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1  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Re: How to add a signature to my profile. on: December 13, 2014 01:41:03 PM
 I just replied to your Help desk ticket, but you have to have made at least 1 post on Craftster before that option will appear to you. Since you created this thread it should be there now!

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: newbie to quilting wanting to find a simple pattern to start me off on: December 08, 2014 05:54:42 AM
I would also recommend a basic 4 patch, basic 9 basic, basic simple patchwork or other very simple block unit, but I wouldn't start you out with cutting charm squares. I think learning how to strip piece and chain piece is much more efficient and good skills to learn. Here is a Disappearing 9 patch  tutorial I wrote using strip piecing (you cut long strips of fabric and sew those together and then cut units, it saves you on lots of time and cutting and sewing to get the same results).


This pattern from Quilts for Kids is a great introduction to a 4 Patch Quilt (Double 4 Patch) and strip piecing. (quilts for Kids is a charity that you can order quilt kits from for the price of shipping that you send back to them when you are done, however the pattern includes all the cutting sizes you need to make the quilt from your own fabrics).


I would recommend reading a few quilting books or blogs to get some basic ideas on rotary cutting and using a 1/4 inch seam.  A rotary cutter, long ruler, and self-healing mat are the best investment when you begin quilting, if you cut accurately you'll set yourself up for success. Have fun!
3  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: CP curing and color changes. on: December 05, 2014 08:24:31 PM
Hot process avoids the gel phase, but it has a completely different texture and feel than CP. Definitely experiment to see what you like best, but I personally much prefer the texture of CP Smiley
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: CP curing and color changes. on: December 05, 2014 09:54:35 AM
Hi Jack!

The center probably looks translucent because it gelled in the center. It's almost impossible to get a loaf mold to be completely non-gelled. For that, you'd want individual bar molds.

Is there a particular reason you didn't want it to gel? Usually that's only a concern when using a super heater like milk, honey, or other unusual liquid where the gelling process may cause burning of the liquid.

Gelling is a normal part of the soap making process and there's nothing wrong with it, and in general I prefer to let the whole loaf gel rather than risk a partial gel like you may have. If it is indeed gelled in the center but not on the outside than it will look pretty much the same as it cures as it does now (the translucence will go away and be darker though).

Soap can change colors during the cure process, but that's usually when there is a fragrance oil (most notably vanilla-containing oils) involved. I would imagine your bars will have a slightly darker center as they cure and remain that way, but there's nothing wrong with them other than aesthetics!

Welcome to the addiction! Smiley
5  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Cornbread Sausage Cranberry Apple Walnut Stuffing on: December 05, 2014 08:06:30 AM
I bought some Cornbread stuffing mix when it was on sale just so I could make this again at some point! Yum!
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Ribbon Quilted Ornament on: December 05, 2014 08:03:55 AM
Ooh I definitely want to try these! Thanks for the video! Cheesy
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Washi Tape Fairy Bird House on: December 05, 2014 08:03:25 AM
These are so sweet! Must not show nephews or I'll have to buy them more birdhouses to decorate!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Christmas Gnomes Tea Towels on: December 05, 2014 08:02:53 AM
Oh I love the little gnomies!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Wonder Woman Cross Stitch on: December 05, 2014 08:00:51 AM
That's a good point! I've been around you lots of times, and on NONE of those occasions did Wonder Woman walk into the room!  Shocked

Super cute!
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Felt Christmas Stocking on: December 05, 2014 07:59:55 AM
This is so cool! Love the ornaments!
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