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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blondgirl's verision of a Jeans Rag Quilt (Instructions/Tutorial/Tut/Tute) on: January 08, 2014 05:40:38 PM
Dang!  A bunch of the photos had disappeared again!  I just edited the post to include them plus an update.  I still use this every night and love it. 

The shams, though, well, they suck.  Not comfy at all.  They are only for show.
2  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: My very first hand-bound book! (very detailed post, lots of pics ;D) on: February 27, 2013 06:38:30 PM
Wow.  My husband took a class in bookbinding this past fall when he was in Lima (Per).  He was so excited about it and when he came back home to Houston, he was binding up weird stuff (to practice?).  It is really neat.  I can't wait to show him the level that you have taken your project to.  Very impressive!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt Backing... Sheet vs Cutting Fabric? on: July 18, 2012 07:41:57 PM
How long do you expect this to last?  If you want it to be passed on to his children and their children, then do it "perfect".  If you want it used up and loved to death and for the recipient to not worry about using it and washing it wearing it out, then use what works for you.  Sheets are legendary for bleeding.  Prewash, if you decide to use them.  (I personally like buying sheets at Goodwill to use as a fabric source. They've been prewashed, preshrunk, and normally, I just cut off the worn spots.)

If you plan to hand quilt, fabric is generally easier then sheets.

Bonus tip:  You can use patterned sheets/fabric for the backing and use that for your quilting pattern. Stripes and checks are great.

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP! my quilt has holes in it! on: July 18, 2012 07:38:09 PM
Before attempting a repair, grab a sofa decorative pillow and take some stitches out of that and practice.  Once you have the technique down, you'll be much better prepared to repair this.

And please tell me that you never put this into a washing machine (shredder).
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blondgirl's verision of a Jeans Rag Quilt (Instructions/Tutorial/Tut/Tute) on: July 02, 2012 10:14:03 AM
Jinjeet,

I am glad you are inspired by this.  My (now) husband and I are sleeping under this every night except when he hogs the entire giant thing and I am left with my little Mexican blanket.  Angry   hahahahaha

I am working on a different one now made with the blue jeans of a beloved friend's husband for their grandbaby that is soon to be born.  Smiley 
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting supplies/ How much do you get of each fabric? on: June 25, 2012 09:48:35 PM
The fabric is good for a backing, then one yard is perfect for making a baby quilt.  I haven't bought anything over 1/4 yard for a long time, though. 

When you need supplies, you'll buy them.  There's no reason to buy anything in advance.

A good question to ask, if you'd like to start a new thread, is "What sewing/quilting gadget or item would you NOT buy again?" .  This might help you to have an idea of some things to avoid. 
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What can you do with one quilt block? on: March 06, 2012 10:15:53 AM
Border it.  Repeatedly.  With a variety of colors, textures, etc.  Make it super lively.  Back it.  Machine quilt it.  Put it in a gift bag in the closet.

 Next time someone has a baby and you need a gift, voila! 

You get good experience.  The recipient gets something great to chew on and stimulate the mind.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blondgirl's verision of a Jeans Rag Quilt (Instructions/Tutorial/Tut/Tute) on: February 14, 2012 09:35:34 PM
Aaaawwwwww....  Thanks.  I DO feel better.  "Better living through chemistry!" haha.  Seriously, I had forgotten how brutal pneumonia could be  I WAS walking approx 4 miles each day and now I am gonna start with a half mile tomorrow again.  It has only been 11 days and wow!

I would like to make a nice wedding gift quilt for my beloved.  I have so many images and books and magazines to inspire me--where do I start?!?!?!  Oh, yeah, that fabric stash, right?  ha!  

I am glad that others can find some encouragement from the experiences I can share here.  I hope that folks can see that quilting is inherently do-able and a great kind of therapy.  

Smiley

If you are looking for old jeans to add in, don't be hesitant to let any of the geezers in your neighborhood/church/job know that you want these things.  Almost everybody has a beloved pair that they can't bear to discard but would be perfectly happy adding them to a "good cause".  You can also find great ones at places like resale shops.  There are so many bizarre dresses/skirts out that that make great yardage.  As a last resort, be on the lookout for sales at the fabric shops, too.  Sometimes, you can find freaky denims that add a nice pizazz. 
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Old Clothes Patchwork Quilt on: February 14, 2012 12:18:23 AM
I agree.  This is outstanding.  And perfect. One of my first projects was a collection of scrap fabrics and clothes that had been worn out or ruined.  I use that one almost every day and I love to ponder over the "adventures" each of those fabrics had from my scrubs to part of my son's snugli to my sister's granddaughter's pants.  It is a collection of history of ME!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blondgirl's verision of a Jeans Rag Quilt (Instructions/Tutorial/Tut/Tute) on: February 14, 2012 12:11:08 AM
I just discovered that the photos on the original site had been changed and were  no longer displaying here.  I have no replaced the images in this tutorial so that, hopefully, it can be a useful tut all over again. 

BTW, I am laying under this quilt.  I have been in bed with pneumonia enjoying the warmth of this heavy monster for the last 10 days and I can't say that I have enjoyed it more than this past week.  (I'm getting better, so no worries!)  I'll be getting married soon and I can't wait to share this quilt with my new husband.  Smiley Smiley Smiley
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