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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Christmas potholder on: November 19, 2017 09:00:50 AM
Christmas potholders, made mostly from stash. I am new to FMQ and wanted a simple project. I found this panelled quilting fabric in the 1/meter bin and I decided that would be the perfect project. The backing fabric has been in my stash for a long time, I used up all of my batting scraps. I have finished 3 of them completely now and working on another five. I spray basted them and folded the back over to the front as a binding.

I think I will keep a few of them for myself and then give a set to my friend, mother and grandmother.
2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / One for the crow on: November 06, 2017 08:09:07 AM
I stitched this one for kittykill for the Prairie Schooler fall swap. She said she liked crows and I've been wanting to stitch this pattern for quite some time. It took pretty long to get to her, I was so afraid it got lost, but thankfully it did arrive after a week or 3. I adapted the colours and the pattern a little bit so it looked a bit more fall-themed.

The colours look pretty different irl, sadly I don't have a better one. I took the picture at night the evening before I sent it out and forgot to check if the picture was ok. The fabric is linen, the threads are Classic Colorworks. The chart is the Prairie schooler nr 192.

3  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / The Swap Gallery / Prairie Schooler Fall Swap Gallery on: October 02, 2017 08:19:01 AM
Original swap thread: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=453057.0

kittykill -> Helena Puck -> itsmereba-> curiousfae -> Immaculata -> kittykill


Posted pics
4  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Prairie Schooler Fall Swap S/U 30-08 / 08-09 Mail by 08-10 on: August 30, 2017 12:52:09 PM
Swap name:  Prairie Schooler Fall Swap

Craftster member who is organizing this swap: Immaculata
Craftster member who is co-organizing this swap:
Sign-up date range: Aug 30 / Sept 8
Date to send item by: Oct 8
Limited to a certain number of people? (optional):  No

Restricted to people who all live in the same country? No
If so, which country?

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
There's a chance I need to undergo a very minor medical procedure, in which case I will forward all the swap details to kittykill
- Is at least 18 years old: YES

Swap Organizer will check each participant to make sure they meet these conditions:
- Has been a member for at least one month: YES
- Has posted at least 15 times: YES
- Has completed one swap successfully before signing up for multiple swaps at a time: YES
- Is not currently signed up for more than five swaps: YES
- Does not have any negative feedback: YES
- Participant has agreed that he/she is at least 16 years old: YES
- If within the US, understands that a tracking number is required for this swap: YES
- If outside the US, understands that a mailing receipt copy is required for this swap: YES

Details of swap:

This swap consists of making one large item: a finished piece of cross stitch from a Prairie Schooler pattern. As cross stitch takes a lot of time, I think a piece of cross stitch is always a large item. The method of finishing is up to you and your partner, for example a hoopla, ornament, etc.


Name of swap:  Prairie Schooler Fall Swap
Email address:
Craftster name:
Your real name:
Mailing address including the country:
Would you be willing to ship to an address outside your own country?:
Do you agree to get a tracking number if your swap partner lives in the same country as you?  (YES/NO): 
If your swap partner lives in a different country, do you agree to keep your post office receipt?  (YES/NO):
Do you have a preferred theme? Fall / Winter / Halloween / Thanksgiving / Christmas / Any / Other ....
Do you have a preferred method of finishing?  No / Yes: .....
What are your favorite colors and color combinations?
What colors and color combinations do you dislike?
Do you have any allergies?
Does your home have any allergens (i.e.-smokers, pets, etc...) ?
Anything else I'd like my partner to know:


Also, remember to read the Swap Info Guide to find other rules about participating in a swap.

5  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prairie Schooler? on: June 07, 2017 01:31:33 PM
Anyone interested in a Prairie schooler swap?
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Pantry on: May 20, 2017 11:16:41 AM


What I did:
- The floor was bare, so I used a leftover piece of vinyl from the living room to cover the floor
- As you can see in the first picture, the green paint chipped. The grain paint was actually acrylic paint over traditional limewash, which is why it's chipped (it's an old house). I removed this acrylic layer, which was easy because it was a completely seperate layer and it nearly fell off just from touching it. Then I had a limewashed wall. I didn't want to keep it that way, as it leaves white marks when you touch it, but removing it completely would be a lot of work. Beneath the limewash there's only the red brick. The only type of paint you can paint directly onto limewash is chalk paint, which is what I did. It still looks like limewash, but it doesn't leave white marks and doesn't come off when you spill some water over it. I did two layers on the wall and four layers on the (wood) stairs. The stairs had big water marks on them from the previous owner accidentally tipping a bucket of water over the stairs. I didn't manage to cover the stains completely, but I didn't want to buy another can just to paint the ceiling of my pantry.
- I chose a modular shelving system so we can adapt the space in the future if necessary, but it required some 40 large 10mm holes to be drilled into a brick wall. That was about 80% of the work. It didn't help I had to recharge my cordless drill/driver a few times. Installing the actual shelves only took a couple of minutes. My local store cuts them to size for free.

(It's an old house, we had it checked out thorougly before we bought it and the water marks especially, but according to the experts the bucket of water story checks out. I love my old house and renovating it, but you really do need a proper inspection before you buy it to really know what you're getting yourself into).
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Michael Powell cross stitch on: January 15, 2017 04:54:26 AM
I finished the English cottage years ago, and the Greek island one recently. I have framed them now in matching cheap Ikea box frames (Ribba). The frames are 9x9", the cross stitched picture is about 5x5". The picture mounts came with the frames and happened to be exactly the right size and colour. I'm not very good at cutting straight edges so I was very happy to find out that the mounts matched exactly.

 -- edit: I just don't seem to be able to rotate those pictures. They are rotated on my computer, but they won't upload that way on here. Anyone has any advice about that?
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Ready, set, go! quilt on: December 27, 2016 09:15:48 AM
I recently finished this using fabrics from the Ready, set, go range by Robert Kaufman. It's for a little 3 year old boy who's mad about cars. I've chosen for a completely different backing so he can just turn over the blanket and have a completely different quilt on his bed.

I did everything by machine. I quilted in the ditch using a green-blue thread that's not really visible on the front but the perfect colour for the back. I used MareMare's great tutorial for the machine binding (I usually do). You might be able to see I forgot to cut off some threads from the back, but I did that as soon as I noticed them on my camera .... Grin

9  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Prairie schooler / primitive type swap? on: September 15, 2016 06:41:20 AM
I always thought primitive style cross stitch was way too uncool for Craftster, but recently I've seen a few projects turn up on the needlework board. Is anyone interested in swapping them? Possibly in the shape of christmas ornaments, considering the season, but I like other themes as well.
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Little House Needleworks sampler on: June 24, 2016 11:51:39 AM
Pattern: Little House Needleworks
Thread: Weeks Dye Works
Fabric: Permin

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