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1  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.

Moonrise


Sun Rise


Star Shine


Waterfall
2  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.

3  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

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Meet Mothera, visiting from a far planet on: March 22, 2019 11:54:55 AM
Mothera is a space fairy moth visiting Earth from a far planet. She has to wear a breathing helmet, but that doesn't stop her from flitting about the edges of the woods at night and exploring night gardens. She glows in the dark to help her find her way. She's very friendly but shy. I hope you get to meet her. P.S. I faked the glow in the dark in PhotoShop. I couldn't get a good picture.



I made Mothera for a recent dotee swap...and what a swap! Take a look! https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457621.0

Her head is a styrofoam ball trimmed down and covered with navy fabric and a printed with starts and swirls navy organza. There may be a layer of purple organza in there as well. I tacked down some eyelashy yarn and glued a large flat marble eye in the center. But first I painted a galaxy eye, added several layers of glow in the dark paint and glued it to the back of the marble. It glows eerily at night.

her body is covered the same as the head with a flirty tail. I tacked rows of glow in the dark "yarn" to simulate a space suit.

The wings were from a dollar store with the body peeled off. Layers of paint, more jewels, and several layers of glow in the dark paint finished them off.

I ordered the clear plastic two-part Christmas balls. The tricky part was getting the gluing right with the body all squished up against the helmet. A string run through the head to pull it tight as the helmet/head glue dried, then run through the body and pulled tight to snug it up against the helmet. And LOTS OF GLUE (E6000).


5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby quilt with Robert Kaufman prints on: March 12, 2019 01:09:25 PM
I love the Robert Kaufman zoogical prints, they are getting harder to find, but I bought a 10" cake and so far have made two baby quilts and some crinkle patches.

Here's the latest all finished baby quilt, quilted in the ditch. I really love the bright fun colors. Already shipped off and will be with baby Eloise (my grand niece) in days.

And the quilt for the granddaughter is finished! See...https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458008.0



And here's the in-progress thread. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=457117.0
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby quilts - 2 in the making - Update pics on: January 11, 2019 09:10:21 AM
My son and my nephew were both expecting baby girls mid-January. Well, my granddaughter arrived on the 3rd, and my grandniece is due any moment. AND the quilts, of course, are not done!

The quilt top of one is done. Green and purple and cute prints. It will have a deep purple border.



And baby quilt 2 is in progress, I have all the large squares done, working on the partials (it will be set in a border on the diagonal. But I ran out of yellow, so fabric store trip this weekend.



Now I have to decide whether to have professionally quilted, saves me work, adds time.

Update pics, I am still waffling on final quilting.

Quilt 1 with new border and back pictures.



Quilt 2 front and back. My nephew had a baby girl Jan 24th. So two brand new baby girls in the family. Yay!

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sally's Cat from Nightmare Before Christmas on: December 18, 2018 02:19:22 PM
Sally's cat appears briefly in several scenes in NBC. Seems to be a free-spirited alley cat, with big gold eyes.

My partner in a recent stuffie swap liked cats and NBC. Guess who came to play. My cat was kind enough to pose for me for the initial sketch.

I did end up making the body and head separately as the first head was too small. They are joined at the neck with a concealing festive copper bow. The fabric was a piece of black suede cloth and was moderately difficult to work with, I had to pay close attention to the nap of the fabric. The eyes are reverse applique. She was fun and though she turned out about an inch taller (minus the ears) than I had planned for, she promised to crouch down to only 5 inches (a requirement for the swap) whenever anyone looked at her.



8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Mini Cardinals Sing on Mini Prayer Flags on: October 30, 2018 05:37:34 AM
I love prayer flags, simple, thoughtful, beautiful. So the lastest mini prayer flag swap was fun. A new size, another chance to send love out into the world.

We were to make 3 flags, keep one and send the other two to our partner. Our partner is to keep one and abandon the other out in the world.

I grabbed her bird theme and captured a trio of cardinals on cloth. They came out looking very vintage Christmas cardish. It was hard picking out which to keep and which to send. Since polka dots was another theme element, polka dot wing cardinal got a chance to travel, and I just randomly picked another.

Take a look.

They were stitched down by machine and then trimmed. I roughed the cut edges a bit and added white beads for snow. The words were stamped on last.


9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / The Pumpkin King loves, just loves, candy corn! on: October 20, 2018 12:30:20 PM
October swaps are so much fun. In the recent OTT October Holidays Edition 2018, creepy crawleys, creepy cutes, and other Halloween goodies abound. https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=456088.msg5506577#msg5506577

I make a Pumpkin King or Grandfather Pumpkin for @joyfulclover to keep an eye on her Halloween festivities. He may just hang out for Thanksgiving as well.



His head is a heat gun squished plastic pumpkin with paper mache and paper clay additions. A lot of paint, a little eyeshadow contouring, a spritz of hairspray to set it all and he was ready to have his head filled with candy corn. He did eat way too much himself, but I managed to save a bit for Joyfulclover. He also has a little friend Cornicopia.

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Magic wands for good. No evil shall be allowed! with Tut on: October 12, 2018 12:48:47 PM
Our church does a craft fair the weekend before Thanksgiving. This year they are having a Rainbow booth. All things rainbowish. Last year I did tutus (very popular and someone is making more for this year) and rainbow fleece hats.

This year I decided to make some quick rainbow wands. Only to be used for doing good in the world and very needed these days. I did full rainbow and pastel rainbow. These were very quick to make and should be a fun little gift for the stocking.

A tut follows



  • Ribbon in rainbow colors
  • 1/4" or 3/16" dowels (or thicker) or chopsticks or plain old sticks from the yard
  • Sparkly heart or star foam stickers, or cut your own from thick paper
  • Glue - I used E6000
  • Duct tape or any tape
  • Stapler

I cut the ribbon to 12" and then stapled in threes, red/orange/yellow and green/blue/purple. This held the ribbons together.
I used white duct tape, but any good sticky tape would work, and added the two groups of three ribbons side by side on the tape. Excuse the funky coloring...camera played tricks with me.



Then wrapped around the dowel.



The foam shapes were peel-n-stick, but the sticky part did not hold well, so I had to peel, add glue and place one on each side of the top of the dowel. handling sticky items and trying to put more glue on them was a bit...well....sticky.



They went fast, I was happy with the results and should bring in some $$$ for our church.
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