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21  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: July 31, 2016 12:26:25 PM

Prompt:  July Battle - Roadside Attractions
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Craftology
Bonus Points:  WIP It!
Project Name: Dinosaur Planters
Project Link: n/a
Brief Description: There are many dinosaur-themed roadside attractions in the US. I've been to 2 here in Massachusetts (fossilized dinosaur tracks) and my friend and his family just stopped at one in a rest area in Wyoming. I've had a collection of toy dinos to turn into planters for quite some time now and when I went to Home Depot the other day and they had a display of tiny succulents out front, I took it as a sign that the time was right. I originally planned to spray paint them, but for now, I kind of like the natural look (except for that orange one in the back). These will go in my classroom, and I'll probably take them out of their little pots and properly plant them when I get to school (they'll be easier to transport).

Project Picture:

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22  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by craftADDchick on: July 29, 2016 04:39:52 PM
Okay, since I have totally been in organizing mode this summer, I've realized that I shouldn't do my t-shirt quilt until my craft room is organized. So, I'm going to put the T-shirt & Jeans Quilt on hold, and replace it with this...

Research Project Name: Craft Room Overhaul
Team: Analog
Brief Description: I have craft supplies in every room of the house, and if I actually put them in the craft room, my house would be at least 75% cleaner. So, a reorganization (I had it mostly under control a couple of years ago, but then life took over) of the craft room is in order!

Plan of Action:
1. Measure the folding table & floor space to determine how much room I have to play with.
2. Remove all craft supplies that are not (or can not currently be) properly stored.
3. Clean and repair a cabinet intended for fabric storage.
4. Head to IKEA to get some shelf/storage components to maximize storage and make efficient use of the available space.
5. Transfer all craft supplies to the craft room, storing them in an appropriate place.
6. Craft in the craft room!!

And to hold myself accountable, here is part of my current view from the sofa in the living room, looking towards the dining room. I am not proud of the current chaotic state, but I'm happy that, in spite of the appearance to the contrary, there is a little bit of order in that mess! I will take a shot from about the same view as the project progresses.
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23  Re: Yet Another TM Patch Swap- R7! Gallery in The Swap Gallery by craftADDchick on: July 22, 2016 06:34:05 PM
Animal!!!!! I love that patch! And, it's a good thing you don't live nearby, because I would steal it! Seriously. The Dr. Who patch is also amazing- I never thought about using a gutta resist with fabric paint or acrylic paint. In my mind it was for silk dyes only, so thanks for the info, Wulf!

My partner received today, so I'm going to post pics for her Smiley

First is "Fall Tree," which took a long time to stitch! But, I think it was worth it Smiley

Next is "The Last Leaf," and I stitched the branch over a felt base (I don't know if it qualifies as stump work), and the leaf is free hanging.

And finally, a very simple (and possibly in need of additional embellishment) extra patch, "Fiesta Ware."

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24  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by craftADDchick on: July 22, 2016 05:18:20 PM
July 18th Check In

I've been focused on swap stuff, but yesterday, as part of said swap stuff, I did a bit of fabric shopping at some local (not JoAnn fabrics) shops. And, another shop today... But, yesterday, in one of the shops they had a gorgeous quilt on display. It looked simple, and they had a kit for it! So, I splurged and bought the kit. I might try the pattern first and use my Star Wars fat quarter stack, if it works out right.

Here's what the quilt kit should make:

The pattern is called Half Moon Bay, if I read it right.
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25  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups closed;Send-out by August 20, 2016 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by craftADDchick on: July 22, 2016 05:08:04 PM
Great fabrics, MareMare! And, you're right, you should make that pouch right away!

And, this morning I had to meet my sister for a Zentangle class, and when I got there, she wasn't quite ready to go. So, I had about 15 minutes to kill. And, could you believe there was a little quilt shop right next door? When I told the very nice lady what I was doing, she pointed me to a couple of baskets of fat 16ths (or slightly bigger). Ten for $5!  I bought 40 Grin


I think I have enough fabric for the swap now Smiley And I still haven't dug through my stash!
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26  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups closed;Send-out by August 20, 2016 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by craftADDchick on: July 21, 2016 07:06:41 PM
Here's my haul! Some of these fabrics may appear in packages! But, some will not Smiley
I didn't total up the amount of fabric, but it was WAY more than I planned on. I also got a quilt kit (they had one made up in the store and it was gorgeous, so I splurged on the kit) and 2 sewing themed t-shirts!

They go in order of shopping, from left to right. I almost looped back to the first store to get more $2.99 fabrics. Smiley

And, in the first store, it seems as though I subconsciously picked coordinating fabrics that would look nice in a quilt!
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27  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups close July 23, 2016; Send-out by August 20, 2016 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by craftADDchick on: July 11, 2016 07:19:20 PM
So, I'm doing a summer book study and I was 3 assignments overdue (it's really hard to do an online book study when your internet isn't cooperating!). So, I spent the bulk of today getting myself caught up, and spent almost an hour at McDonald's posting my assignments. By the time I got home, I was too brain dead to do anything that required a lot of thought, so this is what I did instead:

Last month, while canning at my friend's house, she let me dive into her fabric scrap bin (she quilts) and get scraps for hexies. I only got about 1/4 of the way through. Tonight, I used my template to cut up the stack of scraps I brought home (I cut some while I was at her house). I think I got a total of 82 different hexies cut from what I got from her stash. Right now, I have 116 different hexies cut and waiting to be basted! It makes me happy to look at them, but I'll be even happier when they are all stitched up! And, the next time I'm at her house, I can get more scraps Smiley
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28  EPP Hexie Fabric Swap! Sign-ups closed;Send-out by August 20, 2016 in ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED by craftADDchick on: July 09, 2016 11:47:21 AM

Photo by Averia

Gallery- http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449826

Swap name: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: craftADDchick

Sign-up date range: July 9 - July 23, 2016

Date to send item by: August 20, 2016

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 8
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

    If so, which country?

