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1  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / Look at this find. Now to talk my DW out of it! on: August 17, 2017 03:54:04 PM
Our good friend has ended up in assisted living and we are clearing out her house. She wants everyone to take something to remember her by. We don't need furniture or knick knacks, but her husband was an engineer and my wife is a wood worker. So we took her beloved husbands work box. She's delighted. It is beautiful, full of old precise tools and well used. I'm sure we will find a use for it, but right now we are just admiring the amazing workmanship of it all. Everything still fits and opens and works well.

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Resistance TM Patches on: July 17, 2017 08:02:50 AM
I had never made TM patches before, but in the recent Feminism & Diversity Swap (https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=452710.0) they were just necessary!

Here they are. They are a mix of embroidery, scrappy machine applique/reverse applique, and stamped fabric. A few beads, a button or two, a paper letter B. And here they are.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / There is NO Planet B mini quilt on: July 14, 2017 09:24:41 AM
I had fun with this quilt. It is my first made from scratch paper piecing pattern. That's what happens when you have a concept and the world of quilting does not have what you want. I fell in love with paper piecing this year and though I've only make 2 other projects, I am a whiz at Illustrator. So I dove in. I did find one spherical quilt and I riffed off of that.

It's harder than it looks. LOL we all have found that one out. The pattern itself was a bit of a challenge, but the assembly order was even more challenging, add to the fact that I forgot to reverse the pattern pieces so I had to improvise. I flipped the top to bottom, and recolored the earth pieces to match my vision. After that it was a paper piecing breeze...well there were snags, but all in all it came out. I've since revised the pattern to fix those issues. PM me if you want it, but keep in mind....it's not been tested well.

The words were printed on printable fabric, sewn to the quilt with the NO and B added after. I just stitched around the edges, trimmed closely and roughed up the cut edge to give a scrappy look. Embroidery or standard applique would work well too.

It's 24" x 18" final size. Hmmm, I obviously shrunk the quote. I'll have to go back and re measure and adjust the pattern. I like the smaller quote.

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Scrappy prayer flags on: June 19, 2017 06:55:19 AM
I love prayer flags. Thoughts and prayers to let loose in the world. So I join every flag swap I can, give workshops on creating flags, and make them randomly for myself.

The first one was on the theme of "Go Within" and vintage. I wanted to use old linens and such. There is old lace, hand tatted bits, an old button and yarn. It was fun trying to get it all to swirl around properly. I used a water soluble backing, then stitched the whole thing to a silk flag. My trusty sewing machine did the stitching on the bit of ribbon.

"Wander" was the next theme and I started with 1/2 a blue doily, more lace, a crocheted sample, and more lace. The base was an old sun browned curtain that was so fragile that I kept tearing holes in it. But it made it onto the silk backing. The wander yarn bit was composed of several decorative yarns, zig zagged into a string: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=438001.0.

The last flag was for me, one of the requirements of this swap, and I chose "Breeze". I needed some air and light in my life right now. The flag itself is an old linen tea towel, the other half of the blue doily, a lacy doily, and hand tatted breezy air! I've had that large button for a while. I sewed it on and had the three flags laid out on my ironing board. The next morning that large button was in two pieces. Weird, I have to get some gremlin repellent! It glued together just fine and is hanging in my collection in the window.

5  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

6  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.

7  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.

8  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.

9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / 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!

10  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.

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