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21  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: Hexagon Sweater Blanket on: June 30, 2014 08:41:48 AM
nice, very nice.
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine on: June 28, 2014 08:48:52 AM

thanks for the advice guys. I bought a new can of spray starch, so that will defintely be useful. I like the idea of outlining each block and then some small bits of free motion. I do like the heavily quilted look

If it was me I'd outline each block. I love this layout, think I might have to add it to my list of "quilts to do after I have finished the super king size quilt"  Grin

I actually saw a quilt like this on pinterest and couldnt find a free pattern so I worked the dimensions out for a double bed. The top is about 59x75 (from memory) this is without binding, so if you want details of the dimensions I used and the key for planning of the layout of colours, then pm me
23  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery on: June 26, 2014 04:36:39 PM
more love wall pics (in my subdued midnight lighting, camera finding is too hard)... there are few swap goodies on there- The function of the wall is to remind me, when I am having breakfast and am all cranky and morning-ish..that there is love...and I need to add to it..

This should be it's own Swap!  A "Help Me Build a Love Wall Swap".  Who wants in?

Oh yes!!!! I am so in....
24  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery on: June 26, 2014 04:28:38 PM
 Wow that twisted spooly tree is amazing...and to jump back a little cackle is a master of.. well everything actually, but that silver spool rocks..

That is gorgeous and I'm in love with your LOVE wall!


What she said.

more love wall pics (in my subdued midnight lighting, camera finding is too hard)... there are few swap goodies on there- The function of the wall is to remind me, when I am having breakfast and am all cranky and morning-ish..that there is love...and I need to add to it..




I should work on hanging pictures straight Cool
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine on: June 26, 2014 04:15:09 PM
So I finally dug out some of those lovely special fabrics, the ones that I have been saving for something special

*I had a revelation that I don't want to be someone who dies with a roomfull of craft stuff for my daughter to have to get rid of...plus the cool fabric that I love today, after a few years, well I don't love it so much*

so I got out the nicest ones...inspired by a quilt I saw on pinterest, I made this top. It is midnight here and I can't find my camera, so this is a cellphone pic and the colours are a lot more vibrant in real life..

the question is, I have just a regular short arm sewing machine, I am using a 4oz polyester batting, as I want softness, lightness and drapeabilty (I usually use recycled 100% woollen blankets as wadding, lovely, but stiffer). I always tend I quilt in straight lines as it is easier. I think I might do the same...don't really want to risk free motion on this top. But what 'pattern' should I use, plus as you can probably see, the top is not completely flat- I still haven't managed to cut exactly on the grain and sew without stretching!

1-follow the 9 main blocks
2-outline each block
3-something else??




26  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery on: June 26, 2014 07:27:26 AM
So my fellow fabulous swappers, have you had the experience of having a really crappy day and then getting a swap package, it is wonderful as it is a bright spot in an awful day...turns out a swap package on a good day makes the day even better. Today is a good day. I am just at the start of my academic holidays (weeks and weeks of them, very very lucky me) and I dusted of my little camper van, she had to go for a roadworthiness test and she passed with flying colours...she has her own thread here..http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=343917.msg3998899#msg3998899 (france here we come!)

and to cap it off, I got this amazing spool from smmarrt. it is all Alice in wonderland/cups of tea themed and it is fabulous. I really love it. Unfortunately the cup and saucer and little plate of cookies (LOVE!) came adrift, I know they should be glued to the top of the spool, but I am waiting for my partner to tell me where exactly.



and I got spoiled with a few extras...chocolate...mmm...and these really clever little notebooks, I think they are made from altered coffee sleeves, very clever. And I also love the card that she sent.



This is the card added to my 'love wall' in the kitchen.



Thanks so much Susan. As ever it is fabulous swapping with you xx
27  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery on: June 24, 2014 04:33:06 PM
so many wonderful new spools since I last was here...great work.
28  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Altered Spool Swap Gallery on: June 10, 2014 03:44:59 PM
 thanks for all of the nice words on that creepy childhood shrine. It wasn't meant to be creepy at all, but you know how sometimes a piece gets away from you and goes in an entirely different direction than you had intended This one completely had a mind of it's own.


I have one teeny tiny complaint, Miss C, and that is you didn't sign your work. So the next time we trade something (inchies, altered puzzle pieces, fabric), you must send me your autograph so I can attach it to the shrine.


Ha! I never think of that...I will send you a bunch of signatures and you can credit me with everyone else's work as well.

I should have said that the two spools and the buttons that support the arms in that piece came from an antiques market in austria..I scored a great old sewing box full of notions...
29  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Altered Spool Swap (MAIL BY 6/18/14) on: June 03, 2014 07:00:36 AM
wow, i vanish for a couple of days and there are pages of comments...chatty mob here..


*just checking in, getting ready to send out my swap items*
30  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: book binding swap or another head start journal swap on: May 29, 2014 09:46:13 AM
It would for me, although I am away the last week in July, I would send early.
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