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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby Quilt (AKA Pretending Like I Can Quilt ) on: May 26, 2016 05:07:53 AM
The wife of one of my co-workers is expecting their first child any day now. They had a little celebration for him at school last month, but I didn't have time to get the quilt made. Monday night, I finally allowed myself to sit and work on it. I got everything finished except for the binding on Monday. Tuesday night, I realized that I couldn't remember where I put the binding so, since I had an appointment not far from JoAnn Fabrics, I stopped there first and picked up some fabric for the binding. I didn't get to start on the binding until almost 8:45 pm. And, I don't have internet service at home right now, so I couldn't look up the proper way. Let's just hope that the mom to be doesn't inspect it too carefully Smiley It looks a little wonky in the picture, but it's the way they're holding it.





A while ago, I had picked up some pre-cut fabric strips (14 in a pack) and squares (21 in a pack) at Wal-Mart. I didn't exactly know how to put it all together (I was planning on doing a quilt as you go like a strip quilt I had made earlier). I figured I'd use the squares as rows, but they weren't long enough if I stitched them together. So, I picked up some coordinating red fabric and pieced together the squares to make 3 strips.





The layout isn't exactly how I wanted it because I ran a little short on the red strips (the top and bottom row were supposed to have a red strip on each side... I was one strip short).

Also, the squares on the edges are cut off a bit because my backing fabric ended up being crooked, so I had to trim it about 3 inches on each side to square it off. The binding, up close, is definitely a bit of a hack job, but the fun polka dot fabric makes up for it.

Hopefully, he likes it!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / DIY Dryer Sheets (mini tutorial) on: May 25, 2016 06:33:54 AM
I have sensitive skin, so I can't use a scented detergent or fabric softener in my laundry. But, I still wanted to have fresh-smelling laundry! I did a search for DIY dryer sheets and found a couple of tutorials. They're all pretty basic, so I'll do a rough how-to:

Materials:
Fabric squares (mine were 10" X 10" cotton fabric scraps)
White vinegar
Essential oils (I used lavender... because I couldn't find the rest of the oils I bought)
Clean, empty, glass jar

Directions:
1. Edge the fabric squares in whatever way you want. You can hem them (that's what I did), serge or zig-zag them, or just cut them with pinking shears (quickest way).



2. To the glass jar, add about 1/2 cup of the vinegar and 10-12 drops of the essential oils (you can add a little more if the scent isn't strong enough).



3. Take the fabric squares and stuff them into the jar to soak.



4. To use the squares, squeeze out the extra solution (back into the jar- it can be used several times before you need to replenish it).

5. Toss them into the dryer with your laundry, and you're good to go!

A couple of notes:
Use fabric that doesn't bleed. I didn't pre-wash my fabrics, and a bit of color bled into the vinegar solution.

I noticed that my towels smelled slightly of vinegar (but not the sheets), so I'm not sure if they needed to be dried for a little longer.

I used 4 sheets per load, but you could use more or less depending on the size of the load.

The scent wasn't super strong (I used 8-10 drops of oil), so you may want to add more, depending on your preference.
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3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R7! (signup thru June 6-sendout July 6) on: May 24, 2016 07:18:13 AM

Patch made by Wulf



Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R7
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: May 24, 2016- June 6, 2016
Date to send item by: Wednesday, July 6,  2016

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

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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

 Details of swap:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those as part of a kit Smiley ).

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=445370.0 (Round 6)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439296.0 (Round 5)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Round 4)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Round 3)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0#axzz37wXpySPV (Round 2)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO (Round 1)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407645.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402089.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426480.0#axzz2bcdxNvuF

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt49UgGzy6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246iSNnS8So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njd3J7ttslQ


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

 QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R7!
 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)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
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 preferred 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 desirable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?

 IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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


PARTICIPANTS:

1. craftADDchick
2. noodle-bug
3. fatewineroses
4. LadybugsAndBumblebees
5. audio
6. RovingAnarchist
7. Sharalee
8. curiousfae


PARTNERS:




4  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / On Easter, Instead of Dyeing Eggs, We Dyed Fabric (Shibori-Style) on: April 07, 2016 05:02:03 PM
I had brunch with my siblings on Easter Sunday, and my sister-in-law had a project for us to try after we ate. She had run across a Shibori dyeing video on Facebook (I think my mom actually posted it), and she got all of the stuff for us to try it out.

