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441  Giant Star Block Quilts for Sisters in Quilting: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: July 16, 2013 06:21:40 PM
These quilts were created for my second cousins.  My cousin just had her second baby, and since I never got around to a quilt for first baby, I thought I might as well make one for each of them.  They were made from the Giant Star Block Quilt Pattern by Jeni at In Color Order.  Since the pattern is so big, I scaled them down to be more kid sized.  The blocks came to 9" finished, and the quilts are 36" square.  Though I forgot to get pictures of the backs, they are both backed in different prints of the same color scheme, and the quilting thread matches the backings of each.  Mustard dandilions and thread on the mustard, teal and magenta quilt, and lime green polka dots and thread on the lime, magenta & charcoal quilt.

I have to say that I really loved how these came together.  The color schemes shifted ever so slightly during the cutting process, but other than that, it was pretty smooth sailing.  I loved the simplicity of the design, and the idea of using a single block as an entire quilt.  I'd still like to get around to making a full sized one.  Possibly for a guest room in our future house. 
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442  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 14, 2013 07:01:37 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....

Our newest Witch of the Week for the semester has been posted!  Be sure to check the Witch of the Week Board to find out who it is!!!

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443  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 12, 2013 01:54:26 PM
Class: Divination
House: Gryffindor
Project Name: Fire Star Dishcloths

Brief Description: In my never ending quest to put away more dishcloths for gift giving, I decided to use some of the warm colors in my stash to create the Fire Star Dishcloths for my fire-loving friend, BJ.  He moved to LA recently, and some of us are putting together a care package for him.  These are going into it, along with the house blend tea from his favorite tea shop in town.  
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Challenge: BINGO
House: Gryffindor

Brief Description: And with that Divination project, I've gotten my first BINGO!  Actually, I've gotten 3 BINGOs at once with that project.  Here they are in list form:

#1. Third row down, across. Charms, Donate Prize, All Classes, Potions, Astronomy  Smiley 
#2. Fourth row down, across.  CoMC, House Pride, Transfiguration, Bertie Bott's, Divination.  Cheesy
#3. Column N, down.  Flying, Herbology, All Classes, Transfiguration, Alchemy  Grin

So, how is your Advanced Studies going?

Good question, glad you asked.  I have completed the binding on one of my two NEWT quilts.  The other one is all ready to be bound.  I'm hoping to work up the energy to pull out my home sewing machine tonight and finish it.   But....  it's so tempting to wait and just do it on Monday at work.  (I hate pulling out my sewing machine at home, because our space is so limited, and my craft desk is dedicated to jewelry making all summer.)  Work has all those beautiful Berninas just sitting there on their counter, and that lovely industrial iron with it's 8' long ironing board...  Plus it's an excuse to slack off at work for 30 minutes!  Wink

Anyways, here's a teaser pic of the completed quilt.  I'll get pictures of both soon, and post when it's completed.

Meanwhile in the land of annoying OWLs....  I cut all my fabric, laid it out to start sewing it, and promptly fell into hate with it.  Well, maybe not "hate", but the opposite of falling in love with it.  Just don't like it at all.  But I'm trying so hard not to spend any money making this baby quilt, due to limited funds right now.  So yesterday at work, while babysitting a stray student, I chopped up my perfectly cut stripes into blocks instead.  It seems to be turning into a 4-Patch quilt, with the solids as the 4 Patches, and the prints as the larger blocks.  I figured out a layout I like.  The fabrics are a bit busy, so I might need to add some sashing.  Sad  

What do you guys think?  Should I do a row of brown sashing between the blocks, and a brown border?  Or just the brown border? Currently, it would measure 32" square, when assembled.  Adding a border would take me to about 40".  

