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Fogbow Arts and Crafts Club

Post #1 by Maybenaut » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:31 pm

We have a birdwatchers club, and a woodworking club, and a whole bunch of different threads where some of us have posted about our various arts and crafts projects, so I thought it would be nice to have a thread just for arts and crafts.

So I'll start! These are four sarongs that I bought in Thailand. They are essentially about 1.7 yard legths of fabric sewn into a tube. Some of the Thai women out in the country, including my daughter-in-law's mother, wear them pretty much every day. They just step into them, and cinch them around their waist and tie a knot.

I thought they would be beautiful in a quilt. I paid about $2.80 each for them. I'm going to cut them up, and use them with this bleach muslin* to make a 25 patch star quilt.

* my voice recognition typed this out as "Muslim" :roll:

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Post #2 by Sugar Magnolia » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:38 pm

The colors are incredibly vibrant if they are cotton, which means PRE-WASH!! You surely don't want crimson and purple crocking on bleached muslin. If they aren't cotton you may need to do some stabilization on the fabric before assembling it into a quilt. Are the patterns woven or printed?

Either way, they are absolutely gorgeous pieces of fabric.

In the event you are already familiar with the previous information, disregard.

ETA: If the sarongs are as tightly woven as the ones I have, you might want to consider using a white or off-white Kona cotton instead of the muslin. If the weaves aren't balanced, the muslin will bag fairly quickly.



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Post #3 by Maybenaut » Fri Oct 28, 2016 1:46 pm

Yeah I'm going to prewash, and the weave on the is actually fairly loose. It's about the same as the muslin.



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Post #4 by phelana » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:36 pm

So what are your pumpkins looking like this year? The kids haven't told me how they want theirs carved. Maybe I'll just gut them and see if they can draw their designs tonight. I tend to carve with the dremel.

I've done no decorating. I thought I had some black fabric that I could shred and hang around the porch. Not seeing it at the moment.

I have no idea for a costume for me. I really don't want to be a witch this year. I'm thinking lots of black makeup, fishnets, doc martens and something...I'll call it aging gothy punk rocker. Most folks will just call it horrid. LOL


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Post #5 by Sugar Magnolia » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:37 pm

OK, I'll shut up now. I was in the middle of doing some research on another quilt technique when your post came up so I was in "archival" mode already. I get so excited talking about quilting I just start dumping info out but I don't ever mean to imply you don't know what you're doing.



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Post #6 by listeme » Fri Oct 28, 2016 2:42 pm

If someone like W4 or Verbie helps me figure out how to put pics up, I'll join this thread eventually.

I haz sheeps and bunnies and I like making squares :mrgreen:


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Post #7 by phelana » Fri Oct 28, 2016 3:57 pm

listeme wrote:If someone like W4 or Verbie helps me figure out how to put pics up, I'll join this thread eventually.

I haz sheeps and bunnies and I like making squares :mrgreen:


Putting up photos is easy. If they are stored out on the web somewhere, just grab the url and click on the little mountain icon (9th from the left).

If they are stored locally on your phone or computer, scroll down just a bit, you'll see an Options tab and a tab with three horizontal lines. That's the attachments tab.
Click the attachments tab.
Now you'll see an 'Add files' button.
Click there and you'll get a window to browse around and find your photos.
Once you select your photo, you'll see an option to 'display inline' select that and the photo will appear in your post.

Photos need to be somewhat small. I've forgotten the size. But it tells you if it's too large. In which case, I email the photo to myself. The mail app asks if I'd like it to be smaller and I say yes. Instant photo resizing.


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Post #8 by listeme » Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:09 pm

I have a tendency to fail at photos, and then I flail. It is just ugly.

I'll let Verbie help me :mrgreen: But thank you!!


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Post #9 by Maybenaut » Fri Oct 28, 2016 4:30 pm

Sugar Magnolia wrote:OK, I'll shut up now. I was in the middle of doing some research on another quilt technique when your post came up so I was in "archival" mode already. I get so excited talking about quilting I just start dumping info out but I don't ever mean to imply you don't know what you're doing.

Please don't shut up!! Reminders about that sort of stuff are useful even for experienced quilters. And there may be some reading this forum who are not experienced, so the information is very helpful.

And I realized I didn't answer a couple of your questions. This is pre-printed 100% cotton fabric. It actually looks to be about on par with the quality of fabric that you get at Joannes. So, not the best, but not the worst I've ever seen. But the prints are stunning.



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Post #10 by Sugar Magnolia » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:28 pm

After posting earlier I went off to locate the (pieces of) the ones that I have and do a little textile research on them. Mine was as remembered except for evidence of stuff that I found while looking up the other stuff.

Because of the difference in laws concerning chemicals and dyes from country to country, pre-washing is an absolute must. One of my scraps has apparently lost one entire color over the years. They are also susceptible to fading much more than American dyes, which is obvious on the folds of a dark purple and red I have even though they are not exposed to direct light. I should probably drag out all my pieces of foreign fabrics and DO something with them. I have some drop dead gorgeous Japanese linen that is too pretty to only pull out twice a year to fondle.

