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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Two baby quilts: 101 Dresses and Monkey Business on: May 11, 2011 10:34:58 AM
I finally finished these quilts and managed to take pictures before sending them off.  One is for a boy and the other is for a girl.  The boy baby quilt is for a friend of mine from college and the girl baby quilt is for a former boss and his wife.

The dress pattern is one that another college friend and I made up to go in a series of fairy tale inspired quilt blocks.  The monkey quilt is a panel, but I hand quilted the details.

Here they are:
101 Dresses

Like I said, the details are hand quilted, I quilted different designs in each square. Here's a close up of one square:

The squares alternated between being echo quilted and the detail quilt, depending on the background of the square.  Here's a plain, echo quilted one:

Monkey Business:




I washed both quilts before I sent them, so they would have that wrinkly, comfy look.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Wedding Dress Restorers on: February 09, 2011 06:49:33 PM
Hello Craftster!

I was hoping someone could tell me where to even look for someone who could help restore a wedding dress.  I recently got engaged and am looking into wearing my grandmother's dress (with some alterations), but the fabric itself has some stain damage.  I don't even know where to look for someone. 

Do they normally work with a dry cleaner?  Could dry cleaners actually do this?  Has anyone one actually had this done?  The dress is very old and I want to make sure I know what questions to ask someone, or even where to find someone knowledgeable about the process.

Any help would be appreciated.

3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Firefly (TV show) inspired wedding ideas on: December 30, 2010 06:39:04 AM
So my fiancee and I are big dorks.   Smiley  This said, we think it would be cool to have a Firefly inspired wedding, but we want it to be fairly subtle.  

So far we have the color scheme:  red, bronze, and black (going off the orange, yellow, and and black logo), and the favors: chopsticks.  We're also looking for the fonts, but I can't seem to find what they are.

We're also possibly going to use the planet names, along with the regular planets as table names for the reception.

The wedding will be in August, in either the middle or end, depending on my grad school schedule.

The centerpieces might be bare branches in mismatched vases with wedding color origami cranes hanging off of them. My fiancee's dad's family is Chinese, so the chopsticks and the cranes will actually be fitting.

My bouquet will be sweetheart roses, as my dad always gets them for me for my birthday.  Granted, this doesn't exactly fit the theme, but it's the only thing that I'm not willing to budge on.  Dad will also have a sweetheart rose corsage.  I'm mildly allergic to most flowers, so those will most likely be the only real ones. Possibly the bridesmaids' bouquets will be real flowers, but I'm not sure.

Any one have any other ideas that could be borrowed?  

4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Pixar's "Up" Swap Gallery on: March 20, 2010 05:06:20 PM
We've had a sender, so here's the gallery.
Post your goodies!
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Pixar's "Up" Swap (Sign Ups 2/15/10-3/1/10 Send by 3/26/10) on: February 15, 2010 06:52:12 AM
Swap name: Up Swap
Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Linnybelle
Sign-up date range: 2/15/10-3/1/10
Date to send item by:3/26/10


Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No

Additional Age requirement?  Must be age 16, or have moderator approval to swap.

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 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

Details of swap:
Have you ever wanted to fly away in a balloon propelled house or wanted to know what dogs were thinking?  Did you know snipes love chocolate?  How do you feel about squirrels?  And lastly, have you ever hidden under someone's porch because you love them?

This is a swap based on the Pixar movie "Up".  We will be crafting one medium and three smalls.  Please discuss with your partner if you'd like to send more than the minimum.  If you and your partner agree, you may use a few of your crafts on a different Pixar movie, however, please make sure at least three of them are based on "Up".

Be prepared to post at least once a week in the swap thread, even if it's just to say hi.  Also, be prepared to get a DC number if you are shipping within the US and a tracking number if shipping internationally.  When you have sent, make sure to send those numbers to your partner and the organizer.

If you do not have access to a camera to take pictures, please let your partner know so that they can take pictures before they send their package.

All PMs about the swap should be marked "Up Swap".
If you want to participate, please send this information to the organizer:

Name of swap: Up 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 or, if not, that you have moderator approval(YES/NO)

Favorite characters:
Favorite scenes:
Favorite quotes:
Dream travel destination:
Is there any thing specific you'd like to receive based on the movie(badges, adventure book, etc)?:  

What kinds of crafts do you make?:
What kinds of crafts would you like to receive?:
Are there any crafts you would not like to receive?:
Favorite colors/patterns(in general):
Least favorite colors/patterns:
Do you have any allergies?:
Do you have any allergens in your house?:
Do you have access to a camera?:

Anything else you think your partner should know:


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

Let's load up the balloons, here we come!  Smiley

Round Robin: Linnybelle-> knittychick-> crazyda79 -> Linnybelle
wx2dzug <-> Megzy818
CraftCrazy13 <-> octagons
princessacademy <-> gerbilgal

Sent and Received

Linnybelle> Knittychick> Crazyda79
princessacademy> gerbilgal
6  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / "Up" (the movie) Themed Swap on: January 31, 2010 04:30:54 PM
So who hasn't wanted to fly away in a balloon propelled house?  Or find out what dogs are really thinking about?  And did you know that giant birds like chocolate?

