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post #31 of 56
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Originally Posted by twofatcats
Patchwork is my all-consuming passion. Last night I finished my sixth quilt top within two week, made to be donated to a local church who will back it, turn and tie it to send to world relief projects. Some of them I refer to as "ugly quilts," as they don't have the coordinated color or design that I usually do. But others were nice. I figure that people everywhere, no matter how poor they are, like to have something pretty. It is a whole lot more motivating to make pretty ones, too.

I haven't taken photos of any of these recent ones yet, but here is a photo of some of those I have donated in the past.


My mom used to quilt and was the master of the "Log Cabin" pattern. She made one in greens and apricot colors like the one you pictured to the far left - is that called "Sunshine and Shadows"?
post #32 of 56
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Originally Posted by eneelk
I am doing cross stitch everyday, when my Scuffy is asleep cause he is playing with my stuff, specially my thread! I already made like 10 big cross stitch, I am going to frame it maybe next year cause I am planning on moving to another country.
An avid cross-stitcher once taught me to wet the entire thread before you cross stitch with it. Like when you would wet the end to thread the needle, you run the entire length you are about to thread through your mouth (sounds yucky but it really isn't). It really does make it lay flatter on the cloth and the end result is worth it!!

When I was x-stitching last month, Koko was trying to help me. She grabbed the thread on one end and as I pulled it away from her, she moistened the entire length. Yup, it crossed my mind for a fleeting moment to have my babies lick the thread for me then thought better of it. LOL
post #33 of 56
Actually the one on the far left is a type of bargello piecework, as the strips are cut in different widths to give a curved effect to the design. There are several quilt blocks known as Sunshine and Shadows, but the most common one is made up strictly of squares. You could do a Google search for "Sunshine and Shadows Amish Quilt" to see what that pattern looks like.
post #34 of 56
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
My mom used to quilt and was the master of the "Log Cabin" pattern. She made one in greens and apricot colors like the one you pictured to the far left - is that called "Sunshine and Shadows"?
Oh, I just read your comment again and see that you are referring to a Log Cabin. There is a Sunshine and Shadows setting for the Log Cabin quilt block, as well. That's a little harder to find in a Google search, as the different designs which go by those names get mixed up in there, too, but you could find it if you specifically looked for those patterns that use both names. It, of course, uses long rectangles around a square, as do most other Log Cabin designs.
post #35 of 56
I am currently working on 11 (actually 10, one is done) lap quilts for a friend of mine, made from her fathers clothes, as a keepsake for the grandkids, kids and her mom......This is a pic of her mom's quilt, the only one I have finished! The center of each quilt has a pocket from one of his shirts, 'cause he wouldn't wear a shirt w/o a pocket, and in that pocket is a memorial pic of him, and his birth/death dates.
post #36 of 56
Cindy - what a totally awesome idea and how wonderful for you to go thru all that work for your friend!!
post #37 of 56
I like to do cross-stitching, scrapbooking and I also sew. I wish I had time to do it more often!
post #38 of 56
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Originally Posted by Momofmany
Only 18 count! You would flip to see my cross-stitch done on 28 count - it looks like a painting as you can barely see the threads at all! My preference is 22 count or smaller.
I bought a book on Navaho weaving while out in Arizona a few years back. I'm absolutely enthralled with the idea, but don't know if I'll ever have enough time to do one. I can only dream......
OH MY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the smaller count stuff is really fab! It DOES look like painting (hows your eyesight


Re interpret the designs and do one in cross stitch. Or maybe re-interpret the sand painting (not copy as I think that is a no no?) - it would totally look like paint.
Good luck
Alexis
post #39 of 56
[quote=twofatcats] Oh, you haven't seen an ugly quilt yet! I wasn't referring to those I posted as ugly, though I'll admit they might be prettier if I wasn't trying to use just donated fabrics and those I'd purchased for $2 a yard or less. But lately I have been trying to use up the end of several boxes of donated fabrics, and I just slapped things together in a random manner for several of the tops. I often don't even bother to take photos of my "ugly quilts."

Sorry if you misunderstood - I dont't think that any of the posted photos were your 'ugly quilts' by any means. They are just so nice.
I just love the shaded blues on the first one.
Alexis
post #40 of 56
I did a picture of a faerie on navy blue and 22 count. I thought I would go blind by the time I was done with it It was well worth it though because it is gorgeous. I don't keep anything I do. I can pick out the mistakes too easily and then everytime I look at the picture, I see that mistake. I always give it to my mom or grandma or someone else that loves it but can't see to do it.
post #41 of 56
I can crochet, and i also can do needlepoint and cross stitch, but they take to long! I love to crochet, it gives me something to do when i watch TV. I'm trying to learn one-stroke painting, and I'd love to know how to make candles and homemade bath products. Not enough hours in the day for all that.

