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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Amazing Trilobite Beetle...and poseable 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

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Unicorn snorts...who knew? 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.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Zoology Baby Quilt finished as the grand nephew was born! 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.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Consolation puppy toy for older brother....or how to keep siblings happy. 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.

5  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES / Rare Giant Firefly Captured! on: April 08, 2017 12:34:17 PM
Created for the current Assemblage Art Swap 2, the Giant Firefly is a rare find. Found deep in haunted woods and often used by witches and other deep forest dwellers to light the night, though the intermittent flashing can be distracting. Often mistaken for UFOs, fairy lights, or ghosts by easily frightened amateur film makers.
Original thread and gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=451696.0

Inspiration: A burnt out lightbulb from the dining room chandelier (a fairly ordinary light fixture), a cigar box reject from my DW's cigar box ukes and guitar hobby, wire, beads, and YouTube fairy wing making instructions. I printed insect wings on a transparency, then used diamond glaze to fill in the open areas, avoiding (sort of) the darker connecting bits.

I borrowed a picture from rhinoceroses! She took her out to play!

6  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Hogwarts school robes for the incoming class - large and small on: March 21, 2017 08:04:43 AM
We took my grandson to Universal Studios Harry Potter World last November. What fun. I love the detail and solidness they achieve for an amusement park. He and his dad (my rather tall broad son) got their interactive wands, but the DGS wanted a robe too. They are pricey at the park and was told no. After a meltdown was averted, he was 9 and settled down pretty fast, I promised I would make him a robe. Of course the tall one chimed in and wanted one too! My DS can be quite playful. Well, I got sick with the never ending cold/cough, then the holidays, then life, then procrastination. Well.....they are done!

I found no pattern that gave me what I wanted. Graduation gowns were too intricate, most the other patterns I found gave me only part. I did find one for the robe and sleeves. But I ended up modifying the sleeves. I used a girl's dress pattern for the smaller robe, again modified. I sure hope they fit, we don't live near enough for fittings.
Oh, and they wanted wand pockets and side pockets. Welt pockets are not as hard as they look, but I have to relearn how to do them every time. And of course special labels.
I tore out about half the seams in the large one, and redid the sleeves...they are pieced together to modify them. But they look great! I did purchase the emblems. The clasps came from the fabric store.

First the small:

Then the large:

7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Hoppin along - first attempt at paper piecing. Now with pattern link. on: February 13, 2017 02:32:11 PM
In the current mini quilt swap I made this 12 x 18" mini quilt She loved kangaroo, so why not try paper piecing for the first time with a kangaroo? Silly me, I could have picked something easier. I did double the size. I don't know how anyone does those little pieces. And who mentioned one inch squares? Crazy. But then that's quilters for you.

This was made entirely from my stash, backing and all. The back and binding were all donated fabrics. I never thought I'd use that orange dots, but it was perfect. What wasn't perfect was my straight diagonal lines that started curving, so I curved them more...she's running from the storm!

Here's a link to the pattern. She has some fun ones, I want to do the sewing machine. https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/kangaroo-paper-pieced/177191

And one bead for an eye.

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fund raising quilt squares on: January 31, 2017 07:28:10 AM

The Michigan Womyn's Music Festival ended in 2014. Sad times. But a group of dedicated womyn have come together to purchase the land. In the spirit of Michfest, several quilts are being made to help raise money. Below are the squares I've made for the quilts.

First quilt - variations on previous squares i've done

Second quilt - variation on a prayer flag design

9  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Pussy Hats for The Women's March on Washington D.C and Elsewhere w/mini TUT on: January 16, 2017 12:50:28 PM
I am going to Boston on Jan 21 for the Boston Women's March and I have friends that are going to D.C. or Hartford, CT too. I knit, but I don't have much time and I am not the fastest knitter, but with requests for Pussy Hats (https://www.pussyhatproject.com/), pink hats with cat ears, I came up with a faster method.


FLEECE. Wonderful, forgiving fleece. I bought 2 yards of pink fleece, one light one dark, on sale at JoAnns. 16 hats later I have made many women happy.

- Cut a piece of fleece 12" x 18".
- Turn up the short ends 3/4" and hem. I used a fancy stitch on my sewing machine, but a zig-zag would wurk. You want a bit of stretch. Or in a hurry? Fleece does not fray, so a nice straight raw edge works well, cut fleece to 12 x 16.5" if not hemming.
- Fold in half with right sides together and sew up the sides.
- Turn right side out and put on your head.
- Pinch the ears for a more cat like look.
- Go march or hold us all in your heart in solidarity.

Adjust width and length for larger or smaller heads.
10  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Easy Paper Ornaments for the Holidays - TUT on: December 21, 2016 08:11:10 AM
I've been making these easy holiday ornaments for a few years now and finally got around to taking pics of the process. I make them for gifts, for craft fairs, and just to have around for a quick thank you gift.

Decorative paper. Scrapbook paper is perfect, you can cut into 3 X 12 inch or 4 x 12 inch strips with no loss of paper. You do need to have paper that is 11 to 12 inches long. I have also glued wrapping paper and music scsores to a backing paper to have heavier paper to work with.
Scoring board or ruler and a scoring tool or something like a dull knife
Paper cutter or Exacto knife
Buttons, ribbon, glitter, distressing ink as embellishments.

-I cut the paper to size. A 3 x 12 inch strip will give you a 3 inch ornament.
-Score the paper at 1/2 inch intervals. Test to see if scoring on the back or front of the paper works best. Scrapbook paper tends to crack, and scoring on the front seems to help. Don't press too hard, you may tear the paper.
-I use a scoring board...one of the best investments I have made. It also includes a diagonal for creating envelopes.
-Or use your ruler to mark 1/2 inch intervals and use a straight edge and dull knife or scoring tool to create the scores.
-Score down the center of the length.

-Fold in a fan fashion starting with a mountain fold, use your scoring tool or a flat edge to smooth the folds. Also fold in half lengthwise, then unfold. This is a good time to use distressing ink to give an aged look, or add glitter, or spritz with a mist of color.

-Fold the fan up and tie a string, floss, or florist wire, at the center. Keep it tight. Now fan out the folds and glue the edges together. I use binder clips to hold until the glue dries. Try to glue just the edges, but there will be some pull on these edges, so be thorough.

-When the glue dries, add embellishments. I take a big needle and embroidery floss and poke right through the paper in the center to sew on buttons, add lace or ribbon rosettes, and other do-dads. Tying a ribbon bow at the center works too. See below for another variation.
-Punch a hole or use your needle to add a hanging thread. Or use as bows on presents or make a garland!

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