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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / finally finished my kaffe fasset (esque) shirt box quilt on: May 25, 2015 01:30:21 PM
I have seen this quilt a few places online and loved it, so I thrifted and bought a few shirts, not owning the book, so I was squinting at patterns online. I cut the triangles, sewed them together, discovered that triangles are a PITA because they wiggle. Anyway eventually I made this..it is only sorta like the original, his were all boxes, no crosses and even the tiny squares were boxes (life is too short to cut three inch squares into four triangles and sew them up again..

anyway it sat for a while, intimdating me as it definitely did not lay flat.

I asked for advice and in the end I had a go. Safety pins together with inch poly batting in the middle.

I pretty much sewed around each square and given that there is no real run of straight lines in this quilt..it has taken me hours and hours

Do NOT make this quilt if you value your back and sanity..

And there are some awful puckers, but happily mostly on the back..and even more happily the back is a fairly busy pattern, so it is actually hard to see the puckers.

A border of red to pick up some of the lines in the quilt and I have to say ..I really love it, It is fairly large, DD posing with it for scale, and there are many many mistakes, Areas on the top where I had to zig zag where seams drifted apart, many puckers as I said..but you know, I don't care. It has honesty in it's mistakes and it is definitely home made. I love that it is made with old shirts and with such a busy busy pattern, you really can't see the mistakes up close.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / another 'how the feck do I quilt this?'...short arm only (Not mine, the machine) on: May 07, 2015 12:54:26 PM
So I had a bash at the kaffe fasset shirt box quilt. I do love it, don't have the book as I couldn't really afford to splash out on it, so I did a lot of squinting at completed ones online (remarkably few)

I discovered why I didn't find too many online, this is a tough quilt, OK it is probably not tough for you experienced, patient meticulous quilters out there...I am impatient and messy...and triangles...

triangles are evil

so I cut it out, laughing at the instructions (they used to be on googlebooks) he said I need about 14 shirts..ha! I cut enough from about 7..then I realised that half of those triangles make crosses when sewn together, not boxes...OK he won that point...but I decided to embrace the crosses..love crosses..

then he said to turn the small triangles into boxes..these would be about 3 inch square..seriously there is not enough time in the world for that...so decided to embrace lines too...love lines...

then the piecing..it is pieced like a lunatic during a full moon on acid seriously. I was cross-eyed, with eyestrain by the time I finished counting what went where..and in the end I fudged it..because seriously...quilting (in my world of impatience) should be about attaching straight pieces with straight lines, not attaching castle shaped pieces..

anyway it got done and I LOVE it!...sure there are loads of mistakes, pieces added in here and there because my measurement was a little off, but this type of quilt is very forgiving..

that is not a recommendation to make it!

anyway to my question, due to the wriggly triangle issue, it will never lay completely flat, am I mad to try just simple straight line piecing..it is about the size of a double bed quilt, so there is no way I am going to actually hand quilt it...and I am not a big fan of tied quilts..

I reckon my strategy of straight lines from the centre might not work...or will it...any tips would be really welcome.
3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / portable (non-alcoholic) cocktail case on: April 30, 2015 10:25:18 AM
This was a project that took a little while to figure out, but when it came to putting it together, it had to go together in about 45 minutes as I was out of time, so therefore no  in-progress shots

My SO does not drink and when I lived in australia I was introduced to a drink suitable for non-drinkers (*caveat below) It is called Lemon, lime and bitters. to make you put a few drops of angostura bitters into a glass, a measure of lime cordial and top it up with 7up (branded or generic is fine) this is over ice and is very nice. A lot of soda is just two sweet, but this has a complex flavour and is very refreshing. A lot of bars in Australia have it premixed, on tap.

When we go out, it is easy to bring a bottle of wine for me, but too much faff to bring three bottles to make a drink for him, so channeling the victorian gentleman traveller, I thought of making a travelling lemon, lime and bitters kit. The pictures are the result. Of course not one to be simple, gussying it up seemed like a much better idea.

I started with a small cardboard 'case' which was already black with polka dots. I found lots of free printable steamer trunk stickers, printed them and stuck them all over the front with a glue stick..

For the inside, I took a piece of foam, this was a cheap gardeners kneeling mat from our equivalent of the dollar store, while I was there I also picked up three small dog collars. I chopped the mat to fit, with conveniently left me with the end that had a handle cut out, I glued the cut out piece on top of the large piece as this made a really convenient holder for the littlest bottle. Poked holes in for the dog collars, then used hot glue and stretchy red velvet and glued it over the whole thing, allowing it to wrinkle and bunch a little (chopped holes to take the dog collar ends) popped the foam into the box...

then glued on a few pieces of bias binding (Had no elastic!) to take the straws and the cocktail picks.

This whole thing took about 45 mins!! we were off to dinner with friends and I wanted to bring it with me.

There are three bottles, the tiny one is an unused essential oil bottle, that has the bitters. The largest kilner bottle has lime cordial and the third bottle has maraschino cherries (yum!) obviously 7 up can be bought anywhere and is carried separately. Again, not one to let things alone, I found some halloween printables online and stuck them onto the clean bottles with superglue..works great..gets all over your fingers!!

I also found these great paper straws in the shop (Tiger) that I got the box..

So we brought it to dinner and it was a hit.

