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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Finish My UFO Discussion and Swap Gallery on: May 10, 2014 05:23:14 PM
Don't really have anything to say here (yet). However! Feel free to discuss and brainstorm.  Smiley
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Finish My UFO Swap CLOSED Early on: May 10, 2014 05:15:59 PM
Closed early due to lack of participants



Swap name: Finish My UFO Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: amalgam
Sign-up date range: Signup through May 30 2014
Date to send item by: 2 weeks after claimed UFO is received
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):NO
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES, United States only
Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a swap mod if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES


Details of the Swap:
Welcome to the inaugural Finish My UFO Swap! What is an UFO? UFO stands for Unfinished Object. Did you start a project that you are not interested in doing anymore? Or maybe you have a project you would like to finish but just do not have the time to finish? This swap is for you. Participants will post lists of their UFOs and then others can claim a UFO to finish. Admittedly, this swap is a bit of an experiment (Ill try my best not to make mistakes).  A swap like this has been suggested several times, but never acted upon until now. This is why I am making this swap for United States residents only. Delivery confirmation is a must throughout the process.

Also please note that this swap requires that you communicate with your partner and the organizer. If you choose a UFO that will be returned, be sure to PM whomever you claim in order to come to an agreement on how the UFO will be finished. Please send a PM when you claim, when you send, and when you receive.  

Please do not post in this thread until you have been approved by the organizer. This thread is for lists only.  If you need to change/add something, simply "Modify" your post. Post as soon as possible after approval so I know you have found the thread and that you are getting updates.

I will make a thread in the photo gallery board for discussion and photos as soon as I finish getting this thread set up.
Click here to go to the swap gallery/discussion board.

How does this swap work?
This is a chain style swap. Claim an UFO from the list of the last person who posted and post your own list in response. It makes a chain.

You have two weeks from the date you receive the UFO to finish and post in the gallery. It is preferable to post a picture of the project before and after it is finished.  Remember to PM the organizer and the recipient when you claim, send, and receive. Please include the swap name in your subject line! Please make sure to tell her who you are claiming, sending to, or receiving from.

Note: Doing this is unconventional, but for now, I ask that when claiming, only claim one UFO at a time. In other words: make a claim, finish the claim, post the finished claim, then claim another UFO.

What should my bio and lists look like?
Once you have been approved, you may post in the list thread.  There is no one way to do this but please be sure your bio includes the following:
         - your location and a brief bio (include allergies in red please)
         - Lists of the UFOs available. Please separate which projects you would like returned to you from the ones that the claimer can keep. For example, you can have a list under the heading "keep", and a second list under the heading "return".
  
Special note: Remember, everyone is at a different skill level in their craft. A project may not be finished in the way you would have thought to do it. And that is ok. If you have a UFO that you want returned and want it finished in a very specific way, it may be best to not post it here.


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND THE FOLLOWING INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE:

QUESTIONNAIRE:
Name of swap: Finish my UFO Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Finish My UFO Swap on: January 04, 2014 04:06:58 PM
Hi everybody!

So, I've seen this idea kicked around a couple of times through a search through previous topics, and I want to be the one that actually follows through on making this happen. UFO stands for UnFinished Object. That craft project that you started but just can't seem to get around to finishing due to loss of inspiration, you don't like doing that type of craft anymore, or some other reason.

The swap would go like this:

1. Swap partners would send an UFO to each other
2. Each partner would finish the UFO they receive in whatever way they wanted
3. Before and after pictures would be put up in the swap gallery so everyone can see the new creation

Since I'm the one bringing this up, I'm happy to organize the swap. However, I know that there are details that need to be ironed out if this is going to work. Here are some of the issues I've come up with so far:

1. Do we want to use the point system to help with matching partners?
2. How much time should be given to finish your UFO? Should it be based on the size of the UFO? Should everyone have the same amount to work on their UFO?
3. This question is more personal: As an organizer, do I also have to participate in the swap? I'm fine with being an angel or partnering up if there is an odd number of swappers, but I would rather just organize.

I'm sure there are other questions that need to be answered as well, so post them if you think of any. Depending on how much is figured out, I was thinking of having signups in early February (give everyone time to recuperate from the holiday season) and sendouts in early March. That timeframe is completely tentative though, I'm flexible.  Smiley

So what say you my fellow Craftsters? Is this feasible or has this been abandoned several times with good reason?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilts for Baby and Big Brother on: April 14, 2013 05:42:27 PM
There's a couple I work with on a regular basis to take care of the kids in my church's nursery. They had their second child last month and I decided to make a quilt for the baby as a gift. Then, I figured I should make a quilt for the big brother (who's all of 1 1/2 years old), to be fair. Smiley

This is the quilt for the baby:




Here's the back:


It came out bigger than I was planning (about four feet square), but the parents had been looking for something they could use as a floor mat for the baby. Hooray for serendipity. Smiley

This one was for the big brother:



I did a self-binding of the backing fabric.



