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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: how in heck do you on: November 17, 2006 07:51:32 AM
how about sticking some cardboard or something in between and glue to either side of that?
2  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: please help keep me from going crazy... on: November 15, 2006 01:26:36 PM
maybe some arm/hand stretching exercises would work...it helps me every once in awhile with repetitive motion stuff.
1. put your hands, palms together in front of your chest like you're praying, forearms parallel to the floor. move the bottoms of your wrists down gently toward your belly button.
2. assume the same praying position but rotate your hands away from you, forearms still parallel to the floor, feeling the stretch on the insides of your forearms
3. hold your hands out in front of you like you're stopping someone and alternate your hands up, down to stretch the top and bottom of your forearms.
and maybe try something besides knitting for a bit to rest your elbows and let them recover.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting queen size quilt with regular sewing machine :-\ on: November 13, 2006 09:18:06 AM
so i just have a normal sewing machine. would i be able to quilt with it? would it be really hard? ive never made a quilt b4 {excpet for a rag quilt wich you dotn have to quilt the hole thing cuz each square is like..individually quilted i guess...and ya. would it be really hard and should i just give up b4 starting?
yes you can absolutely quilt with a regular machine. i bought a quilting foot with a 1/4-inch seam guide and it came with an arm that helps guide you (if, say, you're quilting parallel lines an inch apart or something) my machine quilts wonderfully and it's just a basic singer. just try it out and be patient!
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Sweet Crafted Revenge? on: November 10, 2006 09:08:45 AM
i'm with the other posters who suggested focusing on your well being rather than getting your revenge on this guy (really, doing that could just make him feel all the more arrogant that he threw you for such a loop). my suggestion: a 4-ft tall cardboard cutout of a guy with his hand held out like at Disney World and a word bubble: "You must be this tall to date me." 
then put it in your room somewhere and laugh everytime you see it and think, "He so didn't deserve me."
And it wasn't a waste of time, b/c otherwise you would just have to go through it with a similar guy later, and in your 30s that's the kind of stuff that gives you forehead wrinkles. Better to get it out of the way now.  Wink
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Zipper foot trouble. on: November 06, 2006 01:14:42 PM
i have the same foot...i just move the pull out of the way then pull it back when i'm farther along.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Book Learnin' on: November 06, 2006 11:35:09 AM
i also used the BH&G book, very helpful. i sorta started with trial and error, doing a basic 6 inch square patchwork quilt first. so that i could see how to line up stuff, how to actually quilt it, etc, etc in a way that wasn't so overwhelming as a huge pieced project. to learn more piecing stuff i did smaller projects like wall hangings and tote bags. anyway, good luck!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: how to cut straight on: November 06, 2006 11:28:56 AM
i use a mat, rotary cutter and two big rulers, but i don't use the grid, that always took me 5 years to line up. if you lay the fabric out, then fold selvage to selvage (perfectlly in line) then fold to selvage, you place that on your cutting mat, line up one ruler to match the top and bottom, then trim off the ragged edge. once you have that oh-so-perfect straight edge, you measure whatever from that and it's perfectly straight. that's how all my quilting books go about it...
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: ugh on: November 06, 2006 11:19:49 AM
i use invisible nylon a lot and don't have much trouble, other than needing about 16 lights on the machine so i can see the dumb stuff. try upping your tension before giving up....
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: My Biggest Crafting regrets....share yours too.... on: November 06, 2006 11:11:57 AM
I never thought to ask my grandma about her quilting or if her mother, etc etc did it. I also wish I had more of her quilts...i have one. she did basic great-depression-quilts out of her old dresses, but though they were just patchwork quilts and not too intricate i loved looking at the crazy fabric in the patches and thinking, "she wore that!!!" imagining some of those blocks in a whole dress that she actually wore in public just killed me. i was afraid for awhile that i also had foolishly let all her baking lessons evaporate from my mind but once i started compiling cookie recipes and doing them it all came back to me in a wonderful rush. like when i remembered to grease the pan with the butter wrapper. i'd never been so excited about a butter wrapper before...
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Newspaper Centerpiece? on: November 03, 2006 07:26:16 AM
for the political cartoon slant maybe you could cut out characters from various cartoons and arrange them in a standing-up grouping. slate.com has a collection of tons of political cartoons every day, you could print them out on cardstock, cut out a bunch of characters (like bush, donkeys&elephants, etc etc) and sorta collage them together to stand up on the table.
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