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1  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: What to use as a lining for a reusable fabric sandwich wrap? on: July 24, 2007 06:32:33 PM
I just picked up some ripstop nylon at Mills End Textiles that was $3.99 a yard.

A site I found claims: This fabric offers a high level of water repellancy combined with breathability & comfort. It features a Supplex microfibre Nylon base cloth that's highly durable, cottony soft, a special micro coating on the back for water repellency that's breathable, & a teflon based durable water repellant finish on the face of the fabric for added protection against the elements. Supplex is wind resistant and water repellant, lightweight and it is very durable & quick to dry.

It sounds like it would work slick but I don't know about the teflon and your food.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I am in love with this quilt - can I make if for my first project? on: July 22, 2007 10:35:26 AM
That shouldn't be too hard.  It's a neat idea!  You sound pretty comfortable with your skills.  You'll have to figure out the pattern yourself but that's kind of self explanitory... remember to add seam allowances.  You won't have to worrry about matching up your corners with this pattern either (big plus for a first quilt!) You basically sew the blocks into strips, and then sew the strips together before sewing them to the large plain peices.  Prewashing your fabric and pressing all the seams will create a professional finish and make everything come together a lot easier. 

To add the batting and "quilt" it.... stack your backing, the batting and then the top on a large flat area.  It looks like this was quilted with straight stitching lines in a grid every 9" or so.  It could be kind of tricky to fasten your layers and keep then even with it being your first time.  You'll want to start in the center and keep watching the back to check for puckering at the intersections.  You might want to practice on something smaller, like a matching pillow top first. 

It would be much easier just tie your quilt with something like a red or neutral colored embroidery floss, and the look would still compliment the design.  Start at the center and pin where you want your ties to be, (use a ruler to mark the grid on the top of your quilt) then start at the center again and tie where each pin is and remove the pins as you go.  If you plan to use it and wash it often, I think I would tie it at least every 4-5 inches so that the batting doesn't shift.  The tie should be a surgical knot, like a square knot except you wrap the thread once more and repeat when you make the second knot. 

The last thing would be binding the edges.  This site has some good tutorials.  http://www.quiltsmart.com/Pages/completing_your_quilt.htm

Good Luck!
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: what can I do with this yard? on: July 18, 2007 07:03:44 PM
I have a strange addiction to drafting so I tend to suck up any oppurtunity to design something like this... sorry...;p  lol

Coleus is a great idea!  Enough foilage to block out the weeds, enough variety to be interesting and the colors would rock with your house.
4  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Discussion and Questions / Re: what can I do with this yard? on: July 17, 2007 07:41:08 PM

By planting some tall astibile in the back, it will draw your eye through the garden.  You could put a small patio in and put pea gravel inbetween the stones or plant creeping thyme in to help take care of the weeds.  If you added an earth berm, it would help add a lot of interest too.  If you don't use the area, just walk by it everyday, it might not be worth adding a pool that no one would stop to admire.
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Help! Someone ripped off crafts at our county fair! on: July 16, 2007 08:00:40 PM
I am the superintendant of crafty stuff at our county fair.  This year, for the first time, two small quilts and a very nice peice of jewelry were ripped off.  The value amounting to about $250-300.  They were some of the nicest projects there.  Someone had been on guard in the building other years but this year they weren't able to be there all of the time.  We didn't know about this until after the fact.

The area is about 75' by 50' and we use about 25 folding tables between the (1 table)field products, (2)gardening, (5)flowers, (1)canning, (1)baking, (3)art, (2)children, (2)sewing, (3)needlework and (5)crafty stuff. 

Does anyone have any easy/inexpensive ideas to improve the security and cleanliness for the crafty stuff, whether it be for new cases or improvements to the existing folding tables?

Thanks in advance!

Previously the open class exhibits were in a hall of their own.  It was clean and there were glass cases for nearly everything.  What had to be left out wasn't easily accesible.

A new and improved hall was built, next to the barns.  The glass cases were thrown out because the area is used for boat storage in the winter and craft shows and the cases used valuable square footage.  We were promised a large 20' by 4' lighted and lockable walk-in case a few years ago.  It's another rentable space issue.  The area is extremely dusty.  Everything is displayed on tables or hung on the wall, on shelves, poles or bulletin board. 

The fair board (priority is NOT in promoting craftyness) recommends putting everything in ziploc bags. When you look at tables full of ziploc bags, all you see is the light reflecting off the bags, not what's in them.  The wind also blows them around and everything ends up on the floor.  The bags make judging difficult and during judging, the items typically get finger prints and smudges from handling the dusty bags.  The bags offer no security, of course, and finding bags to fit things like flower arrangements is next to impossible.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to help my chilly apartment??? on: July 16, 2007 07:08:37 PM
Good Luck in CA!
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Offensive crafts? on: July 10, 2007 07:03:40 PM
i'm offended by crafts like this:  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=5525281

some crafters mean well- but you have to use discernment..

Personally I see it as whimsical.  Her descriptions are a little blunt but I don't think she means any offence by it.  I've never considered the other dolls being offensive though either... just old fashioned and interesting and made with what materials were available at the time.  http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=6321589

I'm also from Minnesota though, where 95% of the population is Scandinavian and everyone still takes pride in how many "Ole and Sven" jokes they know.  With out sounding extremist... everyone should be racist to some extent and take pride in their heritage and accept and laugh about the bad things that came with it... nobody is perfect.  Even as gnarly as Vikings were.. they also had a reputation for getting friendly with sheep.  It's that ethnicity shared for generations that works for each society and what they learn from it that makes them prosperous, a "those who forget history are deemed to repeat it sort of deal."  It doesn't matter what you were, but who you are now. 

I don't have anything wrong with anyone posting offensive projects.  Whether someone thinks it's in bad taste or whether they just think it's ugly, you can't please everyone.  But they also have to be responsible for who might see it.  If it's not rated G, a link to an external site might be a good idea so it wouldn't show up on latest projects and lessent he chance of it getting clicked by accident and giving the poster an oppurtunity to explain the situation before anyone goes fruther.
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fat Girl/Fat Boy Swap Round 4 - Closed on: July 10, 2007 05:53:28 PM
Argh..I haven't forgotten!  Just eyeball deep in personal crud at the moment....will be sending soon though!
9  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: July 04, 2007 04:10:44 PM
My sons raise eggs, from real free range hens that head for the barn after supper and wander the yard and pasture after breakfast every day.  I was shocked to read how free range and organic eggs are classified.

Most typical farms realize that their animals thrive on good care, which does make the animals more profitable in the long run.  Up here the local dairys sell to Cass Clay, the farmers are friends/relatives of my family, I will admit, but I think it's fair to say that tree and grass filled pastures, air conditioned milking barns and taking Lucy for a walk down the road when you know she's not feeling quite right is pretty sweet... I don't know of any farmer that uses growth hormones.  Some of the states top producing dairy cows come from the area though, so maybe that isn't typical of other areas.

My family raised hogs for Hormel and I know when we went to sell them, they wouldn't take anything sick.  Market hogs have to be a certain weight other wise the price gets docked if they are over or under weight.  My brother in law raises pigs for Farmland too and while they tend to mass produce a little more than the typical family farm, there is a lot of care that goes into raising their pork.  Real estate prices have been hard on family farms and they're just aren't enough out there anymore.
10  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: what do you wish people told you before you became a vegetarian/vegan on: July 02, 2007 09:55:13 PM
I grew up on a farm and while I'm not vegetarian, I have friends that are.  Most are because they think animals are raised cruely.  Is there any sources available for people who would eat meat if they knew it came from a humane farm?
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