She picked up a half dozen large square cotton/linen towels and a t-shirt. She also got clothespins and denim RIT dye.

We watched the video and then had at it! While the dye pot (half a bottle of liquid RIT dye and some salt) was heating up on the stove, I washed a piece of PVC pipe that my brother had in the basement. It seemed a bit long, but was the perfect size for the wrapping. We folded, clipped, wrapped, and scrunched the fabric in a variety of ways (we did a couple that were as directed in the video, but then, renegades that we are, we tried a few variations). Before it went into the dye bath, we had to get the cloth wet.

For my first cloth, I rolled it around a piece of 4" PVC pipe, and then wrapped it with twine, scrunching it down as I went.  I had to stand the pipe up in the pot (and supervise it carefully so it didn't tip and break the kitchen lighting!).



We had 3 items in the pot for the first batch, and once they were ready (at least 10-20 min later), we rinsed them in the sink.



Rinsing the one on the PVC pipe was tricky- I had to make sure I didn't break any dishes with the other end of the pipe!

Unfolding them was pretty cool because we got some really neat effects! I don't have pictures of all of them, but they were neat!

This was my first one, and it came out with this neat ombre effect (it probably could have used more time soaking in the dye, but I really love how it came out!).



For this one, my SIL's brother folded his a bit like a "cootie catcher" and ended up with this neat heart-shaped pattern in the middle.



I also did one that I twisted in a spiral, and I got a neat spiral pattern on it. The coolest thing was the t-shirt that my SIL accordion-folded and then clipped with the clothespins (she also did a dishtowel the same way). It came out a nice deep blue with crisp white rectangles where the clothespins were. My sister did a triangle accordion fold with clothespins, and got a neat geometric design.

Here are most of the towels drying in the sun on the deck. You can see the spiral one on the table on the right.



After we ran out of towels, there was still a huge pot of dye, so my SIL and her brother wandered around the house to find other things to dye. My SIL gave new life to an old bathrobe, and her brother dyed an old chef's hat.

It was a lot of fun, easier than we expected, and we ended up with some great (and functional) memories of the day!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Yet Another TM Patch Swap R6- Gallery on: March 24, 2016 12:33:28 PM

Patch made by Inselaeffchen!

Swap Thread: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=443959.0

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

Participants:

alwaysinmyroom- DaphadillyArt, roler
craftADDchick- Wulf
craftylittlemonkey- roler, curiousfae
crazyda79- jkaywiz, Sharalee
curiousfae- craftylittlemonkey
DaphadillyArt- alwaysinmyroom
gala_apples- LadybugsAndBumblebees, Inselaeffchen
Inselaeffchen- gala_apples, quaggy
jkaywiz- quaggy, crazyda79
LadybugsAndBumblebees- gala_apples, teag
quaggy- jkaywiz, Inselaeffchen
roler- alwaysinmyroom, craftylittlemonkey
Sharalee- teag, crazyda79
teag- Sharalee, LadybugsAndBumblebees
Wulf- craftADDchick


6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R6- SU Closed! SO by Apr. 18, 2016 (update SO date) on: February 26, 2016 04:34:02 PM
Patch made by roler

Gallery: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=445370.0

Swap Name: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R6
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick
Sign-up date range: February 26, 2016- March 12, 2016
Date to send item by: Monday, April 18, 2016 New Send Out Date!

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

 Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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

 Details of swap:
 Do you love making Teesha Moore-style patches? Have you always admired them but haven't yet caught the TM bug? Well, this could be the swap for you!

In this round of the TM Patch Swap, you will be crafting for 1 or 2 partners (first time swappers will be limited to 1 partner) and from 1-3 patches (you and your partner should agree on the exact number).