My daughter brought me textiles similar to sarongs from Korea and they are the same way. Vary widely in hand and quality, and, oddly enough, smell. All I got from Turkey (she was deported so didn't get to make her planned textile market trip) was some weird printed silk scarves. Can't wait to see what she sends me from Ecuador.



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Post #11 by maydijo » Fri Oct 28, 2016 6:37 pm

Maybenaut, those are beautiful. We visit Thailand every couple of years (it's a cheap and easy holiday destination) but I've never thought of doing what you're doing. Of course, you are no doubt a much better seamstress than I am! I have two pieces of Burmese silk, the type Burmese women use to make skirts, one green and one blue. I've had them for four years now and would love to do something with them, but I don't trust myself to cut into them! They are both large enough to cover a single bed. (We were in Yangoon for the last US presidential election, staying in a guest house where the only English language coverage wad RT. Talk about a fun way to get your election coverage!) I am open for ideas if you or anyone else has them, they are gorgeous fabrics and aren't serving any purpose sitting at the bottom of my fabric stash!



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Post #12 by Sugar Magnolia » Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:07 pm

maydijo wrote:Maybenaut, those are beautiful. We visit Thailand every couple of years (it's a cheap and easy holiday destination) but I've never thought of doing what you're doing. Of course, you are no doubt a much better seamstress than I am! I have two pieces of Burmese silk, the type Burmese women use to make skirts, one green and one blue. I've had them for four years now and would love to do something with them, but I don't trust myself to cut into them! They are both large enough to cover a single bed. (We were in Yangoon for the last US presidential election, staying in a guest house where the only English language coverage wad RT. Talk about a fun way to get your election coverage!) I am open for ideas if you or anyone else has them, they are gorgeous fabrics and aren't serving any purpose sitting at the bottom of my fabric stash!

You don't have to cut into them if you don't want to. You can make (or have them made) into whole cloth quilts or flings. Easy enough to do yourself though. They can be either machine quilted or tied, batting or flannel and whatever backing you want. An envelope finish edge and Voila! something you will actually use and enjoy.



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Post #13 by Flatpointhigh » Fri Oct 28, 2016 7:42 pm

I paint:
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Post #14 by RVInit » Sun Oct 30, 2016 6:29 pm

Maybenaut wrote:We have a birdwatchers club, and a woodworking club, and a whole bunch of different threads where some of us have posted about our various arts and crafts projects, so I thought it would be nice to have a thread just for arts and crafts.

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Wonderful idea! These are gorgeous fabrics. When my family lived in Panama one of the things that made a huge impression on my when we travelled to other countries in Central America was how colorfully the people in Guatemala dressed. We also visited the San Blas islands and the molas were really clever and gorgeous. For people who aren't familiar with those, they stack different colored fabrics on top of each other and then cut down to the desired color to make a pattern.

http://www.molasfrompanama.com/index.html

I enjoy sewing and I like to make bags, purses, and lots of other kinds of stuff. Here are a couple of purses I made recently. One still working on.

This is not a very good photo. The fabrics are actually really pretty and the bag looks nicer in person.
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This one I am currently working on. Need to put on the trim and handles and then it's done. The bottom has feet and it's a nice sturdy bag.
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Usually give away most of what I make before I get a photo of it, but trying to remember to take photos first. I've done some tatting that turned out pretty nice, but, of course, gave it to my mom and sisters before I got photos of them.


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Post #15 by Azastan » Sun Oct 30, 2016 7:53 pm

RVInit wrote:
Usually give away most of what I make before I get a photo of it, but trying to remember to take photos first. I've done some tatting that turned out pretty nice, but, of course, gave it to my mom and sisters before I got photos of them.


Are you working from patterns, or freehand? I like the one with the gather.



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Azastan wrote:
RVInit wrote:
Usually give away most of what I make before I get a photo of it, but trying to remember to take photos first. I've done some tatting that turned out pretty nice, but, of course, gave it to my mom and sisters before I got photos of them.


Are you working from patterns, or freehand? I like the one with the gather.


I do quite a bit from my own patterns, but, these two are both from someone else's patterns. The one with the gathers is one of Amy Butlers patterns. I like her designs, they can be tricky to put together, but, they are nice. The other is a pattern I found locally, can't remember the name of the woman who designed it. I don't care for her straps/handles, I thought they were kind of funky, so I am going to do my own thing for the straps for this one.


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Post #17 by Sugar Magnolia » Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:34 pm

Are you doing the quilting on them or is that pre-quilted outer fabric? I see you have those expensive little binding clips so maybe you're a quilter?



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Post #18 by maydijo » Sun Oct 30, 2016 8:52 pm

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Flatpointhigh wrote:I paint:
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Beautiful. That looks somewhat Japanesey to my very untrained, know nothing eye.

Everyone is so talented. I could, err, show you the curtains I made with the very wonky hems! Fortunately the rest of the house is wonky too so they fit right in.



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Post #19 by RVInit » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:33 pm

Sugar Magnolia wrote:Are you doing the quilting on them or is that pre-quilted outer fabric? I see you have those expensive little binding clips so maybe you're a quilter?

