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1  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Re: The Union Flag on: May 13, 2012 11:38:52 AM
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quarter 1, 2012 Featured Quilting Projects on: April 16, 2012 07:34:49 PM
wow! I do not feel worthy of the company!


3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Hexi-Puffs Mini Skeins (Signup 3/1/12 to 3/14/12; Sendout 03/26/12) on: March 03, 2012 08:19:42 PM
Very tempting. I have been saving up leftover fingerling yarn for this scarf:


But, wouldn't it be better to trade part of my long lengths for shorter lengths of new colors?  Wink
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / semi-hand dyed bird quilt 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...

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: selvage edge pillow on: December 27, 2011 10:04:57 AM
Thanks, guys! What I love about selvage edges is that because one works only on the top side, I can do all the piecing at the sewing machine and I am not always running back and forth between the machine and the iron.

But because each strip is so thin, it is a lot of sewing! I used up a whole spool of thread on this pillow.

Also, at least on my machine, button holes were easy! It is like cables in knitting; they look fancy and intimidating, but the actual technique is very simple.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / selvage edge pillow 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!
7  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: screen printed ghost wreath - with less than helpful tutorial on: November 02, 2011 04:24:50 PM
I think I might make a wreath with this technique for fall leaves.

I think that would be lovely.  I just made one with hearts. My husband saw it and asked if I was going to do all the holidays, and if so, where is the one for columbus day?

I have turkeys in mind, but they seem a bit complex, really. We'll see...
8  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / Re: screen printed ghost wreath - with less than helpful tutorial on: October 26, 2011 03:20:11 PM
I love this idea.  Even the steps are adorable. I kind of want to just put lots of ghosts around my house/office...

hee. yes. I wish I had taken pictures of my 23 loose ghosts... they were pretty amazing all together in a stack.
9  Halloween / Halloween Decor and Parties / screen printed ghost wreath - with less than helpful tutorial 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!

10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: October 12, 2011 06:23:05 AM
Love it! I have got to make me one of those!

What sort of fabric is the rainbow striped squares from? It looks very heavy duty and durable.

Ooh, I like your hat! the yarn is neat, but the spiral makes it awesome.

The rainbow fabric was handwoven by me... from the sort of thin cotton yarn that makes good kitchen towels.  So, yeah, it's pretty strong, provided its edges have been sewn so that it won't unravel, but not widely available.  Wink In fact, there's only about two feet of it left.
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