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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Link to tutorial--how to make string quilt blocks on: July 22, 2006 12:37:00 PM

artisokka --
Thanks for your tutorial! If you happen to have time (and patience! lol)... could you please read my post below, dated 22 July 06, asking about something I think may be some type of or some variation of string quilting...?

crazyseoulsister --
Gorrrgeous stuff! I'm definitely not a serious quilter but was always quite fond of the idea of crazy quilting because I do adore embroidering. Never actually got around to doing anything like a whole quilt.. eeek, zero patience here! Smiley ...  but did do numerous 'parts', I guess you could call them -- just enough to look nice framed, you know. As gifts.
12  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / question about a type of string quilt or string block... on: July 22, 2006 12:19:40 PM
(... well at least that's what I 'think' it is...??)

Please keep in mind I sure wouldn't call myself a quilter, gee not even a fabrics crafter or a seamstress, lol...
even though some 15-20 yrs ago I did actually manage to make a smallish/lap-size quilt using the method I'm gonna tryyy to sorta-kinda explain...
so that maybe hopefully someone could tell me if it is a type of string quilting, or what else it might be called.
[[alas, about 12 or so yrs ago during a flood I lost the book that had the directions & have never seen anything like them since]].
Okay here goes...


First you'd cut a bunch of squares of the poofy-puffy quilt stuff (it's called quilt batting I think?) --- about 1/2 to 1" larger all around than the finished block size you want.

Then you'd cut any desired fabrics into various-width/various-length strips... basically, width would be less important than length, & the strips would only need to be long enough to cover each square "when laid diagonally across it".
('somewhat'-longer would be okay too though, since excess could be trimmed away afterward).

Also, the fabric strips themselves had to be cut on the diagonal -- or is that maybe called  on the bias? (please don't ask me why, just wuz as far as I can recall, lol) ....
or, I guess you could use existing scraps that fit the length requirements... except all the strips really were spozed to be diagonal/bias type scraps not just-any-old-cut type scraps.


Then you'd start sewing the strips diagonally, 'directly onto' each square of batting.
According to the directions I believe this could be done either by hand (a type of lap-quilting I guess?) or by machine, which is what I used.

Starting with a corner-length strip, you'd lay it 'rightside' up on the corner of a batting square --
then lay the next strip on top of the first except 'wrongside' up --
then connect the two strips by sewing right through the batting.
(i.e, you'd sew them together along the "long/non-corner" edges, about a quarter inch in from the raw edges -- as an 'allowance' I think it's called?).

Then you'd flip that 2nd strip to rightside up -- repeat the process with the 3rd strip -- & so on until the block of batting was entirely covered. Then cover next block of batting, etc.


Finally, you'd sew the diagonal-fabricstrip-covered blocks to each other & add a quilt backing.
Can't recall how(or if!) I bound or edged the thing.  Nor can I recall the various suggestions for tacking through blocks+backing, or for further quilting, etc etc...
but I thinnnk what I did for that part was -- on the underside of the quilt -- a sort of bartack-like (?) hand stitching in the middle of each side of each square.  Pretty much that was just to hold the backing in place.


Hope at least some of that made sense...
I guess maybe the somewhat-unusual aspect of it is the part about sewing the fabric strips directly-to the batting?  oh maybe also the part about the strips being cut on the diagonal or bias or whatever that's called?

Anyone ever heard of that kind of string-quilting (or whatever) before?

I do recall that it was VERY quick & easy to put together by machine.
The strips-cutting was the only somewhat time-consuming thing about it -- but I just churned that out as I found fabric remnants I liked.  And the finished item had a really pretty puffy-strippy look to it.
Main drawback, I suppose, would be those thick bumpy-ish seams after sewing the blocks together. 
13  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bedroom decorating progression! on: July 22, 2006 07:22:36 AM
hee... hub & I are the same way about white walls... we've gotten so we actually *love* them. So needless to say we were among the apparently few folks who never had a problem with all-white apartments or house rentals.

In every house we owned too, we painted *every* paintable wall (except bathrooms & kitchen) in flat or satin or eggshell finish in an offwhite -- any shade or color-name thereof, as long as it was 'nonyellowish' -- then ceilings (if paintable) & kitchen-bath walls & all window/door trim were done in in high-gloss optic white.
 
