I got really excited about this, and finally made some progress (other than being a crazy fabric seeker) over the past week.
My seam ripper and I are on a first name basis - I removed all of those black flannel strips and everything else so I can deal with the strips of blocks more easily.
There's half of the quilt strips.
The other half each had a random 4-square block that had issues. So I removed them, straightened them, stitched them back together, and shot the seams with Fray Check. It looks like the prior quilter hadn't heard of cutting things straight (or properly to size), nor did they ever touch an iron. My repaired blocks look like they are supposed to, with seams that were opened before the next pass. Not so much for the others.
The strips in need of repair.
I slacked off for two weeks straight, since it has been way too hot to run an iron inside (no AC and high 80s). Imagine that- Alaska being hot...
Tonight I got a lot further. Blocks are repaired and reattached to strips. They are all ironed properly too. I did a layout on my bed, and labeled which strip I want where before hanging them up to prevent wrinkles. I also drew a layout so I figured out how large I will make and what I'm doing for a boarder on the front.
I also chose which fabrics are going to be my additional blocks! I'm adding one block on each side of the existing strips. The patterns on the quilt as is seem to be general ocean themed stuff. My new fabric has more of a coastal Alaska/Bearing Sea look. Kind of fitting, since I moved from the East Coast up here.
Finally I got those fabrics ironed tonight so I can cut my new block bits tomorrow. (It got late, but I'm so pumped about it I had to gush!)
I'll mess with pictures tomorrow. It's going to be SO cool!!!
And I think I have the start of a rudimentary plan for the back. I have some large panel fabric and a large print that might make it somewhat of a reversible quilt.
Audania1- I love the yarn bowl! Great idea! Did you use a tile/glass bit to make the holes or a regular one? I've always been afraid of totally shattering a ceramic bowl to do something like that with it. Very handy. I love the idea of using clear nail polish to cover the rough spots. I never would have thought of that- the first thing that came to mind for me was some of that tool plasti-dip stuff that you can use to make regular pliers into soft jaw pliers.
Molly Merula- I keep looking back at your buttermint post. I can totally understand why they vanished all ready! They just sound so great! I can't wait to see what you make next.
Since it's Advanced Studies Friday, here's the update on my quilt reconstruction.
All of the good strips that didn't need any repair on their seams.
There are the strips that needed some block repair. I took them apart, evened out the blocks, used some of the fray check stuff on the edges, and made the first stitches to put them together. Unfortunately until today it was too hot to break out the iron, so I had a standstill for a little bit.
I'm ironing today since it cooled off and rained! Then I can get them completely back together and start cutting some of my brand new squares to enlarge the quilt a bit. I might end up completing my OWL a little later than planned, thanks to it being too hot to iron when needed! I guess we have another week to sweat, as it's predicted to be in the 90s. Yuck! Ah well, other, cooler small projects in the interim...
Oh my gods! I hardly know where to start- everyone's food is making me so envious! *drool* It's hotter than anything up here right now, so I'm really holding off on cooking anything to keep my house cool. (particularly since it doesn't cool off until nearly midnight.
I made a little progress on my OWL quilt, but have been holding off on ironing for the above mentioned reason, so I'm waiting a little. I'll post pictures later.
For now I had a little side project to pop out. Thank goodness beading is cool work, and the local bead shop has a slew of new and totally awesome Alaska animal pen sleeve patterns.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Potions Class, Ravenclaw Extra Credit: Muggle Studies (Can I combine extra credit for a different class? I think so, if I read it right...) House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Bear Beaded Pen Sleeve Project Page Link (if available): Brief Description: A while ago when I was doing some research for a different project, I happened upon some Ojibwa legends. One in particular that stuck with me was The Legend of Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes. Here's a link to the story: http://www.edhelper.com/ReadingComprehension_49_51.html Basically a mother bear and her two cubs had to swim across the lake to escape a horrible forest fire. Mom made it, but the babies fell behind and the Great White Spirit saved them from drowning by turning them into two islands: North Manitou Island and South Manitou Island. Mother Bear witnessed all of this witnessed all of this from a tall sand dune, when she realized the Great White Spirit took care of her babies, exhaustion overcame her and she fell asleep on the dune. The Great Spirit took care of her, by blanketing her with sand to keep her warm so she could forever watch over her island cubs. The bear on the pen sleeve pays homage to the mother bear when she was looking for her swimming cubs, before she fell into her deep sleep and became the dune.
