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21  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 5? in New Swap Theme Ideas by Melladh on: December 31, 2013 03:36:46 PM
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22  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: October 26, 2013 10:42:14 AM
Craft fair today, I tried getting some fabrics more aligned with my experience of this swap, but I ended up with mainly me-fabrics anyway Cheesy Hopefully it'll be usable for round five though, whenever that happens! (look, some of these are neither jewel toned nor black!)

(I sort of derailed in this one quilt stand and bought all of these, then behaved and bought no more fabrics because I don't have any money left Cheesy )
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23  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: August 18, 2013 05:35:26 AM
My first paintbox is up!

Here's my modified cutting scheme, in case anyone's interested (not to scale! just an illustration!)

Worked with stacking two colors, just like in the instructions. I started by cutting the two 7x3 and 8x6 sections from each fabric, then stacked each size with its partner fabric for easier cutting. From the 7x3 I cut a 7x1.75 strip, resulting in both outer strips being done.

Then I stacked the 8x6 fabrics, and cut a 3x6 strip. Leaving the fabrics in place after the cut, I sliced myself a 1.75x8 strip (giving me 5x1.75 and 3x1.75).

I removed those two newly cuts, and sliced the fabrics still lying in place for a 1.25 strip as well. Again I removed the newly sliced 1.25's, and also the 3x3 square bit at the bottom.

Then the remaining bit gets a 1.75 strip sliced off, and we've got all our pieces! And saved almost enough fabric for an entire second pair of blocks... Smiley
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24  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 (Sign Ups Closed, Sendouts 9/30) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Melladh on: August 17, 2013 11:13:37 AM
Ok. Due to my poor math skills. My questionnaire and what is expected are confusing. Sorry.

Here's a pic of what I have in my head.

Six sets of 6.5 inch blocks. In random scrappy colours. Hope this clears things for groups one and three. Happy sewing. Wink

Reading the pattern I see what you did there. As all strips are just as long, the pieces for the layers are interchangable. You seem to have used all the slim strips in one layer instead of mixing slim and fat. So while a block is supposed to have one layer consisting of "slim, slim, fat, fat" you've done all slim on one and all fat on the other.
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25  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: July 23, 2013 11:04:01 PM

Group 2

EllaRain Garden Fence (happy colors with white fence, compare this and that - measurements in PM)

jungrrl Starflower (vintage-y pastels & white)

Fontiua French braid type with corners (purples, teals, blacks, grays, whites)

Sparkledust strip block - amount of strips not restricted (pastels)

Group 3

sloth003 - Oh Fransson's Paint Box (scrappy) refer to this

donniesgirl - Wee Scottie 10.5'' (white background, black pattern dog, plaid/checked bow tie with red in it)

EnginerdLisa - Garden Fence 10.5'' (greens with white fence)

FoxyMama Four Patch Star (Autumn colors with cream background)

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26  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 4 (Sign Ups 7/1-7/31, Sendouts 9/30) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Melladh on: July 06, 2013 06:36:57 AM
Since I'm continuing from last swap, I thought I'd provide a photo of the blocks I got last time! Man, it's hard to get colors looking right  Lips sealed

Unfortunately it's not so much of a sunny pic as a semi-cloudy-and-in-the-shade pic...
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27  Re: Embroidery Swap R9- Not just thread! (SO Mar 5) in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: March 10, 2013 05:39:56 AM
I received from noodle-bug!

First she made this really cool hoop

...and for some reason I don't understand she wasn't satisfied with it, but I'm greedily happy that she wasn't because it resulted in me getting TWO hoops Cheesy

The other one being this epic Shades of Grey piece

With my very own spoon and everything! I feel so rich. I'm super happy about it, thank you noodle-bug Cheesy
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28  Re: Embroidery Hoopla R9 - The Not Just Thread Round (SU closed, SO Mar 5) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Melladh on: February 21, 2013 01:41:02 PM
I've found a new favorite way of doing my backings - a taggy piece of fabric with sharpie writing on it, basted to the felt that i stitch on...

"name" of piece censored

Oh, and in other news, I'M DONE. Might send this weekend, though I suspect I'll send on monday - tomorrow I'll buy packaging, because I can't put it in a padded envelope like I usually do Cheesy This has probably been the quickest, most interesting, and "best" hoop I've made so far (because the motif is from/about/regarding something I think is really awesome). I'm pretty happy with it!
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29  Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 3 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Melladh on: February 20, 2013 12:20:51 PM

donniesgirl - 11'' Textured Quilt Blocks in yellows & solid white

Fabric Origami

Double Controlled Pleats with Center Ripple Effect

Lozenge Smocking

Homerof2 - Friendship Star Block black background and bright foreground

carolmb - Shoo Fly Block in cream/tan tone on tone background, and random foreground

danynn - Bookshelf blocks, random colorful books with solid black background (no shelves)

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30  Butterfly key hanger (pic heavy) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Melladh on: February 14, 2013 07:35:14 AM
I'm not sure it's relevant to warn with "pic heavy" anymore like it was when I joined back in 2004 or something, but instinct says... Cheesy

Long story short: Needed keyhanger. Made keyhanger.

Short story long:

Had a bit of wood left over from another project, which I painted white and then decoupaged with russian newspaper and helpful cats >_>

Looking all bubbly and newspapered and a bit off

Thin, uneven coat of white, just to make things flow together better

Started butterfly!

Now this is where I got in the zone and forgot to take pictures, but essentially I outlined the butterfly in pale blue, and when I was happy with the outline, I filled that in with black (just the lines mind you). When that was done, I started filling in the background. Sloppy as ever, but with a handful of different colors and being pale enough, it will blend into the background well enough. I used the same pale blue, pale green, pale gray, white, and slightly darker blue. It just needed some background noise to not look quite as glued on.
Then I filled in the butterfly with slightly darker blue, and started filling in the black bits. First the thicker outline, then the lines across the wings.

Finished butterfly includes white dots and a dark blue wash around the outer bits of the blue, for just ever so slightly more depth. (the top right wing got all washed over...)

Overview before the lacquer

Lacquered with polyurethane to withstand the scraping of the keys, and screws added (I drilled holes with my dremel first, because.. it's very thin wood!)

The hanging is on the sides, because at first I wanted it up top, but realized this is probably going to be very side-heavy as soon as you take one of the keys off, and it's a VERY thin piece, so "ears" it is

And complete!
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