird. But my son loves him. He keeps saying, "Mommy made a little buggy guy for Simon." Now, I just have to come up with some kind of game to play with the bugs. You know, other than just throw-them-around-the-room.

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