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1  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: November 27, 2015 05:27:46 PM
Nessie helped me make our contribution to Thanksgiving dinner:

Two loaves of Brown Butter Apple Bread

and two cake pans' worth of roast veg.

Apple Bread on the dessert table -- it was a hit!

Nessie spent time with several of the guests who all thought the Little Visitor Swap was a wonderful idea (we agree).

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2  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: November 25, 2015 09:40:40 PM
Nessie seemed suitably impressed with the building where I have my office job; with 73 stories and over 1,000 feet high it's the tallest building west of the Mississippi River, and its round shape and stepped back design has become iconic in any long view or helicopter shots of downtown Los Angeles:

My office is only on the 7th floor, but I am extremely fortunate to have a huge window behind my desk (the perimeter of a floor is usually for higher ups who require offices, not us worker bees in cubicles) and although the view isn't panoramic, it's still pretty darn nice:

Here she is with just some of her new office pals:

Nessie was intrigued by little light she saw up by my monitor so she climbed up to check it out....

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3  Re: Scrappy Trip Around the World - Sign-up 11/23/15-12/5/15 - Mail out by 1/16/16 in Craft Swaps by waterbaby on: November 24, 2015 01:33:34 PM
Those are all fabulous, waterbaby!  Now I am getting excited about this one!


I should have been more clear...Grin.  I know what pressing is vs. ironing...uh, I would hope after 50 years of sewing and quilting... Grin...

What I should have asked is: what is mean by pressing the alternate strips?  Does she mean after sewing them together that one seam gets pressed one direction and the other seam get pressed the other way?  I might join you, sloth,  in pressing the seams open...it might give people more options than my normal way of pressing to one direction...

First of all, if that's a recent picture of you in your avatar then you must have started sewing in the womb if you've really been doing it for 50 years!

And yes, exactly right about the alternate pressing.  Here's a diagram I hope makes it clearer:

With a total of 60 seams to match up (six seams on 10 strip sides) (which as I look at what I just typed seems a horrifying prospect, but it really isn't, I promise), pressing this way really does help speed the process of joining the strips-of-squares together!
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4  Scrappy Trip Around the World - Sign-up 11/23/15-12/5/15 - Mail out by 1/16/16 in Craft Swaps by waterbaby on: November 23, 2015 09:26:03 PM

Swap name:  Scrappy Trip Around the World
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  waterbaby
Sign-up date range:  November 23-December 5, 2015
Date to send item by:  January 16, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  20

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement?  No

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This is a fun and fairly easy 12 inch quilt block made with 2 x 16 inch strips from six different fabrics, so its a great stash buster.  Basically, you create a six-strip set, sew that into a tube, then cut the tube into six new strips.  The next step requires that attention be paid to the order of opening up one seam in each strip.  The last step is to sew the new strips together to make your block.  Once you get the hang of the un-seaming process, these blocks don't take too long to put together.

Find the complete instructions here:  http://quiltville.com/scrappytripspf.html

This will be a Choose How Many Partners You Want swap.  Youll be making four scrapilicious blocks for each partner and may choose to have one, two, or three partners.

   1 partner = 4 blocks
   2 partners = 8 blocks
   3 partners = 12 blocks

Be sure that you are sewing accurate quarter inch seams; your completed blocks should measure 12 inches or very slightly larger.

To participate, please complete and send questionnaire to waterbaby with Scrappy Trip in the subject line.


Name of swap:  
Craftster username:  
Email address:  
Your real name:  
Mailing address including the country:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?  
Confirm that are at least 16 years old:  
Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from exchanging with smokers or pet owners?  
Are there people who smoke or pets where you sew and/or store fabric?  

Do you want one, two, or three partners?
   1 partner = 4 blocks
   2 partners = 8 blocks
   3 partners = 12 blocks


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1.  alwaysinmyroom
2.  quaggy
3.  kbrison
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5  Re: Little Visitor Round 22 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: November 23, 2015 07:42:33 PM
Nessie has finally arrived!  After debarking from her travel box she snuggled into a pocket and off we went for a walk with the pups:

Back home I introduced her to the dogs, neither of whom is ever very fond of having their picture taken with LVs for some reason.  Bella tends to ignore them or try to get away:

and Fred always seems to think they're going to do something to him:

Or maybe it's just because they know THEY can't play with them.

