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1  Re: Mystery Quilt for Sick Child in Crafty Charitable/Social Causes by astamour on: October 10, 2012 08:56:04 PM
I hope this isn't a spoiler - I haven't started sewing yet, but I didn't take a photo of my fabric in it's uncut state.  I decided to go with some hand-me-down's from my grandma's stash (is it still a stash if it takes up half the house, or is there another designation?)  Anyway, I have to stay out of the fabric store and thought it would be interesting to use these more traditional prints.
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2  Rock Concert t-shirt quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by astamour on: January 14, 2012 06:20:44 PM

Here's my own take on the t-shirt quilt.  It was my first t shirt quilt, requested by my bf as a way to preserve his old Rush concert tees.  Since the designs on the shirts varied in size, I decided to use each a a piece with borders to get a uniform size.  I used regular quilting cotton in-between.  To maintain a uniform sturdiness, I backed each t shirt piece with muslin, using applique sheets.  Then I cut a border for each t shirt piece with the alternating fabric.  I enlarged an image of the logo to use as an applique at the top of the quilt.


This was my first attempt making and attaching a binding.  (I usually just cut the backing fabric large and fold it over the top)  I found this tutorial to be very helpful: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZR6ls_IsIo
My corners didn't turn out perfect, but not bad either for the first time.  It was also the first time I made a label for a quilt. 

As an added bonus, I no longer have to look at 20 year old t shirts hanging forlornly in a closet!
And as a bonus, to the reader for reading my whole post, here's a picture of my dog trying it out:



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3  Re: Mug Rug Swap R2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by astamour on: October 28, 2011 04:14:31 PM
Look at this beautiful mug rug I received from Waterbaby!!  Thank you so much for the wonderful piece that you sent!.


I think this picture shows some of what I think must be hand-embroidered:

And the flip side which appeals to the Halloween lover in me:
(It looks like it is hand-stamped??) 

I also received a few packets of Trader Joe's tea - this is really exciting too, because we don't have a TJ any where near my home!

Thanks Waterbaby for a great package, and for being a great partner in my first swap!!!
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4  blue and yellow baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by astamour on: August 30, 2011 06:22:43 PM
Here's the second quilt I made using the "city view"
 pattern from Connecting Threads.
This one was for my friend who chose not to find out the sex of her baby.  (Turned out to be a boy - I'm a good guesser!) 



The first time I used this pattern, the scrappy back came out quite a bit larger than the front.  This time I designed by own back.  It is stuffed with recycled comforter filling which makes it VERY fluffy.

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5  Zombie Movie t's in Screen Printing: Completed Projects by astamour on: September 21, 2009 05:18:14 PM
I'm just learning to silkscreen.  I used screen drawing fluid and filler because I'm not fancy enough yet to use photosensitive emulsion.  However, I did take a risk and tried out a two color design.
These shirts were made to celebrate my friend's movie being accepted intot he Summer Tromadance film festival

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6  Dia de los Muertos yard angel in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by astamour on: June 23, 2009 07:24:21 AM
Inspired by a tutorial on The Anticraft, I finally figured out what to do with a resin yard angel that my grandma gave me:



She's about 18" tall.  I wanted to paint bones on her wings too, but there are a lot of "feathers" so the surface was too rough.
I still have to decide what to put in her hands.  She's supposed to have a little gazing ball, but I might make a tiny earth, or maybe a small potted herb.

Here's the original craft:
http://www.theanticraft.com/archive/samhain08/dollarstoredeath.htm
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7  Tattooed Baby Onesies in Needlework: Completed Projects by astamour on: March 01, 2009 08:37:35 AM
My brother's best friend is a tattoo artist.  He and his wife are covered in ink, so I figured it way only right for their new baby to have some tattoos too.

A close up of "Mom" It's not really legible, becasue I made it too small (it was the first one)

The star is similar to one Dad has.

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8  Yoga Mat Bags in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by astamour on: December 21, 2008 12:40:26 PM
I made these two yoga mat bags.  The free pattern was very easy to follow.  The Dia de los Muertos bag does not have a pocket.  The purple one does.  I also made the purple one a little bit longer than the pattern says.  I found that the first one was just about 1/2 inch too short.


Now I don't have to carry a naked mat!

Here's a link to the pattern
http://www.amybutlerdesign.com/pdfs/NigellaYogaBag.pdf
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9  gender-neutral baby quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by astamour on: December 21, 2008 12:31:01 PM
A good friend of mine is expecting, but isn't going to find out the baby's sex (at least not until it's born)  But being impatient, I wanted to get started on a gift.  Inspired by the brown quilt here:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=265757.0.  I decided to use a similar color sceme.
Front:
Back:

Here's the pattern http://www.connectingthreads.com/patterns/city-view-pattern_PD991401.html

I used recycled comforter filling as batting.  This made it WAY to thick to machine quilt, so I tied it instead using 6 strands of embroidery floss.  It got very puffy, which I think is kind of nice.  It also got kind of puckery when I washed it, which is not very nice.  
I was a little disappointed that I did not read all of the directions before beginning.  Based on the back pieces, the quilt should have been about 6 inches longer and wider.  But the front ends up being that much smaller.  I folded the edges of the back over instead of using separate binding.  If I had been more observant in the beginning, I would have made the top bigger.
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10  Vermicomposting Bin (Worm Bin) in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by astamour on: December 21, 2008 12:16:51 PM
I started out making one vermicomposting bin for my office's charity auction.  I made another for our break room.  


The worm bin craze is catching on among my office mates and so far eight of these bins have found good homes.  Worm composting is a great way to manage your food scraps indoors, especially in colder climates like mine where the outdoor compost pile isn't active during the winter months.

This particular bin is an 18 gallon storage tub with added ventilation tube and screened vent holes.  It will process about 2 pounds of food per week into compost.

Thanks for the nice comments.

NerdyCrochetGal : Commercial worm bins can cost about as much as an outdoor composter.  I took a plastic storage bin (It seems like Kmart has the least expensive ones where I live - well, I haven't checked at the other -mart b/c I don't go there)  There are a few books on vermicomposting that you can check out and also a lot of online resources.  I read "Worms Eat My Garbage" my Mary Appelhof (sp?)  and checked a bunch of web sites.  The site www.vermicomposters.com is a community site full of composters willing to give good advice.  (They also have a pretty cool map where you can add the location of your wom bin)

ANYWAY,    (1) get your storage bin.  18 gallons is a good size, but if you want it to live under your counter, you might want a 12 gallon.

2.  cut some lenghts of 3/4" PVC (for water or conduit, doesn't matter), and drill holes in the bin so the pvc will fit through.  Push the lengths through and drill smalled holes in the PVC.  This provides ventilation inside the compost.  Try to space them out so you will have equal ventilation.  Ex: divide the length of your bin by four, place the pvc that distance from each end.

3.  Drill a few more big holes in the lid.  This will ventilate the air space above the compost.  Another style I made had a ridged lid so I put these holes near the top, but on the side of the bin.

4.  Cut regular window screen to fit over the PVC opening and the lid vents.  Hot glue the sreen over the holes.  You need the screen to keep fruit flies out of your bin. 

5.  Check for other holes that may have already existed on your bin.  Sometimes there are small holes in the handles.  Seal those up with hot clue, duct tape, etc.

That's how I made my bin.  There are many other styles, I've even seen pictures of some worm bags made out of fleece on a frame.  Once you have your bin you can order your worms and get composting.  Have fun!
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