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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Scalloped Ocean Quilt with Quilted Accent Pillows (pic giant) on: April 07, 2015 02:20:53 PM
I finally finished a queen sized quilt and 3 quilted pillows for my aunt!  They are for her ocean themed bedroom.This took me way longer than it should have, because I wasn't happy with my initial fabric purchases and ended up not using about half of what I first bought.  I am much happier with this more cohesive color palette, to which I then added in solids in a range of blues, greens, aquas, and tans to flesh it out.

The quilt itself is simple 5 inch patchwork with a single border. After quilting (which I sent out to a long armer) I used the Quilt in a Day Scallops, Vines & Waves template to cut scallops around the border (a design element requested by my aunt) and then did the (bias) binding in a dark navy that has tiny white pindots. And I actually hand stitched it, you know I love me some machine stitched binding but I actually did it "right" on this one Smiley



Extra wide backing fabric made it a lot easier. I love not piecing a backing on occasion!


Cutting the scallops. This part wasn't really as hard as I expected! Missouri Quilt Co has a great video on using the Scallop template.


Close-ups of the amazing shell quilting done by Good Knight Quilts









I also made 3 quilted pillows to go along with this. Two larger 24 inch square pillows and a smaller 16 inch square one. For the larger ones I decided to reduce the size of the original patchwork down to 2.5 inch squares, and actually used a lot of already pieced and/or cut squares I had left over from the quilt. I quilted one with a diagonal grid and it took so long. For the other large one I swapped my machines out for the machine that has a cool serpentine stitch, I really like the look of the wavy stitching on this one! And for the smaller pillow, which I wanted to emphasize the border fabric from the quilt, I did some loopy free motion quilting.



Close-ups of the quilting:

Diagonal cross hatch


Serpentine


Free motion


I had originally bought several yards of this green seaweed fabric to use as a border on the quilt, but then I decided to go in a more "blue" direction. I used a little bit of this fabric in the quilt itself and the pillows, but still had plenty left over so I used it to back the large pillows. I did a basic envelope style backing on the pillows after quilting them with batting and muslin. Then I used the same pindot fabric for binding on the pillows that I'd used on the quilt.



I remembered to add my label, but did kind of a crappy job sewing it on. Grr!


These are currently on their way to my aunt, I can't wait to hear what she says!


22  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Getting Started With Bees on: April 07, 2015 01:34:38 PM
Ooh thanks for sharing! This is really neat to learn about, I know nothing about bees.
23  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #108 - Live Events - Entries Due May 1 - May 10 on: April 06, 2015 11:14:42 PM
Whoa this is so cool!
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Vintage Japanese Quilting Pattern on: April 05, 2015 08:14:04 PM
OOh these are lovely! Is the circle inset or appliqued on? What a fun pattern!
25  CLOTHING / Shoes: Completed Projects / Re: Shoe makeover: First time dyeing leather on: April 05, 2015 08:12:04 PM
They turned out so great! Nice work. I looooove ankle strap shoes!
26  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Can you help me with my honey and beeswax face cream? on: April 04, 2015 10:51:51 PM
I'm sorry, I don't know any ways to fix that. Did you start with a recipe from somewhere or  are you just kind of winging it? You have to be pretty careful to get beeswax to work as a proper emulsifier. I don't think I've heard of working on its own without also borax and/or lecithin and then you need to be quite particular about what temperature the water phase and oil phase are when you combine them.  If you're not allergic to emulsifying wax or have another reason to not use it, I would highly recommend using that as your emulsifier instead of beeswax. The beeswax itself is pretty much inert so it's not necessarily supplying any properties that your skin needs.

Also, making such a small batch, like you found out, can be very hard to get everything to combine. But for a lotion recipe with emulsifying wax you would heat your water phase (honey in this phase) and your oil phases (e-wax in this phase) separately and then combine when they are both at a specific temperature and the emulsion is actually quite easy to achieve, even with a smaller batch.

Do you know what you're allergic/sensitive to? I would think that an olive oil lotion with lavender essential oil (very soothing) and honey would be pretty good for dry and sensitive skin. Maybe we can help you formulate something else. (probably would want to try this with e-wax if possible)

Or, alternately, you may want to try a butter, which wouldn't have a water phase, so therefore wouldn't need an emulsifier. However lots of the base butters that you might use to make a butter (shea, coconut, etc) are comodogenic, which means they might not be best to use on your face.

A third option would be to purchase an ingredient called palm stearic (or stearic acid, it's the fatty acid that is removed from palm oil or other oils/butters that is basically what makes a butter solid) and combine it with oils to make it thicker like a lotion or butter.

And a fourth idea is to make a lotion bar which might be a good possibility for you to use your beeswax. There is no water phase, this is a solid lotion disc that you can rub using body heat to moisturize.
27  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Zucchini Noodles Alfredo on: April 03, 2015 09:01:02 PM
Here's a one pan, one serving meal^ that is super fast to whip up. I'm doing low carb, but you could add in noodles or even rice if you want.

1 teaspoon butter
1 clove garlic, smashed
1 small zucchini, cut into ribbons or noodles
1/4 bunch asparagus, woody stems removed and cut into bite sized pieces
4 ounces cooked pork or chicken, cut into bite sized pieces
1/4 cup or more of jarred Alfredo sauce*
Black pepper to taste
2 T freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

In a medium high frying pan, melt butter and add garlic. Cook for 30 seconds and add zucchini noodles. Cook 3-4 minutes** and then add asparagus. Cook 1-2 minutes and then add meat and sauce. Simmer for a minute or until sauce and meat is warmed through. Pour into serving bowl or plate and top with black pepper and Parmesan.

*I like Prego Homestyle Alfredo Sauce with Fresh Cream, my brother swears by the Paul Newman kind.

** I prefer my zucchini well cooked but my asparagus still pretty crunchy, so if you like different levels of doneness from this, adjust cooking time accordingly. Also, this was the tiniest, thinnest asparagus I'd ever seen. Yum!

^This is totally a template style recipe sub things in or out at will for deliciousness! You want something bulky (zucchini noodles, pasta, gf pasta, rice, cauliflower rice, etc), something crunchy (asparagus, water chestnuts, pea pods, etc), protein (chicken, pork, steak, tofu, tempeh), sauce (alfredo, marinara, peanut sauce), and something flavorful to top with to jazz it up (Parmesan, feta, sun dried tomatoes)

Adding a couple cups of chopped spinach would have been good too, I just didn't think of it. I'm a big fan of throwing spinach into just about anything you can!
28  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Walking Dead - Zombie Jewelry - Shrink Plastic Fandom by isewcute on: April 01, 2015 02:42:38 PM
These are great! Very creepy! Brains!
29  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Pottery, Ceramics, etc: Completed Projects / Re: Rib Cage Pen Pot on: April 01, 2015 01:22:06 PM
Ooh, creepy but awesome!
30  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Zombie Chase on: April 01, 2015 01:20:06 PM
heehee, one of my fave projects!
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