Halloween Or Strings Winners Are…… Susan and Sheila


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Susan said:
October 4, 2012 at 1:57 am
Strings!!

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Sheila Belveal said:
October 5, 2012 at 8:12 pm
Halloween

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Congrats, ladies. Please send me your name and address so I can get your prize mailed. You have 48 hours to contact me, or sadly, I will pick another comment. Go check your e-mail.

Thanks so much to everyone for entering my giveaway. As you know, I love giveaways, so if you didn’t win this time, there is always the NEXT TIME!!

Halloween Quilt Top Is Finished


Finished and ready to quilt.

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I sewed on the last black polka dot border around 1am this morning. Took a few photos (in the dark) and headed to get some shut eye.

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Though I didn’t exactly have a huge assortment of Halloween fabrics, I made do and worked with what I had.

This will be the back.

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And I will turn this Michael Miller Clown Stripes horizontal and use it for the binding.

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I used some of it for the sashing in the middle. I only bought one yard. I think I have enough to go all around for the binding.

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A Day Of Cutting, A Day of Sewing


Yesterday, I cut and cut and cut. Got all the rectangles and squares cut for the little mini quilt I am making for Halloween. My Halloween stash is really small so I am not doing anything elaborate or that takes a lot of time. Simple cut strips.

The layout has changed several times. I ended up needing to use most of the Moda Halloween charm pack to fill in the gaps. Left the black and grey ones in the pack. They stood out too much.

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As did the lime polka dot fabric. Too bright for the look I was going for. You can’t see it in these photos, but I already swapped them out with avocado. I wanted the orange and purple to “pop”. The green was to be filler only. A sleeper fabric.

I was going to add a white frame around the Halloween fabric but it looked awful. Now I have to figure out what to do with six white strips.

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Unless I change my mind, this will be the layout. With two outer borders. One orange, one black polka dot.

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And then two long strips of rectangles/squares on the left and right of a six inch strip of the Halloween print. The Halloween fabric will go in the center of these.

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I didn’t have much of it. About half a yard. So my hands got all shaky when I cut into it. For fear of messing it up. But I made it. No cutting errors. This project will be the first one to have so few leftover scrap pieces. Yay!! About time. My scrap bin already runneth over.

Today I sew.

Eight Is Enough and An Oven Mitt


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Eight it is… Tired. Don’t want to make anymore.

Isn’t it tough to keep making the same thing and trying to get them all to match up?

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Yep, it is. At some point you are ready to move on to the next project EVEN before you finish up what you have been working on for DAYS!! Now you see why there are so many Works In Progress out there in Crafty Land. WIP’s just sitting waiting for you to circle back to them. Pushed aside from Sheer Boredom. You are probably thinking about some cool new fabric you just bought and want to cut into.

Me? I have Halloween on the brain.

I want to get started working with these.

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And these.

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And these.

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But FIRST, I need to sew the tops and bottoms together for these eight placemats.

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Was going to stop at six but kept thinking that was odd. Odd number. Two sets of 3 each. If you look at the three connected together, looks like something is missing. I think it should be just two or at least four. (BTW, I changed my mind on the how to arrange the pie pieces. I like this arrangement better. The eyes can land on a spot and not get you all silly dizzy.)

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So, I made two more. To make two sets of four. Different arrangements.

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And I need to get them quilted. No binding. Just edge to edge, turn inside out and quilt.

With the leftover fabric, I am going to make a couple of oven mitts. I have been wanting to try my hand at oven mittens for some time. I have a pattern somewhere around here that I bought. Too lazy to go find it, so I searched on the net. Found lots and lots of patterns. Fabric, yarn, felt. Google “oven mitt” and you will find hundreds.

And after a while, they all start to look the same. Even the directions begin to blend together. BUT… you can make the traditional mitt that looks like you traced your hand or make the puppet style. There’s even one that looks like a “feminine product” (if you get what I mean). Oval shaped that you slip both hands into. Another one I saw was made up as an apron with attached mitts. Like those snow suits for little kids with gloves dangling. I kid you not. For real.

