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1  Cat sofa in CHALLENGE 109 ENTRIES by Melladh on: August 10, 2015 10:36:54 PM
I made a cat sofa for bubblegum_phoenix in the cat lovers' swap in 2009, and while I've posted a completely different style cat sofa many years ago, I'm pretty certain I never posted this Smiley

It's made from regular mattress foam which I had cut to shape in the store, and then measured out the mantles of each side, sharp corner to sharp corner. Ignoring the overlapping parts, I then sewed a cover to dress it in based on those measurements.
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2  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: July 31, 2015 11:14:48 AM
Loving all the blocks that have turned up Cheesy

Just popped in to say I found us a wine. Maybe you've seen it? It might be shit, and I don't even like wine, but it's theme appropriate dammit!

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3  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: July 24, 2015 08:40:54 AM
Glad you're okay! And my garden fences are amazing Cheesy

Just checking in, Exxa appreciates the work y'all did on her camouflage
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4  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: July 16, 2015 12:00:24 AM
You can send now! Smiley

I cut out all the boat fabrics yesterday and this is all the turquoise I had left afterwards Cheesy

Purchase random amount of fabric that turns out to be the EXACT amount of fabric? Winning Grin (though now I'm out of turquoise.. but at least I know where to find more)
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5  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: July 13, 2015 07:40:07 AM
wow quaggy--you snuck your blocks in behind our backs! Grin

Lovely job...and I really like how you laid out the Maple Leaves...that is going to be a beautiful quilt!

melladh...you pick such nice colors for your blocks...I am guessing that you like blues...Grin.

The 9 patch remains a favorite pattern of mine because you can get so many different looks...love the tan centers...really shows off the blues!

I DO like blues! Though in this swap I just asked for bold colors Cheesy And I love a lot of other colors too, even if my stash might try to say otherwise... Blues are just easy to get loads of in bold colors, with different soft prints. I have some wonderful of deep purples that I almost never get to use in this swap and I never really have any projects for myself to use them in. >_> It's just harder getting good fabrics in many of the other colors. Apparently our retailers really like blue as well I guess Wink Or at least they only like bold colors in blue.

I managed to find ONE lime-ish fabric at the store today though! (and I have a slightly unhealthy love for the color combo with the light purple, though I prefer the same combo with darker, bolder colors. Unhealthy why? Because I'd get sick of it if I had to see it too often, and yet I crave it!)

That's the only light purple they had btw. There was also a single orange fabric, but it's the same one as I already have. Then there were about 20 blues in various shades, and a bunch of dark greens, and dark reds. Smiley I think there were five yellows, in bold, warm tones, or pastelle yellow. No real "lemon" yellow. I DID manage to find a solid turquoise! (the only turquoise in the store) So there will be boats at some point! Cheesy

(oh, and here's a sneak peek of the failed icky-thump)
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6  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 (Sign Ups through June 30; Sendouts August 31) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by Melladh on: July 05, 2015 01:54:59 AM
Look. Plz. Explain tan. Cheesy These are my stashed brown tones so to speak.

These three (on the left) are my dark brown, lush almost reddish browns.

And these are my, left to right:
light brown scraps (haven't found more lately) and orange brown? like a dirty orange?, tan-ish patterned beige-brown things, and "unbleached linen" (the only solid color cotton fabric in the right weight)

Solids are out for getting something so specific, there are maybe twenty solids in the general fabric store, and that color range gets unbleached linen or super-undeniably-cold-brown usually.

What about the rest? What is tan?! Is the light brown tan? Is the coffee print tan?
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7  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 7 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: July 01, 2015 01:22:27 AM
icky thump in dark blue, light purple, grey and black.
garden fence in Citrusy brights.  Lime, lemon, orange aqua. With ash gray sashing.

boats single background (no water/air division) in aqua (not blue). White sails, any bright hull.

9-patch in mixed blues with tan center

maple leaf in solid white bg, leaves in red, orange or yellow (single color, different fabrics ok). Solid or discreet print.
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8  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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9  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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10  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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