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1  Surviving the Colorado Flood in Quilting: Completed Projects by Wise One on: September 19, 2013 11:17:15 AM
I am in the midst of the disaster zone.  It's been a week.  We had no idea the extent of the devastation in the beginning.  As the flash flood warnings and evacuations came one after the other, I still had power so I began to sew.

I had a baby quilt to make for Ivy (a friend's newborn).  So I used scraps to peice together her name.



News came in from the next town over - homes were being washed away.  I made some new houses.



I got an email from a college friend that he had a sister stranded on top of Longs Peak.  How do you tell a dear friend that even the helicopters can't fly.  There are 1000s in trouble.  The roads are all washed out.  No mountain access.

My Mom sent a photo of her backyard.  The bridge has collapsed.  How many roads are out?  We are separated by a huge dangerous river.  She is safe.



Must keep sewing.  I made some 'crumb' blocks to add to Ivy's quilt.



Train tracks washed out.  More bridges.  More towns.  I am so tired of watching for evacuations.  More rain.  Walls of water.  More devastation.
  


I can't have a meltdown.  I have to be ready for when we can get out and help.  More sewing.  Bright happy colors.



The rain stops.  The family is all safe.  Friends are checking friends.  All are accounted for but major need.  We load up the rubber boots, rubber gloves, food and great spirits BECAUSE I'VE BEEN SEWING!

 

We work tirelessly, endlessly, holding our friends while we empty basements, clean precious photos, rip up carpets.  Strangers show up.  From Puerto Rico, Utah, Canada, Las Vegas, Roswell, North Carolina.  They have strong backs, food, happy smiles  Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy  We were so grateful for the help.  

I was exhausted from hauling.  But that night, I pulled out all my peices and started putting them together.



Next day, more hauling.  More saving family photos.  I am so grateful to be able to help my friends.  



This is going to be a long process.  I must maintain my own sanity in order to keep showing up.  Last night, I put the quilt top together for Ivy and it's done.  I think it may be the most beautiful thing I have ever made.



I have enough blocks/pieces to make another full size quilt or two!  I will keep sewing as we continue to clean up our beautiful state of Colorado.  I am so grateful that I have crafting.  To me, it's like calming meditation.
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2  And just who is Sarah Fear? in Quilting: Completed Projects by Wise One on: September 12, 2013 01:51:10 PM
I don't know.  No one seems to know.  

I joined a quilt group that makes quilts to raise money for a battered woman's shelter and a food bank.  The group is making a memorial quilt for all the quilt group members who've passed away over the years.  I took the block for Sarah Fear.  No one knows who Sarah Fear is.  We've done hours of research but alas all I know is that she was a wonderful woman who made quilts to raise money for the less fortunate ones.

Anyways, I've gotten a new book by the 'UnRuly Quilter' Tonya Ricucci.  It's called Word Play Quilts.  I think Smaarrt had a bunch of pins showing Tonya's wonky kooky way of quilting letters.  So this is my wonky kooky block for dear Sarah Fear.

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3  Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: August 29, 2013 04:58:29 PM
Yea!  My final inchie house has arrived from Fancy Butch!  It matches Cackle's pastel cottage perfectly. Cheesy

This note was enclosed:
Dear Goldilocks, if you find yourself in the Woodbury Woods please drop by for some porridge.



And here's Woodbury Woods as seen in the house of Wise One.  Nice, eh?

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4  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 10: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: August 29, 2013 10:10:49 AM
You know you've made a friend when the husband walks in with a package and asks, 'Are we going to visit Edel?' then sits down and waits while I open the package bursting at the seams.  He grabs for the lollypops thus no evidence of them except wrappers.



Check out this flamingo pillow.  It fits in with our quirky decorating.  Froggie likes it as much as me!  This will go into the Airstream when we travel and remain in our apartment for the rest of the time.  It's a perfect match for our purple sofa!  Yes, I did say purple.



A close-up to make you all jealous and to show off Edel's amazing art skills.  I really like artistic objects that are functional.  And this is certainly one, eh?!  Check out that vintage fabric and the ribbon and pompoms.  LOVE IT! 



Art can be hereditary too.  Edel's daughter got involved in this swap and made this SPECTACULAR stencil for a shirt for me!!!  Molly, I thank you so much for the thoughtful idea of me and my hubby as the hands.  There will be a special treat for you in Package #3  Cheesy  It fits me perfectly and I will think of you every time I wear it.  Huggs.



And for the final part of the package.  A Moresbag and a fully loaded Moresbag kit to make my own.  With extra directions on how to add a longer shoulder strap for those shopping trips when the bag is loaded with heavy items.  Our town recently banned plastic grocery bags citing Ireland as 'if they can do it, so can we.'  HAH!  I'm done with carrying my groceries out to the car in my arms with oranges rolling across the parking lot! 



You know, this swap is interesting in that it's different than the others I've participated in.  I really feel like I'm getting to know my partner.  And I feel like my partner is getting to know me.  See that tree fabric?  It's done in the Henri Matisse style who is my all time favorite artist.  Everything that Edel has made for me fits into my life seamlessly.  I guess this is why the swap is so long, eh?  It really takes the crafting for a 'stranger' to a whole new level.



