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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / doll quilt made from 30's repro charm pack on: December 14, 2008 12:38:45 PM
Over the last two nights I made this doll quilt for my niece, Isabella. I love tiny patchwork and instant gratification, so this project was the perfect thing to keep me occupied between studying for finals. I plan on making a little doll (maybe a black apple doll) to go with it. I used an Aunt Grace charm pack for the patchwork, which is how I discovered that I hate sewing with fabric with pinked edges. Because I just couldn't match up the edges well enough, I trimmed the blocks down and made even tinier patchwork than I'd originally intended to.

Here is the finished product. It measures about 18"x16" and has a tiny 1/4" binding. After I'd done a bobbin's worth of quilting, I flipped over the quilt and realized that I had quilted over a big crease in the fabric. So I ripped it all out and re-did it. Again, I quilted a crease, but not as bad as the first time and there is absolutely no way I am fixing it. Sorry, Bella. I'm a 'do it my way or not at all' kind of person so of course I didn't baste or pin, but I learned my lesson and will do a better job next time.






also blogged here
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / from splotchy 90's to IKEA goodness...my couch story. on: November 26, 2008 11:17:22 AM
So, last year I moved out of my parent's house and in to my first college apartment. For some reason, people think that being in college gives you license to have horrid furniture and live like a slob. I, however, had literally been dreaming of decorating my apartment and had been buying dishes and hoarding them under my bed for a year when it finally came time to move.

My roommate was supposed to bring a couch and flaked on that duty, leaving us having to share a chair whenever we wanted to watch tv! When a family friend offered to give me their old living room furniture, I jumped at the chance. The couch is obscenely comfortable and in good shape, but just didn't match my bright, pop-art living room in any way. For months, every time someone would come in the the apartment, I would say "this couch was free, don't judge me!" I tried covering it with blankets, hiding it in the corner, and blocking it from sight behind laps and other furniture...but one day I just couldn't take it any more! Using an old duvet cover from IKEA, I draped, nipped and tucked the fabric over the arms and bottom part of the couch. I handstitched the fabric directly on to the old fabric and staplegunned any parts that could be staplegunned. For the cushions, I pretty much just threw a sheet over them and tucked it in at the arms. It's a little but annoying since I'm constantly readjusting the sheet, but it's worth it to me! I think putting a little bit of quilt batting over the cushions may help this problem.

Anyway, the sheet cost $10 new, and the duvet was about the same. They were both a few years old and not really being used, so for all intensive purposes I'd consider this a free project. I like my living room much better now...but when I move, this couch is NOT going with me!  Tongue





and here is what it looked like before...

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Lap Quilts For All Swap: Round 4 Gallery on: November 12, 2008 01:39:35 PM
here are my fabrics so far:


and here is my first block for j_q_adams. He said he wanted some different sized blocks, and of course I went for the smallest size, 6.5". I like making tiny patchwork. It's from Carol Doak's book, Simply Sensational 9 Patch Stars.


Here is a block for MareMare. It's the same block as for John, but bigger. Her quilt has similar colors to mine, so I liked working with the fabric a lot.


Here is my block for gordongirl. After making it, I saw Rita's block and reazlied I used one of the same units in it! Sorry for copying you Rita, and I hope it works for your quilt, Gordongirl!


Here's a block for 1boy1girl1kitty2. I was sick of following patterns for the day, so I improvised this one. I was going for a bargello feel.


Here's another bargello block, but this one for j_q_adams. I think the block looks better sideways, so turn your head!


Here's my block for whoopdedoo_5. The star is inspired by a tutorial I found on here years ago. I miscalculated how big the border was supposed to be, so I chopped it down and added another one.


Here's a block for Audrey1999. Her fabrics were so bright and cheery! The block is from eq6. I felt bad for not using the ladybugs, so I'm going to make another little block to go with this one.


Here's a block for Poerava.  Gordongirl saved me and sent more of the burgundy fabric I needed to finish  Shocked The pattern is from Carol Doak.


A block for glittergirl94. I really have taken a shine to using solids; they're so easy to work with!


So, I made lourapalmr's block after my 3 hour Corporate Finance class. Turns out, my brain must have been mush because I sewed 2 of the squares on wrong.  ::)I thought about ripping it all apart and fixing it, but I'm not sure if it's so critical. I still think it kinda looks cool. Thoughts on this?!