For the Ravenclaw Extra Credit: When I was stitching the pen, all I could think of was the movie, Brave. Between the triplet bear cubs and Merida trying to get her mom back to normal, rather than bear form there are a whole lot of bears involved. This pattern reminded me of some of the scenes when Queen Elinor was standing on two legs in the castle trying to do human things as a big bear!
A pretty fun pattern, again from my local bead store. I love the Alaska animal designs they are coming out with. They make great gifts, and are a quick and fun project.
The round pen makes it a PITA to get pictures of the whole pattern.
*waves* Hi! I've been quietly lurking around the corner watching the awesome things all of you Hogwarts students have been handing in, and finally decided to give it a shot!
Class: Muggle Studies House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Muggle Style Lucky Fish Brief Description: From what I have learned about Muggles, many have their own non-magic rituals and "lucky charms" that don't actually contain any magic when it comes to fishing. In my research I have found some rely on wearing the same hat every time they go out to catch the big one, can't eat bananas on a boat (they say it is unlucky), must sing a certain song, or have to eat a particular kind of snack - I even came across some muggles stuffing the bait with their lucky snack in order to get fish to bite! Others will bring with them some sort of icon representing a fish to inspire a good catch.
As I wasn't able to bring enough crunchy Cheetos or WD-40 (whatever that is) with me on the field trip to get the fish to bite, I decided to make my own non-magical muggle-style lucky fish of the non-magical variety. I'm not sure if it will be lucky or not, but it reely looks like a big one! Modeled after the Alaskan King Salmon, typically hitting the rivers of interior Alaska starting in early June for spawning season. Tubular peyote stitch with size 11 delica beads.
Class/Challenge/House Pride: DADA House: Ravenclaw Project Name: The Angered Wisp Pen Project Page Link (if available): Brief Description: When the Will-O'-The-Wisp is angered, it uses its lamp to propel fireballs! What better way to protect one's self, but to be aware and prepared for this by representing the Hinkypunk's dangerous side! Intertwined in lovely ethereal shades of blue, is the light yellow of the lantern- as the wisp realizes you are trying to capture it, the brighter shades of yellow represent the growing fireball it is ready to propel directly at the unaware!
Class/Challenge/House Pride: SoAR House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Housewarming Maypole Pen Project Page Link (if available): Brief Description: One of my very best friends just moved in with her lovely boyfriend. It was a really big move for her, since she just moved to a new state as of last week! She's Wiccan, and we both like to gift each other with Pagan themed gifts for the holidays and in general. Her favorite color is purple, which isn't particularly mine so it's a bit of a running joke between us.
I designed a May Pole inspired pen for the May Day Pagan swap this year, and it dawned on me a purple themed version would be a wonderful housewarming gift! So I chose 6 different shades of purple, and used tubular peyote stitch to create this pen sleeve. The ribbons are attached with a little bit of very thin scrap copper wire so you don't really see them when you use the pen. It is also a pen with purple ink, so she can even write in her favorite color. (She loves to write in purple ink.)
It's actually a surprise gift, as I sent it to a mutual friend who is going to surprise her with it shortly.... Project Picture:
(The dark color really is a very deep purple, not blue. I couldn't get a good picture.)
Hopefully I did all of that correctly. Honestly, I've been watching the HPC for ages, but was afraid to jump in. I figured this was as good a time as any, particularly since you all seem to have such a great time.
I'm trying to figure out something for an OWL... at least how to make the next project fit in correctly!
ETA: Ok, I think I figured out my first OWL. OWL Subject & Option(if available): --Potions: Option 1- Show off your ability to work with many ingredients by showcasing at least 3 different colors/pattern/textures. Colors can be monochromatic. A variegated yarn or one fabric swatch with various colors within it count as one color.
House: Ravenclaw Project Name: Resurrected Quilt Brief Description: I found a hand made quilt in a garbage bag when the students moved out in May. Since then I have been obsessing over first fixing it, and upon further inspection, recreating and restoring it to the glory it should darn well have! It involves many colors: blues, reds, oranges, yellows, tans. It also has a large variety of patterns including different ocean and sea life themes from batiks to prints. When it is finished, it will have multiple layers- the pieced together top portion, the batting in the middle, and the more-or-less flat back. (Textures include piecing, right?)