Also, you will have the option of exchanging a TM Patch Supply kit with your partner (contents of kit may include: floss, fabric, embellishments {buttons, beads, ribbons, charms, etc}, poly-fil, etc.).

Let's keep this swap simple and limit it to the sending of patches and kits (if you love sending extra things, consider adding those as part of a kit Smiley ).

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=439296.0 (Round 5)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437989.0 (Round 4)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=436180.0 (Round 3)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=434712.0#axzz37wXpySPV (Round 2)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=432695.#axzz2yLfpYtaO (Round 1)

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=407645.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=402089.0#axzz2UxtFzswN

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=426480.0#axzz2bcdxNvuF

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.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Cm4RoEsgl0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yt49UgGzy6k
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=246iSNnS8So
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=njd3J7ttslQ


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

 QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
 Name of swap: Yet Another TM Patch Swap R6!
 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)
 Do you want one or two partners?
How many patches would you like to make for each partner (Organizer will attempt to match partners based on this information as much as possible)?
Do you also want to exchange a kit with your partner(s), in addition to the patches?
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 preferred 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 desirable, such as round or triangular patches?
Do you have a Pinterest, website, or WIST site that your partner can peruse for inspiration?
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (smokers, pets, etc.)?

 IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.


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


PARTICIPANTS:

1. craftADDchick
2. craftylittlemonkey
3. curiousfae
4. LadybugsAndBumblebees
5. Sharalee
6. roler
7. crazyda79
8. Inselaeffchen
9. jkaywiz
10. Wulf
11. quaggy
12. teag
13. alwaysinmyroom
14. gala_apples
15. DaphadillyArt

PARTNERS:

alwaysinmyroom- DaphadillyArt, roler
craftADDchick- Wulf
craftylittlemonkey- roler, curiousfae
crazyda79- jkaywiz, Sharalee
curiousfae- craftylittlemonkey
DaphadillyArt- alwaysinmyroom
gala_apples- LadybugsAndBumblebees, Inselaeffchen
Inselaeffchen- gala_apples, quaggy
jkaywiz- quaggy, crazyda79
LadybugsAndBumblebees- gala_apples, teag
quaggy- jkaywiz, Inselaeffchen
roler- alwaysinmyroom, craftylittlemonkey
Sharalee- teag, crazyda79
teag- Sharalee, LadybugsAndBumblebees
Wulf- craftADDchick

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Thrift Store Cake Stands on: February 01, 2016 04:18:56 PM
My school holds an annual Winter Carnival as a big fundraiser, and I am in charge of running the bake sale. I decided that it needed a bit of fancying up, and headed to the thrift store for some cake stands. I didn't find any, but I found a couple of glass platters and a couple of crystal candle holders. With a dab of E-6000, I had a nice set of cake stands!



The materials: 2 platters, 2 candle holders, E-6000 adhesive, masking tape



I used masking tape to find the center of the plain platter (the other one had raised concentric rings on it, which made it easy to find the center).



I put heavy objects on top of them as the adhesive cured.



And then they were ready in time for the bake sale! I forgot to get action shots on the day of the Carnival, so the shots were taken in my classroom.

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Epic Quilted Bedspread (from a beginner) on: January 10, 2016 10:53:28 AM
I went to visit my mom over Christmas break, and I usually pack a bunch of small craft projects to work on. This year, she said, "Don't pack too much!" Turns out, she had a project already in mind...

I give you the Epic Quilted Bedspread!



Back in February, I finished an EPP hexagon dresser pad, and my mom wanted to make a quilt to match. We found a pattern online (at allpeoplequilt.com) called High Light, and it looked pretty simple.

We started it the day after Christmas.

We were able to find the same prints at JoAnn Fabrics (lucky, because I bought the original fabric almost 2 years ago), and some new ones to coordinate.



I got the fabric for the blocks cut in one evening, and spent the next day sewing the blocks together. Then we had to plan the layout of the blocks (loosely based on the layout of the original pattern).



After I stitched them together, and put on the borders according to the pattern, we realized that it wasn't going to work as a bedspread. We didn't account for the depth of the mattress (and it was one of those extra deep mattresses). So, we headed back to the store for more fabric.

