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131  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Fat Quarter Sewing Challenge Gallery on: May 25, 2009 02:42:15 PM
Let's see what wonderful items you all came up with using 2-5 Fat Quarters!!
132  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Fat Quarter Sewing Challenge Swap - Finished on: April 29, 2009 10:15:39 AM
Swap name:  Fat Quarter Sewing Challenge Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Homerof2
Sign-up date range:  Wednesday, April 29 - Monday, May 4 at 7:00 pm EST
Date to send item by:  Tuesday, June 2nd

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No
Restricted to people who all live in the same country?  No
Age requirement?  Over 13

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 organizer or give all details to a Swap Moderator if this swap has more than 25 participants: 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 13 years old: YES
- Participant lives in the US:  YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES


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If you want to read the original discussion about this swap, click here

This is not an original idea, I participated in one on another board and thought it might be fun to try here.

The basic idea is that you pick between 2 and 5 FQs of material (no less and no more), each one has to be different and no solid color material allowed in main project.  You then sew something for your partner with that material, doing the best of your ability - not something just thrown together.

You are welcome whether you sew by hand or machine but do remember, it's a challenge so push yourself to do your best.  Maybe try something new - if you haven't done a zipper try it, if you are quilting, add some fancy stitches or anything else that pushes your skill level.  While your partner gets to pick their colors, the choice of project is up to you - you can check wists if you want to but it's not expected - I say again, the project choice is up to the sender.  I want everyone to understand that so that when you receive, you won't PM me to say that you don't like what you got or it doesn't suit your style.  If you can't abide by sender's choice, then please don't join this swap!  This is really about making something you are proud of and sharing it with someone else.

You must use at least 2 FQs but no more than 5, each one must be different (no solid color allowed in main project but see below) and you must use the majority of each FQ - so if you decide to use 2 FQs, you will be making a smaller project, if you decide to use 5 FQs, you will be making a larger project.

A solid color fabric can be used for lining or backing projects but not part of the main project (in other words, if you make a fantastic bag, you can line it with solid fabric or if you make a beautiful pillow cover, the back can be a solid fabric.)

A note about colors - please don't get too specific - if you like blues, browns or reds, just say that, don't say I only want robin's egg blue or cherry red - give your partner some leeway to work with!

Any question, please read the discussion thread shown above and if you don't find an answer there, please PM me rather than discuss it here, if it's something that I think others need to know about, I'll add the question and answer.

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If you want to participate, please PM the following information to me:

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap:  Fat Quarter Sewing Challenge 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 13 years old (yes/no)
Colors you like (remember not to be too specific)


Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

133  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Fat Quarter Challenge Swap on: February 18, 2009 07:28:22 PM
I have to admit this is not an original idea, I saw it on another board and thought it might be fun to try here.

The basic idea is that you would use between 2 and 5 FQ's of material (no less and no more), each one has to be different and no plain material allowed.  You then have to sew something for your partner with that material and I'd be looking for quality items, not something just thrown together.

In the original idea I read, the choice of colors and what to make is up to the sender with no input from the recipient but I think I would change that a little.  I would let the recipient give color suggestions but the choice of what to make would be up to the sender.  They could do some stalking and see what things might be appropriate.  Anything that is made from fabric and is sewn would be acceptable.

I'd love to see what people come up with!  Any interest or questions?
134  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Shape, Color and Texture R3 GALLERY on: February 05, 2009 06:41:32 AM
Post your goodies when you get them!!
135  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Shape, Color and Texture Round 3 - FINISHED on: January 24, 2009 08:17:44 PM
Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 3

Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  Homerof2

Sign-up date range:  Jan 24 - 31 or earlier if we hit 24 people

Date to send item by: Feb 18

Limited to a certain number of people?  Yes, 24

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? 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:  Not applicable


Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month
- Has posted at least 15 times
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps
- Does not have any negative feedback
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old

Also remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find out how to ship your item and other details about participating in a swap.

DETAILS OF THE SWAP:

You will be crafting 3 small items (no purchased items allowed) for your partner.  Your partner will select a color, a shape (such as a square, rectangle, triangle, pentagon, circle, etc.) and a texture (such as hard, soft, squishy, smooth, etc) and you will be required to craft one item to fit each 'category'

I've given 18 days to craft which should be plenty of time as these are only SMALL items.  SMALL means it takes less than 2 hours to complete and the cost is less than $5 - that means you should spend no more than $15 on the supplies and should have to spend no more than 6 hours total crafting time.

Put some thought into deciding what to make - read the questionnaire, stalk your partner or ask them questions - communication is very good!  Don't just throw something together and send it off as quick as possible - I'd rather see quality items sent closer to the deadline than junk going out the next day!

DC #'s will be required if you are sending within your own country and if you send outside your country, please keep the receipt and be prepared to send me a scan or picture if your package goes missing.

