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 on: April 25, 2017 12:50:06 PM 
Started by MareMare - Last post by Immaculata
I received mine today! Thanks Wendiek! I really love it!

I had asked for a farm theme. My family used to have a small farm when I was a kid. I live in the inner city now and we are longing for a more rural life some time in the future. I think I did mention that in my questionnaire, but I'm fairly certain I did not mention my dad's a prize winning poultry breeder and we had a couple of hundred chickens. So that's a really nice coincidence. I have always loved chickens, it's very relaxing to sit and watch them from a distance.




I really love the bright colours and the burlap is a really nice touch too. The quilting is very neat and clean on the back and the eyes are seed beads. I really like it a lot and it's already on the wall of my sewing room!

 on: April 25, 2017 10:11:11 AM 
Started by craftylittlemonkey - Last post by craftylittlemonkey
With shibori elements Wink.

A while ago I turned scraps saved from many other projects into new pieces of fabric.

The post on that with a tutorial and lots of pictures is here:

A bit after that I made some beads out of scraps.

The post on that with a tutorial and lots of pictures is here:

I knew I'd figure out something to do with them eventually and then for a private swap with cmarion I did. I made them into a book.

Ribbon sewn to the covers and the signatures, those have 4 pages each (2 folded in half), caron multimedia paper. I ended up making 2 more signatures that are not pictured here so the book has a total of 20 pages. The fabric beads are used to make a piano hinge binding. I added a bit of ribbon to the top inside corner of one cover as a book mark. Many of those could be included with decorative elements knotted or stitched to them to fancy up the thing even more if desired.

The cover needs to move independently from the pages so gets it's own beads for the hinge. If you don't quite understand this sort of book binding there are lots of tutorials online illustrating how it's done with paper that should make it understandable. This is not exactly the same but it's similar enough that you can figure it out.
Attaching everything was tricky, I recommend taking your time and not attempting to stitch it all at once if you give this project a go. It's a lot of layers of fabric to sew through and ended up hurting my fingers because I am impatient and silly.
The centre beads the pages are attached to need to be sewn together, you can see they are already stitched together here before the pages were added.

Here's a closer look. The pages were stitched in very loosely, once all the beads were attached to the ribbon binding, I pulled the stitched tight and knotted them off. Thread ends are buried inside the beads so they are not loose and won't come undone.  

I reinforced the covers with some decorative lace just to be sure the scrap fibers had a more stable base since they'll be handled the most. And it looks pretty, there's always that element to consider Wink.

The hinges are aligned and sticks inserted to hold it all together.

The separate cover hinges let the book open flat.

I think the spine is the most beautiful part.

Keeping the sticks in place can be done in many ways but I chose to wrap them with string. I used a short stick between the main 2 to hold them apart a bit and bound them with left over string used for shibori dying at a workshop last year. Precious, precious scraps. I love every little left over thread and bit of fabric confetti, lol.

I could have added more rows of beads to make a thicker book but I intended it to be the sort of journal that could be stuffed with things, it can expand to hold a lot of inserts, paper etc glued to the pages.

 on: April 25, 2017 09:58:03 AM 
Started by alteredmommy - Last post by noooitaremybirthday
Fish Bobbins and Ladies Necklace Gifts claimed by Kwality!

 on: April 25, 2017 09:48:38 AM 
Started by Wildfyre - Last post by Eamea
Aurora is having such wonderful adventures!  Actually, I enjoy looking at all the LV pictures whether they are mine or not.  I had no idea they had SLVs (space little visitors).  My husband enjoys space exploration so I was sure to share the video with him.

Things have been pretty quiet around here.  There aren't any little ones in the family so no egg hunts, but we did stuff ourselves silly on Easter.

The Blues had me worried there at the end, but they managed to win the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.  Clara might have been conflicted rooting for a team other than the Lightning, but she didn't mention it.  Way to assimilate!

