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61  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / ATC Ephemera swap? on: November 16, 2006 01:18:19 PM
I've looked through the archives at the pictures of the completed ephemera swaps.  Are there any plans to do another one?  Given the uptick in the number of us doing ATCs, it might be well received.  Maybe it could even be an ATC ephemera swap -- with everything scaled down to ATC size.

I haven't done enough swaps to organize, I just wondered if there was interest.
62  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Sublime Pillowcases 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:

63  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Very Pink String Quilt 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.

64  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / What the heck is a soaker? on: September 21, 2006 06:24:45 AM
I've seen patterns for soakers, I've seen pictures of babies wearing them -- but what the heck are they?  Do they go over diapers?  Does it matter if they are cloth or disposable?  Do they serve a practical function, or are they just cute?
65  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How to get scraps for quilts? 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?
66  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Tea and Conversation Handmade Postcard 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!
67  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Katxena's Gallery on: September 06, 2006 11:24:17 AM
Edited to add:  I decided to start a gallery for my ATCs in Jan. 2007.  Stifflersmom nicely consolidated all my various ATC posts for me, so they appear here, in chronological order.
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I really wish I could come up with a better name for this series.  Gold blob ATCs just doesn't sound appealing! 

The name comes from the gold circle on each card -- it's a smooshed ball of tissue paper held together with glue, to form a little disk shape.  The gold lines are done with gold embroidery thread, and the paper is handmade (not by me, I bought it).

The one on the left has a Chinese pictogram meaning "happy."  The center one is a well-dressed bug out for the evening.  The one of the left is just random shapes that pleased me!

Edited to add:  these have been traded.
68  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Help with rick-rack on: September 01, 2006 07:30:12 AM
I just finished a pair of tea towels, and I decided they needed something to spiff up the edge, so I bought some rick-rack -- only, I got home and realized I have *no* clue how to sew it on.

Do I sew a little zig-zag all the way along?  Do I sew straight down the middle?  If I do sew down the middle, won't it look kinda' ruffly when it comes out of the dryer? Help!
69  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Rainbow postcard on: August 30, 2006 11:45:09 AM
I recently made this postcard for a trade on postcrossing.com:

The pink is 2 layers of cardstock, with one very heavy layer sandwhiched inbetween.  The clouds are plain paper, and the rainbow is torn out of magazines.  I used modpodge to glue it all together, then painted a layer of modpodge over the top with my fingers to give it texture and to make it look a bit like it was painted.

Can you see the fingers in the red strip?  Those belong to Paris Hilton.  For some reason, I think that's really funny.

This was my very first handmade postcard -- or card for that matter!

Edited to fix picture.  Twice.   Roll Eyes
70  NEEDLEWORK / Sublime Stitching Embroidery / Look what's on my coffee table! on: August 20, 2006 08:30:26 AM
I went to Philadelphia yesterday (a 300 mile round trip drive! yikes!) to see Jenny's exhibit at ArtStar (http://www.artstarphilly.com/) and attend her booksigning.  It was awesome.  And I got to buy a copy of the new book -- see:

Jenny was really nice and fun to talk to.  She talked about her various projects and ideas for new patterns and about her regret at not having enough time to embroider.  And the book rocks!  The text is an expanded introduction to embroidery, a lot like the little book that comes with the StitchIt Kit, but more fleshed out.  But the patterns!  Oh my!  88 pages of patterny goodness!  There are some new versions of patterns we're familiar with (those wonderful cats! in new poses!) and some totally new patterns (a music staff! with a treble clef!).

And I got to see some of Jenny's work close up -- she even flipped a few over so that we could see the backs (messy! just like mine! what a relief!).  It was cool to see those chunky stitches, and her artwork is really inspiring.

At first, there weren't many people there for the book signing, which was awesome for me, but I felt bad for Jenny and the shop.  But when I left, more people were arriving.  Unfortunately, I couldn't stay for the opening of the exhibit, I had to get home.  Sad  

Also, ArtStar is a really neat shop/gallery -- I recommend it.

It was a fun trip, and totally worth the drive!
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