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1  Re: Pinky puffy sparkly girly swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaymadben on: February 24, 2009 12:48:23 PM
So glad you like everything peppermom. I so did not want to give those placemats away. But I just couldn't see letting my 3 yr old son and 5 yr old daughter eat off them. And I haven't missed them yet so I hope you gets lots of use and compliments on them. Here's some pics I took.

Those hand thingies are called arm warmers Smiley

And here's my table decked out in the placemats and coasters:

And just a closeup:

I loved those fabrics so much that I also made a purse for my manager's wife out of the same fabric. There's a tiny amount left so maybe I can find something small to make for me out of it.

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2  Re: Deck out your Kitchen Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaymadben on: February 21, 2009 08:31:10 PM
So glad you like them Heather. I so didn't want to give them away. I decked out my table and took pics before I sent.

And the rope things are coasters. The tealights go on the centerpiece. I left spaces for them.
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3  Re: Deck out your Kitchen Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaymadben on: February 05, 2009 04:17:08 PM
My awesomeness from yardenxanthe:

A set of 4 placemats, a set of 4 crazy quilted coasters, 3 cupcake felted picture frames, ruffled rubber gloves with pouch, and the most awesomeness ever crocheted fabric rug. I love it so very much and have always wanted one. Thank you so much for my lovely gifts Yardenxanthe. I love them all.

I hope yardenxanthe likes what I made her just as much. And thank you Deanna for hosting such a wonderful swap.
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4  Re: Pinky puffy sparkly girly swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaymadben on: January 28, 2009 04:27:50 PM
I had a hard enough time sewing on a zipper.  The thought of making a quilt is already making me dizzy.  That is amazing!

When I first wanted to learn how to sew 2 years ago my husband bought me a sewing machine and a week later he was like "you aint made nuthin yet?" I checked Michaels for sewing classes and all they had was a quilt class. I learned how to sew by first making quilts. Before the class I was super intimidated because of all the straight lines and how intricate it looked but it was super easy and I loved it. I have since made over 50 quilts. They really are easy to make. A lot easier than a twirly dress for the daughter with lots of ruffles. I'm making a patchwork skirt right now for my daughter but not the traditional one. It has 8 gores (so you sew the columns together vertically instead of rows together horizontally) and each gore has 3 tiers. There are 3 different sizes for each tier plus bottom ruffle and waistband so 11 pattern pieces for 1 skirt...for a 5 yr old. Here's a pic of the pattern: https://www.craftster.org/pictures/data/500/medium/twirly_skirt1.jpg[/img]] So instead of sewing the whole row together and then gathering the top I have to gather the top of each tier to attach to the one above it. I got about half way done last night. I hope to finish tonight. I'm dreading the 29 ft bottom ruffle. But I'm loving the fabrics I chose so can't wait to finish it. I tried to finish this morning but my wonderful son decided to mess with the threads and tension on the serger and an hour later I still couldn't figure out how to get it to work again. That thing frustrates me more than anything.
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5  Re: Pinky puffy sparkly girly swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaymadben on: January 27, 2009 05:18:25 PM
oh.my.gosh!! id die trying to make the quilt! cute pjs too! deanna did a great job!!!

I know, isn't she awesome?!?!

Here is a better picture of the pillow covers. I didn't have 12X12 pillows on hand so I stuffed them with batting for the time being.

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6  Re: Pinky puffy sparkly girly swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaymadben on: January 27, 2009 11:56:14 AM
Okay here it is, from my best-craftster-friend:

(I love you so much Deanna!)

A super cute pj set with log cabin applique on the shirt and wide legged pants (which I love).


2 awesome 12X12 log cabin style pillow covers. I love log cabin blocks. They are backed with white minky dot chenille, so soft and feminine.

And......................a SUPER AWESOME log cabin quilt backed with super soft and warm pink fleece to go on my bed! I have made tons of quilts for people in swaps (cause I'm a super overachiever) but have never received one so when I saw it in the box I ripped it out and started jumping around with joy and ran straight to my bedroom (actually I danced and pranced to my bedroom) to put it on my bed screaming for joy like I just won the showcase on the price is right. It is so gorgeous and beautiful and I love it so very much.

Look at how pretty my bed looks now!!!!!!!

You are so awesome Deanna. Thank you so much for being the BEST!!! And thank you Malisha for partnering me with her and hosting this swap. I will definitely cherish this quilt forever.
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7  Ideas for Heidi Grace Quilt in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by kaymadben on: January 18, 2009 10:06:26 PM
I recently fell in love with the new Heidi Grace collection on sale now at Joann's.
Hopefully you can see them here: http://www.joann.com/joann/catalog.jsp?CATID=cat1243846&&_DARGS=/joann/sections/cat/CatListingMain.jsp.1_A&_DAV=48

If not, here are the fabrics I picked out: (clickable)

I made pillowcases using the green floral for the main body and pink dot for trim (2 of them) and the turquoise floral for the main body and pink dot for trim (2 of those too). Now I want to make a quilt to match them. (I'm also planning on making a patchwork throw pillow) So I was trying to look through quilt patterns to find simple, elegant, not too busy, girly pattern. I like the rail fence look if I make the blocks huge so it doesn't look too busy. What do you all think?

