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3451  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along on: February 04, 2012 05:57:49 AM
AI, I would love you forever if you could show how to invisible stitch the binding! Or point me toward a good tute somewhere. I'm still not doing it right and can't figure out what I'm doing.

MareMare, do you know how to do a slip stitch?  I basically use Oh, Fransson's method of binding, but I use a slip stitch instead of a whip stitch, for a neater finished look. 

Oh Fransson's Making and Sewing Binding

How to Sew a Slipstitch from Threads Magazine
3452  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along on: February 02, 2012 08:11:45 PM
I've never used them personally, but there are several people on Etsy who do custom quilting for you.  Several have TONS of positive feedback, so you know other quilters have been happy with their work.  I plan to investigate that route further when I make my new bed quilt.  Smiley
3453  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along on: February 02, 2012 08:04:02 AM
Love it Kwilty!
3454  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Bead Swap? on: February 01, 2012 08:49:34 AM
Here's the thread from my last round:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=388684.0
3455  ORGANIZED CRAFT SWAPS / New Swap Theme Ideas / Re: Bead Swap? on: February 01, 2012 08:49:07 AM
Hi guys!  I am planning on doing another round of Bead Soup Swap sometime at the end of April/beginning of May.  The last round I did was Friend Of Craftster only, and was "acrylic free", in that plastic beads were not allowed.  (Since so many people in the past have signed up wanting to get rid of plastic, but hoping to receive glass, crystal, stone & freshwater pearl.  Problem is no one wants to receive plastic.) 

I was planning on doing my next round open to everyone (FOC & non-FOC alike), and open to international swappers.  I usually allow people who are not first time swappers to have 2 partners if they wish.  The general setup of my swaps is that you must send a minimum of 1 cup of beads your partner will love (based on their questionnaire) and 1 small/medium handcrafted item for them, such as a bracelet, a bookmark, or a few pairs of earrings.  Also, in my bead swaps you don't send-to & receive-from the same person.  I try to make sure everyone gives to someone who wants what they have to offer, so frequently the person you ship to is not the same as the person who ships to you.
3456  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: Five-Dollar-Dinner Cookalong? on: January 29, 2012 09:44:29 AM
Teriyaki Salmon with Rice, Egg Rolls, & Steamed Broccoli

2 Salmon filets  $2.00
Teriyaki Marinade $.25 (Bought a bottle at Aldi for $.80 and used less than 1/3)
1 cup white rice  $.25
2 Egg Rolls $1.00 (Bought a large box at Aldi)
1 Broccoli crown $.75

TOTAL $4.25
This made a very filling meal for the two of us, and I was able to use half of the rice and some of the broccoli in our lunches for the next day!
3457  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Valentine's Day / Re: Matchbox Valentines on: January 25, 2012 05:35:39 PM
3458  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Where I Work: My New Craft Room (Pic Heavy) on: January 25, 2012 06:40:16 AM
Beautifully done racky!!!
3459  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along on: January 21, 2012 08:02:41 AM
I've been meaning to try the bamboo, anyone tried it?

I agree with MareMare, Bamboo batting is awesome.  Since I can't always afford it though, I sometimes use a poly-bamboo blend.  Honestly, it works great too.  Washes beautifully, drapes nice, is warm without making you sweaty.

Though I've never used them, I would always avoid any sort of fusible batting.  The adhesive is just going to gum up your needle and give you problems.  (If any of you have ever sewn Halloween costumes out of some ridiculous sequined fabric, you'll know what I mean.  Those sequins are glued on, and soon you'll notice your machine skipping stitches and leaving pull marks in the fabric.)  A package of good quilt-basting safety pins are what I always recommend. 
3460  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 12 Quilt Projects in 2012 Along on: January 19, 2012 06:58:26 AM
Adorable Kwilty!
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