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521  My Purple and Yellow Quilt is finally finished!!! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Homerof2 on: February 23, 2007 02:30:57 PM
Must tell the story behind this quilt before I post pictures.

About the time I joined Craftster in January, 2006, I decided I wanted to make a queen sized quilt for our bedroom.  Being that it's purple and yellow/gold, I decided that the quilt had to be those colors also.  I wasn't sure how I was ever going to pay for this since I was sure it would take lots of funds.  I knew what pattern I wanted to use so it was just a matter of deciding on fabric.  Well, it wasn't long after starting on Craftster that I discovered swapping and fabric swapping at that!  I had quite a bit of fabric I had inherited from my aunt and decided that I was going to swap it to get the fabric for my quilt.  So the process began.  I joined fabric swaps and soon discovered ongoing swaps and made collecting yellow and purple fabric my 'obsession.'  It was funny but word seemed to spread that I was looking for these colors because soon people started to PM me and offer purple and yellow fabric that they had and I noticed more and more of these colors showing up in the fabric swaps  Grin

I had a blast over about 5 months collecting my fabric and I'm happy to say that I have a very international quilt!

In the end, I used 21 different yellows and 23 different purples.

I decided that I would save all the names of people who had sent me fabric and I want to say a HUGE thanks to:

heroinechic             qazicat                lamamarco
fadeawaydream       kaesea                 mata
simplyfussfree         sunshyndzyne       sonjaboo
ilovepaper              sewcrafty             superstitch


Now, on to the pictures!

This is the quilt pieced together and laying on my living room floor just before I started pinning it:

                            

A close-up of one corner so you can see more detail:

                             

The sewing process - not an easy thing on a regular sewing machine! and not easy taking a picture of myself sitting in the chair!

                                 

and, finally, on my bed (the colors are more true in the top photo - today was bright and sunny and it washed the color out some)

                                           


This is the first queen sized quilt I have ever made and will probably be the last - I think I'll stick to baby sized ones but I'm sure glad I did make this one  Grin


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522  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 19 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Homerof2 on: February 20, 2007 03:11:00 PM
Last week, just before heading out of town for a longweekend, I received a package from gatheredthreads (formerly artsiefartsie.)  She sent me this beautiful quilted pillow cover:

                           

And, as an added bonus, she also included a book on folding origami boxes and some paper.

THANKS!!!!!!!
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523  Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by Homerof2 on: February 05, 2007 07:16:25 AM
As I said earlier in this thread, red is not a color I use to craft so coming up with an idea was hard.  After a few weeks of thinking, I finally came up with a small sewing project.  I cut it all out and started sewing, however, my heart was not in it and therefore it wasn't fun.  I thought, what in the world am I doing, making something I won't use and don't know who to give it to, so..........I threw the whole thing away.  I know, I can hear all your gasps now but don't worry, the entire project used less than a FQ of material so it wasn't that bad  Grin

Now I had to come up with another idea so I went back to my old faithful, crochet, and decided to make a dishcloth.  There was no way I was going to just make a plain one and post it here, not after seeing all the creative items already on this thread.  So, off I went to search the net for an interesting pattern and since it was February, I concentrated on a heart shape and this is what I came up with:

                                       

Next month I am going to make something non-crochet!  I am!
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524  Re: Swap a yard of fabric swap - February in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Homerof2 on: February 01, 2007 11:06:39 AM
I claim from xladyluckx the following:

1/2 yard horns on black
1/2 yard orange/brown/black cheetah

This is my second claim.

This is what I have to offer - it is all new fabric and most of it has not been washed.



Orange and purple flowers (it looks vintage but it's brand new) - cotton - FQ
Yellow and white stripes with blue flowers - I believe this is cotton - I have 2 FQ of this (not a 1/2 yard - they are 2 seperate pieces)
Medium green with dark green fuzzy designs - I don't know what kind of fabric this is as I received it in another swap and the
sender didn't know what it was.  It's smooth on the back and the dark green designs are raised on the front.  PM me if you want more details.  FQ



White with blue polka dots - cotton - FQ
White with blue stripes - cotton - 1 yard (I will divide this up so if you only want a FQ or 1/2 yard, that is fine)



Multi colored stripes - cotton - FQ
Crayon material - cotton - FQ
White flowers on a green background - cotton - FQ



Lime green with lines and flowers - cotton - FQ
Black with white and red flowers - cotton - FQ



Grey fabric with game pieces - t-shirt fabric - the main part of this fabric measures 17.5" x 27" (we will call it a FQ) and then there is a little extra that is 13" x 9" (if you can see the little yellow paper on the fabric, you can see the shape of the fabric - the FQ is the large part and the extra is the part sticking up)
Grey waffle material - t-shirt fabric - 30" wide tube x 1 yard long (so if you cut the tube open, it would be 60" wide fabric)
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525  Re: Swap a yard of fabric swap - February in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Homerof2 on: January 31, 2007 08:47:05 AM
I have now been approved for this swap and so I'm ready to make my first claim.  Hopefully I do this right!  I would like the following from ShaynaYasha:

A FQ of Tropical Rain Forest
A FQ of Colorful Starburst
A 1/2 yard of Soft Pastel Baby

This is what I have to offer:



Orange and purple flowers (it looks vintage but it's brand new) - cotton - FQ
Yellow and white stripes with blue flowers - I believe this is cotton - I have 2 FQ of this (not a 1/2 yard - they are 2 seperate pieces)
Medium green with dark green fuzzy designs - I don't know what kind of fabric this is as I received it in another swap and the
sender didn't know what it was.  It's smooth on the back and the dark green designs are raised on the front.  PM me if you want more details.  FQ



White with blue polka dots - cotton - 1/2 yard or FQ
White with blue stripes - cotton - 1 yard (I will divide this up so if you only want a FQ or 1/2 yard, that is fine)



Multi colored stripes - cotton - FQ
Crayon material - cotton - FQ
White flowers on a green background - cotton - 1/2 yard or FQ



Lime green with lines and flowers - cotton - FQ
Black with white and red flowers - cotton - FQ



Grey fabric with game pieces - t-shirt fabric - the main part of this fabric measures 17.5" x 27" (we will call it a FQ) and then there is a little extra that is 13" x 9" (if you can see the little yellow paper on the fabric, you can see the shape of the fabric - the FQ is the large part and the extra is the part sticking up)
Grey waffle material - t-shirt fabric - 30" wide tube x 1 yard long (so if you cut the tube open, it would be 60" wide fabric)


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526  Re: OTT 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Homerof2 on: January 30, 2007 01:06:32 PM
I received from Modus Operandi today and let me say, this girl has TALENT!

Enclosed in the package was the cutest little box in the world!  She knew that I liked tulips and so she painted one on this box (both on the top and running down the side) and even included a very tiny ladybug.  The box is about 1 1/2" tall and has a 2" diameter, so it's small but oh, so adorable.

Here's a side view:

                                   

and a top view:

                                   
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527  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Homerof2 on: January 30, 2007 12:55:54 PM
Ladies and gentlemen, I am proud to introduce to you ALICE!  She is the creation of Eliea and now resides at my house.

The first picture of her is in her 'birthday suit' (and I think her expression shows her alarm at me showing this picture) Grin  and in the second, she is modeling the wonderful scarf that came along with her (it's to help keep her warm during the cold Canadian winters.)

                           

Isn't she adorable?
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528  Needle box (with a twist) in Completed Projects by Homerof2 on: January 15, 2007 04:02:16 PM
Added Nov. 29, 2007 - I was back at this same craft show and bought another kit and the designers told me they now have a website.  It's http://needleboxesetc.com/

In December I was at a large craft show and came across a booth with a product I had never seen before.  They offered either the completed project or the pattern to make one.  Being the crafty person I am (and cheap), I decided to buy the pattern and make it myself.

The lady who sold it to me said that it should take about 4 hours (but it took me way longer) and the only thing I needed to provide was the material and white craft glue.  There is no sewing involved in this, just gluing

This is the outside of my needle box

From the side:

                                   

This is called a six sided box and they had many more patterns - a light house, outhouse, bird house, dog house, 8 sided box, 4 sided box and ones they call grandma and grand-daughter boxes.  I think I'm going to be ordering more from them!
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529  Re: Ongoing Offer What You Have (Crafts/Supplies) Swap - Dec. 24-Jan. 24 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Homerof2 on: January 12, 2007 06:51:50 AM
I would like to claim ZombieFlesh for:

6. Knitted wristwarmers, colour of your choice.

This is my third and final claim for this round.

Here is what I have to offer this time:

1)  Gold doily (made by me) and framed in a metal ring - great for hanging on the wall!



2)  5 partial balls of cotton yarn - some balls are almost complete and some are just less than 1/2



3)  Blue t-shirt material (approximate size is 52" long x 60" wide)



4)  I will make 3 crochet squares - you pick the color and size, I will pick the pattern.  These pictures are all of 12" squares and are just so you can see what I can make:

  
  

5)  I will crochet a panta - just tell me what color you want and your head measurement.

6)  A beaded necklace like this one - you pick the 3 colors.



7) I am in the process of crocheting this scarf (just for the fun of it) and I'd love to send it to a good home.
     It will measure approximately 4 1/2" x 50" and can have a fringe or not (you decide).


(I should add that the orange is not quite so bright as this picture shows it - it's much nicer)
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530  Re: 2007 Color Craft-A-Long in Craftalongs by Homerof2 on: January 10, 2007 01:22:12 PM
As the saying goes, I'm 'killing 2 birds with 1 stone' this month!  I needed to make a crochet square and since it didn't matter the color I decided to buy some rainbow yarn and use that.

This was made with Red Heart Strata, which I have never seen before, and though I am happy with the outcome, it wasn't what I expected.  'Normal' variegated yarn doesn't have such large sections of the same color like this one did (row 4 is almost totally the same color.)  I think I'd like to buy another ball of it and try a scarf since it's designed to work out into stripes.

                                             
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