Here's my block for LibbyK. It's pretty simple but I'm happy with it:


And for southern flower, a kind of wonky log cabin. The wonkiness was uhhhhh, unintentional, but I think it works.
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Lap Quilts For All Swap- Round 4! CLOSED! on: November 10, 2008 06:09:34 PM
Gallery for Lap Quilt Swap I Spring: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=231990.0
Gallery for Lap Quilt Swap II Summer: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=240167.0
Gallery for Lap Quilt Swap III Fall: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=254966.0
[OUR ROUND] Gallery for Lap Quilt Swap 4 Winter: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278288.0

Swap name: Lap Quilt Swap IV: Winter Edition (USA and Canada)
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: FlashleyAshley, with Audrey1999 and Southern FLower co-organizing
Sign-up date range: 11/10-11/17
Date to send item by: 12/3 for fabric; 2/17 for blocks (read below)


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): Yes -- 36 people.  There must be exactly 12, 24, or 36 people.  If there aren't 12, 24 or 36 people by the time the swap is set to begin, I will extend the signup period.  Whenever there are 36 people I will close the signups.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? Yes -- U.S. or Canada only. You will most likely be sending to both the US and Canada.

All ages allowed? Or 18+?  18+

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: NO
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES -- there is already a co-organizer, Audrey1999.

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

*When you send me PMs, the more specific you can make the subject line the better!

Summary of swap:

You make 11 blocks for the people in your group using the fabrics of their choice and you receive 11 in return.  You can make whatever style or pattern block you'd like.  You make yourself one block too which gives you 12 -- enough to make a lap quilt!  Read on for details!!

Details of swap:

There may be two (or three) groups of 12 and you'll only quilt for your group.

Each participant will choose/purchase the fabrics that they want in their own quilt.  She or he will send out at least three different fabrics totaling at least 3/8 yard total to each other participant.  If you prewash your fabrics (most quilters do), prewash them before you send them.  The fabrics must be quilting cottons -- no velvet or knits.

No piece should be smaller than 9"x9" and you should send some lights and darks.  Remember, the fabric that you send out to people will be in your block.  Give the participants a range of fabrics to work with.  You may even want to send more fabric to be sure that the participants have the flexibility to use lots of different designs.  In the past swaps, participants have often wanted more fabric to work with.  It's better to send extra because you'll get the scraps back.

If you have any special requests, include a note when you mail out the fabrics (special requests include preference for traditional or non-traditional blocks, embroidery, etc.  These requests do NOT have to be honored, but it's an additional chance to let your partners know what you are most interested in).  Be sure to include your name inside the package to help the receivers to keep them organized.

2 requirements when you send your fabrics: (1) Send your fabrics inside a ziplock bag with your name written on it.  Do not use the ziplock bags that have the slider closers as they cost more to ship.  (2) Include a return address label -- it can be a print out to tape on the package (it doesn't have to be a professional sticker) 

All the fabrics must be sent by 12/3.   You do not have to prove via DC that you shipped the fabrics; if the fabric gets lost in the mail, it is up to you to resend or the recipient will not be responsible to send you a block. Shipping is about $1-2 US per package, so keep this in mind when deciding how many groups to sign up for.

Each person will then receive 11 sets of fabric.

Using the fabrics sent by each person, you will make that person a quilt block that measures 12.5" x 12.5".  Please be precise on the finished size.  You'll send each of these blocks back the original person (along with any spare fabric that you did not use so the original person can use that for pieced sashing or additional blocks if s/he desires).  You can use whatever pattern you desire to make the blocks. You can make all the blocks the same or each one different.

All completed blocks must be sent by 2/17/2009.   Delivery confirmation is not required.  However you must at least save the receipt.  If your package gets lost in the mail, you must be able to prove that you sent it for positive feedback.  Please remember to include your username in the package so that everyone knows where their blocks came from!

This gives you two months to make 11 blocks.  Since you don't have to quilt or piece the blocks together, this is totally doable.

When the swap is over, you will have received 11 blocks (and you should make yourself one) out of the fabrics of your choice!  You can piece them all together and add sashing/border and make a truly keepsake quilt.  Without sashing, the finished quilt size will be 36 x 48" (this is a lap quilt size; or you could use it as a baby quilt too).

PLEASE only join if you know how to quilt.   I know that joining swaps can be fun to try out new techniques but because you are working with someone else's fabric, you can't just purchase more if you make a mistake.  So please, be confident in your skills.  You don't have to be amazing but just be sure that you can pick a design and move forward without fear of messing up the fabric. Make a block that you'd be happy to receive and we'll all have fantastic quilts!

Gallery:  Everyone is requested to post photos of their completed blocks to their "block gallery."  When I open the gallery thread, every person will post a HOLD spot for their block gallery.  This just means that you post a comment on the thread.  Nobody can post any discussion until everyone has created their block gallery.  When you finish a block, you'll post a photo of it to your block gallery so that everyone can see.  After all the galleries are created, everyone can discuss the blocks.

** This swap is communication heavy!  You are expected to promptly notify your group leader whenever you send or receive fabric or blocks.  In addition to letting your organizer know when you get blocks, you will also need to make a ‘progress post’ every Monday. You can simply let us know that you are still alive, or give us more details about which blocks you've done.

