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161  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Musical cushion on: July 11, 2007 01:19:14 PM
My hubby plays the trumpet, my oldest son the drums and my youngest son the clarinet so I thought it would be fun to make a music related cushion.  I gathered all the musical fabric I had, found a pattern that would work and came up with this 18" pillow.


                           


162  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quickest quilt I've ever made! on: June 18, 2007 05:37:37 PM
It seems lately that there is a story behind every quilt I make and this one is no different!

A young couple in our church is having a baby in August and my plan was to wait until the baby came and once I knew the gender of it, I'd either finish a boy quilt I have on the go or make a girl quilt.  Well, yesterday in church it was announced that a baby shower was being held on July 4, one month BEFORE the baby is due.  When I  asked about it, I was told that since they knew they were having a girl, there was no need to wait until the baby was born (which I don't agree with but I don't really have a say since I'm not hosting it.)

Two weeks, not a problem, I thought - then I remembered we are leaving later this week for holidays and won't be back until July 2nd!  So, I figured if I was going to make a quilt, it had to be this week or not at all.

I came up with a plan early this morning for a very simple 'Eye Spy' type quilt and around 8:45 a.m., drew up my plan.  Then in the next 3 hours, I picked out the material, ironed it, cut it, pieced it and finally pinned it together ready for quilting.  After a little break, I went back to my next 3 hour session.  This included quilting in the ditch on the straight lines between the squares but then I decided it needed more quilting so to make it more 'girly' I stitched a heart into the middle (or close to) of each square.  Picked out the binding material, cut, folded and ironed the binding and finally attached it.  6 hours later, it was finished.

All I have to do now is make up the Eye Spy chart to add along with it.

So, without further words - may I present my 6 hour quilt:


              

I know it's very simple (in fact, the simplest I've ever made) but I'm still happy with it and my 15 yo son thinks it's cool, so that must count for something  Grin



163  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / 3 1/2 dozen jars! on: May 28, 2007 07:00:56 AM
Let me start out by saying a huge THANKS to kitty1256 for all the help she gave me when I first started this quilt last fall.  Not only for the great tutorial but also for answering all my extra questions  Grin

This is the second of two quilts I was asked to make for my cousin's sons.  The majority of the material came from his late mother's stash and it's meant to be a keepsake reminder of the boys' grandma.

My original idea was to make an eye spy quilt but when I saw kitty1256's jar quilt, I knew I just had to incorporate the eye spy and jars together.

The little guy this was made for has Canadian parents but was born in the US so I had to include material from both countries.  Not sure if you can pick them out or not but there is one jar full of maple leaves and another full of the American flag.  There are also parrots, frogs, bugs, crayons, eyes, stars, fishing hooks, etc.

                      

One of my favorite jars: 
164  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / What happened to the International Crochet Swap? on: May 24, 2007 02:52:08 PM
Not sure if this is the proper place to ask this or not but I can't find a swap I was keeping my eyes on.

Anyone know what happened to the International Crochet Swap (I know the name was longer but that's all I remember of it right now)?

165  Calls for Swap Angels / Swap Angel Archive / OTT 12 - 1 angel needed (FOUND) on: May 18, 2007 06:58:24 AM
Unfortunately we had a flaker this round and so I need on angel for SmithyBoy, she lives in the US.

riaro is angeling for SmithyBoy


This is the original thread:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=163837.0

and these are galleries for this round and 2 previous:

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=164958.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=154949.0
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=146425.0

The idea is to make and send ONLY ONE TINY THING so it's not too hard.

If anyone is interested, PM me (don't post here) and I'll send you the questionnaire SmithyBoy filled out.
166  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / OTT 12 Gallery on: April 18, 2007 03:59:43 PM
Post pictures when you receive and be sure to let me know via PM!!!
167  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / One Tiny Thing 12 - FINISHED! on: April 13, 2007 07:46:41 AM
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE MESSAGE BEFORE JOINING AND ONLY JOIN IF YOU CAN ABIDE BY EVERYTHING SAID   Grin

Swap name:  One Tiny Thing 12
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Homerof2
Sign-up date range:  April 13-17 or ealier if 24 people have joined
Date to send item by:  May 4

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 12 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"

* You have 2 1/2 weeks to craft and maybe longer if this swap fills up fast so I'm going to consider you late if you don't send by May 4th and it will be noted in your feedback.  That may seem harsh to some but in the past few swaps, people have been pushing the deadline and then expecting it not to affect their feedback.  It's only ONE tiny item and 2 1/2 weeks should be long enough to get it done.


 
168  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Tic-Tac-Toe Anyone? on: March 27, 2007 11:36:17 AM
Here's the story behind this game quilt:

I'd been trying and trying to find something to make for this challenge since it was announced but had little success.  I went through all the games in our house (which are many) seeing if I could make something work and finally I decided I couldn't so I wouldn't enter.  But, I've seen that up until a few days ago there weren't any entries and that bothered me but still I could think of nothing.  Well, last night I was working on another quilt project and after I laid it all out, I gave it a good look over and wondered if there was any way to make it my entry.  I thought maybe, if I really stretched my imagination, it could be a tic-tac-toe board and then a light bulb went off in my head  Shocked  Why not make one!

So, I laid in bed last night figuring it out and before falling asleep I had a plan.  I woke early and decided I better get my pattern down on paper:

                                               

As you can see, it took me all of 3 minutes to do that!


Then I started working on the project:

                                         


and what I thought was going to be very easy, turned a little tricky as I tried to line up all the intersections to be an exact match:

                                    


But, after some tearing out and re-sewing, I finally matched things up to my satisfaction and in a few hours, I had a brand new tic-tac-toe board:

                                    


Just to prove it is actually a 'real' quilt, here's a picture of the back, showing the quilting I did:

                            


However, you can't play without playing pieces so that meant a trip to the craft store to purchase some fun foam.  I wasn't up to making the traditional X's and O's this morning, so I made different colored squares.  My son and I played the inaugural game:

                                             


which went to the cat (don't know why it's called that but I remember when I was a kid and we played this game, we kpet three scores, one for each player and the ties went to the cat.)  However, I (the purple squares) won the second game!

                                  

And thus ends the story of the creation of my Tic-Tac-Toe Board  Grin
169  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / OTT 11 Gallery on: February 25, 2007 01:06:19 PM
Post the wonderful tiny items here once they arrive and remember to PM me!
170  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My Purple and Yellow Quilt is finally finished!!! 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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