Overall I guess we're juuuust not hugely fond of indoor color other than wood tones & earthtones.
Hate wall to wall carpet of any kind & very very rarely do traditional curtains/drapes -- the plainer (and the whiter or the "natural-er") the window treatments, the better for us.

All the color inside for us comes from wall stuff... tons & tonnnnns of it... drawings/  prints/ paintings/ posters/photos  plus a wide assortment of various wallhung objects or wall-to-wall-to-ceiling furniture -- such as clocks, textile items, plates, carvings, bookshelves, etc etc etc. We call all that our "wallpaper," lol.

Btw, I was just curious -- is there any one thing in particular on which you suspect you'll need to spend the bulk of your budget?
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Bedroom blues, moving on sunday on: July 22, 2006 06:59:29 AM
Hi there -- about the nightstand... first, consider, do you really honestly 'need' anything like a nightstand?
Having lived many many different places, often in situations where we didn't actually get to choose the place ourselves, hub & I learned to question 'a lot' about traditional notions of home decorating..... i.e., if you don't absolutely need something or some room or some sort of space -- or if you don't normally use it anyway even if it's there -- why bother with it.

That said --

We tend to read in bed very often, so we felt we did need at the very least some good reading-type light & kinda did need somewhere to put the books (well okay there's always under the bed, but aww sooo tacky, lol).
So, just in case, we always moved around with a couple of smallish but nicely made, goodlooking "wall mounted" reading lights (the kind with both head & arm that can be moved/re-positioned, you know).

Then we'd either find/buy or make two small shelves just large enough to hold a book or two.
For example, often you can find fairly-inexpensive but pretty shelf-like things (in wood or faux-wood or even glass) that are actually meant to hold only one or mayyybe two small decorative knickknacks. Certainly not big enough to hold an unabridged dictionary (!) but big enough say for a paperback novel.
 
One (or two or more, stacked) can fit in a small space next to the bed, with a wall-mounted reading lamp above that (placed so it's within easy reach when sitting up in bed).
Or you might be able to put a small shelf of just about any kind plus a wall lamp slightly 'over' one corner of the bed -- assuming no headboard of course --  but you would need to be careful about positioning so you don't bump head or arms on it while sleeping or getting out of bed.
15  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: Business license app on: July 22, 2006 06:14:30 AM
Hm... yes considering the difference among states/countie/cities/etc... actually I think if I were you  I'd call the office from which you got the application, & ask. Or, if you have an SBA office around, try calling there.

Another thing that might affect whether you go on & on very specifically or just stay brief & general could be how much space they give on the form for it -- lol, no kidding! -- as well as if they want or even accept continuations (add-on sheets, say).

Just basically & in-general, I've found that with nearly any bureaucracy it's usually best to be rather brief but also specific... so if you don't want to call anywhere & ask...
I'd suggest maybe using something like the term self-crafted or self-crafted items --?meaning you're not selling stuff made by other ppl but by you personally?-- along with just a bit more of the 'how'..
e.g., "decorative & useful items, sewn, crocheted, knitted, &-or quilted by hand" [[& include whatever else you know for-sure at this time that you'll be be doing... e.g., handcarved wooden kitchen utensils, handmade one-of-a-kind glass beads, ... or whatever!]]
16  Ohio / Ohio: Southwest / Re: What's wrong with Cincinnati? on: July 22, 2006 05:52:19 AM
Hi there -- some yrs ago hub lived in Cincinnati & I got to visit him quite a lot (I was working in aanother state). We never happened to hear of or to chance upon any crafts fairs in Cincinnati itself. Really knowing the area only a bit, certainly not as anything ike a native, I can't say for-sure why there might be something of a dearth of crafts fairs in the city. But... might possibly be because there were so many of em elsewhere in Ohio. We'd also lived on&off for awhile in Indianapolis & oddly enough it was kinda the same situation there -- also, come to think about it, near Louisville. Someone once suggested that maybe crafts fairs were considerably more common on the east coast because it was generally more 'citified' (lol!) overall -- i.e., a great many people didn't have time or inclination or knowledge to craft things any more themselves so they were happy to buy unusual or fun items from others who did. Did you also try a general websearch for Cincinnati or Ohio craft show or craft fair? As for consignment shops, you might want to check the phone book, or maybe call a Chamber of Commerce?
17  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Embroidery Magazines? on: July 21, 2006 11:37:54 AM
Haven't happened to see an issue of New Stitches in about 4 yrs (I'm not much of a subscriber, would rather just look thru & buy individual issues; that way I know I'm at least partially interested in something inside, lol) ... but what few issues I have I've really enjoyed:
http://www.newstitches.com/index.html

