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21  Dandelion Art Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: May 06, 2017 09:51:17 AM
This was made for Thimbles71 in the most recent incarnation of the Mini Art Quilt Swap (Round Cool.  Thimbles mentioned liking black & white color palettes, and listed "flowers, poppies, dandelions, etc" as one of her themes.  The quilt measures 12.5" x 12.5".  The background is a fat quarter I found at my local quilt shop, with grey text & equations written out on it.  The stems are made from ribbon, and the leaves are appliqued from scraps of previous quilts.  I used free motion quilting to stipple the background, and to do the stalks between the seeds and the fluff, before adding seed beads for the seeds, and tied bits of embroidery floss for the fluff.  The phrase, "Some see a weed, others a wish" was made of charms from my stash, mostly letters, with a magic wand standing in for the I in wish.  I forgot to get a shot of the back, but it is a bright green modern plaid that I just couldn't resist, and a rod pocket made of the yellow binding fabric, for a pop of color.



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22  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Mistress Jennie on: May 06, 2017 09:33:52 AM
I received a lovely quilt from Thimbles71! 

Here it is on its own.  I had lots of rainbow mini quilts Pinned on my board, and this one fits right in with those.  The black tree is appliqued on, and I'm not sure if you can tell from the picture, but there is a row of decorative leaf-shaped stitches around it.


I have it hanging in my studio, beside my desk where the bright colors can inspire me as I work.  Smiley


Thank you Thimbles!  I will treasure my quilt.  Cheesy
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23  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 01, 2017 12:09:38 PM
Note from the Headmistress...

It's time for a new Headmistress Challenge!  Each Headmistress Challenge lasts 1 month, and earns you 15 House Points.  So what's up next?

Hufflepuff's Cup Challenge
May 1st-31st


Hufflepuffs Cup is a small golden chalice, with two handles, and a badger engraved upon it.  Legend states that it has several magical properties, though no one knows exactly what they are.  What we do know is that its creator, Helga Hufflepuff herself was skilled with food charms, and was a proponent of hard work.  After being stolen from her descendant Hepzibah Smith, Lord Voldemort turned the cup into a Horcrux and hid it in the vault of the Lestranges in Gringotts Bank.  The goblin bankers placed a charm upon the cup, so that anyone trying to steal it would be buried in false copies of the cup.  For this challenge you have three options.  You may create a food of any variety (being sure to share the full recipe), you may create a project that requires a great deal of hard work (taking more than 3 hours to complete), or you may create multiples (3 or more) of the same item, such as a set of handmade invitations, a batch of cupcakes, etc.


Please note you are welcome to do any, all or none of these challenges as they come up throughout the semester.  They are not intended to cause stress, but are instead intended to get your crafty Muses singing.  None of the HPC staff will complete ALL the classes and challenges posted this semester.  So relax, and craft what you eat.
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24  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: May 01, 2017 12:07:30 PM
A new Detention Challenge has been posted!
Be sure to check the Detention in the Dungeons Post to see what it is.... 



Remember, you can do any, all, or none of the Detention Challenges as they come up each month.  The goal here is always to be excited about our crafting!  Also please remember that you can submit ANY of the Detention Challenges at ANY time during the semester.  For example, you may turn in the November or December's challenges in January.  Smiley
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25  First Quarter Featured Projects in JEWELRY AND TRINKETS by Mistress Jennie on: April 17, 2017 11:39:59 AM
By hitting the "This Rocks" button, Craftster members have chosen the Featured Jewelry Projects for the First Half of 2017! Thanks for your contributions and congratulations!

Featured Jewelry Projects
First Quarter of 2017

Loki's Paws by Onyxnox


"Key to My Heart" Beaded Key by oespiritodasartes


Amethyst Mala by Phantome


Birds & Bees Antique Key Pendant by Mistress Jennie


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26  Constellation Leo Art Quilt in CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES by Mistress Jennie on: April 11, 2017 01:31:00 PM


I made this for pinkleo, wayyyyy back in 2010, for round 3 of the Mini Art Quilt Swap.  I would have forgotten all about it, if I hadn't just signed up for the newest round, and saw the question about who we had partnered in previous rounds.  Pinks, aka my Craftster BFF, wanted to try her hand at an art quilt, but was worried about disappointing a more experienced quilter.  Since I knew it was impossible for her to disappoint me, I begged her to be my partner.  Initially I had no idea what I wanted to do, so I looked through all my stacks of quilt books for inspiration. I came across a bargello quilt (a design named for this type of needlework), which is something I've always wanted to try but never had the nerve to do on a full sized quilt.  When I dug through my stash, I found colors that worked together, and happened to remind me of the night sky.  That's where my inspiration really came from...



Pinkleo takes her name from her favorite color, pink, and her astrological sign, Leo.  So I created the night sky, showcasing the constellation of Leo, made from pink Swarovski crystals surrounded by black star shaped bead frames made from shell.  You can see the constellation in the picture above.  The grey border is supposed to look like the opening in the top of a round domed observatory that would house a telescope.



The quilting was done free motion, with a random stippling pattern, in several steps, keeping the thread matching the color of the sky behind it.  Then I filled in some more of the sky with additional crystals, iridescent freshwater pearls, and AB glass beads.



I always meant to post this project here, and I'm thrilled this challenge rolled around again and I found a project that fit the bill.  Good luck everyone!

