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1  Quilt Block Swap R5 - finished quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Melladh on: December 22, 2014 05:23:24 AM
I finished my quilt from round 5 just in time for Christmas! I asked for a loglike quilt block in red and white, and my fellow crafters delivered great blocks! I think it turned out about the right size for getting properly wrapped up on the sofa in summer, though I wish the long-arm-quilter had properly thick batting to choose from for it. (this is about quarter inch thickness)

(Sorry for the nighttime photos, we don't get a lot of daylight this time of year)

Three blocks seem to have been made using a metric foot instead of an inch foot, so I couldn't make them fit the front - instead I made quite an excellent quilt back if I may say so myself - which unfortunately the long-arm-quilter didn't even vaguely center in length, so the binding cuts one of the squares Sad But oh well, I'll take the "at least 5-10 cm" to mean "exactly 10 cm" next time Wink

For the binding, I was sewing it past my bedtime and suddenly couldn't remember why I thought I'd handsew the corners - it looked fine anyway (decided for a slightly wider binding in front, and letting a white thread "edge" the back)

And then... yeah... should've hand sewn the corners Cheesy

And a closeup of the "keukenhof" quilting pattern, which I adore (I recomment right-clicking the pic and choosing "view image" on this one)

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2  Sandwich wrap (tutorial) in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Melladh on: September 13, 2014 07:14:39 AM
My boyfriend has been taking a sandwich to work for an afternoon snack each day, spending plastic bags like they're infinite... so I bought some cheap waterproof table cloth fabric and made these sandwich wraps, with that and some quilting fabric!

(too cheap btw... buy something better than i did, mine is overly sensitive to piercing, and splits a bit)

And a small tutorial - I know there have been others, but it's been a while since I did progress photos, so I wanted to play with that again Cheesy

I started with making a circle template, by measuring out a 30cm (12'') square of freezer paper, then folding it in half, and half again, and then corner-to-corner, always preserving the center of the original square as a point. Then cutting it off. And tracing the template onto one piece of quilting fabric and one piece of waterproof fabric.

Since the waterproof fabric will remain pierced if you pierce it, you shouldn't pin them together. If you use a large seam allowance and you're fine with some sloppy edges (my quilting fabric folded over on every one of these) you can just tape them together a couple of times, right sides together. For better stability, using hair pins supposedly works well.

Sew around, leaving a large hand's width to turn

Turn right side out, and squeeze out the edges. Fold your opening together, and stitch all around the circle, to both sew the opening shut and prevent the thicker fabric to push out the light quilting fabric.

As shown above, take a squareish piece of velcro (the spiky side) and sew to the waterproof side of your wrap, at one edge. You start to see the result as you fold in the sides, one third each. Then you can fold up the bottom one third, and measure out the soft velcro to match your spiky one - this will attach on the quilting fabric side, but be longer so you can accomodate for different size sandwiches.

Once you've got your last piece of velcro attached, you've got a sandwich wrap ready to use!

Now remember to wash off your waterproof fabric with some soap to get rid of that outer layer of stray chemicals, so you don't get it in your sandwich! Cheesy I did that after sewing, and they're now hanging to dry. Mine isn't machine washable, but I'm pretty sure you can get some better fabric than I did which will hold up for throwing them in the wash when you need to!
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3  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: August 25, 2014 02:18:13 AM
btw, I do try to keep them off the projects, but you look away for ten minutes to sew half the strips to the sashing, and when you look back, and she's just stealthed on there... -.-

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4  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: August 17, 2014 07:24:07 AM
I cut out all the fabric for the ribbon stars. Now I'm on a break. Cheesy we've got this funny weather now where it's too warm to keep the windows closed, but so cold the floor is now super cold. And the ironing is making me really hot. So.. Top half. Burning. Lower half. Freezing. Middle... Not bad!

