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31  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re:quilt from button-down shirts on: January 13, 2004 12:37:46 PM
Sorry to hear about your dad, but a quilt from his shirts is a cool idea. You could use specific parts from the shirts like the collars and pockets to make a crazy-quilt like pattern. The blocks could be a ninepatch pattern from the main fabric of the shirts and the collars and pockets could be apliqued over the blocks in a random pattern. You could use the buttons from the shirts as embellishment. Check out your local library for some great quilt books, or check to see if there is a quilt guild in your area, or a great quilt shop if you need some hands-on guidance.
32  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re:Oh Target! on: January 13, 2004 11:56:44 AM
Well put everyone. It's nice to see a discussion that differs in opinion, but still manages to be civil. We craft, therefore we think...AND...I personally think that we owe a great debt of gratitude to those who educate our children on a dime. Good work, MissRoo-a thoughtful, well presented argument. I saw a TV show the other night about Las Vegas and the high roller "whales" and their gambling habits. These people spend THOUSANDS of dollars a hand at various gaming tables. One chip was worth $25,000. What artist, struggling small business, or educator could take that $25,000 and make something meaningful... it just seemed like a gigantic waste to me. If we can just give back to those who give to us...Kind of like what we do here. This rant may be off topic a little, but it sure got me to think...
33  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Tyvek Pouch for Any Occasion on: January 11, 2004 09:25:37 AM
Very Creative!!!! Nice pouch pattern for any material. I had no idea that funky material was called Tyvek.
34  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:Mini Purse (lined w/flap) on: January 04, 2004 10:23:34 AM
Those look great! Heres a tip to make the corners really sharp & square. While the purse is still inside out, make a diagonal clip on the point of the square right up to the seam on all four points. Use really small scissors and be very careful NOT to cut the seam. When you turn the squares use a blunt pointed object to poke (gently) the points out so that the square has nice sharp points. Lightly press the square with your iron. You can even use a device called a "point turner". It is a bamboo, or plastic notion that looks kind of like a bone folder. You can get them at fabric stores. It really makes the points come out crisp. (I've made A LOT of bags and purses...this tip really helped me when someone shared it.)
35  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re:Menorah on: December 30, 2003 11:58:10 AM
That rocks! Your other projects on your site are great, too...
36  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re:Backpack on: December 20, 2003 03:04:12 PM
A word on making your own patterns...(i learned this from my gran who used to make her own...) Place the the garment or item that you want to copy on a flat surface. Get a sheet of alluminum foil and press it around the object to get a good image of where the seams go. Lay the foil on the table and cut around the imprints. This will be a good rough draft to make a newspaper pattern. Of course, complicated items won't work with this method, but with simple objects it's a good place to start.
37  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re:Picture coin purse on: December 20, 2003 02:49:34 PM
You Rock! You totally inspired me.
I am going to make a wallet with my own RumpleRoo pic. I am going to use my snap setter and add a snap closure. I'll post a pic when I finish it.
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