Dee, maybe you can hold a beginner's quilting class for us! I have tons of fabric squares that I bought on ebay with the intent to learn to quilt (but mostly just because the fabric was awesome ) and I've looked at some of the books in the library but it still kinda scares me.
!!! i'd love to!! though i don't quilt by hand. i'm a patient woman, but not that patient not too long ago i made a quilted tote bag, maybe we could all recreate that with various fabrics. some of the best quilting advice i got was how to coordinate colors so they look amazing together. so we could combine a fabric store stop and quilting pointers! (starting with your fave fabric and getting complementary stuff to back it up). let me try to find the pic of my tote bag...i used a pinwheel block but we can try something else (the pinwheel was really easy)
So what is this fabric peddler? I've been thinking about learning to quilt but it's not something I've really actively pursued quite yet.
FP's a great fabric shop in wadsworth. they also do yarn, but they're kinda geared toward quilting. some of us have wanted to have an outing there sometime b/c they just have great fabric (as opposed to many other quilting shops around here, believe me, i've scouted most of them ) quilting's a lot of fun, i love it (though i've only made one huge quilt i've done lots of small quilting projects) it's really not as hard as it seems. i'd be happy to give you some pointers if you're interested!
i think SP&P does have spinning stuff, i get their newsletter and they have some group/club for it. again i don't knit but as far as fabric their stuff is comparable with non-joanns shops...about $7-$8/yd which i gather is what you'll pay in the non-joann world
dee - I finally got the hours for the fabric peddler!
Mon-Wed 10am-6pm Thu-Fri 10am-8pm Sat 10am-5pm
let's go!! my husband and i were in wadsworth a couple weekends ago (shopping at the kohls out there) and i dragged him in the FP again. he was just shaking his head at the half-naked cowboy fabric. so i bought a yard
i'd suggest putting a couple inches of spare fabric around all sides of the zipper and using the jordy with flap tute in the ultimate tute list for the flap. when i put a zipper in the top i like to baste it to the lining first, then open the zipper before i sew the lining into the exterior. for adding a flap all you would have to do is put the flap in the right position between the exterior and the lining (just like the strap). so they all come out in the right position when you put right side out. hope i make sense...
i think pappycat's absolutely right....to not jump to the worst assumptions (unless of course those assumptions are thrown in your face). and yeah, people may just not have a way that they feel is adequate to the crafty thing you did. i guess it deserves a calm question if your feelings are on the line, but to stand your ground if you already know the answer. for the girl who wants a designer dress, i don't really see it any different if it were handmade or bought. would you (or should you) feel bad if someone asks you to get them a $1,000 present for their birthday and you can't afford that? of course not. so if her request is something you can't/don't want to fulfill, just explain, well i know you asked for that, but this is what i could do with my time/resources/patience for your rude a$$ that i had available
i sew purses/bags/etc and i'm just about to start selling some stuff. i'm going to sell thru consignment at a local shop. i'm going that way b/c they already have some bags (that aren't as good as mine ) selling for about $50, more than some prices on etsy. and also, i don't have to advertise, ship, or worry about the buyer funking out....they do that. i get 60% of the sale price. then again, i'm just doing this as a little side thing, i'm not looking for a lot of money here (in fact i want to keep it under $400 a year--the revenue limit set by the IRS before you have to pay self-employment taxes).
anymore i consider whether people are craft-worthy (like seinfeld's sponge-worthy). if they're not then they either get some lame store-bought thing or a very minor (aka easy) handmade thing. i finally settled on this after i made this awesome makeup bag with an embroidered cat on the front for my sister for her bday. come my bday one month later all she does is send me an e-card. to my work. the day after. so she's not worthy. ever. my other friend, who does thoughful stuff all the time and loves crafts too, i'd make anything she wants with a smile on my face. i figure if someone's disappointed you in the past, just do whatever makes you feel right without setting yourself up to be disappointed again.