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1  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Selling Crafts on Etsy.com / Re: list your etsy store here! on: June 03, 2014 03:08:57 PM

Quilt patterns by me!  Well, only one for now but more to come!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/PeaceandPlastic
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: My First Tile Job on: October 20, 2013 05:50:33 AM
Love it!  Congrats on making something really cool!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Solar System Mini Art Quilt on: October 20, 2013 05:38:12 AM
Love it!  I'm sure it looks great on the receivers wall!
4  Florida / Florida: South / Anyone up for a Key West / Florida Keys Craftster Club? on: October 20, 2013 05:31:19 AM
I'm new to beautiful Key West and would love to meet some lovely crafty people for a cafe con leche and some crafting!  Please reply if you are interested!

5  Category Challenges / Quilting: Challenge Entries / Re: Quilting My Happiness: Homesick Ohio on: October 17, 2013 07:23:32 AM
... But glad you found a new home HERE! We can all love you, too....  Have you ever used that water soluble stuff?

Aww!  Thanks, I love you guys too!  I did see the water soluble, I think here on Craftster, used on a pixelated Mario quilt - but those links were very different and interesting uses!  For now though I'm pretty thrifty and haven't shelled out the cash to try any!  Maybe soon...

ALSO,  thank you all for the warm feelings.  Making this quilt really did make me feel better.  And I'm not terribly down, I'm sure some of you know that homesickness comes and goes.  This is not the first time I've lived away from home and honestly this place is awesome.  It's a tiny island in the middle of the ocean and I get to ride my bike everywhere - and the NATURE is awesome!  We snorkled last week and saw two sting rays and  a school of 8 reef squid (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caribbean_reef_squid) which I now call the "humming bird of the sea".  I think for one of my next projects I'm going to make a giant stuffed one for my boyfriend's birthday.
6  Category Challenges / Quilting: Challenge Entries / Quilting My Happiness: Homesick Ohio on: October 14, 2013 06:07:09 PM
I love quilting.  I love everything about it. I love that I can spend all day looking at beautiful fabric, never actually make anything, and still be satisfied.  I love that I can get in the "zone" and be in a world where it's just me and my quilt (and usually a good audio book).  I love that I can spend hours, weeks and even months or years on a giant quilt but on a particularly homesick Monday, in just a few hours, I can quilt up a little happiness to brighten my day.



So I just moved here:


I know, I know and I'm homesick!? Already?!

Well Ohio, specifically Cincinnati is my home and I love it. It has my family and my friends.  Oh, and it has fall (not that I'm complaining about the beautiful weather here).  This past Monday morning I was feeling particularly homesick so I put on an audio book and  whipped up a mini-quilt to lighten my load.

Ohio has such a fun shape and I just love looking at maps of it divided up into its 88 counties so I just googled up a map and printed it out.  I was lucky and the printed map was pretty much exactly the size I wanted.

From there I made my quilt "sandwich" and pinned all the layers together with the map placed where I wanted it on top.  Then I did a bit of free-motion quilting and just traced all the lines - this was very relaxing.

Once every thing was traced I used my seam ripper to remove the perforated bits of paper.

Then I trimmed, turned under and finished the edges of my blue "ohio" fabric, added a few concentric circles in the background and bound it!  Oh, and I added a little red heart right where I left mine behind.


I <3 Cincinnati.
 
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Full Signal: A Wi-Fi Quilt on: September 20, 2013 08:52:18 AM
"Home is where the Wi-Fi connects automatically"

This is such a cute quote.  I made the quilt for a friend with a tiny dog named WiFi and I bet if I could make it manly enough he would dig that quote on a sign.

I'll add it to the project queue!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Anyone ever written and published a quilt pattern? I'm looking for advice! on: September 19, 2013 07:23:31 PM
I have a couple of quilt designs I've created and I would love to write them up as real patterns and self publish them as PDF's to be sold through my future Etsy shop.  I am brand new to this idea and am looking for any advice that anyone has to offer!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Quilting Winner Announced on: September 19, 2013 07:13:58 PM
What a cute concept quilt!  Very techy and yet done in a traditional way...love the colors and the design...congrats!

Thanks so much!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Craftster's 10th Anniversary Cross-Category Challenge! Quilting Winner Announced on: August 22, 2013 03:56:08 PM
congrats ellie! i gotta learn how to make a quilt! i sooo need one lol!

It was sooo easy and fun!  I just google image searched until i found a crisp image I liked.  Enlarged it to the size I wanted in Microsoft Publisher where I printed it out "poster style" then cut out the shapes and traced them with a 1/4 in seam allowance on to my chosen fabrics and appliqued onto a piece of white Kona Cotton!!
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