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Table runners and aprons

When I was learning to quilt, I took a lot of ___ of the Month classes. I find them really fun and a great way to build skills. I also like that you’re working on smaller chunks or projects so it’s more manageable than making a whole quilt. This was from the Table Runner of the Month club at Quilter’s Market (in Tucson). I think this was the only one that I actually completed… oops. What’s cool about this is that this is one table runner. The class was working on Quilt as you Go so this is a fun, reversible runner. It was a gift to my boss’ wife.

Next up are aprons that I made for my mom and aunt. My mom refers full aprons and loves her puppies, so I found this fabric at JoAnn’s. The bone heart is a pocket. My aunt refers the half aprons, and her heart is also a pocket.

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iPhone cross stitch case and scarves

Continuing with non-quilt projects…

First up is the Boo iPhone case that I stitched for my friend Brian. They sell rubbery cases that have the cross stitch holes cut into the case. You then design whatever you want (they provide some ideas) and stitch it up. His favorite Mario character is Boo and any time we play Mario Party or Mario Kart or such, we all know to give him Boo. And purple is his favorite color.

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I know that when I think about cell phone cases, I immediately think about scarves … so here are some scarves that I’ve made. I have trouble knitting with needles because I suck at it and it’s tough on my hands. I can crochet find but it takes forever. One day during a break in class, one of my students was knitting on a loom. She showed me how it worked and I went out and bought a set. Brian and I (oh, there’s the connection between iPhones and scarves) both took up loom knitting since it’s easy to do while you’re doing other things and is great for people like us who can’t sit still. Here is my loom with a scarf in progress.

Loom Knit Knitting Instructables Knifty Knitter Lion Brand JoAnn Jo Ann plastic loom Red Heart yarn green and navy blue scarf Seahawks Sounders

With the loom, I learned some basic stitches and made some scarves with 1 or 2 colors of yarn. Usually, the color blocks are horizontal. I wanted to figure out a way to make them vertically, so I came up with my own technique. It makes a cool zipper effect in the middle. This one used Red Heart yarn and is Seahawks colors for my friend who is a Hawks fan. And I liked it so much, I made myself an identical one.

Loom Knit Knitting Instructables Knifty Knitter Lion Brand  JoAnn Jo Ann plastic loom Red Heart yarn green and navy blue scarf Seahawks Sounders

After doing a few scarves like this and the regular technique, I wanted to see if I could make patterns in the loom. It’s not quite as straightforward as it would be with needle knitting. I started with a Doctor Who / Tardis scarf for my other friend. I used a wider loom than the one above, and I’m really happy with how it came out.

Loom Knit Knitting Instructables Knifty Knitter Lion Brand  JoAnn Jo Ann plastic loom Red Heart yarn Doctor Who Dr Who Tardis blue scarf

The next pattern was a heart. This is probably my favorite so far. I don’t have a finished picture anywhere, but I did finish it… I think. It has a heart on either end. I was thinking it might be cool to have a whole poker series of scarves.

Loom Knit Knitting Instructables Knifty Knitter Lion Brand  JoAnn Jo Ann plastic loom Red Heart yarn heart scarf red white beige Valentine Valentine's Day

Placemats and pillows

Today, I want to share some of my non-quilt projects. First up are the pillowcases that I made for my mom and my ex’s mom for Christmas many moons ago. I took a class on how to do paper piecing and these were the projects. I made them entirely with scraps except for the outer border of chili peppers. I made 10 total placemats, 2 of each color.

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My dad’s girlfriend had remodeled her kitchen and had added new white cabinets with grey slightly-translucent glass and wood handles. I sneaked a picture and then designed matching placements. She lives in San Diego and I was in Tucson at the time, so I mailed them to her. When I went to visit, she proudly showed me the placements being used to protect her bedroom dresser from the (dirty) tube TV scratching it… broke my heart a little but she was so happy. (She’s also now an ex, so it’s okay to post this story 🙂 ).

Placemat placemats place mat place mats white grey brown geometry cabinetLastly, when I was teaching, I had a student who was struggling at the school (it was a college prep school) and just wanted to drop out, get a hippie van, and live down by the river. For Christmas, I made her zebra print pillows to go in her van.

Zebra pillow pillows plush

Superhero capes

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2 days before Man of Steel premiered in 2013, my friend Ben texts me with “Hey, can you make me a Superman cape for the premiere?” Some frantic googling for a tutorial (I used this one, which was wonderful), Jo-Ann shopping, and texts of “only if you help” brought Ben and 3 friends over to my house and they became my assembly line. We made 5 capes. Ben had a solid red one and at the movie, a little kid whispered to his mom “look! It’s Superman!”. The rest of us had our initials sewn onto the back (B for Brian, D for Dayana, M for Maggie, and C for Carolyn). I used felt for the applique letters. Candice (who didn’t want a cape but was cool being a helper elf… first time I met her too) drew all the letters and cut them out.