I will eventually cover the whole thing with PVA to make the stickers waterproof, and replace the bias binding holding the straws with elastic. It would also be cool to add some drinks coasters, if I could find some cool ones.

* Angostura bitters caveat, it is alcoholic, very much so, being about 50% proof, but you literally use no more than about 7-8 drops per drink, so it is less than one liqueur chocolate. It is also surprisingly expensive to buy, a bottle costs about as much as a bottle of vodka, but seeing as you use it incredibly sparingly, it lasts forever!
4  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / The Terry Pratchett tribute Swap (SU 04/20-04/30; SO 05/30/15) on: April 20, 2015 04:11:21 AM
Swap name: The Terry Pratchett tribute Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: EdelC
Sign-up date range: 04/20/2015-04/30/2015
Date to send item by: 05/30/2015

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? None

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions: Yes
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Do you love Sir Terry P, do you dream of witches, goblins and the night watch. Do you wish Sargent Angua was your best friend and that you had a gollem to do your work so you could spend more time crafting. Do fancy a sausage in a bun?

check out this pinterest search for inspiration
This is the discussion thread.
Gallery for the 2013 discworld swap

It is time to pour the love you have for the books and the discworld into something wonderful for your partner.

This is a 3 point swap, so you can do one large, or a med and a small, talk to your partner, so that you are on the same page with this. If you and your partner want to craft more, then that is fine as long as you have agreed. Just be awesome as Terry was.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
What is your favourite book;
what is your favourite character;
which character are you;
list three types things you would love to receive
What crafts are you good at?
what can you make?
Anything you would NOT like to receive
What are you favourite colours
What colours do you not like
Any allergies
Any allergens in your home that could cause a problem
Have you a pinterest board
Any thing else the organiser or your partner should know


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

5  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / painted stones on: April 12, 2015 08:13:04 AM
I was inspired by some artwork that I have seen on pinterest and also by the dot paintings of australian aboriginals...that plus the fact I put my back out last week meant that I could only sit for short periods...

painting these satisfied my crafty urges..

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / tardis on a long sleeve tee shirt, bleach and sharpie on: April 10, 2015 10:33:28 AM
I am not sure if this is the correct board..as this doesn't really fit into any category, but it is clothing Huh

this was a 2e tee that I bought from the discount rack at the charity shop yesterday, I have hurt my back so I have been trying to do stuff that forces me to sit for a while, rather than rush around like a blue arsed fly...

so I thought I would have a go at this. it is domestic bleach on a paintbrush, freehanded, I had a picture for reference, but the perspective is a tad off. Bleach on a brush is hard as you can't see the lines appear for ages.

It was far too fuzzy so I tidied up the image with a sharpie, and if it doesn't fit my SO it will fit me!

7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / bath and body stuff swap on: March 22, 2015 03:11:24 PM
How about a swap for pampering goodies, bath bombs, lotions, lip balms, or perhaps ingredients/kits to make some lovely stuff?

Any takers?
8  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / first oil painting ever, still life, wet on wet. constructive criticism needed on: January 29, 2015 06:33:00 AM
Hi folks.

so I bought oil paintings and have made a start, it is not wonderful, but it is not dreadful. It is wet on wet

anyway this is a still life and was done in about an hour or so. original composition for reference. Looking at it, I see that I have missed shadows that the grapes had thrown onto the limes and lemon particularly..

but what else..any advice/ criticism would be very welcome..as it is the only way I will learn!
9  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / My first foray into oils..what tips have you learned? any good websites? on: January 28, 2015 06:54:58 AM
I am reasonably proficient with acrylics, watercolours, but oils are pretty much a closed book to me.

it is time for that to change, I have equipped myself with some basic colours, brushes, linseed oil, white spirit and some cheap boards..

what do I do next??

Have you any tips (no matter how random) useful things you learned along the way?
I cannot afford classes in my area, so any online resources that you found good? I have been looking online but mostly am finding people selling online tuition, I would prefer free resources for now, until I learn if this is my thing or not...

Any particular youtube channels that you think are good?

10  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / energy giving smoothie (I hope!) on: July 15, 2014 06:16:49 AM
So I have been so depleted of energy lately, it was time to focus on some serious nutrition and something to give me a bit of energy, rather than the carb laden comfort food that I have been eating too much of, calorie dense, but that's just giving me more padding to carry around rather than giving me any get up and go..

I did a bit of research and came up with this recipe to get a decent amount of some superfoods into me in a tasty (if not very pretty) form. The picture is not mine, but the smoothie looks exactly the same....green..

Makes one large serving:
Big glass of almond milk (You could use soy, but I like the taste of almond milk)
1 banana
small handfull of ice
1/2 mango (You could use a different fruit, some kind of berry perhaps, blueberries would be excellent as they are also superfoods)
1 tablespoon of ground hempseeds (i grind them in a spice grinder, they have the right ratio of omega 3 to 6)
1-2 teaspoon of spirulina (this makes it green)
I teaspoon of Maca powder
1 teaspoon of camu camu powder
1 teaspoon of bee pollen

put them all in a blender/smoothie maker, or even use a stick blender. zuzz until it is smooth and enjoy. It looks less than lovely, but it does taste nice and fruity and it is extremely good for you.

these last four ingredients are the powerhouse, they don't have a lot of flavour,  but they punch way above their weight in terms of nutrition.

I got all of the ingredients in the health food shop, in powder form, except for almond milk and hempseeds.
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