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1  semi-hand dyed bird quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by astormorray on: March 03, 2012 11:34:23 AM

well, this is a bit hard to explain - the birds with the big eyes were screen printed and then dyed with wax resists, in several colors (batik, sort of, but I think with the screen print you can't call it batik now?)

Anyway, if you are interested, you can look on my blog here: http://blotchandthrum.com/blog/?p=335 and here: http://blotchandthrum.com/blog/?p=344

The rest is commercial fabrics. Then it was machine quilted on my tiny machine, and I'm trying to be brave about, and I'm pretty happy with it.

The binding I tried to do a scrap binding, a few inches of each color and that was tough, getting those 45 degree angles to line up...

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2  selvage edge pillow in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by astormorray on: December 26, 2011 02:35:21 PM
This is my first pillow, and my second time using selvage edges - which I have been collecting with abandon, and this hardly made a dent in that collection!  Embarrassed But it was so fun, perhaps I'll just make more... You can never have too many pillows, right?

Here is the front, which is in my current favorite quilting style - the log cabin.

And here is the back with my third through fifth ever buttonholes. It is embarrassing to admit that I haven't sewn buttonholes before - I've had the machine for at least 6 years.

It was so much fun to put together, perhaps addictive is more accurate, and there's so much going on with it, it just makes me happy to stare at it.  Smiley

Happy approaching New Year, everyone!
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3  screen printed ghost wreath - with less than helpful tutorial in Halloween Decor and Parties by astormorray on: October 26, 2011 11:24:42 AM
Hey, I made this thing, thinking it would be cute! and it is. If I do say so myself.

As I was making it, I took some pictures to put together a tutorial, but there is something of a stumbling block...  Which is step one:

1. Design and create a ghost screen from which you can print  your many ghosts...

(I use the method described in this tutorial: http://craftgrrl.livejournal.com/3674467.html?page=1 )

Although, I bet, if you used a piece of paper and a fabric marker, you could come up with something fairly good?

based on the size of your ghost (Mine are about 4 inches wide), cut out 20-25 pieces of fabric to print - I like an inch border on all sides of the design, that way, one doesn't have to be too precise with the printing.  (It helps to cut them out first, because then you can move the wet ones out of the way as you finish them and lessen the risk of sticking the elbow your sweater into fabric paint, or getting paint on the screen that will transfer to every subsequent ghost.)

3. print with fabric paint.  Allow to dry.

4. iron all the squares to fix fabric paint, according to the paints' directions.

5. cut a square of double sided applique adhesive for each ghost - smaller than the fabric the ghost is printed on, larger than the design.  Affix each ghost to some adhesive, by ironing.

6. Cut out the ghosts, leaving a small margin outside the line.  (You don't have to do this, but I like the effect myself).

7. Removing the paper backing of the adhessive, stick them to some black felt. (I used a quarter of a yard of the 72" wide stuff)

8. Cut out ghosts, leaving a margin of felt around all edges (again, optional).

9. Now the wreath - I used a wire frame from the craft store, and wrapped it with strips of the leftover black felt.

and so on until the whole thing was covered.

10. using your hot glue gun, attach ghosts to wreath. 

11. add bow.

Happy Halloween!

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4  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by astormorray on: October 11, 2011 08:20:32 PM
#8 - rainbow bag!

isn't that birthday candle fabric amazing! I'm still amazed... Wink

I adore the sailor ribbon. I've been hoarding it for years without ever finding an excuse to use it before.

the strap is selvage edges, you can only kind of see here, but it's awesome.

I hope you can tell I'm very happy with how this worked out!  Grin

More details on my blog if you care to travel to see: http://blotchandthrum.com/blog/?p=314
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5  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by astormorray on: July 19, 2011 07:21:38 PM
I've not checked for a bit, but I got one big thing underway or done, depending on how you look at it. Wink

Papermaking!  A friend of mine is putting on a DIY youth thing this weekend, and I'm signed up to demonstrate (although, it wasn't specified what), and after racking my brain for something neat and unusual that doesn't require a lot of $$, I finally thought of paper making!

I have all the stuff already, as I went through a phase of obsessive paper making some years ago (3? is my best guess).

But I had some kinks to work out, especially with the "giving the kids something to take home" part and after watching some YouTube videos and some experimentation, I've hit on a manner of making it work. Which is ironing! With an iron, you can go from an empty deckle and a tub of pulp to a half sheet of paper in about six minutes. It won't lie flat, but it's paper!

And then I made some properly (sort of - sadly, a not great sheet was on top of the stack)

And tonight I experimented with a mold and deckle set made from a plastic blueberry container, a piece of plastic needlework canvas and a four inch bit of window screen.

And that works alright. Not as good as the real thing, but less $$, which seems to be the point of the demonstration.  That you can do this stuff at home without much investment of capital. However, I can't think of a means to get around needing a blender...?
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6  Re: The Stash Neutral Fat Quarter Supply swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by astormorray on: May 31, 2011 12:01:50 PM
I received from Deece in MN today!

