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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Asheville mug rugs on: May 03, 2019 02:49:53 PM
In February I made mug rugs for all the Asheville participants. Now my dear friend, craftylittlemonkey, has been nagging me to post photos of the collection so the craftsters have a thread to post their individual loot to.

A few of the mug rugs are simply rough strip piecing (nothing precisely cut or stitched, just down and dirty) but most use the crumbs quilt technique. Each of those use pieces as small as 3/4" square or larger. It's similar to a crazy quilt but much more random and no fancy embroidery used. The crumb quilts take much more time to complete and have between 13-30 pieces. Finished size = 6 1/2" x 9 1/2".

Happy, TJ?
2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Dyed roving on: May 03, 2019 02:13:09 PM
I'm just getting into the basics of spinning so I jumped on the chance to dye my own roving to spin. A local fiber artist offers classes at a shop in Tulsa so I'll probably be taking more of her classes as opportunity allows.
3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Snow White's cottage on: April 10, 2015 01:30:42 PM
I had never made a doll house until it was a request in the Geezer Swap. I used a free online pattern as a loose basis for my idea. Since a little girl would be carrying it around, I wanted to make it lightweight yet as durable as possible. I used heavy weight template plastic to create the structure since it can stand up to a lot of abuse yet can be cut with scissors. A heavy weight sewing machine needle and slow speed also allowed it to be machine-stitched when necessary. I rounded the corners and padded the pieces with quilt batting to protect the fabric from any tears caused by the plastic.
It needed a handle that would be sturdy yet would be disquised so I covered a piece of nylon strap webbing with some of the roof fabric. 
The original pattern used buttons and ponytail elastic as closures. Since elastic can sometimes quickly lose its stretch, I substituted side and roof flaps plus Velcro to keep it kid-friendly but make it last.
I thought a chimney would be appropriate, so I added one that would extend slightly above the roof line.
4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Mini-mini Twinches on: June 23, 2014 09:33:35 PM
Close up shots of the petit point emblems I stitched for the Twinches Swap. They were mounted into a square reversible pendant, then attached to a book thong for my partner Tapestrymlp. I used 40 count silk gauze, a size 28 needle,  and a single strand of DMC thread throughout. The pendant case and domes are from Epiphany Crafts: Charm Settings Square 25 and Shape Studio Square 25. I did have to manually trim the finished pieces though because the matching punch wouldn't cut fabric.

5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / A Cup of Warmth cards on: February 05, 2014 02:59:53 PM
I used an old Regency romance novel as the background for several of these cards and a stamp set and technique from a scrapbooking conference I attended. In winter I like to curl up in a recliner with a good book and a cup of hot chocolate, so I used that as the inspiration for these cards.
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Fingerless gloves project on: October 28, 2013 03:19:54 PM
I've made two sets of fingerless gloves this past week, one set for myself, the other set for a niece. Our crochet club is thinking about taking these on as a project for dialysis patients, so I've been trying out various patterns to see which are easiest for us to do.
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / MYB Shawl on: October 04, 2013 09:48:36 AM
I finally finished the shawl that I started several months ago. Yeah! I received half the yarn from a Magic Yarn Ball Swap earlier this year, then searched for months to find enough of the same yarn to finish it. It's large enough to use as a foot quilt on our bed but most of the time I use it in my office to keep from freezing. The rest of my household loves to be cold, so when it was 100 degrees outside they'd have the air-conditioning cranked way down. Br-r-r-r!
I'm only going to post a close-up of the pattern since all rectangular shawls look pretty much the same and what most of us ask to see anyway is a close-up of the design. Grin
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Flower Medallion Market Bag on: August 07, 2013 12:51:04 PM
This is the second flower medallion market bag I've made. It can be made in less than a day and only uses two balls of Peaches & Cream cotton yarn. If you use Sugar & Cream yarn, it will take more skeins since those balls hold 20 yards less yarn than the Peaches & Cream brand. Otherwise, the yarns are interchangeable. I changed colors on rows 6 and 22. The design is the Mum Market Bag by Emily Bittel and is a free download.
9  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Market Bag on: July 10, 2013 09:55:05 PM
I've crocheted market bags for other people, but finally crocheted one for myself!
10  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Quick ruffled scarf on: May 19, 2013 12:09:37 PM
This is the scarf I made for my DD#1 using Red Heart Boutique Sashay yarn in the Conga colorway.
This shows the scarf doubled over.
Am going to make more for the Sweat Shoppe Swap.
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