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1  COOKING / Dessert / Re: Cheapest/Easiest Last min gift ever-Chocolate Toffee Pieces; "Christmas Crack!" on: December 10, 2019 06:56:40 AM
Christmas Crack or Valentine Crack has become a classic. My go-to holiday gift along with fudge. Easy and so incredibly addictive. I make it with Gheridelli's dark chocolate/semi-sweet chocolate mix. Yum.
2  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: Craftster Site Announcement on: December 02, 2019 01:52:58 PM
Never mind on the Craftster history. Here it is. I've read it before and those crafty ideas just pushed it out of my mind. https://www.craftster.org/about.html
3  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: Craftster Site Announcement on: December 02, 2019 01:37:39 PM
Is there a story about how Craftster was born and grew? 
4  NEWS AND DISCUSSION ABOUT CRAFTSTER / Latest News / Re: Craftster Site Announcement on: December 02, 2019 12:32:31 PM
I have never found an online community like Craftster. Most FB groups leave me cold and you can never follow anything anyway unless you are on 24/7. I hit FB about once a week to catch baby pictures.

So losing this community hits hard. What an amazing group of supportive, loving souls. The Mods keep us all in line with a gentle nudge now and then and keep the fun rolling with swaps, craft along, tut curation, and so much more. I love the April Fool's day weirdness and the calling out of posts of past goodness.

And where, oh where, will I get to see so many amazing crafts, upcycles, fun fails, and ideas. And my mailbox will be so sad, it's crying icicles right now.

Thank you, thank you, from the bottom of my obsessive crafty heart for all of you who have given hundreds of hours to making this a magical community.

And yes, I've joined discord and reddit...we shall see. I think Discord will work better for us with the ability to create topics, subtopics, side conversations. I haven't used it much, but I have a friend who is obsessed with Kitten.Academy's discord community.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / I Heart Mini Quilts with mini tut on: November 27, 2019 11:31:41 AM
Our church Holiday Fair has a Pride booth selling everything rainbow. Last year I made soft rainbow frisbees, magic wands, and cat toys. This year was too busy and so I only managed 4 rainbow heart mini quilts. Using bits and bobs from my tiny scrap bin, I turned out these 8 inch beauties just in time!



I pull out some muslin and draw out my shapes and guides. I use an indelible marker that will bleed through the fabric so I will be able to see the design on both sides. It will be hidden when finished. They always shrink a bit when stitched and washed, so allow for this...maybe a quarter inch or so more.

Then I pull out my box of tiny scraps and start layering up the colors, cutting them smaller if necessary. I go for lots of texture and variety in the colors. If absolutely required...I cut off bits from larger pieces of fabric. Either way, it really doesn't use up much stash.



I cover with a water-soluble stabilizer. I have one with a slightly sticky backing that works great for this. you can do it without the stabilizer by using lots of pins and being careful. And don't sneeze!



Then stitch over and around and about and then go over it again. The more the merrier. Great way to use up old thread too and almost empty bobbins.




I then dissolve the stabilizer in warm water and scrub the fabric together to raise some frayed edges to give interest to the bits and pieces. Then let dry. You may need to stitch some more at this point, but sometimes I simply glue wayward bits down.

Because you cannot see the original shape from the front, I place my front fabric over the heart, then stitch once around from the back. Then trim about 1/8" away from the edge of the stitching on the front to reveal the heart. Rough up this edge.

Then finish the quilt sandwich with a layer of batting and a backing piece. Stitch around the heart in any way you want. I just outlined in ever-expanding lines. Then add the binding and a hanger piece. Yay, done. Oh, I added a few beads too.

6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: From plain to cozy - embellished night shirts on: November 22, 2019 01:07:39 PM
Yay! Featured Project. Thank you.
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: From plain to cozy - embellished night shirts on: November 18, 2019 11:17:10 AM
I like the book and the instructions are clear. I did like the templates and they worked great on the lighter colors, but I didn't have a way to mark the darker colors, so had to wing it. I'll have to get a fabric pen for dark fabrics, my last one dried up. It's always interesting working with knit fabrics, much harder to be consistent and not distort, though the book does its samples on knits.

The book was enough for me and I did buy because of the templates. I make up most my designs anyway...or just wing it!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / From plain to cozy - embellished night shirts on: November 18, 2019 05:59:40 AM
I purchased several oversized long shirt nightshirts. I like a simple item to sleep in. But the shirts were just a bit too plain. I had recently purchased "The Geometry of Hand Sewing" and wanted to try out some stitches. I cut shapes out of old t-shirts and then experimented. Amazing how much my sleep has improved!







9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2019 GALLERY on: November 11, 2019 06:27:53 PM
These are the houses I created.

10  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Chunky Houses Halloween Edition 2019 GALLERY on: November 11, 2019 06:24:11 PM
I like seeing all of the houses one person made...all at once. It's just plain spookilicious.

I'm going to post mine.
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