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1  UNITED STATES / Maryland / Another Maryland Meetup? on: December 04, 2019 04:40:10 AM
Is anyone interested in a crafty little gathering just to spend some time together with other craftsters? No mad rush to craft things for it or need to bring anything, just share each other's company and share our hope that this crafting community can stay together. Depending who wants to join, we can pick a central location, or all come to my place in Ellicott City?

ptarmic wumpus
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Color in a Box Swap 2019 Holiday Edition on: November 23, 2019 08:29:48 AM

source - http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/retro-inspired-purple-and-white-christmas-decorations-pictures

Post your goodies!

Swap Thread

3  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / back of car seat organizer on: November 03, 2019 03:54:03 PM
I am probably putting this in the wrong place, but it didn't really seem to fit in any of the sewing categories.

I didn't see anything out there that was exactly what I wanted so I stitched up this organizer with a zippered pocket to hold an old tablet we had laying around, and pleated pockets for books, a drink, crayons and whatever else my grandbaby might want in the car. I made the clear window by recycling a plastic wrapper from a set of sheets. The strap has velcro and is somewhat adjustable.

A bit of a glare in the picture, but hopefully will be fine to watch videos through.

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / yet another biscornu on: November 03, 2019 03:18:13 PM
I had meant for this to be a white elephant gift at the Maryland meet up, but alas, family emergency the night before kept me from finishing on time. I love to make biscornu - they look much more difficult (at least to me) than they are to put together. This one is 3", with just a smidge of beading.

top view

bottom view - including a little goof - one design is a space off, but that just shows it is handmade, right?]
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Color in a Box Swap 2019 Holiday Edition SU til Nov 1st, SO Dec 2nd - CLOSED on: October 18, 2019 10:27:30 AM

source - http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/make-and-decorate/crafts/retro-inspired-purple-and-white-christmas-decorations-pictures


This swap is so much fun! Pick your favorite color (or it can be rainbow or a color scheme, if you can't pick just one) and your partner will craft some awesomeness for you.

Swap name: Color in a Box Swap 2019 Holiday Edition
Craftster members who are organizing this swap: Averia and anna.wahnsinn

Sign-up date range: October 18th to November 1st (partners on November 2nd)
Date to send item by: November 29th
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No limit.
Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
If so, which country? N/A
Additional Age requirement? No

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
- Is at least 18 years old: 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
- 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 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


In the Color in a Box swap, we'll be sending our partners a color inspired package filled with bright and cheery crafted goodness!

Swap Details
1. One medium crafted item in your partner's color (or color scheme) of choice.
2. Color specific (As chosen by your partner) 4 or more happy package fillers (candies, journals, small crafted items)
3. Posting to the discussion thread or PMing organizers is required once a week!
4. Have fun!!

This swap has been done several times before as a sunshine in a box and color in a box. Here are some ideas from the past that people have crafted.  (This was specific to the sunshine swap, but you get the idea)

- Picnic tray decorated with yellow and orange designs
- Pillow cover quilted with yellow fabrics
- Journal cover with an embroidered sunshine
- Stenciled beach towel with a summer inspired saying
- Painting or wall hanging of a sunset
- Yellow fizzy bath bombs and soap set

If you want to fill your colorful box with more than 4 fillers  you can indicate so in the questionnaire and be partnered with someone else that wants the same.

If you want to participate, information to send to both organizers Averia and anna.wahnsinn:

Questionnaire to Answer:
Name of swap: Color in a Box 2019 Holiday Edition
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval (YES/NO):  
Mailing address including the country (as would need to appear for mailing):
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
Would you like to send and receive more than 4 fillers (YES/NO):
Do you have any allergies?
Do you have any allergens in your home (cats, smoke, etc)?
What is your favorite color (or color scheme)?
Would you like items relating to a specific holiday, if so which one?
Please list some ideas for colorful goodness you'd be happy to receive:
Please do not send me:

Do you have any inspirations that would help your partner personalize your package (Pinterest, Etsy Favorites, Flickr, etc)?

Anything else youd like your partner to know?



Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

1.  Averia
2.  anna.wahnsinn
3.  Linda P
4.  lindyv321
5.  Powerhouseofthecell
6.  edelC
7.  geekgirl1000100
8.  kittykill
9.  pathfindergarou
10. chase_acow
11. TAOJ
12. stellato_escuro
13. Bugaboo1
14. BigBangMomma

Partner received
Late with communication
Feedback given

Averia <====> TAOJ
anna.wahnsinn <====> edelC
Linda P <====> lindyv321
Powerhouseofthecell <====> BigBangMomma
geekgirl1000100 <====> chase_acow
kittykill <====> stellato_escuro
pathfindergarou <====> Bugaboo1
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / coffee til cocktails on: October 14, 2019 07:07:32 PM
Cute little Urban threads design that I stitched up for my coffee and alcohol obsessed daughter for her new condo - went a lot quicker than I expected.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Peacock - actually made it for myself on: October 14, 2019 07:05:16 PM
I never make things for myself. But I vowed this year I would make myself something and here he is. An Urban threads design (I think it was Kittykill who gave me a gift certificate in OWS a while back - I stocked up on a bunch of lovely patterns that just sat in my downloads). It has been hanging around a few months as my portable project so I don't really have a good feel for how long he took. He's framed under a 5x7 matte board.

and framed up

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Angel wing quilt on: October 07, 2019 04:53:15 AM
TAOJ listed an angel wing art quilt as her first choice in the geezer swap. I looked around at different patterns that were out there and I really wasn't loving much of what I saw. I thought I would give applique wings on a simple patchwork base a try (she did request blue and grey - wasn't just my love of blue driving the background colors). I left the edges raw, hoping the rag edges would create a feathery feel.  6 washings later, I think it was finally getting to what I envisioned. the size is about 2' x 2.5'.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / flannel rag quilt on: October 07, 2019 04:43:41 AM
I was so excited when my son saw a quilt he wanted. Didn't look too hard - just a bunch of really big flannel blocks rag quilted together. OMG I now hate flannel! You cannot keep this fabric square. all the plaids ended up wonky. But I do like the finished product. and it is the softest warmest quilt ever. I used a regular store bought binding in green (son's favorite color). I made it a large full size and it was nearly the death of my sewing machine even though it was a rag quilt.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ticker tape I-spy baby quilt on: October 07, 2019 04:28:53 AM
So many craftsters have sent me scraps of amazing fabric over the years. some specially for this quilt - Must mention CraftyLittleMonkey who heard I was making this and reached out to me - Thank you!. Making this for my granddaughter was a labor of love in many ways. Not sure it counts as a true ticker tape quilt because some of the fabric pieces are pretty big. my apologies to the quilt description police if they are watching and I am mistaken. All the pieces are zig-zag stitched down, binding is plain old store bought binding, stitched by hand because hand stitching is what I enjoy.

I took the 2 pictures below after 9 months of use and several washings, so it is getting a little worn looking, but generally holding up pretty well.

How the back looks:

and a close up of the front - longjohns drying on the line - love that fabric.

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