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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Cooking with Yoda on: September 29, 2015 06:55:17 PM
After my recent attempt at free-motion quilting, I decided to jump right in to something a little more challenging. A couple of years ago, I gave my brother and sister-in-law a Star Wars apron for Christmas. I figured they needed a potholder to match. I finally had the courage to try it!

I found a stencil of Yoda (it's a pumpkin carving stencil from stencilry.org), and printed it to the size I needed. I used a layer of black fabric and batting backed by a piece of muslin, and pinned the stencil image to the top. Then, I stitched away! I stitched each section separately, and pulled the threads to the back to keep it looking nice and tidy.

I used my Silhouette to cut the words from the fabric (backed by Wonder Under) and ironed them on. Sadly, the 'U' shifted, but it was ironed on and I couldn't move it. It's a little irritating (and my brother will surely notice and comment), but I didn't have the time (or patience) to cut the letters again. I also didn't have more Wonder Under, now that I think of it. I messed up the cutting on the first try (I forgot a step), and had to start it a second time, so there was no way I was doing it for a third time! I then used a small zig-zag stitch to secure the letters. The back is also a "sandwich" of the top, batting, and muslin. Stitching inside the B and R was a bit of a challenge, but you can only see the wonkiness if you look closely.

I had intended to bind it with black bias tape, but I couldn't find the package I bought, which turned out to be okay because I realized (when I found a package of yellow) that it wasn't 100% cotton, and may have burned or melted. So, I stitched, turned, and topstitched in the green thread.

Overall, I'm pretty pleased with the results, and I think my brother and SIL will really like it!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Free Motion Quilting Practice Potholder on: September 29, 2015 06:42:26 PM
I've wanted to give free-motion quilting a try for a while now, but was very intimidated by it. To get over my fear, I attempted to free-motion quilt a potholder. I figured if it didn't come out well that it was only going to get used in my kitchen, so it didn't matter. It turned out that my friend wanted it, so I had to make sure it didn't come out too badly Smiley  It's not perfect, but it isn't bad for a first attempt!

First, I pieced together a bunch of scrap pieces of fabric leftover from when I made a set of kitchen towels (the plan was to have a potholder to match, but I'm happy my friend liked it enough to want it, because I missed her birthday, so it became her gift Grin ).

Then, I drew on some random squiggles with a pencil. Next, I pinned and clipped the heck out of it so the layers wouldn't shift. I also learned how to use my bias tape foot (which I didn't even realize I had until about 2 weeks ago... amazing what you find when you clean out the sewing box!). You can see the quilting better on the "back" side of the potholder and I definitely got better as I went. I even managed to make a decent mitered corner!

I might still have some very small scraps of the printed fabrics, and if I get some more solid orange, I can make another one for myself!
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap R2 on: September 24, 2015 08:25:01 AM

Swap Claim Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440600.0
Discussion Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439961.0

Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer


1. craftADDchick
    Claimed goatgoddess- Send by 9/29
2. Inselaeffchen
3. Watsonc7
            Claimed RovingAnarchist - Send by 10/17
4. goatgoddess
    Claimed Inselaeffchen- Send by 9/28
5. roler
            Claimed craftADDchick - Send by 10/1
6. RovingAnarchist
            Claimed roler - Send by 10/13

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Jelly Roll Quilt-As-You-Go Baby Quilt on: September 14, 2015 03:23:18 PM
My aunt recently came across a YouTube video for a quilt-as-you-go strip quilt, so on Saturday, we got together at my mom's house to give it a try. My mom and aunt cut their own strips, but I was short on time, and needed a baby gift for Tuesday, so I bought a baby flannel jelly roll. The finished quilt is about 36" X 44".

I don't know if they're having a boy or a girl, so I backed it in "leaf green" flannel (it's super snuggly!).

And, a close up of the fabric, just because it's so cute (it has giraffes on it, and I love giraffes Smiley ).

Instead of bias binding, since I didn't have a lot of time, I just folded over the backing fabric and machine stitched it down.

ETA: Here's the link to the tutorial we used: http://www.nationalquilterscircle.com/video/quilt-as-you-go-strip-quilt-003601/
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 2 (Sign-ups: Sept. 5- Oct. 4, 2015) on: September 05, 2015 02:43:47 PM




Swap name:  Ongoing Yet Another Teesha Moore Patch Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick and Watsonc7
Sign-up date range: September 5, 2015 - October 4, 2015
Date to send item by: 21 days from the day you claim (this starts on the day you claim NOT the next day!)
Limited to a certain number of people?: No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO (if you do not wish to send out of the country, please check the country before making a claim)
Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- 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

