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1  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: OTT8 on: July 22, 2006 07:03:47 AM
I received my OTT from Weeping Cloud - my first pocket shrine!  Done in my favorite color with a beautiful mermaid on the inside.  Isn't it lovely?  The bottom is decorated too, but I forgot to take a pic.

Thank you Weeping Cloud!
2  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Thing Round 8 (SIGNUP CLOSED ; MAIL BY July 30). on: July 17, 2006 01:16:26 PM
Oh my goodness, I've got to get busy!  Though I am excited that I will be receiving so soon.   Smiley
3  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: One Tiny Thing Round 8 (SIGNUP July 9 - July 16 ; MAIL BY July 30). on: July 13, 2006 07:50:36 PM
Should I,  shouldn't I?
Decided I should.

Now I can't wait to start!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: Where can I find directions for rag quilt? on: June 27, 2006 05:11:54 PM
Here are some instructions I typed up for my friends a few months back.  This uses material that frays (corduroy, denim, flannel, etc).  The front of this particular quilt was all corduroy, the back flannel (see pic below).  

Rag Quilt

I used 121 squares.  11 squares by 11 squares.  Its throw size, though I wish I would have made it a little longer, like maybe 11 squares by 15 squares so it could totally cover me when I'm snoozing on the couch.  
I cut each square 8" by 8"
So I cut:
121 squares of corduroy 8" x 8"
121 squares of flannel 8" x 8"
121 squares of batting 6" x 6"  (batting is cut smaller, because you don't want batting in the fringe)
Sandwich pieces together to make a block.  So from bottom to top - flannel right side down, batting centered on top (which will leave an inch around the batting), corduroy right side up.  
Stitch each block sandwich.  You can stitch diagonally corner to corner, or horizontal or vertical lines, or a design.  I just stitched 3 lines on each sandwich, in the grooves of the corduroy.  I decided I didn't want the stitch to be a focus, because I was going to alternate the direction of the corduroy, & I wanted that, & the colors, to be the pattern.  
After I had the blocks sewn, I laid out the squares & planned how I wanted the quilt to look.
Starting with the top horizontal row, start sewing blocks together, with a one inch seam allowance.  Blocks are sewn with backside (flannel) to backside (flannel) so that when it is opened up & is flat, the seams show on the front side of the quilt.  
Stitch rows together in the same manner, with the seams showing on the front side of the quilt.
Sew a one inch seam around entire outside edge of quilt.
Carefully clip all seams at 1/4 inch spacing.  Clip down to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch away from the stitching.  If you cut through your stitching, go back later & stitch over your mistake.  
Once all seams are clipped, machine wash & dry the quilt.  I did mine a couple times.  Clear your dryer's lint screen every couple minutes, because it fills up fast!
Any fabric that will ravel will work.  

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I love Mexico Swap 2 on: June 11, 2006 02:43:45 PM
Thanks for the kind words!!!   

PinkMafia & amaryllisroze:  I cut out the wooden pieces on a scroll saw, & sanded down the edges.  And yes, I am an airbrush artist, which, obviously, is how I painted the shirt. 

stopmoshun:  It is resin.  It was the first time I used it, and I did it the day before I needed to send the package (not the smartest).  I think they turned out ok.  I also made some magnets for my fridge, and now I see there are some tiny bubbles in the resin....but not super noticeable. 

Glad you liked it, Koi!
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I love Mexico Swap 2 on: June 10, 2006 08:09:04 PM
Well, thank goodness!....Koi finally received her package today.  I was getting really nervous.
She asked if I took some pics, so here is what I sent:

A bottlecap cross

Two painted wooden cut-outs to hang on her wall:

She wished for a certain pair of earrings.  I tried to copy them, but failed miserably.  I sent them anyhow. 

I wasn't sure if the cross & necklace & earrings were going to turn out, so I also painted this shirt

And last, I sent these fabric pieces & some loteria cards
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: I love Mexico Swap 2 on: June 05, 2006 04:36:06 PM
Koi, have you still not received?  i am starting to get worried.  The post office said 7-10 business days, and today was 15.  This is only my second time to send a swap package overseas....is it too soon to be getting nervous?   
8  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: Not Your Grammy's Pincushion Swap ROUND 2 Gallery on: June 05, 2006 04:28:32 PM
I just have to say.....the pirate pincushion is magnificent!  So cool!  The beading is beautiful.
All of the pincushions are great!  You guys have all done great work.  I would be interested in round 3, but I don't know if I can live up to these standards!   Undecided
9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Let's ALL make "million square" quilts!!! on: June 04, 2006 07:54:12 AM
I would be up for this!
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 12 ENTRIES / Re: The Virgin of Guadalupe -- IN PIPE CLEANERS! Blasphemy or awesomeness? on: June 02, 2006 02:18:53 PM
Love it!!!!  Definitely gloriously awesome!
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