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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Jungle prints baby quilt on: September 04, 2018 10:51:07 PM
This was a baby gift; don't remember the dimensions but it's probably about 46"x56" -- I like to give something the kid can use for a while!  The 4-patches are from a junior layer cake (21 pieces of 10 inch squares instead of 42) with prints of "tossed" jungle animals, tumbling monkeys, leaves, jungle-animal-safari words, stripes, and dots.  For the sashing I used part of a jelly roll, and the binding was cut from white-dots-on-red yardage:

Quilting is very simple, just stitch-in-the-ditch along both edges of all the sashing (horizontal and vertical), and edge-to-edge diagonal crisscrossing through the 4-patches:

The back was pieced using a pastel stars print and, to offset the pastel-iness (and keep it from being considered "babyish" as the child ages), herds of giraffes in bright shades of the same colors as the stars:

Using wisdom gleaned from the quilternet, for durability I machine sewed the binding and used a scallop stitch with red thread that pretty much disappears on the front but makes a fun additional design on the back:

I know most people use this technique in a way that actually hides the stitching on the back but (a) I haven't perfected that yet and (2) I think this particular visible decorative stitch adds a lively touch that works well with the prints on both sides.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Table Set (runner, placemats, napkins) on: July 30, 2018 01:01:27 AM
Made this table set for a friend when she and her boyfriend moved to a new town.  The runner was a kit from Connecting Threads and I purchased pretty much all the other fabrics in the same line to make the four placemats and four napkins; the backing is the same print as the center of the runner.

The runner was quilted very simply, in-the-ditch around all of the inner border triangles and a quarter inch either side of that border:

The placemats are reversible, with the dark blue print on one side and the pale lavender print (hard to see here but it's covered with the same lacy leaf line drawings seen in light turquoise in the detail photo above) and I quilted each of the four differently:

And the napkins, which have quarter inch doubled-over hems with mitered corners (didn't think to take detail pix):

That lively and charming center print called out to me as it's a wonderful visual representation of Mary's personality and spirit...and it didn't hurt that she'd told me her honey's favorite color is blue!

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Scrappy Trip Around the World Gallery on: January 07, 2016 05:46:48 PM

Original discussion thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=441893.0

Post your Scrappy Trip blocks here when you receive them!



     1 - alwaysinmyroom --> quaggy - kbrison - sloth003
     2 - quaggy --> alwaysinmyroom - kbrison - sloth003
     3 - kbrison  --> alwaysinmyroom - quaggy - sloth003
     4 - sloth003 --> alwaysinmyroom - quaggy - kbrison

brandyk --> BigBangMomma, waterbaby

BigBangMomma --> brandyk

waterbaby --> brandyk
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Scrappy Trip Around the World - Sign-up 11/23/15-12/5/15 - Mail out by 1/16/16 on: November 23, 2015 09:26:03 PM

Swap name:  Scrappy Trip Around the World
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  waterbaby
Sign-up date range:  November 23-December 5, 2015
Date to send item by:  January 16, 2016

GALLERY!  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=442433.msg5361316#msg5361316

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  20

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:

This is a fun and fairly easy 12 inch quilt block made with 2 x 16 inch strips from six different fabrics, so its a great stash buster.  Basically, you create a six-strip set, sew that into a tube, then cut the tube into six new strips.  The next step requires that attention be paid to the order of opening up one seam in each strip.  The last step is to sew the new strips together to make your block.  Once you get the hang of the un-seaming process, these blocks don't take too long to put together.

Find the complete instructions here:  http://quiltville.com/scrappytripspf.html

This will be a Choose How Many Partners You Want swap.  Youll be making four scrapilicious blocks for each partner and may choose to have one, two, or three partners.

   1 partner = 4 blocks
   2 partners = 8 blocks
   3 partners = 12 blocks

Be sure that you are sewing accurate quarter inch seams; your completed blocks should measure 12 inches or very slightly larger.[/b]

To participate, please complete and send questionnaire to waterbaby with Scrappy Trip in the subject line.


Name of 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?  
Confirm that are at least 16 years old:  
Do you have any allergies that would prevent you from exchanging with smokers or pet owners?  
Are there people who smoke or pets where you sew and/or store fabric?  