If you want to participate, please PM me the filled out questionnaire and then post a little note on this thread - something as simple as 'I'm in' and then bookmark it so you can follow along and won't miss any messages I may post on here.

QUESTIONNAIRE TO ANSWER:

Name of swap - Shape, Color and Texture Swap Round 3
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 13 years old (yes/no)

Your color:
Your shape:
Your texture:

What crafts do you do?
What types of crafts would you like to receive? (remember to keep them in the small category and these are only suggestions)
Any patterns or designs you like?
Any patterns or designs you don't like?
Anything you would not like to receive?
Do you have any allergies?
Anything else you want to tell your partner?

PARTNERS

RED - sent
GREEN - late with notice
Strikethrough = feedback

Miss_kassandra   ---   rectangel
kstaron   ---   rira
lindseycore   ---   Buckeyebeadgirl
Homerof2   ---   pinokeeo
Katcal   ---   emerri
Kitten Wrangler   ---   gravity
KCMonkey   ---   Zuliblu
Kwality570   ---   mynameis_jinx
gerbilgal   ---   Gamemom42
imafundork   ---   RondaS
TracyInNH   ---   Bakeneko
Goosegg1001    ---   nikimac


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136  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Craftster baby quilt on: January 14, 2009 11:07:24 AM
I recently participated in the Lap Quilt Swap III and the idea of the swap is that we were divided into groups of 12 and each participant made up packages of fabric, kept one for themselves and sent the other 11 off to their partners.  Each partner would then make a square and return it to you.  At the end, you had enough to make a quilt.  My group had a few hitches and so I ended up having to make 3 of my own squares.

I gave this quilt away on Monday night to a friend who had her first baby in mid-December and she really liked it and the story behind it's creation.

                 

It's backed with flannel that made it extra cuddly!

These are the 3 squares I made:

     
     
              

                    
 
137  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What's your favorite on-line 12" pattern on: November 04, 2008 01:46:47 PM
I'm looking for some new 12" patterns to try and thought I would turn here for suggestions.  What's your favorite on-line pattern (other than from Quilter's Cache - it's a great site but I've made so many from them I want something different)

I'm open to traditional, non-traditional and paper piecing.  THANKS in advance for any suggestions!
138  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Bright colors wall quilt on: October 31, 2008 09:15:42 AM
A little wall quilt I recently made for someone who was redecorating their bedroom in pink, black and white.

You can't see it but sewn into the top of the back is a little rod pocket so she could insert a piece of dowel and it will nicely hang from a pair of nails or push pins.


                           
139  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Frogs and Bugs on: September 26, 2008 01:14:14 PM
I started making this quilt awhile ago with no one in mind, I just liked the idea of it and when I found out that the youth pastor at our church was having a baby boy, I decided it would go to her.  I've actually know for a number of months I needed to finish it but kept putting it off until yesterday - seeing as how her baby shower is on Sunday I figured I better get at it!

It's not an original idea - I saw a similar pattern in a book.  I just love how it turned out.


                     

140  POTTERY, CERAMICS, POLYMER CLAY / Polymer Clay: Completed Projects / Yes, I had fun! on: September 25, 2008 10:39:41 AM
DISCLAIMER:  I do not profess to be a polymer clay artist!!!

Earlier this year, in a swap, I received a DIY kit to make some chocolate chip cookies (brown and tan) and after having that kit sit on the shelf for a long time I finally decided to try it.  I thought I could do it but after making my first cookie I realized I just didn't have it in me (it looked like something a 5 year old would make!)  I squished it up and thought, 'what am I supposed to do with this now since the colors are all mixed together?'  I had seen some wonderful donut creations on here so thought I'd give that a shot and came up with these marbleized donuts (that kind probably don't exist but they do in my world!)

                     


This morning I thought I'd give it another go but this time I wanted to try something more creative - I had seen something on here and I don't know what the proper name was but I called them logs - so I decided to try it.  I rolled 5 brown ropes and 1 tan rope and gently combined them together then wrapped them in tan and tried to seal it.  Then I cut them up and from the entire batch actually got one that looked like the flower I was planning it to look like:

               
             (I added a hole incase I ever want to use it for something)


The rest were a wreck so I smushed them all together and then was once again faced with the dilemma of what to do with it.  Ah, another donut and why not a marble cookie:

                 


Then I smushed it even more to try and get a darker color and made a cinnamon twist donut and a funny faced cookie:

                 


So I finally used up all my combined colors but having some of the tan left over I decided to see what else I could come up with - but what is tan in color - a peanut butter cookie and french bread:

                   
                 
That peanut butter cookie took me the longest of anything because I just couldn't get it to look right so I kept re-rolling and flattening it but I'm happy with it now.

Do I want to become a polymer artist - I think not!  I'll leave it up to all you professionals but I did have fun making my first, and probably only, foray into this area.
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