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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for classroom/school quilt? on: May 30, 2006 07:22:39 PM
That's a great idea!  I think I'll try it out on a smaller wall-hanging/lap quilt kind of thing for my husband for Father's Day.  I'll have to do both hands and feet of my son (and maybe a cat paw or two...) to get enough squares, but that should give me an idea of whether or not I can handle it for an entire class of kids.

Thanks for the suggestion!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Ideas for classroom/school quilt? on: May 19, 2006 04:02:55 PM
Those are both really good ideas - thanks!!  I've been thinking about it and I might make the kids' squares like puzzle pieces (which would make them not squares, I guess), have them either decorate those or do the crayon thing that msalowishus suggested, and then I'll just put the "puzzle" together with some solid pieces, too.

Also, I might have to limit it to just a few classes, rather than the whole school.  When I stopped to figure it out, there are probably 120ish kids at the school.  That's quite a quilt if everyone did a piece.  Shocked
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Ideas for classroom/school quilt? on: May 19, 2006 11:48:16 AM
I'm hoping that one of you Craftster quilters will be able to help me with some ideas.  My son goes to a small Montessori school that is non-profit.  As such, they're always doing some kind of fundraiser.  The big one of the year is the kids' art sale, where the children all make art projects and sell them to parents and other community members at the end-of-the-year celebration.  I thought for next year, I might volunteer to make a quilt with squares made by the kids.  The only problem is that I don't know how I would do it and don't want to volunteer until I have a plan.  The kids are all 12 months - 5 years, so having them construct blocks is pretty much out of the question.  Has anyone tried anything like this before?  Any suggestions, or am I better off volunteering to make cookies?  Undecided

Thanks for any and all suggestions!
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Smart by Pfaff sewing machines? on: April 27, 2006 08:00:29 PM
Actually, I just got the 200c.  My wonderful husband brought it home for me as a surprise the other day - I'd been lusting over the website for a bit.  His mom has Pfaff machines, so he knew how good they are, and that one is very reasonably priced.

As far as the machine itself goes, it's wonderful!  I was using a Kenmore thing that was only from the late '90s, but the difference is night and day, though I'm sure some of that is just a testament to the Pfaff brand itself.  The first thing I did after we got it all set up was to play with the alphabet stitches.  They're awesome and SO easy to use!  You just program your word/phrase into memory and then let 'er go.

Since I just got it earlier this week, I haven't had a chance to sew a whole lot with it, but I did do a skirt that had a particularly thick waist-band-thingy on it, and the 200c didn't even blink.  The Kenmore would have cursed at me for sure.

In short, I love this machine!  Hope this helps with your decision!
5  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: ah yes so it's a circle skirt .. third attempt at sewing on: April 25, 2006 12:20:04 PM
That's awesome!  Why can't I find things like that at my Goodwill?!

What pattern did you use, or did you just make it up as you went along?  I'm kinda scared to sew clothes without a pattern...
6  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Re: Huntsville Crafting on: April 22, 2006 08:00:27 AM
jaybirdiscrafty:  your comment about stepping back in time cracked me up!  I just took my aunt-in-law to Sir's the other weekend and told her that exact thing.  She's from Atlanta and just loved Fayetteville - I'm sure she'll be back!  I always buy more than I need when I step into Sir's, but then I have a good time trying to figure out what to do with all that fabric!

Also, I drove by that place in Boaz, but didn't have a chance to go in (we were on our way to Atlanta).  I think it's called Wilson's and it's right on 431 as you come into Boaz.  If I remember correctly, it's  on the left hand side of the road.  Maybe one day I'll actually get INSIDE the store Smiley

7  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Re: Huntsville Crafting on: April 14, 2006 06:34:45 AM
I know it's been awhile since this post was started, but I thought I'd throw in my two cents.  I love Yarn Expressions, too - especially their sales!  I'm still working through my stash of yarn from their moving sale when I was lucky enough to get one of the 40% off tickets!

For fabric, there's always Sir's Fabric in Fayetteville, TN.  If you don't know about it, it's this HUGE warehouse-like place that has awesome fabric for cheap prices.  They have some stuff on rolls, but most of it is already cut into 5+ yard pieces and loaded onto tables.  It's usually more fabric than I need, but for $3.99/yard I can find another project to use up the extra.  I've also heard there's a similar type place near Boaz, but I don't know the details on it.  If I find out, I'll post the details here...unless anyone else knows about it?
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My First Purse Project - Sha Sha Ribbon Dream Purse on: April 10, 2006 10:03:54 AM
Thanks everybody!  I actually had a lot of fun doing the weaving.  I cut the ribbon and then sat down in front of the TV to watch one of my favorite mindless shows.  That way I didn't have to feel too guilty about watching - I was actually being productive!
9  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First Purse Project - Sha Sha Ribbon Dream Purse on: April 09, 2006 09:49:23 AM
So, this is my first post and my first sewing project since that cheeseburger pillow thing I had to make for class in seventh grade.  I found the tutorial for the Sha Sha Ribbon Dream Purse here:  http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=59563.0  (Thank you, buglake!!)

I didn't buy enough ribbon, so I used some wider ribbon I had for the bottom and ended up using the same stuff for the handles.  This is what the woven bit looked like before I cut it:



Here's how it looks finished:



And here's the inside.  I fell in love with the paisley fabric and used that to cover the button.



Thanks for looking!
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