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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for Heidi Grace Quilt 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?

2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / The FABulous Gallery - Fill A Box Swap on: October 30, 2008 04:23:57 PM
Show us your FABulous goodies!!
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Favorite Cardi from Crochet Today Mag Help on: September 21, 2008 02:24:57 PM
So I bought this issue http://www.crochettoday.com/ 3 days ago. Been stuck in a hotel due to evacuation from Ike so been steadily whipping this cute Cardigan up that's on the front cover. Has anyone else made this? I'm on the sleeves and on row 5 it says you should have 38 sts made. Then griddle stitch (sc, dc) for so many rows (same number of sts per row). Then on next DEC row it says make 3 sts, sc2tog, make 7 sts, sc2tog, make 7 sts, sc2tog, make 7 sts, sc2tog, then continue pattern for remaining sts. so you have
3 sts
1 st
7 sts
1 st
7 sts
1 st
7 sts
1 st
then you should have 4 remaining sts to do since it says you should end with 32 sts on that row but I have 6 sts remaining. So basically you are making the sleeve to decrease a few rows then increase a few rows to make it flare. So should I sc2tog a couple more places to make it 32 sts or just add the extra 2 sts on every row above that?

Does any of this make sense?
Has anyone else tried this pattern?
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / FILL-A-BOX OF HOLIDAY GIFTS sign-ups 9/06 - 9/27 Sendouts 12/1 on: September 05, 2008 09:53:03 PM
Swap name: Fill-a-box of Holiday Gifts
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Kaymadben
Co-Organizer: Deannalynn06
Sign-up date range: 9/06/08-9/27/08
Partners: 10/01/08
Date to send item by: 12/01/08

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? YES
If so, which country? United States

Age requirement?: 13

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES, no new swappers this round.
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES

Details of swap:
Stuff a flat rate box full of crafted goodies for your partners. Whether you need help with your holiday gifts or decorations or you just want a box full of surprises. You must craft at least 7 points of goodies.
The intial 7 points should be items crafted mainly from supplies that you currently have in your stash.  To fill the rest of the box you may use store bought or other crafted items. Make sure you stuff the box to the fullest capacity. You can craft items to help your partner stuff stockings, fill their gift list or, get a head start making their holiday decor.

If you do not celebrate Christmas, not to worry, all comers are welcome!  The main spirit of this swap is to have fun crafting for others!    I'll do my best to partner swappers according to their interests.

Swappers will be crafting items worth a total of 7 POINTS

Partners may swap more if they are both in agreement and able to send on or before the deadline of December 1st. 

Please read the Swap Info Guide for info on the swap process and Swap Etiquette for a helpful guide on project size requirements.  If you have any questions about the swap please do not hesitate to PM kaymadben or deannalynn06.

Clear, consistent communication is absolutely essential for a great swap experience. 

Please make contact with your swap partner as soon as possible after partners have been assigned. 
You will be expected to pm your partner and check-in with a reply on this thread at least once per week until you have sent.
I can't emphasize enough how important communication is to the swap process. 
Please post a reply in this thread once you have PM'd kaymadben with your completed questionnaire.

All participants will need to supply your organizer and your partner with a valid Delivery Confirmation Number upon mailing.  Please visit www.usps.com for more information.

Please retain your postage receipt as proof of sending.

You must PM your organizer and your partner when you have sent and received.

You will receive feedback for this swap once your partner has received and you have posted pics of what you received in our gallery.

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Please answer questionnaire completely.

Name of swap: 
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address:
Confirm that you are at least 13 years old: (yes/no)

•   Have you fully read the Swap Info Guide and rules of this swap?:
•   Will you be able to check-in with your partner and post in this swap thread at 
    least once per week?:
•   Do you have access to a camera? Are you able to post pics of what you       
    sent/received in the gallery?:
•   Do you have any allergies?:
•   Do you have any allergens in your home?(smoke, pets etc...)
•   Are you "stalkable"? (Wist, blog, profile, etc...):
•   What crafts do you do?:
•   What crafts would you like to receive?:
•   Are you interested in crafting more than the minimum?:
•   What would you like to use the items you receive for?(yourself, gifts for
    family/friends, holiday home decor):
•   Would you like your items to be holiday themed or general purpose?
•   Are there any themes/genres/symbols that you are fond of?
•   Are there any themes/genres/symbols that you are opposed to?
•   Who would you prefer to craft for?(babies, toddlers (2-5), kids (6-11), teens (12-17), adults, pets, any):
•   List at least 5 crafty things on your holiday wish list (remember the more you list the easier it is to make things for you):
•   If you want stuff made for holiday gifts, list at least 5 people and their personalities or ideas you have for gifts for them (remember the more you list the easier it is to make things for you):
•   Anything else you would like to share to help your partner…:

This is a US only swap and you must fill a regular size flat rate box unless you and your partner decide on the bigger box for 12.95.