This is one of the fabrics I'm using, a tiny bit of red fuzz just placed itself perfectly like this, and I thought it made a funny face, especially compared to the rest Cheesy

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5  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 (Sign ups through August 9, Sendouts October 20)Sign up Closed in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Melladh on: August 12, 2014 04:02:52 AM
You'd understand just how pathetic my addictions are (paper crafting supplies too) if you could see my craft room. My father was a hoarder in his latter years so I'm blaming him for the addictive inheritance, but the decision to overcome that personality is mine. And it would certainly help if JoAnns didn't keep sending me all those coupons! Grin

Ah, don't worry about it Grin

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6  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: August 09, 2014 08:57:20 AM
carolmb - your city/state/country theme
A Dala horse, a type of toy from the 1800's or so that's now most commonly sold as decoration. Many think of it as a symbol for Sweden in general, but it's really from the province of Dalarna. They mined for iron there, had mining horses and made red ocra paint from iron, that's still considered a traditional wooden-house-paint.

The Lappish Gate, in Abisko National Park. The name is related to a less-pc-version of the name for the Sami people, "Lapp", which is believed to be an old finnish word for "The other". The Sami live in northern sweden, norway and finland, and have their own governmental council, though they're subjected to laws of the country they're in. They're the only people allowed to keep reindeer as livestock, which they herd into the mountains in summer, and down to the coast in winter, roaming free other than that.
Abisko national park is a common hiking area, alpine and fairly easy to walk.

The most important part of swedish culture. Fika. Roll Eyes It's sort of like "have a coffee", but the focus is on the pastries, with the group name "fikabrd" (fika bread). What you drink isn't important, but it's usually coffee or tea, lemonade or milk for kids. In a stretch you could fika a sandwich and some tea, definitely if it's a jam sandwich, but mostly you'll have a bun or possibly a danish or donut. You could have cheesecake or sweet pie, though slices of birthday cakes is a bit over the top for fika. Traditionally you have fika break at ten or three each day, sometimes both. Though it's not that frequent in the city (it's not too healthy, and most of us have office jobs!), but we often have at least weekly fika at work, either at the cost of the employer (usually cheap bun-braids) or organized by the employees. If not, people will usually take some fika at home Smiley

kbrison - quilter's choice of paper piecing, rainbow colors, white background if applicable

cursive_queen - ribbon star in halloween fabrics (f.ex orange, black, purple, green colors when in doubt)

emisaurus - broken herringbone with white spaces, in navy blue and cold/pale greens
(none of my cameras were able to interpret these colors)
Camera 1:

Camera 2:
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7  Re: Hoopla Swap R11: Words With or Without Words - GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: August 05, 2014 03:06:07 AM
I got the coolest mini hoop from sewmess! Cheesy

It's the tiniest thing, I love tiny things. The entire hoop fits in the palm of my hand. The quote is from mine and the boyfriend's favorite stupid youtube show, and features an appropriate minecraft shovel Cheesy

My camera doesn't really do the colors justice, it's a very good green background, and vivid shovel colors Smiley
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8  Postcard memento book in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Melladh on: April 28, 2014 12:28:09 PM
I saw this idea on pinterest to write postcards home and bind them together for an instant gratification option to scrap booking or similar. I combined it with a tip from here to save all little tickets and business cards when you're on vacation.

Me and my dad went to Scotland a few weeks ago, and I tried it out! I like the result, much recommend if you don't have time for a bigger project Smiley

We were there for eight days, so with one card per day plus tickets for museums and stuff, it makes for a very tidy little book.
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9  Lunch box bag for my boyfriend in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Melladh on: March 26, 2014 08:42:47 AM
Sliiiightly too large perhaps, but it's good with some room, right? Wink

Paper pieced an Escher triangle and went from there.

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10  Lil bag for my circs in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Melladh on: March 02, 2014 04:28:09 AM
I've been keeping a huge collection of old-school circular knitting needles, and dpns, in a broken plastic bag, for years. Yesterday I decided to get rid of all the ones I'm not using (I've moved to knitpicks circs, which have their own bag) but since I kept a handful, I needed to put them somewhere...

I also happened to have a failed quilt block lying around. It looks fine from the front, but there's no seam allowance at all in places, and it's too short on one side for the block it belonged to Cheesy

I also have a new found hatred for sewing in zippers. Partially because I added it afterwards and not in the way I had originally planned, so I had to sort of force it in there.

But I'm very happy with the result Smiley I should've taken a picture of it with the circs actually in it, but I didn't think that far Cheesy
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