This is an ongoing version of the Yet Another TM Patch Swap. For this round, you are limited to 2 open claims at a time, but you cannot make a second claim until the first claim has been sent. First time swappers are limited to 1 open claim at a time. The last person who makes a claim in this round will be the first person to post a list in the next round. See additional details below:
-You can not make a claim until you have been approved for the swap.
-You can only make a claim from the last list that has been posted.
- For this round, you are limited to 2 open claims at a time (an open claim is one that has not been received), but you cannot make your second claim until you have sent the first claim. First time swappers are limited to 1 open claim at a time.
- Each claim is for 2 patches
-You must PM the organizers when you have made a claim
- You will have 21 days from the date of your claim to send your patches (this starts on the day you make your claim)
- You must send the tracking # and/or customs numbers to organizers when sending.
- Once your partner has received, you may make an additional claim

Communication is the key to the success of this swap! Please do the following with all PMs:
1. Include craftADDchick and Watsonc7 in all PMs
2. Use the appropriate subject line in your PMs:
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R2- Approval
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R2- Claim Made
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R2- Sent
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R2- Received
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R2- Question

Additional Information:
There are lots of inspirational patches from previous swaps, so check out some of the galleries here:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440254.0 (Ongoing YATM Patch Swap-R1)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Yet Another TM Patch Swap R3!)

IF your are new to making patches, here are some links to Teesha Moore's own video tutorials showing you her techniques. You won't want to miss these.

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

Name of swap: Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 2
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country (please put it in the proper format for mailing to your country):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)
Have you read the Swap Guidelines and understand how this swap works?
Are you willing to send at least 2 patches per claim? (If not then you will not be approved )
This next section is what you will post on the thread, after you have been approved
Country  you live in: (Do not claim outside of your country unless you are willing to ship to another country):
List at least four themes to inspire your partner: (Some themes from previous swaps were the beach, peace and love, buttons, rainbows, DOTD, trees and nature, literature, stripes and polkadots, craftster's choice.)
List peferred size range, if you have one:
Preferred colors, if any:
Are there any colors or themes you really don't want to receive?
Are odd shapes desireable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?


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


1. Claims are made using the following procedure:

Person A (the swap organizer) will begin the swap by posting a list of themes in this swap thread.
Person B will choose a theme from one of A's themes and make a claim by posting his/her own list (see below for formatting of post).
Person C will make a claim on one of B's themes and post his/her own list.
Person D will make a claim on one of C's themes and post his/her own list etc...

This continues through the end of the swap period, when the swap organizer closes out the claiming part of the swap and continues this swap in the next round starting in the next month.

2. How to make a claim:
A claim post should include the following information:
1. The theme you are choosing and who youre sending it to.
2. The send by date (three weeks from the date the claim is made)
3. The following information from your questionnaire:
   A. Country you live in (This is so people know if they will need to send outside of their country)
   B. Themes
   C. Preferred size (if any)
   D. Preferred colors (if any)
   E. Themes, colors, shapes you do or do not wish to receive
   F. Link(s) to Pinterest, Wist, or websites that your partner can use for inspiration

1. Send a personal message to the person you have claimed and request their address
2. Send a PM to the organizers to let them know you have made a claim using the appropriate heading in the subject line: Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R2- Claim Made
3. You have 21 days to complete each claim and have it in the mail to its new owner. You cannot make a new claim until your partner receives.


1. Please PM the organizers and claimer/claimee when you send or receive your patches.
2.  Please use the appropriate heading in the subject line:
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R2- Sent
   Ongoing YATM Patch Swap R2- Received
3.  Be sure and include (1) the "send by" date, as well as (2) the theme and (3) who sent it

Positive feedback will be given at the end of the round when all of the patches you sent have been received.   Good communication is vital and will be noted in feedback.

If you have any questions please post them in the discussion thread or PM the organizers.  

This thread is for claims only! Please use the discussion thread for questions and comments, or the gallery thread for posting photos of patches.

1. craftADDchick
2. Inselaeffchen
3. Watsonc7
4. goatgoddess
5. roler
6. RovingAnarchist

6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Frankenstein EPP Travel Folio on: August 31, 2015 06:49:47 PM
I really enjoy English Paper Piecing because it is very portable. Recently, I purchased a small rotating cutting mat so I could more easily cut out pieces using templates. I had plans to make a carrying pouch for my supplies, and when I got the rotating mat, I altered the size to accommodate the mat. Also, I did a favor for gozer in exchange for some scraps of this fantastic Frankenstein fabric she had. I figured that Frankenstein was pieced together, so it seemed appropriate for my EPP pouch Smiley

The folio has 6 EPP hexagons (2") appliqued to the outside, as well as a zipper pouch on one end, plus a bunch of pockets on the inside.

I don't have a tutorial right now, but I'm planning to make something similar for my embroidery supplies, so when I don, I'll post a link to the tutorial here, in case anyone is interested Smiley

And, sorry for the not-so-great pictures. The light is not good for pictures right now...

Completed folio:

Inside (with some supplies):

I fussy cut the hexagons, and stitched them together to make the applique strip. Then, I stitched them on to the outside piece of fabric.

Each piece of the folio is made with the outside fabric (black) and the lining fabric (orange). I stitched and turned all of the individual components, and then I joined them all together. There's a bit of a trick to get it all nice and neat looking, but I don't have a photo of it (but when I do the tutorial, it'll be there).

