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“I did a crazy patchwork vest for my 4-year-old niece, painstakingly decorated and added embroideries to appeal, and buttons and beads. It took me weeks: my sister-in-law offered me $4 as payment ‘as scraps were only used.’

My very first lap quilt that I made was done with 12 blocks different patterns–all done by hand–I was very proud of it and gave it to my mother-in-law: she used it as the dogs blanket.

I gave my father in law a decoupaged, papier-mache book box for his bible with angels and clouds, gold embellishments, and sayings: he thanked my 6-year-old for the lovely box he made!
Just one more: they call my house ‘the fire trap’ because of my collections for crafting!”
— Julie

Er… What a horrible family she married herself into!

Leaf book box

“As scraps were only used”…
Firstly, I don’t think any payment would have been necessary, but if the SIL had asked her to do the vest against payment, then it’s another issue.
Secondly, this story reminds me of the sock story I heard during Socktober 2006…
A woman was knitting socks in public and some stranger came by and admired the socks. She wanted her to knit her a pair as well. The knitter asked if it was ok with… let’s say 10 dollars wage for one hour’s work, and the lady thought it was ok. Then the knitter tells the lady that in that case the socks – yarn and work – would cost her over 100 dollars…
(Or something like that. I don’t quite remember the story, but this is the spirit of it.)
So – the MATERIALS for the vest didn’t probably cost too much – even though the embellishment, embroidery threads etc. cost more than I like – but the WORK put in it was way more than “scraps”…

I really don’t like people who see the crafts as just pottering and worth nothing… Of course, it’s rather effortless to me, but I have several years of education and a natural talent for crafting. Somehow it’s especially people born with a thumb in the middle of their hand, people who couldn’t knit a sock or sew a button to save their lives, who has the least appreciation and understanding of the value of crafting.

About the MIL’s blanket – perhaps she loves the dog more than her children, and therefore giving the quilt to the dog was giving it a very honorable and high place in the family… One never knows.

About FIL’s Bible box – Quite a compliment to the 6-years-old… and perhaps he appreciates and uses it because he thinks it’s made by his grandchild 😉

But… I’m 100% sure of that the box did NOT look like made by a child…
And as the family “lovingly” refers to their DIL/SIL’s house as “fire trap”, they KNOW she does things like that… It wouldn’t take a lot of intelligence and ability to draw conclusions to KNOW that the box was made by the MOTHER of the 6-year-old, and not the child. Considering that… What a f-ing insult to say to a crafter that her work is child’s play, unskillfully done, looks like something kids do in kindergarten… *brr*

“My friend Nancy is a masterful and prolific quilter. She created a beautiful baby quilt for a friend. When she presented this wonderful gift to her friend, the mother-in-law said the quilt was so beautiful Nancy couldn’t possibly have made it.”
— Anne

P.S. As I was checking out the other Interweave Press magazines, I found this: “Monk’s Belt”
That I can do too with my little children’s play loom 🙂 Looks very nice, I think 🙂

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We are still updating the links for Crochet Talk’s Ultimate Crocheted Kitchen Gift Basket

The idea is to crochet one item a week and thus create a nice gift basket in a month without much work. All you need to do is to pick a theme and crochet 🙂

*** The pattern is at freepatterns.com. All the patterns there are free FOR MEMBERS – but it doesn’t cost anything. You just need to register…

Theme: Angels

Week 1 – Potholders

Angel Potholder
Filet Angel Potholder
Angel with heart graph
Angel silhuette

Week 2 – Hotpads and Fridgies

Angel Sachet/Fridgie/Ornament
Christmas Angel Fridgie

Week 3 – Dishcloths and Scrubbies

Angel Dishcloth (the poem has gone missing…)
Janelle’s Angel DishclothI and II
Angel Dishcloth
Angel Dishcloth (with other nice ideas…)

How to make an angel of dishcloth/kitchen towel and a nice little poem to be added
Another one – tied dishcloth angel and poem

Household angel scrubber

Week 4 – Towels & Aprons and Coasters

Kitchen Angel Towel Ring


Angel Bookmark I
Angel Bookmark II
Angel Bookmark III
Angel Bookmark IV
angel corner bookmark

Potpourri Angel
Spoon Angels***
Angel Bag Holder
Angel doll (air freshener)
Angel Afghan (Single squares would go as potholders, especially when padded or dishcloths, and with 6 you make a nice kitchen towel)
Angel Wreath
Computer (or shelf) angel

Lacy Angel Ornament and Christmas Clothespin Angel
Flying angel ornament
Angel Ornament
Christmas Angel
Kettle Angel Ornament
Lacy Angel Ornament
Large angel ornament
little angel

and a lot more crocheted angels…
Web of Angels – with a lot of different projects suitable for the Angel Gift Basket

Theme: *~Cute Clothes~*

Week 1 – Potholders

Dress Potholder I
Dress Potholder II
Dress Potholder III
Pants/Panties Potholder
Panties & Shorts
Old Fashioned Pants (Bloomers) Potholder
Parasol Potholder
Doll Dress Potholder
Grandma’s Small Doll Dress Potholder

Week 2 – Hotpads and Fridgies

Fireman hat fridgie
Summer Garden Hat fridgie
Red Hat Fridgie
Ski Hat Fridgie
Sunglasses Fridgie
Bathing Suit Fridgies

Week 3 – Dishcloths and Scrubbies

Pinafore Dishcloth
Ballerina Dishcloth
Britches Dishcloth
Britches Dishcloth & Poem
Kitchen Pants Dishcloth
Little Dress Dishcloth

Week 4 – Towels & Aprons and Coasters

Dress towel topper


Rolling Pin Dresses
Salad Fork/Spoon Set with Dress Potholder
Dish soap Apron
Dish soap bottle dress
Dress Corner Bookmark
Kitchen Cutie Dish soap Dress***

Theme: *~Christmas~*

Week 1 – Potholders

Wreath Potholder
Peppermint Potholder
Christmas Bell Potholder
Bell Potholder
Christmas Ball Potholder
Christmas Tree potholder
Snowflake Doily Potholder
Linda’s Snowflake Potholder
Snowman Potholder

Week 2 – Hotpads and Fridgies

Wreath Hotpad
Christmas Tree Hotpad

Week 3 – Dishcloths and Scrubbies

Wreath Dishcloth
Wreath Scrubbie
Peppermint Dishcloth I
Peppermint Dishcloth II
Bell Dishcloth

Week 4 – Towels & Aprons and Coasters

Wreath Towel Ring
Peppermint Towel Ring
Bell Towel Topper
Christmas Tree Towel Topper
Christmas Puff Dish Towel

Christmas coasters
Poinsettia Coasters
Wreath Coaster


Wreath Napkin Ring
Air Freshener Tree
Holiday Napkin & Candle Rings
Snowman bookmark
Santa Candy Jar
Snowman Jar Cover
Door knob cover – wreath
Christmas door knob cover
Santa Door Knob Cover
Holiday note holder

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