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11  How did your brain even...? (Jayne's Hat) in CHALLENGE 118 ENTRIES by MareMare on: April 07, 2017 10:28:07 AM
I made this little patch/coaster/badge thingie for the recent One Tiny Snarky Thing Swap. My partner liked Firefly so I tried to come up with a different way to make the famous Jayne hat. I decided on super tiny hexies! I found a quote I liked that could go with it from the show and got to it. This badge is right at 4 inches square.

I finished the binding at my quilt guild's Hand Sew Happy Hour, which we have at designer Violet Craft's taproom! (You can also see my long term hexie project in this pic, made with 1 inch hexies and Violet's Madrona Road fabric. It tickles me to work on it there).





The Back:



My proof of concept, I kept showing this to people and asking if they knew what it was.



I think I ended up with 1/3 inch hexies? I kept changing the size to see what would fit within the 4 inch parameters.



I initially was going to embroider the words with my sewing machine but I was having trouble with the touch screen, it needs to be calibrated. Plan B, I just hand embroidered the words onto a background fabric and cut them out and stitched on.





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12  Baby Girl Full Moon Lagoon Quilt in Quilting: Completed Projects by MareMare on: April 06, 2017 04:29:54 PM
I finally finished the baby quilt for my best friend's second niece. She's um, 9 months old now lol! Before 1 year old is always the goal, am I right?

I love these fabrics by my friend Mo Bedell. I thought they were all from her line Full Moon Lagoon, but after looking at them again, I think some might be from Hot House Flowers. No matter, they work together! I rounded it out with several different solids, both Kona and Michael Miller and maybe a Bella or two. I ended up binding it with some Heather Ross Mendocino tiny seahorses (omg, I just had a total brain fart and couldn't remember what they were called...horsefish??).  Grin




For the back I used this awesome panel from the collection. A couple people have told me they like the back better than the front lol! So props to designers who make gorgeous panels ha!

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13  Re: 2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: April 06, 2017 04:23:59 PM
Challenge 1: Post a collage or set of pics (personally I love making collages via Picmonkey, it's free and easy) of all the quilt projects you made last year! (since we're starting late this year, feel free to do last year but up until now) I only finished, like 2 lol! If you did more than, say, 8 feel free to just pick your faves.


Ok I just finished 1 of these last weekend and another is like a 4 inch coaster lol! So, yeah, pretty much just 2 finishes last year!

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14  2017 QuiltAlong in Quilting: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: April 06, 2017 10:12:59 AM
Welcome to the 2017 Quilt Along! Please join in as we work on various quilting projects this year. The point of this Quilt Along is to motivate ourselves and others to work on their projects and provide a space to discuss projects during and after their completion, as well as fill the Quilting Board with beautiful quilts.

To join our Quilt Along, please post a list of the 4-8 quilts you will be working on this year, baby sized or larger.

Of course, discussing and sharing in-progress pics of any quilted projects, large or small, quilted mug rugs, wall hangings, and whatever smaller projects you are working on this year are always welcome!

I'll keep track with links in the second post of people's lists so you can find your "master list" quickly and easily.

How to join the 2017 QuiltAlong:

1.) Make a post introducing yourself (tell us about your quilting likes and dislikes and your quilting journey) along with your list of 4-8 Quilts, baby sized or larger that you are committing to working on this year. They could be started already or quilts you haven't started yet, tops languishing ready to be quilted, or any stage in between.

2.) Check in once in awhile! Tell us what you've worked on, or what you'd like to be working on.

3.) When you finish a project on your list, make a post for it with picture(s) on the Quilting Board AND share it in this QuiltAlong thread with a picture and link to your post on the Quilting Board.


There will be prizes and challenges throughout the year, stay tuned!

Challenge 1: Post a collage or set of pics (personally I love making collages via Picmonkey, it's free and easy) of all the quilt projects you made last year! (since we're starting late this year, feel free to do last year but up until now) I only finished, like 2 lol! If you did more than, say, 8 feel free to just pick your faves.


Past QuiltAlongs:

2011 QuiltAlong Thread
2012 QuiltAlong Thread
2013 QuiltAlong Thread
2014 QuiltAlong Thread
2015 QuiltAlong Thread
2016 QuiltAlong Thread


Quilt by amazon_warrior in the 2016 QuiltAlong
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15  Circus Lion Quilt Blocks in Quilting: Completed Projects by MareMare on: April 01, 2017 01:17:47 AM
Rawr! Who doesn't love a super colorful circus lion?! I bought this sweet pattern on Craftsy from Monday Morning Designs. I just need to embroider some eyes! Circuses are the hottest trend out there right now,  thanks for checking out my project!



