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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: CLOSED-Art Doll Swap 2019 (SU: 3/24/19-4/2/19) Send outs: 5/13/19 on: April 18, 2019 08:45:46 AM
I made leaps this weekend. Just one thing to finish before final assembly. But....I am going offline tomorrow until May 1st. I'll have connection when in Oregon, but when visiting my mom in the cellular black hole of Nebraska. Not so much. We'll be out and about so I'll connect at times, but really, no cell tower near her town? I mean there are at least 2 thousand folks living there...maybe more if all the dogs have puppies. LOL.
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: I love Houseplants Swwap? on: April 18, 2019 08:42:25 AM
I do well with veggie gardening....most years, but houseplants, not so much. Succulents, African violets, etc. Do you think forgetting about them and not watering them often enough has anything to do with it? Tongue
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Re: Squares donated for a get well quilt on: April 18, 2019 08:38:36 AM
I'm enthralled - beautiful work. Would love to see the finished project....

I would too, but I'll probably only see pictures as she lived in another state. But it's always good to know my work is helping.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Squares donated for a get well quilt on: April 16, 2019 08:30:31 AM
I wanted happy images, new day, rising, etc. etc.

I keep scraps. Big ones, little ones, medium ones. ACKKK. But then I can pull from every color, or hit my fat quarter stash. to make these. I start with a muslin or scrap fabric base, and then layer cut or torn strips and bits, layered up, then rows or patterns of stitching added. I wet them down, do a bit of scrubbing the fronts together to fray edges a bit more, then flatten and dry. Trim to size. They always shrink a bit...cotton you know.

Because you are using fabric, you have to keep things simple and impressionistic. Six inch squares are easy. I have a commission for a larger piece due in June. Wish me luck.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: #2 Baby quilt with Robert Kaufman prints on: April 16, 2019 08:25:40 AM
Thank you everyone!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: CLOSED-Art Doll Swap 2019 (SU: 3/24/19-4/2/19) Send outs: 5/13/19 on: April 15, 2019 01:52:21 PM

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Squares donated for a get well quilt on: April 15, 2019 11:24:41 AM
I have a distant friend who was in a bad accident. A tree jumped out in front of her! She is recovering, and another friend is making a quilt for her.

I made two 6" squares, and then was asked if I could make a few more. For some reason, I can pop these off as long as I get a good theme going.


Sun Rise

Star Shine

8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / Craft Swaps / Re: CLOSED-Art Doll Swap 2019 (SU: 3/24/19-4/2/19) Send outs: 5/13/19 on: April 15, 2019 11:19:42 AM
I took some time off to make three little dolls for my granddaughter.  I'm taking a trip to the opposite coast (Oregon) to see her, her brother, and assorted other relatives. I'll be gone for almost 2 weeks.

But I also made headway on the art doll. She is coming along well. Her body is done...almost. Her outfit is done. She needs some additional accessories and I really should give her some hair. I needed to get her to a good place so I can let her rest for a while while I go play with babies.

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Happy and fun doll family on: April 15, 2019 11:13:46 AM
I'm going to visit my granddaughter for the first time, she's only 3 1/2 months old, but she gets a new quilt and a couple of dolls.

I made her little sister (purple dress) and big brother (stars on his pants), and one for her adoring auntie so she can play along as well (gray dress). Auntie's is the only one with buttons, the baby's dolls have all sewn on bits.

These dolls are not hard, but I made so many mistakes, backward legs, mismatched arms, wonky sewing. You would not know I have been sewing since I was 11 or 12 years old.

Well, here they are. All from stash. And one of them posing with the quilt.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / #2 Baby quilt with Robert Kaufman prints on: April 15, 2019 11:06:44 AM
I finished the 2nd baby quilt with Robert Kaufman prints. This one gave me good doses of frustration. Firs, I cut the squares too large and had rip-rip and trim down some squares. Then the off-center pattern made my head as I figured out the piecing. (Remind me again, why do I do my own patterns?). Then I just couldn't get the edge colors right. Finally after more rip-ripping fun. I am done. Whew. I love the result and I get to deliver it the darling granddaughter at the end of the week. She lives alllll the way across the country and I haven't been to see her yet. I may not leave.

I also make a few rag dolls for her. Meet little sister (purple dress) and big brother (stars on his pants), and auntie (gray dress).

And the quilt for the darling grand niece is here. I will get to meet her on this trip too. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457706.0

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