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444  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 09, 2013 07:23:49 AM
Challenge: Alchemy
House: Gryffindor!
Gryffindor Extra Credit: Used Fabric
Project Name: Cuppa Love Mug Rug

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Brief Description: My Alchemy homework was inspired by the bold, rich colors of a peacock's plumage. Teal, gold, and even bits of wine and plum.  It is a sweet little quilted mug rug made for noodle-bug.  The fabric was a gift from sheepBlue in the IYP swap.
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Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Blackberry
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Farmer's Market Bracelet

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Brief Description:  This entry isn't inspired by a single item from the farmer's market.  It's inspired by *everything* I find at the farmer's market!  It holds 30 lampwork glass fruits, veggies, and flowers, including pumpkins, strawberries, bok choy, red apples, mushrooms, sweet corn, carrots, garlic, roses, peppers, golden apples, and eggplants.
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Class: Charms
House: Gryffindor!
Gryffindor Extra Credit: Used pink rubber and blonde wood.
Project Name: Carved Rubber Stamps

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Brief Description:  To master the gouging charm, I practiced for hours on something not to hard.  Just to get my eye in.  I created these three carved rubber stamps for noodle-bug.  The Deathly Hallows, a teapot, and a little tea time spread.  I'm afraid I'm now hooked on making stamps.....  Wink
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445  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 07, 2013 10:56:04 AM
Note from the Deputy Headmistress....

A new Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean Mini-Challenge has been posted!  

What's this week's bean!?!?  Take the Portkey to the Deputy Headmistresses Office to find out!  And while you're there be sure to check out the inspiration projects from all around Craftster.
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446  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 07, 2013 10:53:54 AM
Challenge: Bertie Bott's - Rotten Eggs
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Nautical Charm Bracelet

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Brief Description:  For this challenge, I decided to go with one of the natural elements, and one that I love best, water.  I greatly miss the ocean since moving down to Kentucky.  Especially sunny summer days (liberally doused in SPF 1000), spent on a family member's boat, or walking the boardwalk at Hampton Beach in my native New Hampshire, with the waves crashing and birds circling.  This bracelet is my ode to those days.  The charms are pewter and tibetan silver, and include familiar nautical items like shells, light houses, ships, fish, compasses, etc.  The beads are a mix of glass, moonstone, agate, and jade beads in shades of aqua, turquoise, teal, carribean blue, azure, periwinkle, seafoam, and white.
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Class: Potions
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Fairy Tale Charm Bracelet

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Brief Description: Nothing puts one to sleep like a good fairy tale.  And in honor of all the fairy tales I gre up listening to, I created this "Fit for a Princess" charm bracelet.  The charms are pewter and tibetan silver, and include: frog prince, rose, spinning wheel, crown, magic lamp, dragon, enchanted mirror, princess, castle, fairy, key, apple, unicorn, enchanted tree, entwined hearts, engagement ring, and pumpkin coach.  The beads are a mix of AB cut glass, crystal, pressed glass, semi precious stone, and shell beads in shades of violet, plum, rose, lemon, spring green, azure blue, and turquoise.  Special thanks goes out to pinkleo, for her excellent advice on color choices.  Cheesy
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447  Re: OTHPT4 Gallery of Tiny Wonders in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: July 04, 2013 06:27:15 AM
I received the most WONDERFUL tiny thing from noodle-bug!  She created an awesome set of Burrow-esque wind chimes inspired by a pin on my "I Want to Live In the Burrow" board on Pinterest!

Since I don't want to risk it falling apart out in the elements, I've put it up in my kitchen, over the sink.  The kitchen is a bit boring anyways, so this really helps brighten it up.  I'll have to get a shot of it laying on the counter at some point though, so people can see the bright happy colors of the beads and embroidery thread that she used.  It's like a cross between a friendship bracelet, and a wind chime! Very Burrow appropriate.  Action shot from dim night-time kitchen:

Since we have so many common interests, noodle-bug and I also decided to do a small side swap.  We swapped a OTDWT, and some Tea Time things.  As per the rules for this OTT Swap, I have posted these other items in the Personal Swap Gallery.  PLEASE go check them out! 