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6  Scrappy Trip Around the World in New Swap Theme Ideas by waterbaby on: November 14, 2015 11:37:21 PM
This is a fun and fairly easy 12 inch quilt block (the sewing is straightforward, attention needs to be paid to the order of opening up some seams) that is perfect for swapping:

Once you get the hang of the un-seaming process, these blocks don't take too long to make.

This would be a group swap, where you'd send one or two blocks each to X number of partners. numbers will depend on how many people sign up.

Check out the instructions here http://quiltville.com/scrappytripspf.html

Anybody wanna play?

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7  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 22 (SU CLOSED SO 11/9 and 3/7) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by waterbaby on: November 11, 2015 10:41:45 PM
When I have an overseas partner in this swap I go get the flat rate box I plan on sending....

Didn't know there was such a thing for overseas shipping -- will look have to into that!

Scouting around for something I could turn into a bank for Nessie's return airfare fund I came across this tin that is certainly themed perfectly:

I seeded it with a $20 bill and will figure if I add a couple bucks every week there'll be plenty to get Nessie home with lots of goodies.

Do we post our photos during the swap in the gallery?  Or only at the end of the swap?

Post as much as you want! It's the best part of this swap!

I agree!
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8  Re: Little Visitor Swap Round 22 (SU 10/28 - 11/6 SO 11/9 and 3/7) in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by waterbaby on: November 05, 2015 08:33:04 PM
Alby is excited to go adventuring again....

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9  Re: Little Visitor Round 21 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: October 13, 2015 12:23:06 AM
Alby arrived home in a box heavy with souvenirs, including lots and lots of paper goods like menus and local newspapers; so much that I really couldn't photograph it all.  Minus all the reading materials I think this is most of the rest of his souvenirs:

The pouch with the letters RFL is from a cancer fundraiser called Relay for Life and is exactly the size I've been hunting months for and has already been filled and put into service.

Here's the photo album -- had to look at it several times to realize the reason The Hulk is on the cover is that it's a mask covering Alby (look close and you'll see his tiger stripes through the eye slits and just below the chin) on which are many of the smaller trinkets that were in the box (the two wee frogs have taken up residence on the back ledge of my bathroom sink):

There were five or six reusable bags, like this one for the Atlanta Braves, right next to which is a Braves cap Pez dispenser; also shown are toiletries, pens, a sturdy Wendy's cup, and a crocheted scrubby:

Among the goodies seen here are a mini Coca Cola glass, a candle, small jar of homemade corn cob jelly, a little bottle of berry syrup, butter knife with a loaf of bread handle, a tea wallet, and a new canine pal for Alby:

Thanks, koalascout, for showing Alby around your home town and taking him on your travels.
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10  Re: Sock Monkey/ Sock Critter Swap Round 9 - Gallery!! in The Swap Gallery by waterbaby on: July 05, 2015 11:57:58 PM
Carmen Miranda was a Brazilian singer/actress who made a number of very popular American musicals throughout the 1940s.  She was famous for her flamboyant costumes and turban-style headwear that overflowed with fruit and flowers.  If youre not familiar with her, heres a link to a Google result with lots o pictures: http://tinyurl.com/p9x6aon.  When I was in college, my friend Conrad and I watched a lot of movies from that era and became quite fond of Carmen for her firey characters, wonderfully outrageous style and persona, and the great music in her movies.

And of course Im telling you all this because she was on my list and is what angielou1 chose to monkify, so without further ado, I present to you Carmen Monkranda:

This is angielou's first sock monkey, but she's a proficient poppet maker so Carmen has some poppet-type construction with dimpled knees and elbows, defined fingers and toes, and a womanly bosom to boot.

Her wraparound top has little puffy sleeves that tie:

Her headdress doesnt have any fruit on it, but its a right proper turban:

(I think there's a full head of up-swirled hair under there, but I'm afraid if I remove the turban I won't get it back on properly!)

Beneath her shimmery, ball-fringed outfit she sports a pair of wraparound leopard print panties

and a matching leopard-and-lace bra:

angielou also made another of Carmens signature fashion pieces, a pair of platform sandals:

When I put Carmen on my list I thought that if someone made her Id give her to my friend Conrad who was not only my co-fan but who also introduced me to sock monkeys via the one made for him by an aunt when he was a child.  Right now, though, I'm not so sure....

Thanks, angielou!
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