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241  Re: 2012 Featured Cooking Projects in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MissingWillow on: October 19, 2012 02:34:38 AM
small pumpkins stuffed with mushrooms by p.kok      

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242  Re: Stuff a Small Box for Halloween Rnd 2 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: October 15, 2012 04:39:26 PM
I received my box of happy Halloween goodies from my partner BadWolf today, I just love this swap!  Up first...

The tiniest origami stars in Halloween paper, two haunted houses for my spooky neighborhood, Halloween print buttons and candy!

A handcrafted holiday mug rug, it's obvious a lot of handiwork went into this!  Thank you so much.

Halloween fabric to add to my obscene stash.  Thanks so much for being my partner, BadWolf!   Smiley
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243  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: October 13, 2012 12:30:26 PM
I just finished and posted a WIP!  A Halloween quilt for my daughter.

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244  Halloween Lap Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by MissingWillow on: October 13, 2012 12:24:19 PM
I finally finished the decorative Halloween quilt I started this time last year.  It's nice to get a WIP off of my list.

I used orange eyeball fabric for the back. 

Here's a closeup of the center panel.  I'm pretty proud of myself for not letting this go yet another year unfinished!
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245  Re: September 2012 Birthday Swap - Gallery and Discussion in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: October 10, 2012 01:31:56 PM
Here's the really lovely gift I received from Homerof2.  She claimed me for holiday placemats, I just love these!  The fabrics are really beautiful.  I especially love the candy prints!  I wish my Christmas stash looked like yours!   Smiley 

For an extra, she sent me some beautiful fabrics to play with.  Love these! 

You really hit the mark with these, Homerof2, thank you so much!
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246  Re: Surpise Halloween ATC swap 2012 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by MissingWillow on: October 08, 2012 03:57:59 AM
I'm loving all the cards, too.   Smiley  Here's the fantastic one I received from bunny1kenobi.  A skelly whose eyes glow in the dark (and everything's better when it glows in the dark!)

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247  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: October 06, 2012 01:25:58 PM
Claimed by Avesthel -

Fig Preserves

Thanks so much!
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248  Re: 50 Projects 2012--Join here and post your lists ! in Craftalongs by MissingWillow on: October 04, 2012 12:14:46 PM
I just finished one of my 50.  My daughter asked me to make her a sleep mask, she selected the fabric.  It has a really soft fleece on the back.

And I posted a tutorial for a Halloween patchwork bag.  It won a ribbon at our county fair. 

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249  Patchwork Drawstring Bag Tutorial in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by MissingWillow on: October 04, 2012 07:44:19 AM
I hoard love Halloween fabric!  When I got partnered with cackle for the Mini 13 Days of Halloween, I decided to make a patchwork bag as her container.  I've received some Halloween fabric in swaps over the past few years and my quilt shop sells their bolt ends for 20 cents an inch so I'm always digging in their bins and have never passed up a spooky print. I took some in-process photos, here's how I made it.

The first thing I did was cut out 48 2.5 by 2.5 inch squares, then laid them out how I thought they looked best.  See those word squares at the bottom?  They were from a pair of PJ pants I found at WalMart after Halloween on sale for $5.  They didn't have my size but I bought a pair anyways to craft with some day.  The best part?  They glow in the dark (oh yeah!)   Cheesy

Being careful of the fabrics that had a 'this end up', I started sewing the squares together in rows of four with a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

Once the row was completed, I ironed the seams flat set it aside, and went on to the next row.
When I had all the rows completed, I started sewing them together with the same 1/4 inch seam allowance.

It came together pretty fast!

I chose linen for my accent fabric at the bottom of my bag, but you could use most anything.  I cut a piece of linen 3 1/2 by 24 1/2 inches and pinned it to the bottom of my patchwork piece.  It would be really easy to pin it to the wrong edge of the patchwork, so make sure you notice which end is up.

Another 1/4 inch seam and it's attached.

I gave it a hand embroidered detail by doing a large running stitch with six strands of orange embroidery floss right along the seam I just sewed. 

Now it's time to turn your large rectangular piece into a tube which will form the sides of the bag.  Just fold it in half with right sides together and sew and 1/4 inch seam up the edges.  Press the seam open when you're done.  Do not turn it right side out, leave it as-is for the next step.

Using a compass, draw a 7 3/4 inch diameter circle on a piece of paper then cut it out.  This will be your template for the bottom of your bag.  Cut the linen circle and pin it to the bottom of the tube.

Sew the round bottom to the sides of the bag with a 1/4 inch seam.

Clip the curve about every half inch with sharp scissors.

The lining is really similar to the process you just did to make the exterior of your bag.  Cut a piece of fabric 11 by 24 1/2 inches and sew it up the short side into a tube.  Cut another 7 3/4 inch circle, pin it right side together to the bottom of your tube and sew a 1/4 inch seam.  Clip the curve. 

For the drawstring case, cut a piece of fabric 2.5 by 25.5 inches and iron a 1/4 inch seam along one of the long edges.  Turn both of the short ends over 1/4 inch, then another 1/4 inch run a seam down the middle to give the drawstring opening a finished edge.  NOTE: the drawstring used in this project was actually 1.5 by 24.5 inches and I decided for future projects, I would increase the width in order to make it easier to sew.

Place the lining inside the exterior bag.  The wrong side of your lining should be touching the wrong side of your patchwork piece.  Now it's time to attach the drawstring case along the top of the patchwork piece.  With right sides together, pin the un-ironed edge of your drawstring case to the outside of your bag.

Remove the Bernina's sliding table and sew the drawstring case on using a 1/4 inch seam.

The final thing you need to do is to fold the drawstring case over and hand stitch the ironed edge to the lining.

Thread a drawstring and you're done!

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250  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by MissingWillow on: October 03, 2012 10:56:01 AM
Sold to underthemountain

Peach Jam

Canned Blueberries (Not a jam or jelly.  Drain and add to muffins)

Thanks so much for the claims!
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