As for cross stitch, never was into that a whole lot ... but for small things (sachets, Christmas items, little clothing decorations, etc) at least it's quick & simple. 
For small xstitch Christmas designs, for example -- often a few larger, more elegant ones, too -- I used to find it kinda tough to beat some of the Better Homes & Gardens Creative Collection Publications called "Cross-Stitch Christmas".
 
Even if only for general inspiration, I really like some of Dover's books&CDs, not necessarily anything  specifically 'about' embroidery, just the ones with pretty designs -- because for regular hand embroidery I tend to prefer decorative designs rather than scenes/people/sayings anyway.
And at least Dover books aren't super-expensive; website is www.doverpublications.com
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Painting record bowls on: July 21, 2006 08:53:57 AM

Another older post... just bumping it up a bit since there were no replies, and maybe someone else is wondering about the same thing.
Really don't know the right answer for-sure myself ... but... iirc, records were made from one or more types of plastic (vinyl was one type , I believe). So I'd guess that the kind of paints we generally use for various plastics nowadays would work on a record too.
If it were me, I'd spend a few moments in a hardware, crafts, paint, or home-improvement store reading "spray paint" labels (one good all-purpose-handy brand is Krylon)... because I think spray paints are particularly good at adhering to various kinds of plastic.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you store your bags/purses? on: July 21, 2006 08:41:03 AM
I think bethntim's idea is good -- in fact places like Bed Bath & Beyond & those organize-everything  type stores actually sell ones made like that... although I think they're usually a good bit wider, to hold bigger & smaller size purses, and I think the flap parts are usually sewn on at the top & wider/ pouchier too, I guess to protect bags from dust or scratches.
 
Maybe you could make a few out of several different coordinating fabrics, reinforce the top end really well, put several sturdy grommets across the top, and hang them on various walls from large hooks (the ones usually found at hardware stores & home improvement type stores -- they're like cup hooks but thicker, heavier, somewhat more decorative).


I've also seen metal or wooden floor stands for bags...
The wood kind would be something like a very thick broomstick (or even a board) fixed to a sturdy wooden stand, with angled dowels sticking up in different places. Sort of like a cup hanger stand or a jewelry stand, but considerably taller & sturdier.


Then there's the shelf-across top of closet storage method... that's what I do with my purses.
To separate them & keep them upright I use those white open-mesh plastic-covered metal dividers that slip over the edge of the shelf (again usually found at BB&B or wallyworld or those organize-it type stores, although all you craftsters can probly think up ways to make other kinds of separators!).
 
If your closets don't have an across-the-top shelf -- or if they do but the shelves are already full of other stuff, lol -- maybe you could put up some simple diy shelves on a couple of walls, or creatively spiff up an old inexpensive flea-market or thrift shop bookshelf & use that the same way.
 
Then if you don't necessarily want to look at 'all' the purses all the time or if they need to be protected from dust, just make some simple "sleep bags" from very inexpensive fabric (e.g., plain ole muslin works fine for this purpose & could be decorated if desired with oh say fabric paint or something).
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: crafty shoe racks? on: July 21, 2006 08:05:07 AM

This is an older post but hopefully it's not too late for some ideas if anyone else has some...

I have a wall 'or' door shoe-rack thingie that's basically just a big flat rectangular piece of clear flexible plastic with sewn-on separate pockets (each holds one shoe) made of the same clear stuff.

There are a few large grommets on the reinforced top panel, so that you can either hang it on a wall -- from screws, I guess? -- or use the included overdoor hooks, which is what I did with it.  Came from either Bed Bath & Beyond or Walmart, I think; was quite inexpensive but surprisingly has lasted numerous years, no problem.

It strikes me that one might be able to make something similar to this, if necessary... maybe out of all-fabric, or maybe out of inexpensive fleamarket ot thrift store shower curtains...?  Maybe a non-sewing person (or one without access to a sewing machine) could instead get creative with fabric or crafts glue &-or duct tape (for binding edges, reinforcing top, etc) -- or a combination of both.
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