And then, we realized that we didn't have enough for the back of the quilt, so we headed back to the store for more fabric. It still wasn't enough to cover the width (the quilt was now big enough to cover the top of a king-sized bed), so I cut a bunch of blocks  from the extra fabric to piece together a 12" wide strip to add to the back.



Then, we used basting spray (another trip to the store) to hold the layers together in preparation for quilting.



This was on Wednesday, and I was going home early Friday morning...

My mom wanted to start machine quilting it, so I set her up at the machine, and sat back to watch (and take a break!). She stitched her first line (we were just going to do squares within the blocks), and very quickly realized that she'd never be able to wrangle all of that fabric to turn the corner of the square.

We decided to tie the quilt (yet another trip to the store).

Thursday morning (New Year's Eve), we started to tie the quilt, and with the 2 of us working, it took a couple of hours. I did a bit of machine stitching on the borders before I trimmed off the excess batting.

Because the clock was ticking (company was coming for New Year's Eve), we decided to fold over the backing fabric and machine stitch it down for the binding. I finished at 6:15 pm and we just had time to put it on the bed and take a photo before the company arrived at 6:30!



It fit the bed perfectly, and looked great in the room. It was a lot of work, and I'm glad we finished it before I left (because I definitely didn't want to work on it when I went back in April!). My mom wants matching pillow shams, but I think she can make those without me! At least, she'd better Smiley
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Lego Block Dishcloth (A Christmas Eve Saga) on: December 28, 2015 04:58:30 PM


For the Craftster Winter Nerd Battles, the December Battle Royale was Lego vs Lincoln Logs. Since I have never owned any Lincoln Logs, I knew I had to go with Legos. But, I had no idea what to make. So, since I knew I'd be traveling to my mom's for Christmas, and my step-dad has been the happy recipient of many of my crocheted dishcloths, I figured I'd pack the supplies to make it while I was there.

It turned out to be a good thing that I had packed a few craft projects in my carry-on...

Shortly after the airport shuttle picked me up, I discovered that, due to a huge storm in Atlanta, my flight out of Boston was delayed... and delayed again... and again... and again. When I got to the airport, I learned that by the time I got to Atlanta, I would have missed my connecting flight, and no additional flights were available for at least 2 days on this particular airline.

I was offered a full refund on my trip, which I took, but then had no flight until my mom, frantically working away on the computer down in FL, found me a flight. Whew!

But, it didn't leave for 7 more hours...

So, into the travel craft stash I went!



Note the lovely airport carpet...

I crocheted up 3 Lego blocks using a pattern I found on allfreecrochet.com.



They were smaller than I expected, which worked well for a dishcloth.

I edged them in green then I got too tired to think any further about how to join them.



Ideally, I would have made up a couple of smaller Lego blocks (perhaps a 2 X 2 brick and a 1 X 1 brick), but my brain just couldn't deal with figuring out the pattern modifications (which would have been fairly simple under normal circumstances).

Instead, I just joined the blue and red blocks together with single crochet, and then I stitched them to the yellow block. I filled in the extra space beside the yellow block with some rows of green (the green represents a green Lego base plate), then crocheted around the edge for a border. Nothing fancy.



It's not perfect, but it gets the job done! And, my step-dad was happy. And, I made it to FL late Christmas Eve (it turned into Christmas Day on the way home from the airport), so there was holiday happiness all around!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Frog Beanie on: December 13, 2015 11:23:31 AM
I've been making hats to donate to the "closet" at the school where I work. It's a place for the needy/homeless kids to pick out clothing items for themselves. Middle school kids are just goofy enough to wear a frog beanie, so I used this pattern to make one. The original has glue-on googly eyes, but I wanted to make sure it was washable, so I crocheted the eyes instead.

I had the basic beanie made in no time!



And then, I had to make the parts for the eyes.



The part that took me the longest (I don't really like to stitch bits of crochet together, for some reason) was finishing the eyes and attaching them to the hat. But, I finally attached them to the hat this morning.



Whew! Now, I hope one of the kids likes it as much as I do Smiley
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