Additional Age requirement? NO

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:

- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES

- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES

- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES

- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:

- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO

- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/NO

- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO

- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO

- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO

- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES/NO

- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO

- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

Are you an EPP junkie? Does the sight of neat little stacks of stitched up hexagons make you smile with delight? Do you have dreams of making a quilt with hundreds of hexies? Could you use a bit more variety in your hexie stash? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the swap for you!

In this swap, you will be exchanging 24 squares of quality, 100% quilting cotton with up to each member of the swap. This may mean that you will have to send out of your country, but fabric squares are small and light, so postage should be lower. You may also have the option to swap finished hexies and/or a small item made with hexies (such as a pincushion, mug rug, etc.).

What size squares do you need?

The size of the hexagon is determined by the length of one side. So, a 1" hexie has sides that measure 1" each. To determine the size of the square you need, refer to the information below.

1/4" hexie = 1" square
1/2" hexie = 1 1/2" square
3/4" hexie = 2" square
1" hexie = 2 1/2" square
1 1/4" hexie = 3" square
1 1/2" hexie = 3 1/2" square
2" hexie = 4 1/2" square
3" hexie = 6 1/2" square

So, it seems like the formula for the size of the square is: 2X the side length  plus a 1/2".

So, a 2 1/2" hexie would need a 5 1/2" square (2 1/2" X 2= 5", plus 1/2"= 5 1/2")

Note: If you need larger squares, but are partnered with someone who needs much smaller squares, you may want to consider sending your partner a few extra squares Smiley

What do I need to know about sending finished hexies?

A finished hexie is one that has already been stitched into the hexagon shape. When sending finished hexies, please adhere to the following guidelines:
1. Please use card stock (or index cards) to make your templates so your partner can reuse them.
2. Please punch a hole in the center of the template to make them easier to remove.
3. Please be sure that your template is the correct size for your partner. Remember that a hexie's size is determined by the length of one side.
4. Please leave the template in the hexies when you mail them.
5. Please check with your partner to see if they would like you to stitch through the template to the front along the sides of the hexagon. (While this can hold the template in place, especially for larger hexies, some people don't remove the basting from the hexies. It can also reduce the number of times the template can be reused.)
6. If you plan to use glue to help to hold the template in place, please check with your partner first. Also, please make sure to use a glue stick that is specifically for use with fabric.

What can I make with my hexies?

Well, if you don't want to make a quilt, I've started a board on Pinterest with some ideas for smaller projects. Check it out here: http://pin.it/pB0s5aT

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:


Name of swap: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap

Craftster username:

Email address:

Your real name:

Mailing address including the country (Please write it in the proper format for shipping to your country):

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country (swappers with more than one partner may need to ship out of the country for at least one partner)? (YES/NO)
Confirm that are at least 16 years old: (YES/NO)

Do you understand that you will need to get a tracking number if shipping within the US, or keep a copy of your receipt if shipping outside the US? (YES/NO)
How many partners would you like (1, 2, or 3)? First time swappers will be limited to one partner.
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home?
Organizer will do her best to match partners based on this information:
   What size fabric squares (see information above) do you need?
   Do you want any fussy cut pieces? (YES/NO)
   Do you want multiples of fabric pieces (i.e. If you plan on making hexie flowers, you'll need 6 of each fabric)? (YES/NO)
        How many squares of each fabric do you need?
   Do you want to receive hexies that are already stitched (see note above about how to send pre-stitched hexies)? (YES/NO)
   Would you like to also swap a small finished object made with hexies? (YES/NO)
   Is there anything else you woul
d like your partner(s) to know?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.


1. craftADDchick
2. Averia
3. alwaysinmyroom
4. Amazon_warrior
5. quaggy
6. Immaculata
7. MareMare
8. sloth003
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29  Re: 2016 QuiltAlong, now with prizes! in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by craftADDchick on: July 07, 2016 07:33:50 PM
I made this out of hexies that were about 4" on a side, just to get the technique down. It's not a great picture, but it's a padded mat for the top of a dresser.

And, one of my planned hexie project's is a Diane Gilleland quilt pattern (it has the word Granny in the title). It's rows of hexagon flowers and strips, appliqud onto fabric panels, I think (I bought it a while ago).
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30  EPP Hexie Fabric Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by craftADDchick on: July 06, 2016 08:09:15 PM

Photo by Averia

I've recently gotten the EPP bug, but my stash is woefully inadequate for the purposes of providing me with a variety of hexies!

I was thinking about organizing a swap for small squares of fabric for the purpose of making 1" hexagons. I have a template that perfectly fits a 2 1/2 inch square- it makes a 1" hexagon with 3/8" of a folded over seam.

We could keep it simple- 20 squares of fabric at least 2 1/2 inches square. This would be the easiest for partnering Smiley Fabrics could be all different, or in color groups, or in multiples (such as 6 to make a hexagon flower).

To spice it up, we could add in some options:
Sending finished hexies instead of squares
Fabric for fussy cutting hexies
Squares for larger hexies
Other common EPP shapes

You could have the option for more than one partner (up to 3, probably).

Because postage should be low (20 small squares shouldn't weigh much), people with multiple partners might have to ship out of country to at least one partner (but hopefully not more than one).

If there's enough interest, I could start sign-ups this month, with send-outs before the end of August.

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