Would anyone be interesting in a swap themed around the Pixar movie "Up?"  Every time I watch it, I find something new that I missed before, so I'd love to craft around it.

I can see mini balloon cluster ornaments, or your very own adventure book, or badges of your own achievements. 

Anyone else inspired by it?  I could organize, but I'd happily step back for an experienced organizer as well.
7  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Adventures in Photography on: September 17, 2009 11:34:16 AM
I've always been interested in photography, but never really had the chance to play around with it too much, so ever since I got my new camera, I've been going wild.

These were taken at the City Museum in St. Louis.  My boyfriend and I went to the city to visit my brother and everyone told us we just had to see it.  I think I may have been jumping up and down like a little kid at a few places on our visit.  It was incredible.

Here's a few of my favorite pictures from the trip...

Up the Down Stair:

Looking Down the Music:

Hidden Depths:

Looking up from the 3rd floor:

On Top of the World:

I'm quite enjoying my venture into photography, so I hope you do too.   Smiley
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Tea Wallet Party on: September 16, 2009 12:59:57 PM
So my Mom threw a going away tea party for me shortly before I moved and she asked me to make tea wallets for favors.  I ended up making 32 tea wallets (but don't worry, I won't post them all).  I tried to use all scraps, but the polka dotted one required me to cut new fabric.

The insides are all different, but still scraps of whatever fabric was in my "to be cut" box.  Some of it repeats, but every wallet is a bit different.  We put them in a little basket by the door and they had my business card and a tea bag in them. The teas were all different as well.

Here's the basket when it was full:

Pink ones:


Black ones:


I had these tea wallets made already, so they had their picture taken early:

One of the red hat ones in the front went to my Curves lady so she could use it as a weekly prize drawing. 

They were lots of fun to make and I made a lot more than what's pictured here. These groups were my favorites. I think I won't have to make little presents for quite some time.  And it's a good thing all my friends drink tea.   Smiley
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Reusable Grocery bags on: September 16, 2009 12:48:42 PM
A friend of mine moved to another state recently and asked me to make her some reusable grocery bags before she left.  I ended up making her four and they are my first non-family commisoned bags.  I used the Singlet style tutorial here on craftster (the plastic bag one) and they all came out in slightly different sizes.  She picked the outside fabrics and I got to choose the inside ones.

Here's the pic of all four of them:

The green bag's inside:

The blue bag's inside:

The b/w bag's inside:

The Blue flower bag's inside:

I think I'm going to make a black/white/pink one for me at some point too.  I like it a lot.

10  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Huggable Tetris Game on: August 12, 2009 09:55:26 AM
So while cruising craftster one day, I came across a tetris wallhanging and told a few of my guy friends about it, including my boyfriend.  They thought it was really cool, but my boyfriend thought it would be even cooler if you could play it, like the big floor checkerboards.  This sparked my project, which is a tetris floor game.  It's sort of quilting, but mostly for playing with.  I used a sparkly planet fabric for the backing and had to make a mad velcro run for the board.  I ended up using over 30 feet of velcro.   Smiley

I used scraps for the pieces and put velcro on the back.  The patterns were drafted by me after some trial and error and the game board is also my idea.  They are stuffed with a mixture of tiny scrap fabric pieces and fiberfill, depending on what I had at the time.  These pictures are not completed. I went and packed it all before I could get a complete picture.  It is going to be my boyfriend's birthday present, so hopefully I can get pictures when he gets it.  I did end up making a huge carrying bag to put it all in.

It is quilted, but only one line around the outside of the board.  My machine absolutely hated me after I made it sew through all that velcro, so I had pity on it.  It's bound with the same star material as the border.

Here's the pieces from the middle:

The game board itself:

It's about 38 inches wide and 54 inches long.

The board with all the pieces:

I totally ran out of stuffing and so I had to wait for the next day to finish it off.  You can see the unfilled ones in this picture.

I think there's about six of each of the different shapes.

And one more picture:

This is the border fabric and the binding.  You can see the planet fabric better as well.  My brother and his friend have already played with it and it seemed to work just fine.

I had lots of fun making it, so I hope you enjoy it!

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