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3481  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I <3 Autumn on: September 27, 2010 06:21:08 PM
ooooo . . . I love all things Autumn . . . I've never done an actual "pointed" swap before . . . but this is tempting . . .

I will definitely have to consider this!


The requirements are a medium and two smalls, if you don't like the points system!
3482  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I <3 Autumn on: September 27, 2010 11:44:41 AM
Oooh, excellent!  A way to distract myself from grading.  Okay jennilocker, here are my ideas:

mug cozy
tea/coffee/hot chocolate (perhaps a personalized mix?)
leaf/pumpkin napkins/tablecloth/placemat/table runner
earrings, bracelets, necklaces in autumn themes
dish towels, wash and dish cloths in autumn themes
arm warmers/fingerless gloves
recipes for soups and stews and other autumn-y meals
Bean soup in a jar (without the liquid)
Beer Bread Mix (in a jar)
pumpkin bread mix (or pumpkin bread - yum!)
autumn-scented candles
autumn-scented potpourri
autumn-scented soap
autumn apron
stuff to prep the garden for autumn
decorations (for inside or out)
leaf ornaments
decorated hoodie
decorated t-shirt (or other clothing item of your choice!)
purses, wallets in autumn themes
football items
lap blankets
Halloween/Thanksgiving items

... I will add as I think (or as others suggest!)
3483  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Fall/Autumn Swap? I know, I know, it's not even summer yet... on: September 27, 2010 11:14:02 AM
Sign-ups are OPEN!  I made the swap 4 points - one medium and two smalls - since there's only about a month for crafting.  (We want to enjoy our goodies before winter is upon us!)

3484  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: I <3 Autumn on: September 27, 2010 11:12:27 AM

1. kaz814 (USA)
2. SaralaAnne (USA)
3. JessySihk (USA)
4. strwberesh0rtcke (USA)
5. ntrebleagain (USA)
6. AlphaBrett (USA)
7. Bugaboo1 (USA)
8. marleymiss (England)
9. MamatoMany (Canada)
10. shayneblate08 (USA)
11. Ffrogg526 (USA)
12. morrigan_le_faye (Switzerland)
13. crazyda79 (USA)
14. Confuzzle (USA) New swapper, welcome!
15. pseudo_pix (Denmark)
16. awfulwaffle (USA)  New swapper, welcome!
17. witchybelle4u2 (UK)
18. FoxyMama (USA)

kaz814 <-> FoxyMama
strwberesh0rtcke <-> crazyda79
Alphabrett <-> SaralaAnne
awfulwaffle <->JessySihk
ntrebleagain <-> Ffrogg526
shayneblate08 <-> Confuzzle
witchybelle4u2 <-> MamatoMany
marleymiss <-> morrigan_le_faye
Bugaboo1 <-> pseudo_pix

3485  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / I <3 Autumn (Signup CLOSED; Send by Nov 8) on: September 27, 2010 11:10:48 AM
We have a GALLERY!

Swap name: I <3 Autumn
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: kaz814
Co-organizer: Huh?
Sign-up date range: CLOSED
Partners will go out on: October 6, 2010
Date to send item by: November 8, 2010

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

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/NO
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

Details of swap:

Well, in the northern hemisphere, autumn is officially upon us, and if you haven't experienced cold days yet, you soon will!  This swap is all about the things we love about autumn - crisp air, falling leaves, pumpkins and cornucopeia.  Do you have a thing for Pilgrims or the change of leaves on the trees?  Enjoy wrapping up in a sweater with a good book and a warm cup of tea?  Love the sound of leaves crunching beneath your feet and the scent of pumpkin pie?  Then this is the swap for you!

Crafting Requirements

This swap will be a 4 point swap, or 1 medium and 2 smalls.  Please discuss any spoiling with your partner!

For those who need a refresher, here's the Craftster guide to what constitutes each size:

By Time

-Medium = 2 or more hours
-Small = 2 or less hours

By Size
-Medium = one single necklace or bracelet, a scarf
-Small = Earrings, stickers, wallets, pouches, bookmarks

By Price
-Medium = $10-$30 dollars
-Small = $10 or less

Communication Requirements

This swap, in an effort to get our goodies before autumn is actually over, is a fairly quick swap.  You'll have a bit more than a month to craft and send!  

