I was only told about this, but it did sound really cute. At this adorable gift shop downtown, a lady was telling me about a clock she had seen that was made from the hardcover of an old children's book. I have no idea how you'd finish the previously bound edge, but it sounds like possibly a great baby gift. Can anybody take this one and run with it a little? I'm supposing it would even work for old nancy drew books and things like that. Also, what would you use to punch the hole in the middle of the book? I'm pretty new to hardcore crafting, so I'm not sure of the toolular needs there.
The book that I've been using to teach myself quilting is The Weekend Quilt by Leslie Linsley. It's out of print, but you can find copies pretty cheap online at either amazon or abebooks.com (a good resource for oop books). I've made two full size quilts and a baby quilt so far, and the easier patterns tend to be pretty forgiving to the mismatched seams and general unwillingness to line up perfectly that has gone along with at least my newbie quilterness. It has nineteen different patterns and while I don't agree with most (or any) of the color choices used in the pictures, the patterns are easy to follow, adapt, and they give you lots of techniques to speed up your quilting. If you put your mind to it, you could probably get one done in a weekend, as the title seems to suggest. I've got a bid on the sequel, More Weekend Quilts, on ebay, (it was $1) so I'll let you know if it's as good, later.
Also, for just weird stuff that you can't find anywhere else, there's this huge cheesy gift shop downtown. I can't remember the name, but it's like the largest one in the world and pretty famous. And they sell everything from cheesy personalized keychains to rubber chicken feet. Not exactly crafty, but a good place to go to get ideas at least.
I'm coming and I'm bringing a friend. (I'm pretty sure) Hotmail is down for some reason, but I will email you my answers to your list as soon as hotmail is back up. I'm really excited about the group. Divasteph, why/when are you moving to vegas? My husband used to live there and we have family out there, so I'd love to talk to you about it.
I've only been quilting for a couple months, but I always get my stuff from either Hancock or I schlep up to Duluth and go to Jo-Ann. Jo-Ann has these monthly 40-50% off coupons that they'll maill you and I like them. You can sign up for them online and they're only good for one item, so it's best to use them for the quilt backing or facing as that's your big purchase. But I'm glad to read about so many other fabric stores in the area and I look forward to trying them out. Any other quilters out there?
I have a question about the stitch n bitch. Can I go and get a lesson in how to knit or would that be super rude? I'm really interested, and I can halfway knit (long boring story) but I just need somebody to tell me what it IS that I'm doing when I knit, and how I can change that to purl or whatever? Also, there's a rumor that there's a stitch n bitch at javamonkey on tuesdays in decatur as well? Anybody out there can confirm this? Any alternative meetings from the jakes or apres diem would be welcome, too. Thanks.