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111  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 30, 2015 02:48:03 PM
Kookaloo Star - I'll be interested to see how those jeans turn out.  Looks neat!

dulcet - I'm going to add my voice in praise of those skirts.  They're super cute, and I'm sure you'll find plenty of people willing to take them off your hands.

cmouse01 - I love the flowers on the purple hat.  So sweet!

Popping by with two last April projects. 


Summer Sweater for Lily by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And the first project from the box of fabric my great-aunt gave me

Baby Blue by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

I had left about half of the fabric my great-aunt gave me at my mother's house until I could figure out how to integrate it into my own stash.  When I last spoke to mum it appears she accidentally gave it away.  She feels really bad about it, but I'm not all that fussed.  It went to a good home, and except for two pieces (a neat orange plaid, and a vintage winnie the pooh sheet) I don't even miss it.
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112  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 30, 2015 02:36:09 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Headmistress' Challenge - April
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Baby Blue Dress
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Spring brings blue skies and pretty flowers, both of which are represented by the fabric of this dress.


Baby Blue by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

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113  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 23, 2015 12:40:32 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Mushroom
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Curtains for Me
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Living in a rental meant I needed a way to add color to my walls other than using paint.  I whipped up a really quick curtain for behind my bed.  It's only two seams, so most of my time was spent ironing, pinning, and wrestling about 7 yards of material.



Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention - March WIP
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: The Grand Sewing Experiment
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I have slowly, over the course of the last few months, been experimenting to see how many doll dresses I can get out of one fat quarter.  After finishing up three more this week I have my answer: 6.  One didn't make it into the picture (I ran out of dolls) and half have been submitted for other challenges, but the front row in this pic are my March Detention Dresses.


The Sewing Experiment by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And close ups, if you care:


Tuesday & Cherish ... by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
Favorite Things Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Herbology
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Sweater for Lily
Project Page Link: Made with this pattern (free)
Brief Description: YELLOW!  Very Yellow.


Summer Sweater for Lily by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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114  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 22, 2015 10:46:05 AM
I sew a lot of doll clothes. [Pause for everyone to roll their eyes at my statement of the obvious.]  I decided to do an experiment to see how many dresses I could get out of a single fat quarter.  The answer is six, and if there hadn't been a stain in one corner I probably could have gotten another one made for my smallest doll (12 cm). 


The Sewing Experiment by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

One of the dresses didn't make it into the picture because I ran out of bodies.  The smallest dolls are 16 cm, the largest is 27.  Next I should see how many of a particular size I can get from one FQ.
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115  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 14, 2015 01:38:33 PM
Noodlebug - I am in awe of those socks!  They must have taken forever!

Ant Bee - He looks so pleased with his scarf Smiley

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Alchemy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Cheery Dress
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: My grandmother's best friend from high-school lives in the Grams' mother-in-law apartment.  She's the only person in that house who can read between the lines of their precarious health and the house's increased age to see that a move is inevitable.  The last time I went to visit the grandparent's I spent some time helping her weed through her fabric stash as part of her ongoing downsizing efforts.  Some went to a local quilting group and some came home with me (and I'm sure there'll be more next time I go up).  Since she always wants to know what I've been sewing for my dolls, I whipped up a dress from one of my favorite fabrics from her stash to show her next time she asks.  (The fabric came from a 36 inch wide bolt, so you know it's been around for a while.)


100 Cheery Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studes
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Field Trip Dress
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: I have no idea why Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive" includes the line "and so you're back from outer space" but it kept going through my head every time I saw this fabric scrap in my stash. 


Field Trip Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Red Apple
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Snow White Dress & Headband
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Snow White's mother wanted a daughter with skin as white as snow, lips as red as blood, and hair as black as coal.  I did some poking around to see if there was any symbolism in the color imagery and found all sorts of weird internet theories - that they represent the three phases of the maiden/mother/crone, that it has something to do with how languages develop (light/dark being the first color words to develop, then something on the reddish spectrum), and even that Snow White somehow represents the philosopher's stone because of color alchemy or something.  I'm not sure I believe any of these, but red/black/white is still a classic color combination.  This dress is a longer version of the one I made for the vanilla bean challenge.  I'm trying to see how many dresses I can get from this Fat Quarter so this isn't the last time you'll see this fabric.


A Walk in the Woods by AluminumDryad, on Flickr



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116  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 12, 2015 09:10:56 PM
TheMistressT: Love that lamp!  I wish my stash had something like a neat old tripod in it.  Sadly...  And I'm going to have to steal the idea for patching together batting.  I was just looking at my pile wondering what I was going to do with all those strips.

kbrison:  What a cute cottage!  I especially like the stripey wallpaper inside.  Good fabric choices!

quaggy:  Wow, those are beautiful.  Those colors go so well together - I wouldn't have thought to pair pastels and peacocks.

My stash has exploded recently.  My great-aunt is downsizing, and really wanted some of her stash to go somewhere she could still enjoy it vicariously.  So I've got a trashbag or two of it in my trunk...  I'm confident I can use up most of it, but there's just so much!

