Archive for the ‘Other Crafty Projects’ Category

Extremely Crackpotty Project

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

by Nancy

Fellow Crackpots, I have stumbled upon what may be the most Crackpotty Project I have ever seen!  I was browsing through the craft books at Hobby Lobby and came upon the book Modge Podge Rocks! Decoupage Your World by Amy Anderson.  There are an amazing number of things you can do with Modge Podge, but by far the best among them is that you can decorate your bike helmet with fabric scraps:

How amazingly crackpotty is that?  I have a bike helmet, lots of fabric scraps, and some Modge Podge, so I may just have to try this!  Or maybe this would be a Crackpot activity for next year’s All Together Week…

Happy Bell Pepper

Tuesday, September 25th, 2012

by Nancy



Yay! Now I can finally post this. I finished this friendly bell pepper several weeks ago but couldn’t post it because it was a gift for the ESL teacher I work with, whose birthday was yesterday. She’s a big salad eater, so I though a bell pepper was appropriate.

Wrapped Up Sandwich

Wednesday, August 15th, 2012


by Nancy

Here’s my sandwich for lunch today, all wrapped up in my reusable fabric sandwich wrap!

A Productive Week at the CLH

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

by Ann

Last week, while we were at the CLH celebrating the official end of Tax Season, my first order of priority was to finish the 1920s period dress that I started to work on about 2 years ago when Marty helped me alter the pattern. Then I decided to make a muslin. It fit just fine. Then I cut out the fabric and discovered that I had cut the facings backwards, (in my defense, the pattern doesn’t have an obvious right and wrong side) and I didn’t have enough fabric to re-cut them. So that meant purchasing more fabric in a matching solid navy because so much time has elapsed between the fitting and the muslin and the cutting that I couldn’t find the original fabric. And then more time elapsed before I got around to cutting the new facings. I finally resumed work on the dress around Christmas time (I think), and I was determined to push to completion. Which, as you can see, I did!

I really like this dress. Much better than my other 4 period dresses. It fits well; it’s simple; and it doesn’t have any mended tears or holes. I’m tempted to make another one before I forget how, but if I do, I’d like to make it in a tone-on-tone print with a matching calico band instead of the rickrack. And that would involve making yards and yards of double fold tape. And I really prefer piecing projects.

So when I finished the dress, I treated myself to Fun with Fabric. I was intrigued by the “Chopping Block” article in the March-April 2012 Quiltmaker. The technique involves making a basic 9-patch block or a 9-patch variant, cutting the block into fourths, and rearranging the pieces into a new block. I wanted to try the Hourglass or Grecian Design block, but I couldn’t come up with 3 fabrics that would work well together from the assortment of fabrics that I had brought with me to play with, so I tried out the “Disappearing Nine Patch” instead. I liked it, which meant that I then wanted to make it into something useful and decided on placemats. To convert the square block into a rectangle, I made another Disappearing Nine Patch, cut it in half, and stitched the half and full blocks together. Again I liked the result, so I made a third Disappearing Nine Patch to go with the other half of block #2, and had two placemats. Here they are:

Obviously they are not identical. Neither are they the same pattern with the fabrics reversed. I think that is fun. The top placemat is displayed on top of the fabric that will be used for the binding. It is the same print in a complementary color way. The backing, which has yet to be purchased, will be a tone-on-tone cream/beige, and I’ll quilt in the ditch around the print patches with brown thread that matches the background of the print. I like them.

And so, obviously, does Pug. (-:

First Yarn Along

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

by Nancy

Yarn Along 2-15-12

A blog which I enjoy reading, Small Things, has a Wednesday Yarn Along, where people post what they are reading and what they are knitting or crocheting. I think it’s a nice idea, so today I am writing my first Yarn Along post.

Right now I am having a great time working on the granny squares for a vest I’d like to make. The squares are so quick and fun to make. I had a long meeting at church Sunday night, and these were the perfect thing to work on. I have enough of the squares now to connect some up so I can see what one of the front sides will look like. That is the group of 9 squares you see at the bottom. The squares at the top are additional squares that haven’t been joined in yet. So far I am happy with it.

I’m re-reading the first Harry Potter book. 🙂 I usually like to read nonfiction because there are so many things I am curious about. But lately I haven’t been getting far in my more serious, nonfiction picks, so I went for something more fun. It’s been a long time since I read Harry Potter, and I’m definitely enjoying reading it again.

Weather Report

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

by Nancy

It’s 66 degrees and sunny today! And I finished my hat!

Divine Hat finished

It’s a bit warm to wear my hat today, but I’m sure there will still be some opportunities before spring really comes to stay for good. This hat was quick and easy to make, and I love the texture. It’s snug on my head, and I think I’m happy with how it looks. I may add a little crochet flower to the front, as I’ve seen other people who made this hat do.

Crackpot Input Needed on Crackpotty Project

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

by Nancy

As I’m finishing the edging on my afghan and working on my hat, I’m pondering what I’d like to crochet next. I’m thinking of making myself a crochet vest.

Granny Square Vest

I like this pattern, but definitely not the colors used in the picture. So, I tried out a few samples in colors I like:

Crochet Squares Poll

Square #1 is done following the directions on the pattern with colors I like. Square #2 is a similar double crochet square from one of my crochet motif books. Square #3 is a traditional granny square. It turned out too big, so if I use it for the vest, I will probably leave off the last round. But I plan to use the light green rather than the dark green, so try to picture it smaller and without the dark green. 🙂

So, Crackpots, what do you like?

Life on the Edge

Thursday, January 19th, 2012

by Nancy

I’m working on the edge of my afghan now.


(The red pieces of yarn are just markers to help me count the stitches.)  It’s going well, though it does take a l-o-n-g time to get all the way around it.  I have done two rounds of white single crochet and a round of purple single crochet.  I’ve started the next round, which has me doing a spike stitch for the first time.

Spike Stitch

It covers up some of the purple in the previous round so that the border looks mostly white with small purple (and in a later round, yellow) squares.

I’ve also started a small new crochet project: a hat for myself.

divine hat1

It’s made from this pattern and comes together very quickly.  I’m a little unsure about how the size will turn out, so it might end up being a hat for someone else if it doesn’t fit.

I’ve chosen the fourth block I’d like to do for the Secret Quilting Project, too!

It’s done!

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

by Nancy

My first-ever crochet afghan is done! 

2011 afghan complete

I finished sewing the final seam today, and am so pleased to see it all together!  It isn’t actually 100% done because I plan to add a border, but it is definitely a blanket now.  Yay!

Rainy Day = Crochet Day

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

by Nancy

I knew our sunny, 50 degree days in January wouldn’t last forever, and today they came to an end.  It’s been rainy and chilly today, so it was the perfect day to do some more work on getting my afghan assembled.  I got all of the December squares attached, so now the afghan is in two big panels, each of which are about 2ft. by 6 ft.  And I just need to do the final seam between the two panels, and I’ll have a real afghan!  Yay!  I think I’ve picked a border that I want to put on it from Around the Corner Crochet Borders, too.  But that will have to wait for another day, since it’s getting late…