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11  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: A few more of my friend's Biro/Sharpie Tattoos on: January 27, 2010 05:47:58 PM
I agree that these are amazing, and I saw the first post, also amazing.  I am super impressed.  I wonder though, is there any side effects or long term effects to the ink on skin?  That is the only thing I would worry about. 
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: wedding/anniversary quilt (wordy and kinda pic heavy) on: January 25, 2010 05:55:28 PM
I love this quilt.  I've read your post a few times before I responded, and the story and turmoil fit the quilt.  Each piece of the quilt is so unique and it isn't just fabric put together, it is a true life lived.  Congrats on such a beautiful piece.
13  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Sister's birthday quilt on: January 18, 2010 06:40:58 PM
I love this!  I love the non traditional quilt look and the fabrics!  Awesome job!
14  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Quilled snails on: January 17, 2010 09:42:43 AM
Wow, I posted this a year and a half ago?  Time sure does go fast.  
To answer MissMo's question of special tools?  Yes, I have a little quilling tool.  Some people can wrap their paper around a toothpick or a straight pin, but I can't seem to get the hang of that.  I bought a little slotted tool that holds the end of the paper.  You can find them at some craft stores, but I buy all my quilling stuff online from quilledcreations.com I like their stuff the best. It is also a great website to learn basic techniques from.  Look up slotted tool on there, it will show you what it is.  I also find I use their extra fine tweezers a lot to help when my fingers are too big.  
Hope that helps.  
15  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lap Quilt Swap 5 CLOSED - Send 10/8/2009 for fabric; 12/22/2009 for blocks on: December 14, 2009 07:16:15 PM
I'm sorry that I haven't updated in a while.  I still need to finish Malisha's block and send, but everyone else should have theirs from me.  I can't wait to work on the finished product b/c my family room is cold and I need a warm quilt pronto!
16  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lap Quilt Swap 5 CLOSED on: November 11, 2009 04:21:13 PM
Aww...thanks everyone, I needed that.  You made me laugh.  I'm afraid though if I beat on my machine, it will stop all together.  I'm sure you all understand the "I shouldn't even be sewing" days...it seems to have past.  I finished the rest of my blocks today, and they all turned out nice.

Great advice on the corners!  Using paper underneath!  I would have never thought of that.  This is why I LOVE craftster and craftsters so much!

Oh, and the advice about using the low voice.  I do that with my kids.  Somedays I yell and see that I'm getting through to no one.  Then I bend down low, look them in the eyes and say almost in a whisper, "I'm about done..."  That scares the shit out of them! 

Thanks again guys!
17  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lap Quilt Swap 5 CLOSED on: November 11, 2009 06:56:35 AM
So, it isn't Monday, but I'm feeling the need to 'update'.  Actually my guilt is getting the best of me.  I totally screwed up china's block.  Twice.  So I had enough fabric left for a simple nine patch. 

I'm having problems with my machine, as I've posted before, and for some reason on EVERY triangle corner I tried sewing my machine ate it.  So, after I cut and ruined a bunch of her fabric, I decided to just sew together some squares and call it a day. 

So, this swap has been a challenge for me.  I've learned my skill level is a beginner I've learned and my machine is a POS.  I know that some of the problems I've run into are my skill level, but some of them have been my machine.  I totally admire all of you true quilt makers out there. 

As for the rest of my blocks, I found a simple yet pretty block called woven ribbons that I'm going to do the rest in.  I just pray that my machine makes it through 4 or 5 more. 
18  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: LAP QUILT 5 FALL GALLERY on: November 04, 2009 06:42:32 AM
wow.  It has been a while since I've checked this and we have some new ones.  I really like mine SimplySandy.  And John, you have an amazing eye for how things will go together.

Also, Sandy- your hand pieced grandmother's garden quilt inspired me to try hexagons...and I think I'm hooked.  I'm working on a quilt for my daughter...I'll have to post a picture of it.  She is 8 and a brown belt in karate.  I decided at her brown belt test that she has worked so hard for 2 years that once she gets her black belt I needed to have something special made for her.  She is about 9 months away from her black belt now, and it will be a very hard nine months training.  These are real black belts:  knuckle push-ups, concrete block breaking, bloody nose black belts!  It's funny, she is this little blond, sweet-as-can-be-girly-girl until she puts on her sparring gear...then watch out!   I could go on and on about how hard this girl works and how much she loves it and she never, NEVER complains...she is an inspiration.  The only thing I could think of that would be 'worth' her effort was a quilt like you made.  Only mine will not be king sized, more twin sized.  Right now I'm piecing it and it is going very well.  But I've never hand quilted anything...I might need advice then.  But I wanted you know know that your quilt inspired me...
19  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Lap Quilt Swap 5 CLOSED on: November 04, 2009 06:24:59 AM
I too have been quiet lately.  I was fed up with my machine so I started a hand sewing project...but I have put that stuff away for now and want to get back to these blocks.  I want to have them done by Thanksgiving...I'm hosting and that is always stressful.  I know I wouldn't work on them after, so I'm going to have them finished before.  I'll probably do a few of the blocks I've already made since I'm more familiar with them. 

I'm sorry to hear about your grandfather malisha.  My grandmother was in hospice for 6 months before she died this past spring and I know it is a long hard time watching a loved one suffer. I was close with my grandmother, and it is still hard.  Sometimes when the phone rings I think it will be her, or I catch myself thinking of meals to take to her.  But, time is good and it helps.  Hopefully you had the chance to say you loved him and a proper goodbye.  I am very thankful for those moments...and HOSPICE people (staff and volunteers) are wonderful. 
20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Some blankets, hats and a warmer on: October 29, 2009 01:42:20 PM
Everything is awesome, but the Willy Warmer gets my vote.  The drawstring and the hand warmer!  Brilliant!
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