Sometimes, I have 2 helpers when I'm crocheting. I have to watch them, because they try to eat the yarn.
post #42 of 56
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Originally Posted by bren.1
I can crochet, and i also can do needlepoint and cross stitch, but they take to long! I love to crochet, it gives me something to do when i watch TV. I'm trying to learn one-stroke painting, and I'd love to know how to make candles and homemade bath products. Not enough hours in the day for all that.

Sometimes, I have 2 helpers when I'm crocheting. I have to watch them, because they try to eat the yarn.

I have a good friend that does one stroke painting, she has spent a fortune learning it! I do envy you on the crochet thing - it still totally eludes me. I know what you mean about 'helpers' - mine sleep in my silk fabric and get realy arsy when I have to shift them!
alexis
post #43 of 56
Sorry to be so naive...What is one stroke painting?
post #44 of 56
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Originally Posted by tulip2454
OH MY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the smaller count stuff is really fab! It DOES look like painting (hows your eyesight


Re interpret the designs and do one in cross stitch. Or maybe re-interpret the sand painting (not copy as I think that is a no no?) - it would totally look like paint.
Good luck
Alexis
I can see close up great without my glasses. I also have the PC Stitch software so I can make design simple by converting a jpg to a pattern in a few minutes. I have a number of sand paintings (some are even quality artists) and much better than any x-stitch book that I've seen on the topic. Good idea - I like to mix various mediums with my art and have my hallway dedicated to cloth type art.
post #45 of 56
Hello there, hootiecat here! I love to do jewelry crafts, I work with seed beads and glass or crystals. Austrian crystals are awesome. I also like to use wire and silver beads and precious stone beads, like tiger's eyes. I usually give what I create to my little girl, or to her cousins, and to some of my freinds. I have a few I've kept for myself too. I use to know how to crochet, embroider and latchhhook and crossstitch too but it's been so long I may have forgotten. h-cat
post #46 of 56
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Originally Posted by Abby7625
Sorry to be so naive...What is one stroke painting?
From what I understand it is exactly that - painting in one stroke!. You load the brush and in 'one stroke' set it down. If that makes sense! So, if you are painting say a rose bud, you would load the brush with perhaps a pink pigment with a side load of white (I think you pull the brush on the side through the white) and press the brush into the paper, pull the brush along and lift at the end.
Oh boy I'm totally cr@p at this explaination stuff. Anyway, for the rose stem. Load the brush with perhaps green and starting at the bottom of the bud 'pull' the brush downwards, lifting it off where you want to end. Have you ever seen what we over here call Canal Art - its very similar.
I think you would be better looking it up in the library. I do know that if you put in -one stroke painting- on your search engine it will come up with loads of stuff. I think from what my friend says a woman called Donna Dewberry(?) made a mint out of it!
Good luck
Alexis
post #47 of 56
Thanks...It sounds difficult. Of course I can't draw a straight line with a ruler so it's really intimidating.
post #48 of 56
Scrapbooking, jewelry, candles, sewing and anything else that looks fun at the moment.
post #49 of 56
Can any of you tell me how I can get red kool-aid out of my cross stitch picture? It's the same one I posted previously about...3 years of work and my 5 year old just dropped a cup of kool-aid all over my sewing box it was in and it dripped all over before I could get it out and the mess cleaned up. I know alot of the colors are not color fast and will run. If I can't get the spots out, it's ruined.
post #50 of 56
Abby what is kool aid?
post #51 of 56
Its a powdered fruit flavored drink. You mix it with water and sugar.
post #52 of 56
Yikes. I think what I would do is sprinkle some on a spare piece of material, then let it dry, as the one on your work must be dry by now. Then on the spare piece try Vodka, Nail Polish remover, or White Wine. If that doesn't work I will look for some other ideas. Do you have Stain Devil over there?
post #53 of 56
I tried everything I could think of and finally got it out...plain old hot water. I finally realized I had nothing to lose, it was going to be ruined either way so I let the hot water run in the kitchen sink and held the picture under it. All of the red spots came out almost instantly and only one color ran. I can just take out that area where it did and restitch it. I ironed it dry so it didnt lose its shape or anything and it's good as new. Hot water...go figure!
post #54 of 56
I do rubberstamping, thats about it.
post #55 of 56
Abby I am so glad. It would have been awful to have lost all that hard work.
post #56 of 56
Next time don't put a hot water, cause the other thread are going to fade. If your project is dirty just hand wash it with cold water and don't use detergent soap that has a chlorine in it. When you are not doing your cross stitch, cover your work with a cloth (I covered mine with Bath towel, I fold the towel first) so it's won't get dirty and it will protect your work against dust, and put it somewhere safe. Hope this help.

I found these pictures, I have a cross stitch patterns of this I am going to make those.

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Sarah Holding a Cat


I already made this one. The kitty looks like my Scuffy!

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