I put the two excitingly odd ones on the right, and the awesome kaleidoscope sort on the left. and there's some lovely fan fabric, too! I love everything.

thanks so much!
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7  Re: The Stash Neutral Fat Quarter Supply swap gallery in The Swap Gallery by astormorray on: May 29, 2011 07:41:17 PM
I like 5 and 6 from set #2.

I received from AlmostDawn on Friday and here's the picture!

Among other things, I asked for fabrics containing odd and creative color combinations. I'm very excited with these! The first on the left is so mad to be completely amazing, but #2 is my favorite. I already have an idea for # 6.

hee hee hee.   Cheesy

Thanks so much, AlmostDawn!

Next time I organize a swap, however, I'm not going to put sendouts spanning a holiday weekend; it is too much to ask for us to wait two more days until someone receives a package!  Wink
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8  Re: 2011 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by astormorray on: May 18, 2011 07:53:46 PM
I made this skirt - it used up the grey spiderweb fabric (apart from a 10x5" rectangle, I'm saving for other things) and the last bit of this tie dyed fabric.

It's for my kid, I don't know if she'll wear it  Undecided - we'll see tomorrow.
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9  Re: 50 projects in 2011 in Craftalongs by astormorray on: May 18, 2011 07:49:53 PM

a skirt! for my kid.

socks, for my sister.

I'm at like 22/50...  Wink
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10  The Stash Neutral Fat Quarter Supply swap! sign ups closed, send out 6/1 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by astormorray on: April 30, 2011 08:47:12 PM
Swap name: The Stash Neutral Fat Quarter Supply swap!
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: astormorray
Sign-up date range: 5/1/11-5/23/11
Date to send item by: 6/1/11

gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=381425.0

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO

Additional Age requirement? No

Swap Organizer himself/herself meets these conditions:
- Has fully read the Swap Info Guide: YES
- Has successfully completed two swaps as a participant: YES
- Is not organizing more than three swaps right now: YES
- Will recruit a co-organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: YES
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

Fat Quarters! 18 inches by 22 inches.  the currency of quilting.  100% cotton, available in all sort of designs. Useful for all kinds of projects.  

And yet, perhaps, you have arrived at a point where you are overwhelmed by your own stash, and can't even see buying so tiny an addition. So, how about trading your excess with someone else? It is almost inevitable that those of us who hoard fabric have a few yards of it that were bought for projects that we didn't attempt for one reason or another, or perhaps that we don't remember why we bought it in the first place, or have some fabric we have inherited but don't know what to do with. Here is a chance to trade away fat quarters of that excess in exchange for fqs is new patterns!

We are only swapping quilting cottons! Otherwise, I am afraid I will never be able to sort out partners. Sorry!

You can select to send 4 fqs or 8 fqs.  Each one must be unique. If you chose, you can swap two packages with two different partners. (separate packages do not need to be unique, though, probably, they should be.)

This is how it will work:
- Go to your stash and pick out all fabrics that you might want to trade.
- Decide what level you can jump in on, and if you want to send one or two packages (first time swappers, please only sign up for one)
- complete the questionnaire as thoroughly as possible.
- Once your partner(s) is/are assigned to you, select those fabrics best suited to them, and cut out your fqs.
- Do not send extras! Extras would make it not stash neutral.  Wink

This is a supply only, no crafting swap.
New swappers are welcome! This is an easy one, so dip your toe in!  Wink

It will be best if you can sign up for a level that is less than the number of fabrics you have selected to give away, so that you have some flexibility in what you do send, that you can tailor your package a little towards what your partner wants.
Please consider shipping internationally, as fabrics in other countries are different than those available in ours, and it will be fairly inexpensive to send a yard or two of fabric.

The less you want anything specific, the happier you will be! we have no control on what other people have to destash, and it may not always be to your taste!

That said, the more info you can give me about your fabrics, the easier it will be to match partners who suit each other.

You will most likely not be sending to the person you will be receiving from, or maybe you will, again, this will depend on taste and how questions are answered.

Please let's have some chatter in the thread!

Final note: This is a no extras swap! People caught sending extras will receive negative feedback.... No extras!

If you want to participate, here is the information to send to organizer:

Name of swap: The Stash Neutral Fat Quarter Supply swap!
Craftster username:
Email address:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:

Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?(YES/NO)

Do you understand that Delivery Confirmation number or a  mailing receipt copy is required for this swap?(YES/NO)

Confirm that you are at least 16 years old or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Are you allergic to anything?

Do you have any potential allergens in your house?


Questions about what you will be sending: Remember the more specific you are, the happier everyone will be!

How many packages will you be sending?

How many FQs will you be sending per package?

Can several FQs be termed gender neutral, or do they tend towards so-called masculine themes or feminine ones? (If a mix, be fairly specific)

If several FQs are the same color, what color is that?

Are the majority of your FQs novelty prints, florals, or geometric designs?

Are they large prints or small prints?

Anything else you want to add about your fabrics?


Questions about what you want to receive:

What are you looking for, in terms of colors, percieved gender, pattern, etc?

What would you not want to receive?


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.
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