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51  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / terrible tutorial for quilt block swap 3 on: February 05, 2013 02:41:22 PM
mods... if this is absolutely the wrong place for this.  please let me know.  

those who need it will come looking for it. If you wanna make this
try this

so this is how i came up with the block i saw on the internet.  its kinda like making a quarter log cabin, then turning on point, hacking off the triangles and adding plain ones back on.

be gentle ...
ive never done this before Smiley

materials per block
8- 2.5 strips 4.5 up to 12.5 long.  
1- 4.5x4.5 square background.
1- 9 square cut diagonally into 2 triangles.

1-sew strip to square, iron

2-add second strip, iron

see where this is going?

3-keep adding strips- four per side for a total of eight.

(i kinda trim off extra long bits as i go.  its not very square )

4- line up corner along a line on cutting board
5- using 45 degree line on your ruler line up vertically along the top of the white square. ( that makes no sense?)

6-cut along that line. repeat on the other side
7- the strip should now be 6 wide

8- take background triangles and line up along cut strip, leave wee ears over the ends
9- sew both sides and iron and have a drink!

if when you measure to square up you are slightly off because you are a terrible quilter and dont pay any attention to consistent seam allowances.

DO not worry.  

within reason of course. Cheesy
52  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The quilt that did NOT want to be made. on: December 27, 2012 08:14:10 PM
Or the effing boston bruins.

This one was hard to make. I'm a Habs fan. The bruins are like the mortal enemy. But fir xmas i decided to make the future bil a quilt.  Not an easy peasy simple squares with printed bruins fabric on it tho. Nooo. Too simple. (and the nhl hasn't really caught on to licencing yet)

I dont even have a finished pic of this one as i sewed the binding and washed it on the 24th and dried and snipped the last few threads on the 25th on my way out the door.

When i get a good pic. I will update. But for now.

This quilt killed my cutting board, almost gave me stitches, and sent my sewing machine to the doctor twice, it was bled on and the cat barfed on it all while being made. I sure hope the love he feels for it can overcome the chaos that went into its creation.
53  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Snow+vinegar+kool aid= awesome! on: December 27, 2012 07:59:51 PM
It snowed in southern Ontario yesterday. So what else is a girl to do after cleaning her craft room than to grab a couple of silk scarves, a handful of koolaid and a bucket of snow.

This was way easier and way less messy than some other attempts at dyeing. Close ups. Cheesy
this was pina-pineapple, ghoul aid scary blackberry and iceblue lemonade.

This one is black cherry, cherry and berry blue

After i added the dye to the snow pack i sprinkled just a bit of grape over both.  I loved this project.

And now i have to go. Im sure i need more scarves to play with. Smiley
54  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Seeing stars. on: December 03, 2012 07:27:30 PM
For the HoHoHo swap the theme i selected to craft for my partner was stars.

I decided to learn how to paper piece. And i wanted to sort of make it abstractly scrappy colour blocky. Most of the stars are done in star fabric.  I was trying for a christmassy look that you could leave out all year round. Wink

This is the picture my partner fancybutch took. My completed one seems to be missing.
(thumbs up cat approved)
Heres a close up.

And it laid on the dining room floor like this.
for almost a week.  Hubs and i would walk past. Stare at it. Move a piece here. Move a piece there. Walk away and rearrange again.

The grey scale colour blocking really had to grow on me.  I wasnt sure. But bybthe time it was time to mail.  I love it.
55  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / you can almost hear the 8 bit sound... on: November 07, 2012 07:05:47 AM
my summer time labour of love. this was made for the end of Summer Random swap. And i almost didnt let it go. Tongue

it was intended to be a lap size quilt.  sadly tho.  math is hard. and it KEPT GROWING! Smiley my kiddo is standing on a chair to hold it up.

the colours ombred according to my partners wedding colours. i really love this quilt and will likely.  once the memory is less fresh. make more. i have friends lined up for one. Cheesy
56  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / if only the Doctor would come.... on: November 07, 2012 07:00:45 AM
i made this for the End of Summer Random swap.

and when i posted it to my non crafty friends i had a hugely positive response.  guess what almost everyone is getting for Christmas. Cheesy

but seriously, i wouldnt mind if Nine, Ten or Eleven showed up to take me for a spin...
57  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / yes, another baby quilt. on: August 04, 2011 10:34:02 AM
this year something got into the water supply at hubbys work. it feels like every other week hes sending me a BBM. hey i need a boy/girl quilt . so and so (who i have never and likely will never meet) had a baby boy/girl yesterday

this one is the latest.  and i was able to use hockey flannel on the back!  Cheesy  sort of a mom side/dad side...

oh d9p.  how i love you~ you look so complicated but are so simple!

58  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / warning, warning on: July 10, 2011 08:24:16 AM
for the hoopla round 5 i created this hoop for my partners hubby.

she asked for something related to this robot from the movie forbidden planet. i sketched out a few (failed) ideas then bounced on the idea of embellishing a print out. ( i will freezer paper print on fabric all the time now.  what a great way to transfer details)
i lost track of the number of greys, whites and blacks i used.

my hubs decided it needed something a bit more and dug about in his electronics stash and whipped up a light/battery/switch combo.  if i hadnt been fighting the timeline imposed by the canada post mail strike i would have pushed for sounds too.  Wink
59  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / after 11 years... The tardis on: April 20, 2011 05:25:49 AM
i broke out my glass crafting equipment.  i needed to come up with something Awesome for the be Awesome again swap...

my partner and i share an admiration for Dr Who and what is more iconic than the tardis.

i made a small simple panel to fit inside a shadowbox.  hubby helped out with this one by making the electronics and programming the chip for the light effect.  the soldering isnt perfect.  but i did electrocute myself when i realized my soldering iron has a fray in the wire Wink (part of the reason the last few lines werent smoothed over better)
its hard to take pictures of glass behind glass.  Smiley
one minute or so video of the light working away.
60  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / question for organizers. on: April 04, 2011 08:27:59 AM
for all of you lovely women who organize swaps i have a question.

would you rather have someone sign up for international shipping  (even knowing some countries are notoriously awful and slow, im looking at you canada post) or sign up limited to within their own country?

i can only assume that a lot of people only want to ship within their own country (and that can be difficult if you have a limited number of international shippers)  but a long ship time keeps the swap open a long time.  seems both options have downsides but what is your opinion?

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