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201  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 25, 2014 06:33:02 AM
badwolf13 - Wow, that t-shirt is amazing!  Very professional looking.  And those cupcakes look delicious.  Love the blue candy spikes!

coulsenl - Those hats look toasty warm.

pottermouth - Those desserts are making me hungry.  The blackberry slump looks especially tasty.

vincentvanbuck - I love the illustration you drew for the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter.  So cute!

Time to turn in my OWL.

Owl Subject & Option Care of Magical Creatures - Option 2 - Dragons!
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Kathleen's Quilt
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description:
Dragons in Europe tend to live in caves, hoard shiny things, and bother young ladies, but in Asia they are wise creatures who live in rivers.  In order to honor my good friend leveling up in wisdom, i.e. getting her PhD, I made her a lap-sized quilt in her favorite colors, blue and green.  They always remind me of water and dragons (which also happen to be her favorite animal for an added bonus).  It seemed a good way to commemorate all the times she was in the lab being all "Science!  High Temperature Materials!" and I wandered in going "ooh, that looks like a great place to toast marshmallows, now can be go eat lunch?"  I haven't yet been able to give it to her, as she's been in Dayton scouting out the city where her new job is, but I will give it to her when she returns. I expect it to be claimed by her cat immediately afterwards.

This quilt was loosely based on Obsessively Stitching's 1st Quilt Ever tutorial, which I highly recommend.  I have made disappearing nine-patches before but I winged the pattern a bit more than usual (resulting in a smaller size) and quilted something other than "stitch in the ditch" + an extra line through the middle of each block.  I went on the diagonals this time, which was a first for me, marking them out in chalk before I did so (also unusual, usually I just eye-ball everything).  As always, hand sewing the binding was my favorite part.  The mitered corners turned out great, which was a relief because I had well and truly mucked them up on the last quilt I made.

Project Picture:


Kathleen's Quilt by AluminumDryad, on Flickr


Front & Back by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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202  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 22, 2014 06:41:45 AM
Oh wow, noodle-bug, I am totally in awe of the number of hexies you have there.  I need to work on mine for the Wild Olive Stitch Club, but I am uninspired by my stash.

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Muggle Studies
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Closet Tidy
Project Page Link: n/a
Brief Description: Clothes are my cleaning kryptonite.  The closet is my main dumping ground for things as I walk into my room, and I utilize the "on the floor" method of organizing more than I should.  It was time to beat back the entropy.

Before


After

077 Closet Clean-out by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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203  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 07, 2014 08:13:45 PM
dontneedaclassroom - No, it never ends.  I don't know where it all comes from, but there's always more!

The first week of March has been surprisingly productive.  I'm working on two major WIPs, but got some little things done on the side.


Simple Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

and


Scrappy-ness Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

The one problem with doll clothes is that while they work up really fast, they don't make much of a dent in the stash.  But every little bit helps, I suppose!
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204  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 07, 2014 08:07:59 PM
Class/Challenge/House Pride: Detention in the Dungeon - March Challenge
SPEW: N/A
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Scrappy-ness Dress
Project Page Link: N/A
Brief Description: I sewed the bodice of this dress in November of 2013, but had neglected to actually complete it.  The skirt part was a reject from another doll dress which was both too short and the wrong color for its intended purpose.  But the two together don't look half bad.


Scrappy-ness Dress by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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205  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 07, 2014 07:49:30 AM
Moonflame - Yay penguin sweaters!  That particular odd bit of knitting has been around a while, but for some reason everyone I know, including my boss, decided to send me the link yesterday.  Apparently I'm known for penguins and knitting?  There are worse things. 

TechnicolorAquahearts - That bear painting is amazing!  The Winter's Tale is such a bizarre play, but so much fun.  The geography in it is hilarious if you try to think about it logically.  And isn't it nice to have a clear desk?  Somehow it really helps one think.

ErinAuquaheart - Happy Birthday!!!!!  Love the colors on your washcloths.  They certainly are addicting to make.  Your butterfly painting is neat too.  I like how your pictures and the wallpaper flowers blend together.

I've been working away furiously on my OWL project.  All but one of my 9 patches are sewn together, but I had a bobbin mishap late last night and decided enough was enough.  I'll sew the last bits tonight and get them cut for my disappearing 9-patch blocks.

And now for a project of my own...

Class/Challenge/House Pride: Bertie Bott's Every Flavor Beans - Sugared Violets
SPEW: N/A
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Simple Sweater
Project Page Link: http://ravel.me/gaudiknight/5qlo0
Brief Description: This is a little sweater I whipped up for a 16cm doll out of some sweet purpley/pinky sock yarn.  The mixed color strands in the yarn give it a slightly sparkly, frosted look.


