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1  From the first Mini Art Quilt Swap in 2009!!! in Quilting: Completed Projects by SewHelpMe on: August 17, 2015 12:13:03 PM
Totally forgot about entering this challenge!  Glad I checked back today!  

Here is the quilt I made RyverChyld for the first Mini Art Quilt Swap in 2009 (link:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=302820.0).  It was the first art quilt I'd ever made and was a nervous wreck to send it out.  

I strip-pieced the fabrics for the flowers and then appliqud them on the background that was also strip-pieced from different white fabrics.  I sewed clear glass beads around the perimeter and then added rick-rack when I sewed on the binding.  

I thought the back was pretty cute, too!

Thanks for looking!
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2  It's a SCROOBIE!!! {EDITED! I improved it} in CHALLENGE 100 ENTRIES by SewHelpMe on: July 05, 2014 04:11:03 PM

I know you opened this link thinking, "what in the heck is a scroobie?"  I'll admit I'm a touch delirious from lack of sleep and too much sun.  Get it now?  It's a SCREW B!

When I read this challenge, I knew immediately what I was going to do!  

I have a very long skinny porch on the front of my house.  I need something to decorate the end of it, and think this is the perfect idea!  For several days, I  scavenged for a pallet to use, and unfortunately ran out of time.  However, I was thrilled to come across a piece of abandoned wood this morning.  It has some tire tracks across it, and I had to fight a spider to get it and pick out chunks of gravel from the back, but works perfectly.  

The dimensions are 24 x 48.  I chose these particular screws so I would know to stop drilling when the thread ended and they'd all be the same height.

I measured the diameter of the screw heads and then used the blend function in CorelDraw X5 to accurately space 100 screw shapes.  

I taped the pattern to the wood and spent the afternoon screwing screws into the wood.

I'm a little disappointed that the design didn't show up as prominently as I would have liked so I may go back later and fill in the spaces with more screws!  At first, I added some 12 gauge wire to the perimeter to make the shape show up better.  Next weekend, I will spray paint my urn and add a tabletop to it and then hang my new scroobie and the porch end will be decorated.  

EDIT: I was so disappointed that the B didn't show up that I didn't sleep last night.  I didn't want to spend any money trying to fix it so I dug through my paint box this morning and found some old shoe polish and metallic gold acrylic paint:

I unscrewed all the screws, cut a stencil out of contact paper and filled in the B shape with some smudges of shoe polish and paint:

My husband wasn't around to help me with more porch pictures so here's a modification.  I'm MUCH happier that the B shows up now:

Thanks for looking!!!
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3  Another ABC-themed ATC Swap? in New Swap Theme Ideas by SewHelpMe on: July 01, 2014 02:11:28 PM
I know the on-going ATC swap is always available, but is anyone interested in another ABC-themed ATC swap?  I participated in one about 5 years ago (EGADS!  Where did the time go???) here on Craftster and had a blast making and swapping.  I started at the beginning and didn't miss a single swap so I ended up with the entire alphabet. 

The swap I participated in was ideally 4 people per group (person 1 sent their A card to person 2; their B card to person 3 and their C card to person 4) and we worked on 3 letters per swap  (i.e. when ABC finished, then CDE started, etc.).

I've never been an swap organizer, but I'm willing to be a co-organizer if anyone would step in and organize the first one so I can learn the organizing ropes.

Here are the cards I received: 
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4  Re: I did it!!! (a plus-size skirt for 9-year-old) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by SewHelpMe on: July 24, 2011 12:55:55 PM
Here's the second skirt.  I forgot to add the seam allowances on the ruffle so this one's shorter, doggoneit!

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5  I did it!!! (a plus-size skirt for 9-year-old) in Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects by SewHelpMe on: July 23, 2011 06:25:42 AM
I haven't posted on Craftster in a million years, but I'm so pleased with how this skirt turned out, I HAVE to brag about it.

It has a bit of a background.  My dear roommate from college is in a tough financial situation at the moment.  I'm fortunate enough (at the moment) to be able to help her buy her little girls' back to school clothing.

Problem #1:  the girls are plus-sized (8- and 9-years old with 33" and 35" waists).
Problem #2:  "they" don't make plus-sized clothing for kids (and what we did find was generic).

A couple of years ago, I made some easy elastic-waisted skirts and shorts for another friend's 3-year-old, so I decided I would "just" make them some skirts, capris and pants (dummy me, I didn't know what I was getting myself into!).

Problem #3:  "they" don't make REAL plus-sized patterns for plus-sized girls!  And the ones we found were mostly dresses, and these girls really want pants.

Somehow, I tripped across a wonderful pattern drafting website and bought The Works (I'm not sure if I'm allowed to type the company name???).  My mom and I spent a couple of hours plotting the girls' measurements and cutting out muslins to fit them.  Oh my gosh!  The pants and skirts fit BEAUTIFULLY!!!

That's a long story to show you the first real skirt I made yesterday.  

I'm thrilled, too, because for the very first time, I put in an invisible zipper, figured out how to use my ruffler foot AND how to thread the scary monster serger I bought 4 years ago that was still in the box!

The second photo is what the seams look like.

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6  Re: Suggestions on how to make quilts with different sized blocks in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by SewHelpMe on: February 01, 2011 01:45:08 PM
Hey, athenamat,

Several months after the fact, but...  I think this is called "component quilting."  I made a top from a book by Debbie Maddy (Modern Art with Fabric).  The angle of this photo makes the different components easy to see:

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7  Re: Post your completed Alphabet ATC swaps here in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by SewHelpMe on: July 09, 2009 08:03:43 AM
Oh this is fun!!!

I spy my Drummer and Laugh in sajona's alpahbet and Octopus and Xanax in karin_'s.

Here's my set.  I am soooo pleased with them!
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8  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SewHelpMe on: July 03, 2009 03:40:11 AM
I am soooo excited!  Yesterday, I received the quilt RyverChyld made for me!  It is soooo beautiful!  What's funny is that I drew out a curly tree like this to make for her, but changed my mind.

She used so many techniques so there's lots of texture--lots to look at.  Here's the whole quilt:

The sky is crazy pieced with silver embroidery:

The grass is layered with lots of folds (not sure how you did this, RyverChyld, but I love it!)

The corners each have roses with ribbon stems:

And "Live" "Laugh" "Love" is embroidered across the top.

The whole quilt is just beautiful, and I love it!  Thanks so much, RyverChyld!!!
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9  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap (SIGN-UPS Closed, Sendouts July 10) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by SewHelpMe on: July 02, 2009 04:44:25 AM
WA-HOO!  I'm DONE!  I've got it boxed up, and will get it to the PO this morning!  I am soooo nervous for RyverChyld to open it. I hope it's good enough.

This was a true learning process for me.  On just about every single step, I learned that there was an easier/better way to do what I was attempting.  Quilting is NOT my strong point, and I hope what I did looks okay.

Here's a teaser:
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10  Re: Alphabet ATC Y,Z Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by SewHelpMe on: June 30, 2009 10:16:40 AM
YAAAAYYY!!!  My Z ATC from boogirl1984 got here!  Z is for Zeitgeist.  This is the perfect way to end my ABC ATC collection!  Thanks boogirl!!!

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