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21  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Nyan Cat bag! on: July 15, 2011 04:32:57 AM
LOVE!!!!! Cheesy
22  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Creeper Plushie - Based off of Minecraft on: July 14, 2011 03:08:33 PM
Thanks!  The feet were the hardest part because they are so small
23  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Creeper Plushie - Based off of Minecraft on: July 14, 2011 01:32:03 PM
I just finished this little guy.  Just so you can get a size reference, the face is 2 inches wide, the body is 1.5 inches wide by 4 inches tall.  The feet are 1 inch high.  Made out of flannelette

24  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Jayne - a hat on: July 14, 2011 12:00:15 PM
Im a gal, but my name ain't Jane.  Just modelin' the hat that I made.  Thanks for the compliment :-)  I tried to get it as close as I could with the yarn I had
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Dear Self.... on: July 14, 2011 11:01:25 AM
I somehow made some of my pinwheels spin the wrong direction.  Which I noticed after the entire quilt was pieced. Adds "charm" right?  Right?

Absolutely! :-)
26  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Jayne - a hat on: July 14, 2011 09:11:23 AM
I made one of these for a friend.....now everyone I know wants one...lol

27  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What do I actually need to start Quilting? on: July 14, 2011 08:41:51 AM
Do I actually need a walking foot? My sewing machine sucks so I'm contemplating getting a new one.. Maybe as a birthday gift?

Also, does anyone use a Go Baby Fabric cutter from Accuquilt?


I have all my fabric...

I don't like a hopping or walking foot.  I 'broke' mine to prevent it from hopping.  I also got my rotery cutter from a kit from Walmart (i think) which is the Fiskars brand.  I havent had any problems with it and Ive been using it for about 2 years.

When it gets right down to making a quilt, you really dont even need a sewing machine.  You can always do some hand sewing quilts like a hexagon or 9 patch depending on what you are doing.  For some quilts, all you need is fabric, scissors, some paper, and thread.
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: name this technique, please? on: July 14, 2011 08:37:24 AM
Wow, thanks so much for the reference. I agree it looks very much like Shashiko...

I want to put this to use with a project I'm getting ready to finish, and have seen the technique in lots of places but haven't been able to find any advice or tutorials on doing it myself.

Mostly, I'm just not sure about what thread to use and/or how long a thread I should use.

But I think if I look up more on Shashiko and apply general rules of hand quilting, I should be ok.

I'll let you know how it goes!



I think Shashiko is a close cousin of a simple running stitch.  Good luck with your quilting project, and I hope you post pics :-)
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: paper piecing question on: July 13, 2011 12:26:02 PM
Generally what I do when im doing paper piecing, is i baste the fabric around the card, but not to the paper or card that you are using as your template.  Then I piece it all together, then pop out the paper or cardstock for future use.  Saves on paper that way. I also baste in a similar color so that if say you are using white fabric, that it doesnt show through, where as a dark color will show through the fabric. (also it somewhat depends on how thick your fabric is)
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: name this technique, please? on: July 13, 2011 12:23:25 PM
After going through one of my quilt books, this could be a type of stitching called Sashiko.  The description in my book, (better homes and gardens complete guide to quilting) :  What began as a method to mend and reinforce indigo colorwork clothes in Japan, Shashiko has evolved into a quilting technique.  Shashiko is done over one or two layers of fabric with or without batting, it can also function as a quilting stitch.  Shashiko uses thick white thread and solid color fabrics.  it involves fewer stitches per inch, about 5-7 stitches, compared to traditonal quilting. Decorative pattterns tend to be geometric.

Either that or its just a fancy take on the running stitch with embroidery thread.
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