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1  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by waggonswest on: October 03, 2014 08:56:37 PM
Picture dump.  Sorry, some of these photos are fuzzy.  I was trying to get pictures at the show with my phone and it just wasn't working.

These are Yetis.  Boy blacksmith is in Nepal building a brewery and unable to attend the event so it seems only fitting that there be yetis and prayer flags.  The yeti design is from Urban Threads.

Chickens and other stuffies.  The little rodent snuck in, he was not supposed to be in the sale but I didn't notice until I got home.  I'll have to pull him tomorrow.  The face on the star is UT.  The face on the blue man is one I digitized.  The patterns are mine.  These are prototypes.  You can't really see the turkey on the right but he is an old project and you've probably already seen him.

I shouldn't include this picture but it is the only one I have that shows the frame full of badges and the rack of sunpainted shirts.  The shirts are not new projects and don't count toward my fifty.  The badges, well there are hundreds of them. 

The wine bottle cozy is a last minute project.  I love the ruler ribbon on them but if they don't like it, it is just a quick snip and they can substitute their own.  These are made from blue jeans.  There is one old and one new pumpkin in the picture.  I made at least a dozen of various sizes this year.  To the right of the wine are a couple of the prayer flags.  I made a few samples and whole bunch of DIY kits.  The lower left show some of the coffee cup cozies I made.  Again, primarily out of old blue jeans.

Hedgehogs, zombies and stars.  The first two are UT patterns intended to be stuffies, but I decided to make them into flatties with ribbons to hang.  More efficient for me that way and I am sick of stuffing from all of the chickens!  The stars are made from.... wait for it.... old blue jeans.  That is a pattern I digitized.    The little orange thing is a creeper printed by boy blacksmith on his 3D printer.  There was a group there doing full body scans and 3D prints. People were making their own mini-mes!

This last picture is the worst of the lot but it is the only one that shows the magic bags and earrings.  I made about 80 pairs of Free Standing Lace earrings using designs from Sonya Showalter (an awesome designer!).  I know you can't see a thing but there are shamrocks, treble clefs, pumpkins, skelatons, spiderwebs, butterflies, dragon flies and cardinals. (it is October in StL after all.)  You can also see the peek-a-boo pals.  Another project I drew and digitized myself.  And another project made out of old blue jeans. 

I didn't get any pictures of the lanyards, market bags, string backpacks or karate kid headbands.  I'll try to do that when I get back tomorrow.  I didn't take candles or soap so no pictures of those either.  I think I blew past 100 projects awhile ago but who is counting anymore.

Two more shows and then maybe I can get back to quilting.  Whew! 
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2  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by waggonswest on: October 02, 2014 02:17:22 PM
You all have been busy!  Amazing progress on your quilting Kook.  AW some great stuff.  Love the bag Mare.  Everyone else fantastic.  

One wee project for me.  

I was never ever ever going to do hexies.  But then I was drawn to the dark side.  The real problem with such a tiny project is that it makes the whole process seem doable.  Must. Resist. Starting a new project.
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3  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by waggonswest on: October 01, 2014 03:09:20 PM
Whoa Always.  That is a pile of loot.  I need to invite you to dance some day!

Was taking inventory and thought I'd share a few things on the list.  I don't have pictures.  Will try to get some at the this weekend. 

24 Med Chickens
28 Sm Chickens
4 Yeti
12 Coffee Cozies
9 Lanyards
4 Key Chains
5 Random denim bags and pouches
12 Embroidered (and digitized) Karate Kid style headbands
15 String Back Packs
9 Market Bags
7 Hedgehogs
12 Stars
6 Zombies
36 Soy Wax Candles
8 Different Batches of Soap
6 Random Bags and Book Covers made from Grain Bags
And badges up the wazoo!

Oh and one pretty little EPP pincushion just for me!

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4  Microbrewery Grain Bag Messenger Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by waggonswest on: August 30, 2014 06:51:22 PM

Members of my family run a couple microbreweries.  They sent me a box full of grain bags.  I am upcycling them into bags and things.  This is a prototype for a messenger bag. 

