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161  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / PM Limit ? on: October 11, 2007 02:53:47 PM
I tried doing a search for this but do you know how many times PM is used on this board  Grin

What I'm wondering is:

1) is there a limit for the number of PMs you can have in your inbox at one time?

2) I've heard that you can sort your PMs and I wonder if someone can give me directions on how to do this
    or point me to a tutorial.

162  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt on: October 06, 2007 06:06:10 PM
I have this fantastic idea in my head but I'm not a designer so I'm hoping someone else has already done it.

Has anyone seen a Jigsaw Puzzle Quilt pattern?

I did do a net search but only came up with one and it's not quite what I was looking for.

Web addresses or titles of books you've seen them in would be wonderful!
163  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Printable Fabric on: September 27, 2007 05:08:10 PM
I'm interested in using printable fabric for a quilt I'm working on (it's for my son and I'd like to put his baby and current picture on the back.)  However, when I was in the quilt store earlier this week looking at printable fabric, the lady there told me to keep it away from all water sources (including seam ironing.)  The instructions also said to set with a dry iron as printer ink is water soluble.  So, can you not use printable fabric on an item that might be washed?
164  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Cotton Fat Quarter swap anyone? on: August 18, 2007 12:20:10 PM
I'm interested in doing a swap for cotton fat quarters and wondered if anyone else would be interested.

My thought are:

     exchange 4 fat quarters with your partner

     you could swap with 1 or 2 people

     you get to specify the colors you want

     you can use from your stash as long as the colors fit your partners choices

     this doesn't need to be a long swap as all we are sending are FQ's so I think 2 weeks from receiving
     partners to sending is good enough.

     I would start signups around the 8th of September

Any thoughts or interest?

165  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Anne of Green Gables on: August 16, 2007 07:15:42 AM
I was discussing my crafting love with a lady at work a few days ago and I told her I would bring in my photo album to show her some of my work.  As I was flipping through it deciding which pictures to take out (some of my first and horrible items), I came across a picture of a doll I made back in '04.  Since we didn't have a digital 'back then', I only had a regular picture but I found out you can take digital pictures of regular ones and here's the result:


I made her for a doll exchange I did with another group and I've always been sorry since that I gave her away.  The entire doll, minus the straw hat is crochet.

I should look and see if I still have the pattern.  I did find the website I purchased her pattern from but it appears that she's no longer available (or maybe I just couldn't find her.)
166  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Floral Photos on: July 23, 2007 09:05:24 AM
A few years ago I started taking pictures of flowers (with my regular film camera) and enlarging those I liked, framing them and hanging them in our bedroom.  Well, this summer my husband decided to join me and he too started taking pictures (with a digital.)  These are a few that we have taken this summer.  Comments and critiques are welcome.


This single peony grows in our front yard and is only nice for about 1 week each year.  I try to take a good picture every year and when I headed out with the camera a few weeks ago, there was this enormous bee flying around.  With some patience and nerve, I got close enough to take this picture.  Unfortunately on here the picture doesn't show as well as on my computer screen but I love how the pollen shows up on the bee's back.


This is the center of a marigold and if you look in the upper left hand corner, you will spot a little green bug.  We didn't even realize the bug was in the picture until we got home and loaded the pictures onto the computer.


        I'm not even sure what kind of flower this is but the detail that showed up of the center
        of the flower is wonderful!


                             This pansy also grows in my front yard

I'm actually amazed at how well digital cameras take close ups.  I was alway of the mind that they couldn't do as well as a 'regular' camera but I'm now sold on the fact they can!

167  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Looking for a pattern suggestion for 18 yo son's quilt on: July 20, 2007 07:22:00 AM
I'm planning to make a quilt for my son who is about to turn 18.  He loves orange and I've managed to swap for lots of it here on Craftster.  I think I almost have enough but now I need to pick a pattern.  Pinwheels are my favorite but I've made enough of them lately and want to try something different.

I looking for suggestions - either an entire quilt pattern or even just a block you like and I can take it from there.  It's got to be something that would work with multiple fabrics as I only have FQs of most of them.

168  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.


169  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

170  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: 
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