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16  Circus Elephant Quilt Blocks in Quilting: Completed Projects by MareMare on: April 01, 2017 01:14:30 AM
What's cuter than a blue circus elephant? How about two pf them?! I bought this adorable pattern on Craftsy from Monday Morning Designs. I just need to embroider some eyes! Loving this hot new circus trend!



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17  Circus Tent Quilt Blocks in Quilting: Completed Projects by MareMare on: April 01, 2017 01:09:26 AM
If you haven't heard, circuses are the hot new theme for spring! I hopped on this fun new trend and made these adorable circus tents from a free paper pieced pattern I found on Craftsy.



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18  Instant Pot Orange Honey Drumsticks (freezer meal option) in Recipes and Cooking Tips by MareMare on: March 27, 2017 12:10:51 PM
Instant Pot Orange Honey Drumsticks

Adapted from Eating Well
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipe/250966/slow-cooker-honey-orange-chicken-drumsticks/
Ive changed quantities of sauce ingredients to make more sauce as well as adding reducing and thickening steps at the end, plus adapted from crockpot to Instant Pot, and changed the toppings slightly.



10-12 Chicken Drumsticks, skin removed
Marinade/Sauce:
1/3 cup orange juice (juice from 1 large orange)
1/3 cup honey
2 Tablespoons orange zest
cup soy sauce
4 gloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons sesame oil
2 Tablespoons minced fresh ginger
2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
teaspoon red pepper flakes

Thickener:
2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
cup cold water

Toppings:
2 Tablespoons sesame seeds, toasted
1 bunch green onions, sliced, whites and greens separated

Remove skin from chicken and discard. Mix marinade/sauce ingredients together.* Add chicken and sauce to Instant Pot with 1 cup water.  Lock lid on, first making sure ring is tightly in place. Check that vent is sealed. Press Manual and then adjust to 10 minutes with +/- buttons. After done cooking, allow to naturally release for 10 minutes, then carefully push the release nozzle to venting. Remove chicken to a plate and press cancel, then Saute. Add the white parts of the green onions and boil the sauce to reduce to your liking (5 minutes was good for me). Mix the cornstarch and cold water in a bowl and then whisk into the sauce. Cook until thickened. Add the meat back to the pot (I prefer to de-bone mine and then add back in) and serve over rice, topped with sesame seeds and the green tops of the green onions.

*For a make-ahead meal, remove the skin from drumsticks and divide between 2, 1 gallon sized Ziplock bags. Pour sauce over, squish around to coat, and then arrange in one layer and freeze. When ready to cook, put sauce and chicken, frozen, into Instant Pot, add 1 cup water, and cook on Manual for 15 minutes, then follow rest of directions above.
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19  Re: arrghhhhhhh help. I may have used too much lye and water in Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions by MareMare on: March 20, 2017 02:00:00 PM
Ok, so I recommend adding about 4 ounces of olive oil. Finely chop or shred the soap you have, add the oil, and cook it down slowly on very low on the stove or even in a crockpot. Definitely use gloves when touching it. If you can get it all melted down very well and stir it every once in awhile, you should get it smooth enough to re-mold. It won't have the same silky texture fresh soap does, it will be a rougher final texture but hopefull you'll still be able to save the batch! If you want better details look up the process "rebatching" and see some tips. oh, and when you do re-mold it, it will be kinda thick and lumpy, that's ok! Give it a few gentle taps on the table to clear the air bubbles out (and/or drop it onto the table from like 1-2 inches in the air) like you'd clear bubbles out of some baked goods.

So here's what you made, you can see that 2.9 oz lye is off the chart, it would be like negative 5 or something.



And here's with 4 additional ounces of olive oil, bringing it down to a healthy 8% range.



And I'm not guaranteeing this will work, but for relatively little effort and a half cup of olive oil it's probably worth trying to save the whole batch!

I highly recommend The Sage Soap Calc from MMS Sage, it is super easy to use. There are fancier ones out there when you're really digging into the numbers and specific properties of the oils, but even if I'm using one of those for advanced settings, I'll still run my basic recipe through The Sage.

https://www.thesage.com/calcs/LyeCalc.html

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20  Re: GALLERY! One Tiny Snarky Thing (signups 01/28/17-02/09/17 with S.O. 02/27/17) in The Swap Gallery by MareMare on: March 07, 2017 08:08:14 AM
Oh, the little kitty woman is so sweet! I love her sassy expression!

I received from fatewineroses!  The cutest little sandwich sign decoration with two of my favorite themes--The Office and Buffy the Vampire Slayer!






And a side view to show the sign better!




I love that she combined these two themes, but my boyfriend thought it was weird to have two themes in one project. But, I just told him to shut his damn mouth, so we're all good! Cheesy Also he was really excited about the swap package coming in the mail, he was sad when I sent mine off and kind of forgot that I'd be getting something in return Cheesy
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