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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Egret Quilt for Project Quilting Challenge on: January 13, 2014 09:09:01 AM
seriously, if I weren't challenged, I'm not sure I would finish some of the quilts that dance around in my head!

This quilt is 11" X 14 1/2"

When I heard the challenge was strings, I saw strings as feathers on an egret and this quilt was born Smiley

I blogged about it here http://shout4joy-shouting.blogspot.com/2014/01/project-quilting-string-challenge.html
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another round of Journal Prompts? on: September 03, 2013 05:56:18 AM
Over the summer there were two rounds of Journal prompts on modified playing cards ... I watched from afar, wishing I had time to participate, but had a daughter getting married and knew I couldn't give my full attention to a swap.

Is there going to be another round coming up?
3  CLOTHING / Costumes: Discussion and Questions / easy and inexpensive ren faire costume suggestions? on: April 22, 2013 07:14:08 AM
I am going to be a vendor at a Renaissance Faire in early June ... along with getting product ready, I also *need* to get a costume put together ... any suggestions for a matronly figure? I have been perusing the forums, but links are broken and pics are missing and I'm getting nowhere (fast) ...

Thanks for any help!!!!
4  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / in honor of the the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere... on: September 24, 2011 03:52:14 PM
...my dd doodled. She loves Autumn. She is currently working on a Fantasy novel for her creative writing class and somehow the image of autumn trees and a phoenix became something she had to get out of her head and this was born:

it has nothing to do with her novel, so she had to get it out of the way before she could get back to work Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Moonlit Garden - with pics of process on: July 02, 2011 08:16:29 PM
I made this quilt for a private swap with squire_inaria Smiley and thought I'd share a little bit of the process...

I started off with a batik tree sandwiched between two pieces of wash away stabilizer. I thread painted the batik so that it has plenty of texture to give it bark, using plain black and brown threads and following that up with a King Tut variegated thread. I then cut away the extra stabilizer and hand washed the tree to get rid of the rest of the stabilizer in the tree.

After marking the placement of the moon and tree, I started quilting the background. VanGogh's Starry, Starry Night provided inspiration for the swirling sky quilting.

I then thread painted/scribbled the elements to the quilted background and batting. Here you can see the quilting and where the elements were applied.

I attached a fringe on the bottom to give a 3D grass effect in the foreground, bound it and sent it off to it's new home.

I took a picture of it with the inspiration postcard before sending off:

C&C always welcomed Smiley
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Fresh Cut Soap - YUM! on: June 29, 2011 05:56:59 PM
I've been itching to soap and have wanted to develop a harder bar as the Boybarian is trying out his growing muscles on my bars and they are becoming twisted lumps of sliminess - EEWW!

Yesterday I needed a break from the sewing dungeon, so I pulled out my soap supplies and made a batch of soap:

It is now freshly cut and sitting on my counter smelling so delightful! I am anxious to try it out to see if it will hold up the the Boybarian!

I swirled the soap, but it was at a fairly thick trace so the swirling isn't as finely detailed as I would have hoped for, but it is pretty Smiley and no one needs to know, right?

C&C welcome Smiley
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I'm a Fan of Father's Day (Ties) on: June 25, 2011 02:57:54 PM

I made this quilt from thrifted Men's Ties and Shirts. I also found a length of chambray at the thrift store, so it is thrifted but for thread and batting.

Close up of the blocks.

Working with ties is a whole different ballgame than working with new quilting cottons. They are cut on the bias and every fabric wants to do it's own thing...wrestling them into submission is an art all to itself!

Quilting detail

I quilted it mostly in the ditch, thinking this would empasize the pieces and not detract from the fabrics.

If you like this, consider voting for my quilt on the http://quiltinggallery.com/2011/06/24/vote-now-quilts-for-fathers-2/#comments...they are having a contest...with a Quilts for Fathers theme Smiley and I'd love to be a winner Wink

Thanks for looking (and C&C always accepted!)!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Postcards on: June 02, 2011 05:22:46 PM
I'm very pleased with how these little quilted postcards turned out:

I'm hostessing a swap elsewhere on the internet and the theme is Summer Garden. These are Moonlit Garden and Garden Produce.

I used Angelina Fibers for the moon and it really is shiny Smiley

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / altering clock HANDS? on: April 21, 2011 06:49:18 AM
I am making a clock and I don't care for the hands...color (gold) or size. I live in the middle of nowhere supplies-wise, so I can't just run out and get other clock kits.

Does anyone know how to adapt the hands to make them different? I know I can change the color easily, but can I do anything else to alter them?

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Nobody's Perfect (Even Fabric Designers) on: April 15, 2011 01:24:47 PM
This is a scrappy quilt made mostly from fabrics I gathered in Obnoxious Fabric swaps that I host on another site.

It is 76" X 92" and my girls tell me I should call it No Thanks, YOU Take It as they look at it and see all the weird fabrics in it, rather than the nice design that the traditional Arkansas Crossroads blocks make.

The color is off a bit in the full shot, the detail shows the colors more as they are - bright!

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