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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Apples & Pears Modern Baby Quilt (tons of pics!) on: December 01, 2008 08:13:49 AM

I finally finished my first quilted quilt! (I've done tie-quilts before this)
And I'm just so excited about the results!!!

I wasn't so sure about the fabrics at first... before the blocks were put together, they just didn't seem to mesh...

But once I kept going and got them together- I was THRILLED with the results and so glad I stuck with my original decisions!

I recently took a lesson on a long-arm quilting machine at my LFS. Now I'm hooked!!!

I finished the binding by hand... painful on my fingers- but SO worthwhile!!

And the result!!!

I have a full review and link to the pattern source on my blog: www.elementalcraft.blogspot.com
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Need your opinion on this quilt before I finish sewing the squares together! :) on: November 24, 2008 05:11:13 AM
I just finally took a lesson on the huge quilting machine at my local quilting shop, so I'm going to be able to completely finish this quilt on my own. (You can see my adventures during the lesson here http://elementalcraft.blogspot.com/2008/11/my-first-quilting-lesson.html if you are interested)

So the quilt below is going to be my first done totally by me, and its going to be a gift for my new baby cousin (on the way!). Of course I want all my quilts to be perfect- but this one especially...

The problem I'm having is with the pink border around the "Apples & Pears" blocks... is it the right shade of pink? Darker maybe? Should I not have used a solid? Should I not have used pink? Or am I'm just so crosseyed from staring at it that I'm seeing problems that are not even there?

Any constructive criticism would be highly appreciated- thank you so much!!!!

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Doggy Quilt on: September 09, 2008 03:03:29 PM
I did this quilt for a Dog-themed Swap, and since its living happily with its now owner (a Golden Retriever named Max!) I figured it was about time I posted it here! Smiley

I used a collection of doggie fabrics I already had in my stash (since I have two dogs, and work in the pet care industry, this isn't THAT odd that I have tons!!!)... bones, phrases, pawprints, etc...

I used the "Disappearing Nine Patch" design... I just love it!!! Its quilted together with buttons... tie-quilting style.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Giraffe! on: September 09, 2008 02:52:52 PM
Friday night I went to visit my grandmother, and we tackled Melly & Me's giraffe stuffie pattern. My grandmother taught me how to sew years ago- so now I adore going over to her place with a brand new pattern or idea, and working through it with her. Smiley

I put in about an hour Sunday, finishing up the mane & tail... and voila!!

Aside from my doubts halfway through (before we added the legs, she looked like the Loch Ness Monster)... I thought it turned out really well. I'll definitely be using this pattern again!

Oh, and thats my Polka Dot Molly Monkey sitting in the background, she's cute too! Smiley


5  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Halloween "Apothecary", "Soothsayer's Den" & "Haunted Tavern" Party - Ideas? on: September 08, 2008 11:48:11 AM
Hey all- I want to throw an adult Halloween party this year... and I'm currently living in the perfect house for it, I have all the room (and rooms!) that I could need... I just have to figure out a good way to decorate.

My idea is for an Apothecary Theme... an old, creepy, witches apothecary with jars filled with eye of newt, and dried snakes and other fun things I can replicate using crafts and glass jars... I got the idea here:


I want to do an overall creepy thing... cobwebs, bats, etc... but not get too cheesy with the ghosts and witches and norm...

What great ideas do you guys have percolating in the backs of your heads? I'd love to hear them! Thanks!  Grin

6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Cute Fabric Buttons on: August 28, 2008 04:53:21 PM
I made these for a personal swap I did recently... made with some adorable Japanese fabrics (and others) that I've been dreading cutting into for awhile now... the great thing about these is that they only take the tiniest scrap of fabric to make, so I still have plenty left!

I thought they turned out really cute... I might have to make myself some soon!  Grin

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Polka Dot Molly Monkey on: August 09, 2008 11:54:25 AM
Found this awesome free pattern online and just had to try one...

Isn't she cute? She came together really easily...
I give some more details about changes I made to the original pattern on my blog: http://elementalcraft.blogspot.com/2008/08/polka-dot-molly.html

And the original pattern can be found here: http://mmmcrafts.blogspot.com/2008/07/drum-roll-pleasemolly-monkey-pattern.html
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "Use These Materials" Inspirational Swap? on: August 06, 2008 12:07:18 PM
This just came to me... and I'm relatively sure its been done in some form or another before...

But everyone puts together a small collection of fabrics, embellishments, threads, materials, whatever... and sends it to a partner... and that partner makes something with it (using everything) and posts a photo?

I just think it would be a neat way to inspire people to try new things.

This is a post on a craft blog that inspired me & what I envision the packages looking like: http://orangeflowersketchbook.blogspot.com/2008/08/inspiration-color-texture-pattern.html

The details are a little fuzzy, I dont know, I've never planned a swap before- what do you guys think?
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Talk About The Swap Process / Does anyone else dislike "Round Robin" style swaps? on: August 05, 2008 07:01:34 AM
I really appreciate everything the swap coordinators do, and I dont want to sound negative but... whats up with this round-robin-style swap thing that keeps cropping up? I'm doing the dog swap & fill a box swap right now- and its the same thing... I really dislike sending to one partner and recieving from another- I think I build better craftster friendships & feel better about a swap when I get something nice from one person and thank them by sending something nice to them... with the round-robin, I feel like someone is doing something really nice for me and in return I'm sending something nice to someone completely different.

Am I the only one that feels this way? Am I overlooking something really great about this type of swap?

I'd like to just avoid them altogether- but it seems the swap coordinators don't usually make that decision until I've already signed up.  Undecided
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog Bone Pillow/Chew Toy Thing on: August 04, 2008 08:12:39 AM
I found a cute pattern for a dog bone pillow this weekend, and I decided to whip one up with some extra green fleece I had laying around. I learned two things from this project, first that dogs don't need, use or want pillows and would much have a large chew toy.... and second that if I want to get a good photo of said pillow, (I mean large chew toy), I should probably do so before handing it over to the dog. But either way, Kaya is loving her new bone, and anything that makes her happy is just peachy with me!

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