I need to mess with the proportions a bit but I do like how the round flap came out.  It currently doesn't have a closure.  Does it need one?  Magnetic? Button?  Velcro?  Suggestions please.

More pics on my blog.  http://twasbrilligand.blogspot.com/2014/08/prototype.html 
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5  Scalloped Border Lunacy! in Quilting: Completed Projects by waggonswest on: June 26, 2014 07:17:31 PM

It is finished!  This was a charm pack stashed away and awaiting a project.  Once I stitched it together it wanted a scalloped border. 

That, of course meant figuring out some sort of quilting pattern to fill said scallops that wouldn't push me beyond my FMQ skills. 

It turned out better than I'd hoped.  I certainly learned a lot on this one.

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6  Re: 14 Quilt Projects in 2014 Quilt Along! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by waggonswest on: June 16, 2014 03:59:04 PM
Calling it quits on this WIP.  Four years is long enough. 

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7  Converging Butterflies in Quilting: Completed Projects by waggonswest on: June 16, 2014 03:55:04 PM
I know that technically this one isn't done but my part is and I have been dragging it around on my WIP lists for YEARS.  I'm ready to let it go.

It is all finished except for the binding and tying off the quilting threads.  My DH is going to do that.  He is the one who figured out this quilt and cut out all the pieces.  Then we stared at the design wall for a couple hours trying to figure out how to put them together. 

This is one of the earliest quilt tops I finished in my 'modern' most recent, latest period of quilting.  (We made quilts when the spuds were small but they were hurry up and git 'er done projects.  I wasn't working on technique.  Everything was tied and not quilted.)  After I finished this top, I had no idea how to quilt it.  I knew it needed more than stitch in the ditch. 

I finally figured out that I could use my embroidery machine to do the quilting.  Today I put the binding on.  It will soon me out of my hands and I am counting it as a finish since my part is finished!!!!

(Just figured out I started in 2010)

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8  Re: Friend of Craftster Raffle Rd 12 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waggonswest on: June 16, 2014 01:26:17 PM


I am so happy!  I won the beautiful doll!  Linakins, I don't know how you could part with two such amazing works of art.  Yes,  I am the greedy one who has two dolls!

This is the best picture I could get of the little misses together.  They were so excited to see each other they wouldn't sit still and their butterflies were trying to launch in the wind.  Aren't they beautiful? 
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9  Re: Friend of Craftster Raffle Rd 12 (SU May 9-June 6;SO June 16/14) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by waggonswest on: June 16, 2014 01:19:37 PM

Something came in the mail today.  And I recognize the address!
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10  I wanna be a brick wall - button down shirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by waggonswest on: June 12, 2014 08:20:28 PM

A while ago, Spud 3 said he wanted to be a brick wall for Halloween. It was the night before the party. I didn't have anything that even vaguely looked like bricks.  I put it on hold.  He found a fedora and a trench coat.  Not sure what he was but he was happy.

Spud 3 is know as the Kid in the Hawaiian shirts.  Has worn them almost exclusively since he was about 3.  Fortunately he has relatives who travel and always has a supply of authentic ones.  

What does that have to do with a brick wall?  Well, nothing much except for the fact that Hawaiian shirts are pretty easy to construct.  And, once I finally found some brick fabric... well, it was a done deal.  Sort of.  

Bricks are like plaid.  They look better if they match.  Kid didn't say he wanted to be a quake devastated wall.  

So the fabric languished.  Until my mom showed up.  She is a seamstress.  An amazingly talented woman.  She knows matching!  She placed the pattern pieces and cut them out so that the bricks lined up PERFECTLY!  Even the bricks on the sleeves line up.  It is a magical talent as far as I'm concerned.  

It took a bit more time for me to get up the nerve to attempt to put together the perfectly cut fabric.  I made it most of the way and then stalled out when I boofed the collar.  

A short while ago, I told the spud I was finally going to quilt his quilt.  He said "finish my shirt first".  So... ta da!  A brick wall Hawaiian shirt!  AND it fits.  AND get a load of how those bricks line up.  Thanks MOM!

Have to say this was easier than the ren faire costume for Spud 1 or the still to be figured out dragon sweatshirt for Spud 2.  They don't make it easy on me!
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