I think it will only take about 4 weeks of work, since most of the quilted top is useable with only three or four blocks needing repair and sewing the strips together; however, I also want to add on to it so it will be large enough for my bed rather than lap quilt style. This also will be my first quilt, so there may be a bit of a learning curve time-wise here.
Here are a couple of pictures, so you can see what I'm working with:
Really pretty fabric.
Some of the damage. Lined with polar fleece inside too.
And there's the back. Fortunately it was only tied, so taking it apart will be super easy.
It's the most wonderful time of the year: College Graduation! Ah yes, the time when students move out of their apartments and dorm rooms, only to realize they have too much to take with them. Time for totally awesome finds!
This year my seriously awesome find is a tie. A New In Box boot dryer (silent variety and fully functional), and a quilt I found in a garbage bag. I didn't expect much more than a store bought quilt at first, but when I pulled it out I was amazed.
I found a lap quilt made with some really gorgeous batik fabric, and another lovely ocean creature print. The bad part- there are bars of black totally non-matching flannel run between segments of the quilt. Whomever sewed it didn't even add any interfacing, so the flannel (obviously) started to pull away at all of the seams. There are two tiny places where not enough seam allowance was left on the regular cotton, but that is fixable. I was stunned how beautiful it looked once I washed it too!
Taking a closer look- it appears the entire piece could really use a nice boarder, and the backing will need to be enlarged, as the front was sewn under anywhere between 3 and 4 inches when the back was attached.
On the cool side of things, the person(or people) who made it got creative. Rather than batting, it is lined with a piece of polar fleece. Neat idea for a quilt up here!
My hypothesis about the quilt: 1. Someone didn't fully realize all of the work involved after finding a pretty fabric they liked. Towards the end of working on it, they just wanted to be done so they slapped it together the way I found it, ended up getting sick of it as the flannel pulled out at the seams and dumped it. 2. Same start of someone getting in over their head either work-wise or time-wise, and ditched a half sewn quilt as a bag of fabric. A second person picked it up, figured on the flannel and slapped it together as their first quilt ever.
So I think I'll try and find some complementary fabric to add a boarder. I think I might do away with the strips between panel sets, since I think it breaks up the beauty of the fabric patterns too much. I have seen some at a few local fabric places that have both similar colors and carry the ocean theme very well. Thoughts... ideas....
I want to do something about the back fabric to enlarge it. Do you think a boarder on the back would look odd? Maybe if I got fancy and ended up making it something different like satin or velvet?
Or should I cut it in half and add a different color fabric shot through the middle as a spacer?
I may keep the idea of polar fleece as the batting, I can keep the original bit and end up getting some clearance stuff to add in. It gets so cold that the extra warmth is nice up here.
Before pictures forthcoming, I'm having issues with photos at the moment...
ETA- Here are some pictures of the original state
Whole quilt- don't mind the blur, I was standing on my trash can to get it all in one shot.
Both sides for a closer look at the fabric.
Some of the damage up close. There were also three blocks that had pulled at the seams that needed attention.
Today my tremendously awesome swap goodies from hawkeyes_girl arrived! Like I said in the prior post, they had absolutely perfect timing. Today has been so perfect, and truly feeling like spring!
Here's the group shot:
Everything is just so gorgeous! I should have gotten pictures before I started opening stuff up, but I couldn't resits diving right in.
A lovely rune set, complete with zipper bag- I adore the fabric! What type of wood are they made of? They are just gorgeous, and feel wonderful. I can't wait to really get into using them. I love rune sets!
We did a bonus swap together too- She made me some totally amazing lotions and potions. Not pictured is a solid bar of beer-infused shampoo. I assure everyone, it is delightful. If you have seen Brave, you know what Merida's hair is like. Well, mine is dirty blond/light brown instead of red and just slightly shorter. Yes. It goes EVERYWHERE. Well, the shampoo was great for it, and made is very soft. Love it!
I also delved into the Achy-Breaky lotion, and it is wonderful on sore joints and muscles. Mmmm I haven't yet tried the tincture, but it smells good- as does the Cold and Flu tea. As soon as I finish my glass off water I'm going to try and make some of the tea.
The All Purpose salve smells so good, and feels AWESOME on my dry hands. Love the lavender, and you can't go wrong with tea tree (unless it gets in your eye- long standing joke with a friend and myself...).
