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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- SU: until July12, 2014; SO: August 6, 2014 on: Today at 12:41:17 AM
Madcrafter...I really don't think there is a way to screw these up. If you made just plain {turn me inside out} pillows, then you could add a bias tape style border on the outside. Or even maybe edge them with fabric paint. Or beads, or some other style trim. This is the fun swap thread...stop stressing. Cheesy And yes, the ones I see here are way more creative. I think Teesha got burned out on them  Roll Eyes Themes are what your partner and you develop in your minds. Buttons for flowers, or hot air balloons sound a great idea. Grey and white ones in the shape of a whale? A swirl of rainbow buttons in the colors? Not sure the little houses that you refer to, but little mushrooms beside them might be cute if they are meant as gnome homes. Whatever your little heart desires.

Sharalee...Trapunto: Boutis Trapunto, to be exact! Hah! I learned something, too Cheesy

This gal has a similar technique to mine. I just was not calling it the proper name exactly.
She has first quilted the areas and channels for the yarns {I often use rope, but it just depends on how you wish your puffs to be}. but this tutorial she shows how to stuff things.

You can also make a small clip of a slit on the back, and use a toothpick or other pokie tool, and regular pillow stuffing, then a few stitches on the back side to close the small slit opening. This style works good for larger areas. It just takes a bit longer, and adds the additional close the hole step.


2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2014 on: July 23, 2014 03:38:08 AM
So sorry to hear of the loss of Dewey. He looked to be a happy steam punk kind of guy. I recently received my beloved Jose kitty in the 'Craft My Pet' swap, embroidery style. It tore my heart out, too. But the memories of her are wonderful. And the embroidery captures her good, as well. rantyhippie made it for me.

Rod Stewart...In my heart, in my soul. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1qxJPzjObI
They hate me for my songs here, but I still slip them in from time to time  Grin Listen if you wish. If not, just ignore.

3  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- SU: until July12, 2014; SO: August 6, 2014 on: July 22, 2014 09:44:27 PM
smileyyogini...ha, ha you ARE my partner, of course you know her!  Grin {Just for those not realizing that the joke has been said.}

I'm playing around with these. I will come up with something good. And will try the pillows.

And yes, trapunto is fun. I do it with stuffing sometimes, but mostly I like to do it with an interior edging rope. Think of it as couching between the layers. Much easier to stuff this way, too. You can just draw it through with the needle, rather than have to stuff little Q-tip cotton size balls into the "tube". But it depends on the design.

Still on projects today. Didn't know I was going to have a full science lesson  Cheesy Stars, Frogs...and crazy My Melody cartoons? Dr. Who? Is that a man or an owl?  Tongue Sorry, several private TM patch swaps in tandem with these. They will all go out together. I am getting things ready.

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Hoopla Swap R11: Words With or Without Words - GALLERY on: July 22, 2014 04:17:32 PM
Wonderful share. I now know more about Ani Difranco. Music, Fabric, and Paper is my world. Along with other extras, too.
Clay Food  Cheesy
You never know what I will gnaw on.

That is a pretty hoop homerof2! Simple organization, but that is what makes it sweet. And nice stitching for the lettering. I like the rainbow, too!

I'll be jumping into the hoops soon. I'm also behind on my inch along idea. On the stinchie thread.

This summer is just flying by.

5  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- SU: until July12, 2014; SO: August 6, 2014 on: July 21, 2014 10:06:35 PM
Does everyone do the pillows? I am a bit confused as to how to stitch mine. Not that the pillows would be hard, but I am accustomed to stitching the traditional quilting way. With flat batting between layers. Or I can trapunto quilt. Using rope for the stuffing between embroidery stitching outlines. And little closed holes on the back side, where the rope threads through. I guess there really is no rules here, so whatever works?? This certainly is a stretch on the imagination.  Grin JUST WING IT! This will be a fun process, for sure.

6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2- SU: until July12, 2014; SO: August 6, 2014 on: July 20, 2014 02:06:59 PM
Sounds like a lot of us are starting on task.

craftADDchick...now I know what members have meant when they said "pillows".

My partner wishes to make a mug rug from hers, so I am planning to "puff" those with a couple layers of fleece in the middle, or else regular quilt batting. I will have to experiment with what works best. So they are still padded, but flatter. Don't want the stuffing to spill your coffee, or wine and cheese plate  Grin no beading either, but probably some flat sequins for the bling.

I have two other personal swaps to create. I think I will try the pillow method there, and see how those turn out.

Oh, and just a vent...please don't tell me no rush, no hurries  Grin I work best under pressure and deadlines  Tongue

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: My First Three Sister Garden on: July 18, 2014 07:55:55 PM
Cute chipmunks! And I love your moss and gardens. Your rock garden looks grand, too. I wish you better luck this year. I hope you haul in the produce you are wanting.

"Square Foot" gardening can stuff in a lot. You just have to half feed it regularly, as in using 1/2 the fertilizer amount diluted with a weekly watering. You can crowd most plants, except tomatoes and peppers. They need air or they will mildew/rot. But you can plant low growers around the base of them.

Looks like you are well on your way to a good one this year.  Grin Happy canning!

8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: CRAFT MY PET FOR ME! (SU FULL;SO July 21, 2014) ***PARTNERS ASSIGNED*** on: July 18, 2014 11:31:42 AM
I received from rantyhippy today. And I am wowed. This is her kinda newest try at embroidery, but she did grand!
Another hoopla. It looks just like my kitty. She also included additional toys for my current kitties. They are loving them. She will post pictures in the gallery soon, for me, who can't post my own  Tongue But they are cute little felt toys, and kitties are loving them. We had rain today, so they are inside. Perfect timing. A new "squee" that they can mess with. One is already missing. Probably under the couch  Grin

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: IYP 26: So you think you can craft? SU 7/15-8/5 SO Sept 20, 2014 on: July 18, 2014 11:06:49 AM
I linked with najaorma as my dancing partner. Our questionairs will follow.  Grin You can remove me off the "Pick Me" list. I only want to do one partner this swap.

10  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Coral, Green, and Turquoise Nursery...for a little girl :) on: July 17, 2014 11:15:46 PM
Congratulations! I am sure your little "L" will love her new home. I love all the details that you gave for things, and your re-purposing of items, too! It looks like a comfortable place for baby. And functional for you, as well. And the furnishings look like they will grow as the baby does. And can still be used for a while, as in not too baby like. Nice job. Give hubby a kiss  Grin you both did great!

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