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
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.
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
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 I should've taken a picture of it with the circs actually in it, but I didn't think that far
I'm posting pattern instructions here for this block that I don't have a name for. I call it "loglike", because you can arrange them the same way as with log cabins.
For more variety, you can can arrange each sub-block individually rather than my full version here, but I've written down this pattern for the Quilt Block Swap 5, which aims for 12.5'' blocks
So, let's begin!
For each block, you'll be making four of these.
OF EACH fabric, per sub-block, cut: 3 pcs 2,5'' square 1 pc 2,5'' x 6.5''
Take one of each color square and sew diagonally across. This makes the center bit. Cut off excess fabric and press.
Sew one square of "opposing" color to two sides of this piece, according to the picture, and press. That makes the middle strip.
For the left and right strips: Take one rectangle and one square of opposing color, and match up along the edge. Sew diagonally according to the picture, cut off excess fabric, and press. Repeat for the other rectangle.
Put together according to the picture of the sub-block.
Make four sub-blocks, and put together according to the larger picture.
So, I was slightly surprised to see a message in my inbox saying that my question about quilting tablecloths had been moved away from the quilting board, because apparently that wasn't appropriate.. And the message says that as a thread creator, I can "move topic". I respect the move by the admins, so I wasn't going to move it back or anything, but I was curious to find out where this new button was! However, there doesn't seem to be one. Do I no longer count as thread creator once an admin has moved the thread, or is it not really available to non-admins in the first place? I don't create a lot of threads, and I don't want to spam a board just to find it, but I will have a look here too as soon as I hit save
So yeah, my googling skills have failed me. What do YOU do when making tablecloths? Just a backing without anything in between, or some sort of interfacing? Without anything I think they tend to get a bit too flimsy and uneven, but I haven't really seen interfacing thin enough to still get a "flowing" fabric. We don't have handy stores for these kinds of things where I live; I have to go looking online, but I need to know what to search for! The thinnest thing I have above clothes interfacing is a "grill" interfacing (thin-as-to-be-worthless-for-it pot holder interfacing), which I think is far too stiff for this kind of thing.
What do you do? Do you have any examples to show, and tell me what you've done?
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...
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
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
Pardon the cardboard boxes, my table just isn't that long. My mom has been keeping these doilies in a bureau for years, inherited bits too precious for a crafter to throw away, but not that useful.
She does however use table runners a whole lot, so when I saw this pin I had to grab them.
The original project says she just tied them together, which seems a little unreliable to me, so I bought some wash-away interfacting, pinned everything to that, and just machined some seams in the middle of every intersection. Throwing it in the washer also removed all the stabilizer from the doilies, but it seems to dry flat enough after some ironing.
I didn't quite get the charming, random look of the original, because the engineer in me went for filling in all uneven spaces to get a proper rectangle, but it might be good enough.
I was trying to find the old hoopla idea threads, but even when I only check "new swap theme ideas", it still searches all boards. The search isn't very clever as it is, so without the board selection it's almost unusable
We used to make these all the time when I was a kid, but only for decorations to hang on the tree - there was nothing in them, and we'd usually glue bookmarks on them rather than take the shortcut of using stickers (it sort of makes me sound older than I am - we had stickers, but that wasn't how it was done!)
For this christmas I had the urge to make a load of them, and put candy in them this time around. Still nothing that make them into the "cracker" bit of the name though, but I feel candy suffices
Because I have no christmas tree for them, they're just all over the apartment, making it look like a cheerleader gathering, which also means I can't get them into one shot, soooo SPAM TIME
(boyfriend made this one!)
Fluffy reindeer isn't part of the cracker, it's just hanging out of the way of the cats... (and I like fluffy reindeer, but I did NOT buy him myself, it's an odd gift from mom)
Different style when my friend did hers this way which reminded me that's how we used to make them... but I prefer straight tassles
Sooo, yeah. I've got three hanging from my lamp (the last three, one of which didn't show up against the backlight of the window so I had to hold it against the fridge to take a pic), five hanging from my kitchen shelf, and five on my magnetic note board... I'm going to have to make my parents buy a christmas tree soon and dump six of them on their tree