A really cool belt for festivals/camping etc. It looks super cute, and I love the concept behind it! Great idea for putting pockets from retired pants to use. The batik fabric is awesome too. And the headband- more beautiful batik and it actually goes really well with this cute wrap skirt I found in the swap box on Monday! I think I may wear at least the headband to first time homebuyer class tomorrow.
May Pole Candle! I love the orange ribbons. Plus, look at the moonstone on top- it is a beautiful ring! (That I couldn't seem to get a good picture of. I'm the queen of blurry pictures tonight for close ups.) It's amazing- the wire wrap is so neat, and silver! I've actually been wearing it since snapping that picture. Moonstone is one of my favorites.
A May Queen Crown of forsythia. How did you know the forsythia is one of the spring plants I miss the most from back East? It's so cheerful and embodies one of the first flowers of spring that I remember from growing up.
OH COOL! A really amazing necklace with mother of pearl beads that are shaped like shark teeth. It looks great on too! I wish my boyfriend was around, I would have included a true shot of me with it on to show how nice it looks! It's really wild and cool, and me!
Plus some beautiful decorative wire designs. I really want to incorporate them in some sort of mobile this summer!
Thank you so very much- I do love everything. You really hit the nail on the head for things I enjoy, I just can't get over the fabric you used on the headband, pouch, and belt too. Lovely! Everything is just wonderful. You were a great partner- crafting for you was a blast, and I couldn't be happier with everything! Thank you a million times over!
One of her wishes was for certain spells with the intentions of inner peace, protection, and healing. I'm kind of a different type of pagan, so I don't really write spells (it's more free form with me), however; I do use tools with intent- like rocks with certain traits, colors, and/or ritual scented oils.
All of the little pouches plus the explanation fit into the big pouch. The mini pouches contained little helpful things that could be used for each of her spells. Each color represented each objective too. Black for protection, green for healing, and blue for peace. They were tied with bits of white leather, as that can be more interchangeable and neutral. I also decanted samples of some of my favorite ritual oils that I have had good luck with for each objective. (Not of my making, but gave her the name of where they came from, as well as their description of each.)
The big pouch itself was made from some deer leather of two different colors. My partner's favorite colors were ocean tones, so I chose the blue for the main part of the bag, and green for the draw strings. The green drawstrings were either white or natural colored at first, but I got into my boyfriend's leather dyes so I could have some green lacing, as it's getting hard to find deer laces in a variety of colors now.
I wanted to try something a little different style-wise, so I started with a round bottom piece and stitched the blue around in a wrap style. I like making my pouches from scraps, to help ensure none of the animal parts I use are wasted, so the seam along the front is purposely a diagonal. It worked well with a pouch in general, as it gave it a round bottom with a neck that narrowed ever so slightly for the drawstrings to work.
I hemmed the neck of the bag, and added stone (and copper) beads that held the same traits as the kits inside. There are also three copper jingles above the seam, as bells or jingly things are meant to keep bad luck or negative energy away.
Along the seam are attached decorations of things my partner loves. Two beaded dragonflies made of crystals. One is green, the other is blue. They are flying at different angles, but both up the seam of the bag to channel positive energy towards the hands of the user. Again, blue and green are my partner's colors.
The middle beaded object is a triquerta. This is one of her specific symbols. It is a celtic knot style triangle with a circle through the middle of the points. I found directions on a blog that happened to be in Hungarian. http://ekszermania.blogger.hu/2011/11/25/triquetra-medal Through the help of google translate, and some most excellent graphics, I figured out how to make it!
The triquerta is made of size 11 delicas, and size 15 seed beads of the same color (Miyuki brand). It is a variation of circular peyote stitch. Really, REALLY fun to make!
Finally, I kept the drawstrings long, just in case she wants to tie them in a loop to hang around her ritual space. The ends of the drawstrings are capped with copper dangles, again for the spiritual properties of copper, and the jingle noise they create.
I also made sure to leave the bag, and each of the little inner spell pouches out in the full moon's light that night to give everything a positive cleansing and charge before the final box up to ship in the morning.
Finally my story behind the project: I really wanted to make something totally custom for my partner. I started planning and gathering materials right after signups. I had some great ideas too. The following week was my birthday, and I ended up getting a cold that knocked me on my butt so badly I couldn't even make beading go correctly! I ended up crafting the entire swap in less than a week. It was a lot of fun, but I hope I never have to get that close to a deadline again. As I made the bag, it fought me the whole way. I started putting things together backwards... The drawstrings didn't want to fall correctly. I did everything shy of drawing blood with the glover's needle (really, REALLY hurts. They are special needles designed to cut through leather, so they are triangular with a super sharp point and slicing sides near the tip). Finally it all came together, and everything got more and more inspiring for the finishing touches. The beaded hem wasn't exactly planned, and I wasn't entirely sure where I would add the finishing elements of dragonflies and triquerta until then.
