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251  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two - Summer Quilt #3 with updated pictures on: June 26, 2009 09:32:49 AM
Let me preface this by saying that this summer I have to make 8 quilts.  Yes, 8.  I have 4 cousins and 3 very close friends, all getting married, and my brother and his wife are having their first baby.  Each of the cousins asked specifically for one of my quilts, then called my mother to further beg for one.  
The three close friends were my roommates in graduate school, two of whom are getting married this summer, and one of whom got married already, but life and circumstance kept me from getting to her present yet.  So, if I make quilts for the two that are getting married now, I can't not bring a gift to the one who is already married.  So, 8 it is.

This quilt is for Becca and Bobby, who have been together for several years now.  I picked out the stacked coins pattern for them, and started making the quilt out of only scraps of yellow and gold fabrics.  I think I asked for sashing suggestions here on craftster at one point.  The mottled green seemed to lend itself nicely to the golds, so I decided to name it after part of my favorite Irish blessing:
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two


The whole thing, held up by loving husband:


a good shot color-wise of the quilt:


a good shot of the free motion quilting:


I think the green binding is a lot less jarring to look at...



You can find the rest of the summer's quilts here:
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Quilt #1
May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Quilt #2
Summer On the Cape -  Quilt #4
Butterfly Babies - Quilt #5
The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Quilt #6
252  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Summer On Cape Cod - Summer Quilt #4 on: June 26, 2009 09:32:40 AM
Let me preface this by saying that this summer I have to make 8 quilts.  Yes, 8.  I have 4 cousins and 3 very close friends, all getting married, and my brother and his wife are having their first baby.  Each of the cousins asked specifically for one of my quilts, then called my mother to further beg for one.  
The three close friends were my roommates in graduate school, two of whom are getting married this summer, and one of whom got married already, but life and circumstance kept me from getting to her present yet.  So, if I make quilts for the two that are getting married now, I can't not bring a gift to the one who is already married.  So, 8 it is.

This quilt is for my cousin Jessica, who lives on Cape Cod with her son, and long time boyfriend, Mac.  They eloped on Valentine's Day, but are holding a reception in July on the Cape.  Jessica works at a marina and her house has a distinctly nautical flair, so I went with a series of nautical fabrics called Mariner's Cove from M'liss Rae at Joanns.  The pattern was something I created after coming across a picture of something similar on the internet one day.  Though the picture I saw was less rigidly square than mine.

I'm calling it:
Summer on the Cape


The whole quilt:


A detail shot of the blocks:


Chilling on my porch swing:


And because they don't come across well in the pictures, here are some of the fabrics in the quilt:



You can find the rest of the summer's quilts here:
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Quilt #1
May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Quilt #2
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two -  Quilt #3
Butterfly Babies - Quilt #5
The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Quilt #6
253  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Summer Quilt #6 on: June 26, 2009 09:17:34 AM
Let me preface this by saying that this summer I have to make 8 quilts.  Yes, 8.  I have 4 cousins and 3 very close friends, all getting married, and my brother and his wife are having their first baby.  Each of the cousins asked specifically for one of my quilts, then called my mother to further beg for one.  
The three close friends were my roommates in graduate school, two of whom are getting married this summer, and one of whom got married already, but life and circumstance kept me from getting to her present yet.  So, if I make quilts for the two that are getting married now, I can't not bring a gift to the one who is already married.  So, 8 it is.

This one is for my cousin Nicole.  We grew up together in a tiny village called Edilweiss in the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  We spent most of our time together playing in the woods, canoeing, fishing, building forts, and most often, crafting and quilting, at the age of 8.  Whenever I quilt I think of her, and of the woods around our homes.  I'm also reminded of her every time I hear Stopping By The Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost.  So, her quilt is:

The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep
The whole quilt:


Detail shot of the fabrics:


I just taught myself free motion quilting for quilt number 5, and loved it so much I used it here too.  Detail shot of the free motion quilting:


The quilt on my porch swing:


You can find the rest of the summer's quilts here:
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Quilt #1
May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Quilt #2
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two -  Quilt #3
Summer On the Cape -  Quilt #4
Butterfly Babies - Quilt #5
254  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Bead Soup Swap Gallery on: June 25, 2009 11:21:05 AM
Post pictures of your lovely beads here!

