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1  Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p in Quilting: Completed Projects by A_Patchwork_Orange on: September 07, 2007 06:23:19 AM
The quilt for Sweets4ever is almost finished - I just need to bind it!
Here it is quilted.  And a close-up of Mr. Sweets initials.
I should be sending it off to the happy couple on MONDAY!  WHOO-HOO! 

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2  Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p in Quilting: Completed Projects by A_Patchwork_Orange on: August 26, 2007 07:32:35 AM
Do you have a lot of luck with fusing?  The handful of times I've tried to fuse pieces together, it doesn't hold for more than 2-3 minutes.  Any tips?

Do you cut the fabric after or before fusing?

I almost always use the paper-backed fusible web (like Wunder Under) so that I can apply it directly to the back of the fabric to be fused BEFORE I even cut the design out.  That ensures that there is adhesive evenly applied to the entire piece.  Also, I use the highest setting on my iron - although I am pretty sure that is NOT what the manufacturer directions suggest you do. Tongue  It is important to PRESS the pieces together with the iron - kind of using it as a heated weight.  Don't move it around like when taking wrinkles out of a shirt, but don't let it sit on the fabric for too long, either! 

I hope that answers your questions!  Now I have a question for all of you!   I have really made great progress on the tree for Sweets4ever, but I need some input from my fellow Craftsters.  Do you think I need to add more leaves to this?  If I am going to add more, I need to do it before I cut this "aura" layer out.  So, any input (in the next few hours) would be greatly appreciated!  Thanks!


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3  Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p in Quilting: Completed Projects by A_Patchwork_Orange on: August 24, 2007 05:53:36 AM
More Progress! 
I can't believe how fast this is coming together!  I guess it may be because I did all the trial-and-error with the first one.
Here I have the puzzle of pieces all pinned down and ready to fuse to the background fabric. 

Now, it has been fused, and STITCHED, too!  See, I TOLD you it was going fast! 

A closer look...

Obviously, I still need to add the leaves.  I hope to do that today.  Ideally, I would have the tree ready to applique to the second background by the end of the weekend.  I'll let you know if that happens! 
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4  Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p in Quilting: Completed Projects by A_Patchwork_Orange on: August 21, 2007 06:07:10 PM
Here is a little peek at the tree quilt I am making for Sweets4ever...

Sorry, girly, but it isn't going to be done in time for your wedding Tongue...I ended up having to serve on a jury and I lost a little over a week of my life - So, I am a little behind Cry.  

I am hoping that I am able to get it finished quickly, though.  The hardest part is done....drawing out the pieces and marking everything!   Your tree should be on the first background tomorrow (at least with wonder-under!)  WHOO-HOO! Grin
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5  Re: She can spin a great yarn! in Spinning: Completed Projects by A_Patchwork_Orange on: June 26, 2007 05:57:37 AM
Thanks for all the compliments on my second yarn.  Yesterday while I was at work, all of a sudden I realized what I had been doing wrong, and then I couldn't wait to get home and try again!  Just so you can see what I mean, here is my FIRST yarn.....Big difference! 

aliciasjoy-yes, it is soft.  I think she told me it was mohair....

kathcummings - The pictures on the wheel are all images of Peter Pan.  It was my nephew's favorite story for a very long time.... The owner did do them herself - she used a Rapidograph, and it is all stippled.  She isn't finished yet, though....It is currently a work in progress.  But here are the close-ups you requested....

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6  She can spin a great yarn! in Spinning: Completed Projects by A_Patchwork_Orange on: June 25, 2007 06:08:02 PM
Alright, I don't know if I would really say that I spin a great yarn, but for my second attempt, I am pretty pleased with it!  Grin

Of course, I am fortunate that I have a BEAUTIFUL wheel on loan to me from my ex-sister-in-law for the next month....I would LOVE to get one for my very own, but because I don't actually do any yarn related crafting, my Hubby doesn't quite see the point....Ummmm....It makes me HAPPY....isn't that enough?!  The way I see it, I have a month to show him how much I NEED one...
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7  Re: Paper Roses, with a very detailed (and pic obese) tutorial. Pics fixed. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by A_Patchwork_Orange on: May 11, 2007 09:30:53 AM
do you think easter egg dye would work to color the filters?