With that in mind, communication is key!  Checking in on the swap thread at least once a week is required so we know you're still around and crafting.  A quick note saying that you're still working is sufficient.  Also, communicating with your partner is also a necessity.  If you have consistent (and recent) dings on feedback for poor communication or sending late, I may not approve your application.  I will also note communication in feedback!

Please label all PMs with one of the following: 'Fall Swap: Approval', 'Fall Swap: Sent', 'Fall Swap: Received' or 'Fall Swap: Question'.  Thanks!

If you want to participate, PM the following information to the organizer (kaz814):

Name of swap: I <3 Autumn
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?
If in the US, are you willing to use DCN?
If you're shipping internationally, will you get a customs # and keep your receipt?
Confirm that are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO):

What are your favorite things about fall?
Is there anything autumn-ish that you'd love to get?
What would you not like to get?
Favorite colors/patterns:
Least favorite colors/patterns:
Favorite scents and tastes:
Least favorite scents and tastes:
What crafts can you do?
What crafts can't you do?
Do you have allergies in your household?
Do you have allergens in your household?
Can you take and post pictures promptly of the package you receive?
Do you have a wist, a blog or Etsy favorites?
Is there anything else you'd like your partner to know?

3486  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Frugal Living 3: HaveYourselfAFrugalLittleHoliday SU Sept. 7-28, Send by Nov. 12 on: September 27, 2010 10:36:31 AM
Exciting news!  Cheesy

Sign-ups close tomorrow morning, 11:00 AM EST! It's been a few days since we've had a sign-up, so I'm assuming everyone who wants to has already done so.  If not, though ... get your form in SOOOOOOOON!
3487  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap Round 6 [signups Sept. 8-21; sendouts Nov. 20, 2010] on: September 27, 2010 06:12:58 AM
For anyone who's never made a stocking before, I posted two stockings I made yesterday, along with a tutorial.  If you don't want yours quilted, just skip those steps. 

3488  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Quilted Christmas Stocking with Tute (with as many pics as Santa is jolly) on: September 26, 2010 07:16:34 PM
Yay!  Glad it helps. Cheesy  I'm in the stocking swap, too, so I hoped this would be useful.

3489  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Fall/Autumn Swap? I know, I know, it's not even summer yet... on: September 26, 2010 07:05:42 PM
I could organize if no one else wants to?  I don't know if I can participate, though, but that's okay, too.

What size are we thinking?  Did we decide?  5 points/Medium & 3 smalls?  4 points/two Mediums or one Medium and two smalls?

3490  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Quilted Christmas Stocking with Tute (with as many pics as Santa is jolly) on: September 26, 2010 04:02:49 PM
Well, after seeing my grandparents' ratty old stockings from last Christmas (their names are written on them in green sharpie, I think), I decided that this Christmas they'd have prettier ones.  Since it wouldn't be half as fun to buy them, I decided to go with a quilted stocking.  No names on them, but I'm sure Santa will figure it out. Wink

Here's the end result:

And since I had to make two, I decided that on the second one I'd do up a tutorial since Christmas is coming.

You need:

1/2 yard outer fabric
1/2 yard lining fabric
matching thread for both
batting (the flat kind)
sewing machine (or you can by-hand it!)
a pattern

Holiday music of your choice.  This is vital as when you're ripping out something because you forgot to put in the hanging thing, you can belt along with Mariah singing about all you want for Christmas.  It helps.

I made my pattern out of butcher paper, tracing a stocking I had.

1. Cut two out of the outer fabric, lining fabric and batting. REMEMBER to allow 1/4-1/2 inch all around for the seam allowance! You'll also need a 3.5 x 6 (just eyeball it, really) rectangle of the lining fabric.

2. Iron all pieces.

3.  Take the outer fabric pieces and put them wrong side down onto the batting.

4. Now on to the quilting portion of today's fun!  Choose an angle that you like - it really doesn't matter, though try to keep it straight.  Sew a line!  Personally, I think a jaunty angle looks spiffy.