Sometimes, the most amazing things come from a challenge. It's totally worth rising to it and coming up with something special.
Circular peyote stitch, size 11 delicas on a G2 pen. The ribbon is attached with a super thin bit of copper wire salvaged from a scrap length of heavy duty grounding wire.
The pattern is seamless, and the first pen wrap pattern I designed myself! I wanted something sort of random, so it would look like a real May Pole after people enjoyed their time ducking and weaving around it with the ribbons. So it's more realistic than colorful diamonds. Word to the wise- don't even bother trying to design something when sick or taking cold pills. I couldn't seem to figure out a way to make it work until I felt better, then it all fell together so quickly!!
Greens and blues, like ocean tones, were my partner's favorite colors so I kept with the theme on the pen. I really like the way it turned out, and so did she!
However, Fairbanks is seriously devoid of most crystal beads and what not at the moment. I didn't end up having enough time to make this one for my swap partner, and I like dragonflies, so I ended up making one for kicks.
It would have been way faster if I didn't have to wrap the body bead. I've never actually done a free form wrap on an odd shaped item before, so it was a learning experience; particularly since the bead was small, smooth and hard to hold on to. It came out fairly well.
The instructions were actually fairly decent once I got used to them, but they are in Korean I think. Thank goodness for fantastic illustrations.
Nina totally spoiled me. Seriously. I consider this box The Massive Box of Epic Snackness. Plus I mean Epic in the classic way, not the internet/gamer slang that pretty much refers to everything now!
Anyway, Ninaprettyballerina sent a really wonderful box! When I first opened it, I saw something adorable peeking out, along with some absolutely drool inducing recipes!
Delving further, the fun began!
Here's an overview picture after I sorted the delicious treats on my couch.
Believe me, I was drooling the whole time, but I wanted to get some pictures while everything was still pristine.
Here's some close ups of the different groupings of goodness.
First, here's the candies, cookies, chocolate, gum, and other sweets. I am totally psyched to try the Aero Caramel bar, and was thrilled to see the Aero Mint!!! That's a favorite of mine!!! Not to mention the Lemonade Jelly, all of the cool lifesavers, and some yummy smelling gum! That is totally going to work with me!!! Plus those Milkybar buttons seem like they might disappear in a moment...
And those Wizz Fizz packs... I love fizzy candy stuff with a passion equal to that of a second grader. I never grew up when it comes to interactive candies. I'm freaking out over REAL Tim Tams! The Pepperage Farm ones they sell in the stores now just aren't as awesome. I can't wait to do the Tim Tam Slam! I can't get over all of the goodies!
I don't know what is more tempting, the bacon and cheese balls or the pizza paws! I am uncertain of this section lasting the weekend between my boyfriend and I.
I adore trying different teas, there are a bunch to add to my stash! Plus some miscellaneous savory goodies, including Vegemite and cracker pack, beef jerkies, and CHEESE!!!
Here's a cute shot of Nina's nice note, as well as recipes! We talked and did a little recipe swap in the boxes too. I was super psyched to see a recipe for Pavlova! I think I might have to give that one a shot this weekend.
Also- check out the adorable Koala! I love his little eyes and cute nose! He's just adorable.
So adorable in fact, I had to give my rabbit, Thor, a chance to emulate the Stuff On My Rabbit blog:
He didn't mind, and stayed really still with his Koala passenger, but I am a horrible photographer. During the second round when I was trying not to crop half of the bunny or koala out of the picture, I had a hard time seating the little guy, so I had to give him a hand.
Such a super cute craft goodie, sitting in my hand to show his size!
I swear the Koala is not a bunny toy. He's getting a nice spot in my room by my Scottish teddy!
Thank you once again, Nina! This was the most delightful package. I know my boyfriend and I will be set on delicious goodies for a while! I absolutely love everything, and can't wait to bring a couple little things to work to make my coworkers envious. (and share some exotic Australian food with my work partner!)
I hope you get my box really soon! I think you'll like it a lot!
Now, if you will excuse me, I believe that coconut Bounty bar is calling my name.