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141  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How would you quilt this? on: April 23, 2008 12:16:12 PM
I'm working on an orange quilt for my oldest son but I'm stuck and need some help.

The quilt is made up of 40 disappearing nine patch squares - this is one of them:


                                 


I've quilted in the ditch between each square so the back has a large grid pattern but I know it needs more quilting or it won't stand up to use.  But I'm not sure how to proceed.  I though of maybe just adding a yarn tie in the middle of each square, I've also considered just stitching in the ditch around the centre section of each square but that's going to be a challenge since I only have a regular sewing maching and turning in the centre won't be fun.  At this point I'm leaning to the tying method only because it's the easiest but I don't want to be disappointed in the end and wish I had sewn it.

Any suggestions?

142  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Shape, color and feeling swap on: April 21, 2008 10:13:25 AM
A few months back I did a weekend swap and the idea was that you would make and send 4 small items but they had to follow a certain criteria.  When you filled out the questionnaire, you put down a color, a shape and a feeling (like hard, soft, squishy, etc.) and then your partner had a crafter's choice (something they made based on stalking you a little.)  It was fun but a little tight turn around since it was only a weekend swap.

Would anyone be interested in doing something similar to this but over a 2 week crafting period?



143  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Plaid night stand on: April 15, 2008 06:01:24 PM
So, here's the story - my oldest son (18) decided he didn't like his night stand anymore because it looked something like this:

                       

So, he wanted to paint it, which I had no problem with.  At first he wanted black which would have looked great with his orange walls but then decided to try something different.  "Do you think I could paint it plaid?" he asked me.  "If you can figure out how to do it," I said.  That set him on a mission.  First he drew the design on the computer and then over the next few weeks, worked at getting his night stand plaid.  I wish now that I had taken progress pictures but I didn't.  He decided to go with dark grey, light grey and white, with black and red lines.  First he sanded it very well, put on 2 coats of fresh start primer, then he had to tape it all off except for the dark grey squares, then added paint.  Next he removed all the tape, retaped for the light grey squares and then added paint.  When those two colors were done, he added the black and red lines, sealed it with high gloss varnish and this is his result:

             

                         

We think it's fantastic and I admire him for actually doing it!

He's not overly happy with the results since the tape allowed the greys to bleed just a little and, for some very strange reason, when he put the gloss coat on, it turned his red lines to bright orange (which goes great with the walls but it's not the look he was wanting)

       

So, that's the story and, yes, I'm a bragging Mom!


144  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / OTT 18 Gallery on: March 14, 2008 05:00:03 PM
Let's see pictures of the fabulous tiny items you've received!

PLEASE don't fill these first few pages up with - 'I can't wait' comments - let's just patiently wait until people actually post pictures and then we can oooh and ahhhh over them.

Bookmark this thread if you don't want to miss anything.
145  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Thing 18 - CLOSED - send out deadline March 31 on: March 12, 2008 07:31:12 AM
Swap name:  One Tiny Thing 18
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Homerof2
Sign-up date range:  signups until March 15 or ealier if 24 people have joined
Date to send item by:  March 31

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

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

All ages allowed? Yes but if you are under 16 please be sure your parents support you in this.

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


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:

The idea is to make one tiny craft item.  It should be physically small (miniatures are encouraged) and should be something that you can craft with a high level of skill.  Even if it is a fairly simple/easy item for you to make, please embellish or perfect it so that it best represents your skill.  (For example, if you wish to make a coin purse, I encourage you to embroider, add beading, or take other steps to make it a really special piece.)

You will receive only one partner.  You may only send that partner ONE tiny craft - "extras" are not allowed in this swap.  All items must be 4"x4" or smaller.  The idea behind this swap is to give you a simple, low-pressure craft swap that won't stress you out or cost a lot to ship.

How do you know if your idea is "tiny?"  Examples:  A coin purse is tiny; a clutch purse is not.  A pair of earrings is tiny; a necklace, earrings, and bracelet set is not.  A trinket box is tiny; a pencil box is not.  If you're not sure if your idea qualifies as "tiny," ask me!

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND DON'T REPLY WITH IT HERE.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Craftster Username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?:
What craft skills can you use to make a good quality tiny item:
What craft skills would you love your tiny item to be made with:
What kind of tiny things would you like to receive? (this is just a guideline):
What are your favorite colors / motifs / styles:
What else would you like to tell you partner?  (Please be sure to include any restrictions, such as no animal byproducts, religious symbol preferences, etc.)


A few other things to follow:

1.   Please post on this thread. A simple I'm in! or whatever will suffice. This is so I'm certain you get all messages.

2.   Please put OTT 18 in the subject line of all PM's - don't send me a PM with no subject as I might miss it!

3.   A DC# is not required since the packages are very small.  In all cases, save your receipt and be prepared to
      show me a copy if there are problems with your package arriving in a timely fashion

4.   Remember send only ONE tiny item, no extras!  Some people are forgetting this and so I'm mentioning it yet
      again - follow the rules!!

5.   I'm hoping that no one will send late but, if closer to send out date, you know you are going to be late, you
      MUST inform me and your partner.