I did the quilting myself on the outer fabric. I am not a quilter, but I have a quilting guide that came with my machine and since this was just an easy kind of quilting to do I could handle it. I have thought about trying my hand at some real quilting, I really admire the work that so many quilters do. But I would definitely have to get some instruction/help or take a class because I know nothing about quilting. My mother made an amazing quilt when I was in high school, I remember how much work it was, and it was just beautiful.


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Post #20 by Jez » Sun Oct 30, 2016 10:39 pm

well, as some of you know, I'm more of a fiber gal. I crochet and knit (proficiency in that order) and have for years. I've decided to start sharing my hobby with others and have started putting together lessons that will last about an hour. I figure I could charge about $30-40 per class and not have it be too expensive.

And if I can't find a job soon, maybe I can make a career out of it. :bored:


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Post #21 by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Oct 31, 2016 5:43 am

I am a nail art nut. (My husband calls it nail porn.) Free manicures for my Fogbow Friends!

I also crochet - afghans, tops, and hats. I am supposed to be making an Elmo hat for my granddaughter for Christmas- once I get my garden ready for winter.

I also embroider.

The truth is I do these when my body allows- damned fibromyalgia!


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Post #22 by listeme » Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:35 am

We could have a crochet subforum at this rate!

Crocheting is by far my favorite of the arts and crafts, not the least because it is the one often scorned as "lady's church" crafts, etc. (not by any of youse guys.) I also like having small pieces of projects to throw in a bag and take anywhere, and that you can make the most brilliant things in just that way. One small square, another, and suddenly it is a wall hanging.


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Post #23 by phelana » Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:44 am

I crocheted a blanket stitch twin sized blanket in a single panel for my daughter. It was an upgrade from her baby blanket. It's the only blanket she likes to sleep under. It's threadbare now. She wants a new one but there's no way that I'm stuffing that many stitches on a needle again.

I used to crochet a lot. I don't enjoy it anymore. I think I'm too impatient.

My crafting tonight was carving the pumpkins with the dremel. I've found that a drill bit is the best attachment for cutting out chunks. The cone shaped router bit works well for 'peeling'.


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Post #24 by Sugar Magnolia » Mon Oct 31, 2016 6:59 am

As I mentioned before, I'm the facilitator for a charity quilting group and we had our annual show yesterday. Calling it a "show" is pure ego. We spread the quilts out over the backs of the pews and pin them to the stacks of upholstered chairs in the fellowship room, serve punch and cookies and raffle off a quilt the whole group contributed to. Only 2 of the group had ever quilted before we started about 3 years ago and they are now reading patterns (sort of) and cutting fabric (sort of) and choosing colors (sort of) and assembling the tops (some more adept than others) to be quilted. They have become an official guild as of last month and they suit up and show up every Wednesday. Our motto is "Finished is better than perfect" and there are no grades, no pressure and no comparisons. We truly work as a group with zero competition between each other.

Having served as president for 3 different guilds and chairman for our huge biennial regional show, and seeing the cut-throat competition between quilters, the support and help the women in my group show each other is amazing. Even though most of my women are low-income and we work 100% on donations, they have found ways to get their own machines, fabrics and supplies so they can continue to work on their projects at home. They have made arrangements between themselves to car pool with the members who were riding the city bus to get there, they show up for birthday parties, christenings and funerals for each other, and have such an incredible sense of sharing it amazes me.

The pastor of the church we meet in stopped me yesterday after the show to tell me how much he enjoyed having the group there and what a great 'ministry' it was. He said how appreciative he was that we were able to bring people together in that way and have such "joy" in the room every time he visited. That meant a lot to me to hear that.

The group was started with a grant from the MS Arts Commission and it required they have a registered Master Quilter for the first 2 months to lead the group. They called me, my Wednesdays were free, and I just never left after my contract was up. My Wednesday mornings are now sacrosanct and I wouldn't give them up for anything short of an emergency. Our core group of about 15 feels the same way. We have about 40 women who are regular enough we know them by name, but on any given week we have around a dozen or so, from 19 to 92 years old.

These are the women who had quilts in the show yesterday.
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Post #25 by Tink » Mon Oct 31, 2016 7:19 am

Sewing is becoming a lost art. HomeEc was required when I went to school in the 70's. I learned to sew and made all my clothes through high school. I also knit and crochet.

When my youngest started marching band four years ago, there were only five Moms who knew how to sew and we had 180 marching band and color guard uniforms that had to be altered, plus the competition show uniforms. We started sewing in July and generally finished by the time we had our first regional BOA competition in October. We literally lived at the high school for three months. When my daughter graduated in May, the bad lost three more moms to sew, leaving only one mom who knew how to sew.

I would love to get into quilting, but would rather do it by hand than using a machine. My late best friend's grandmother hand sewed quilts and taught Tammy and I how to do it. Memaw made the most beautiful quilts ever.

I still believe that HomeEc should be mandatory. Kids today can't cook and can't sew, it's a shame.




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