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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Mini Art Quilt Swap Round 8 on: February 17, 2015 11:22:27 PM
Hey peeps!

Who is ready for another round of the Mini Art Quilt Swap? In this swap, you send a mini quilt to a partner (no extras needed). The quilt should be between 12" x 12" and 24" x 24" and any shape that fits within those parameters is ok (a 15 inch square, an 18 x 24 inch rectangle, a 16 inch circle would all work). In this swap we give our partners a list of 5-10 themes that we would like our mini quilts to be made out of and a few other ideas as far as favorite colors, etc.

Here is the link to Round 7 and a few links from previous galleries:

Mini Art Quilt Swap 4 Gallery
Mini Art Quilt Swap 5 Gallery
Mini Art Quilt Swap 6 Gallery
Mini Art Quilt Swap 7 Gallery


My tentative plan is to have sign-ups begin on Tuesday, March 3rd, have them run for about a week and then have a 5 week crafting time. How does that sound? Or, if we wanted it to be sooner the only other option for sign-ups would be to start immediately and close next wednesday Feb 25th. I'm organizing a quilting retreat for 30 people at the end of next  week so I have to plan around that!  Let me know which sounds better!



Mini Quilt by waggonswest for MareMare in Round 7
2  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My Boxcar Tote~Aqua/Coral/Navy/Red on: January 28, 2015 03:45:13 PM
A couple weeks ago I won a sewing class to local shop Modern Domestic. The class was for the Boxcar Tote by Alexia Abegg. I haven't made a ton of bags in the last couple years so I was super stoked! After spending way too long picking out fabric from my stash, I narrowed it down to about 8 fabrics. I only needed 6, so I did some creative swapping with the pattern pieces.

I'm really happy with how it turned out and will definitely make it again! I added a long strap, I like a shoulder strap and the pattern only calls for the small handles. The only thing I don't like is that I used the right kind of interfacing for most of the bag, but a slightly lighter interfacing on the large lining pieces, so the whole thing is just a touch saggier than I like. Lesson learned!









I added a magnetic snap to one of the outer pockets, and divided the other outer pocket into two. (all of the things I changed here were suggested by the teacher! I likes these changes and would do them next time as well)



Inside the bag I divided the inner pocket off-center so the smaller section would easily hold my phone.





For the fabrics I used Cotton + Steel, Kate and Birdie, RK Essex Linen in Steel, the alphabet print is Baby Jane, the scissors print is Half Moon Modern, and the main print is from the Handmade line by Macrina Busato. The blue binding is Squared Elements and I have no idea what the tiny aqua dot binding is. Maybe from Joann.

I used another print from the Handmade line a while back on a project for kittykill! It's such a cute line, I wish it had received more attention.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=433181.0
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Heart and Dump Truck Quilted Pillows on: January 28, 2015 03:27:37 PM
Every Christmas I help my nephews make something for their mamas. This year I decided we'd do pillows. My younger nephews' mom and grandma both drive dump trucks, so when I got this awesome Busy City paper piecing pattern I knew that would be great! The boys picked out the colors and fabrics and I think they did a great job! The 6.5 year old picked out the pinks for his mom (she does love pink!) and the 9 year old picked some cute ones for his grandma.







For my oldest nephew's mom I decided on a simple heart pattern that I just quickly sketched out. Again, he picked out all the fabrics. After I pieced and quilted each pillow, the boys got to use the sewing machine! I did a simple flap style backing with some cute winter themed fabric, used my new-to-me embroidery machine to create a label right on the back, and let the boys stitch them up! I had fun playing with some of the decorative stitches on the new machine as well, very fun for quilting!



Before stitching into pillow top



Proud boy and happy mama!

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Star Trek TNG for the BF on: January 10, 2015 12:06:24 PM
So I was making this cross stitch for my boyfriend's birthday...in August. Even though I finished the cross stitch in time for his birthday, it took me until Christmas to finish the back and get it in the hoop frame. I actually found this oval frame in my stash and it was the perfect size! I think I had picked it up at the second hand store. This pattern is from Wee Little Stitches.

I really hope they make another one for the original Star Trek series!
Edit: I sent a message to the designer asking if she was planning an original Star Trek and she already had one! It's in her Craftsy shop but not her Etsy shop, where I was looking. Yay!





He likes it and it is decorating his cubicle at work.

edit: here's a close-up Matt sent




And some in progress pics:



Worked on it at the park a lot!