Participants:

1. jennieingram--->leopardstripes, AbbyRose, Ma Rut
2. Krafty_Karasu--->jennieingram, perlabella
3. xx_Kellybean--->AbbyRose, TracyInNH
4. laes43--->mixymo, katcal
5. AbbyRose--->mixymo, laes43
6. wx2dzug--->Ma Rut, xx_Kellybean
7. leopardstripes--->chibi neko, jennieingram
8. TracyInNH--->Krafty_Karasu, wx2dzug
9. Kerallyn--->chibi neko, esmecraftin
10. katcal--->esmecraftin, laes43
11. perlabella--->Krafty_Karasu, TracyInNH
12. esmecraftin--->katcal, Kerallyn
13. chibi neko (with assistance/donations from RondaS)--->leopardstripes, Kerallyn, jennieingram
14. Ma Rut--->wx2dzug, perlabella
15. mixymo--->xx_Kellybean, chibi neko


Green = Sent
Purple = Received & Posted
Blue = Received (but haven't POSTED yet)
Orange = Sending Late with Communication
Red = LATE, NO COMMUNICATION, CONTACT ME IMMEDIATELY!
Strikeout = Feedback Given
GLOWING RED=NEGATIVE FEEDBACK



You can find our original thread here: Bead Soup Swap
255  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Butterfly Baby Quilt for my neice, Arianna - Summer Quilt #5 on: June 22, 2009 02:59:55 PM
Ok, let me start off by saying that I dislike pastels.  A lot.  So does my brother and so does his wife.  They are having a baby girl in September, and I've been trying to be inspired by something to come up with a baby quilt for them.  I have to make 8 quilts this summer, 7 wedding and 1 baby quilt.  6 of which have to be done before next Tuesday.  Today I finished Arianna's, which is quilt number 5.  Somehow, I ended up with a pastel baby quilt.  My brother specifically said NO PINK, and so I picked out blues and purples.  Somehow pink found it's way in!  I'm not sure where it came from.  I think it snuck in while I was sleeping or something.  The feature fabric is purple, yellow, and peach butterflys on a blue background.  It's so pretty and happy.  ::Sigh::  I'm not sure what to do.  

That all being said, I DO like the quilt itself.  I think it came out beautifully.  Especially since I (along with some help from 'Oh, Fransson!') taught myself free motion quilting this week, with no instructions as to how to do it on my machine, and without the proper foot.  The free motion quilting is pretty.  Certainly not perfect, but I doubt Arianna will mind.  I do fear however that Joe and his wife WILL mind that they have to carry around a pastel quilt.  So much so that I'm contemplating making them a few whole cloth quilts in the colors they did choose, which were greens, tans, and browns.  Or one out of the same butterfly fabric which also came in black, with emerald, teal, royal, and yellow butterflies.  Who knows.  The quilt pattern itself was also inspired by Oh, Fransson's Quilt-Along.  I altered the pattern to resize the blocks, and used less colors and prints.  You can find her amazing stuff here:  Oh, Fransson! Quilt-Along

Anyways, on to the pictures:    
The quilt top, quilted, but not bound yet.  (And yes, instead of batting I did use fleece with soccer balls on it.  It was on clearance at Wally World for $2 a yard.  You can't go wrong with that.)

The completed quilt, all bound, on my obliging porch swing.  The binding is pieced, and includes the pink, blue, and yellow of the blocks and sashing.

The back is the purple that appears in the front, with shimmering stars on it.  You can also see the free motion quilting better here, as well as the pieced binding.

Detail shot of the back, with baby Arianna's name.  It's embroidered using my computerized machine, then appliqued onto the back.  As is the butterfly, which was cut out of the feature fabric.  Again, you can see the free motion quilting here.  Not bad, for a very first attempt at it.  

I have 4 other quilts that I've finished this month that I need to take photos of.  I'm sure they'll be posted up here soon.  And as always, comments or constructive criticisms are always welcome.  