There is a strict deadline because it's for Christmas. No one wants to get there Christmas presents next year. So no swappers who are constantly late or new swappers will be allowed in this swap. You must have completed as least 1 swap. Sorry.   
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Flat rate box of Christmas surprises?! on: August 03, 2008 11:09:21 AM
How does a flat rate box or flat rate envelope of smalls or wisty surprises sound? Like a jar of whimseys but bigger version. I love the jar of whimseys swap but I have such small children I'm scared they'll get in my jar and try to put things in their mouth. So we could do a box full of small surprises like crocheted stuffies, reusable shopping bags, easy tote bags, hats, scarves (winter's coming up), crocheted scrubbies or dishcloths, emrboidered tea towels, small art pieces like ATC's or small wall hangings. We could do half bought and half crafted or all crafted. I would really like it if it was a surprise like person A gets person B, person B gets person C, etc and that way it's a total surprise the whole swap until you get your package. But yet it would be low key because we would be able to make what we wanted to, what we are good at, or from what we have in our stash and they would all be relatively small items and be able to use their questionare, profile page and wist as simple guidelines or ideas.
6  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / What to make for a BUNCH of new 2nd graders?? on: July 27, 2008 03:51:06 PM
Hey ladies! Me and hubby teach 1st grade Sunday School (7 year olds) and August 24th is our last Sunday with our kids before they move to their new 2nd grade class to get ready for the new school year. Soooo, I really want to give each child a present. We have roughly 15-18 kids so I can't really make them all dresses/clothes like I secretly want to (Smiley). So I need some ideas. Jesus/christian-related would be nice but not necessary. We are a pretty laid back church so ANY of your ideas are great. They are too big for stuffed animals.

My ideas:
small scrapbook for each (nothing too fancy) that they would be able to put their favorite things they make next year in it and maybe have "Welcome to 2nd Grade" on the front. But I really want something they will remember "us" by.

I was thinking maybe some bible bags to hold their bibles and crafts in with maybe a christian-themed fabric on the front and a solid on the back with "Love, (Our Names)" on the bottom corner, but then they would all have the same bag next year. Maybe I can take a poll of their fav thing, like frogs, cinderella, butterflies, football, etc and make each one different. And maybe have a little pouch to keep their offering in.

I took group and individual pics today in case I want to put their pic on something but that's the only pics I have throughout the year. (Will remember this year to take lots of pics).

I'm a pretty fast craftster and I know how to sew just about anything, crochet (but takes forever), paint, etc. Please everybody help me come up with the perfect gifts for them.
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Bug Bag on: July 10, 2008 10:01:50 PM
New patchwork bug bag. Like?

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Yoda Quilt on: June 20, 2008 08:57:58 AM
I've designed this quilt for a star wars swap. Tell me if you think it looks funny or any ideas/tips on how to make him look more like yoda. Should I do one shade of green or multiple shades of green for Yoda? I was trying to design one with yoda chopping off darth vader's head with his light saber. Vader's head was halfway down the side of his body like it was falling off and yoda's lightsaber was across his neck. But it looked more like a bunch of blobs. Anyone have any other ideas? I was thinking of doing 2 inch squares for it. I wish the squares weren't so small (750 total in my design) but it was the only way I could make his ears look right. And if the squares were any bigger then I would have one massive quilt. There are 25 squares down and 30 across.

9  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Stained Glass Portrait of My Children! on: June 15, 2008 01:51:29 PM
I made a faux stained glass hanging of my children for my husband for Father's Day. I used gallery glass paint. I had a piece of glass cut to the size I wanted, made a wood frame for it and then selected my pictures. They were 2 different pictures that I used and so I had to photoshop them together so they would be the same size. And my daughter's pic was taken while not wearing any clothes so I had to add straps on her pic to make it look like she was wearing a dress. I think she looks rather wide in the pic. But for my first attempt at doing this on glass I will say I'm pretty happy. It's going to be hanging in the window of my husband's office at the dealership.  I can't wait to hear what everyone thinks of it.

Here is the picture of my son I did, I just cropped him and took everything out of the background. I'll try to find the pic of my daughter and post it later.
10  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Summer Recon - Snow White & Polka Dots on: June 10, 2008 09:40:37 PM
I made this outfit for my niece's birthday back in March. I never got a pic of her at her party in it. I have been begging my sis to bring her and the outfit over so I can take a pic of her in it. I went over to her house today and conned her into letting me have her for a few hours. So here are some pics. She really didn't want to take any pictures so I had to distract her with suckers.  I used a small snow white tee from hot topic and some red polka dot fabric.

and the back:

I used the same pattern in this post:

(you would think with a new $600 camera I'd have better pics than that, sorry if they are blurry and yellowish and just not that great)

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