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1  Re: Mug Rug Swap Gallery! (SendOut Feb 22) in The Swap Gallery by RockDragon on: February 26, 2011 12:43:13 PM
So many awesome, awesome mug rugs, I have to agree!!  These would be such a great thing to do on a free weekend Smiley  I have received two mug rugs from my wonderful partners!

First, a nice large one in lovely spring colors from zigg13pra:


I like the matching prints, and it's so great for spring coming on! Smiley

And from ChrissyCrafts:

 
Awesome crazy colors Smiley  And, reversible! Cheesy


Finally, of course, an action shot...I needed to break one in with a snack (as the other holds my PSP and other electronics Smiley)


Thanks so much!  Loving them both already Smiley
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2  Kobo e-reader cover in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by RockDragon on: January 22, 2011 04:11:13 PM
Just today I purchased a Kobo e-reader from Borders ($40 off, yay!) and promptly purchased BirdifulStitches' ever popular cover pattern to encase it in!  It was easy and great fun to make Smiley  I did change it a bit- I put batting against the inside and outside fabrics, and I put a cut down piece of extremely heavy duty interfacing in the very center of both sides, to give it more shape.  That way when it gets beaten by things in my bag I don't have to worry about it as much.


I saw this fabric in November? and had to have it....love the irritated-looking orange dude Smiley  The button is a cover button made to match the inside.


The inside!  These fabrics had been purchased for a friend's quilt...but I have so many for that project now I don't feel terribly guilty using them Wink  The decorative stitching on the large pocket is obvious, there's a leaf pattern also on the small pocket-


which this non-flash picture kind of shows.

I'm so excited to start carrying it everywhere in style, and safely! 

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3  Assorted quilted goodies in Quilting: Completed Projects by RockDragon on: January 22, 2011 04:04:44 PM
I've become terribly bad about uploading my projects, so I'm going to chuck all three of these into one post.  The first is a paper pieced wall hanging that I worked on in a class back in August (!).  Can you spot my goof? Wink




Close up of the quilting


The back


hanging on my purple wall Smiley

Next is a small mug rug I made up about two weeks ago to a) get prepared for the swap, yay! b) to do some sewing and c) to kill some boredom.  I just threw it together, please don't judge me :O





And finally, I have a very close friend who was dealing with some bureaucratic mess the other week, and I (half-jokingly) offered him a quilted goodie to make it better.  So while he was out of town on MLK weekend I put this together for him.  I'm quite proud of the back, my quilting stitching is quite straight Cheesy


The wrinkly looking bits in the blue borders are decorative stitching in the quilting thread, which is very close to the blue color.



Whew!  Hope you enjoyed the 3 month tour of my fabric follies; feel free to ask questions, make comments, or....anything else you can think of Smiley
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4  Paul's Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by RockDragon on: January 22, 2011 03:56:46 PM
I have deduced, both in life and by reading the awesome things people on here make for their friends, families, etc; that far too many people have cancer nowadays.  This is a quilt for one of them.

Paul is a high school band director for/with whom I have been working over the last 3 years.  He's been a cancer patient for over 5 years, starting with a sarcoma and now with a secondary bone/blood cancer.  This past year things became bad enough to warrant surgery.  Since I knew he'd be having 2 surgeries, I wanted to make him a quilt to lay around under while stuck at home.  The first was before Thanksgiving, and he was only in the hospital about 3 days; the 2nd was December 20th, when he had five (!!) organs removed- and went home Christmas day Cheesy  He's doing well now, other than going stir crazy!  I managed to get this to him as he was recovering at home after the first go round.


That's on a full bed, it's about 4x6 feet.  Made of uninspiring squares Smiley

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=424440
To show the back


And the obligatory cat approval Wink 

He very much seemed to like it, and I hope it's given him a good way to keep some music nearby even when he's not teaching Smiley
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5  Disney hip/crossbody bag of fun in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by RockDragon on: July 10, 2010 05:04:35 PM
It so happens this year that I get the awesome chance to go to Orlando with my college roommate and her mom.  We're leaving Friday morning for 5 days in Disney and Universal (YAY HARRY POTTER WORLD!! *cough* back to the post...).  And while I have bags I use to carry around theme parks, I thought to myself "Self, this is a great excuse for a new bag!".  And so I sat down today (watching ABC Family's Harry Potter weekend...) and put this together Smiley  I used the fantastic iris1617's tute for her belt bag for the freedom of all hands, found here.  

