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1  Amazing Trilobite Beetle...and poseable in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: May 23, 2017 02:17:13 PM
Aren't stuffies supposed to be cuddly? Well in the recent stuffie swap, my partner had these amazing trilobite beetles pinned. They were so amazing that I fell in love. My partner named him Bruce. He's not exactly cuddly, but he is extremely friendly.

I spent an evening wandering the fabric store for just the right fabric and settled on leather look vinyl. Sewing vinyl is tricky and I finally settled on stitching through paper, just printer paper, with the stitch lines marked. I trimmed about 1/8" outside the stitch lines and painted the edges. Bruce was created in pieces with an opening running through the center. I cut a piece of heavy gauge wire and ran it through the pieces using good old E6000 to secure tabs I had left when I trimmed.

The legs were more heavy guage, with the tips flattened. I wrapped the legs in layers of florist tape and ended up using a marker to color them black. I then cut more vinyl scales and glued them over the legs to the body. I ended up using hot glue to do the final securing. In other words, stuck the nozzle in the leg holes and filled with hot glue!

The lumps on his back are more E6000 just globed on the plates. I used gold and silver stamp ink to give a bit of a shine.

Bruce is poseable and loves to have his tummy rubbed. He also likes to watch DVD's with his new pal. You can see his original photo shoot here https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452296.20 along with all the other adorable, soft and fluffy, stuffies.



He loves his belly rubs

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2  Re: One Tiny Stuffie Round 10 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: May 18, 2017 05:34:44 AM
I received from milksmom yesterday. She took my otter theme (my grandson's patronus is an otter). Otters are hard to find as stuffed animals or plastic figures, these little creatures are fun loving, but shy.

She made two, one was too big she said, I'm glad, 'cause I get two, but I never include the tail in the measurements. Which is why, when she gets her stuffie, it may look a bit bigger than it should.  Roll Eyes Roll Eyes Roll Eyes

But look at these little guys. So sweet, and such beautiful crocheting. They are made out of wool with bead eyes and even have little shell critters for lunch. Thank you, thank you, thank you.


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3  Re: 2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by cmarion3 on: May 17, 2017 02:00:45 PM
I just realized that in the end of April rush to get a baby quilt done, I forgot to post my latest, though you may have seen it in quilting projects. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452373.0

It's a paper pieced art quilt, 18" x 18". I'm a novice at paper piecing, but apparently my mind accepts this crazy skill and does well with it. The pattern was from Robynie Patterns at https://payhip.com/robynie. Clear instructions even if there were way too many pieces. But it worked.

Lots of fabrics, I had the whole craft room covered in pinks, purples, greens, whites, and grays. Even dug out a glittery silver fabric for the horn. Keeping all the color bits straight while working in reverse is soooooooo much fun. Then embellished with some tiny beads. Thus, unicorn snorts were born.

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4  Unicorn snorts...who knew? in Quilting: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: May 15, 2017 07:17:21 AM
In the recent art quilt swap, I did a second attempt at paper piecing and it went very well! so well that the unicorn came alive enough to snort out glitter! I did minimal quilting on the unicorn, I did not want to distract from the unicorn. Overall size is about 18" x 18".

The pattern was from Robynie Patterns at https://payhip.com/robynie. Clear instructions even if there were way too many pieces. But it worked.

Lots of fabrics, I had the whole craft room covered in pinks, purples, greens, whites, and grays. Even dug out a glittery silver fabric for the horn. Keeping all the color bits straight while working in reverse is soooooooo much fun. Then embellished with some tiny beads. Thus, unicorn snorts were born.

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5  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: May 12, 2017 11:38:42 AM
Love the rainbow sloth. In a circle, so cool. Very jungly and wild.

I was looking back over this amazing gallery! And I still want the chickens...I may need to add to my placemats. We had dinner with friends this week and I was able to set the table with 4 placemats! Everyone kept lifting their plates to look at the amazing set.

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6  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 Gallery in The Swap Gallery by cmarion3 on: May 01, 2017 02:25:07 PM
LovelyMiss sent me this beautiful placemat, I now have a set of 4 placemats all in browns and blues. I love the elegant simplicity of the tree and the blue squares in the background. It fits in perfectly. Now I can't have more than a total of 4 people for dinner! Thank you very much, I love it.

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7  Zoology Baby Quilt finished as the grand nephew was born! in Quilting: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: April 24, 2017 02:18:27 PM
I just finished a baby quilt in the nick of time. We fly in the morning to see the new grand baby. Well, he's the bonus, it's our annual trip to see Mom and cheer her up after a long hard winter.

The fabric was 10" pack of Robert Kauffman fabric. I love the colors and the fun. I still have lots left for fun projects to come. I only stitched in the ditch around the approx 8.5" squares, but it's warm and cuddly and I want it for me. I'll just have to make another.


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8  Re: 2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by cmarion3 on: April 24, 2017 02:17:00 PM
I just finished a baby quilt in the nick of time. We fly in the morning to see the new grand baby. Well, he's the bonus, it's our annual trip to see Mom and cheer her up after a long hard winter.

The fabric was 10" pack of Robert Kauffman fabric. I love the colors and the fun. I still have lots left for fun projects to come. I only stitched in the ditch around the approx 8.5" squares, but it's warm and cuddly and I want it for me. I'll just have to make another.


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9  Consolation puppy toy for older brother....or how to keep siblings happy. in Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects by cmarion3 on: April 24, 2017 01:54:05 PM
I just was gifted with a new grand nephew. Well, my children are not repopulating the earth, so I take joy in my niece's boys. I do have one grandson and he's just about perfect!

We will be visiting the new little grand nephew in a few days and I made a baby quilt. So big brother had to have something as well. I made this little guy to go along with some picture books. It's based on my zipper critters pattern without the zipper, he's not quite 2, so zippers might be a bit much right now. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=450749.0

Ha, with his collar, his belly looks like an apron. Awww...he's only 20 months.

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10  Re: Mini Art Quilt Swap 8 (Sign-ups CLOSED, Sendouts 4/24) in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by cmarion3 on: April 24, 2017 05:10:57 AM
Mailed and here's a teaser!

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