I’m going to go all traditional for my first one. Safe. Here’s what it looks like cut out. I hope I did this right.

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More photos in a day or two.

Waaaaaa.

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I WANT TO WORK ON MY HALLOWEEN STUFF!! 😀


My “Ready For Halloween” Triangle Bracelet

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Still working on triangles. I wasn’t too excited when I started off. But now I like them.

The pattern I was following (in Beth Stone’s More Seed Bead Stitching book) said to use 11/0 seed beads. I used 8/0 instead. I like working with the larger seed beads. And in black and orange. I was thinking Halloween.

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These have holes in the center.

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I made a few. Had no ideas. Made a few more. Tried to assemble them in various ways. But only liked the staggered look. One fitting inside the other.

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Ended up making 10 triangles.

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It was kind of tricky sewing each together but if you know how to peyote then you know that I went in and out of the high beads to connect them. From the tip down to the 5th or 6th bead on each side.

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For the toggle, I made a black seed bead toggle bar. It fits inside the center of the last triangle.

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Did I make earrings? You betcha.

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Introducing the “Holiday” Squares

It’s been several days since I updated you on my Project 101. I have been working on the Holiday squares and just finished them up today.


Square 92 – Halloween

  • orange, gray & black
  • hook G
  • measures 8″

I really like this one and have an idea to combine several together. Make a Family of Cats.  This was my 1st cat. It came out better than I expected.

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Here’s the back view which gives a better picture of the colors and the granny square design.

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Square 85 – St Patrick’s Day

  • dusty green & forest green
  • hook G
  • measures 5″
  • added a row of single crochet around edges

I like this one too.  It was kind of nice getting back to the simple granny square pattern. The little shamrock was easy to make. I attached it to the square using Trilene fishing line.

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Square 7 – Wreath

  • red, green & white
  • hook G
  • measures 6″
  • popcorn stitch

Can’t you just see this larger!! With cute little glass lights or crystals?

I made a couple changes.  Increased stitches in the corners and also added an extra round of single crochet around the edges.

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Don’t know if this “dome” is supposed to be here in the center but I flattened it. Looks better.

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I made the 8 berries per the instructions but found a better way to insert them in between the popcorn stitches.  Pattern called for making one berry, finish off, weave in ends. Then, make 2nd, 3rd, etc.

No way was I going to be left with 16 dangling pieces of yarn. Just for the berries!!  So…  I cut a LONG piece of yarn, threaded an embroidery needle and weaved in and out of the popcorn stitches along the first row. Made a berry, moved on to the next one. I ended up with just TWO ends to weave in, not 16!!

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Square 86 – Poinsettia

  • red, gold & ivory
  • hook G
  • measures 6 1/4″

I like this square but it kind of pulls in. If I make it again, I will allow for that.  The poinsettia flower is just gorgeous!!  I didn’t have any acrylic red yarn so had to use Patons Classic Wool. I thought the petals would turn out flat but it worked out nicely.

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Square 91 – Santa

  • green, red & white
  • hook G
  • measures 7″

Look at the face in the 1st photo. Notice anything? I didn’t until I was finished. The face and beard are flip-flopped. LOL!!  So, I had to make a 2nd face. Was good practice since it took a bit of time figuring out how to make the 1st one. I breezed through the 2nd one.

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Square 62 – Holly

  • red, green & white
  • hook G
  • measures 7 1/2″

I saved the BEST for last.

LOVE, love, love this square. I will definitely make more!! Even with all the pieces to it.  The square was fast to make so I had extra time to make the 3 holly berries and 3 leaves. I assembled and sewed them together as one piece before attaching with fishing line to the square.

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Well, that does it for the holiday squares. There is one square with what looks like a cross. I guess that one could be an Easter square. But I will make it later.

Only a few more to go!! Bet you didn’t think I was going to make all of them, did you!!


Patterns can be found in the book, 101 Crochet Squares, by Jean Leinhauser.