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11  Texas / Texas: North Central / Cool Fabric Stores in North Dallas? on: April 06, 2009 05:44:40 PM
I'm in Addison for the week for work and would love to find a few cool fabric stores that aren't too far away. 
Can anyone hook me up with a some recommendations?
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Make for a Charity Unswap 2 Through May 30 on: April 01, 2009 12:50:10 PM
Thanks to the kind nomination of kittykill and the support of everyone who commented, Portland Women's Crisis Line (PWCL)'s annual auction will be our Unswap project.

Vulvatron will post shortly about the organization, the auction, shipping, and everything else you could possibly hope to know, so keep your eyes peeled. 

Our crafting period is the next two months (through May 30) so that everything can get shipped before the auction's June 15 deadline.

Tell your friends, neighbors, and get your craftiness on for a great cause.  I can't wait to see what everyone comes up with!
13  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / The Pink Fabric Yo-Yo Dress of Doom on: March 30, 2009 04:14:51 PM
Every so often I take on a project that is a little bit crazy.  This is one of those.

I started out raiding my stash for all of my various pinks and made a slew of fabric yo-yos with my groovy Clover yo-yo maker. 

Then I drafted up a very basic a-line sundress pattern and hand stitched a slew of yo-yos together into a dress for my adorable niece.

Here's the results:

And a few with the dress just laid out so you can see the construction:

And a detail of a few of the yo-yos:

Time:  Countless hours over the last month
Yo-yos:  250
Happy niece:  Priceless.

Thanks for looking, y'all.
14  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / The Blues - My First Free Motion Quilting on: March 22, 2009 07:36:08 PM
I'm so pleased to get to show off my latest creation.  Technically, it's my third quilt, but it's the first time I've tried to do everything "right." It's my first free motion quilting, the first use of my new walking foot, my first real binding, etc. etc.   I'm calling it The Blues.  It's based on this pattern:  www.pbtex.com/PBTex_BEBO.pdf .  Finished size is about 45" x 60".

Anyhow, here's my zillions of pictures--

The whole quilt:

A closeup of each block, so you can see the fabrics:

I really love the second one because the print looks so much like a quilt top guitar (yes, there is such a thing!).

Close up of the free motion quilting.  I got better and better as the project went on, and I can't wait to start something new so I can try even more sophisticated patterns:

And the backing and binding:

I could sit here and pick out every single flaw (there's a zillion) but overall, I'm thrilled with how it came out.  It's a real quilt.

For now, it's just going to go into my closet because it doesn't really have a place to go in my house.  But that doesn't mean that the quilt isn't spoken for.  My favorite hangout is one of the best live music clubs in the country.  Sadly, it has to host a benefit at least once a year for a musician with a health crisis that can't afford insurance  When they have a benefit, they usually have a silent auction, so I'm going to donate this.  I can't think of a better purpose for a quilt that celebrates music.

Thanks so much for looking.  Suggestions for how I can do better next time are always welcome!

15  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Coats & Clark Machine Quilting Thread - Weird Coating? on: March 20, 2009 07:01:17 AM
I'm doing my first real free motion quilting project and so far it's coming along very nicely, except for one issue.

I've been using Coats & Clark machine quilting thread, and have found that it's got a really weird waxy coating, especially as I get towards the end of the spool, that sticks to itself a little bit.  The result is that it messes with my tension a little bit, and leaves a nasty residue inside my bobbin case.

Has anyone else had this problem?  Or did I just end up with a rogue spool of thread?  I've ready about waxing thread for hand quilting, but I wouldn't have thought that a machine quilting thread needed such treatment.
16  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Charity Unswap #2 - Recipient suggestions and discussion on: March 19, 2009 06:01:57 PM
Update:  We've started the next Unswap.  Join us at https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=299258.0 to get in on the action!

Hi, all--

Following our very successful Charity Unswap Craftalong for Craftster member SweetNightmare's organization Precious Awakening,  it's time to start discussiong who we will craft for next.

Please post your suggestions for charities here.  Ideally, the charity will be able to use crafts of all varieties, so that all kinds of craftsters can participate.  (It would be sad to have to exclude anyone who wanted to participate just because they didn't knit, wouldn't it?)

For those of you who missed out on the last Unswap, we had a crafting period of about 6 weeks.  Ideally, I suppose, the second one would start about April 15 and go to June 1 or so, although that is absolutely negotiable.  Shortly before April 15, we'll take an informal vote among the charities proposed on this thread and that's who will be our recipient.

