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171  Tea ATC in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Katxena on: November 16, 2006 09:02:59 AM
I made this tea ATC for a friend.  The background is more green in real life -- the paper is made out of seaweed.

The paper behind the teacup is handmade, and the teacup is cut from cardstock I covered in words taken from an article in a 1968 Newsweek magazine about the threat posed by the Soviet Union.
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172  Re: Easy Postcard Swap -- Round 2 -- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Katxena on: November 16, 2006 08:51:22 AM
I got this postcard from bhean a little while ago -- I wasn't able to get a good photo of it.

I *love* these kind of old postcards that don't really seem to be of anything in particular.  They are very evocative.  Thanks bhean!
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173  Re: Personal/Private Swap Gallery - November 2006 in The Swap Gallery by Katxena on: November 16, 2006 08:43:14 AM
MrsBlocko and I swapped fabric squares for a million square quilt, and then we decided that we would swap a scissor fob (that she made) for even more fabric squares (that I cut for her).  The scissor fob she made for me is beyond fantastic.  Here's a picture of the whole thing:

And here are some close-ups of the wonderful beads:

When I first saw it, I thought it might be too long, but the length is wonderful!  I can flip the fob over my wrist and it totally stays out of the way while I cut.  I love the fob the pieces!  Thanks MrsBlocko!!!
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174  Katxena's Gallery in Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) by Katxena on: November 09, 2006 02:18:01 PM
I made this embroidered ATC for a private swap:

It is 2.5 x 3.5 inches.  It is embroidered on 100% quilting cotton.  I attached some batting to a card with fusible glue, then put the embroidery over that.  I wrapped the edges over the card and used the same fusible glue to attach it to the card.  THEN I used plain old glue to attach another card to the back and hide all the messiness.

I adore buttonhole wheels and make them whenever I can.  Right now, I'm working on a small sampler style embroidery (rows and rows of different stitches) for an ATC.  It's really fun to work at such a small scale.

P.S.  Wondering what an ATC is?  Want to join the fun?  See this thread here.
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175  Re: French Knot Tutorial (with pictures) in Needlework: Discussion and Questions by Katxena on: November 02, 2006 02:05:23 PM
Hmmm... what kind of floss are you using, Kat? And are you padding the stitches at all? I only ask about the floss because there are some brands of floss that just never look as smooth and glossy as others. So maybe it's your floss!!

I use plain 'ole DMC floss.  I suspect the problem is that I'm just too picky.  The satin stitch on this guitar I did came out fine, but it's not the glossy smooth satin that I want it to be.  It's hard to tell because it's black, but the stitches are smooth, they are just a little more defined than I'd like.  I did pad this, but with a seed stitch, not an additional layer of satin stitch like you suggested.

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176  Sublime Pillowcases in Sublime Stitching Embroidery by Katxena on: October 18, 2006 10:30:03 AM
I made this set of pillowcases for my cousin who just got married -- her wife is in a band, and I know my 'cuz is into music, so it seemed like a good idea.

The microphone and lightening bolts are from the rock 'n roll transfer pack.  I can't actually remember where all the guitars came from -- either the stitch-it kit or the new book.  But they are all Jenny's patterns.

I made this set of pillowcases as a shower gift for a friend.

These patterns were all from the new book.  I love this cat *so* much.  Here's a close-up of one of them:

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177  Re: Let's see your sewing machine!! in Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions by Katxena on: September 26, 2006 08:22:54 AM
I have a Singer Featherweight sewing machine.  My great-aunt bought it originally and never used it, so she gave it to my Mom, who gave it to me.  Every time I take it in for a tune-up, the repairmen try to buy it from me.  I love it to pieces, and I wouldn't part with it for anything.

Here's a close-up of the art-deco faceplate.  Not all the Featherweights had these:

This machine is 60 years old.  It left the factory in September 1946. 

Did you know you could find out the birthday of Singer sewing machines?  Call 1-800-4-SINGER, and give them the serial number, and they can tell you when it left the factory.  They will give you an exact date, but I've read that the numbers were released in groups, so I don't really pay attention to the exact date.  But I think the month and year are accurate.
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178  Very Pink String Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by Katxena on: September 22, 2006 02:02:17 PM
I recently finished this pink string quilt top.  It's 30x30 inches -- baby sized.

Here's a close-up of my favorite block:

I'm going to use an orange almost solid as the back, and I'm going to bind it with red.

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179  How to get scraps for quilts? in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by Katxena on: September 07, 2006 06:22:05 AM
I love scrap quilts.  Love them.  So when I made my brother and his wife a quilt as a wedding gift, I knew it would be a scrap quilt.  Here's a picture:

I made it in 2004.  The problem was, I hadn't been quilting for long, so I had to buy tons of fat quarters and 1/4 yard cuts and begged my friends for scraps and it was very expensive, and I *still* have tons of blue fabric left.  I've got any boy babies my friends might have covered for years to come.

I still haven't figured out how to get good scraps for quilts.  I still  buy fat quarters and 1/4 yard cuts, but that's still expensive.  I sometimes find fabric or 100% cotton clothing or sheets at thrift stores.  I've bugged all my friends so much for scraps that I'm starting to get too embarassed to ask for more.

So how do you get scraps for quilts?  I'm working on a postage stamp quilt now, which will have 2,880 squares in it.  I'd like to use each fabric in just 20 squares, but no more than 40 squares (my favorites are the fabrics that I only have one tiny scrap of, so they just get used once!), which means I need at least 72 different fabrics, and probably closer to 100.  I've gone through my whole stash, joined the million square swap here on craftster, bugged those friends who aren't tired of me yet -- but how else can I get scraps for quilts?

Any ideas?
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180  Tea and Conversation Handmade Postcard in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Katxena on: September 06, 2006 11:33:10 AM
I made this postcard for a swap on postcrossing.com. 

The text is from a 1969 issue of Newsweek called "The end of the 60s", and the article I used for this piece is about George Wallace.  I tore it up, mod-podged it to a piece of cardstock, then cut out the teacup, saucer and square shapes and mod-podged them to the background. 

Then I covered the whole thing with a coat of varnish to seal it and unify it -- everything has the same finish this way.  I glued a piece of blank cardstock to the back that I wrote on when I mailed it -- this made it thicker and hid the varnish I accidentally slopped on the backside!
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