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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / "Antiquing" embriodery? on: March 08, 2008 07:20:05 PM
I want to make a small embroidered piece look antique.  I plan on doing this with a tea dye.  Should I stitch first, then dye, or the other way around?  Also, does anyone have ideas on antiquing fabric other than using tea?

Thanks!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Do you prewash your fabrics? on: November 05, 2007 06:23:29 PM
I have been a sewer for over 25 years and I have always prewashed my fabrics. It's what my mom taught me and it's what I've always done. 

I just got the pattern "Turning Twenty" and I am dying to try it out.  However, I'm a bit freaked out that she tells you not to prewash your fat quarters first.  I can't bring myself to purchase my fabrics because I'm all hung up on whether to prewash or not.  I will not be purchasing all of the same brand of fabric because I tend to get my fabric from various sources.  From what I've read, this greatly affects the shrinkage factor. 

So my question is, has anyone experience with the "Turning Twenty" pattern, or more to the point, do you prewash your fabrics before you piece your quilt tops?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Help with quilting a king size quilt on: October 29, 2007 06:08:10 PM
I really want to make a quilt for my bed, but the thought of quilting a king size quilt in my regular sewing machine makes me want to throw myself off a bridge.  I machine quilted my son's twin size quilt on my machine and it was a nightmare.

Is there some kind of trick to machine quilting that I don't know about?  I have a walking foot, but it doesn't make the quilting any easier. 

Should I think about hand quilting it?  Tying it instead of quilting it?  Sending it to a longarm quilter?  It just seems like cheating to send it to someone else to quilt. 

Anyone have any experience with quilts this large?

4  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Where can I find music makers/music boxes for stuffies? on: September 20, 2007 11:27:27 AM
I used to make teddy bears a long time back, and I am recently getting back into making stuffies and toys for my son.  I remember I used to be able to buy at just about any craft store, those little electronic devices that played music.  They are about the size of a quarter, maybe bigger, and about 1/2 inch thick.  When you press on them, they play a little tune.  I cannot find them anywhere in my hometown and was wondering if anyone's had any luck finding these online.

Thank you!
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / I'm thinking of "selling" sewing lessons. Advice? on: August 21, 2007 05:10:38 PM
I have lots of people around me who know that I sew, and keep asking about sewing lessons.  I am thinking of doing lessons on a one on one basis or maybe two at a time. 

Does anyone out there have experience with this?  Any advice?  What should I charge?  I'm a little bit scared of taking the plunge, but it seems to be really in demand and I would love to start making a little money with something that I love doing.
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / How to make this beautiful lamp? on: July 26, 2007 02:19:06 PM
Anyone have ideas on how to copy this?  I am in looooove with it.

http://hometech.apartmenttherapy.com/hometech/lighting/moonstruck-light-028450
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Can cotton batting be tied instead of quilted? on: July 24, 2007 04:25:17 PM
So basically I have decided that I love to piece fabric and make my quilt tops, but I HATE to quilt.  I don't mind as much tying my quilts (I hate it less, actually).  My question is: can I tie a quilt made with cotton batting?  I am somewhat addicted to it, and would prefer to use it from now on.  The only quilts I have tied are made with poly batting. 

Thank you!!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Can quilted fabric be made into duvet cover instead? on: June 17, 2007 01:33:30 PM
I love to quilt, but I hate the actual quilting!  I love the designing, the cutting and piecing, but putting the layers together and quilting them all together is a total nightmare for me.  Case in point: I am making a twin size quilt for my son's bed and it has taken me over a year because I dread the machine quilting!  I do have a walking foot, and I try to go slow and take my time, but I just hate it.  For me, it's hard to work with so much fabric and batting.  Is there something I am missing? 

I really want to make a new quilt for my bed (queen size), but I fear it will be even harder than the twin size.  So my idea was to make a quilted top, then make it into a cover for my feather duvet.  My main concern is to prevent all the pieces from fraying once they're on the inside of the cover.  Has anyone tried this?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / How do I install a fabric ceiling? on: June 07, 2007 05:25:00 PM
Last summer the tiles on my living room ceiling came crashing down.  Don't worry---they were very old and damaged, and no one was here when it happened! 

We cannot afford to put in tin tiles which is what we really want.  I had the idea to do a fabric draped ceiling, but could never find any photos or how-to instructions.  I was thinking of stapling cheap white muslin up along the walls and then gathering it in the center, where the chandelier is. 

Here's a photo of the look I'm after, although my ceilings aren't that high.

http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/ny/house-tours/inside-out-gehry-and-lanyas-life-meets-art-024144

Anyone have any ideas on how to do this?  Am I crazy?
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / What size are your tea towels? on: April 26, 2007 11:27:24 AM
I can't find any nice tea towels in my area, so I am just going to make some!  Can anyone tell me what size a tea towel is?  Is there a "standard" size? 

I used to embroider years ago as a little girl, and I am getting into it again.    I thought tea towels might be an easy "almost-first" project.

Thanks for your help!   Smiley
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