Thank you so much dear noodle!  I love and adore my new wind chimes, and am currently drinking some of the caravan tea.  (From a be-cozied mug!)
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448  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery, 2013 in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: July 04, 2013 05:52:23 AM
noodle-bug and I were partnered up in the One Tiny Harry Potter Thing Swap.  Since we have so many interests in common, I asked if she'd like to do a side swap that would include One Tiny Doctor Who Thing, and a few Tea Time themed treats.  Noodle went crazy and spoiled me rotten!

First, here's the One Tiny Harry Potter Thing - an awesome set of Burrow-esque wind chimes inspired by a pin on my "I Want to Live In the Burrow" board on Pinterest!

Since I don't want to risk it falling apart out in the elements, I've put it up in my kitchen, over the sink.  The kitchen is a bit boring anyways, so this really helps brighten it up.  I'll have to get a shot of it laying on the counter at some point though, so people can see the bright happy colors of the beads and embroidery thread that she used.  It's like a cross between a friendship bracelet, and a wind chime! Action shot from dim night-time kitchen:

Next, the One Tiny Doctor Who Thing...  an AMAZING River Song journal!  It's so little and lovely, and I can't wait to carry it around and show it off!  (It's going to fit perfectly inside my new Clara purse.  Wink)

Next, the Tea Time items!  An awesome mug cozy (which TOTALLY fits my favorite at-home mug), a coaster, and a tea strainer.

THEN, another fun tea strainer, and an adorable tea wallet!  Can I just say that despite the fact that I LOVE tea, and it's all over my profile, no one in the 43 swaps I've done, has ever made me a tea wallet!  And I've always wanted one.  Made them for other people, but never had one for myself.  Squeeeeee!

Here are some detail shots of the adorable embroidery:

To go with the tea themed crafts, she sent some amazing tea time treats!  There's a Russian Caravan tea that I've *just* brewed a cup of, but it's too hot to taste yet. Some Jaffa Cakes, Jam Sandwich Cookies, and a lovely dark chocolate!  (I may have already tried a Jaffa Cake and a Jam Cookie for dessert last night. Wink)

And if all that wasn't amazing enough, she also included some treats from the HP Studio Tour!  There are post cards, an awesome Order of the Phoenix Badge that I can't wait to put on my backpack beside the Prefect Badge pinkleo gave me, and a Platform 9 3/4 magnet!

Thank you so much noodle-bug!  I love everything, and this was such a fun swap to do with you.  I only hope that you like your package half as much as I love mine.  (I'm totally freaking out about it now!)  You are as kind and generous as you are talented.  A thousand times, Thank You.
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449  Re: HP Craftalong ~Summer Semester 2013~ *Join at any time!* in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: July 03, 2013 06:45:05 AM
Advanced Studies Update!
Yes, I know it's Wednesday, and not at all Advanced Studies Friday, but I'm updating anyways.  Because I'm a rebel.  I live life on the edge.  That's just who I am.  Deal with it.   Cool

I haven't made any progress on my OWL in the last few days, but I have made major progress on my NEWT.  I have both quilt fronts pieced together now.  Here's one of them:

AND...  As of yesterday afternoon, I have one of them completely quilted, and the first side of the binding sewn on!  The other side needs to be hand sewn, which I'll do this weekend at home. 

Here's a detail shot of the quilting:

I am hoping to get the second one quilted today at work before some students (and even one teacher) show up for extra help.  Got my audio book all queued up, and two full bobbins.  Wish me luck.

