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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 22, 2015 11:08:06 AM
Honest to God, I think this quilt is doomed..before it starts...

this is the pattern http://tinyurl.com/ocnb6us (that is a google books result) it is a kaffe fasset design, it is gorgeous, there is a photo and pattern on that link

I am split between two homes as I live for 4 nights of the week in a tiny house and spend the rest of the time at home, so I started cutting being completely unable to find a proper mat- I used hardboard that had been white, so now there are tiny flecks of paint everywhere!...then instead of reading the instructions properly, I cut out squares from the stripy shirts, rather than triangles ...the four triangles are meant to form a square design..they don't...because I cut them incorrectly, every second square can be right, and every other one will make a cross rather than a square...

and they won't line up properly as they are not cut at all well (bouncy hardboard!)..

but that is all cool as it is for me, I am pretty relaxed about a non-professional look and the colours are good so it should look OK..

so resigned to all of that, I decided to start to sew, cleaned down the machine in this house...as I haven't used it in ages...filled the bobbin, changed the needle, etc...only to find that the presser foot is in my other house..

arrrgh!!!...Ah feck it..I'll give it a go anyway, I bought another presser foot while i was out (happily missing someone I didn't want to meet, they called while I was out)...so I will sew a few blocks and see how it looks!..
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: IYP 27 Crafty Quickstep Gallery! on: January 22, 2015 10:49:09 AM
this was an awesome swap...when is the next one!!
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 21, 2015 07:49:35 AM
OK So I did make something today..

in Ireland, around christmas we buy these small wooden crates of clementines, (my hand for size)

I turned it into this for some potted herbs..

and am currently doing this, a (kinda) kaffe fasset shirt quilt..I am regretting it already

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 21, 2015 04:30:10 AM

Here's my entire stash at the moment:

Karin. I am awe of your organisational skills, if my stash looked that nice, I think I would be tempted to just leave it alone so I could look at it..often...

sloth003.. six quilts?? that's it. I am officially awarding you the big shiny award for the most misnamed person  on here...

me...well I have a stash busting fail to confess too. I went to the thrift shop this morning and came away with this..

Couldn't leave it behind, I see lots of quilt backs in this pile, the blue and whites are sheets (large), lovely quality cotton, the stripy is a duvet cover (not mad about the front fabric, but I want to make a kaffe fassett shirt quilt (have all the shirts) and that will make the perfect back....and the flowery fabric is a set of two vintage sheets, cotton-terylene (its an old name for a type of polyester fabric) mix.. the whole lot for about $10...

but I know, I know..stash busting..OK as penance I will make something out of one of these fabrics today..

ps the blue fabric, those are not marijuana leaves, they are sprays of lavender..blame my camera!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 (SO by Jan 24, Send by Mar 31) on: January 20, 2015 01:25:46 PM
If only we could have a 2 year round robin version... everyone gets a number and during the first two months swapper 1 crafts for 2, 2 for 3, 3 for 4 etc, then in months 3 and 4, 1 crafts for 3, 2 crafts for 4, 3 crafts for 5 etc, then months 5 and 6, 1 crafts for 4, 2 for 5 and you get the picture... eventually everyone would have spent 2 months crafting for each other person and you would have received from each and every person. I know it totally wouldn't work - nobody could ever commit to that length of time and there are allergy issues and all, but it is nice to dream.

wow this would be so cool...
6  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 19, 2015 07:26:02 AM

Most of my real life friends do not craft at all, so they would consider my stash as hoarding and try to get rid of it! I find it interesting that when they need a sewn item, they come to me...

I had a friend (fortunately now moved away) who did sew, she would come into my craft room and 'ooh' and 'ahh' over particular pieces of fabric, until I gave them to her...we live far far away from fabric stores and my stash has been built up over years...but eventually I just had to stop letting her into that room!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 19, 2015 07:23:17 AM

But now, this knowledge that I can create things with yarn has blossomed into them seeing something I made for myself or someone else and asking:  "Can you make me one of those?"  or "Can you make me one of those to give to ____?"  The first time it happened, I did it and I did it for free.  However, if you ask more than once, offer me money and refuse to take it back (b/c of course, I refused it at first to be polite), or compensate me in some other way.  I'm now also being asked to repair all sorts of items made out of yarn, which I have refused to do.  I will refuse to create anything more for anyone else without compensation.

I know this one..it seems in my family no matter what it is. EdelC can fix it, so everything ends up with me to repair.. if it's my mom then of course I cannot refuse, but I have taken to steering her towards a professional alteration company in her town, as they can take in/up clothing far better than I can. However if someone wants to pay me..then that is a different thing.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects 2015 --POST YOUR 2015 Lists on: January 19, 2015 06:00:36 AM

 made a fun little faux pond in a mini altoid tin. Some rocks, moss, texture paste to simulate a dirt bottom, and some super tiny polyclay koi fish, all set in resin.

wow this is beautiful, the resin gives it such depth
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along on: January 19, 2015 05:58:01 AM
fabric gift bags for bottles of wine is also a really nice way to bring a bottle to friends, a nice ribbon to tie at the neck and more stash used...
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: Geezers Alive and Kicking, Round 6 (SO by Jan 24, Send by Mar 31) on: January 15, 2015 10:47:17 AM
OH I am looking forward to this one...it is one of my favourite swaps
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