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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / What do 4 and 1/2 year old boys like? on: February 01, 2014 05:14:32 PM
Ok I need to do a single bed quilt for a 4 1/2 year old boy that I don't know.   I am a confident quilter with quite a bit of experience.  What I don't have any experience is what would be suitable for a boy that age.  I will probably use a simple pattern like disappearing 9 patch as the quilt will need to be finished relativity quickly.  The mothers house has been described as quite modern.  Looking for suggestions folks.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: wipe off marker making halos on fabric on: February 01, 2014 04:07:52 PM
I am not familiar with this particular marker but I would recommend soaking the project very thoroughly then repeating the process with clean water several times.  It may be over kill but just after the water erasable markers first came out I went to a big quilt show and in the international section was a wonderful quilt with horrid brown marks all over it.  I asked one of the organizers what on earth had happened.  She explained that the quilter had used a water erasable pen to mark her quilting then spritzed them out with a spray bottle.  (as per the product directions)   However when the quilt was hung under the show's halogen lights the heat had brought the marks out to the surface.  Worse yet the brown marks were permanent!  I don't know who I felt sorriest for the quilter who had  hundreds of hours of work ruined or the show organizer who would be returning a ruined quilt to its owner.   
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ugly baby quilt in pink and orange on: February 01, 2014 03:52:48 PM
Ok I see your point about being a bit disappointed with how your material choices worked out.  But I think your machine quilting looks good and very appropriate really improving the finished piece.  We all end up with some projects that don't work out how we saw them in our mind's eye.  Interestingly my last one was when I fell in love with a fabric range on the bolt but had terrible trouble using it - anyway my cat likes the result - it is in his basket and he says I can make as many mistakes as I like.   To prevent future problems I would suggest you read "Color Magic for Quilters" by Ann Seely and Joyce Stewart.  This is one of my Quilting Bibles as it talks about not just color but also visual texture and how color placement can change a block.  Keep up the quilting and remember we all have favorite projects and therefore least favorite ones as well.  Show me a quilter that doesn't and I will show you a quilter with a big cupboard full of UFO's 
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