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101  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by gozer on: July 29, 2016 10:00:05 AM
 It feels like I have been waiting forever to post these but my partner received so now I can do it.  Grin

Research Project Name: Patchwork Skirt
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community, Brain Power
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449798.0
Brief Description:  (how it fits the requirements, patterns/techniques used, materials, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)
 This was made for the Common Grounds swap. My partner loves patchwork bohemian skirts so I decided to try one. She mainly wears b&w so I tried to stick to that. I used some new techniques for this. The first being overlock stitching. I got the foot for it and it turned out pretty neat. Used a ton of thread. I went thru bobbin after bobbin. It has about 90 or so blocks on it. I also used a new bias tape foot for binding on the hem. Without that foot I think I would have been sunk. It made it 1,000Xs easier and looked neat and clean. It says it takes about 5 yards of fabric but I did have some left over. I am guessing about three quarters of yard. I tried it on and loved the way it flowed. It has a tie with elastic in the front to keep it secure and comfortable.
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Prompt:  June From Scratch 
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Patchwork Half Apron
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449799.0
Brief Description: This was also made for the Common Grounds swap. Its a cute little half apron. The pattern called for just a plain front pocket fabric but I wanted to give it a little more personality with the patchwork. It has a divided pocket in the front and then one side is divided again for smaller items. The patchwork kind of hides that. It has super extra-long ties so you can wrap it around you and have plenty to tie in a bow in the front.
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Prompt:  July Battle Roadside Attraction
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Paper
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Unicorn Necklace
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449800.0
Brief Description: I am sure along with the Fiji Mermaid and the Worlds Strongest Man there was a Unicorn on display in a roadside attraction. And I bet that unicorn was beautiful. This was for the Common Grounds swap. The unicorn was drawn on paper and inked with Copic markers.
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Prompt:  July Mt. Rushmore 
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Happy Sushi Bag
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449800.0
Brief Description: I made this cute little bag to go along with the notebook and Book Buddy I sent in the Common Grounds swap. It has a happy little sushi design with smiling food.
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Prompt:  July Grand Canyon 
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Buddha Trinket Bag
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449800.0
Brief Description: I had just a small amount of this fabric left over from a purse I made. My partner in the Common Ground swap loves Buddhas. It is so hard to find a decent Buddha fabric! Glad I hoarded my scraps on this one! The color of the Buddha robes are dusty and earthy like the desert.   
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Prompt:  July Golden Gate Bridge
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology,
Bonus Points: Swaptastic, Community
Project Name: Book Buddy
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=449800.0
Brief Description: This little dohickie fits right over the cover of a book to hold your pens, pencils or what-nots. Its perfect for a doodling journal! This was part of my Common Grounds swap. The straight, tall appearance of the book buddy reminds me of sky scrapers, architecture!
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and last but not least a new Research Project Proposal!
Research Project Name: Extra Junk Room to Indoor Storage Room
Team: Analog
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, patterns/techniques used, materials, plan of action, expected timeline, etc.)
 I have a couple extra rooms in my house since I got divorced that I just didnt know what to do with. Unfortunately they turned into junk rooms and junk rooms of the worst kind. I have got to clean them up and do something with them before I go insane. Everything just gets tossed in there and they are making my entire house feel trashed. Even with the doors closed, I still know whats back there.
 I couldnt decide what to do with the smaller room. Its too small to be a regular bedroom and I am making the other room into the spare room (and I didnt need two). Ive already moved the desk into the other room so an office wasnt going to work. I know I would never go in there and use it as an office anyways so it would turn into a junk room again.
 My Mom suggested an indoor storage room. I could put my vacuum, broom, cleaning supplies, and all my decorating things for different holidays. No more crawling up in the attic or dragging it in from the garage. Perfect. Added bonus of not having to worry about bugs or spiders getting in my stuff too.
 First I need to clean the room out. Which will be a HUGE chore. I have an old, heavy wooden bookshelf and a curio cabinet full of Monster High dolls along with a glass drawing table and not to forget about all the cardboard boxes full of junk or bags laying in the floor with stuff in it.
 After that is cleaned out I am going to repaint the wall & baseboards, add curtains, and fix it up for all the storage that will neatly be placed in there. Ive been talking about painting it for almost two years. Its happening. I has to happen.
 I'll get before pics to post up this weekend. It's such a mess it will be embarrassing but maybe it's just the kick I need to gt it done.