RebelTrendsetter - thank you for putting together this swap and making such a huge commitment over such a long time period. 

Edel and Molly - thank you sooooo much for such a great package!  I have to go now to iron my pillow and eat some of that decadent European chocolate while I make another grocery bag with my DIY kit  Grin
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5  Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: August 28, 2013 11:34:36 AM
Check this one out!  Cackle sent a gorgeous liddle gem of a country cottage in pastels.  All wrapped up in matching pink tissue paper.





And check out the roofing material.  No tar paper here! 



Cackle, thank you so much for such a sweet tiny house.  I am excited for my new neighborhood and hoping to make many more tiny homes!!!  Are we gonna have an Inchie House Part 2 Huh?
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6  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: August 23, 2013 08:41:06 AM
I received a wonderful package from Artista83!  Artista83, if you have better photos, please post them if you'd like.  Thanks so much for such creativity!  These patches are great and the patch kit is fantastic.

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7  Re: Round 2 More TM Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: August 19, 2013 06:42:56 AM
I received beautiful patches from Alatarial.  Along with a patch kit with three buttons and embroidery floss.  Thank you so much Alatarial! 

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8  Re: Inchie House Swap - Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: August 19, 2013 06:31:56 AM
Prepare your fingers to hit the 'THIS ROCKS' button.  Get your drool bibs.  Cause this house designed and created by YOUPIDOU for Woodbury Woods is...  what is it fellow craftsters???  I'm lacking for adjectives.

Inside the envelope is this along with an architectural plan on how to construct



I can tell how cool something is by the husband's reaction.  "MINE.  MINE.  MINE."  He sounded like the seagulls in Finding Nemo.  He quickly read the directions and found the glue.  



The inside is fully designed with various elements designed to be viewed from the open windows and door:
Can you see:
the kitty cat on the table?  
The bookshelves with the ladder?
The woven rug on the wooden floor?
The strand of prayer flags?
the couch with a quilt?



The stained glass is truly a work of art.  Check this out with the light shining through.





See the thatched roof?  That's all individual pieces of thread.  And the cedar shakes?  Again, all individual pieces of real wood.



A wooden ladder.  A rope swing.  Again, all crafted meticulously.  

Youpidou, I can't thank you enough for this amazing piece of art.  Yep. It is one of the coolest things ever made for me.

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HAH!  The 'Welcome' sign on the door is so tiny, I can only read it in the photos.  Plus other items.  I keep going back to the real treehouse and looking at more stuff.  Incredible level of detail Youpidou.
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9  Re: Make-a-Friend Round 10: The Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: July 28, 2013 03:40:45 PM
I finally received Package #1 from across the pond.  EdelC likes to travel so of course the package she sent took a detour to go site-seeing in the Caribbean.  Snorkeling I think.  Off St. Johns.  But it's here now with all sorts of fun postal notations!  Maybe I can incorporate the package into a piece of art?  Hmmm.

Of course the husband dove right into the chocolates.  I told him that we had to eat them with tea, like EdelC.  That didn't go over too well and "wouldn't be proper."  Edel, he says thanks.  And he thinks the socks are for him  Roll Eyes



Everything was wrapped in a GORGEOUS bag with a note "In Ireland there is a levy on plastic bags, so everyone uses fabric ones."  Recently our home town outlawed plastic bags.  There was quite an uproar but the comment that kept coming up was... If Ireland can do it, we can do it.  Hah!  So EdelC, thank you very very much for the fabric bag.  Problem is that it's too beautiful to put produce in, so I think it's going to be my quilting bag. 



And a close-up of the famous EdelC flamingos for y'all to enjoy!



But wait!  There's more. Wholey guacamole with cilantro and garlic!



Heh heh heh.  Did I get spoiled or what???  Earrings.



And goodies!  I love goodies!  Piles of fabric scraps, buttons, lace trims and a piece of coral (probably from snorkeling).





And if that isn't enough...  Have you all seen Edel's Featured Project of the linocut?  And the funny printing method of using her car to roll over the make-shift printing press?  Not only is she featured here in Craftster, but rumor has it that MythBusters is going to put her in the next duct tape episode.



Eat your hearts out fellow Craftsters!  I have an EdelC original featured project!  And it fits! 



But wait!  That's not all Shocked
Not only can this girl stamp, sew, print, make cards, and take on 20,000 bees.  Check this out!  It's been on my wrist and it ain't coming off! 



EdelC - you are amazing!  I want to hang out with you and drink tea and eat chocolates and make things.  Any plans to move to this side of the pond? 
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10  Re: And Still More Teesha Moore Inspired Patches Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Wise One on: July 19, 2013 05:31:40 PM
I got the sweetest special treat in the mail!!!  Ayanared (Wife, Mommy, Crafter) sent me a super duper bonus patch that warms my heart and tickles my bones.



Look at the love that is in these stitches.  Nine (that's 9) different colors in that flower.  Talk about love!



And if you haven't noticed, let me point out that this patch ain't your typical Teesha Moore patch.  Ayanared sewed it inside out, flipped it right side out, put a liddle stuffing in there, and hand sewed it up.  Then added a border of turquoise embroidery. 

Ayanared, I thank you from the bottom of my toes for being my buddy.  You are an example of how much goodness there is in this world!
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