I'm pretty happy with how these came out and I was glad that they were happy to get them. Plus, these quilts were made completely from stash, so I'm slowly whittling down my fabric stash. Smiley

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Two quilts for two pregnant co-workers on: January 01, 2013 05:40:02 PM
I've already given these quilts to the now proud mothers, but I haven't been on Craftster lately. So here they are now. I got these done at the last minute for both of them, so please excuse my low-quality Iphone pictures. Tongue



The first co-worker was having a boy. I don't have a lot of boyish fabric, but found some random fat quarters and yardage that worked. I used the Fat Quarter Baby Quilt Tutorial from the Two Little Banshees blog.

The second co-worker was having a girl and was using a Care Bears (the 80s version) as the theme for the baby's room. I couldn't find any cotton fabric with the Care Bears and I didn't have time to wait for it to come in the mail. I lucked out and found some Care Bears flannel and used that as the backing. Then I just used some girly looking fabric and random scraps to make the quilt top.





I made these as a surprise for each of the mothers and they loved them. Smiley
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Polyester Fiberfil or High Loft Batting? on: September 29, 2012 05:27:36 PM
So, when I went to see The Secret World of Arrietty (cute movie, by the way), my eye immediately picked up on this:


Now I want to make a replica of this for my bed. I have decided to use the puff quilt method to make this. The only thing that I can't decide is if I should fiberfill (like what's used to make stuffed animals) or if using high loft batting would be better. I want to make sure this quilt stays puffy through years of wear and washing and I want the quilt to lookl like it's made of puffy squares and not squares filled with balls of stuffing like a biscuit quilt.

Thoughts? Ideas?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Paper Pieced Shark? on: April 30, 2012 11:54:27 AM
I'm in the process of making a quilt for a friend's birthday. I'm taking some of her favorite things and making paper pieced blocks of them. She really likes sharks but I can't find a paper piece block for one anywhere on the Internet. I keep finding scrapbook instructions for making a shark and that doesn't help. Tongue I'll applique if push comes to shove, but I really want to keep the paper piece motif going. Can some one help me?
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bright and Cheery Baby Quilt on: April 15, 2012 11:28:46 PM
I was invited to a baby shower that happened a couple of days ago. And because I have more time than money, I made this quilt.



It's just about 24 square inches and was made completely from my fabric stash. The middle is a batik scarf I got from Hobby Lobby years ago. Then I just found bright colors that I thought looked nice together. This is the back:



It's sort of a wonky log cabin design. I just kept adding fabric around the pink square in the middle until it was big enough. I'm still too much of a wuss to do real binding, so I made sure that the gold borders were wide enough to wrap around to the front so I could self-bind. I was late to the baby shower, but I got there in time for her to see it, finished, when she opened presents.Smiley
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 4x6 Ticker Tape Quilt on: April 15, 2012 11:19:58 PM
I finished the 4x6 Art Swap a week or two ago and this is what I made:



And here is the back:


Sorry that the pictures are a little blurry, but you get the idea. I used this tutorial to make it:
http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2009/10/scrap-buster-project-tiny-ticker-tape-quilt-tutorial-from-amanda-jean/

I sewed too close to the edge, so instead of a binding, I satin-stitched around the edges by hand using variegated perle cotton. I really enjoyed the ticker tape process, so I can't wait to do this for a larger project.Smiley
10  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / OTT Hunger Games Swap- ANGEL FOUND on: March 31, 2012 06:43:57 PM
Swap Name: OTT Hunger Games Swap
Original Thread link:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=404289.0
Gallery thread link:http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=405468.msg4775278#msg4775278


It looks like the postal service ate patty_o_furniture's package.Sad She has been waiting for her package for two weeks now. If you angel, could you please try to send it within a week? Here's her questionnaire info:

Who is your favorite character from the books? Peeta
Which district would you like to live in? I'd want to live in the capitol, I don't want to do the games, lol.  District 4 or 12
Are their any items youd risk the cornucopia for? warmth: sleeping bag/blanket/tent
Favorite quote from the book?
"She came here with me." "I'm okay once I realize you're here." "Don't expect us to be too impressed.  We just saw Finnick Odair in his underwear." "Boy with the bread." "Frosting.  The final defense of the dying." "You're kind of squeamish for such a lethal person." "A goner."

What crafts can you do?  jewelry, bracelets, metal bookmarks, keychains, shrinky dink, painting, clay, stenciling, wire work
What crafts would you like to receive? would love earrings, but any jewelry, pin, mockingjay stamp,... something off my pinterest, wall art, clay work, stamped metal, decorations... what do you think I'd like?
Anything you dont want? anything that says I'm personally in love with Peeta.  "Mrs. Peeta" "I love the boy with the bread" --just Peeta pictures or quotes are fine.  Paper bookmarks.
Do you have any allergies? smoke, nickle jewelry
Do you have any allergens (pets/smoking) in your home/crafting space? cats
Do you have a wist or pinterest? http://pinterest.com/pattyofurniture/hunger-games/
Do you have access to a camera and agree to post pictures of what you receive in the gallery and take pictures of what you send (just in case)?' yes
Anything else you want your partner to know? I really like "insider" items, like something that only another Hunger Games fan would know.  A single pearl. Bread. Parachute. Abstract quotes, that kind of thing.  And for some reason I'm really fascinated with Tracker Jackers, so that could be another idea.
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