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450  Re: Summer Nerd Games --May15, 2013-September 2, 2013-- JOIN ANY TIME! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: June 30, 2013 12:34:16 PM
Challenge: Horror vs. Romance
Team/Ninja: Team-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
Project Geekdom: Romance!
Bonus Points: None
Project Name: Key to My Heart Necklace & Earrings
Brief Description:  I'll take Romance over Horror any day.  As Craig Ferguson said (while describing Doctor Who through song) "If there's any hope for any of us in this giant explosion in which we inhabit, then surely that's it. Intellect and romance triumph over brute force and cynicism."  And I honestly believe that.  That romance, and the human heart's capacity to feel LOVE, is the best hope for humanity.  And so to represent that, a necklace and earrings I've just made for myself, with a giant teal crystal heart, and silver and gunmetal charms.
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Challenge: JUNE - Textbook
Project Geekdom: None
Bonus Points: None
Project Name & Page Link: Shrine to the Goddess of Crafty Inspiration
Brief Description: This shrine was created for Pinkleo in the Shrine Swap.  It is an assemblage shrine to someone we all worship, the Goddess of Crafty Inspiration, aka, the Goddess of crafter BRAIN WAVES!  The wooden frame came from the dollar store, and the bits and bobs that make it up came from my stash, work, my car, the craft store, Knickertwists garden, and a many came from sheepBlue in a bundle of goodies she sent me in the IYP 23 Swap.  There are more detail shots, as well as a breakdown of my construction process on the project thread.
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Challenge: JUNE - Multimedia
Team/Ninja: Team-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
Project Geekdom: None
Bonus Points: Discovery
Project Name & Page Link: Pacific Northwest Necklace
Brief Description: This was created for the lovely sheepBlue in the IYP Swap: Round 23.  sheepBlue asked for a charm-style necklace that represented her home in the Pacific Northwest.  The base is a deep purple geode, and the charms include a shell heart for the coast, a birds nest and bird for the forest animals, and an acorn, flower and leaf for the fauna found there. While I have made lots of charm bracelets, I've never done a charm necklace like this, and it was certainly a learning process!
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Challenge: JUNE - Wordy
Team/Ninja: Team-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
Project Geekdom: Math & Science
Bonus Points: Nerdy
Project Name & Page Link: Solar System Mini Art Quilt
Brief Description: One of my very favorite childhood books was a little Golden Book called, My First Book About Space.  I read it over and over.  Then my brother did the same.  And all the children in my mother's day care.  Suffice to say, it was a much loved book, and gave me a deep and abiding love of stargazing. 
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Challenge: JUNE - Fandom
Team/Ninja: Team-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
Project Geekdom: Is "Literature" a Geekdom? If not, it should be.
Bonus Points: Nerdy (If Literature counts as a Geekdom)
Project Name: Shakespeare Shrine
Project Page Link: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=424809.msg5055180#msg5055180
Brief Description: This is a shrine I made for pinkleo in the Shrine Swap, and was based off her request for anything Shakespeare related.  The image of Shakespeare himself is actually a vintage cigarette card from 1924.  Yep, its just about 90 years old! The crown on Shakespeare and the one on the skull, as well as the play charm, pawn, heart lock, stone owl, letter beads and skull bead all came out of my stash. The scroll of paper at the top reads, He was not of an age, but for all time, which is a quote about Shakespeare by fellow playwright Ben Johnson.  This fits the prompt by having lots of hidden details.  Please see the project thread to learn them all.  (I don't want to clog up this thread with them all.)

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Challenge: JUNE - Randomizer
Team/Ninja: Team-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
Project Geekdom: Science & Witchcraft
Bonus Points: Nerdy
Project Name: Semi Precious Stone Bracelets for sheepBlue
Brief Description: I make bracelets.  A lot of bracelets.   Cool  When I'm a bit too tired to make charm bracelets, I spend time whipping up these simple strands of semi-precious stones, which I find comfortable enough to wear, even at work (where bracelets usually bother me).  They are my ultimate "no-brainer project", and are made of a "go-to" material: beads.  This is a set of three that I made for sheepBlue in the IYP Swap.  The materials are red coral, black jasper, and river shell.  The red coral one features an anatomical heart charm.  (Science Geekdom)  The black jasper features a talisman against the evil eye.  (Witchcraft)
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