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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Sewing over pins? on: August 27, 2008 05:44:27 PM
What do you prefer in regards to pinning and sewing? Do you sew over your pins?
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Scraps Project on: August 13, 2008 10:02:16 AM
For anyone with lots of random scraps, like me, I thought I'd share this project I've nearly completed.

I had some batik fabric pieces that I wanted to use and decided to make some quilted trivets from them. Super simple, just pieced squares, but I like the end result. Now, to just hand sew that binding!

I'd love to hear your comments on this project or suggestions for other good scraps projects.







3  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Patchwork Skirt Yardage/Size Computation (Math Heavy!) on: July 30, 2008 12:17:12 PM
I've seen lots of fun patchwork circle skirts here on Craftster. I'd love to try one out and I have lots of scraps from quilting. I made up the following table in Excel to help figure out the size.

Basically, I know that my hip measurement is 48.5, so that's my starting circumference. From that, it was easy to find out the radius (c / 2pi) and the diameter (r*2).

Since I want to use 4 inch patches (3.5 once sewn because of .25 seam allowances), I figure that the second row's diameter will increase by 7 inches. From that diameter, I can find the circumference of row 2.

...and so on and so on through 10 rows.

My second calculation was for yardage of fabric. Since I know the circumference of each row and the fact that each patch will be 3.5 inches wide, once sewn. I just took the circumference by 3.5 to arrive at the number of patches.

Then, I took the number of patches by the 16 square inches in a patch to arrive at the total number of square inches. A yard of 45" fabric contains 1,620 sq. inches (45*36). From there, I can divide the total number of square inches per row by 1620 to arrive at the percentage of a yard, needed. Of course, I'd round up to quarters, halves, wholes.

If you've gotten this far, you probably understand math. Is my logic pretty sound?


4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Discussion and Questions / Pattern Help? on: July 28, 2008 05:41:47 PM
Hi, I'm new to making clothing, but not to sewing. I have a pattern (McCall's Easy Stitch 'n' Save M5292 http://www.mccallpattern.com/item/M5292.htm) and am having trouble with a couple of the measurement numbers.

My personal measurements that are relevant for this pattern are - Bust 47.5 in (measured around the fullest part of my bust) and Hips 48.5 in (measured around the fullest part of my hips). I normally wear an 18 in off-the-rack clothing.

The pattern envelope flap indicates that size 18 has bust measurement of 40 and hip of 42.
The pattern envelope back indicates that size 18 has finished garment bust measurement of 42.5 and hip of 60.5.

Which of these measurements should I compare my personal measurements with? Obviously, the bust pattern will have to be altered, a bit.

I'm confused! Thanks for any help you might share. Smiley
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