You can find the rest of the summer's quilts here:
The Girl With Kaleidoscope Eyes - Quilt #1
May A Rainbow Be Certain to Follow Each Rain - Quilt #2
May Your Purse Always Hold a Coin or Two -  Quilt #3
Summer On the Cape -  Quilt #4
The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep - Quilt #6
256  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Bead Soup Swap (SIGNUP 6/11/09-6/21/09 ; MAIL BY 7/01/09) on: June 11, 2009 12:18:28 PM


Swap name: Bead Soup Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: jennieingram
Sign-up date range: June 11-June 21, 2009
Date to send item by: July 1, 2009

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

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: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: 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: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the United States: NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:
Every beader ends up with too many of some beads, or some beautiful ones that maybe aren't your style.  This delightful Bead Soup Swap will help you share that goodness with other crafters, and reinvigorate your own bead stash!  
This swap will be done in groups of 3, so you will send to and receive from two other swappers.  The minimum send out limit will be 1 cup of "average sized" (5mm) beads per partner.  You can send out more if you wish, but you must check with your partners so no one feels slighted if they send more, but only receive the minimum.  It will be left to partners to decide the fairness on swapping other sized beads, like teeny-tiny seed beads or giant over-sized wooden ones.  Partners will be based on what people HAVE to give and WANT to receive.  
You must also discuss with your partners before you decide to send any alternate items like charms or jewelry findings, so you can work out a fair "trade" for everyone involved.  
The swap will also include one "small" beaded item as a gift for our partners, like a bracelet or pair of earrings.  These should be kept small so that you have enough time to make both, as well as pack and send out, in 8 days.  If you are new to Craftster, or are hard to stalk here, try to include information for your partners that will help them design something for you, as well as pick out beads to send you.  Be sure to include a link to your wist if you have one!

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Bead Soup Swap
Craftster username
Email address
Your real name
Mailing address including the country
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Confirm that are at least 13 years old (yes/no)

What is/are your favorite color(s)?
What are your favorite colors to use in beading? (You might love purple tees, but have no use for purple beads!)
Favorite metallics or spacer beads? (gold, silver, copper, antiqued gold/bronze, etc.)
What is your favorite type of beads to work with? (glass, crystal, stone, seed, wood, plastic, polymer clay, etc.)

What types of beads do you NOT wish to receive?
What kinds of beads do you have lots of that you'd like to share? (glass, crystal, stone, seed, wood, plastic, polymer clay, etc.)
What kinds of jewelry/crafts do you like to make? (earrings, strung bead necklaces, charm bracelets, junk jewelry, hemp necklaces, tree of life pendants, sun catchers, etc.)
Do you use charms, spacers, buttons, etc. in your beading/jewelry making?

What kind of jewelry do you wear the most?
Do you have pierced ears?
Favorite bracelet length?
Favorite jewelry metal? (gold, silver, copper, etc.)
Do you have any jewelry based allergies? (sensitive ears, etc?)

What are some of your interests other than beading?  (Other crafts, favorite books, favorite movies/music, etc.)
Do you want to include anything else, that perhaps you have too much of, in your swapping?  (For example, do you have WAY too many earring wires or clasps, and want to share some?)
Are you in desperate need of something else, like earring wires or clasps?
Is there anything else you'd like your partner to know about you?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

I wish you all HAPPY SWAPPING!
257  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Amazing Savory Corn Muffins (with real corn, cheese, & scallions) on: May 24, 2009 12:56:49 PM
***Update: I tried a variation today, which I added below.  Cheesy Bacon Corn Muffins

I was craving something delicious today, and since I hadn't made breakfast (it was also past lunch time), I decided to whip up something both quick, and hearty.  I had the corn left over from dinner last night, and some spiced cornmeal left over from breading fish two nights ago.  (And no, it wasn't something I dipped fish in.  I just made a large batch of breading, shook out what I needed, and put the unused portion back in the fridge.)  I took a recipe from Better Homes & Gardens for plain corn bread, and added the cheeses, vegetables, and spices.  I hope you all enjoy!