Please: If something happens to snag you from sending, send late.  BETTER LATE THAN NEVER!  This swap ONLY works with full participation because you have someone else's fabric!

Feedback will be given as soon as you send all your completed blocks and they are received.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer: FlashleyAshley

audrey1999 and Southern Flower will help with updating the status and keeping everyone on track over the winter.

You may sign up for one group if you are a newbie swapper, and up to 3 groups if you have swapped before (this counts all Craftster swaps, not just this one.)  Tell me how many times you want your name in the hat.  For example, if you want to be in 2 groups, you'll send out and receive 22 packets of fabric; 3 groups, 33 packets of fabrics and blocks. Keep in mind that each packet costs about 2 dollars to send--postage WILL add up if you are sending 60+ blocks!

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: LQ4
Craftster username:
# of groups:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Do you agree to posting a progress report every Monday?

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE:
*=LQS veteran
1. FlashleyAshleyx2*
2. whoopdedoo_5x3*
3. whoopdedoo_5x3*
4. whoopdedoo_5x3*
5. LouraPalmr*
6. audrey1999x2*
7. chinarockfishakm
8. KRB
9. kaishabackwards*
10. 1boy1girl1kitty2X3*
11. 1boy1girl1kitty2X3*
12. 1boy1girl1kitty2X3*
13. j_q_adamsX2*
14. j_q_adamsX2*
15. glittergirl94x3*
16. glittergirl94x3*
17. glittergirl94x3*
18. poerava
19. MareMare
20. ritapizza*
21. southern flowerx2*
22. southern flowerx2*
23. gordongirl
24. EOcrafter
25. Laural
26. LibbyK
27. audrey1999x2*
28. thatbluesea
29. SandyBradley
30. klum78x2*
31. klum78x2*
32. MareMare
33. southern flowerx3!*
34. gordongirlx2
35. KRB*2
36. Laural*2

here's our gallery!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=278288.0
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / July 2008 Mostly Fat Quarter Swap Gallery on: July 14, 2008 10:26:20 PM
We've got senders! Post your goodies (and what you made from them if you want to) here!

original swap thread:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=255117.0
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / July 2008 Mostly Fat Quarter Swap (sendouts 7/30) CLOSED on: July 03, 2008 01:05:28 PM
Swap Name: July 2008 Mostly  Fat Quarter Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: FlashleyAshley
Sign-up date range:7/2/08-7/12/08 or until full
Date to send item by:7/30/08

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
All ages allowed? Over 13. Please make sure that if you are under 18 that you have a parents permission to participate. Please only sign up if you have a reliable mode of transportation to the post office.

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide:  yes
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: yes
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: yes
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: yes

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES


Details of swap:
Everyone needs more fabric! This is a fun way to increase your stash and help someone else increase theirs, too. Participants will be sending out 1 half yard and 4 fat quarters to their partner.  In return, you will receive 1 half yard and 4 fat quarters. Since many people have expressed interest in receiving smaller pieces of fabric, a sandwich sized ziplock bag full of scraps will be equivalent to one fat quarter. Participants have the option of sending (and receiving) 1 or 2 packages.
A fat quarter is typically 18x22 and a half yard is typically 18x44. For purposes of this swap, a scrap pack will be one sandwich sized ziplock bag (approx. 6x6) and will be equivalent to 1 fat quarter.

Stash busting is fine for this swap, but please remember that anything you send needs to be in new condition (unless your partner has requested vintage or old fabrics.) Since there is no crafting involved in this swap, you will only have 2.5 weeks between the end of signups and the send out date. Even though it is an easy swap, please remember to have good communication with your parter! Delivery Confirmation (DCN) is required for this swap. Please send the number to the organizer and your partner once your package is sent.


If you want to participate, please send the following information to the organizer, FlashleyAshley, with July FQ swap signups in the subject line:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: July 2008 Mostly Fat Quarter Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Are you atleast 13 years old?
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (You may have to if there aren't any others from your country.)
Would you like to swap with one or two partners?
Do you have any common allergens (smoke, pets, etc.) in your home?
Would you like to send scraps?
Favorite colors?
Favorite patterns, design, motifs, themes, etc.?
Favorite types of fabrics?
Any colors, patterns, designs, types of fabric that you DISlike?
Do you want a scrap pack? If yes, do you have any size requirements? (at least 3 squares, 1.5 postage stamp squares, etc.)
What do you plan to use these fabrics for?
Do you have any allergies that pertain to swapping?
Anything else you would like to add?


IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE:
1. FlashleyAshley
2. whoopdedoo_5
3. bsonlytoots
4. winstongang
5. love2teach
6. KimsCozyKitchen
7. hannahmint
8. thunderchild
9. AbsurdAnnekuh
10. Kaissa
11. SalutingMagpies
12. Colorado Deb
13. sinisterbutterfli
14. imafundork
15. aeronberry
16. caffeinatedair
17. Penlowe
18. Elphalba
19. girlosun_9
20. mcook72677
21. aspenwall
22. critterpants
23. bridgeywidgey
24. BertaBerta

GALLERY!
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=257271.0
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Eiffel Tower bag- Butterick 4822 on: April 05, 2008 03:40:45 PM
My crafty pen pal Marie (athenamat) sent me this pattern [Butterick 4822, I did view C] last week in a supply swap. In an effort to use up some of my fabric stash, I unearthed some material from about 5 years ago. For the shell, I used some Eiffel Tower fabric (duh!) and the lining is teal with some fancy looking silhouettes of ladies walking dogs and the like. I used the shell fabric for the base of the lining and the interior of the zippered pocket, but I don't know if I'm in love with that.

I followed the pattern for the most part, but I did make a few little changes. I used plastic in the base instead of cardboard so I could wash it, and added a zippered pocket and a keyring in the lining. I carry a lot of junk in my bags, so I need all the organization I can get.

The pattern wasn't difficult, but I had forgotten how much I hate gathering. That said, I will probably make another one for my sister's birthday.



 



8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Ikea Swap (signups 3/1 - 3/15, send out by 4/19) on: March 01, 2007 08:58:13 PM
Swap name: Ikea Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: FlashleyAshley
Sign-up date range: March 1 March 15
Receive Partner Info: March 16
Date to send items by: On or before April 19th

Limited to a certain number of people? No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
All ages allowed? Or 18+? All ages


-Legal Stuff-

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES

I will be checking in about halfway through the swap to see how everyone is doing. As per Craftster's rules, swappers will be required to get a Delivery Confirmation Number (DCN) when they ship their packages out. Please PM this number to the organizer and your partner. If you cannot get a DCN in your country, save your reciept as proof that you sent.

Details of swap:
original thread here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=153584.0
I love Ikea, not only for their 50 cent hotdogs but also for the huge amount of craft supplies! This swap is a challenge to see what you can make using as much stuff from Ikea as possible. They have fabric, raw wood, fixtures, free measuring tapes & pencils, cork board, frames, glasswear, paper products, perler beads, and the list goes on! They also sell batteries, paint, stains, hardware, glue and thread. Most of it is very well priced, aswell.

The idea is to use as much from Ikea as possible. I realize that you may need special adhesives, paint, etching cream, sewing supplies and other notions, and that is just fine. You can use what you need to make your craft, but the challenege here is to be innovative within the bounds of Ikea.

Each person will make 1 large, 1 medium and 1-2 small items for their partner. If you and your partner decide that you want to make more or less items, that is fine. As long as you agree on it, it's works for me!


QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:
Name of swap: Ikea Swap
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name & mailing address: (As it would appear on a shipping label)
Favorite colors:
Favorite Motifs:
Colors or motifs that you dislike:
Would you like housewares? If so, for what room? (bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, etc.) Is there a specific theme?
What kids of crafts can you do?
What kinds of crafts would you like to receive?
Any crafts you do not want or have to many of already (purses, etc.)?
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your own country?
Do you have any allergies, such as smoke or animals?
Do you smoke or have animals in your crafting space?
Is there any period during the swap you will be out of communication?
Other things you would like your partner to know:

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, REMEMBER TO SEND YOUR INFO TO ORGANIZER (FlashleyAshley) VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND NOT TO REPLY WITH IT HERE.

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.


AFTER PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP AND BEEN APPROVED, LIST THE PARTICIPANTS HERE AND WHO IS SENDING TO WHOM:

FlashleyAshley




9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Ikea swap? on: February 19, 2007 01:41:27 PM
Every time I go to Ikea, I'm always wishing I had an excuse to buy everything there and make stuff out of it. With all the unfinished wood stuff, fabric, and general cheapness of everything, it seems like the perfect place for a swap to take place.
I know there's been a Swedish swap, but would anyone be interested in doing a swap with things purchased only from ikea? With the exception of paint and glue (which they sell at Ikea too, actually.)
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / bank account? on: January 14, 2007 01:30:31 AM
Over the last year or so I've started doing craft fairs, commissioned pieces, selling on etsy, etc. I am transferring to a fashion program in the fall and intend to start selling much more stuff (and more expensive stuff.) I have a hard time when it comes to knowing how much money has gone in to crafts during any given time. When I make money, it goes right back in to my checking account and lord knows what I do with it there. My ideal situation is that I buy my craft materials with money I made from selling, so I don't spend all my money on fabric.

My question is this: have any of you opened a separate checking account for your crafty ventures? I could get a free checking account because I'm a student, but dealing with banking can be such as hassle. Have any of you done this? And if so, does it help keep you organized?
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