5. For the next line, I line up my previous stitch with the edge of the metal plate on my sewing machine.  I'm sure there are other ways to do this, but this works for me.  I can feel the edge underneath the fabric and I can make sure that the previously sewed line stays on the edge.  That way all my quilting lines are parallel.

6. Keep on sewing parallel lines.  Isn't this fun?  Possibly stop and grab a bit of hot chocolate (if it's cold enough).  A dollop of Bailey's might make the quilting go quicker (though your lines might not end up being straight.)  When you've finished doing it one side, it should look like this:

7. Now you're going to sew lines that are at an angle to the ones you've already done.  I chose a line and put my sewing foot right where it met the edge.  I then chose a spot where another line met the opposite edge.  

8. Quilt!  When you're done, it should look like this:

9. Now, if you're Type A and anal retentive, you'll want to match up the quilted half with the half you haven't quilted yet.  You'll put a pin on the unquilted half where one of the lines reaches the edge on the quilted half.  You'll do the same for the other side of the stocking. If you went for the Bailey's in step 6, you probably won't care.  Regardless of your choice, quilt the other side, using the steps 4-8.

My choice was the Type A and anal retentive option:

10. Once you've got both sides quilted, trim the edges, so it goes from looking like this:

to this:

11. With right sides together, pin and sew around the edge of the stocking. For the rounded parts, feel free to go slow.  If you find yourself near to veering off the fabric stop sewing, put down the needle (I have a nifty little button that inserts the needle into the fabric for me), put up the foot and adjust the fabric.  With the needle down you won't pull on the thread or anything.  When you've got it where you want it, put down the foot and start sewing again.

12. Now you have two options: you can trim around the seam allowance so it won't be bulky when you turn it or you can cut little notches into the rounded parts. I choose the latter.  Just be careful not to snip into the seam!  It'll look funny, but it makes it easier to turn and look rounded.

13. Turn the outer portion of the stocking.

14. Take the little rectangle of lining fabric and press it in half, lengthwise.  Open it back up.  Take the edges of the fabric and press them into the crease.

Like so:

Do it for both sides:

Then press it in half again on the original crease, with the edges still tucked in.  (It'll be about a quarter as wide as it was.)

Sew it - I line it up with an edge on my foot.

15. With right sides together, pin the lining fabric together.  At the 'sole' of the foot, put two pins about 3-4 inches apart.  You won't sew between those pins.  Also, take the loop that you sewed in step 14 and pin it in place - probably 4 inches or so from the top of the stocking.  Make sure that the rough edges of the loop match up together and that they go a little beyond the rough edges of the lining itself:

Now sew!  See: I'm stopping at the pink pin: (I'd suggest locking the sewn bits down with a bit of backstitching.)

Now move the fabric to startup again at the NEXT pin. (Again, lock the sewing with a few backstitches.)  I'd suggest backstitching over the section with the loop.  You don't want the stocking to fall down if Santa is especially generous!

16. Trim the edge of the loop:

17. You will now insert the quilted section of the stocking into the lining.  Yes, it seems backwards.  Perhaps have another bit of Baileys and just go with me on this. Wink

Line up the seams and the top, so it looks like this:

18. Sew around the top of the stocking.  I'd suggest 1/2 inch or so seam allowance.

19. Through the hole you left in the lining, pull out the outer section of the stocking and continue until the right side of the lining is visible.  Make sure the toe and the heel are all rounded.  It should look a bit odd now, with both right sides of the fabrics showing.  That's okay.

20.  Now we need to sew up the hole we left in the lining.  Fold under the edges and sew along the opening.

21. Stuff the lining into the outer fabric.

22. Fold over the top until the loop to hold it up is where you want it.  Ouila!  A lovely quilted stocking! (Or two, as the case may be.)

I hope this was understandable and helpful!  I'd love to see any stockings you make! Smiley  C&C on both the stocking and the tute is more than welcome.  Happy (early) holidays!

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