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141  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A Baby Cabin on: July 28, 2008 09:18:49 AM
We seem to be having a baby boom at our church and since I decided a few years ago to make a quilt for each first baby born into a family, I am being kept quite busy this summer (there were 3 babies born in 2 days!)

This is a baby sized quilt made in the traditional log cabin style and is going to it's new owner tonight.

                

a close up of the center so you can see some of the material better

                      

10:00 p.m. -  Cheesy  I just got back from the baby shower and had a funny story to share.  If you look at the top picture you will see a purple strip on the left hand side - that's the material I used for the entire back.  When the new Mom opened the package, she pulled it out, looked it over and commented how beautiful it was - at that point I told her she was looking at the back of the quilt.  She then turned it around and commented, again, how beautiful it was!   Cheesy
142  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 Gallery on: July 16, 2008 12:21:04 PM
Let's wait until people actually start posting pictures before we fill this gallery up with chit chat - keep that on the main thread for now   Grin
143  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2 - COMPLETE on: July 01, 2008 04:32:18 AM
Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2

Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Homerof2

Sign-up date range:  July 1 - 10 or earlier if we hit 24 people

Date to send item by: July 28

Limited to a certain number of people?  Yes, 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:  Not applicable

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old

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

DETAILS OF THE SWAP:

You will be crafting 3 small items (no purchased items allowed) for your partner.  Your partner will select a color, a shape (such as a square, rectangle, triangle, pentagon, circle, etc.) and a texture (such as hard, soft, squishy, smooth, etc) and you will be required to craft one item to fit each 'category'

I've given 18 days to craft which should be plenty of time as these are only SMALL items.  SMALL means it takes less than 2 hours to complete and the cost is less than $5 - that means you should spend no more than $15 on the supplies and should have to spend no more than 6 hours total crafting time.

Put some thought into deciding what to make - read the questionnaire, stalk your partner or ask them questions - communication is very good!  Don't just throw something together and send it off as quick as possible - I'd rather see quality items sent closer to the deadline than junk going out the next day!

DC #'s will be required if you are sending within your own country and if you send outside your country, please keep the receipt and be prepared to send me a scan or picture if your package goes missing.

If you want to participate, please PM me the filled out questionnaire and then post a little note on this thread - something as simple as 'I'm in' and then bookmark it so you can follow along and won't miss any messages I may post on here.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap - Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 2
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 13 years old (yes/no)

Your color:
Your shape:
Your texture:

What crafts do you do?
What types of crafts would you like to receive? (remember to keep them in the small category and these are only suggestions)
Any patterns or designs you like?
Any patterns or designs you don't like?
Anything you would not like to receive?
Do you have any allergies?
Tell your partner about yourself:



GALLERY
144  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / A ragged wedding gift on: June 16, 2008 07:38:05 AM
As with all my previous quilts, this one comes with a story  Cheesy

One of our nephews is getting married the end of June and I've been planning to make them a rag quilt and last week figured I better get it going or I would never finish.  I headed to the local quilt store to check out their flannel prices and found they were having a sale, 40% off but that still left it at $11.00/meter (for those of you in non-metric countries, a meter is 3.5" longer than a yard) and if I made the quilt the way I wanted, it would have cost me $120.00, which is a little rich for me.  I decided to head to the city to check out the one remaining big box fabric store (Fabricland) and see what their prices are like.  I walked into the store to discover they had a massive sale going on.  I headed to the flannel section and discovered that the fabric I wanted was on sale 'buy 1 meter get 3 free'!!!!!!!!!  This wasn't their cheap stuff, it was their high quality material.  After getting it cut and picking out thread, I ended up paying $40.00, tax included!  Once home, I cut it out and ended up with almost a meter of each fabric left over so by a quick calculation, I figure this quilt cost me less than $30.00!  Okay, enough babbling, I present my ragged wedding gift......


               


and a close up of the material:


                   
145  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Shape, Color and Texture Gallery on: June 02, 2008 11:54:09 AM
Post pictures when you receive your great stuff!

I can't wait to see you all came up with, especially for the shape and texture.  I read all the questionnaires and there were some interesting things on them!

146  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / All About Orange (new picture added September 3) on: May 12, 2008 10:30:47 AM
I started collecting material for this quilt about a year ago and was able to collect most of it by doing swaps here on Craftster, although, in the end, I had to buy a couple of pieces.  I can't remember exactly where it all came from but I know for sure that some is from South Africa, the UK, Sweden, the US and Canada.  The pattern came from a magazine called Fun Quilts and it's the Uneven Nine Patch.

It is for my 18 year old son, whose favorite color is, you guessed it, ORANGE!


I present my All About Orange quilt:
         
                 


A little closer up so you can see detail:

                           


and even closer for more detail:

           


and the obligatory back picture showing all the quilting I did:

                     


September 3 - this is a picture of the quilt in my son's room.

                 
147  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Shape, Color and Texture Swap on: May 08, 2008 02:44:29 PM
Shape, Color and Texture Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Homerof2

Sign-up date range:  May 8 - 18 or earlier if we hit 24 people

Date to send item by: June 6th

Limited to a certain number of people?  Yes, 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:  Not applicable

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old

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

DETAILS OF THE SWAP:

I got this idea from a weekend scavenger hunt I participated in and was organized by TAOJ - basically, I'm borrowing some of her ideas but making the craft time longer!

You will be crafting 3 small items (no purchased items allowed) for your partner.  Your partner will select a color, a shape (such as a square, rectangle, triangle, pentagon, circle, etc.) and a texture (such as hard, soft, squishy, smooth, etc) and you will be required to craft something to fit each 'category'

I've given 19 days to craft which should be plenty of time as these are only SMALL items.  SMALL means it takes less than 2 hours to complete and the cost is less than $5 - that means you should spend no more than $15 on the supplies and should have to spend no more than 6 hours total crafting time.

Put some thought into deciding what to make - read the questionnaire, stalk your partner or ask them questions - communication is very good!  Don't just throw something together and send it off as quick as possible - I'd rather see quality items sent closer to the deadline than junk going out the next day!

DC #'s will be required if you are sending within your own country and if you send outside your country, please keep the receipt and be prepared to send me a scan or picture if your package goes missing.

If you want to participate, please PM me the filled out questionnaire and then post a little note on this thread - something as simple as 'I'm in' and then bookmark it so you can follow along and won't miss any messages I may post on here.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap - Shape, Color and Texture 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 13 years old (yes/no)

Your color:
Your shape:
Your texture:

What crafts do you do?
What types of crafts would you like to receive? (remember to keep them in the small category and these are only suggestions)
Any patterns or designs that you like? any you don't like?
Anything you would not like to receive?
Do you have any allergies? any in your home?
Tell your partner about yourself:


GALLERY LINK
148  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?

149  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?



150  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!


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