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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Steampunk Crazy Quilt (lots of pictures) on: May 31, 2014 05:40:54 AM
 Embarrassed I thought I commented on this already... This is the most beautiful quilt I have ever seen in my life! I remember thinking that about a quilt that I saw when I was a little girl that had been made in the same style ca. 1900. Ever since, I have loved the concept of the crazy quilt and you have put together an even more awesome version!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Giraffe Baby Quilt on: May 31, 2014 04:59:53 AM
Thank you guys for your kind words- I had a lot of fun making this and want to make more!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Giraffe Baby Quilt on: May 28, 2014 04:50:25 PM
I had made a baby quilt about 20 years ago, but nothing of the like since.
Then I found out a friend of mine was having a baby and I went to Babies R Us to get some stuff off of her shower list and it was not a pleasant experience, so I decided to make something instead... that something was this baby quilt:

The nursery was a jungle theme, so I used leopard print fabric and muslin for the squares, and I found this peachy-pink giraffe print for the back. I thought the squares were missing something, so I cut a giraffe silhouette out and appliqued it to the front. I have never appliqued anything successfully, so I thought I would try a straight-stitch around the edges instead of a zig-zag stitch. It came out a little wonky, so was about to zig-zag over it, but the more I looked at it, I decided that I liked the wonky line and decided to add more:

I think it looks like I sketched around the outline with thread and I really like the look!
I mistakenly used a satin blanket binding around the edges that was too wide, and it didn't quite work out when I ironed it in half  Undecided , but I'm still quite proud of it!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ART DOLLS 3 - GALLERY on: April 27, 2014 08:25:19 AM
Now that the experience is over, I think I'm in love with making art dolls and plan on making more soon.

I think that must be what all of us are feeling!
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ART DOLLS 3 - GALLERY on: April 27, 2014 06:47:54 AM
I couldn't believe that my package got to LovelyMiss so quickly, but then I saw the cascade of "received" dolls in the gallery and it makes me think the PO must have sensed that our packages were special and needed to get to their homes quickly...

LovelyMiss, I'm glad you like your doll! Her face is creepy, but the original idea I had for it didn't work as I had planned. Computers are going to take over the world one day, so maybe a creepy computer face is appropriate...
I had so much trouble keeping the stuff on her head, I see from your pictures that I got glue on the ctrl key on her head... Sorry. And the tissue is actually carbon paper! My old job used it for timecards. It has writing on it, but is still good. I use it to trace out designs for stamps and woodburning and stuff.

We really have quite a variety here! I'm going to go look at all of the dolls as images only so I can see all of the different ones lined up next to each other!
I do have comments and questions, but I have so much trouble matching the names of who made what, I hardly ever comment on these boards because I'm embarrassed and it takes too much time to go back and match people up to their pictures (and I'm so nervous, I usually forget by the time I start writing).  As a matter of fact, I woke up this morning from a nightmare I was having about not being able to dial a phone number from a piece of paper that was next to the phone. No matter how hard I tried, by the time I looked at the paper and then tried to remember the number to press on the phone, I had already forgotten the number. It sounds dumb, but it causes me a lot of anxiety. I am always thinking about commenting after every picture, but I hardly ever do because of this.
I want you to know that I really do look at and appreciate every single doll that is posted on here, even if I don't comment much.
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Art Dolls 3 - Send out Thursday April 24, 2014 on: April 25, 2014 04:13:51 PM
I mailed out yesterday! Now for the nail-biting...
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: ART DOLLS 3 - GALLERY on: April 25, 2014 04:12:43 PM
Ooh, some great additions to our gallery! I love seeing all of the different types of materials everyone is using for their dolls!
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Art Dolls 3 - Send out Thursday April 24, 2014 on: April 21, 2014 03:37:00 AM
It looks like I'm going to have to take advantage of the new send-out date, apparently E-6000 glue does not work on everything... I found out the hard way when I was trying to box my doll up. I spent Saturday morning trying to fix it, but had to go out of town and then I worked yesterday  Tongue I'll get right on it as soon as I get home from work today and hopefully I'll find something that works. Undecided
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Saint Pigeonella on: April 19, 2014 02:07:25 PM
I love art pieces where you see something new each time you look at it, so I tried to incorporate a lot of different elements, but still (hopefully) keep it kind of cohesive!

That is so true of this piece! I was looking at her (again) this morning, seeing things that I hadn't seen before... I am so lucky to have her hanging above my sewing machine, inspiring me every time I go into my craft room!
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Art Dolls 3 - Send out Thursday April 24, 2014 on: April 19, 2014 07:30:47 AM
My gosh, it seems like the past two weeks have been bad ones all-around... Cry
My creative light was extinguished by the death of my stepfather, a week-long trip from MA to SC for the funeral (which also used up all of the money my husband and I had saved to go down there next month for a celebration of our marriage that was in Dec), a completely crap week at work... I did get a lot done on my doll last Saturday, but then it fizzled out again this past week. Undecided

But then, I finally looked at the gallery this morning and now I feel the spark of creativity again... Today the sun is shining and I am inspired! I just feel like the bad is behind me and things are going to get better... For all of us- I just know it!
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