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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Giant Star Quilt on: January 06, 2012 01:55:48 PM
This quilt was a gift for my aunt and uncle for Christmas. I made it following this tutorial. I love that big blocky look, but I I'd been taught quilt pieces could only be the width of your hand or smaller. Now I've made this quilt I feel comfortable working on a bigger scale. Anyways, on to the pictures!

I wish I'd taken more time with the photos -- I just took these with my iPhone and the colours are off, especially in the paler fabrics, which are not nearly so white. The fabrics for the star were all from Liberty of London and mostly Kaffe Fassett prints. I went to London in August and though that store is unbelieeeeeevably expensive, I had to get some fat quarters and off-cuts as souvenirs.

With my foot to show some sense of scale. Each square is 18"x18".

The back. You can see I didn't quilt it densely at all. I love that look, but I've been having a lot of trouble with puckering lately. I quilted the plain corner squares into eighths.

All folded up and ready to be shipped.

A closeup of the label. I embroidered it all myself and learned a lot of new stitches. T and T are my aunt and uncle's initials. It's a Sublime Stitching design.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Enormous papercut tree wall hanging on: November 21, 2009 04:18:19 AM
I have my own home for the first time in my life, and I really love it. It has tons of light and really high walls, but those walls are also covered in boring beige wallpaper. Renting doesn't leave me a ton of options, but I made a tree papercut two years ago (has it really been that long?!) for a 12 Days of Christmas swap, and I've always wanted to make for myself since.

Long story short:

It's made from four pieces of a light foam fibreboard and about 5 feet wide by 4 feet tall. I googled for "old tree" because I wanted something that looked windswept and most importantly, had very few leaves. I wound up using this painting. I then drew the outline onto the fibreboard and cut it out. I had a exacto knife but I actually found that simply pressing the pencil deep worked well most of the time, and was also easier around corners.

Here's a close-up:

I drew over this one so you could see more easily where the intersections between the four pieces are:

I was going to use the pencil to make indentations for woodgrain, but decided to leave well enough alone. I flipped the pieces over to hide the pencil marks (that's why it mirrors the painting) and just stuck it up there with copious amounts of scotch tape. Sometimes I think it's a little creepy looking - the black leafless branches kind of remind me of that scene in Snow White where the trees grab at her - but most of the time I really like it.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Denim Quilt Question on: September 30, 2007 06:36:12 AM
I have a ton of old jeans that I can't wear anymore lying around, and my first thought was of course, hey! free fabric! The only quibble I have is that denim is sort of a more casual fabric, and while I'd love to use it in a quilt it would be nice if there was some way (like combining it with other fabrics) that could make it look more "polished." Has anyone else come across this, or have any ideas?
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / How to knit for school and get away with it on: May 16, 2007 04:48:13 PM
Or, "Homefront Meets Battlefront" if you want to be particular about it.

I took a class called Historian's Craft this year and it was all about different ways of looking at and portraying history. For the final project, we had the choice to either critique a website or movie or something like that, or create our own completely new depiction of something that interests us.

Grin C'mon. This is Craftster. You know which one I chose.

There's a really long description of all the thoughts that went into the project and everything on my blog, but I'm not going to force it on you guys here. Check it out if you want more background. Here I'm just going to say it's an image of the trenches - the battlefront - in the language of the homefront - knitting - because the way those two interacted was interesting to me.

This is the whole shebang seen from the front, all closed up. It's a triptych, so it's hinged and yes, the latch actually works.

What you see when you open it up, and you finally get why I posted this in Knitting.

This is the central panel, and uses a ton of different types of knitting: labyrinth, short rows, freeform . . . there's even a little bit of Fair Isle there. Once again, there's reams of info on this in the blog.

The left . . .

. . . and right panels.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Grumperina's Black Sea Hat! on: October 13, 2006 04:05:45 PM
According to Google, I'm quite possibly the first person to knit this other than Grumperina. I get a stupid little thrill from this (please correct me if I'm wrong).

Close-up on texture and beads:

Further off:

I used one skein of Sheepjes Donna. It's a heavier weight, so I knit it on smaller needles than normal and made the small size. It fits my big ole noggin just right.

