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1  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Harry Potter Holiday Ornament & Stocking Stuffer Swap (SU CLOSED; Send 12/5) on: Today at 12:59:32 AM
I need to find X supply, can't find it any where!!!! Anyone want to help me think of an alternative?

I usually try Y ... or sometines Z in this situation

Y or Z, pshaw, never! always go for Q or P much better Wink
2  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: Today at 12:58:43 AM
I am loving the secret santa lists though. They will be carefully stored for info for future swaps Wink
3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: Today at 12:56:24 AM
I completely forgot to add links to the Gallery, but they are now in some prominent spots on the swap thread. And here:

thanks for the gallery link, I am waiting to see all the awesomeness!
4  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Re: The Gallery of the Secret Santa Wishlist and Charity Swap on: Today at 12:55:45 AM
Taking a seat in the peanut gallery (with peanuts)
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 Projects More or Less...2017...Let's Create and Have Fun! on: November 21, 2017 03:14:05 PM
So many cute things CLM. I live how you used that bee fabric
6  Craft Swaps / ACTIVE SWAPS WHERE SIGN-UP PERIOD HAS CLOSED / Re: Christmas Stocking Swap R.13 sign ups 9/17-10/1, s/o 12/1 on: November 21, 2017 03:12:44 PM
Arrgh. I'm eating my fingernails in frustration. I thought my partner's package would have arrived by now!
7  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Return of the Secret Santa Wishlist Swap! on: November 21, 2017 03:11:41 PM
Unfortunately neither of my craft packages that are in transit have arrived, so I won't be playing this round. But I'll enjoy the gallery
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: recycled sweater quilt with some instructions on: November 21, 2017 03:09:18 PM
Love, love, love this! I want to snuggle up in it.

I am seriously thinking about trying one of my own. May never happen, but a girl can dream, no?  Cheesy

Do it! Do it! Do it!

Seriously, do, it's pretty easy and so worth it.
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: recycled sweater quilt with some instructions on: November 21, 2017 05:25:11 AM
So, first of all, THANK YOU for the details!

You are so welcome honey. Can't wait to see what you come up with!
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: recycled sweater quilt with some instructions on: November 21, 2017 01:06:51 AM
Oh Edel.

I saw the one you made for a swap and was highly impressed - that's a HUGE undertaking! And you gifted it! Wow!

But, I really love the one which is less uniform. Which just so happens to have the heart patch. Really really lovely.

I have some questions, though. It seems as if you quit machine sewing them together, right? And you comment hand sewing is a time commitment. So did you end up hand sewing them together anyway? Then lay down on the base and hand tack each corner. And finally turn the edges?

Okay, maybe no questions, just confirming the order and execution! I'm really jazzed about this. Did you only use wool sweaters? Or did you go banana cakes and use ANY sweater material? Do you know about how many sweaters you salvaged? And do you think a particular material for the base is better than another?

And then it looks like the turned edges are tacked as well. Whoooooo. Yeah. I just love this idea. All the stories it has. And all the potential.

You're a rockstar!

You are very sweet, Ok order of operations
!-wash your sweaters. I only do this before I sew up as I don't know how they will behave after. I like sweaters that feel nice, so I have used wool, cashmere wool mix, cotton and I think some acrylic. It makes things a little more difficult, but the weight of each sweater was vastly different, from cotton cables, to fine acrylics. It doesn't matter much what you use, honestly!

-cut squares, I do about a 12 inch square, and try and keep pockets, ribs, raglan seams, cables, anything interesting, I've even kept on a button or two.

-MACHINE sew all the squares together (I am not insane lol) Try as much as possible to not stretch when sewing and try and use a smallish stitch as it keeps all the yarn from unravelling, however it will stretch a bit, and curl and generally not want to behave. Remember who is boss

Do the next step in front of the TV as it does take a bit of time.

-use a large fleece blanket. I have a notion you call it minky in the USA? or is that a finer fleece? It is the polyester soft throw/blankets/yardage that you get everywhere.

-I don't use any interlining/batting. Get some help for this part. Lay your fleece down, good side to the floor. Center as much as possible your quilt top on the fleece, It should come around each side. I was really lucky with the white one, in that it was the perfect size, the white blanket already had a finished edge, which I didn't cut, so I was able to wrap it around and tie it off (and then a line of invisible hemming to hold it all down. Remember your top is stretchy, so it will distort, feel free to push/stretch to make it fit.

-Start tie quilting here is a good instruction http://quiltingintherain.com/2010/11/how-to-tie-quilt.html Although I tie each stitch as I make it, . I always tie the intersections of the squares, this is where it is heaviest and I think where it is most likely to move and be strained. But looking at that link, you can also tie the middles. I work from the centre out, to each side, this keeps it from moving much.

-Lastly I folded over the excess fleece to bring it to the front. I clipped off some of the corner fabric at this stage as it was all a bit bulky and just stitched under the raw edges at the corners. I did some ties all along the border, to hold it in place, but then realised it looked pretty. But the border was still a little too loose for my liking, so at this stage I could take the whole thing off the floor and onto my lap, where I used regular sewing thread to sew down the border to the quilt top all along.

- You can do some more hand sewing to quilt, I have added another picture above, that shows some of the hearts and spirals I did on the quilt that I gave away. Also the edge of the first one was just a blanket stitch, I much prefer the second one, with the white edging as above, it is neater.

Hope this helps, shoot me any more questions that you might have

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