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@SewRuthieSews , the mug rugs are so easy. I copied them from a picture online. It’s really good for using little left over scraps of green( or any colour you like ) just sew the scraps together until you have enough for a triangle. I made a template for the triangle, which makes it easy.
Aran knitting is also not as hard as it looks. Once you’ve done one set of pattern rows, you can see where you are , so you’re less likely to make mistakes. I find multi colour knitting much trickier- I’m knitting a dinosaur jumper just now using a pattern diagram and it’s so fiddly and slow!

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Today... One thread per day / Re: Wednesday 1st December🎄
« on: December 01, 2021, 08:51:12 AM »
Can’t believe it’s December again. Have just put up my home made quilted advent calendar and filled it with Quality St- luckily there were exactly 24 sweets in the box that I bought.
Will be off dog  walking soon, then a trip to the local High St. It’s looking cold again after a brief mild blip yesterday.

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Alterations Advice Please / Re: PJ Problemo
« on: November 30, 2021, 10:44:10 AM »
@Iminei Actually all you need is ‘proof of purchase’ - so if you paid by card a bank printout might do.

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A few of my Christmas things are made. :D 2 mug rugs as little gifts for friends I’m meeting on Thursday, aran hoodie for my granddaughter and 2 Christmas masks each for me and my sister. Lots more still to do!   [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

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Read the first post in this thread @Catllar - there are hints there!  ;)

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Current Projects / Re: Pale and interesting quilt finished
« on: November 25, 2021, 18:05:01 PM »
Thanks for the lovely comments.
Yes, @Bjay , it is FMQ. Mainly loops, with flowers at the block intersections ; flowers and leaves round the outside and with the occasional heart and words thrown in for luck!
I can do flowers and leaves in my sleep, but really must learn some new patterns.

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Current Projects / Re: Elizabeth Hartman, Dinosaur Quilt
« on: November 24, 2021, 13:26:13 PM »
That’s a wonderful pattern, but a lot of work. I’d have to do a cushion version,I think! I look forward to seeing it finished.

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The Haberdashery / Re: tape for baby bib ties
« on: November 24, 2021, 11:59:38 AM »
That’s beautiful. I think attaching Velcro to the short ends would work and would certainly be safer. I make bibs too, but they’re a different shape and have snap fastenings.

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Current Projects / Pale and interesting quilt finished
« on: November 24, 2021, 11:03:25 AM »
Just finished this quilt, this morning. Cutting off all the tiny loose threads is always my least favourite bit!
 It’s for my granddaughter who is due to arrive in early January and quite different from my usual quilts. Originally I was going to give her a quilt I made in the summer from brightly coloured HSTs, but then I found another baby to give that one to. This one is probably a bit/ very gender stereotyped :S but since this is the first grandchild that I’ve known in advance is a girl, I was just in a girly mood! I usually avoid pastel colours in play quilts, but I’d seen one similar to this on the web and liked it. I also thought it was a good use of all those paler bits and pieces I had lying around.  I hope I’ve given her lots of interesting things to look at as she plays on the floor.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  

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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / Re: 3” squares galore!
« on: November 21, 2021, 19:35:40 PM »
Thanks for those ideas @sewmuchmore . I think my sister is planning to sell small bags of them, but there are probably thousands and there’s limited demand in quite a small town . She is very environmentally conscious, so she’ll do what she can to avoid land fill. Storage in the shop is also limited. You wouldn’t believe the volume of donations they receive.
 We could also put some on Ebay and probably will, but I’ve done that in the past with tartan scraps and it’s a lot of  fuss going to the post office frequently with very small amounts.
We don’t have a fabric recycling place locally. We have a clothing bank, but they don’t want scraps.
However, happily I do have one TSPer who is interested in taking quite a lot depending on postage costs. I might buy some myself, though my stash boxes  are already overflowing!

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For Sale, Wanted & Free to a good home / 3” squares galore!
« on: November 20, 2021, 17:52:21 PM »
My sister runs a charity shop ( Mary’s Meals) and they’ve received 2 bags for life full of 3” squares of mainly good quality cotton curtain fabric. I recognise some as Laura Ashley fabric. They obviously belonged to a sewing enthusiast. See photo.  [ You are not allowed to view attachments ]  
 Before they are binned, I thought I’d mention it in case anyone could use them- they were obviously intended for patchwork , but could perhaps even be used for a school craft activity or for a patchwork class.
I am happy to send however many you’d want for the cost of postage plus perhaps a very small donation to Mary’s Meals, should you wish.

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Machine Accessories / Re: Janome HD2200 Extension Table
« on: November 19, 2021, 12:41:36 PM »
Thank you both for the suggestions, I think I am going to have a go at making one. I am sure there must be something hiding in my garage that I can repurpose.

 @Ian , I’m sure I’ve heard of people using bits of Kingspan insulation to make extension tables. It about the right thickness and easy to cut to shape. I’m sure there’ll be a YouTube video to show you how.

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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Re: The Truth will out
« on: November 18, 2021, 17:03:06 PM »
It looks gorgeous @realale . The grandchildren will love them. There is nothing imperfect about them at all- just perfect actually for cosy Christmas movies!

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A Good Yarn / Re: Little red cardigan
« on: November 15, 2021, 12:22:37 PM »
My small GD was here yesterday and I took the opportunity to get her to try on the cardigan I am knitting.

She was very impressed with my Knitpro Symfonie needles and told everyone that grandma is knitting her cardigan on rainbow sticks.

This has elevated my knitting to a whole new level. :love:

How lovely @Ellabella. They say such cute things- we should write them down.
This just reminds me that my 3 year old granddaughter said yesterday , “ my favourite colour is rainbow “ .

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A Good Yarn / Re: Winter hat knit along please join
« on: November 15, 2021, 11:15:03 AM »
Wish I had time to join in, but I’m knitting an aran hooded cardigan for granddaughter 2 ( for Christmas - forgot how slow aran is!  ) and then I’ve got to knit a dinosaur sweater for granddaughter 1. Also promised some baby items for a cousin’s grandchild. However,  I’ve  just finished some things for granddaughter 3 , due in January and I did 2 hats for her- do they count?  :D I love the old fashioned bonnets, but my daughter wouldn’t let me make them for her 2 girls. Daughter in law isn’t getting a choice as I just wanted to knit them.  :laughing: The first one tuned out a bit big for a new-born, so I made another different one and reduced the stitches to make sure it was small. If it doesn’t fit her, it’ll fit her doll eventually!

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