1 C flour
1 C corn meal
2 T sugar
1 T baking powder
2 T parmesan cheese
½ tsp salt
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ C shredded cheddar or “Mexican blend” cheese
2 beaten eggs
1 C milk
¼ C vegetable oil
2 scallions (green onions), chopped
¼ C corn kernels (frozen are GREAT, but if using canned: DRAIN WELL)

Preheat oven to 425.  Grease a muffin pan (or 9” x 9” x 2” baking pan).  In a medium mixing bowl, mix the flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, grated parmesan, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and shredded cheese.  Stir to combine, and create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  In another bowl, mix the eggs, milk, and vegetable oil.  Add wet ingredients to dry.  Before stirring, add the scallions and corn kernels.  Stir batter to combine.  Pour into 12 muffin cups (or the 9” x 9” x 2” baking pan), and bake 12-14 minutes.

I suggest serving them piping hot, with a little butter.  ;-)





Cheesy Bacon Variation
1 C flour
1 C corn meal
2 T sugar
1 T baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp garlic powder
¼ C shredded cheddar or “Mexican blend” cheese
2 beaten eggs
1 C milk
¼ C vegetable oil
5 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
¼ C corn kernels (frozen are GREAT, but if using canned: DRAIN WELL)

Preheat oven to 425.  Grease a muffin pan (or 9” x 9” x 2” baking pan).  In a medium mixing bowl, mix the flour, corn meal, sugar, baking powder, salt, paprika, garlic powder, and shredded cheese.  Stir to combine, and create a well in the center of the dry ingredients.  In another bowl, mix the eggs, milk, and vegetable oil.  Add wet ingredients to dry and stir just until ingredients are combined. (Don't over mix!)  Fold in the crumbled bacon and corn kernels.  Pour into 12 muffin cups (or the 9” x 9” x 2” baking pan), and bake 12-14 minutes.
258  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Birthstone Bracelets, Beaded Gardening Bookmarks & Diamonds Keychain on: May 07, 2009 06:58:47 PM
I whipped up some jewelry and other beaded treats for my mom for Mother's Day.  It's hard on her since I moved halfway across the country again, so I made her a birthstone bracelet for each member of our family. 
All the bracelets:


Aquamarine (March) for Mom, Ruby (July) for brother Joe:


Peridot (August) for Dad and Sapphire (September) for me


Mom is an avid gardener, so I made her two bookmarks.  One metal one:


And one very very long book thong for her oversized gardening books:


And since my mother LOVES diamonds, but they are beyond my price range, a "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend" Keychain.
259  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Twilight Jewelry-Apple & Forks Earrings, Bella Bracelet, Keychain, Bookmark on: May 06, 2009 06:59:48 AM
A friend saw some pictures of some of the Twilight themed jewelry I had been making for swaps, and commissioned some pieces for her little sister.  I didn't want to make her exactly the same things all over again, because I wanted there to be some element of surprise in them. 
This is the group, all together, including a bookmark, swarovski crystal apple earrings, "I Left My Heart in Forks" earrings, Mr. & Mrs. Cullen keychain, and  the requisite "Bella's Bracelet":


The bookmark features a silver lion charm, black and red czech glass beads, a swarovski crystal heart, a wolf print charm, and a "believe" pendant:


The keyring features Czech glass and swarovski crystal beads, a large crystal heart, a wire wrapped star, a truck charm for Bella, a piano charm for Edward, and a baby shoe charm for Renesme. 


I knew I wanted to do something different with the "Forks" earrings, so they are crystal hearts on silver chain, silver fork charms, and then just to be different, one has a baseball and the other has an apple charm.  I wish the pictures had been better (couldn't get a good detail of the bracelet or apple earrings), since they are really really cute.  I might have to make myself a pair.  I think I like them because they are subtle and could blend in as "normal" earrings.
260  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / "Dragonfly in Amber" Beaded Suncatcher on: May 06, 2009 06:47:01 AM
While working on my presents for Knickertwist for the Outlander Swap, I was inspired by this post of a amber beaded dragonfly pendant: 
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=301486.msg3455062;topicseen#msg3455062  (Since one of the novels in the series is in fact titled Dragonfly In Amber.)  I whipped this up from craft wire and a large package of mixed colored amber glass beads.

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