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2361  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES / Tangram-esque sets with matching bags on: December 02, 2011 11:45:05 AM
Sew Mama Sew had a Passionate November. One of their passion days was Passion for Play and included in their tutorials was this one for a "tangram-esque fabric puzzle." I ended up making 2 sets: 1 for my brother's boys and 1 for my kids (i.e. me!)I used only fabrics I had on hand which means they weren't all quilting cotton. The only real change (other than size) that I made from the tute was that the backs match the fronts. She said she just used whatever colors and had I think 4 of each rainbow color and 18 white. That didn't make sense to me. THere are 6 of each color backing.

For Ethan and Connor (4yo and 3yo) I tried to get all the colors to be solids.
Here's the Front sides:

The backs:

And more fun!

I forgot to get a picture of the bag. For the bag I just cut 18"x4" strips of each non-white fabric and, well, made a bag with them.

And for me Russ and Alice (5yo and 2 yo) I tried to get all the colors to be patterned. These were a little bigger than the set for E&C. I learned a bunch.
Fronts:

Backs:

The bag:

This bag was bigger, I included 2 strips of the white on it as well.

These were a lot of fun to make and play with. I want to do a set sometime where each fabric is a different texture. I think that would be cool.

Thanks for looking! C&C?
2362  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Resuable gift wrap! on: December 01, 2011 02:03:43 PM
I've been using fabric for wrapping for a couple years now but this, this is smart. Thank you!
2363  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd. 7 (signups Sept. 12-Oct 1.; sendouts Dec. 1) on: December 01, 2011 08:44:04 AM
Of course Futurama has a Sewing Machine Jesus. Duh!

HELP! Someone, please, PM me and help me right now. I have my list and I'm checking it but I need to know if I've made enough. I don't feel like I have. I need an opinion! Please?
2364  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Cinnamon Star Ornaments - are in the oven! on: December 01, 2011 08:12:00 AM
I made some. They are about an inch big. I should grease the pan next time, which will be soon. I also need to figure out how to not make the back sides ugly. Maybe foil the pan then grease it? We'll see. I'll show you later.
2365  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #69 - Handmade Holiday Gifts for Kids 2 - Due Dec 1 - 8 2011 on: November 30, 2011 08:45:59 PM
PJ94, There is a whole thread about about Craftster Picture Hosting.

I can't wait! I have my entry all ready and done and I was going to post it as it's own thread in the forums but I know we're not supposed to double post projects so I'm waiting until I can enter it here. Kind of glad I didn't finish last week and already post it.
2366  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd. 7 (signups Sept. 12-Oct 1.; sendouts Dec. 1) on: November 30, 2011 09:49:15 AM
I'll be sending tomarrow, too.  I am "done" because sadly I killed my sewing machine last night when I was working on a gift for my granddaughter.  It has an all-plastic caseing and is a Husquevarna, and no visible way to get into it to check, unless I take it apart at the bottom, which I am reluctant to attempt. Autopsies are not my "thing".    But it just makes a whirr--rr--rr noise, so I'm pretty sure I broke an internal belt. 

Funeral services will be announced later.  The family requests no flowers, but would not object to cash donations!

Just kidding.  Maybe.  Need my address?   
We can have a double service for mine that died in the car wreck. straight impaled through it!
I think we'd need Jesus for that one, not a doctor. Well, a sewing machine Jesus. Would he be human or mechanical? Am I confused?
2367  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Rd. 7 (signups Sept. 12-Oct 1.; sendouts Dec. 1) on: November 30, 2011 08:58:34 AM
You know, Margie, they have doctors for that kind of thing. I don't know how much they cost but maybe I should check into it for a check up on my machines after the holiday.

The stocking is finally cut out! I just need to figure out embellishments otherwise it will look naked. I am just having issues with my inertia today. Once I get going I'll be fine I just keep starting and then sputtering. Too many things I need to remember. I should make a list. *gasp*

And look what I found via SMS today: a fabric gift pouch tutorial that I wish I had 2 weeks ago! I think I may make some today, some for the stocking and some just for the hell of it. We'll see. I am crunched on time for this and I want to send tomorrow before my doctor's appointment. I really don't want to send late. On the SO date is bad enough!
2368  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Christmas/Winter Ninni Swap GALLERY: send out by 12/7 on: November 29, 2011 09:15:33 PM
You know, Susanab sure talks a lot of smack about herself. She is always saying how much she doesn't get along with her sewing machine and stuff. Man, she is wrong. I am always impressed with what she comes up with and look forward to seeing her sent packages a lot. You hear that, Susanab, YOU'RE PRETTY AWESOME.

Also, the non-terrycloth side of the washcloths I received I think are flannel. I know someone asked. I'm pretty sure she made them the same way you would a regular Ninni but instead of stuffing it she top stitched around the edges. The kids love them so much they haven't made them into the bathtub yet!

And thank you, Leslie. I like to think they are beautiful as well, but I never know when I am being biased.

Also, that guy in the "Local Legends" Ad on the right of my screen is really bugging me. His face is very asymmetrical. His ears are different shapes, sizes, and in different positions on his head! Holy Crap! OCD! OCD! They shouldn't put a face like that on an ad on a site like this.
2369  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Assassins Creed? Hells Yeah! on: November 29, 2011 07:12:32 PM
You guys are all so sweet. Thank you very much. I love French knots! I don't know why everyone hates them so much. Yeah, using them as a fill takes forever but for accents they are super easy and add so much punch. As a fill they have so much texture and depth! My husband loves them too which is good because, you know, Christmas...

As for the partner thing, you guys are sweet there too. I don't want to drag up the past but I will say I almost quit Cster because of her, or at least swapping, but then I decided I'm better than that and it actually encouraged me to post more of my projects, like this one! So it's not all bad, eh?
2370  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Assassins Creed? Hells Yeah! on: November 29, 2011 11:40:05 AM
The short story of how this came to be:
My partner in the Video Game Swap this summer dropped after telling me I am a horrible mother (because I stay at home) and my crafts suck so she wouldn't want to swap with me anyway.
But I had already planned this hoop! So I made it for my husband instead. He would appreciate it more than her snotty 12 year old anyway.
Wanted to follow along with the swap and have it done before the SO just because and surprise him with it but then my kids showed him the WIP and that killed it for me so I dropped it for a while but decided I really need to clean out my WIP bucket so I finished it in time for Cmas. Would have been cooler if I had it in time for the release of the new game a couple weeks ago but what's a girl to do? Cmas works just fine around here.


100% French knots, which is funny because in the second game with Ezio (so the 3rd game all together) the French are some of the bad guys.


Close up! I would generally have stitched something on the felt I glued on the back but since I included this J <3 G I decided to just leave the felt on the back alone. It will hang more evenly from my experience.

What do you think?
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