As always, WAY more blather on the blog.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Swallowtail Shawl from IK Fall 06 on: September 29, 2006 11:28:17 AM

^I don't know why this picture is so distorted (on my screen at least) so here's a link to it: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v672/UnstoppableBoogie/swallowtailshawl009.jpg

Once again, another project where it took me at least three times as long to do the finishing and blocking as to actually knit the darn thing.

I used just over 2 skeins of Lorna's Lace Shepherd Sport weight in Navy, on 5mm (US size Cool needles. This project went FAST, and it was a great comfort level for me.

The pattern's in the most recent Interweave Knits (fall 2006), and it only takes just over 400 yds, so it's pretty economic to boot. Unless you want a HUGE shawl, though, I'd recommend staying with sport weight or less.

There's way more info, photos and blather on the blog: http://shaxophile.blogspot.com/2006/09/fo-swallowtail-shawl.html
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Two argyle quilts on: September 17, 2006 06:38:06 PM
I made these two argyle quilts about a month ago or so for swaps - the first one for the Craftster 5 Senses Swap, and the second one for the reveal package in Secret Pal 8. I had this pattern in my head of an argyle quilt, and I think it still has a ways to go. I'd like to do one in the traditional pattern still, in just three or four colours (maybe dark, rich batiks . . . mmm).

Anyway, here's the first one. I made it in all in quilting flannels, except for the strips that divide the diamonds - they're regular old quilting cotton.

And the back:

It's super-super soft, and I love that. On the other hand, the colours aren't as crisp as could be desired. I love the quilting on the back (which is a gingham print), because it's just so simple and it stands out in a way I find so lovely.

Here's the second, which I LOVE:

And another view:

All cotton this time, and the colours just POP! Very hard to part with this one, even though I would never pick all that purple and pink for myself. The quilting is what made this one extra-special to me. These are only my third and fourth finished quilts, and the first two were just jumbles of 4" squares quilted along the lines. The success of the argyle quilting on the above quilt made me confident that I could do this:

That's one single line of stitching, starting in the centre and spiraling out. What a rush!

I don't know anything about quilting (seriously - have never read a book or anything - I just ask my mom if I'm curious), but I'm thinking about posting a tutorial/pattern on my blog. Would anyone be interested?
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Socks galore! Knitty's Thujas and Broadripples on: March 31, 2006 04:32:56 AM
It's apparently nothing but all purple socks, all the time here at Casa Duckie!


I made these in Cascade Quatro - love this yarn!


These are in Cascade Fixation. They're going to be a Mother's Day present for my mom - yes, I finally thought ahead this time! I'm making another pair exactly the same for my aunt. (At least she has shorter feet.) As for the yarn, I think this was the project where I stopped hating Fixation! Yay!

More info on the blog!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitty's Kate, now Knitty's Meg (stash swap 3 spoiler!) on: March 10, 2006 03:11:41 AM
Yay for Kate! I liked the pattern but would never make a stuffed animal for myself, so when the stash swap specifies "clothing item, useful item, fun item" then ta-da! stargirl said she liked red and black and white, so I put them all together and suddenly Kate had become Meg! I felted her a bit to make her sturdier and hide my terrible seaming, and hot-glued googly eyes on. The yarn was Patons Classic in black, aran and bright red.

Before felting and eyeballs:

"So, do you come here often?"

"They're sending me messages through my fillings."

Oh, and important thing to note: You start at the bottom of the body, not the top. Had to frog, or else I'd have had a naked-bottomed cat.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / "A History of Pirates" notebook (stash swap 3 spoiler!) on: March 10, 2006 02:56:02 AM

With a name like A History of Pirates, you would think this book would be incredible, right? Well, you'd be wrong. Luckily I got it out of the bargain section at Chapters so I had no qualms about cutting 'er up and making it into a blank notebook.

I cut out the pages with an exacto knife. I threw away all the pages, but first I scanned in the illustrations. Then I printed them out on plain old 8.5 x 11" paper, and along with lots of other blank pages I cut them to size. Then, using two pieces of sturdy cardboard as covers, I sewed them up using the coptic stitch. Next I glued the cardboard onto the inside covers of the book, then I glued flyleafs printed onto cardstock on top of that. The pattern on the flyleafs is from Reprodepot (best resource ever) and the front one reads "This book be the property of:" in the font Rapscallion from Dafont.

Leafs and pages:

One of the illustrations:

This is probably the best book I've ever made now. It's got everything right, I think. Right now it's winging its way to Florida for stargirl!
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