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1  T-Shirt Quilt - featuring horses! in Quilting: Completed Projects by marleah on: December 30, 2009 05:51:54 AM
This is my first ever quilt-like project, and I cringe a little bit putting it next to the fabulous quilts shown here! It's a t-shirt quilt, made from my younger sister's outgrown horse shirts that she couldn't bear to get rid of.

I used some batting leftover from another project, and backed it with a brown bedsheet (because brown is a horse color, of course). It's machine sewn, but then I hand-embroidered the details on each square that has a picture on it.

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2  Ohm Sweet Ohm in Needlework: Completed Projects by marleah on: January 04, 2009 09:40:45 AM
After a long hiatus from Craftster, I'm back with a Christmas gift I stitched for my sister. She is a math major, and I thought this pun was too clever to pass up. It's a reference to our high school math teacher, who would make corny jokes like "Ohm Ohm on the range". I used a chart generator for the word (which I for some insane reason did not bookmark), and I free-handed the Ohm symbols based on several images I found using Google.

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3  Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ MAR in Crochetalongs by marleah on: March 30, 2008 02:42:48 PM
Ok, I finally got a couple of squares knocked out!

They are both done in Red Heart Super Saver. I'm not sure what to think on the March one - I had some real difficulties, but it's a cute square. I definitely didn't find it a "mindless" pattern; I really had to count and make sure I wasn't missing anything on the pattern. Also on the February square, I'm not too pleased with my surface chain, but I had never done that before, so I'm giving myself a break on it. Smiley
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4  Re: Dead Like Me Gallery in The Swap Gallery by marleah on: February 23, 2008 06:02:01 AM
Ok, here are my fabulous goodies from tibeydo! Tibeydo, you did a really great job finding out what I would like. We even had some similar ideas about what to make, as you will see when you get yours ...

First here's a shot of *most* of the stuff ... a little beading set, POST-ITS!, teensy knitting needles, and a Happy Time "sock" - I'm using it as a camera cozy!

Yes, you see correctly - an autographed picture of Mandy Patinkin in the COOLEST frame! (I had to put it away earlier because my 7 year old sister came over! Smiley

Here's a close up on the stitch markers - the fire one has "Daisy" on the back, and the toilet seat one has "George" on it!

I ALSO got (as if there could be even more!) a grocery tote bag ...

It says "groceries and toilet trees" on it! Get it, get it??

Then there are the super cool felt magnets already on my fridge ...

And finally, a sweet necklace and me being super happy!!

Thank you so much, tibeydo! You even used my favorite colors for the necklace and the frame. Amazing!
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5  Re: 2008 12" Squares ~ JAN in Crochetalongs by marleah on: January 02, 2008 10:56:21 AM
Here is my first square! This one is done in Caron Simply Soft, Autumn Red. I decided that I would like to do each square twice - one in red, one in blue - then join then by crocheting them together with a  cream colored yarn. Then it can be my mom's Christmas gift!

I still want to use up some of my Red Heart stash, so I think I will make some in that too. There are some great charities that take crocheted squares and join them into afghans, or that take full afghans. Here are a few:

Warm Up America
Afghans for Afghans (wool only)
Snuggles Project (for animal shelters)
Project Linus
Warming Families

Just in case anyone wants to make these squares but doesn't know what they want to do with them!
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6  Necktie Cuff - I know, it's been done in Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by marleah on: January 01, 2008 04:00:06 PM
So I'd seen these a lot for a long time, and then finally when I got the book Sew Subversive I was inspired to actually do it.

The tie was thrifted, and it has this fabulous brown swirly pattern on it. The button I bought at a sewing supply store years ago and I had never found the right thing for it.

It's not perfect, but for my first try, not bad!
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7  Warm Hat for My Goofball Husband in Crochet: Completed Projects by marleah on: January 01, 2008 03:51:19 PM
My husband waited until it was about 30 degrees F outside in November before he bought a coat. Then I felt bad about him shoveling snow outside since it's gotten even colder, and he didn't have a hat or gloves. Well, I decided I could at least crochet him a hat!

