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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Black Tie Affair on: March 01, 2015 05:38:52 PM
This quilt pattern is from the January/February 2014 edition of Quiltmaker.  The quilting first caught my attention and then the colors.  The top was finished quite awhile ago but all the quilting intimidated me as I usually just stitch in the ditch.  Finally I decided to just do it and finished yesterday.

12  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 13 GALLERY - Animals or Birds on: January 13, 2015 06:03:38 AM
Red = sent
Blue = received
Green = sent and received
Strike through = feedback given

pinkmichk  --- rockingbearranch
dfabbric  --- mialesca  ..........  DearBluebird swap angel for dfabbric
DaphadillyArt  ---  crazyda79
average_fan  ---  Zenersy
.:.Lola.:.---  smileyyogini
Jaywesome  ---  MommyTheMaid
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Downton Abbey on: January 10, 2015 08:46:15 PM
I have to laugh when I read my subject line - Downton Abbey - I know nothing about it except that it's a British television show.

I have a friend, though, that loves it and when I told her last March that I had seen Downton Abbey fabric, she joked that I should buy some and make her a quilt for her birthday.  I thought, why not!  I purchased it in April planning to have it done well before her December birthday.  Yup, that was the plan but it didn't happen.  So tomorrow I'll be giving her a late birthday present.  I never would have dreamed of making her something, let alone a quilt, but when she gave me that idea, I took the opportunity.

Disappearing 9 patch with a pieced border.


First, and probably last, time I've done a pieced quilt back.  It was hard to get it centered and if anyone were to measure, you'd discover I'm off by an inch.

The 9 fabrics I used from this line - what a hard decision to make.  This is no where close to my style so I tried to think of her house and what would go well in it.  She's very Victorian and has said many times she was born in the wrong era.


14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / January's Little Quilt on: January 06, 2015 03:21:45 PM
I recently joined an on-line quilt group and we are making Little Quilts each month.  I decided it would be best to try and finish them the first day the patterns are released so that I actually make them.

This is January's and it's 15" x 16".

15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 13 - Animals or Birds - Send by Jan 30 on: January 03, 2015 06:27:47 AM
If you like the craft of embroidery and/or cross-stitch then this is the swap for you!!

It's time for another Embroidery Hoopla Swap!  This is Round 13 and the theme is ANIMALS OR BIRDS

Made by FeliciaSlayDCRG for Homerof2


**** A couple of changes - there is now a 3 week crafting time instead of 4.  There is no longer the option to have more than one partner ****

- Please send only your completed hoop. No extras.
- There are no hoop size requirements for this round
- Piece can be embroidered or cross-stitched.
- Posting to the discussion thread is required at least every 2 weeks.
- Have fun!!

Swap name: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 13 - Animals or Birds
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Homerof2
Sign-up date range: Januray 4 - 10 (or earlier if full)
Date to send item by: January 30
Limited to a certain number of people? 24
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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: n/a
- 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


Name of swap: Embroidery Hoopla Rnd 13 - Animals or Birds
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address: (type it below, exactly how it would appear on an envelope)

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country? (please consider this carefully before saying no!  It's a small item that can be sent inexpensively)

Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval.

Do you have any allergies that would affect this swap?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?

General themes you like? (modern, vintage, country, etc)
Themes you do not like?

Colors you like?
Colors you don't like?

Please list 5 animals or birds you like:

Do you have specific ideas or inspirations that would help your partner personalize your piece (Pinterest, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?

Anything else youd like your partner to know?

Send your completed questionnaire to the organizer and remember the more information you give, the better it will help your partner.  Also remember to post in the discussion thread!


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Teapot Cozies on: December 28, 2014 08:28:47 PM
I've had a teapot cozy my MIL gave me many years ago but I've never really liked it because the creator didn't pay attention to the fabric and the objects on one side are upside down.  I finally decided to make my own by taking that one apart and using it for a pattern.

The green snowflake one was my first attempt and when it was finished I thought it was a little too snug.  I then enlarged the pattern and made the sunflower one.  Once I put that on the teapot I realized it was too big.  Back I went to the snowflakes and with a bit of figuring I was able to make it fit, which I'm very happy about because that's some of my favorite fabric.

The center layer of each cozy is heat proof batting, like you use in oven mitts.


The cozy flat -
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ornament Mug Rug 2 on: December 23, 2014 02:15:48 AM
This is my second attempt at making an Ornament Mug Rug using a picture and not a pattern as reference.  The 1st attempt can be seen HERE

I'm still not totally happy with the band but it's getting better.

18  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ornament Mug Rug 1 on: December 22, 2014 01:00:28 PM
I wanted to do a quick, simple project today so went looking in my mug rug ideas on Pinterest and found this one.  No pattern - I had to make it by looking at the picture.  Nice thing about this is there is no binding, I just went around the ornament twice with zigzag.

The band is sewn on top of the candy canes so I know they are lined up but the curve of the band makes it look like they are pushed to the right on the bottom half.  I'll see if my husband notices  Cheesy  If not, I'll continue using it but if he does, I'll make a different one for next year without stripes.

I'm not totally happy with the band shape so I'll work to perfect it over the coming year as I'd like to make some for presents next Christmas.

19  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reusable Snack Bags on: December 09, 2014 07:29:51 AM
I recently made a couple of reusable snack bags for a swap partner using this tutorial.  Instead of laminated fabric, my outside is cotton fabric and the inside is PUL - with the waterproof side facing the snack so it can be wiped clean in case of spills.



It was a quick project which I know I will use again.
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fall Mug Rugs on: November 05, 2014 02:24:21 PM
LisaMarieNY has some wonderful mug rug patterns (Lisa_Marie on Craftsy) and I've purchased a few - this is the second one I've made.  In hindsight, I wish I had put a colored binding rather than folding the back over the front.



I did a non-Craftster mug rug swap recently and this is what I sent my partner for the Fall theme.

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