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1  Ty Cyw, Ty Cyw, tum-ti tum-ti tum-ti something-something TY CYW! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: September 02, 2017 09:33:11 AM
Ty Cyw (Cyw's House) is a Welsh-language kids program that my niece is really into - it's a bunch of random cartoon animals and token human Gareth all living in a house shaped like an egg.  (I suck at Welsh, despite having the most ridiculously Welsh name.)  It's her third birthday in a couple of days, so I made her a Cyw pillow (Cyw is the name of the chicken):

I used a sort of stretchy white velvety stuff for the body, plus some weird red metallicy stuff for the wattle and comb and some gold spandex for the beak and legs.  And sequins for the freckles.  (Why does a chicken have freckles?  WHY?!)

The back is some cuddly pink and yellow flannel:

For reference, the original image is this:
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2  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Amazon_warrior on: August 19, 2017 05:30:56 AM
Sharing pics of the fabrics I received from AIMR and craftADDchick:

I cannot begin to express how much I love the silver birch print!  THANK YOU!

A really wonderful array of prints and textures, and the flamingo and lobsters gave me a giggle, thank you!  Cheesy

Also, general huge THANK YOU to all my partners for humouring my odd and quite specific request.  You're all awesome!  Smiley
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3  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Amazon_warrior on: August 09, 2017 10:08:33 AM
That's an awesome idea, Immaculata!  Cheesy

I received a lovely lot of hexies from Averia today, these are perfect, thank you!

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4  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Amazon_warrior on: August 07, 2017 07:32:01 AM
I received all these great squares from Immaculata this morning:

There are some really great textures and prints there, thank you! Smiley
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5  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Amazon_warrior on: July 26, 2017 01:52:59 PM
Received my package from Eamea!  Lovely textures.  Smiley

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6  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Amazon_warrior on: July 17, 2017 04:47:39 AM
I received my package from quaggy!

Love these fabrics, they're going to be right at home with my collection.  Smiley  Thank you!
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7  Re: EPP Hexie Fabric Swap R2; SU End- June 18, 2017; SO- July 31, 2017 in ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED by Amazon_warrior on: June 06, 2017 10:53:58 AM
Averia, are you doing aqua and teal, too? Or more traditional blues?

Either way, my scrap bins are ready!  XD

I've also got a bin for teals, but I think they're a bit too green.  Smiley  Just as well I have a pic of what I sent last time so I can choose some different ones this time!
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8  Fabric Thread Pot in Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: May 31, 2017 09:35:06 AM
This probably goes here?  I've been meaning to make something like this for ages, to sit near when I'm sewing and hold odd scrappy thread ends.

Literally threw it together just now with some of the first fabric I grabbed hold of.  If I made another, I'd add a bit of stabiliser or similar to firm it up; in this case I made do with fairly dense quilting.
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9  Re: Crafty But Stupid: YOUR CRAFT RELATED INJURIES HERE! in Stitch And BOTCH by Amazon_warrior on: May 15, 2017 09:58:37 AM
Ha!  This thread just reminded me of the time I almost removed a fingertip with a rotary cutter!  Luckily, other than accidentally having the rotary blade on the quilting ruler, I'd followed all the other "rotary cutting best practices" of having my fingers pointing in the direction of cutting and not right next to the edge, so it was only a tiny sliver of finger I lost.

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10  The Rainbow Sloth - LOTSA pics! in Quilting: Completed Projects by Amazon_warrior on: May 10, 2017 03:45:20 PM
Here's a bit o' background on the mini art quilt I made for dfabbric in MAQ Swap 8.  Smiley

"Bright rainbow colours" and "sloths" were two things that jumped out when I read dfabbric's list of themes.  Who doesn't love a sloth?  Smiley  I looked up a bunch of sloth pictures on Google, found a pose I liked and did a sketch.  I've wanted to try doing a ticker-tape quilt since I saw sheepBlue's versions, so I filled in my sloth doodle with random ticker-tape shapes and then coloured them in like a rainbow:

dfabbric also mentioned an interest in a non-standard quilt shape, so I decided to make the quilt circular.  Initially I was hoping to dye some fabric for the background, but that didn't work out so I used some dark blue fabric with glow-in-the-dark stars on it because I've been itching to use it since I got it!  I scanned my doodle into Inkscape, tidied it up a bit and printed out a template onto card, then used it to cut out the basic sloth shape in Kona Graphite and to mark out the future placement of the branch:

Then I got completely distracted by leaves, lol!  I free-hand drew a bunch of leaf shapes on more card, then used the templates to cut out green leaf shapes and also brightly coloured backing fabrics for reverse applique:

After I'd created the reverse applique leaf markings, I used a couple of layers of interfacing to create a "faux-punto" effect under the coloured areas and the leaf mid-vein, and held it in place by couching green rayon embroidery floss on the top of the leaves:

I clipped the excess interfacing away from the coloured markings, then backed all the leaves with a different green fabric, turned them through, topstitched all the way around to close the gap, and did FMQ veins on each leaf:

Then I went back to the main body of the quilt and started by couching a variegated brown/gold rayon floss as the outline of the branch, then I filled the space with ticker-tape bits in "tree" colours:

(The leaves weren't actually attached until *much* later - I was playing with possible layouts!)

The branch got an extra layer of batting for more faux-punto, too.  Once it was all sewn down and zuzhed up a bit with some viney decorative stitches and more couched floss, I positioned slothy and secured him down with couched glow-in-the-dark embroidery floss and glow-in-the-dark polyester thread, and with his own layer of faux-punto wadding.  That done, I started filling in the sloth shape with a rainbow of scraps:

All the ticker-tape bits were first sewn down by stitching around each shape, then I added texture (and even more security!) by doing FMQ over the surface - a sort of wood-grain effect on the branch and a more "furry" texture on the sloth, matching the thread colour to each area I was quilting:

The face was a little tricky - I really wanted to show the distinctive sloth face markings but I didn't want it to look like a skull!  In the end I relied on more quilting to make it look "fuzzier".  For this, I used more of the glowy polyester thread, which proved to be really nice to quilt with, and it looks really cool in the dark!

Sloth's eyes, nose and claws were done with a slightly metallic-looking brown pleather:

The background was stipple-quilted very minimally with black rayon - mostly I tried to avoid crossing over any of the larger stars.  Then I decided there needed to be even MORE GLOW and covered the leaves with French knots in the glowy embroidery floss.  After some thought, I attached the leaves by sewing part-way up either side of the mid-vein, just enough to hold the leaf on but still allow it to show its shape and be folded back to see details underneath.

The binding is a pretty navy-blue bias binding I picked up 'specially and attached with a decorative leafy vine stitch pre-programmed in my sewing machine:

The hanging sleeve gave me a bit to think about - no corners! No corner pockets! So I made a sort of tube out of more starry fabric that followed the outer edge of the quilt and inserted a couple of very long buttonholes to allow the insertion of a hanging pole:

One of my favourite bits is actually the back - I made sure to match the colours of the top and bottom threads, so... Ghost Sloth is made of rainbows and stars!  Cheesy

This was tons of fun to make and I learned loads.  Thanks for looking!  Smiley
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