6.   This is how I plan to give feedback:

            If you send on time and follow the guildelines of only one item, I will give you a "Great Swapper"
            If you send late (with a good reason) but communicate, I will give you "Sent late but communicated"
            If you send late but don't communicate and the package actually arrives at it's destination, I will give
               you "Sent late and didn't communicate"
            If you flake (and I don't expect any flakers) you will be given "Negative"


                           GALLERY
146  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What happened when I opened a piece of fabric! on: February 20, 2008 09:37:53 AM
This is not a rant, just a frustration I just ran across.

I'm working on a baby sized log cabin quilt at the moment and was picking out the fabric as I went.  It's gotten to the point that I need pieces about 26 1/4" long (so just over FQ size) and I'm limited in what I have that will work for a baby quilt.  I had a very nice piece of fabric I received in a swap last year and decided to use it since it looked long enough - ahhhhhhhh, when I opened the piece fully, I discovered that 2 large shapes had been cut out of one side of the piece - obviously I hadn't opened the piece fully when I received it.  Thankfully I have enough width still to use it but what a shock.

Anyway, just needed to share that with someone who might care - only one home at the moment is my 16 yo son and he won't care  Grin
147  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Her World on: February 05, 2008 07:20:33 PM
I just finished this today and I'm offering it in the Silly Swap North America Swap but I'm very proud of it so I wanted to show it off here too!

The pattern calls it Her World and mine is 11 1/2" in diameter (the pattern said it finished at 9")  It's made with size 10 thread and it's navy blue.


            
148  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / OTT 17 Gallery on: February 05, 2008 10:14:14 AM
Let's see pictures of the fabulous tiny items you've received!

PLEASE don't fill these first few pages up with - 'I can't wait' comments - let's just patiently wait until people actually post pictures and then we can oooh and ahhhh over them.

Bookmark this thread if you don't want to miss anything.
149  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Thing 17 - FULL - send out deadline Feb. 22 on: February 02, 2008 03:57:07 PM
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE BEFORE JOINING AND ONLY JOIN IF YOU CAN ABIDE BY EVERYTHING SAID    

Swap name:  One Tiny Thing 17
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Homerof2
Sign-up date range:  February 2-5 or ealier if 24 people have joined
Date to send item by:  February 22

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

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

All ages allowed? Yes but if you are under 16 please be sure your parents support you in this.

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


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:

The idea is to make one tiny craft item.  It should be physically small (miniatures are encouraged) and should be something that you can craft with a high level of skill.  Even if it is a fairly simple/easy item for you to make, please embellish or perfect it so that it best represents your skill.  (For example, if you wish to make a coin purse, I encourage you to embroider, add beading, or take other steps to make it a really special piece.)

You will receive only one partner.  You may only send that partner ONE tiny craft - "extras" are not allowed in this swap.  All items should be 4"x4" or smaller.  The idea behind this swap is to give you a simple, low-pressure craft swap that won't stress you out or cost a lot to ship.

How do you know if your idea is "tiny?"  Examples:  A coin purse is tiny; a clutch purse is not.  A pair of earrings is tiny; a necklace, earrings, and bracelet set is not.  A trinket box is tiny; a pencil box is not.  An ATC (artist trading card) is tiny; a full-size drawing is not.  (If you're not sure if your idea qualifies as "tiny," ask me!)

IF YOU WANT TO PARTICIPATE, SEND YOUR INFO TO THE ORGANIZER VIA PRIVATE MESSAGE AND DON'T REPLY WITH IT HERE.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Craftster Username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside of your country?:
What craft skills can you use to make a high quality tiny item (ie.. knit, crochet, sew, quilt, shrine making etc..):
What craft skills would you love your tiny item to be made with:
What kind of tiny things would you like to receive? (this is just a guideline):
What are you favorite colors / motifs / styles:
What else would you like to tell you partner?  (Please be sure to include any restrictions, such as no animal byproducts, religious symbol preferences, etc.)


A few other things to follow:

1.   Please post on this thread. A simple I'm in! or whatever will suffice. This is so I'm certain you get all messages.

2.   Please put OTT 17 in the title of all PM's - don't send me a PM with no subject as I might miss it!

3.   A DC# is not required since the packages are very small.  In all cases, save your receipt and be prepared to
      show me a copy if there are problems with your package arriving in a timely fashion

4.   Remember send only ONE tiny item, no extras!  Some people are forgetting this and so I'm mentioning it yet
      again - follow the rules!!

5.   I'm hoping that no one will send late but, if closer to send out date, you know you are going to be late, you
      MUST inform me and your partner.

6.   This is how I plan to give feedback:

            If you send on time and follow the guildelines of only one item, I will give you a "Great Swapper"
            If you send late (with a good reason) but communicate, I will give you "Sent late but communicated"
            If you send late but don't communicate and the package actually arrives at it's destination, I will give
               you "Sent late and didn't communicate"
            If you flake (and I don't expect any flakers) you will be given "Negative"

 
                                   GALLERY
150  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Lion heart on: January 24, 2008 08:13:52 AM
I've officially decided that rag quilts are my new passion - 2 in one week! - there is no way I'd ever get 2 'regular' ones done that quick.

I'm calling this one Lion Heart because not only does it have a heart design, the fabric is full of fun lions.  The top is cotton and then two layers of flannel.

REMOVED PICTURE BECAUSE IT WAS TOO UGLY!
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