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102  Drawstring Bags and Extras in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gozer on: July 29, 2016 09:01:21 AM


 I whipped up these fun little drawstring bags for the Common Grounds swap. I made a purse out of this fabric a couple years ago and only had a small amount of it left. Luckily it worked perfectly for this bag. My partner can use it as a jewelry bag or a project bag. Included in the swap was a unicorn necklace as well.

 I though they were a cute way to package the Book Buddy I made as well.


 I put some light interfacing in this one and didn't like it much so I decided I won't be doing that again.  Embarrassed
 I plan to make some more out of Christmas fabric to use as wrapping.  Grin
 
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103  Patchwork Apron in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by gozer on: July 29, 2016 08:52:28 AM
 I hope this is where this goes. You do wear it!
 I make this Apron for the Common Grounds swap. My partner and I both like purple and she has a lot of patchwork on her Pinterest, which I love to do.
 The pocket is divided in the middle and then one side is divided again to keep everything organized and where you put it.
 I'm using one of my partners pics since it was better than mine. Hope she doesn't mind!

 The straps are extra long so you can wrap them around you and tie a nice bow in the front. This is my picture of it on the table.  Tongue

 Thanks for checking it out!
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104  Patchwork Skirt in Clothing: Completed Projects: General by gozer on: July 29, 2016 08:46:28 AM
 Hey there! I love to sew but I never make clothes so it's new for me to be on this board. So many neat things over here!

 I made this patchwork skirt for a swap I was in, the Common Grounds Swap. My partner pretty much only wears black and white so I kept to her trend and used only black and white fabrics.
 The band has a bit of elastic on it so it makes it more comfortable to wear. It has a nice long ties as well.
 I used a new foot to do the hem with Bias tape. So much easier and neater than anything I have ever done before. I love the way it turned out. It was also my first time doing overlock stitches and using that foot. I went thru a lot of bobbins but I think it worked well.


 I used my partners pics since they were so much nicer than mine.  Cheesy
 I really ended up liking it. I might try to make another with random, bright fabrics.
 Thanks so much for checking it out!
 
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105  Re: Discussion Thread for Nerd Battles in Craftalongs by gozer on: July 13, 2016 05:41:26 AM
 I wanted to thank Alwaysinmyroom for sending me that fabric and some fantastic extras! She really is a dear and such a sweetheart. Thank you again Aimr. That really made my day!!!
 

 I guess the official zentangles thingie does make sense. I tried to zentangle once and it was really frustrating. I had no idea you were supposed to roll a dice (which I really want to do now) and I got all persnickety about what to do in the next opening. I can see the dice making it a lot more fun and relaxing.  Smiley
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106  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by gozer on: June 30, 2016 07:12:45 AM
Is this the same fabric? if it is, then I could be persuaded to go look for it...I take pics of my stash but I am not that great at updating it when I use or give away fabric...my excel schedule says it is a Mary Englebreit fabric and that I have about 1/2 yard...can't promise that I still have it, but I will look when I get home



 Oh my gosh! YES!!!! I have my fingers crossed.

 And I have to note how clever you are for taking pics of your stash! Shocked  I never thought of that! Genius.
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107  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by gozer on: June 29, 2016 06:53:31 AM
Work is insane but I wanted to sneak this in before the end of the month.

Prompt:  June Battle : Sweet
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: 
Project Name: Sweet Honey Bee coin purse
Project Link: (if available)
Brief Description: I am trying to do larger projects this season but I couldnt let the Battle go by without submitting something so last night I sat down and whipped this up. My new thing is bees. I love em. I only had a very small amount of this fabric left and I needed a new coin purse so it worked out.
 PS. If anyone has any of this particular bee fabric in there stash I will trade, pay, or personal swap you for it. I LOVE this fabric and cant find it anywhere!
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108  Re: Summer Nerd Games: June 1 - August 31, 2016 ~*Join Anytime*~ in Craftalongs by gozer on: June 28, 2016 10:19:40 AM
 Whew, finally got all my stuff posted up on the boards so I can get those Community bonus points. LOL! I'll be back to comment, just swamped today at work and I wanted to throw these in before I forgot.

