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561  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what am i doing wrong? on: April 07, 2008 04:56:27 AM
It also depends on how they are cut to begin with. If by chance the fabric is at all cut even on the slightest bias they will stretch. I have noticed this when it comes to pressing. This is why I NEVER wash my fabrics before assembling my quilts. I use 100% cottons including the batting this way they all shrink together, and the starch that's in the fabric helps the blocks keep their shape.

It is a must to press after each step like previously posted.
Good luck and don't forget to post a picture when it's done!
562  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help Picking a Pattern on: April 07, 2008 04:28:19 AM
Can you take a picture of the fabric?
Some times the fabric pattern helps to decide what kind of pattern to use.
My absolute favourite pattern for an easy and fast quilt is from Quilt Makers.
It is called Sandy's Choice. It makes strips out of the blocks then you sew the strips together.
If I remember correctly there are only 4 different shapes to cut, one being a square and one being a skinny rectangle. The other two are longer versions of the square with an angle cut on the top. Not sure how to post pictures on here yet, but once I find out I will post one of my favourite's.

563  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / 60 Degree Triangle Strip Quilt Pattern-tutorial to come!!! on: April 07, 2008 04:23:04 AM
Does anyone happen to have a link to how one of these are made?
I have the strips cut already, need to sew them together and cut my triangles. Just wondering once I have that done, how are the triangles positioned when you sew them together?
564  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / Re: Dyed stuff on: April 04, 2008 11:15:38 AM
I absolutely love the colours you came up with. Do you sell the dyed wool?

If not would you share where you purchase your raw wool from?

565  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My Huge Book/Beach Bag on: February 18, 2008 03:23:26 PM
Would make a cool not so diaperbag looking diaperbag!

A friend of mine is using trench coats from the second hand store to make one. Thought Id share that idea for you to maybe try.

566  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: make a shrug the lazy way on: February 01, 2008 05:49:36 AM
My daughter just bought a spaghetti strapped dress in a bright blue with black lace so we were looking for ideas for a shrug, this one is fantastic!

I came up with a few ideas to enhance your idea, if you use bias trico fabric (silky underwear material) it will stretch and lay flat when you sew it in place around the neck and front.

The other idea was, you mentioned you didnt want to learn to knit, well if you know how to crochet, you can take a basic shrug like you made, instead of sewing the ribbon on, roll the edge over slightly and baste it in place.  Single crochet around the neck and bottom to encase the raw edge then you can crochet the ties after you have done a few rows around the cut edge.  You could also add some on the sleves, long or short, if you use long sleves you could get fancy on how you crochet the cuffs.

I think Im going to try this on a store bought knitted sweater that will be a bit heavier than a t-shirt.  Once I have it done, Ill post a picture.
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