Here's the front (and goofball Ryan face):

Really, he's cute. I think he likes it.  Roll Eyes

Here's the side view (and normal Ryan face):

He has the brim rolled up a bit in the front but not on the sides or the back, so it might look a little odd.

I used Caron Simply Soft, and the pattern found here: http://www.operationtoastytoes.org/patterns/17watchcapcrochet.pdf

Thanks for looking!! Oh, and it only took me a couple hours this afternoon. Sweet!
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8  Harry Potter - House Scarf and Golden Snitch in Crochet: Completed Projects by marleah on: December 27, 2007 08:45:18 AM
More information here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=216223.0

This was part of my sister's Christmas gift. Instead of doing the scarf in Hogwarts House colors, I used University of Kansas colors since that is where my sister is going to school.

Caron Simply Soft, about 13 feet long, 9 inches wide.

The Golden Snitch, from Melissa Mall's pattern at http://www.innerchildcrochet.com - done in embroidery thread and crochet thread.

Check out the original post for more Harry Potter goodness!
(I hope that posting these projects twice is ok - the main post is in the Miscellaneous section, and I wanted crocheters to see these!)
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9  Super Duper Harry Potter Package! (no, not Harry's package ...) LOTS OF PICS! in Completed Projects by marleah on: December 27, 2007 08:37:09 AM
My sister and I are pretty big Harry Potter fans - she was actually 11 like Harry when the first book came out, so she has grown up with him. This whole thing actually started when I wanted to make a Hogwarts house colors scarf for her for Christmas. She is going to school at the University of Kansas, so I decided to surprise her and make it in KU colors, rather than colors from a Hogwarts house. Then I started getting more ideas, some inspired by the Harry Potter crafts here! She had always joked about feeling left out, and like she was actually supposed to get admitted into Hogwarts when she was 11, and she just never got the owl. Well, I decided to write a letter for her, from Professor McGonagall! For that, I used an image of the Hogwarts seal and made it a watermark, then took a digital photo of McGonagall's signature from Sorcerer's Stone! I also created coupons for Flourish and Bott's Booksellers and Ollivander's Wand Shop. Then I remembered that we have this red/black box that my sister and I pass back and forth on gift-giving holidays. I didn't have anything to put in it! So, I crocheted a Golden Snitch in about an hour, from Melissa Mall's pattern at http://www.innerchildcrochet.com! I made the package look like it really might have come from the wizarding world ... and I had so much fun doing it!

On to the pictures ...

The scarf is single crocheted, Caron Simply Soft. It's around 13 feet long and 9 inches wide! Weaving in the ends took forever. (I know, Mrs. Weasley knits, but I don't yet. She was branching out.)

The Snitch is between 1 and 2 inches and was single crocheted from embroidery thread (the wings) and sparkly crochet thread (the ball).

Please let me know what you think, and whether I did justice to this wonderful series of books. Smiley She loved it, which is what really matters.
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10  Pillow Covers! My First Sewing Machine Attempt ... in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by marleah on: December 18, 2007 12:22:36 PM
So, I am actually entering the crazy world of machine sewing, armed with my shiny new Brother LS-30 (don't laugh - sale at Walmart). With the help of the book Sew Subversive, I decided I would make pillow covers for Christmas gifts! I'll post here each time I make a new one. My first one took about an hour, but that included measuring out fabric and all of that. I used one of those pre-made polyfil pillows that are meant to be covered.

Here's the results:

This one is for my 8-year-old brother in law. (That just sounds weird.)

That second one shows how the cover opens in the back. Just a typical pillow cover. And you can see the corner of Sew Subversive on the left. Smiley


More pillow covers:

For my mother in law, who has a horse that looks like the brownish one right on front (I made one with this fabric for my 7 year old horse crazy sister too):

For my mom (and yay! I have some of this fabric left for myself!):

For my dad, who likes working on old cars:

For my 13-year-old brother in law (again, weird sounding):
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