I made a few small changes- I put a pocket in the front side, and did the flap separate because I was using a directional printed fabric.  And I think mine ended up smaller than hers, but hey, it holds stuff!

Front/top flap


Inside, showing the pocket.  The tabs on the sides are meant to be used for a long purse strap, dependent on me finding/making one.  They'd also hold keys Smiley


And in action!


Thanks for looking Smiley
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6  Rail Fence Lap Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by RockDragon on: July 10, 2010 04:10:36 PM
So, this here would actually be my fourth quilt...but I'm going to consider it my first "real" quilt.  I made my first quilt in the fall of 2008, mostly by hand.  I knew nothing about what I was doing to cut straight lines, sew proper seam allowances, or actual quilting.  That being said, it didn't turn out terribly bad.  The second was a donation for an auction, and the third was a mystery quilt project. 

Well, I found a quilt shop near where I'm living and learned they offer classes...and decided I should take the beginning class to really learn all those small details I couldn't pick up from a book.  So glad I did!  The teacher is fantastic, and the ladies I had the class with were all great fun.  And now I have a quilt that I know I worked really hard on and completed very precisely Cheesy 

And just a note, I have a fourth fabric for my border (I bought my fabric from the instructor, and she told me I could use a fourth on the top.  Score!).  So there's a close up of that one in there too.  Enough words, time for pictures Smiley











The best part?  The other ladies I took the class with and myself are taking another class together next month with the same instructor- this is addictive!! Smiley

Thanks for looking! Smiley 
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7  Intergalactic grime fighter! in Knitting: Completed Projects by RockDragon on: July 10, 2010 03:59:55 PM
All of time and space, everything that ever happened or ever will....where do you want to start (cleaning)? Wink

Ok geekiness over Smiley  I started this dishcloth back in May when I signed up for the Dr Who swap rnd 3, thinking I could work the pattern out and then make one for my partner...only, it didn't happen that way.  I finally finished it a week or two ago.  I love it, but I wish the edges would lay a bit flatter (anyone have tips for that?).  I made the chart up by tracing the logo onto graph paper.  Smiley

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8  Re: Star Wars Rd. 4 Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RockDragon on: July 10, 2010 03:52:45 PM
Whoa, I am totally impressed with all these packages!!  Especially the goodies for kiddos...I'm jealous!  Wish my parents had done this when I was younger Wink 


I got home from a fun day of adventure yesterday and there was a box sitting on the stairs for me! :O!  It was a lovely way to end a Friday Smiley  So, first up, the group shot!



You can see the two fabulous Imperial pillowcases, a fantastic photo frame, a pile of fun magnets, and some yarn Smiley

Then

the wonderful picture frame!  I loooove this, the little pictures look like they could be mosaic tiles!  I'm going to have to get an awesome picture with somebody at CV to put in there Cheesy  And in the middle of the frame is a closer shot of the magnets- I think Darth Maul and the lightsaber fight are my favorites Smiley

And finally

A close up of the Death Star and TIE fighter pillowcases Smiley  And the yarn again.  And some tea Cheesy  I cannot tell you how good that yarn smells right now after being sent in the box with the tea Cheesy Cheesy

Thanks for such a fun package Chelsea K!  I hope you enjoy yours Cheesy
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9  Re: Doctor Who Swap - Round 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by RockDragon on: June 11, 2010 08:32:37 PM
Ahhh the crochet angel and the journal are both awesome!!  RikaHeart, I love the Dr's golf outfit Cheesy 

OKIES photos!!  I received my package from our fearless leader, Whistley, last night.  Seriously, I started bouncing around the house as I was opening it (my sister can vouch for this, I dragged her in to show stuff off:)).  I saw my box on the counter when I got home from work last night and kidnapped it and walked around the house hugging it until I had a chance to open it up.  Cheesy  (Mom saw it and said "Box from one of your crafty friends?"  Dr Who stuff "Uh-oh" XD)  And when I did open it, I saw....THIS!  :O!