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27  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 11, 2017 12:54:06 PM
Class: Astronomy
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Vinyl Cutting - Recycling Bin

Brief Description: I've been meaning to post this for a few weeks now, but I kept forgetting to snap a pic.  Who takes a picture of their recycle bin, anyways?   Cheesy  This was my first project on my new Silhouette.  The TRIANGULAR recycle symbol is cut out of black adhesive vinyl, and will hopefully help our guests distinguish between the two different cans in our kitchen. 
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Challenge: Floo - 221B Baker St.
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name: Otter Bookmark

Brief Description: Making bookmarks is definitely something I do by heart.  I have made so many, that I could make them in my sleep.  This one was made for storerboughtcreations, as a prize in the last semester of the Nerd Games. I hope she's enjoying it.   
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Challenge: House Pride
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Link: Little Miss Jennie's Tuffet

Brief Description: Yesterday I BOLDLY stepped into the world of furniture making.  I whipped up this tuffet in just under 6 hours, in shades of Gryffindor red, a tawny print, and distressed black.  It is now residing before my fireplace, waiting to welcome visitors to our home.
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28  Little Miss Jennie Sat on Her Tuffet in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Mistress Jennie on: April 11, 2017 12:13:32 PM


Yesterday I had the good fortune to take a class on tuffet making, and this is the result!  I took the class at Quilting Squares Quilt Shop in Franklin, TN.  The owner of the shop went and got 'tuffet-certified' from the makers of the pattern Tuffet Source, and sells their pattern and supplies.  It's an ingenious project, that uses iron-on interfacing that has the pattern printed onto it, for you to stitch to, much like the paper used in paper-piecing quilt blocks.  You can purchase the pattern & kits from their website, with the foam, batting, board, feet, etc., at different levels of finished for different prices.  (Ie, if you want to do some extra manhandling of the materials, you can get them a bit cheaper, or if you want to skip part of the mess and fuss, you can get a more finished version of the kit.)  



Funny story: When I called to sign up for the class, I was told that it was a 2-part class (5 hours each) and that I had already missed part 1.  I said thanks, and that I'd look forward to it being taught again.  An hour later they called back to say that if I was willing to make version 2, (which had fewer pieces in it), and if I cut my rectangular strips at home over the weekend, I could probably catch up to the rest of my classmates who had started the week before.  And that doing so, would save me $50, because they wouldn't charge me for the lesson that I missed.  



So I picked out some fabric and headed to class yesterday.  Most of the students had their entire fabric cover completed, but needed to assemble the actual tuffet.  I started my project at 10:00 am, and everyone else had finished by 12:30, leaving me alone with the instructor, in a class that was supposed to run until 3:00pm.  She had to put together a new tuffet of her own anyways, so she told me to stay as long as I wanted.  Not having to wait for the iron, and having less wedges to stitch meant that I flew through!  I did make one mistake that necessitated me going home for my extra scrap fabric, but all told I worked from 10:00-4:00, with a 40 minute run home.  Not bad for heading home with a finished piece of furniture!



The large wedges are a Tim Holtz fabric called Transportation Tickets from Joann's.  The red and black are generic fabrics from their wall.  For bottom, I used a Tim Holtz's Game Pieces in taupe, that came as part of a 12" set of his assorted fabric designs that I found in the clearance section of Joann's on the same trip.  I think I'm going to use the other prints from it to make a coordinating quilt for the back of the couch.



After stapling on the cover & the contrast fabric to cover bottom, I hid the raw edges with black braid.  (Forgot to get a pic of that step!) And here it is finished, and set beside the fireplace.  (Don't worry, I plan to move it in the event we ever need to light a fire here in TN!)  I had a great deal of fun putting it together, and was amused at the teacher, who said she shouldn't bother charging me a class fee, because she didn't need to teach me how to sew, unlike the other students.  Guess all those years of costuming and corsetry were perfect for making tiny, fiddly, curvy seams!   Cheesy



Note: Version #1 uses all wedges the width of the black on my tuffet.  In mine the red covers 2 wedge spaces, and the print covers 4, so it comes to 64 wedges if you do that version.  There were some really stunning versions done that way in class, but I kinda like #2, because you can see the detail on more of the prints.
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29  Re: ~*Harry Potter Craftalong - Ostara Term 2017*~ Join anytime! in Craftalongs by Mistress Jennie on: April 03, 2017 01:08:17 PM
Class: CoMC
House: Gryffindor!
Project Name & Page Link: Peony, Rose & Delphinium Spring Wreath

Brief Description: The space I chose to fill is my front door.  Since moving in last June I've been making new wreaths to go with each season.  The front door has large panes of glass, and I like to make the wreathes big enough to be seen by people driving by, but not so big that they block the natural light streaming in during the day, or my view of who is at the door.  The flowers are pink peonies, white roses, and pink & white delphiniums.  Pretty pleased with how this one came out!
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30  Peony, Rose & Delphinium Spring Wreath in Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects by Mistress Jennie on: April 03, 2017 12:58:45 PM
Spring has definitely sprung here in the South.  My husband and I have been starting to spend time out on the porch, and yesterday he decided to get a gate for the porch so our pup can join us out there without being on her runner.  When we stopped by the home improvement store to pick up the gate, I took the chance to grab some flowers for our front porch.  That quite naturally led to also needing a new wreath for the front door, as the one that was up was very wintery.  This is the result of the mornings labors.  Grapevine wreath, with pink peonies and white roses along the bottom, and stalks of pink & white delphiniums up along the sides.  I think it matches the pink tropical plants in pots on the porch quite well!







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