I need help coming up with simple, elegant, still girly quilt block. Also how should I border it? Should I use no border, small border, big border, strips, blocks, etc?

Here's the quilt block I made in photo shop:

Here's whole quilt:

I think it looks way too busy.

Here's a little less busy with bigger blocks:

I was also thinking just squares with the pink dot trimming them.
Like This:

But I'm not loving those either.

Any Ideas?

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8  Re: Sweat Shoppe Swap 17 (Signups until Jan 15) (Send by Feb 9) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kaymadben on: January 07, 2009 05:05:50 PM
My offering, criss cross coasters, set of 4:

The red and brown coaster set - 1 set available

The pink and blue floral coaster set - 3 sets available

The deanna coaster set - 1 set available

ETA: They look a little wonky in the pic but that's just because they were stacked in 4's and there's a shadow. But they are all square without fonky corners.
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9  Re: FILL-A-BOX OF HOLIDAY GIFTS sign-ups 9/06 - 9/27 Sendouts 12/1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by kaymadben on: November 10, 2008 07:25:37 PM
oh man!  when we first got married we lived in a really beater of a trailer in NC and we bought our first dog while living there and we weren't allowed to have pets, so when winter came along and our heater wouldn't work we didn't call the landlord right away because of Pixie (the dog) so we went without for like 2 or 3 weeks and it was COOOOOLD, like we were laying in bed and watching our breath cold, lol.  So we bought a space heater and it was cheap and sucked, so we returned it and got something slightly better and we had our first nice toasty night with it next to us and then when we were laying in bed the next morning cuddling we hear a "POP!" and next thing we knew the space heater was on fire!  LOL.  It was easily distinguished but we called the land lord soon after so that we could just have the place properly heated (and we again exchanged the space heater, of course).

OMG, that sounds like the kind of luck I have Cheesy

WOW! We lived in a trailer and in 2003 our space heater caught on fire. My husband had went to a friend's house a couple houses down from ours and when he got back our whole living room was on fire. By the time the fire department got there the damage was done. Our whole house was engulfed in flames. So what do we do? Get a new trailer of course. lol. Then last christmas our dishwasher malfuctioned and caught on fire. It was 11 pm at night 2 days before christmas and my son was sleeping on the couch. I started freaking out, woke hubby up, grabbed the kids and ran across the street to neighbors to call fire department. She ran a fire extinguisher over to my hubby. When I went back to our house a few minutes later he was running out the door and smoke was pouring out of our house. I just knew it was happening again. Then the fire department finally got there and was inside forever and wouldn't let us go in. Finally they did and thank god there wasn't much damage.

You can see the sofa in the top left corner where my son was sleeping and the christmas tree in the top right corner which was almost touching the back of the cabinet. I can't believe how little damage there was considering all the smoke.

And the culprit:

If I ever have another fire in my house consider me the most unlucky person in the world.
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10  Re: 12 Days of Christmas 2008 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by kaymadben on: November 07, 2008 11:08:15 PM
Am I the last to reserve?? Why didn't anyone tell me??

***MY SPOT***

Day 12: I received 6 mason jars of Chicken Noodle soup, chili bean soup and hot cocoa (snowman soup and poop) mixes. Plus a candy wreath made by OldPrin. How cute is that!

Day 11: Wonderful Smelling Bath Stuff.
6 Washcloths, 3 of the most amazing smelling soaps made by MareMare, 2 gold fish soaps made by OldPrin and some crocheted bath scrubbies for the kids. This has got to be my favorite day. I could have had all 12 days be like this and I would have been in Heavenly Bliss!

Day 10: Learn a Craft Day. Embroidery hoop and threads to learn how to embroider along with sublime stitching, some knitting needles, a cute eyeball pin cushion, plus 2 create a button bracelet bags and a cute needle holder. Plus 2 painting sets for the kids.

Day 9: Play Day! Crowns, cookies and puppets for the kids!

Day 8: Stockings for me and the kids, magnets and dish soap apron.

Day 7: Hats for the kids, cute outfit for Ben and a skirt for Kaylee.

Day 6:

Day 5:

Day 4:

Day 3:

Day 2:

Day 1: All about me. Cute handmade half apron with oranges on it. A Candle. Picture Frame. Scarf and cute handmade christmas gift tags. Plus a bag of scrapbooking stickers.

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