Putting in the zipper for the zipper pouch:

Stitching all of the pieces together! It's inside out right now.

I meant to put the zipper pouch on the other side, but wasn't paying careful attention. It actually worked out better because when the cutting mat is inside, it gives the bottom/back/right half (depends on your perspective) more structure.

7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Choose to Be Happy on: August 31, 2015 03:34:40 PM
While helping my mom clean out her attic, we came across a box of craft supplies that a friend had given to her. Inside the box, was a supply of vinyl letter & number stickers in a variety of sizes. I recently saw this quote, and thought it would look neat using the different sizes of stickers.

It's a slight modification of the original Voltaire quote, but the essence is the same Smiley

First, I stuck down the letters (I fixed that letter E before I painted). I didn't measure or use a ruler to keep things centered and straight- I just eyeballed it- so there might be a bit of unevenness happening.

Next, I hit it with some spray paint (I was very happy to have yellow on hand- I was afraid I'd shift the letters if I used craft paint and a sponge brush).

In the time it took me to go inside and get the Xacto knife to lift off the letters, at least 4 insects had landed on it. Before the paint dried, I picked off the letters (and the bugs), using the Xacto knife.

I was pretty impressed with the nice clean lines. And, I didn't have a letter D for "GOOD" so I made it using a letter B, and you can only tell if you look close Smiley

8  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Other Image Reproduction Techniques: Completed Projects / Keep Calm and Carry a Budweiser on: August 16, 2015 10:36:20 AM
My step-uncle's 80th birthday was the other night, and he is a big fan of Budweiser, so I wanted to make him a Bud-themed shirt and decided that, since the logo of Bud is a crown, it would make a funny play on the original "Keep Calm..." design. I found a free font online called "Keep Calm" and another font called "Budweiser". The second font was $25, but the font name was shown, so I took a screen shot of it and imported it into the software for my Silhouette. I also found a clipart image of the crown logo (the newer version) and imported that. I set up the design in the Silhouette software and cut it out on some iron on vinyl (I used flocked because I couldn't find any smooth in my craft room- I may have used it up).

I thought it would be a bear to weed the design, especially the crown, but with a bit of care, it went pretty smoothly.

And, the best part? He loved it! And, I bet that the next time I see him, he'll be wearing it Smiley

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Ongoing Yet Another TM Patch Swap Round 1 Gallery on: August 05, 2015 02:58:23 PM

Received & Posted Pics
Feedback Given
Sending Late w/Communication
Contact Organizer

1. craftADDchick
    Claimed Goldensunshine- send by 8/19
2. meowari
   Claimed craftADDchick- send by 8/13
3. roler
   Claimed Inselaeffchen- send by 8/20
   Claimed RovingAnarchist- send by 9/8
4. lindyv321
   Claimed meowari- send by 8/14
5. crazyda79
   Claimed lindyv321-send by 8/14
    Claimed Alatarial- send by 8/29
6. MommyTheMaid
   Claimed crazyda79-send by 8/15
7. Sharalee
   Claimed roler- send by 8/22
8. Inselaeffchen
   Claimed craftADDchick- send by 8/20
   Claimed roler- send by 9/16
9. calluna
   Claimed MommyTheMaid- send by 8/17
   Claimed crazyda79- send by 9/5
10. GoldenSunshine
   Claimed calluna- send by 8/17
11. goatgoddess
   Claimed Sharalee- send by 8/25
12. Alatarial
   Claimed goatgoddess- send by 8/28
13. RovingAnarchist
   Claimed calluna- send by 9/8
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Crocheted Tulle Dish Scrubbie w/tutorial on: August 02, 2015 02:42:55 PM
Growing up, we always had these plastic mesh dish scrubbies in the kitchen. I've had trouble finding them in the store, so I decided to crochet a dish scrubbie of my own.

I used tulle that comes on a roll. It "smooshes" up to make a thick yarn when you work with it.  

I used a J hook for the first 2 rounds and an H hook for the 3rd round.

Start with a J Hook
1. Start with a magic ring and chain 3 into the ring.
2. Round 1- Make 11 more dc into the ring. Tighten the magic ring and join with a slip stitch at the top of the starting chain 3. (12 dc)
3. Round 2- Chain 3 in the first stitch and make a second dc in the same stitch. Make 2 dc in each stitch around. Join with a slip stitch at the top of the starting chain 3. (24 dc)
4. Cut the yarn and weave the outside tail in towards the center, but do not cut the extra length of remaining yarn.

5. Make a second one, but do not cut and weave the tail. Remove the hook and lengthen the loop so you don't accidentally pull out any stitches.
6. Put the wrong sides together and tie the cut tail ends together, knotting well. Trim off the excess yarn so it is hidden between the two halves.
7. Switch to an H hook and, holding the two halves together, single crochet around, stitching through the edges of each half.
8. Join with a slip stitch, then cut and weave in the tail.

I've made several of these, for family and friends. People are always a bit skeptical at first, but once they use it, they always ask for another!
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