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1  Anyone up for a Key West / Florida Keys Craftster Club? in Florida: South by ellie_be on: October 20, 2013 05:31:19 AM
I'm new to beautiful Key West and would love to meet some lovely crafty people for a cafe con leche and some crafting!  Please reply if you are interested!

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2  Quilting My Happiness: Homesick Ohio in Quilting: Challenge Entries by ellie_be on: October 14, 2013 06:07:09 PM
I love quilting.  I love everything about it. I love that I can spend all day looking at beautiful fabric, never actually make anything, and still be satisfied.  I love that I can get in the "zone" and be in a world where it's just me and my quilt (and usually a good audio book).  I love that I can spend hours, weeks and even months or years on a giant quilt but on a particularly homesick Monday, in just a few hours, I can quilt up a little happiness to brighten my day.

So I just moved here:

I know, I know and I'm homesick!? Already?!

Well Ohio, specifically Cincinnati is my home and I love it. It has my family and my friends.  Oh, and it has fall (not that I'm complaining about the beautiful weather here).  This past Monday morning I was feeling particularly homesick so I put on an audio book and  whipped up a mini-quilt to lighten my load.

Ohio has such a fun shape and I just love looking at maps of it divided up into its 88 counties so I just googled up a map and printed it out.  I was lucky and the printed map was pretty much exactly the size I wanted.

From there I made my quilt "sandwich" and pinned all the layers together with the map placed where I wanted it on top.  Then I did a bit of free-motion quilting and just traced all the lines - this was very relaxing.

Once every thing was traced I used my seam ripper to remove the perforated bits of paper.

Then I trimmed, turned under and finished the edges of my blue "ohio" fabric, added a few concentric circles in the background and bound it!  Oh, and I added a little red heart right where I left mine behind.

I <3 Cincinnati.
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3  Full Signal: A Wi-Fi Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by ellie_be on: August 09, 2013 07:18:59 PM
What does Craftster mean to me?  

When I first discovered Craftster years ago (I think 2006) I was already a lifelong crafter, but I had never seen the types of crafts they were showing.  These were crafts made with traditional methods but made with modern, fun and often "nerdy" themes.  I was blown away.  "You mean, all crafts don't have to look like grandma's made them?" I thought.  Craftster really clued me in so that I could be part of this new generation of homemade fun that really fit into our lives.  I've tried many crafts over the years, but I think this quilt I recently made, my first attempt at the very traditional needle-turn appliqu method, shows best what Craftster means to me.

You can read the full story behind this quilt here: http://www.peaceandplastic.com/2013/07/full-signal.html
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