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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Star of the Prophet quilt (QBS9) on: October 28, 2016 01:03:04 PM
This is the product of quilt block swap 9 for me! I wanted to do two swaps to get a bigger quilt, to fill more X-es between the stars, but there was far too much going on in life for that to happen unfortunately. I'm very happy with the result nevertheless! And at my brand new job I happen to have a coworker who's tall enough to hold the quilt both up and out, which is amazing Cheesy

It's almost always dark here now, so the pics are a bit shoddy. The main pics are in somewhat daylight because I brought it to work.

It's a birthday present for my mother-in-law who turned 76 this wednesday. I just barely managed to finish it on time, but unfortunately she got sick so I haven't been able to hand it over yet. I hope she'll like it once she gets it!

(Quilting is done by Bussler Bussler here in Sweden - so happy with the results on that)
2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Applause machine on: August 22, 2016 07:27:56 AM
I attended a course led by Per Helldorff, where we got a very rough kit to make an "applause machine" out of, using whittling knives and saws and drills.

It's a pretty fun contraption, but I haven't treated it yet, so when it's super high moisture in the air, it swells shut and won't move. Smiley

In action here:
3  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Punk rock loli pencil case on: June 19, 2016 02:04:14 PM
So I chose the zipper first. I have these in all colors. Sometimes you have to use colors that aren't your style. This is one of those "use your stuff, don't overthink it" times. I think the mild mannered punk rock bits just happened to counter balance the baby pink lace.

I simply cut some strips, sewed them together into a tube, then cut the tube and offset the bits, opening up the tubes standard quilter fashion. Quilted with some stiff stuff and a nice backing fabric, then sewed the zipper-edges nicely shut like I was making a mug rug. Cheesy

I did the ends of the zipper, then hand sewed that entire thing to the "mug rug". Then I cut some discs, quilted them, cut the seam allowance to fit them in, and pushed them in with the raw edges out. Sewed them on, then just attached some edging. Which SHOULD have been bias edging, that'd have resulted in a much cleaner look. But oh well. I didn't want to waste the fabric, lol. I'm pretty happy with it either way, and I've got a nice pencil case out of it! So now I don't drag my coloring pens around one-by-one, hoping the cat won't steal them. (she steals anything she can carry - bag clamps, receipts, dice...)

There's a full write up with photos here if you're interested: https://melladh.wordpress.com/2016/06/14/my-inner-loli-punk-rock-pencil-case/
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Space invading dice. Bag. Pouch. on: June 19, 2016 01:53:40 PM
Boyfriend has been wanting a dice bag for quite some time, and eventually, with the statement "I have to buy a dice bag so I won't buy another card box...", I got around to making one!

It's a simple construct of a single square of fabric for the main bag. About 12.5'' square cut out, then sewn around with right sides together. Cut the corners, sewed three of them shut, and turned right side out, then pushed inside corners into outside corners, to square off a bag.
Then I made another, far thinner tube, and sewed that to the bag for a draw string tunnel.

If you want more pictures or a full write up on the process, I put all the details in this post (and I'm too lazy to write it again): https://melladh.wordpress.com/2016/06/19/dice-invasion-bag/
5  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Suggest New Boards and New Features / Pinterest target modifications on: March 30, 2016 10:43:07 AM
This may not at all be possible to implement in a reasonably tidy way, but I've sometimes stumbled into the trap of browsing "recent posts with pics", and then using the on-photo "pin" button. This results in the pin actually leading to that page of recent post with pics, NOT the project itself - and the search being what it is (and me being what I am... Roll Eyes ) I can never find the actual project details again. Is that something that could be fixed? When I pin something straight from recent posts with pictures, I want the pin to lead to the PROJECT POST, not the current web address.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Cat sofa on: August 10, 2015 10:36:54 PM
I made a cat sofa for bubblegum_phoenix in the cat lovers' swap in 2009, and while I've posted a completely different style cat sofa many years ago, I'm pretty certain I never posted this Smiley

