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1  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.

2  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!

3  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Little StudioANF and her trunk of goodies on: July 22, 2019 10:44:51 AM
If you ever wondered what some of the amazing craftsters looked like, check out this gallery:
https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458572.0, the recent Craft a Craftster Friend Doll Swap Gallery.

We were to make a doll of our partner and it was so much fun!

Mini @StudioANF immediately started asserting her personality as soon as she had enough parts sewn on. She likes to wear tunics and leggings, dreams about doing housework in her ball gowns but likes to spend the day in her unicorn onesie. But she will settle for a simple summer frock.

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Forest spirit dotee - spirit of trees on: July 08, 2019 10:27:02 AM
I love dotee swaps. Small amazing little dolls with (usually) no arms or legs. Easy to make and embellish. And then I get involved.

This little sweetie was made for the most recent dotee swap. she has a serene face surrounded by lacy lichen (dyed and frayed lace), wrapped with moss (yarn) and embellished with water rounded stones (beads). Her tail is curved in a spiral and has a tail that trails more lichen and moss.

5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Spirit of Life Art Quilt on: June 05, 2019 12:14:15 PM
Our church is having an art showing based on one of our favorite Unitarian Universalist hymns, "Spirit of Life". Each artist created an art piece base a line in the song. I selected "Roots hold me close". It is an 18 x 24 fabric collage mini art quilt. I submitted today.

What's funny is everything came out of my stash. Even the beads. I have so many little bits of fabric (see, I knew I needed to save those bits) of every size. I even buy fat quarters just for the colors to have on hand. I did use up quite a bit of thread. May have to buy more thread. But I did clear out a good number of bobbins since the back is completely covered.

Spirit of Life

Spirit of Life, come unto me.
Sing in my heart all the stirrings of compassion.
Blow in the wind,
rise in the sea;
Move in the hand,
giving life the shape of justice.
Roots hold me close;
wings set me free;
Spirit of Life, come to me, come to me.
by Carolyn McDade
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Hone Onna - a Japanese yokai (legendary creature) - pic heavy on: May 15, 2019 12:13:54 PM
She's a Hone Onna - a Japanese yokai (legendary creature) - here's a link to a cool description: http://yokai.com/honeonna/ and in the latest Art Doll Swap https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=458070.0 my partner, EriChanHime, listed this deceptive little creature as one of her topics.

I was intrigued. She appears beautiful to her lovers, then over time, rots away to a skeletal figure, with her beguiled lovers never noticing. Dangerous and beautiful. I crafted her as half beautiful woman, half skeleton.

I melded two dolls. It's always a little weird cutting off heads and splitting rib cages to create a doll. But I must prevail!

Making her kimono, slippers, mask, lantern, and hair accessories was fun and they came together easily. But her hair was a hair-raising experience. I bow in reverence to anyone who has made a doll wig or rerooted a dolls hair. ARGGGGH. I finally made it by making a wig cap and gluing strips of hair still attached to the wigcap, cut from a cheap child's Wonder Woman wig. I finally got the look I wanted. It's stylable!

The mask is fimo clay, the slippers were from several layers of thin cork glued together with ribbons added, her lantern was made from a small Christmas ornament, plastic gears, beads, and wire. Her kimono was handcrafted pattern and all from stash. Oh, and a porcelain doll arm. The only thing I bought was the doll stand and hair. My stash is getting scary.

I finally got the look I was going for. And my partner loves her! Wins all around.

7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Ms Musical Raggedy doll on: May 08, 2019 12:19:26 PM
I must have doll fever. I just made up another raggedy doll for my 14-year-old affirmation mentee. She loves music so this doll had musical arms and legs and scores of music and composers on her dress. Piano keys are hiding in her hair.

8  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

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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