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1  Quilt Block Drive for Sydney Heroes in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by jexxican on: December 17, 2014 12:51:08 PM

Molli Sparkles live in Sydney, Australia, and was emotionally affected by the terrorist attacks there. He is doing a quilt block drive to make quilts for the families of the 2 fallen. Here is his post on the matter, and here is the tutorial for the specific hashtag blocks he is wanting. If you are stateside and don't want to ship all the way to Australia, Julie from the Intrepid Thread based in CA is willing to ship whatever is sent to her in one big lot to him. Here is her post on it, and you can find her address on the "Contact us" part of her website. Per Julie: "If they are not here by December 31st I won't be able to ship them so I will give them to a charity committee in one of my guilds." so if you want to make some that would be great, but if they don't get to Julie by the end of the year they will still be put to good use.

The photos up top show what I made last night in less than an hour and a half. The tute says to toss the 4th 1 1/2 inch section made, but if you make 3 at a time then you have enough "discarded piece" to make one more. The fourths blocks I made scrappy. I like them!
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2  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by jexxican on: November 19, 2014 07:20:16 PM
After all of that img heavy bs I posted and I haven't even stitched anything from it all yet. I was looking for dishtowels to do the Kitties and Sun Bonnet Suzies on but they are expensive at Blobby Blobby and I don't know where else to look for them. Any ideas?

I did, however, go through the big box more and find some stencils. This is the one I chose to use for a stitchery design instead of a a crayon tinting design, like the package told me to. Way old school Crayola propaganda going on.

It's going to be used as the center of a quilted pillow for my Aunt for Christmas, but it still looks good in a hoop, doncha think?
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3  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by jexxican on: November 07, 2014 12:48:49 PM
Ask and ye shall receive! I asked for inspiration, here it came.
I decided to organize all of my sewing patterns the other day and finally decided to go through this random ANCIENT box my mom gave me. HOLY CRAP. I am going to inundate you guys with pictures of my vintage iron-on-transfer embroidery patterns and you guys are going to tell me what to stitch up this month and how because, really, I'm so excited about it I don't know what to do. And this totally fits here because I'm requesting help with my entry for this month's SAL theme.

Let's start with the envelopes. Apparently my great aunt and Great G-ma were subscribed to some kind of monthly needlework club. So cool. These are so old, they don't even have zip codes, y'all.

Can you guys see the patterns on these? There are ducks and puppies and alphabets and Mexican stuff... Holy cow.

"Less than 2 cents a week!" it says!

I want this 50 State Floral Panel they are advertising!

These are what I'm really excited about, though I didn't get the one that says "BAKE" in there:

And these:

There are also a bunch of pillow case designs and stuff but I'm not really feeling those right now. What do you guys think? Are you excited for me? I think I want to do the kitties and Sun Bonnet Sues as dishtowel sets for my mom and her cousin Suzie, who is May's daughter, but would that classify for the hoopla-along? I will probably do that eventually anyway. Maybe I should start with something easier and lighter for this thread and just do a small hoop with some flowery stuff? Or use the big patterns--like the flowers/basket in the second photo--and applique with them?
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4  Halloween! in Felting: Completed Projects by jexxican on: October 31, 2014 09:00:29 AM
I made these inspired by the Hoopla Stitch Along. Yay!

The skellies are some leftover alpaca/angora singles that I needle felted onto to felt.

And the punkin has 3 layers of different colors on the body of it.

And it's dimensional! WOAH!

This was fun.
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5  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by jexxican on: October 31, 2014 08:54:29 AM
You guys have good ideas. I like this SAL.

Hey! Here's my guys finished, along with what I was originally wanting to put in the middle: a needle-felted punkin! I'm not fishing for another entry for the prize, I promise, I just wanted to share. I think the purple ties them together nicely.
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6  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by jexxican on: October 20, 2014 05:18:06 PM
So while trying to get my kid to do his school work I need little projects I can keep at the table with me so I can keep henpecking him. It's terrible. I can't even wash dishes while he is working! That's why I made these.

I can't finish the hoops because I can't find my freakin' glue gun but the "stitching" is done. It's needle-felted alpaca/angora yarn.
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7  Re: Half-a-Hoopla Swap Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by jexxican on: September 26, 2014 03:17:49 PM
I sent a little girl holding onto... something...

and it turns out she is holding the moon, thanks to Ao'C's son's imagination.


Here is the tree she sent me:

The finished project is due to arrive Monday! I'm so excited! Just a disclaimer: I was completely sober when I planned and stitched it. Just be warned it might not seem so when you see it.
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8  Re: Big Project Stitch Along 2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by jexxican on: September 07, 2014 06:48:03 PM
This is what I have so far on my dragon! Well, I am working on the antique very light blue now but I'm working by color.

Photo taken in the parking lot of a DQ on our road trip. So little time to stitch now that we're not road tripping!
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9  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by jexxican on: August 15, 2014 04:58:31 PM
No, no feces.

KittyKill, I know I said it in the thread you made just for that hoop, but your little rabbit girl really is great and her hair is done so well.

And here is my August hoop! It was inspired by this pin.

I crocheted the string on there. I've never blended colors before and I know this isn't perfect, but seeing as it's my first time I'll let it slide. There's always room for learning hoops. Hurrah.
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10  Re: Hoopla A-Long 2013-2014 in Needlework: Stitchalongs by jexxican on: August 12, 2014 08:26:15 AM
Here he is! My hoop from July, that I started and finished in August. In June we had an amazing lady from Carlsbad come and teach us about cleaning raw alpaca fleeces, and while she was here she told us that people have started eating llamas and alpacas. I didn't like that idea so when I saw that July's theme was "food related" this popped into my mind. I know it's too late for it, but I still wanted to share him.
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