Do you want one, two, or three partners?
   1 partner = 4 blocks
   2 partners = 8 blocks
   3 partners = 12 blocks


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


1.  alwaysinmyroom
2.  quaggy
3.  kbrison
4.  brandyk
5.  BigBangMomma
6.  sloth003
7.  waterbaby



brandyk --> BigBangMomma, waterbaby

BigBangMomma --> brandyk

waterbaby --> brandyk
5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Scrappy Trip Around the World on: November 14, 2015 11:37:21 PM
This is a fun and fairly easy 12 inch quilt block (the sewing is straightforward, attention needs to be paid to the order of opening up some seams) that is perfect for swapping:

Once you get the hang of the un-seaming process, these blocks don't take too long to make.

This would be a group swap, where you'd send one or two blocks each to X number of partners. numbers will depend on how many people sign up.

Check out the instructions here http://quiltville.com/scrappytripspf.html

Anybody wanna play?

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Mixed washed and unwashed fabrics on: June 16, 2015 07:51:05 PM
For our donations project this year my quilt guild is using fabrics from all our members to make group created scrappy diagonally disappearing 9 patch quilts.  Some of the yardage has been washed and some of it hasn't.  Initially we were going to try and separate these into two groups but it turned out not to be feasible since everybody just plunged into mix-and-matching each others' material.  Now I've got the first top is almost finished, just need to add borders, and am wondering if I should wash that fabric or not.  Which leads to a question I was planning to post when I got to that point: how about the backing?

Whad'ya think, oh quilting gurus?
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Hummingbird Embroidery on: April 02, 2015 10:56:14 PM
No fancy stitches, but I was happy with the way the birds feather coloring turned out; there are four shades of green plus the white belly and red throat:

8  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Shepherdess Sock Monkey on: April 02, 2015 10:39:10 PM
Made for one of the sock monkey swaps:

She has a crocheted lamb

a crook made from polymer clay with a painted finish


a rose garland for her head

and her bodice is multiple-y reversible (plain, corseted, blue fabric, floral fabric).

9  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Sock Monkey Astronaut on: April 01, 2014 02:15:44 PM
The first sock monkey I ever made was for the craftster Sock Monkey Swap #2.  After he was put together I realized the socks Id used were perfect for the astronaut theme Id chosen from my partners list.  The color and where the stripes landed let me know this guy had been a navy pilot before joining MASA (the Monkey Aeronautics Space Administration):

And I found the most perfect sparkling blue buttons for his eyes and gave him a crooked flyboy grin:

His flight suit (which also has a sleeve to encase his tail and a Velcro closure at the back) was made using restaurant-quality white cloth napkins and has removable mitts and booties (downsized from baby socks):

To make the patches I used fine tip Sharpies on fusible interfacing, cut them out, drew faux embroidery around the edges, and ironed them in place.  The mission patch design is a banana recumbent on a field of stars with the motto ars astra which means star art.  His double flag patch is because of his dual citizenship thanks to my Canadian partner and my American self:

Figuring out how to make the helmet turned out to be the most difficult part of his wardrobe, but finally, after trying a number of different methods and going on many hunting expeditions, at truly the last minute I found the perfect answer, and here he is suited up and ready for space:

In a dinky mom-and-pop dollar-type store I spotted this lone plastic jar with a hot pink top, slipped it over his head (I was carrying him with me everywhere at that point, in case of just such an opportunity) and TA-DA!  At home I cut out the middle of the pink lid, wrapped fabric around the edge, and sewed on a flat gold button:

It was REALLY hard to send him off (in no small part because I had also had an astronaut theme on my list!), but my partners delighted response upon receiving made it all worthwhile.
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Coffee Quartet on: May 05, 2013 09:39:31 PM
Never know where to put this sort of thing -- is it art? is it craft? -- but since it's all on paper....

The coffee cups and coffee beans images are hand-carved (by me) stamps.  The cups were stamped onto decorative and hand-made papers, the beans onto a coffee filter; the maroon backing is art paper.  The steam coming from the cups is made from wisps of cotton ball cotton.

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