5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / FOC Second Chance Swap Wishlist Swap 2015: LISTS THAT HAVE BEEN CHOSEN on: January 07, 2015 04:21:40 PM
Moderator Comment These are the wishlists of FOCs that have already been chosen. DO NOT choose from this thread! If you are interested in redeeming negative feedback, go to the active swap lists here.



MareMares List

Likes: Turquoise and gray, lime green, funny grammar sayings
Dislikes: Hot pink and black together, wool (allergic), jewelry (skin issues)

Anything off of my Pinterest board Crafted Items you can make for me," and really, "Crafts I want to make" is fair game too since I clearly haven't gotten around to making them

http://www.pinterest.com/soapsbymaremare/

Here is an idea of fabric I like:
http://www.pinterest.com/soapsbymaremare/fabric/

Also, my favorite fabric designers are Laura Gunn, Kate and Birdie, Patty Young, Sweetwater, Violet Craft, Mo Bedell, Bonnie and Camille, V and Co., and Bonnie Christine for an idea of my style.

Large:
--big fluffy knit cowl in a neutral like cream or gray or in a bright color like aqua or pink
Just one idea for pattern:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/236931630371936955/

--Knit gloves/fingerless gloves/mitts. No wool please, any color is great. I have fairly large hands for a chick

--Scarf with chunky yarn. No wool please, a neutral like cream or gray would be great

--Hoopla with an Alice in Wonderland or Little Red Riding Theme. Embroidered, cross stitch, applique, etc.

--Amigurumi for the nephews, animals, ninja turtles, etc

--A pillow cover with crocheted (or knit) flowers, here is an example:
http://www.pinterest.com/pin/236931630367838412/

--Wall art in any medium, I have many examples on my Pinterest
http://www.pinterest.com/soapsbymaremare/


Mediums:
--I love zipper pouches! A couple medium to larger sized ones (at least 7-8 inches wide) would be great

--Sewn potholders that I can use (ie, contains a couple layers of Insulbrite.

--Simple Link or Triforce cross stitch/embroidery (Legend of Zelda)

--Knit or crochet boot cuffs in neutral colors. Probably XL size

--One of these pouches (link to buy pattern on the right of this blog).
http://sotakhandmade.blogspot.com/2015/01/two-in-one-pouches.html
Or just the pattern so I can make it

--Place mats or a table runner


Smalls:
--Crayon or marker pouches for my nephews, they like blue, green, orange, super heroes, ninja turtles, animals

--Any craft kit type items for kids

--Corner style bookmarks with fun decorations for the nephews
https://www.google.com/search?q=corner+bookmarks&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=7sitVPi8IoXkoATXqoKwCQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1525&bih=702&dpr=0.9

--Crocheted Motifs to add to my collection. Neutrals and jewel tones please.

--Small bird houses, plaques, other wooden items my nephews can paint

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / 15 Quilt Projects in 2015 on: January 02, 2015 11:11:37 PM
Welcome to the 2015 Quilt Along! Please join on in as we work on various quilting projects this year. The point of this Quilt Along is to motivate ourselves and others to work on their projects and provide a space to discuss projects during and after their completion.

To join our Quilt Along, please post a list of the 15 quilt projects you will be working on this year. It's ok if you have more or less than 15, but we're shooting for 15(ish). Feel free to join any time throughout the year! Projects may be large or small, full sized quilts, baby quilts, quilted mug rugs, wall hangings, whatever you are working on this year!

I'll keep track with links in the second post of people's lists. When you post a project on Craftster from your list, strike it out and be sure to share a pic with us of the finished project, or post a link to where you posted it on Craftster!

2011 QuiltAlong Thread
2012 QuiltAlong Thread
2013 QuiltAlong Thread
2014 QuiltAlong Thread



Quilt above by waggonswest in the 2014 QuiltAlong
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Avant Garden On the Go Bag on: September 23, 2014 05:26:50 PM
At this summer's Quilt Knit Stitch show, I was introduced to Patterns by Annie, a very cool pattern company and the makers of Soft and Stable, which is a kind of foam/batting hybrid to give structure to bags. I ended up buying the Patterns, Soft and Stable, and Hardware for two different patterns. This is the smaller of the two I bought patterns for, the On the Go bag.