I don't know about easter egg dye, but I used watercolors to do mine!

They look very orange in the picture, but they are really more of a blush pink.

These are for in the centerpieces for my brother's wedding.  This is not a completed arrangement, just a few roses stuck into a foam block as I finished assembling them.  
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8  Pretty Pretty Paisley! in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by A_Patchwork_Orange on: April 21, 2007 05:29:04 AM
I made this bag for the 24 hour swap last weekend, and I am so pleased with how it turned out, that I wanted to show it off!  When I read my partner's info, it took me all of 2 minutes to decide what fabric to use....it was figuring out HOW to use it that was the tricky part!  I didn't want to make a plain old tote bag with it (even though, that would have been nice, and I am sure my partner would have liked it).  This was the result of several hours of brainstorming!  

There is a pocket under the flap in the front!  See?

If I had more time, I would have added a zipper pocket to the lining, and I would have given it some sort of closure.  But, for the limited time, I am rather pleased with the result...

What do you think?

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9  Re: 24 Hour Swap Round 2 GALLERY in The Swap Gallery by A_Patchwork_Orange on: April 20, 2007 07:22:48 AM
Look what I got!  Grin

Glittergirl94 crocheted this great handbag for me! Isn't it pretty?! I LOVE the colors!  The really cool thing, is that not only did she send me a great crafted item, but I get to craft with it, too!  Because we only had 24 hours (you probably knew that, after all, that is the name of the swap!) she didn't have time to felt it and have it dry before sending it out.  So, I get to try felting!  

I will post pictures of the process of my first attempt at felting (if I remember to take them!).  Does anyone have any tips or helpful suggestions for doing this?  Huh  I really don't want to mess up all of the work that Glittergirl94 put into this!  I am so excited to get to learn a new crafty skill!  Thank you so much!!!

Yay for the 24 hour swap...I am out of swaps for awhile now, due to some major projects for 2 upcoming weddings, but when they are over, I am all about doing the 24 hour swap again!  

Edit**Check out my FELTED BAG!!!
it is currently drying outside....thank goodness we have finally got some beautiful weather here!
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10  Dollar store centerpieces.... in Weddings and Bridal Showers by A_Patchwork_Orange on: April 18, 2007 04:58:51 AM
I am doing the centerpieces for my brother's wedding.....his bride's parents pretty much refused to help with any of her ideas for the wedding (and her dad is the minister), SOOOOO, she doesn't even care anymore!  Cry  The last thing she said to me about the centerpieces was "as long as it's pretty"......ack!  can we say PRESSURE?  

SO, with a tiny (NO) budget  Tongue, here is at least part of what I have come up with.....

Dollar store candlesticks with a dollar store plate secured to the top (using earthquake putty), both have been decoupaged with an aqua (glittery) tissue paper.  (many thanks to Alwaysinmyroom for introducing me to the art of decoupage and the amazing stuff that is Modge Podge! Grin) The one in the picture still needs another layer of paper so that it is less "patchy".  The edges need to be cleaned up, but since I am not finished adding the paper, they are still a bit messy in the pic.

I LOVE it, now, all I can do, is hope that the bride does, too!

UPDATE***I found some glue for GLASS (practically IMPOSSIBLE to find!) and I am testing it to see if it will work instead of the putty....it is supposed to dry clear.....the putty is white.....plus, then it will be permanent! YAY!

Today is the day!
Here is one of the centerpieces in action yesterday when we set up for the reception.  I ended up making about 700 paper roses!  And the numbers are made with microscope slides!  
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