I'm trying to put a good dent in my own to make room for the new acquisitions, but doll clothes are just baby steps:


70 New Frock by AluminumDryad, on Flickr


Cheery Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr


Field Trip Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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117  Re: HP droolalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 02, 2015 07:54:14 AM
In the past if I was going to be working on a quilt I proposed it as an OWL.  Three to four weeks is a comfortable amount of time to finish a project like that, and it worked really well with my CoMC Dragons OWL a year ago.  This time around I only had two weeks to finish (which I really don't recommend doing if it's also crunch time at work  Wink) so OWLS were out.  Instead I've broken it up into sections to submit for classes, since each one took several hours to complete.  Hope that's all right!

I made this quilt for a friend who is expecting her first baby.  She moved across the country last year, and because of health concerns can't make it back east for a shower.  I organized a really quick "by mail" shower where friends sent books for the baby's library.  There was a really quick turn-around time because we wanted it to coincide with another friend's visit.  I foolishly decided that two weeks would be enough to make a quilt (and it probably would have been if my bobbin holder hadn't decided to start rebelling).  For all my cursing and wailing I am in love with the results, and I hope it gets a lot of use.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Arithmancy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bright Owl Quilt - Quilt Top
Project Page Link: Obsessively Stitching's First Quilt Ever Tutorial
Brief Description: This quilt pattern is a disappearing nine-patch.  Basically that means you make a mess of nine-patches with as many random fabric combinations as you are able, and then chop them up to make smaller blocks.  It's really hard to anticipate exactly what the finished project will look like.  I spent about an hour and a half trying to arrange my blocks so that no matching fabrics touched each other.  Once I let go of trying to get the directional fabrics to all go in the same direction it came together really quickly, but I was surprised at how bright the top looked.  When they were just in the fabric stage the darks had a bit more oomph.  I ended up choosing a dark blue dotty border to help tone the whole thing down.


Bright Owl Quilt - Front by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Astronomy
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bright Owl Quilt - Quilt Back
Project Page Link: Obsessively Stitching's First Quilt Ever Tutorial
Brief Description: Quilt backs don't get much attention, really.  When you've got your quilt on the bed they're pretty much hidden, and when they're in use that's generally the part that's facing you.  Since the quilt top was about 45 inches, three inches wider than most fabrics, it needed some piecing to make up the width.  I picked apart some unused blocks from the top, and shaved a few pieces off of the binding fabrics for a scrappy look. 


Bright Owl Quilt - Back by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: History of Magic
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bright Owl Quilt - Quilting
Project Page Link: Obsessively Stitching's First Quilt Ever Tutorial
Brief Description: Quilting is what holds a quilt together, and Stephanie, who this quilt was made for, was one of the driving forces behind keeping our college friends together.  I can only do straight lines on my machine so I stitched in the ditch along the seam lines of the bigger blocks (the quarters of the nine-patches that were cut apart) and then diagonal lines through the corners of the itty bitty squares.  It's really hard to describe, so maybe the pictures will make sense.  I ended starting and then unpicking about three times because of recalcitrant bobbin tension, but it came out well in the end.


Bright Owl Quilt - Close-Up by AluminumDryad, on Flickr


Bright Owl Quilt - Quilting by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Divination
SPEW: n/a
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Bright Owl Quilt - Binding
Project Page Link: Obsessively Stitching's First Quilt Ever Tutorial
Brief Description: The binding puts the finishing touch on a quilt and is my favorite part.  After all the problems I was having with my machine towards the end of the project it was nice to be completely in control while hand sewing.  The baby isn't actually due until July, so it will be a while until this quilt sees some use.  July's flower is delphinium, which apparently can help keep away ghosts and bad spirits.  It's a well known fact that pulling the quilts up over your head has a similar effect in childhood, so hopefully this one will serve as a worthy protector.


Bright Owl Quilt - Binding by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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118  Re: 2015 Annual DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: April 01, 2015 06:34:31 AM
April Themes


Yellow by bottled-bohemia, on Flickr

Color: Yellow
Pattern: Nature
For: Charity
Challenge: If there are any items in your stash that are too neat to give away but you have no earthly idea what you should make with them, ask your fellow DeStashers for advice.

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119  Re: HP Craftalong ~ Spring Semester Mar 1-May 31, 2015 ~ JOIN ANYTIME! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 31, 2015 09:20:13 AM
Ack!  As I was typing this up a new Bean challenge was posted!  But if I'm reading the rules right I can still squeak by...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Bean - Cherry
SPEW: n/a
House: Hooflepoof
Project Name: Clever Closures
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Packaging is by its very nature ephemeral, but occasionally you find something that makes you stop and go "wow, that's pretty clever."  My mother had found one she thought was amazing (we're both dorks like that), and asked me if I could figure out how to recreate it.  After a bit of finagling I had a template made and put together a couple of examples in different weights of paper to see which works best (oddly enough it was the lightest one - green).  Stopped there, because we didn't have any need for more, but now we know it can be done!

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120  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 110, 111 & 112 Gallery & Discussion in The Swap Gallery by gaudiknight on: March 19, 2015 09:51:02 AM
I am very late posting my awesome supply package from Alliekat914!



I now have enough adhesive to glue a small army, some great stamps that I can use for the legion of Birthday cards I'm going to have to send out next month, a nifty stamp block (with handle!), an assortment of brads, including some neat glitter flowers, shiny pens, and some gift enclosures.

It's all wonderful!  Thank you so much, Alliekat914!
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