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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt Block Swap R5 - finished quilt 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 pile of flesh, which I adore (I recomment right-clicking the pic and choosing "view image" on this one)

2  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!
3  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Postcard memento book 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.
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lunch box bag for my boyfriend 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.



5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lil bag for my circs 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
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / "Loglike" quilt block pile of flesh on: January 08, 2014 08:22:27 AM
I'm posting pile of flesh instructions here for this block that I don't have a name for. Smiley 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 pile of flesh for the Quilt Block Swap 5, which aims for 12.5'' blocks Smiley

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.
7  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Move topic button? Where? on: June 06, 2013 04:43:01 AM
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.. Wink 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 Wink

-edit- nope none here either
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Quilting tablecloths? Noob question about backing and interfacing on: June 05, 2013 06:54:44 AM
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? Smiley
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Butterfly key hanger (pic heavy) 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!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Doily table runner on: January 18, 2013 06:16:01 AM


Pardon the cardboard boxes, my table just isn't that long. Cheesy 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. Cheesy

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. Smiley
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