It's made from regular mattress foam which I had cut to shape in the store, and then measured out the mantles of each side, sharp corner to sharp corner. Ignoring the overlapping parts, I then sewed a cover to dress it in based on those measurements.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilt Block Swap R5 - finished quilt on: December 22, 2014 05:23:24 AM
I finished my quilt from round 5 just in time for Christmas! I asked for a loglike quilt block in red and white, and my fellow crafters delivered great blocks! I think it turned out about the right size for getting properly wrapped up on the sofa in summer, though I wish the long-arm-quilter had properly thick batting to choose from for it. (this is about quarter inch thickness)

(Sorry for the nighttime photos, we don't get a lot of daylight this time of year)

Three blocks seem to have been made using a metric foot instead of an inch foot, so I couldn't make them fit the front - instead I made quite an excellent quilt back if I may say so myself - which unfortunately the long-arm-quilter didn't even vaguely center in length, so the binding cuts one of the squares Sad But oh well, I'll take the "at least 5-10 cm" to mean "exactly 10 cm" next time Wink

For the binding, I was sewing it past my bedtime and suddenly couldn't remember why I thought I'd handsew the corners - it looked fine anyway (decided for a slightly wider binding in front, and letting a white thread "edge" the back)

And then... yeah... should've hand sewn the corners Cheesy

And a closeup of the "keukenhof" quilting pattern, which I adore (I recomment right-clicking the pic and choosing "view image" on this one)

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Sandwich wrap (tutorial) on: September 13, 2014 07:14:39 AM
My boyfriend has been taking a sandwich to work for an afternoon snack each day, spending plastic bags like they're infinite... so I bought some cheap waterproof table cloth fabric and made these sandwich wraps, with that and some quilting fabric!

(too cheap btw... buy something better than i did, mine is overly sensitive to piercing, and splits a bit)

And a small tutorial - I know there have been others, but it's been a while since I did progress photos, so I wanted to play with that again Cheesy

I started with making a circle template, by measuring out a 30cm (12'') square of freezer paper, then folding it in half, and half again, and then corner-to-corner, always preserving the center of the original square as a point. Then cutting it off. And tracing the template onto one piece of quilting fabric and one piece of waterproof fabric.

Since the waterproof fabric will remain pierced if you pierce it, you shouldn't pin them together. If you use a large seam allowance and you're fine with some sloppy edges (my quilting fabric folded over on every one of these) you can just tape them together a couple of times, right sides together. For better stability, using hair pins supposedly works well.

Sew around, leaving a large hand's width to turn

Turn right side out, and squeeze out the edges. Fold your opening together, and stitch all around the circle, to both sew the opening shut and prevent the thicker fabric to push out the light quilting fabric.

As shown above, take a squareish piece of velcro (the spiky side) and sew to the waterproof side of your wrap, at one edge. You start to see the result as you fold in the sides, one third each. Then you can fold up the bottom one third, and measure out the soft velcro to match your spiky one - this will attach on the quilting fabric side, but be longer so you can accomodate for different size sandwiches.

Once you've got your last piece of velcro attached, you've got a sandwich wrap ready to use!

Now remember to wash off your waterproof fabric with some soap to get rid of that outer layer of stray chemicals, so you don't get it in your sandwich! Cheesy I did that after sewing, and they're now hanging to dry. Mine isn't machine washable, but I'm pretty sure you can get some better fabric than I did which will hold up for throwing them in the wash when you need to!
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Postcard memento book on: April 28, 2014 12:28:09 PM
I saw this idea on pinterest to write postcards home and bind them together for an instant gratification option to scrap booking or similar. I combined it with a tip from here to save all little tickets and business cards when you're on vacation.

Me and my dad went to Scotland a few weeks ago, and I tried it out! I like the result, much recommend if you don't have time for a bigger project Smiley

We were there for eight days, so with one card per day plus tickets for museums and stuff, it makes for a very tidy little book.
10  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lunch box bag for my boyfriend on: March 26, 2014 08:42:47 AM
Sliiiightly too large perhaps, but it's good with some room, right? Wink

Paper pieced an Escher triangle and went from there.

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