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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: T-Shirt Blanket! on: Today at 03:12:39 AM
Oh, snap! I love that term! T-shirt blankets are very comfortable. Neat job on yours. I love the patchy colors. And it looks like you claimed some of the text off of them, too. Kind of a memory style quilt, for where you have been.

Great job! Now I can quit standing on my head  Grin I hope I don't have these same troubles when I start posting my own pics, but don't feel bad. Lots of pic entries here turn out that way.  Tongue I love the mix-mash of colors.

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 on: July 28, 2014 08:37:50 PM
Grand idea, GoldenSunshine. I'm glad it worked out for things!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Puzzle Pieces, Round 9 on: July 28, 2014 11:52:44 AM
I have had good luck with removing postage stamps by holding them over boiling water and steaming them.

Or you might try freezing them. The moisture and condensation there lifts the glue.

But I would check with whatthepuck for the type of paint she used. If it is waterbased, then you might want to spray polyurethane on them first, to protect the design.

Just ideas. Not completely tried and true.  Cheesy Or just mail them back to her, and ask her to re-do them  Cheesy

4  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 28, 2014 11:36:23 AM
Hey, sounds neat! A tie dye patch. There is a member here who uses markers and alcohol for really neat effects.
You might "patch" it up that way and make it look planned {pun intended} Grin

Here is that post http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?action=recentWithPics;start=20#axzz38myXzWbv

#23 posted by bookstorebabe. It is the scarf picture at the bottom of that post. This might inspire some ideas, and she would probably tell you how she did it.

5  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 27, 2014 09:23:45 PM
Just a check in. I'm still out here buzzing around with ideas. I'll review the thread when I have more time. Sorry.

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 27, 2014 07:54:46 PM
New tip that I decided to use for this project:

I am working several of my patches at once. I have crappy eyeballs for threading needles  Grin
I know, they make self threading kinds, but I sent mine to my Mom. She has even crappier eyeballs.

So instead of re-threading for each color change, I am threading multiple needles. That way there is thread left on, say, the black one..that I can use for the next place/patch that I wish that color. A time and frustration saver!

Oh, and have you ever tried hand sewing with a bandaid on your right thumb nail? Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy
I split mine doing garden work, right up the center. No blood. I think I will hit it with some Super Glue and skip the bandaid.  Smiley


Modify...I am the Queen of Afterthought.

Freezer paper was mentioned here for stencils. But here is how I am using it for my project:

I traced my designs backwards on it to the flat {non-waxed} side of the paper. Ironed it on the back side of my tiny applique pieces with the "wax" side touching the fabric. Then there is no need to trace the outline on the cloth. You just cut the fabric, paper and all. In fact for the one fabric which was a bit "squirrely", I left the paper on and just appliqued through it. The other parts I did peel off the freezer paper. They were more sturdy fabrics to hold their own. Flip your fabrics to the proper un-backwards orientation. And applique! Hope this is another happy tip. For those who have not tried freezer paper, you should. It is fun to work with. And if you are an early person like me...wrap your lunch for work in it  Cheesy

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7  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 27, 2014 03:33:30 PM
I have a personal trade of "random" design, that I thought would be the easiest to do. Nope  Cheesy
The theme ones for this swap are proving to be easier to design. I think I have "quilter's block" {like writer's block?} Grin But don't worry. I will come up with something. My brain tends to swirl with ideas, and I sometimes can't seem to make a decision and rest it somewhere.

I like the "step away" idea from quiltsunderground. Another couple tricks used in drawing to test for "balance" is to squint at the piece {for color} and to look at it upside down {for perspective}. Not sure if this will work for these projects, but I don't see why not. The squinting takes the detail away from the piece, and you just see general shapes and forms. I don't quite know why the upside down works. But it does. It confuses your brain to see what is really there, I guess. And again, to ignore the actual forms.

We are having a fun time here. Thanks for all the ideas and help! With so many of us TM newbies here, it comes in handy. Even with having sewn and quilted for years, I was a bit nervous to tackle these. My wonderful craftster friends are helping to set my mind at ease.

Happy "patching"!

Another neat thought for those who may not know it. Glue Stick. It is washable and saves basting time for small pieces that want to shift, and are too small to pin. For feltier fabrics, washable Elmer's School glue works. Just more dry time, and try not to get it where you will stitch. Buster pillow in the "Craft My Pet" swap gallery was made this way. {The felt and fleece did not take to the Glue Stick.} But for cottons, it works fine. Then just applique/embroider your heart away! FYI
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions on: July 27, 2014 02:02:42 AM
Thank you gal pals. I am a little late to post. Been busy on other events, but still wishing for iSpy fabrics.
I am currently in the TM patch swaps, and could certainly trade out some fabrics for kits that you could use on those. I have a big stash of lots of things. So whatever you might be wishing...I can hunt it up.

It does sound that the diamond triangle method will be easiest. Almost like strip piecing, only with the other shape. And kind of on the diagonal.

I am very accurate with my cutting, and usually always can make neat "points"...given the better fabrics that are truly on a bias, and woven square.

Threads make a big difference, too. I learned that at the fabric store where I worked. I had never used the expensive ones before that. And wow! Sew Ease is a wonderful product, too. For lubricating the needle. And I love Fray Check for my applique works. And to dab on the knotted ends to keep them from coming apart.

Anyways, I appreciate you all for your time and knowledge. I will put it to good use when I start my iSpy quilt.

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: GALLERY: Craft My Pet For Me on: July 26, 2014 03:54:18 AM
Tee hee hee. I did snack on one, and shared the rest of it with my kitties  Grin Taste test. It passed the muster, so I sent them on. It is a simple recipe for anyone wishing it. Just PM me, and I will share.

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Vintage Craft Projects / Re: Diamond Dye Rug Book 1899 on: July 25, 2014 08:09:01 PM
Great score! I especially love the night moth {nope...that is not a butterfly},
and the maple leaves. I have never tried to hook rug. but they are beautiful vintage patterns all the same.
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