Simple Sweater by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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206  Re: HP Craftalong ~Spring Semester 2014~ *JOIN ANYTIME* in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 02, 2014 03:53:12 PM
Badwolf314 Congrats on finishing your OWL!  It look really warm and cozy.

Very excited to start the new semester.  Just to confuse things, I will be a Hufflepuff this time around instead of Ravenclaw.  I've always waffled between the two houses - I like learning things, but more so I can flail excitedly about useless information than for any practical academic applications.

And now for something completely different - An OWL Proposal!

OWL Subject & Option: Care of Magical Creatures - Dragons
House: Hufflepuff
Project Name: Accomplishment Quilt
Brief Description:  Chinese Dragons are frequently identified with water and wisdom.  I have a friend who will be (hopefully) completing her PhD in March, and I wanted to commemorate her valiant defense by making her a lap-quilt that incorporates her favorite colors (blue and green) and her favorite animal (dragons).  I will be using a disappearing nine-patch pattern, which I have made before, but with the added challenge of a tight time constraint (we're throwing her a party on the 21st - so there can be no procraftination) and I really want to improve my machine quilting skills this time around.
Timeline:
Week 1 - Iron fabric, cut squares, assemble (and then disassemble) nine-patches. 
Week 2 - arrange and sew quilt top.  Piece Backing.  Baste. 
Week 3 - Mark out quilting (something new and different for me). QUILT ALL THE LINES! Sew binding.

I proposed a few days ago in a PM to the Headmistresses, and having heard no objections, I've started plowing forward.  I got all the fabric for the squares cut this afternoon.  Now on to the sewing!


061 Cut by AluminumDryad, on Flickr
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207  Re: 50 Projects 2014--Let's continue the craftiness! in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 01, 2014 07:35:55 AM
JillHogan  That hard candy looks yummy.  I'm glad you said it was easy - I've been wanting to try it, but haven't.  For some unknown reason my mother instilled a fear of candymaking in me when I was very young (probably because it involved a thermometer) that I haven't managed to shake yet.

Popping by with my February Progress -

Pinwheels (#5)

(It's hard to tell in the pic, but there's a lot of orange there)

Fetching (#6)

050 Fetchings in Focus by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

Cookies (#7)

051 Oatmeal Scotchies by AluminumDryad, on Flickr

And More Doll Clothes (#s 8, 9, & 10)


February was more productive than usual, but I need to get cracking if I'm going to make 50.
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208  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 101 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gaudiknight on: March 01, 2014 07:24:57 AM
Gamemom42 has received her package and asked me to post pictures because she wanted to let her granddaughter unwrap it.

She asked for American Girl Stuff, so I made the following:

A Sweater (I loved the way this turned out - it was hard to send away.)


A Simple Sundress

(Kirsten's rocking the "my shoes don't match" look)

And finally a dress that didn't turn out quite as expected - I was following a pattern for a more historical dress, but had a mishap with the bodice and no more fabric to cut another one.  So the skirt got grafted onto the bodice from the sundress pattern.


I hope your granddaughter likes them, gamemom42!
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209  Re: 2014 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by gaudiknight on: March 01, 2014 05:43:18 AM

March Themes


Kitten Accomplished by Pen Waggener, on Flickr

Color: Yellow
Pattern: Polka Dots
For: Animals, pets, or the fuzzies at the pound.
Challenge 1: Now that you've got a good handle on what you have in stash you may have come across some things that you know you will never use.  Weed these items and give them away to someone who can use them.
Challenge 2: Make something from the millions of tutorials you've collected on Pinterest, or from one of your vast hoards of craft and pattern books.  If it's an internet tutorial, please share the link in case anyone else is inspired to give it a try.
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210  Re: Ongoing Wish Swap Round 101 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by gaudiknight on: February 28, 2014 07:36:17 AM
My package arrived from Watsonc7.  She made me three amazing zippered pouches.



The rounded one is already living in my bag, and I've filled the blue and white striped one with knitting notions.  It's a really neat type I'd not seen before - it folds in half with clear plastic on the inside so you can see exactly what you've got in there.

But look at the big pouch.  It is fantastic!  Dr. Who themed in an instantly recognizable way without being too over the top about it.  You can slip papers inside his lapels, and it's lined with galaxy fabric.  I can only hope that once I start filling the pouch up that it will be bigger on the inside.



Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
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