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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Classic Pooh Baby Quilt on: January 01, 2009 03:44:43 PM
A very good friend of mine was "with child" and I knew this would be the first time to try a real quilt. I'd done t-shirt quilts before, but they don't provide me with the satisfaction that the intricacy of a pieced quilt gives. I found Classic Pooh curtains at my local thrift shop and jumped in from there.

It didn't matter whether the baby was going to be a boy or a girl, blue was the color I wanted to work with. I found blue and white striped fabric and the rest was history.
The quilt in its entirety:

The quilt was simple- 4 squares with pieced borders. Each group of 4 Pooh's is one solid square. I then took triangles and sewed them on to the sides so it looked like one square crooked on another. Then I outlined the squares with honeybee fabric that was the sashes of the curtains. Finally, I used a thin stripe of striped fabric to connect each completed square.

I started quilting the bears by hand but it was taking forever, plus I'm not super with clear thread. I ended up switching to freequilting on my machine. Here's a view of the back.

Please pardon the wrinkles.  So whaddya think?
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Gingy from Shrek (been done but not quite like this) on: December 30, 2008 05:36:00 PM
Not the buttons!  Not the gumdrop buttons!!!

Anyway, the body itself is felt, but the "piped icing," all the facial features, and even the gumdrop buttons are crocheted. 

A closer view:

I took a photo of him from somewhere online, used a copier to blow it up, and crocheted strings in accordance to Gingy's features.  I love the expression on his face.  He lights up my life.
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Cotton Tea Shawl on: December 07, 2008 12:06:55 PM
I had already made a tea shawl from a pattern out of Amazing Crochet Lace and I loved the outcome, and I wanted to make my own tea shawl without a pattern.  Behold my cotton tea shawl:

Here's an action shot:

And finally, here's a very unprofessional and guesstimated pattern to get the general idea of how it went:

ch 6, sl st to connect to first ch.
ch 2, 9 dc in circle formed by connected chain, sl st to connect
sc in each dc, sl st to connect
(ch 5, sk 1 sc, sl st in next sc) around
(ch 5, sl st in hole created by chains in previous round) around
(ch 8, sl st in hole created by chains in previous round) around
It looks like for the next round, 7 dc in first hole, ch 2, 2 dc in next hole, ch 2, repeat from 7 dc around
(ch 6, sl st in every 3rd or so st)
(ch 7, sl st in each hole)
ch 3, 4 tc in hole, (ch 2, sc in next hole, ch 2, 5 tc in next hole) around
(ch 7, sl st in middle of group of 5 tc, chain 7, sl st in sc)
(ch 10, sl st in each hole) around
(4 tc in each hole) around
(ch 5, sc between each group of 4 tc)
(ch 6, sl st in each hole)
(ch 6, 2 dc in each hole)
Again, not sure exactly what this next section is, but I'm going with what it looks like:
(ch 3, sl st in hole, ch 3, *3 dc, 2 tc, 3 dc* in next hole) repeat around
(ch 2, sl st in between every two tc, *ch 2, tc* x4) around
now 3 more rows of the mesh, aka (ch 6, sl st in hole made from chains in last row) around
I don't mean to give up or anything, but I'm not sure of the last rows, but it's mostly 7 dc's in each hole, then the mesh rows, 4 dc+2 tc+ 4 dc in each mesh hole. I finished with the mesh holes, sc'd in each chain around, then finished with tassels at the end.
(Ch 10, 2 sc in each chain, 2 sc in sc of last row.)

It probably won't make sense, so for that I am very very mucho sorry. 
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Amigurumi Ant on: December 02, 2008 05:20:39 PM
He's completely crocheted, the entire body is one piece. It's just a matter of increasing and decreasing. The antenna and legs are separate and they curl, so the ant kinda looks dead if i don't stretch him out.

Second photo is a close-up of his fuzzy goodness.

The little guy's not perfect, but he makes me smile.   Cheesy
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Special Olympics Quilt on: October 02, 2008 04:20:55 PM
First post, loooooong time lurker.  Anyway, my first post is just something I'm proud of.  I worked at a group home for people with developmental disabilities, and one of my lovely ladies has done swimming at Special Olympics for easily 15 years or so.  Anyway, she didn't want to get rid of the shirts but only wore the newest one from each year sooooo, voila, we just *had* to make a quilt out of the old ones. (pics taken with cell phone, sorry for the quality)

Right now it's hanging in the entrance of the organization's office.  She's so honored to have her quilt up, but can't wait to have it home on her bed. 

I guess this is basically what I wrote above, it's the plaque hanging with the quilt.  Thanks muchly!
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