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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Community Quilt "What I Love" squares on: April 12, 2015 04:12:00 PM
Every year I participate in a community quilt for Michigan Womyn's Music Festival. A large group of women donate quilt squares to make an amazing quilt that is raffled off during the festival. The money goes to keep the festival going and provide  funds to help all women who want to, attend.

This year, the 40th anniversary, is all about love, what you love about the festival, the land the women, the performers and the amazing community that is built every year for one glorious week.

4-29-15: I just added two more, the quilt needs a few more squares and it is coming together a bit differently than imagined. Ain't that just the way. See below.

This is "Singing Circle", both are 6" x 6" finished.

And "Goddess"

This one is "Heartbeat". This drummer woman was conceived in 2010 for that year's quilt and she just begged to come back and get the going.

And "Whispering Ferns". The land where the festival is held has acres of ferns, just starting to dry and rustle in the breeze in August as you wander through them.
12  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Faery doors are popping up everywhere! on: April 07, 2015 06:37:16 PM
I think we have a faery invasion...they are popping up everywhere. I sent this one to my partner in the Geezers, Alive and Kicking swap. It was a long winter, I figured my partner needed some fun. http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438192.0

13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Circles in blue (and purple and teal) for a lap of comfort. on: April 07, 2015 06:32:58 PM
My partner in the Geezers, Alive and Kicking swap....http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438192.0....mentioned wanting a lap quilt and blue and circles. In searching the web I saw a Circle of Hope quilt and fell in love with it. I drafted a pattern, pawed through my stash, worked out the colors and set to it. I did purchase some bits to fill in the colors as well as the trim and backing fabric.

This is only the second small quilt I have made. My grandson got the first one and it was smaller. This is lap size, about 50" x 50" and I made the squares big! I did try my hand at free motion quilting, but needed more practice than I had time for...so stitching in the ditch had to do.

When I took these photos we still had a foot of snow in the front yard. Yes, that is snow in some of the pictures. I mailed on March 28th in a snow flurry. Today there is no snow and it rained...a beautiful spring rain.

I made a pouch from a sample square I had made and included a little bonus.....

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Fascinators for Easter or Mother's Day Tea - With Tut! on: April 04, 2015 01:30:16 PM
My Easter plans changed and suddenly I needed to dress up. Who me? My jeans and shirt just would not do. I found a dress, but wanted to dress up even more with a hat. A little fun fascinator! My friends thought it was a great idea too, so grab the scissors and a cereal box and get going.

I did not have time to get proper hat materials, but my trusty stash supplied most the bits. I just purchased veil fabric and some little extras.

You will need:
  • Scissors
  • Cereal box or cracker box
  • Needle and thread
  • Hot glue
  • Batting or felt
  • Fashion fabric
  • Felt
  • Hair comb or head band
  • Embellishments, flowers, feathers, beads, buttons. I made my flowers out of fabric.

Cut a circle approx 4.25 inches from cardboard, try a tear drop shape. Cut a line to the center and overlap about 1/2 inch and glue. This will create a dome shape. Do not worry about the slight point at the top, it will be covered by embellishments.

Cut batting a 1/2 inch larger than the hat and cut your fabric a bit bigger than the batting. Using a running stitch, gather the edge and shape around the hat smoothing the fabric and avoiding obvious gathers on the top. Then hot glue to the cardboard shape.

Cut a piece of felt smaller than the hat and hot glue to inside of hat. I used felt because it doesn't slip as easily as a smooth fabric.

Stitch the combs or headband to a piece of felt, then glue the felt to the hat. You want some movement of the comb or headband to help attach to your head.

Rough place your flowers or main embellishments. Do not attach yet. I made flowers out of fabric, beads and buttons but you could use silk flowers or any embellishments. Don't forget feathers, spiky things, beads, more buttons, pearls....have fun.

Start with the veil fabric or netting, gather and attach with needle and thread. Then attach your larger items with hot glue and fill in with feathers and small flowers. Dress up and enjoy!
15  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Journal Keeper on: March 25, 2015 05:58:59 PM
I embellished an art journal that I had purchased several years ago and never used to add to the fun in a Use What You Have Swap. (Swap here http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438413.0)

But the journal needed a snugly cover to keep it warm. Those are needle keepers on the side, find them here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438632.0

16  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mind Your Needles, Monster on: March 25, 2015 05:53:49 PM
I made up a few needle minders for the Use What You Have swap. I was inspired by this tutorial http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437736.0 and since I had made a couple of monsters, kept with the theme for the needle minders. Swap is here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438413.0

17  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / One horned, one (and two eyed) not so purple people eaters on: March 25, 2015 05:49:15 PM
In the Use What You Have Swap, I dug into my stash of monster horns (I always make a few extra, you never know when you will need them) and monster eyes (ditto). Sorted through my fabric scraps and two little monsters popped out!

Check out the swap: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438413.0

18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Wave a Muse Wand in the air! on: March 25, 2015 05:44:39 PM
Joining an AWESOME swap really makes you wish for a Muse Wand to help you on your journey. I created two wands to send to my partner and her daughter, underthemountain.

A few sticks from the yard, a doll arm or two, some hand painted eyes, some aluminum from a soda can and lots of glue and yarn and beads.

The eyes are hand painted backs with flat marbles glued on top. I cut the eyelids from the can and hand embossed them and antiqued them with lots of paint rubbed on and sanded off. I painted some vintage lace to get the colors needed and started assembling. The sticks were wrapped in yarn and wire and then painted and sanded as well.

I inserted small dowels in the stick ends to help hold and glue the arms to. Add a few beads, nail on an embossed metal name plate, add some beads and there you go.

I also made custom velvet bags and boxed to hold them. I wanted to make sure that the wands arrived in one piece! Find the swap here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438407.0

19  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Curiosity Cabinet Transformation! on: March 14, 2015 04:06:17 PM
I had such fun in the Curiosity Cabinet Swap, and was amazed by the creations. See http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=437697.0

I needed a cabinet to display my curious and creepy objects. I knew I had a small display shelf stashed away in the basement and managed to unearth it. It was not inspiring. Sigh.

So several layers of paint, lots of glue, some soul satisfying distressing, here you go.

Original shelf. Next is the addition of objects and texture and a coat of black paint.

Then several coats of white and off-white and lots of shellac which gave it a nice aged look.

20  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / How to make 110 prayer flags in an afternoon. With TUT on: March 12, 2015 05:16:12 PM
A friend and former music director of our church recently died unexpectedly. We decided to give the congregation the opportunity to write messages on prayer flags and hang in our memorial garden until summer. Since it was my idea, I volunteered to sew the flags. We estimated we would need about a 100 + flags.

I raided my stash and came up with 4 of the pastels we wanted to use and a quick trip to the fabric store scored the other two colors. Yellow, pink, blue, green, peach and lavendar...all spring colors. Finals were 8" x 5".

I tore 11" strips, two from each color. I ironed over a 3 inch hem and sewed across the width doing a bit of a back stitch dance at each 5 " mark and cut 5 inch widths. Luckily most cottons come in 45" widths so I got 9 out of each strip. Some were slightly shorter, so I just spread the difference over several flags.

We supplied waterproof pens and oil crayons and a covered table for two Sundays. Everyone appreciated the chance to say goodbye and send their wishes. We used about 65 of the flags. Now that the snow has melted to a manageable level, I will be putting on my boots and traipsing out to hang some flags.

I zigzaged the flags, about 13 per 9 foot length of clothesline, figuring that we could tie them together as needed and tie to additional rope around the trees. I've strung flags before and in the wind they tend to slide to the center so the zigzagging will hold them in place and make them easier to hang.

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