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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: September 13, 2014 09:45:43 AM
I'm seriously in love with them too, both the colors and the pattern Cheesy But I must've misunderstood something, because I've got 7 full length strips of sashing left. Huh
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: September 13, 2014 07:23:22 AM
emisaurus' blocks done and posted Smiley

and I received from carol the other day Cheesy so pretty. I've finally gotten all the fabrics needed to finish off the quilt from last swap (I say finish.. finish enough to send to a long arm quilter) so hopefully the quilt top will be finished this weekend - naively hoping to get the back done as well.
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sandwich wrap (tutorial) 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!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: August 31, 2014 08:48:23 AM
Blocks are looking amazing! That star for kbrison is really cool Carol

No update from me. I'm in Greece, celebrating my birthday on the beach Cheesy will probably spy a couple of times during the week to check out the goodies. (internet is slow and fickle, but serviceable!)
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: August 28, 2014 02:33:11 AM
At $20-25 a yard for quilting fabrics in Sweden, it sounds like those of us in the States need to send Melladh some care packages.  Grin

Lol, that's very nice, but you don't have to do that Cheesy Truth is, almost everything is expensive here. Because we import everything. So take your prices, and add shipment. Then you add import customs fees. Then you add the cost of renting location here, and salary for the employees. And then you add sales tax. Roll Eyes ...and everything is FAR cheaper here than at our neighbor Norway's place Cheesy Norway is oil country, so they have a higher baseline than us, but they're also more expensive for regular people. My favorite comparison is what is known as something like "hamburger market price", kind of hard to translate. A burger at a street kiosk costs about $5 here, but it'll cost about $12 in norway.

I'm going on one week vacation next week btw, so I might be out of touch Smiley I've actually only remembered to look up yarn shops where I'm going, no quilt shops! I have to google some more!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: August 27, 2014 07:10:25 AM
We used to have a quilt store only an hours commute away from home. We don't anymore. There's one shop in the capitol with maybe 20 bolts, another with another 20 bolts, a third with 20 bolts, a fourth with only a couple of FQs... Rarely any of the good ones, just something the store found fashionable at the time. And the price? About $20 per yard Tongue Just as often $25.

...isn't "exploded rainbow" what we generally aim for as crafters? Cheesy Or exploded everything?
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: August 26, 2014 09:15:22 PM
Im headed to ohio this weekend for an unrelated thing. Te man has already suggested we check out a joanns on the way home. . And maybe a few other fabric stores he "found" online. And people wonder why. I married him. Grin
I understand exactly why you married him!  Grin Anytime we're going to Tulsa my dh always asks whether I want to go to JoAnn's 'before or after' the other purpose for the trip, not 'if' I want to go. And Melladh, if you ever make it to Tulsa, I can take you to 2 JoAnn's, 2 Michael's, and 3 Hobby Lobbys plus several quilt fabric stores. We have an abundance of craft riches here.

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: August 26, 2014 12:22:32 PM
I've been to a JoAnn's once. It was amazing. If we had something like that here I might never leave. Roll Eyes
I'm halfway done with the herringbones! They are gorgeous. Imho.
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: August 26, 2014 09:52:12 AM
lol I dress like that sometimes...I wonder if I am singeing the eyes off people who see me? Grin

If you are, you're doing it right Cheesy

I do not know the meaning of this "clashing" you speak of. Tongue Erhm.

Melladh, if it wasn't for the funny face, I would have thought you were serious too  Cheesy

Yeah, I forget sometimes that my exaggerated ways of expression doesn't necessarily come across as OTT online as when I do it with loudness and flourishing irl Roll Eyes Note to suggestion box: Exaggerated Flourish smilies.

I actually cut the first block bit on the herringbone this morning, and I love the effect of the sashing. I mean I complain about everything new when I first encounter it, and the cut 1'' WOF was a bit annoying (partially because WOF is a different size here, for solids) but I'm REALLY enjoying the smoothness of this block. So far. If it all turns to crap I'll hate it. Cheesy But right now, much love.
10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Quilt Block Swap Round 6 Gallery on: August 26, 2014 09:45:14 AM
lol melladh...I think clashing is fun, but sometimes, I have to admit, it can look horrible in my eyes...I have redone many blocks because I did not like the colors together after I sewed them up! Grin

I haven't actually had that problem with anything I've sewed yet, but I've had some other .. things .. where I look at it and go "argh what is this monstrosity and why can't I stop looking at it it's wonderful and singeing my eyes at the same time" Cheesy
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