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21  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Fresh Cut Soap - YUM! on: June 30, 2011 05:27:10 AM
Looks beautiful! What did you use for the colorant?

I used FDC green 5

thanks for the compliment Smiley
22  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Fresh Cut Soap - YUM! on: June 29, 2011 05:56:59 PM
I've been itching to soap and have wanted to develop a harder bar as the Boybarian is trying out his growing muscles on my bars and they are becoming twisted lumps of sliminess - EEWW!

Yesterday I needed a break from the sewing dungeon, so I pulled out my soap supplies and made a batch of soap:



It is now freshly cut and sitting on my counter smelling so delightful! I am anxious to try it out to see if it will hold up the the Boybarian!



I swirled the soap, but it was at a fairly thick trace so the swirling isn't as finely detailed as I would have hoped for, but it is pretty Smiley and no one needs to know, right?

C&C welcome Smiley
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Family Quilt-ideas? on: June 29, 2011 09:09:33 AM
somehow you need to keep people from writing in the seam allowance or you might lose some of their wit and wisdom...
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: can't afford to have my quilt finished at the store, need help doing it at home on: June 29, 2011 09:08:07 AM
I like to use gloves with grip for machine quilting on my dsm (domestic sewing machine). You can get Machingers or buy gardening gloves with grip. Make sure they aren't long on your fingers as that tip can get caught up in your quilting (not a good thing!).

some good sites:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/machine-quilting-tips-and-tricks.html
though I prefer to "puddle" or smoosh my quilts under the machine rather than roll them up...rolling them up is a pita

http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/free-video/
I love this quilter's stuff

http://www.generations-quilt-patterns.com/how-to-machine-quilt.html
this one is pretty good for straight line quilting Smiley

JOY
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I'm a Fan of Father's Day (Ties) on: June 25, 2011 02:57:54 PM

I made this quilt from thrifted Men's Ties and Shirts. I also found a length of chambray at the thrift store, so it is thrifted but for thread and batting.

Close up of the blocks.

Working with ties is a whole different ballgame than working with new quilting cottons. They are cut on the bias and every fabric wants to do it's own thing...wrestling them into submission is an art all to itself!


Quilting detail

I quilted it mostly in the ditch, thinking this would empasize the pieces and not detract from the fabrics.

If you like this, consider voting for my quilt on the http://quiltinggallery.com/2011/06/24/vote-now-quilts-for-fathers-2/#comments...they are having a contest...with a Quilts for Fathers theme Smiley and I'd love to be a winner Wink

Thanks for looking (and C&C always accepted!)!
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Appliqued Tree quilt with 3D leaves on: June 10, 2011 01:03:08 PM
great job! The baby should appreciate the texture of the bark and the 3Dness of the leaves Smiley

JOY
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Postcards on: June 02, 2011 05:22:46 PM
I'm very pleased with how these little quilted postcards turned out:



I'm hostessing a swap elsewhere on the internet and the theme is Summer Garden. These are Moonlit Garden and Garden Produce.

I used Angelina Fibers for the moon and it really is shiny Smiley

JOY
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Nobody's Perfect (Even Fabric Designers) on: April 23, 2011 06:07:28 AM
I think it is beautiful.  And that is why there are so many different fabric choices, because everyone likes different things.  Wouldn't life be boring if all we had to choose from was 2 or 3 fabrics!

I so agree with this Smiley This quilt is made up of fun fabrics, though someone found many of them to be obnoxious, I laugh when I come across some of them (they are much nicer cut up SMALL).

JOY
29  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / altering clock HANDS? on: April 21, 2011 06:49:18 AM
I am making a clock and I don't care for the hands...color (gold) or size. I live in the middle of nowhere supplies-wise, so I can't just run out and get other clock kits.

Does anyone know how to adapt the hands to make them different? I know I can change the color easily, but can I do anything else to alter them?

JOY
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Nobody's Perfect (Even Fabric Designers) on: April 15, 2011 01:24:47 PM
This is a scrappy quilt made mostly from fabrics I gathered in Obnoxious Fabric swaps that I host on another site.



It is 76" X 92" and my girls tell me I should call it No Thanks, YOU Take It as they look at it and see all the weird fabrics in it, rather than the nice design that the traditional Arkansas Crossroads blocks make.



The color is off a bit in the full shot, the detail shows the colors more as they are - bright!

JOY
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