Thank you all so much!
17  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Postage Stamp Quilt Square Swap Round 2 on: March 17, 2009 04:58:05 PM
Okay, ladies--

Post em when you gets em!
18  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Postage Stamp Quilt Square Swap Round 2 Send 3/23 CLOSED on: February 22, 2009 11:08:33 AM
Gallery:  https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=297243.0

Swap name:  Postage Stamp Quilt Square Swap Round 2
Craftster member who is organizing this swap:  elvissatx
Sign-up date range:  Feb 22-March 6 or until full
Date to send item by:  March 23

Limited to a certain number of people? (optional): 11.  If more than 11 want to participate, we may make the decision to break into two smaller groups.

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? NO
This is an international swap.  You must be willing to send internationally to participate.

Age requirement?  Over 13.  If under 18, must have parent's permission.

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

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES/NO
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES/No
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES/NO
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES/NO
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES/NO
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 13 years old: YES/NO
- Participant lives in the United States: YES/NO
   - If yes, understands that Delivery Confirmation number is required for this swap: YES/NO
   - If no, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES/NO

I reserve the right to refuse anyone participation in this swap for notations of poor communication or excessive late sending in their feedback.  Participants must also post at least once a week in the swap thread or PM the organizer.

Details of swap:
This swap is for people wanting to collect squares of fabric for postage stamp quilts.

There will be a maximum of 11 participants in this swap.  If the swap fills, you will send out 10 packages of squares and receive 10 in return.  Participants may be international, so keep this in mind when you sign up.  These should be light weight packages, so postage shouldn't be terribly expensive, but it's always something to consider.

All fabric should be 100% cotton, and prewashed.  Squares should be an accurate 1 1/2".  Please try to send as many different fabrics as possible.  You have the option to request certain color families, but this isn't a guarantee that you'll get those colors, as I don't expect anybody to have to purchase fabric for this swap.  Also, please note that if you have strong allergies, this may not be the swap for you, because if there is only one group you may get squares from a house with pets or smoke.  Everyone will attempt to send very clean fabric so as to not exacerbate allergies.

You can send either 20, 40, or 60 squares to each participant. Here's how it will break down:

  • If you want to send 20 squares each person will send 20 to you
  • If you want to send 40 squares you will send 40 squares to those who want to send 40 or 60, and 20 squares to those who want to send 20.  You will receive 40 squares from those you send 40, and 20 squares from those you send 20.
  • If you want to send 60 squares, you will send each partner as many squares as they ask for and receive that many in return

In theory, if everyone signs up for the max, you'll receive 600 squares!  Wow!!!

When you receive your squares, you must post photographs of them in the gallery.

Is that complicated enough? 

If you want to participate, information to send to organizer:

Name of 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)
How many squares do you want to send-- 20, 40 or 60?
Are there any color families you're particularly interested in receiving?


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

Approved swappers:

1.  elvissatx
2.  PlumCrafty
3.  EKO
4.  miss_kassandra
5.  mlookyloo1
6.  pumpkinbear
7.  mrs.zeddies
8.  mlheran
9.  Shana42
10. lady4feet
11. OhThat
12. SaphireFairy
19  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Animated Fruit Tea Towels (Image Chunky) on: February 15, 2009 09:22:12 PM
I recently bought a slew of vintage embroidery transfers off craigslist, and these babies were among them.  They were a loose sheet titled "Animated Fruits."  I have a long-standing love for food asking to be eaten, so these were a project I *had* to do.  They're mostly stem and back stitch-- nothing fancy.  I probably wouldn't have even posted them, because there's nothing really creative about them-- I just embroidered along the lines of the pattern-- but they were a big project and I thought that you guys might find them as hilarious as I do.

So without further ado, on to the pictures!

The lemon has the perfect sour face!

The cherries are as cheerful as only cherries can be!

The strawberry looks stoned. 

The peach has an icy stare.  Those satin stitch eyeballs wouldn't have been my first choice, but the pattern was solid all through them, so I was kind of locked in.

I love the pear's jaunty little hat.

The apple is entirely too happy about being baked!  I was going for a look like a Jonagold with the red/green.

The banana is appropriately tropical.

And two images to show the entire set.

Now I want to do them again, but I want to change the captions to read things like "Bite me" and "Eat me" because I'm obnoxious like that.

Thanks for looking!

20  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Another postage stamp quilt square swap? on: January 22, 2009 02:16:47 PM
As far as I can tell, there was one back in June.

Is anyone interested in another?  I'm very hot to start amassing fun fabrics to do a postage stamp quilt with.
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