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401  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Make a Purse & Fill It Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED, MAIL BY 02/28/2011 on: February 01, 2011 10:12:15 AM

i hate to sound ignorant, but is stabilizer necessary?  or would interfacing be ok?  or both?  or is that redundant?  gah!


I think the two words tend to be used interchangably.  I think of stabilizer as the stuff you use when machine embroidering and interfacing as the stuff you use in garments and bags.   I use a mid-weight interfacing and usually fusible fleece in many of my bags/purses.  Some people like a stiffer bag and use a heavy-weight interfacing.  I also use fusible interfacing rather than sew-in most of the time as I find it quicker and easier.  You could use canvas for an inner layer as well (this is good for market bags or any bag you want some drape to rather than stiffness).  I find that for some bags, fusible fleece is enough for the body I am looking for.  It is what you use as the inner layer that gives the bag body, so it really depends on what you want the end product to be like. 
402  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: January 29, 2011 03:15:58 PM
Progress.  I have my broccokitty ironed, sandwiched and basted!  I went to a quilt club on free motion today and got a lot of good advice for how to do the quilting so I am ready to go for it tomorrow... assuming, of course that I can settle on thread colors.   Undecided

Your broccokitty is so cute!  I love the colors and even though I am not a cat person, I think your quilt is great! Smiley
403  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: January 29, 2011 03:13:05 PM
A picture of my completed Costume Shop Quilt is up in my list post.  You can see it HERE

Love it! That quilt is awesome!
404  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Make a Purse & Fill It Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED, MAIL BY 02/28/2011 on: January 23, 2011 10:02:50 AM
I have my bag half finished and one of the extras done.  I really hope my partner likes what I have chosen.  The bag is a pattern I have made before, but I am making some slight modifications.  It is coming together well, if I do say so myself. Smiley
405  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Make a Purse & Fill It Swap (SIGNUP CLOSED, MAIL BY 02/28/2011 on: January 18, 2011 11:44:56 AM
Oh, I am excited!
Going shopping this afternoon for an extra dose of inspiration.
Have fun, everyone!
406  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: January 10, 2011 04:12:47 PM
kwiltykate, that is so cute!  It is such a happy scene.

MareMare, I love that idea for quilting!  It is simple, but looks intricate.  I will have to give that a try.  Thanks!
407  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Custom Kitchenaid Mixer: Hawaii 5-0 Edition (lots o' pics!) on: January 09, 2011 05:35:38 PM
This is so cool!  You did an awesome job on this.  Love it! Smiley
408  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: January 08, 2011 07:10:30 PM
Ohh, that quilt is awesome!  Can't wait to see the backing.  I love fun backings.  Great job!
409  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Make a Purse & Fill It Swap (SIGNUP 12/18/2010 to 01/17/2011, MAIL BY 02/28/2011 on: January 07, 2011 09:51:54 PM
I made a wist, too.  I am not sure how to link it here, but will try.
I am excited about this swap!

http://www.wists.com/deece

I am just pasting the link (hope that is ok) because I don't know how to or if I can add the little icon thing some of you have.

I only have 1 purse on my wist (which is a short list right now), but the rest are things that reflect my style and likes which I think/hope will be helpful. Smiley
410  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: January 07, 2011 09:44:49 PM
Wow, you all have great quilty lists. Smiley  It will be so fun to see the finished projects!

I am trying to work on my first one, but I need to get my 12.5" square ruler from my mom's house so I can cut my main blocks easier.  I should have it tomorrow so I can really get working.

My Alice in Wonderland quilt is using the Atkinson pattern called All About Me and the fabric is from Quilting Treasures.  The fabric is printed with the artwork from the original publication of the book.  I am adapting the pattern a little because I am making it a little different sized than the pattern options and am adding a border.

Happy quilting!
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