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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are you working on? on: April 04, 2010 03:26:37 AM
Hmmm, this should be a good list to work from...

Rapid City Rock Star - bought some sale fabric near my home in Colorado and rode my motorcycle to my favorite quilt shop in Rapid City, SD to find a pattern and the rest of the fabrics. I'm a little over halfway done with the blocks.

Kansas Troubles - pieces all cut; should have done half-square triangles rather than cut all the little triangles, but what's done is done. Have about 3 blocks put together.

Baby quilt - just started last night, for my first grand baby due in May - super bright fabrics with some black and whites - can't remember the name of the little blocks that get sewn together to make bigger blocks

Adirondack Beauty - wall hanging I've been working on since around 2004. Paper-pieced New York Beauty in a woodsy Debbie Mum collection.

Ohio Star - King size that was going to be for my ex-fiance. He actually thinks I should finish making it and give it to him.

A couple of t-shirt quilts for other people, and a couple for me.

I think that's it.
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you organize your stash? on: January 03, 2010 08:06:59 AM
One of them shows these corrugated plastic boards you can put your fabric on, then put them on shelves so it looks like you have your own little fabric store. Thing is, they're expensive. I think they'd be easy to make, but the only way to do it without spending way too much money is to buy in bulk. I have an article on this and links in the article.
Is there any reason you can't use sturdy cardboard instead of the plastic? That's what they do in fabric stores.   Then you could write on them too, to note how much of it you have or the what it's made out of. 

I've thought about it. It seems like the plastic would last longer and would be easier to keep dust-free. The cardboard gets flimsy after a while. It's only going to be used for a limited time at the fabric shop. However, it might be worth doing it that way to get it started, then convert to plastic over time.

Great idea!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine quilting without walking foot...not working :-( on: January 03, 2010 07:57:58 AM
I'm glad you're happy with your purchase.

The walking foot for my Elna was very expensive, but when I was helping a friend, she was able to get a generic walking foot for her Brother for something like $20. The only times I use it now are for stitch-in-the-ditch, sewing on the binding, or when working with fleece.

I much prefer the free-motion or darning foot (these are the same thing as far as I can tell) with the feed dogs dropped for quilting on my Elna. I have a Gracie Pro frame with a Janome long arm at my ex-boyfriend's, and he's keeping it hostage.  Angry That uses the free motion/darning foot. The hard part is getting the hang of the timing. As someone else mentioned, if you make a small quilt sandwich with fabric you don't care so much about, you can practice keeping your machine speed and hand feeding consistent. I think you'll find you can have a lot more fun with your quilting designs.

You mentioned the fabric shifting. How do you baste it? When I'm not using my Gracie Pro and long arm, I use a home made frame from 1 X 4's (cheap to make and stores easily) and use the curved safety pins. I never had a problem with shifting fabric once I started doing it like that.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: First quilt - batting question on: January 03, 2010 07:44:49 AM
I never pre-wash fabrics (sometimes the reds) or batting. Are you using Warm and Natural? That's what I use. I've never had a problem with it.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do you organize your stash? on: January 02, 2010 09:41:34 AM
Funny you should bring this up now. I've written several articles on my Examiner site over the last couple of weeks that are relevant.

One of them shows these corrugated plastic boards you can put your fabric on, then put them on shelves so it looks like you have your own little fabric store. Thing is, they're expensive. I think they'd be easy to make, but the only way to do it without spending way too much money is to buy in bulk. I have an article on this and links in the article.

Right now, I have them sorted mostly by color, except the novelties, and stuffed into boxes. The problem is that the little pieces get crammed in there, and then I rarely see them when I'm looking for something.

Make sure you store them out of direct sunlight. I have a friend who had serious fading on a lot of her stash. It was very sad.

Here's the link to my site with the articles:

http://bit.ly/5qzOAI
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