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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt patterns not using blocks? on: November 21, 2008 11:19:14 PM
I recently picked up some amazing fabrics for a quilt, and I don't want to lose the bigger picture of the prints in small pieces.  I really want to do a quilt that is the same, fairly large shape repeating over the entire top, but I'm having a hard time finding pictures and patterns of quilts like these for inspiration.  I have found the lovely Brick Path pattern by Amy Butler and will probably end up doing this design.  I would still like to see more examples of these types of quilts though!

1) Is there a name for this type of quilt?
2) Does anybody know where I can find examples/patterns for them?

Thanks!  Kiss
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Need Help Painting Asymmetrical Kitchen on: July 16, 2008 11:18:43 PM
I'm doing a hardcore kitchen remodel, and I'm painting everything right now.  The walls are going to be white, and all the trim and accents are going to be teal.  I've been painting the teal, but my kitchen has some weird spots and I'm not sure where the teal should and and the white should start.

All the teal stuff used to be the bright orange.  Right now, I'm not sure how much of the remaining orange I should paint teal.  I had most of the walls redone, except for the wall by the shelves, so there's a texture difference (sheet rock vs. wood boards).  By the door there are two vertical wood pieces that stick out.  Should those be white or teal?  What about the left corner of the orange bit (right by the shelves)?  What about the orange "ceiling" part between the shelves and the top molding?

I've thought long and hard about all of these, but I'm really not very good at visualizing the different combinations of color in my empty kitchen, and imagining how they'll look when my kitchen has been filled with luxuries like flooring and cabinets.  Thanks in advance!
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Jellyfish: Photography Challenge! on: April 20, 2008 05:30:35 PM
I had a REALLY hard time picking one picture for this challenge, since my specialty is macro photography.  This jelly is at the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California with a bunch of his friends, and just barely beat out some awesome lichen from Crater Lake in Oregon.  I actually think the lichen is a better picture, but I was a little biased (look at my username).

14  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 26 ENTRIES / Silk Brocade Corset... for $8! on: April 02, 2008 06:48:03 PM
When this challenge was announced, I immediately started thinking about ideas.  What awesome things can I make for under $10?

Then it hit me: A CORSET!  I went to my dollar store with this end goal in mind, and after a week of blood, sweat, and tears (good thing I keep the band-aids in the craft room), I came up with this:

The materials:

3 Silk-brocade pillow cases, 2 for $1.95, 1 for $1.50 (you'll find out later why one was cheaper)
1 package of zip-ties, $1.65
1 pink kid's scarf, $1
TOTAL: $8.05

I'd picked up a package of snaps and a grommet setter, but I decided not to use the snaps.  The grommet setter?  Well, you get what you pay for... Totally didn't work.

First things first: the lacing.

Farewell, pink scarf, I barely knew ye!

Yarn tripled and chained with a G hook, then that chain was chained with a K hook.

I really wish I had pictures to show of my process making the corset, but my craft room lighting is the worst in the world, and I rarely get home before it's dark out.  But!  I'll tell you what I did!  First, pictures:

Completely lined and reversible!

The pillowcases had fronts and backs.  The fronts are the pretty swirly brocade design, and the backs were a plain green that matched.  I used my seam ripper to take the pillowcases apart, then I interfaced both sides to high heaven (dollar store pillowcases, what can I say?).  I made my own pattern by wrapping an old scrap sheet around my dress-form, and pinning it to fit snugly.  I sewed the sheet, marked up my seams with a pen, then cut out the pieces and used these as my pattern.

I cut each piece of the corset with my outer and lining fabric together (right sides facing!) and realized after I'd cut out all my pieces that I'd accidentally cut out two right sides!  I was dead set on NOT doing this, so I made sure I flipped my pattern pieces, not realizing that instead of the brocade fabric on top, I had the lining on top.  So yeah.  I'd only bought two pillowcases, but after this mistake I had to go back to the dollar store to get one more.  Luckily, since I didn't use the snaps or the grommet setter, I could afford it!  Even better, the person only rung it up for $1.50!

I sewed each brocade and lining pair together at the top, and then each panel together at the sides.  When all the pieces were together, I sewed the edges of the end pieces and turned it right-side out.  I pinned up the seams to make sure they were even, and stitched in gutters for my boning (the zip-ties).  After I squeezed the boning in, I sewed up the bottom, then installed the grommets.  After lacing it up, I was DONE!

There are definitely some things I'd do differently if I could: drafting a pattern on my dummy was all fun and games, but I really should have done some MATH, too.  The pictures of me wearing it don't show that I had to stuff a scarf in there to make the sides not look incredibly bunchy.  Here's it without the scarf:

It's too late for me to go in and stabilize the waist because the brocade is cheap and will completely fall apart if I undo the seams.  My problem was I made the pieces too wide at the waist.  Next time, I do math.  But hey, it's not bad for my second corset, first one without a pattern?
15  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Heavily Modified Carie Cropped Cardigan (Fitted Knits) on: February 26, 2008 12:24:48 PM
I was given 6 balls (a total of 360 yards) of Tahki Taos for my birthday a few months ago.  It's super bulky, and I looked through my knitting books to see potential projects for this yarn.  I decided that I had just about enough to do the Carie Cropped Cardigan in Fitted Knits by Stefanie Japel. 