Thursday my mosaic group had our monthly meeting.  They are held at Yucandu, an interactive art studio for all ages.

 on: April 25, 2017 09:39:17 AM 
Started by LovelyMiss - Last post by Inselaeffchen
Prompt: April - Quote #2 (overcoming challenges)
Team: Multimedia
Bonus Points: Engineering
Project Name:"Senf Eier" (Eggs in Mustard Sauce)
Project Link:N/a
Brief Description: "Obstacles do not block the path, they ARE the path" Ok, my girls dyed 26 (!!!) hardboiled eggs for Easter. What do you do with 26 (!!!!) hardboiled eggs apart from 2 batches of egg mayo? And specially when your "go to" dish of "Gruene Sosse" (Green Sauce, a famous (?) Dish from Frankfurt) is off the menu due to not all the herbs easily obtainable in the UK and I forgot to plant the seeds in time (I've yet to plant those darn things!). So... I had to try something that I've not cooked at all but liked as a child. And given my girls don't usually like mustard it was a hit and miss how it would go down...

Eggs in Mustard Sauce

80g butter
4 tbsp flour
400ml milk
300ml vegetable broth
3 tbsp medium mustard
salt and peppper
lemon juice
2 egg yolks
8 hard boiled eggs

Melt the butter in a small saucepan. Add the flour and whisk until absorbed. Add liquids and whisk until smooth. Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. Make sure to stir to prevent burning.

Season sauce with mustard, salt, pepper, lemon juice and 2 pinches of sugar to taste. Take a bit of the sauce and mix in a separate tub with the egg yolks then add back to the pan. Take the pan of the heat.

Serve over the hard boiled eggs (I cut them in half for adults and into six "wedges" for the girls) and either boiled or mashed potatoes.

Project Picture:

 on: April 25, 2017 08:01:07 AM 
Started by MareMare - Last post by craftylittlemonkey
It's beautiful! & CONGRATS!

I don't have a mosiac because I made a total of one quilt ha.

Here's my latest

and I updated my list post with my scanty makings.

 on: April 25, 2017 07:32:44 AM 
Started by geekgirl1000100 - Last post by lindyv321
I received from curiousfae and she chose my heart theme

The stuffers

And this is so cool! A note with info all about her

 on: April 25, 2017 07:20:03 AM 
Started by alteredmommy - Last post by kwality570
Coiled yarn bowl claimed by nooo:

 on: April 25, 2017 06:18:10 AM 
Started by craftylittlemonkey - Last post by craftylittlemonkey
Made for sloth in the mini art quilt swap 8. My partner is a pretty quirky gal, I knew I had to make her something strange and wondrous. I hope I succeeded.

It's strip or string piecing with one side of the strip overlapped and the other left raw.
I visually divided the panel up into 3 and fit the colours for each scene in.

Using sticky dissolvable solvy over the top, sketched some lines and sewed all over to hold the strips in place. The solvy washes away afterwards.

Added the sun and birds, mountains & cacti, a campfire to each panel using double sided fusible web.

I used the fusible web to add a layer of felt inside instead of batting so it would all start out and stay relatively flat since it's supposed to hang and I didn't want it wavy at all. I fused the felt on both sides, to the front panel and the backing fabric on the other side.
Divided the panels with strips of black then bound it all with dark brown.

Some of the quilting was done before adding detail, some afterwards.

Zig zag stitching to give the cacti spikiness.

The campfire is my favourite scene. The tree silhouettes are sketched in thread by machine.

There are 5 magnets hidden inside the quilt and one on the back of the jackelope so he can be positioned in each scene. Jackelope is an image found online (I have since lost the info about the source, terrible me!) and printed onto fabric.

The magnets are those really strong ones so as you hold Jack and circle round the quilt looking for them he pretty much jumps out of your hand into the spot when he gets close enough. That was so fun to do Cheesy.

ETA: each scene was heavily inspired by other landscape quilts I found online.

 on: April 25, 2017 06:18:07 AM 
Started by alteredmommy - Last post by kwality570
I made this Coil wrapped yarn bowl and will be adding it to my shop:

It's a little wonky, but it was my first attempt and a test project for a larger tote bag type one. Sunglasses inside to show size, but that makes it look larger than it is! 10" across and 3.5" high. Base diameter 6.5".

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