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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Recon of a Recycle (Gamer Edition)(pix crazy) on: April 12, 2009 01:46:54 PM
Very cool! What did you use to seal the top? Like a spray shellac??
12  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: bottle cap basket with tutorial on: April 12, 2009 01:42:59 PM
Wow! Bookmarking this one - what a great way to re-use something that otherwise goes on to the recycler (or too often, the garbage.) I love it!!!

Great idea too, to flip and fill with resin... I'm imagining a really neat easter egg basket, with some kind of easter-themed knick-knack inside the resin! The only tricky thing would be that you'd likely have to put the wire through before the resin went in.... hmmm...
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Decoupage/modpodge question on: April 11, 2009 08:12:44 PM
Hi there!

Hoping someone might be able to help me. I have seen some awesome projects on Craftster, particularly in the home board, of great decoupaged projects.

I made something several years ago with Mod Podge (a wood piece, with scrapbook paper) ... anyway, it seemed like the modge never completely dried. When that piece sat on something for a while, it would stick a bit after.

So, I'm just wondering, is there a step that I'm missing? something that will "seal" the mod podge after you're done and dry hard like a laquer?

Thanks in advance!
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First post: Baby Rag Quilt on: April 10, 2009 10:05:36 PM
Yes, so far it hasn't frayed beyond the stitching line, and it's been washed many times. It seems like the "ragging" edge just curls up and fluffs up more each time.
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first quilts on: April 10, 2009 10:03:31 PM
Wow, those look tricky projects for a beginner! Great job!

I also looooovve the third one, great colour combos!
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Quilted Selvage Projects on: April 10, 2009 10:02:04 PM
That's amazing... great ideas!
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Red and White Polka Dot Kitchen Curtains on: April 09, 2009 10:57:38 PM
Looks great! I don't think you can ever go wrong with red and white in a kitchen, especially when polka dots are involved, lol!
18  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 36 ENTRIES / Re: You could be swingin' on a star on: April 09, 2009 10:45:40 PM
Wow, wow, wow. I'm totally blown away by this!!! So cool!
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First Quilt (and First Post)! on: April 08, 2009 10:15:20 PM
Very cute!!! I can imagine this will be his favourite blanket for a long time!!
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First post: Baby Rag Quilt on: April 08, 2009 10:14:20 PM
Thanks for all the comments!!

I'll try to answer the questions or respond in order:

Yep, the ragged edges are very soft and cozy! And the back side doesn't have any ragging (all the hems face up) so it's a smooth surface to sleep under. It's his main "bed" blanket, and it gets softer with washing.

The squares were indeed 7X7 when they were cut... which means the final finished "square" after the hems are done is about 6X6. I think this was an ideal size for a smaller blanket. But I've considered making a huge one (in shades of brown, green, etc.) for our queen size bed, and if I did, I think I'd make the squares 10x10 to start, or 9x9.

And final question: yep, it was all flannel, front and back. The batting layer was an all-natural cotton.

Honestly, I was really surprised at how easy this project was. It took some time to cut everything out, and doing the ragging took some time, but the actual process of putting it together wasn't hard. My sewing skills are definitely in the beginner to average level. So, if I could do it, anyone can, lol! The tutorial was really clear and showed it step by step.

When I bought the fabric and batting, I was kind of estimating how much I was going to need ... I think I spent about $35. But I had lots of fabric left over for a future project, so if I only include how much material and supply went into the actual finished project, it cost under $20. If I'd waited for a sale, it would have been even better, lol!

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