So I cast on and knit!  And knit...  and knit...  and knit...  By the time I bound off, I had a full length sweater jacket.  I did some lace in the back to add shaping and match the bell sleeves.  I still have no idea how 360 yards could go this far.

For those of you interested in making the original pattern but don't have the book, this pattern is free on the DIY network website!
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / If you could decorate ANY WAY you wanted... what would you do? on: February 26, 2008 11:12:27 AM
I've rented my entire life, although the family is hoping to buy a house within the next year.  However, I've been itching to invest a little, and I just found out that the house right next door to my college housemate (who still lives there) is for sale.  This friend is also a mortgage agent, and I'm already pre-approved for a mortgage for this house.  I'm going to look at it today, and if I like it, I'm going to make an offer this week.

So, you know you're a Craftster when you look at buying a house as a major craft project.  I won't be living there (I plan on renting it to college students), but I want to fix it up and increase the value a bit.  I'm not so good at putting in walls, or installing things, but I *am* crafty and artsy!  Since I won't have to worry about sharing this house with people with traditional, conservative tastes, I can be as funky as I want with decorating.

This seems like a fun pipe-dream topic.  If you had a house and it was your "project," (meaning, you didn't have to worry about anybody else's taste!) how would you decorate it?

If I get the house, I'm definitely going to repaint it.  I'm also thinking about painting a mural on one of the walls, adding some built-in shelves, and possibly some built in book-cases.  I'll probably also find some funky modern-furniture for fairly cheap (Craigslist, Freecycle, and thrift stores will be my main targets) and reupholster to match the color schemes.  I'm thinking I might decorate each bedroom going along with a certain "theme."  I've always dreamed of having a "beach" room, and even if I can't get away with a sand floor, I can still paint some palm trees and an ocean horizon on the walls, and put in some shelves made out of drift-wood and halved coconuts.
17  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Hot Pink Skirt: Intolerable Cruelty on: February 23, 2008 02:06:45 PM
I've been in love with Intolerable Cruelty since the pattern was published a year and a half ago.  It was one of those "some day..." projects, and after scoring some awesome SWTC Bamboo for really cheap, it's finished!

I knit the size Small, but probably should have done more decreases to get the more fitted look on my toothpick thighs.  Either way, I'm VERY happy with it and the yarn drapes like a dream.  It was a REALLY easy project, and I probably would have gotten bored from all the stockinette if I wasn't reading and watching movies the whole time I was knitting it.

18  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Glasses Etched with Snowflakes on: December 21, 2007 02:11:18 PM
I tried my first glass etching project last week.  I made these for a gift exchange and they were well received.  I used plain glasses from a store, took some blank glass stencils for glass arts and cut out some snowflakes, attached them, and etched away!  I used the Armor Etch cream, and left it on for about 60 seconds.  The stencils ripped when I took them off after rinsing the etching cream off, so I didn't bother keeping them.  I made sure to put masking tape along the tops and bottoms of the glasses to leave a clear rim.  They turned out pretty well!

I made four total, two with etched snowflakes, two with an etched background.  I "signed" the bottoms.

A friend's mother loved the glasses, but she didn't end up getting them.  I'm making her a set with her grandson's names on them, but this time I'm using fabric paint like Onyxnox did.  It's saving me a TON of time!
19  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / HELP! Recycled yarn and yardage: What can I make with this? on: November 03, 2007 09:19:00 PM
I know my subject makes it seem like I'm clueless, but really I'm not.  I'm just incredibly confused.

I want to make a sweater out of this lovely alpaca/nylon blend yarn that I recycled.  I managed to unravel the sweater it had been without losing any yarn at all, and after I'd wound it up and weighed it, it turns out I have 730 yards.  It's worsted weight, and from a medium size cabled sweater.  Here's a picture of what it used to be:

What's confusing me is, I'm having a really hard time finding a sweater that only uses 730 yards of yarn.  Most require much more.  I'm a small, and generally knit the 32" or 34" of a pattern, and the sweater I recycled was probably somewhere around a 36" or 38" chest.

I'm positive that my method in determining yardage was accurate.  I took 10 yards, weighed it on my electronic scale, and divided my weight by 10 to get the weight of one yard.  Then I weighed the rest of my yarn and divided each skein by the weight of one yard to determine how many yards were in each.

I had wanted to make Stefanie Japel's Simple knitted bodice, but without a contrasting yarn I like for the lace bits, it doesn't seem like that would happen, PLUS I don't have enough yarn.  I also would really like to make the Cable-Down Raglan from Interweave Knits Spring 2007, but it looks like I'd be bordering on not having enough yarn if I wanted longer sleeves (I know cables eat up yarn).  I might just end up making the Bonsai Tunic or the Keyhole Top from the same issue of Interweave, but ACK!  Why is it that I don't have enough yarn to make a full sweater when I recycled a sweater that was way too big for me?!

I guess this was more of a rant than anything.  Oops!
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Autumn Patch-work Tablecloth on: November 03, 2007 03:58:58 PM
My kinda-roommate asked me to make a patch-work tablecloth for our Halloween party, and I managed to design it and make it in a week.  I used a burgundy twin topsheet and an old orange loosely-woven tablecloth I found from a thrift store as fabric.  The design was pretty simple, and I managed to match the size of the table exactly.  Cheesy

The last two are me trying to press and hem it while my kitten was sitting on the other end.  Cats are always trying to help, aren't they?
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