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41  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Anastasia's Quilt on: November 23, 2013 08:36:45 AM
Friends of ours just had their first baby and, as is my tradition for first babies, I made her a quilt.  I've had the top pieced for a long time just waiting for a baby to finish it for and now that Anastasia has arrived, I finally got it all together.  Which is good since her shower is tomorrow.

I have to loosely use the term 'quilt' since this one has no batting in it.  I backed it with flannel and decided that was as thick as I wanted it to be.

This picture is actually a little muted but I couldn't get my camera to cooperate with me today.  I tried a vivid shot but that was too bright.  The red fabric in the bottom right corner has letters and numbers on it.


This shows the flannel backing


These are relatively new friends to us so I have no idea of their style.  I'm just hoping it's not too bright.
42  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reusable Snack Bags on: October 02, 2013 08:47:32 AM
I recently did a personal swap and my side was to make 5 reusable snack bags.  The outer fabric is cotton but the inner fabric is PUL, which is water proof, and if something spills you just give it a wipe out and you're good to go.


Close up

43  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Creativity is messy... on: August 07, 2013 09:18:57 AM
What Does Craftster Mean To Me

When I first joined Craftster it was all about swapping.  I had belonged to a Canadian only, crochet only board and someone mentioned another group that they swapped in as well.  I contacted the lady and found out she was talking about Craftster.  After some investigation I just knew I had to join, not only to swap but to see things other than crochet.

I've been a member for 7 1/2 years and currently sit at #2 on the 'members who have swapped the most list' so obviously swapping is still a big part of why I'm here.  But I've also met new friends, learned new crafts, seen tons of fantastic projects and been exposed to crafts I didn't even know existed.  I keep telling myself it's time to slow down with the swapping but then I find new and exciting swaps and just keep going.

My entry for this challenge was created for a swap partner.  It's not my original design but the color choice was mine and since the recipient wasn't fussy about the colors, I used the brightest I could find since I love lots and lots of bright color!

44  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Pencil Pixie on: July 07, 2013 03:33:43 PM
I made this for one partner in the June Ongoing Pinterest swap.  I found the pattern free on Whimsie Doodles.  I used two strands of black for the outlines and one strand for any inside work.


I know I will be visiting that site again for other patterns as there are many I want to make.
45  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Friendship Star (a group effort) on: June 28, 2013 07:33:34 PM
I recently participated in round 3 of the Quilt Block swap and this time around I asked for the Friendship Star pattern with a black background and colorful stars.  Our friend's daughter is graduating high school this month and I wanted the squares for a quilt for her.  Once they had arrived, I found out what her favorite color was to use in the border and off I went.

When I had the squares together and only 1/2 the border on I almost quit because I didn't like how it was turning out but once I had the rest of the border on I was happy with it.

I gave it to Alyssa on Tuesday and she loved it, which made me very happy.


I even personalized it - I told her I did this so that if she didn't like it, she couldn't give it away  Cheesy

46  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Homerof2's April ATCs on: May 03, 2013 08:42:21 PM
   Animals with Bowties                                           Fabric

Highways (Confederation Bridge, PEI, Canada)             Orange              

     Snow                                           Non-paper (28 ga metal and felt marker)

47  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Craftster Itself / Threads you might like ?? on: May 02, 2013 05:34:21 PM
I just noticed today at the bottom of threads there is a box called "Threads you might like"

I'm curious to know - does this recommend threads from the same category only?  Is it going to be on all threads?  Is it permanent?
48  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 86 ENTRIES / Red-eyed Tree Frog on: May 01, 2013 02:45:09 PM
Way back in 2007, in the Over 30 Fine Wine Geezer Swap I was given bronzfrog to send my item to.

Her #1 pick was a red-eyed tree frog.  I did some google searching for a pattern and ended up finding one right here on Craftster.  wibit had designed one and I based my frog on hers.  The only problem I ran into was finding red eyes, which didn't happen, so my frog had brown eyes.  All 4 legs have pipe cleaners in them so they can be bent to any shape.

49  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / SHAZAM! on: April 22, 2013 09:24:59 AM

In the summer of 2012, we flew across Canada for our oldest son's wedding and while doing some sight seeing, I hit as many fabric stores as I could.  In one store I found 6 bolts of fabric with the same pattern but all different colors.  I purchased a half meter of each one and decided I would find a project to use them all in.  I had a number of ideas over the following months but nothing that really struck my fancy.  Then my mom purchased a book for me called Circle Quilts by Colleen Granger.  As soon as I got it in the mail I started flipping through it and came to this pattern and I knew this was it!  This was where I would use my fabric!!

This pattern needed 9 colors and so I went through my stash to look for 3 others to add to the ones I already had set aside.  Amazingly, I had 2 more that would work so I only needed to buy 1 plus the black.

I've never worked in the round before and had no idea how to do it but this book had very clear instructions.  It's paper pieced and while I didn't follow Colleen's paper piece method, my own way worked just as well.  Each ring is broken up into sections and once each section is finished, you combine them to make a ring.  Starting with the center, you join each ring to the next larger one by using a small zigzag stitch and invisible thread.  Here's a picture that shows the first few rings:


The circle is 30.5" in diameter.

Not sure if I'll attempt another one of these but I'm extremely happy I made this one!
50  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Precarious Pots on: April 13, 2013 12:45:36 PM
I recently subscribed to a quilting magazine and my first copy came last week.  As I was looking through it, I came to a section where people send in pictures of quilts they have made from past issues.  I saw this and just knew I had to make it, even if I didn't have that issue.  Some ingenuity with a photocopier helped me create a pattern and I was able to make this little gem.  It's about 10" x 24" and adds lots of springy colors to my dining room walls.


A close-up of the flower reveals the little bee I found on a piece of yellow fabric I had.


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