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1  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 9 Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: July 14, 2015 03:53:20 PM
I received the most adorable turtle from Wendiek!!

My stuffie had a long trip (swim Wink) across the ocean, but was well worth the wait.  Check out this adorable little guy! 

Soooooo cute!!! Grin

Here you can see the really pretty design on the top of the shell.

Thank-you so much Wendiek!  He is just perfect!!
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2  Summer Dresses in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by EllaRain on: May 25, 2015 01:37:38 PM
A couple of summers ago I was inspired by this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=411013.0. I took some measurements and made a pattern using wrapping paper (my goto pattern making material  Roll Eyes). At the time I made two dresses, which I wear regularly.
The other day I saw my little wrapping paper patterns and decided to make two more dresses. The 2nd one was made by following Jane's tutorial exactly. The first one is just a slight variation that uses two pieces of fabric instead of four.

I am pretty happy with the dresses, and also with how using a new fabric with an old pattern can create a whole new look. Cheesy
Just for fun here are the dresses I originally made with these same patterns: You can see how the first floral one uses the same pattern as the first one above except it has sleeves. The second purple one is just the same as the 2nd one above.
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3  Re: Teeny Traveler in a Tin Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: February 27, 2015 10:02:36 PM
Oh my word.  I love the little clay Marvin!

I received a while ago but have been out of town and unable to post pictures. . .  until now. Check out the beautiful tin that Zenersy sent me.

As you can see it is extra large and extra lovely. but the best part was who was inside.

The sweetest little turtle! See how tiny he is Grin  Such amazing work on such a small scale.
This little guy did not travel light. 

As you can see I have been spoiled with all sorts of goodies.  The hedgehog buttons are so cute and the wire nest is straight off of my pinterest!

Thank-you Zenersy! 
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4  Garden Fence Quilt Block Swap Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by EllaRain on: December 01, 2014 08:29:05 PM

This is a queen sized quilt I put together from the blocks I received from rounds 3 and 4 of the quilt block swap. As you can see I had some beautiful blocks to work with.  My partners did a great job of coordinating color and I received a large number of fussy cut centers, which I was a wonderful surprise Cheesy.

 This is by far the largest quilt I have made and it is far from perfect.  My sewing machine had too be replaced half way through the quilting process  Undecided, so it has taken a long time to put together, but it is finally done!  These pictures are kind of dark, but in real life it is s big and bright and I am very happy with it Grin

The quilt. As you can see it covers my whole bed (It was kind of dark when I took these pictures, it is a bit more vibrant in person).

I got some "extra" blocks that I incorporated into the back of the quilt. Then I decided to to add some extra fabric squares when I realized I did not quite have enough backing fabric Tongue 

I was rather excited about the mix of colors on the binding and here you can see a close up of the back which had tiny squares that seemed like a good fit for the motif

And some details of the blocks:

Thanks to all my partners: donniesgirl, princesspimp81, waterbaby, sloth003, Melladh, jungrrl, Fontiua, Sparkledust, danynn, carolmb, alwaysinmyroom & kbrison
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5  Re: Mug Rug Swap Rd 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: October 15, 2014 07:20:41 PM
Loving our gallery. The kitty is so fun and the detail on the ghost, just adorable.  Also, how you guys can get paper piecing so perfect is beyond me. What lovely mugrugs we have so far . . . . and I am about to add one more.

Check out the perfect little mugrug that Subee sent me. 

Now I know what you are thinking, "EllaRain, that mug rug is gorgeous.  It has such detailed stitching and the pumpkin will be great for Halloween and Thanksgiving, but what are you going to do the rest of the year?"
Well have no fear, because take a look at the other side:

That's right I got a double sided mug rug!!  Plus this side is just as beautiful! 

Thank-you, Subee.  I feel totally spoiled Grin.
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6  A moment of silence for my old singer. . . in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by EllaRain on: July 02, 2014 08:20:56 AM
This is my sewing machine.  An old metal singer that was made back in the early eighties.  It was my mom's first, but I have had it for about 15 years.  Last week it just stopped sewing.  It was rather strange because it happened midway down a line of quilting and there weren't any tangled threads.  I cleaned out everywhere where dust likes to accumulate, but it was just stuck.  I took it in for repair, but alas it is not able to be fixed. Apparently, over time moisture has gotten into the machine and rusted some of the gears, so they are fusing together.  No one makes the gears anymore so fixing this problem is not really an option.  Cry  I am feeling more sentimental then I was expecting about the loss of my machine.  It is the only one I have every have and it is so tough I guess I just kind of thought it would last forever.

Now comes the arduous task of selecting a replacement machine.   Huh It seems that new machines have lots of fancy features compared to mine, but they also seems much more flimsy that it makes me wonder how long they will last. I would appreciate any thoughts anyone has on the topic.  My impulse is to get another singer.  A friend recommended this one( http://www.amazon.com/9970-600-Stitch-Computerized-Extension-Accessories/dp/B00GG5W9NY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404313678&sr=8-1&keywords=singer+9970) , but she does not actually own the machine.  Do you guys have any experience with it?
I am feeling a little lost and have been trying to think about the characteristics I would like in a new machine.
I want it too last. . . (It does not have to last the 30+ years of my old machine, but I don't want to have to buy a new one for a good while)
I want to be able to quilt through lots of fabric. I use my  machine to quilt, and make purses out of upholstery fabric and sometimes sew denim.
I would like to be able to lower the feed dogs (this is something my old machine could not do but I think it would be fun to learn to free motion quilt).
I am looking to spend less than $500. 
I am sure there are other things but I cannot think right now. . .
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7  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: November 12, 2013 07:20:52 PM
In case anyone is still following this thread:
Unfortunately, the quilt blocks I sent to Fontiua got lost in the mail.  According to the tracking number they never even made it out of the town that I sent them from Undecided
Anyway, here are the new quilt blocks I have made to replace those that were lost. Fontiua, I hope these find there way to you.   I am planning on sending them out tomorrow.

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8  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: July 23, 2013 04:27:11 PM
My Gallery!
Group 2

Melladh quilters choice (deep northern blues & greens)

jungrrl Starflower (vintage-y pastels & white)

Fontiua French braid type with corners (purples, teals, blacks, grays, whites)

Sparkledust strip block (pastels)

Group 4

danynn Celtic Twist block (warm reds, oranges, and yellows with black background)

carolmb quilters choice of pinwheel (scrappy with off white background)

alwaysinmyroom Party hats (red, white and blue)

kbrison Four Patch Ladder

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9  Re: One Tiny Monster Hoopla Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: July 11, 2013 03:54:21 PM
Check out the cute little guy I got from QueenNinjaMonkey

He looks so happy with his little animal friends Cheesy.  Plus the background fabric is really cool.

Thank-you, QueenNinjaMonkey!!  I just love him! Grin
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10  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by EllaRain on: April 28, 2013 10:24:11 AM
So exciting to have all my blocks. I think I am going to want to add some more blocks before I sew them together (maybe wait for another round) but I could not resist laying them all out together anyway.  I just love them!

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