Prompt:  Fungus Among Us
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Paperology
Bonus Points: Community, Swaptastic
Project Name: Parker Bros. Love & Decay Shirt
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448215.0
Brief Description: I made this shirt for Abbeeroad in the Favorite Book Swap. Its for a book that we both like (I love) called Love and Decay. Its a book about the zombie apocalypse and I am sure some mushrooms would eventually pop up on the rotting zombies. I claimed Paperology since I used freezer paper to make the stencil.
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Prompt:  A La Carte
Team:  Analog
Medal Event: Craftology
Bonus Points: Community, Swaptastic
Project Name: If you never saw the Stars
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448226.0
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) I found my old Dremel and put a small hole in the back of a wooden box and attached the lights with bonding glue. This piece has candles, electrical wires, wood, glue, and paint. Lots of different mediums. Its one of my favorite quotes from the Raven Boys, If you never saw the stars, candles were enough.
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Prompt:  Big Time #1
Team: Analog
Medal Event: Fabricology
Bonus Points: Community, Swaptastic, Brain Power
Project Name: Eternal Tote
Project Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=448224.0
Brief Description: (how it fits the requirements, pattern/techniques/recipe used, any fun tips, etc.) I had this wild hair that I was going to learn to freeform sew for this tote. I had the idea and couldnt shake it. It was for a swap with Abbeeroad and I had to do it.
 First I decided I needed to hand paint/dye my fabrics. I was making it way more difficult because I had this vision in my head. You can read about it in the Community post.
 I watched some YouTube videos and found some instructions in an old Paper, Cloth, Scissors magazine. After I got the dog feed down it wasnt that bad. Just go slow and try to keep the stitches even (who am I kidding that didnt work). At first I was jerking it all around and it was a mess. LOL! I was very nervous on if she would like it or think it was a huge mess. She said she liked it. I thought the style went with the quote, from Perks of being a Wallflower, and in that moment, I swear we were infinite. Free form stitching felt energetic.
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109  If You Never Saw The Stars Shadowbox in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by gozer on: June 28, 2016 10:13:37 AM
 Okay, I have no idea where this would go so I am guessing here. Moderator, sorry if you have to move this....

  I made this for the Favorite Book Swap. Its one of my favorite quotes from Maggie Stievater and its from the book The Raven Boys (or maybe the second one, Dream Thief  Huh ).
  This is one of my all-time favorite quotes. I really wanted to make something out of it. I had the idea and ran with it. I also love that it lights up. Thats one of the things I havent done much of with crafts and I decided it was time to light something up (but not with fire). Fairy lights it is!
 I really want to make another one for myself. The quote says, "If you never saw the stars, candles were enough".
 Here it is with the lights on.

 And lights off. I tried to swirl the wire so it had an interesting, kind of Van Gogh meets Burton feel when it was off.

 Thanks for checking it out.
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110  Eternal Free form sewing tote in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by gozer on: June 28, 2016 07:26:22 AM
 
 For the Favorite Book Swap I had this idea to make a freeform panel for a tote for my partner. I have never attempted to freeform sew before but I was determined. I had this vision of what I wanted to do and couldnt shake it.
 The first road block I came across before I even started sewing was the design. I needed a heart on the fabric. I used Inktense pencils and drew one out on white fabric but as you can see on the left, it wasnt really that intense. I let it dry and went back over it. That was the result. So I decided to try a couple more ideas. I didnt want to use acrylic because I didnt want it to be stiff or hard to sew thru. I ended up painting some Tim Holts inks onto it. I let it all dry, heat set it and then hand washed it. It held up pretty good.

 I did the same for the strips of fabric minus the Inktense pencils. I just dripped the Holts ink on then uses the reducer on it to blur it all out. Here it is before the reducer. I also used paint pens for the words so they would stand out and be clear. The Quote is from The Perks of Being a Wall Flower and says, and in that moment, I swear we were infinite. Such a great quote!

 Im not sure how youre really supposed to freeform sew but I pinned my pieces down and then just started. It was a little jarring at first. No, I dont have the freeform sewing foot. I plan to get one though. I was just so happy to get the dog feed to go up and down that I wasnt really concerned past that point. LOL!

 And then I just sketched and wiggled all over it. Below is the first run with the blue. I used four or five different colors of thread.

 I was really pleased on how it turned out. Especially for my first one. I think I want to fix the first heart and do something with it too. I loved the organic and energetic outcome.  I also enjoyed trying something new.

Thanks for checking it out.
 
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