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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 24, 2017 05:23:20 AM
I'm Carol and the Connecticut winters are long. I don't quilt, so the fact that I have made 3-4 baby quilts, mug rugs, placemats, etc. must not count.  Wink Projects for 2017
Placemats for soon to be redecorated dining room, 2 done, 4 to go.

I'll add as I go.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! on: March 24, 2017 05:15:13 AM
Hey quilty friends, I have a cool sponsor lined up for an upcoming challenge! What kind of quilting challenge ideas do you like? A couple I had were:

--quilted item using charm squares (5 inch squares)
--quilted item using vintage fabric, vintage design/pattern
--quilted mug rug

Do you like any of these and/or what other ideas do you like?

I like the vintage, but anything with charm squares is fun too. As to item...anything goes. Maybe a special prize for paper piecing.
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: Harry Potter Robe on: March 23, 2017 12:44:13 PM
Love it. Great robe and that fabric is very cute. My DGS had very specific orders on how his robe should be. The lining had so be smooth and shiny and it had have this and that. He even drew a picture on my tablet. It's so much fun to make stuff for the kiddies.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Hogwarts school robes for the incoming class - large and small on: March 21, 2017 10:11:58 AM
I hope they don't send the copy-cat dementors after me!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hogwarts school robes for the incoming class - large and small on: March 21, 2017 08:04:43 AM
We took my grandson to Universal Studios Harry Potter World last November. What fun. I love the detail and solidness they achieve for an amusement park. He and his dad (my rather tall broad son) got their interactive wands, but the DGS wanted a robe too. They are pricey at the park and was told no. After a meltdown was averted, he was 9 and settled down pretty fast, I promised I would make him a robe. Of course the tall one chimed in and wanted one too! My DS can be quite playful. Well, I got sick with the never ending cold/cough, then the holidays, then life, then procrastination. Well.....they are done!

I found no pattern that gave me what I wanted. Graduation gowns were too intricate, most the other patterns I found gave me only part. I did find one for the robe and sleeves. But I ended up modifying the sleeves. I used a girl's dress pattern for the smaller robe, again modified. I sure hope they fit, we don't live near enough for fittings.
Oh, and they wanted wand pockets and side pockets. Welt pockets are not as hard as they look, but I have to relearn how to do them every time. And of course special labels.
I tore out about half the seams in the large one, and redid the sleeves...they are pieced together to modify them. But they look great! I did purchase the emblems. The clasps came from the fabric store.

First the small:



Then the large:

6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Dotee Swap Round 14 Gallery on: March 21, 2017 07:39:41 AM
 Grin Grin Grin Grin

It's an interesting switch. It's all in fun after all. The main point is that you got it done and sent! Made me happy for some reason.
7  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 - S/U Feb24 thru Mar8, S/O April 10 on: March 21, 2017 07:37:43 AM
I'll have to look for that epoxy & coloured E6000 too. It really does seem that you can't have enough glue.

That would be a good thread, how many types of glue do you have and what do you use it for. Don't start here or we would never get to our projects!! Others could be variety of cutting tools, or types of paint/ink/colored pencils/markers/etc. Fun threads.
8  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 - S/U Feb24 thru Mar8, S/O April 10 on: March 21, 2017 07:34:51 AM
Oh, yeah, I guess that wasn't very clear. There is a two part epoxy you push on the plunger and it self mixes. I've used it and it's good, but, you know, it's liquid glue and messy. And I have poor glue control. Like a child.

My favorite epoxy actually comes in a little canister. It's in the plumbing area. Grey on the inside with a weird, blue waxy like (it's not wax) outer 'shell'. You tear off what you think you'll use, and knead until the colors blend and it softens. It's significantly less messy, and I've kept tubes (in the canister) for YEARS and it's still useable, because it wasn't activated.

It's recommended you use gloves. (I don't because I'm terrible, but you should) I mean, it adheres metal and other dissimilar materials, so wash hands after, don't touch eyes, basic safety stuff (it's not pancake batter, no tasting!).

I'll edit this post later with the brand/name.


does it cure clear or opaque or colored?
9  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Assemblage Art Swap 2 - S/U Feb24 thru Mar8, S/O April 10 on: March 19, 2017 11:09:36 AM
I finished my Hogwarts robe for the grandson and even bigger kid, my son. Now I can really start thinking on this. I have several possibilities. Recommendations for gluing metal to metal?
10  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 (Sign-ups CLOSED, Sendouts 4/24) on: March 19, 2017 10:57:54 AM
So I was going to use freezer paper (for the first time ever) to make part of my quilt... except.  Except I "tested" a bit on a different project to get a handle on it and it didn't stick.  Not even a lil bit.  Sad  Any thoughts as to what went wrong?  I'm going to be really annoyed if I have a big roll of this stuff and I can't get it to work!

Hummmm. Did you make sure it was shiny side down?

I thought I did, although it's a bit hard to tell.  I had the iron on very high and tried pressing for different amounts of time, but the stupid stuff just got all staticky.  :/

I'm not having the most successful sewing session... now I'm arguing with press studs.  Roll Eyes

Try different temps, the temperature may have been too high. Try a wool or silk setting and different lengths of pressing. You may have toasted the "glue" to a hardended state.
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