I love having a smaller purse when I travel (my everyday purse is huge) so my goal was to finish this before I went on vacation. Mission accomplished! I hadn't done much purse sewing in a while, but my good friend klum78 is an amazing bag maker and teacher and she said she'd help, so I figured I could figure it out with her help!



I used some of my birthday fabric from one of my favorite designers--Avant Garden by Momo and the purple linen Mochi dot binding is also by Momo. After cutting out the main pieces of the bag, you sandwich the Soft and Stable between the front fabric and the back fabric and then quilt that, then you cut more pieces from that. Very cool way to get your quilted fabric in!

The front flap has a zippered pocket with slots inside, as well as a vinyl pocket.


Slots inside the front flap zipper


A slip pocket on the back


Another vinyl pocket when you lift the flap up


Inside of flap


Credit card slots inside main body of bag (inside zipper)


Overall this pattern was really well written and although some of the pieces were difficult to bind because of going through so many thicknesses of Soft and Stable + fabric, I am pretty pleased with my results!

I'm excited to work on the next pattern and kit I have from Patterns by Annie--Mini Organizer. I'm going to try to adjust it to add an additional zipper across the top of the bag, I like my bags securely closed!

8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 102 ENTRIES / Sloth Sock Monkey on: September 05, 2014 03:35:42 PM
Sooo I made this so-ugly-he's-cute Sloth for the Goonies Never Say Die Swap 6 years ago!




Poor Sloth's lumpy face and head is particularly good for making into a sock monkey, because they can be difficult to stuff evenly. No worries here, lumpy is good!  I used some mismatched buttons for his eyes, fun fur for his hair, felt for his mouth, and bias tape for suspenders.  I'm kind of horrified now about how bad the candy bar and the t-shirt are, but hey, this was 6 years ago and my partner seemed to like it!

A couple pics from my partner craft_princess



9  COOKING / Dessert / Double Dark Chocolate Zucchini Cake on: August 22, 2014 10:32:30 PM
I don't often make cake from scratch because it always seems to turn out dry, but when I came across this recipe a few hours before my annual quilt guild picnic meeting, I decided to go for it!

http://mybakerlady.com/2014/08/21/moms-chocolate-zucchini-cake-perfection/

I  used a smaller pan than the recipe called for, so I also baked some of the batter in a couple ramekins. I omitted cloves because I don't like them, added 1/2 teaspoon salt, and used special dark chocolate cocoa powder (6 T because it seemed like a lot of sugar, and more chocolate = more better) instead of 4 T of regular cocoa powder, double the vanilla, and 60% dark chocolate chips on top. And I added walnuts to the batter as well as the top. I love nuts Cheesy



It turned out really well, kind of in between a cake and brownies! The zucchini absolutely melts away and you can't even find it in the baked cake. Next time I make this I would up the vanilla even more and leave out the cinnamon.

I think I'm sold on zucchini to make a nice, moist cake! Oh, and it was a hit at my picnic!

10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 101 ENTRIES / NICU Wonky Crosses from Stash on: August 08, 2014 08:50:53 PM
I love quilting from stash! After hearing about this challenge and a new charity request my quilt guild received, I was trying to think up what to do. I'd had a discussion with some friends about "low volume"* quilting and what it means to different people and how it's different from pastels. With those thoughts rolling around in my head, I approached a bag of pastel fabrics a friend gave me several months ago when she was cleaning out her craft room. I cut some strips of some of my favorite low volume fabrics, and got to work making wonky crosses.



After making the blocks using a simple slash and insert method, I stitched them together and bordered it out with my current favorite Kona Solid--Shadow. It's a newer one and I love it so much more than Kona Ash, which can just lean so yellow/brown. Before this one I feel like there wasn't a good Kona in light gray. I'm basically in love Cheesy



Some simple diagonal straight line quilting and a binding in a cute blue and yellow plaid finished off my little gender neutral quilt! I couldn't get a good pic of the back, but it is just
 a solid backing in a yellow similar to the print I used on the front.



*Everyone does have their own definition of what low volume means to them, but I was talking to a friend the other day and I thought she put it really well. She considers low volume to be a pale (white, cream, light gray) background with a print that covers 20% or less of the area.  In general I use a lot of word prints, white on white, etc. A couple low volume but color containing, low volume prints I really like and use are these:

Riley Blake Red Riding Hood Mushrooms

Lotta Jansdottor Tipu Birds in Schooner



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