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This is Brian and me, with our friends John and Randy, at the movie premiere sporting our sexy capes.

Pillowcases and star blocks

balloons_clip_art_15536 First off, happy birthday to my first blog follower – my mom! balloons_clip_art_15536

 

Today, I want to show some of the donation projections that I’ve done.

Pillowcases are a fast and easy item to make so I try to do a pillowcase project every year or so. This first group went to a children’s group… I can’t remember if it was Project Linus or which one.

These pillowcases went to Heads at Ease, which delivers pillow cases to deployed servicemen and servicewomen overseas. (There was also 2 straggler kids’ pillowcases that didn’t get finished when I did the above group.)

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Lastly, one year Moda fabrics wanted to donate 100 quilts to 100 servicemen and servicewomen made in 100 days. Each quilt took 18 blocks, so they needed 1800 blocks. They called the program Just One Star and requested that each quilter take a little time to make just one block. You then send your block to a central area and they put the quilt tops together. They had other people who were donating their longarm skills to attach the top, batting, and back. Well, they failed to plan on the generosity of quilters and instead of the 1,800 goal, they ended up with over 15,000.

I made the blocks on the right… I made 15 or 20. I also collected and sent blocks for anyone in my quilt group who made all the blocks on the left. In total, we sent around 35 blocks.

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Work Christmas ornaments

Over the last few days I’ve made the ornaments for my coworkers. I put our company logo on the ornaments. Here they are with the glue still wet. I was using the plastic ornaments so these are semi-spheres

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The ornaments after they dried.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Enroute Mod Podge Galaga blue green ribbon

Filled with either Skittles or Jelly Beans, and glued together.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Enroute Mod Podge Galaga blue green ribbon

Close ups:

And all wrapped up with a nice politically correct card (I’m HR, so I’ve been making jokes about how we’re doing “anonymous winter gift givers” and it’s the “holiday-that’s-just-coincidentally-the-day-before-Christmas party”)

Christmas ornaments – Tutorial

Recently, I was invited to a white elephant exchange. For those who haven’t done one, you bring a gift and it can be nice, weird, random junk, etc then everyone picks numbers and chooses a gift. Later numbers can steal from earlier numbers. I like bringing nice or weird gifts, rather than junk, and I wanted to make something. I knew that the participants were all big Seahawks fans so I started googling around for ornament tutorials. I found this wonderful YouTube tutorial that showed how to take a clear ornament and glue an image on the outside. It seemed easy enough, so I bought some supplies and made a test ornament.

I bought clear glass balls in 2 sizes (2 5/8″ and 3 1/4″) as well as plastic ones (2 5/8″) that snap in half. I could see pros and cons for both types so I wanted to get both to play with. For my white elephant ornament, I used a glass 2 5/8″ ball.

I also purchased Skittles and Jelly Beans to fill the ornaments with. One of the key players on the Seahawks, Marshawn Lynch, loves Skittles, so Skittles is sort of the unofficial candy of the Seahawks. I’m also making ornaments for my office and jelly beans are our official office snack during non-football season (Skittles during football season, of course… gotta support the Seahawks!)

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon Jelly beans Jelly Belly

Additional supplies: Mod Podge glue, paint brush, and ribbon for the top of the ornaments.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

Step 1) Print out the decals that you are going to use. In the YouTube video, the gal uses an old Seahawks program. I didn’t have one of those lying around. The left is the Seahawks logo. Then the top is the Dalek and Tardis from Doctor Who, the ship from the video game Galaga which my boss and I are fiercely competitive at (though I have the top 3 high scores right now… just saying), and then the bottom right is my office logo.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

2) Cut out the decals

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

3) Take out the top of the ornament. Fill however far you want with whatever you want.

Reject Skittles

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch

4) Using the paintbrush, brush a small ring at the top of the ornament and glue in the top piece. Then brush a light layer where you are going to glue the decal.

(Sorry, no picture. iPhone plus gluey fingers plus an unsealed ornament seemed like a horrible idea)

5) Lay the decal onto the ornament. Brush another layer of glue on top. *Important* Have an idea of where you’re going to set this to dry. Oops… I frantically grabbed my tea ball holder.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

6) Let the ornament dry.

Glass plastic acrylic ornament ornaments Christmas DIY tutorial how to make an ornament Seahawks Skittles Mod Podge Doctor Who Galaga Marshawn Lynch blue green ribbon

7) After it’s dry, tie the ribbons on the top to make it look nice and pretty. I forgot to get a picture of the final ornament before it went to its new home … next ones, I will make sure to get pictures.

For my next batch, I plan to put the logos higher. I also had a few creases in the paper. But overall, I am thrilled with how it came out. Though I didn’t anticipate the lack of crafty people at the gift exchange and had to explain that you don’t crack it open Easter egg style to get the Skittles out. Or throw it at people as a Skittle/glass bomb. Luckily the gal who took it home understood what not to do.