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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Silk bow tie with Trout! on: October 28, 2015 11:56:03 AM
I am a flyangler and volunteer with Trout Unlimited in Mn and Wis doing habitat restoration and stream surveys. We survey with the help of the DNR to assess the population of trout and other species as related to the health of the watershed.

On one such survey, I was measuring a bucket of trout and snapped a photo of the whole shiny, spotted mess of them before letting them go. I used this photo to design some fabric on Spoonflower, which was printed on silk.

SeeKateSew has a good pattern and instructions for sewing bow ties.  Martha Stewart has some great reverse printed instructions for tying them that you can hang on your shirt button while you look in the mirror tying your tie!

So here's a finished tie that will be donated to a TU fundraiser.
2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Straw hat repair on: October 01, 2015 09:57:44 AM
It's hard to find a good wide brimmed hat, so when the crown cracked, I repaired it with a little glue and a tulle patch. I also braided new leather stampede strings.  The fishing photo is a "before" shot.
3  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Discussion and Questions / Printmaking collaboration removed on: March 22, 2014 07:09:09 PM
Moderator Comment This user chose to remove her content from Craftster.  The thread is being left in case there is helpful information in the remaining posts. - jungrrl

Nothing to see here. Move along. Wink
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for corner blocks on shirt quilt additional question on: February 28, 2014 07:45:04 AM
Hello quilters!

I'm making this recycled shirt quilt a la Kathy's Quilts from 2009:  http://thethriftyquilter.blogspot.com/2009/06/seven-shirts-seven-steps-one-thrifty.html

What do you think I should use for corner blocks? I'm mulling some sort of pinwheel made of the dark shirt scraps on a light shirt background. The blocks should come out to 6 1/2". I've never done any pinwheels. I'm still not a precise quilter, so don't judge me on wonky,  wavy or waffly-ness you see here. I suppose another nine patch would be easy enough.

5  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Beer tote on: December 20, 2013 09:58:11 AM
I may be done crafting for this Christmas. I based this tote on one I found online and modified it according to what we had on hand for tools, scrap lumber and my skill level. http://thenewhobbyist.com/2012/11/making-a-wedding-wooden-beer-totes/#comments

I added a couple of bottle caps to the ends of the handle and will add more along the side rails. Unlike the craftsman I imitated, I cobbled this together with screws and glue, and didn't stain or sand it. My measurements were not precise, so a couple of bombers will fit on one end and four regular size bottles will fit next to them. I meant to do that. Wink

6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Beer Tasting Glasses and Tray on: December 16, 2013 05:54:45 PM
I painted a wooden tray with chalk board paint and used etching creme and stencils to enumerate 8 glasses with the numbers 1-4. Now my handsome hubby will have a two flights of glasses for beer tastings. We can use chalk to write the names or styles of beer on the tray.

7  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Lighted Snowflake Lifts Gloom: added photos on: November 30, 2013 10:11:15 AM
It's dark at 4:30 in the afternoon and that can make me feel blu-ish. So I have shouted back the dark by building my own snowflake for the front of our house. It's more Cub Scout than Martha Stewart, but I like it.

A 10' section of pvc pipe, a pvc drain cover, silicone caulk, a string of lights, a couple of waste CD's and some electrical tape is the recipe for a small, stinky mess in the garage followed by a bright addition to the exterior of our home. The generic winter theme means I can keep it up long past Christmas without feeling guilty.

8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Leaky waders Useful Again (more photos!) on: March 15, 2013 08:02:24 AM
Simplicity pattern: 9949 with my own modifications

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How to repair a frayed spot on: January 22, 2013 12:40:18 PM
Here's a small photo of my second quilt ever, a Quilt of Valor. I just got it back from the quilting volunteer yesterday and noticed that the washing uncovered a few places where my piecing and sewing skills weren't quite up to snuff.

How would you suggest I patch or mend these frayed spots?

Here is a slice of the quilt, back and the presentation/pillow case

My quilting partner did a beautiful job of quilting stars and swirls in red on the top and blue on the backing.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Store bought duvet cover + quilt top= new duvet cover? on: January 18, 2013 04:06:53 PM
I have a quilt top in progress that's not big enough for our bed. So I bought a duvet cover and would like to sew the strips of quilt top that I have onto the duvet cover or some such solution.

Anyone done this? Were you happy with the result? I'm thinking of making long envelopes with top + muslin, turning them inside out and top stitching them onto the duvet cover.  

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