EEEEEE I have a bag that's going to turn into an angel!!  The text is the "Don't Blink" instructions.  The back has a picture with the Dr on the computer, the graffiti-d wall, and Angel Bob (heee what looks like him anyway) with 'Don't Turn Around...'. 

Under that was the cutest packaging idea ever (in mini form, click to see larger Smiley)

"It's bigger on the inside" and

Geronimo!

The bag bigger-on-the-inside contained:

A snap wallet in pinstripe material with TARDIS-innard insides!  And a really cute appliqued TARDIS on the other side (Sorry I was way too excited to get detailed pictures... Cool).  It contains some GORGEOUS stitch markers with all 3 Doctors, the TARDIS, and an angel.  There's also a scrabble tile TARDIS pendant (which I plan to wear pretty much....forever!  It got broken in today Smiley).  The wallet and insides came with...


My own ship?!  What could this be??...


It looks quite promising so far, with lots of pictures and pockets!....(BTW the text is the text from the Family of Blood/Human Nature- he's like fire and ice and rage...).  Could it be....


A TARDIS sewing kit/book/envelope of AWESOME!  There's a picture of Nine on the underside of that left flap, which is a few pages of felt for needles/pins...lots and lots of pockets....the obligatory banana Cheesy for stabbing, and even MORE pockets!  I do love pockets.  Especially Time Lord ones.  And there's even scissors!!  The ribbon ties in just the right spot to hold them in Smiley 

And finally....from the Geronimo! bag...comes a hero for our time.....

ELEVEN IN TINY HUGGABLE FORM!!!!  Isn't he just the cutest?!  His hair is so perfect...his clothes even velcro down!!!  Here's a shot of him guarding my sewing machine Smiley


Smiley Smiley  I was starting to think he was going to be my doctor, and as soon as he emerged from that cake, it was decided.  So it was lovely to find him hiding in my box!  I sent a picture to my former roomie, who's also a fan, and she said "Cute!  When you get the real one, will you share?".  NO Wink

And the best best best part about all of this?  It came two days before I take my first quilting class (which starts in about 9.5 hours now), and it's full of crafty goodness for crafting!!  The snap wallet is already holding supplies, and the TARDIS sewing caddy is waiting to be put to good use.  It's just as though Whistley is psychic Smiley

THANK YOU WHISTLEY!!!  YOU ARE THE BEST!!!  REALLY, REALLY FANTASTIC!!!  And you're a totally epic organizer too Wink  THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
PS Geronimo! Smiley
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10  Re: NCIS swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by RockDragon on: April 28, 2010 02:04:40 PM
I receieved today!!  It's ridiculously awesome- crazyda79 sent my package YESTERDAY.  From CALIFORNIA to SOUTH CAROLINA.  I didn't realize that was physically possible short of flight.  Even cooler, it's my birthday, so it's like the USPS wanted me to have NCIS goodies to celebrate Cheesy  On to the amazing craftiness!

First, the great bulliten board and pushpins: 

The pictures are people I dislike, and the pins have the NCIS Simpsonized characters on them.  She suggests using the good guys to stick it to the bad guys Grin  There's already a pin in Ari's head XD  Her 2 year old did the gems, don't they look awesome?

Next, rat pincushion and Deep Six photo album:

I don't know how she did the amazing detail on the photo album, but there's even reviews on the back (they're kind of visible in the next photo).  I was thinking about trying to do something with Deep Six, but it would never have been this awesome!!  And the rat pincushion is so cute I don't think I can stick him Wink  Thankfully he's not carrying plague!

Back of the photo album, rat again, and really nice pillowcase:

There's even a barcode on the back of the book!  The pillowcase is GREAT- I love the sailboat fabric (how did you know I was working on a nautical quilt?!) and the edging has many of Gibbs' rules written down-

Close up of pillowcase rules:

This way I can "eat, drink, and SLEEP the rules"!!  It's great and oversized, and it's already waiting to be washed Smiley

And a full shot, because I can Wink


Off to find a place for the bulliten board, gather photos for the album, and work on my package for crazyda79!!

THANK YOU SO MUCH CRAZYDA79 IT'S ALL FANTASTIC!!  Grin Grin Grin Grin

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