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1  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Brightened up my jeans, but I need advice... on: October 22, 2009 01:41:14 PM
Maybe stencil flowers with fabric paint?

Applique some coordinating fabric flowers with fusible interfacing to hold them on?

Maybe use buttons for the center of the flowers, and maybe some 1/8" wide ribbon for stems.

Hehe...I'd never get them finished, I'd just be stuck brainstorming.  I love them and think that's so cool that you got the cuffs done.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / If I were crazy enough to piece by hand a crazy quilt... on: October 20, 2009 10:23:49 AM
Should I still pin it to muslin? I'm guessing that maybe that would help ensure that the layers stay flat.  How about what stitch to use?  I'm wondering if I could just use a running stitch if I were careful about the tension, or perhaps a backstitch to be stronger, or a whipstitch to help with fraying--but wouldn't that leave a lump, and would that even work for sewing the pieces onto a muslin background?

I feel like I really want to start using up fabric scraps from dd's wardrobe, but we're still at the stage where I have precious little time to use the machine...most of my projects are by hand in locations where the kids can play, or in the car when I'm not driving, etc., not so much in my sewing room.  So, I'm leaning toward doing the entire quilt by hand.  Everything I google only talks about quilting the pieces together by hand, but nothing about assembling the pieces without a machine.  Thoughts? Links?

Thank you. Smiley
3  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: ring sling on: September 18, 2008 06:16:42 PM
Thank you I will pass this on to my daughter-in-law.  I think she'll love this.  What is the best type of fabric to use IF I were to make one?  I thought about fleece on outside and cotton on inside, but then we live in FL and it might get to hot inside.  What do ya'll think?

A bottomweight stretch cotton sateen is nice for a single layer, or a mediumweight cotton twill (like a denim shirt).  I have a tencel twill that is really nice and thin and cool...www.fabric.com has some of it.  Linen is also supposed to be cool, though I haven't tried it.  I did buy some linen/rayon blend at JoAnn's for a different project, and it actually felt cooler to the touch than the other linen look fabrics, so maybe feel some different fabrics--linen/cotton might be nice and strong yet cool.
4  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: ring sling on: September 10, 2008 12:19:13 PM
I was browsing this looking for posts of slings...don't know if you're still looking to retrofit your sling to aluminum or nylon rings, but I looked up the international price at slingrings--

It's  $3.40 for a single pair of medium aluminim
plus $1.89 international shipping ($.99 within the USA)

With all the gas you spend hunting craft stores and hardware stores and not finding the right sizes, it really is easier to order a pair for just over $5 total for something that is exactly right.  If you get more, the price goes down.  The ones I bought shipped the very next day.
5  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #31 - Supermarket Sacrilege - Due Oct 1 - Oct 5 2008 on: September 06, 2008 09:00:33 PM
Hmmm...I have the sudden urge to go eat a box of fudgsicle for the craft sticks...'cept I can't think of anything craftster worthy to make with them...maybe kids could have sticks to craft something themselves while I work on my entry...hmmm....know of any crafts involving chocolate chips?
6  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: Ironic T Cozy on: September 03, 2008 10:26:04 AM
A tea cozy for a T about irony...now that's good. Cheesy
7  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: Mr. Jar - cozy for..well,what else, a jar on: September 03, 2008 10:21:25 AM
Love the nose!
8  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: Insulin pen cozy. ^^ on: September 03, 2008 10:13:53 AM
That was clever to make a candy button fpr irony.

Hmmm....I wonder if my dad would remember his meter (and use it!) on the next visit if I made him a coxy to carry it in.  (He's type 2, controlled with diet, so he makes a lot of excuses about how he doesn't need to test all the time if he's eating well...but then he's surprised on vacation when three bad meals in a row add up to astronomical sugar levels, unnoticed until then since he isn't testing!) 

But I digress...I love that you made him something manly that would be useful if he needs to carry it himself on a day when you've got separate plans.
9  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: zebra knife cozy on: September 03, 2008 10:06:28 AM
rotfl...I can't even find the words to express how wacky that is...awesome for this contest.
10  Archive of Past Craftster Challenge Entries / CHALLENGE 30 ENTRIES / Re: Home is where the heart is! on: September 03, 2008 10:02:17 AM
I like the irony of making a home for something that's made to be portable (that is, designed to be used AWAY from home).  Great job!
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