This is my very first post in this board! The Austin Museum of Art offers some really great art classes and I decided I needed a new hobby (what's one more!) so I took a beginning painting class. And I can say that I definitely learned alot, and am pretty obsessed with oil painting right now!
I've always thought that I was just not an artistic person and painting would be impossible but I really wanted to give it a shot, and it's just so much fun, hopefully my little beginner paintings can inspire someone else who thinks they aren't artistic but just really want to paint, you can do it too!
12X16 This one is my favorite so far, its my sister's dog Ransom, I painted this in my last class. I have some small issues with the ears, but overall I am pretty excited about how it turned out! Original with the painting:
6x6 This is my cat Bertie, I based the painting on an instagram of him that was taken at a weird angle, where his face was right up near the camera and his body was kind of hidden underneath him. Original http://instagram.com/p/VV90LevJN-/
Craftster is turning 10!! That's right, August marks 10 years of running with scissors all over the internet! In honor of this momentous time, we're hosting a cross-category challenge! Every category will have the same challenge with the same entry times. The 10 category winners with the most votes will be put head-to-head-to-head-to... you get it.... for a GRAND PRIZE PACKAGE!!!
The theme for this challenge is "What Craftster means to me." Now, don't be scared of this theme! Craftster is made by YOU, Craftster can mean different things to different people so whatever it means to you, that's great!! Still unsure it's as easy as I say? Here's some examples that are just the tip of the iceberg!
"To me, Craftster means trying new things! Here's a project featuring a technique I've never tried before!"
"To me, Craftster means tutorials! Here's a project I made from a tutorial I found on the boards."
"To me, Craftster means swapping! Here's a project I'm sending in a swap."
"To me, Craftster means a community where I can show off my geekiness! Here's a project that relates to this thing I'm interested in!"
See? Not so bad, eh? Seriously, as long as you can describe why you feel your project reflects something Craftster represents to you, then you're good!
Rules and Suggestions:
You may enter in as many categories as you like, but you may only enter a project once. So if you wanted to enter in three categories, you would need to have made three projects!
Your project must have been made between June 24th and the time of posting. Your entry should not have been posted on Craftster previously (ie not something you made and posted years ago!)
If using a pattern or tutorial, please let us know.
You can begin crafting at any time but remember to post your thread in this board from August 7th through August 13th at 11:59:59 PDT. Voting for each category will be open August 14th to August 21st.
Although there will be 20 category winners, only the 10 winners with the most votes will go on to a grand prize round! Voting for this will be August 23rd to August 30th, with the grand prize winner being formally announced September 3rd!
Prizes: The winner in each category will receive a Craftster pin, and a Craftster USB card.
PLUS! The winner in the Quilting Category will also receive 7 Fat Quarters from Violet Craft's new line, Waterfront Park!
This is my take on a plus sign quilt! I've been seeing alot of them lately and I just love the way it looks! I made this as a wedding present for my best friend and her new husband which should explain my cheeztastic project title (also who else is singing the u plus me equals us song? me? just me? cool)
it is a slight queen size, will cover the bed with about 6 inches extra on each side, finished size after washing and drying is 77 x 84
I know every generation of highschoolers has their name for the "punk" group of kids, at my high school circa late 90's we called them "skaters" and I'm not quite sure why but this quilt reminds me of JNCO's and Van's sneakers, and skateboard stickers.
In actuality it was inspired by a floral print from Denyse Schmidt's new fabric line. I just used all of the colors in the floral print (on the back of the quilt) to pull solids for the squares! I really love the way it turned out.
on the quilting machine, I took a long arm class at QuiltCon in February with Angela Walters and was excited to try out this fun petal pattern! It was freehanded and continuous line, no starting or stopping.
Here's the whole finished quilt, I had no helper readily available to hold it up for me so I just threw it on the bed. Oh and you can tell in this pic that its not very big, about 54 inches by 63 inches, a good couch size!
We pulled all of the fabrics out of the new scrap bin and it turned out very vibrant and I think pretty fun. My mom loved it! The pillow front is a mini quilt, constructed the same way you would make a normal quilt, the only difference is that before binding, I sewed the quilt front to the quilt back, wrong sides together, and then attached the binding to both layers at once! My pillow is 20x20.
My best friend Alana is getting married in December and for her couple's wedding shower I wanted a fun semi-coed activity. I decided to do a photobooth using a polaroid camera to put together a little fun photobook for my friends to have to remember their wedding shower! I sent everyone their invitation on these fun postcards! https://www.andersondesigngroupstore.com/store-subcat-gallery_All.html I asked everyone to bring it with them to use them in the photobook along with stickers and markers and eventually we ended up using the photobooth props as well! It was a big hit and my best friend and her fiance loved it!
We played an awesome game of Mad Lib wedding vows and had my friends recite their ridiculous vows to each other, the best line of the night was, instead of "in good times and in bad" we had "in good times and in Oklahoma" (no offense Oklahomans, we're in Texas!)
This quilt pattern is from the really cool modern style quilt book, City Quilts. I loved the contrast of the black with the green in the original pattern and I extended my color palette slightly to include some jewel tone blues and purples and an aqua. I've never used solid black in a quilt before and I really like the contrast and the way it turned out. I don't know if my backing necessarily matches the front but I LOVE the super saturated colors and the floral print!
Quilt was pieced on my Singer and machine quilted by me on a rented long arm!
So I made this quilt! I'm so excited about it. Its my first full queen sized quilt for my bed. In the past I've made largish quilts that can go on my bed but in addition to other bedding, but not this time!
Oh how I love a good quilted pillow! All the fun of quilting in a quick, easy format! I made this last year for a swap and while looking through photos I realized that I hadn't posted it! So here it is, my off-kilter pinwheel pillow!
The off-kilter pinwheel blocks are so simple too! I cut 5 inch squares and then laid a white and a colored square on top of one another and then made a slightly angled cut through both of them, then paired them with their color and angle opposite and sewed them together!