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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Thread choice?? Advice please! on: June 15, 2012 08:05:19 AM
Thanks for the all the advice. I'm going to go with a medium yellow and I picked it out yesterday. I'll post pics when its all said and done Cheesy!!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Thread choice?? Advice please! on: June 12, 2012 09:59:12 AM
I'm working on a quilt and I was looking for advice on thread. Everything is ready to go to be quilted but I'm not sure what colour my thread should be!

The quilt has a dark blue squares, light yellow squares and then a variety of patterned squares with blue, yellow and other soft "baby" colours in it.

I'm not sure if I should use two different threads for my quilting. If I go light, it will show up really stark on the dark blue squares and blend more on the other squares, but if I go dark I'll have the opposite. Is this going to look ok? I'm not a very experienced quilter so I'm not sure what is right here.

As a side note, I would say I have an even number of dark and light squares.

Edit:: I decided to just share a picture - duh.



3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Our blue and yellow nursery! on: June 12, 2012 09:19:47 AM
I'm expecting at the end of July so I've been diligently working away on the nursery for a few months now, with some help from the SO. I wish I had a before picture of the room but I can't find one. If you can imagine in it, it was bologna pink. The baby is a boy though, so pink just wouldn't do. I ended up going with a cheery yellow colour.

So.. the parrot on the wall is a construction paper cutout that I made. I also sewed all the crib sheets and the curtains and I am working on a quilt which incorporates all the fabrics I've used in the room. The "stained glass" frames in the window were actually made by my in-laws. The little table my SO made when he was in scouts as a child and my FIL found it in the basement of their house and stained it to match our furniture. The lamp shade I recovered with the same fabric as the curtains. Oh and the "jelly fish" hanging from the windows I made with fabric scraps and ribbons, and I stuffed them with lavender!!! That was a fun project.

The room isn't completely finished, but there's just some things that I won't be getting around to for a little bit so I wanted to post pictures now while I can.
Also, obviously the stroller and the bassinet won't be staying in the nursery, we're just storing them for the time being.

4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Slant or Straight Needle??? on: June 04, 2012 03:37:47 PM
Thank you! I compared my machines in light of what you said and I can see what you mean about how it is mounted.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Slant or Straight Needle??? on: June 04, 2012 10:48:58 AM
This might seem like a stupid question but how can you tell if your needle is straight or slanted. I'm assuming that if the needle looks straight, it's straight but I don't want to assume and be wrong.

I've got three different machines and I want to be able to correctly identify it on each. I am working on a quilt and need to buy a walking foot, but each foot I've found online specifies for straight or slanted needle. I've never had to buy presser feet before, my machines all came with an assortment, so I've never been through this.

My machines are:

- 221 Singer Featherweight (1939)
- singer 301a
- a brother circa early 2000's - not sure of the model number

Thanks for the help!
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Parrot Papercut picture! on: January 30, 2012 07:00:50 AM
Well I gave it a try. I couldn't find any colourful cardstock in town so I used construction paper. Its nothing near yours but its ok for a first attempt I think. More layers would have improved the effect I think, so I'll keep that in mind next time.

7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General / Re: Parrot Papercut picture! on: January 27, 2012 06:47:25 AM
This is incredible! And so colourful!

I'm working on a nursery right now and I think something like this would be soo cool in it. I'm sure it takes a lot of practice to get that good though >.>. What kind of paper do you use?

I have one more question. Around the border of each piece it looks like you've used a shade darker colour of paper underneath to give it more dimension, but in the close up it actually looks like you may have just gone around the edge with marker for that effect. Which is correct?
8  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Raise a Foodie Baby - How to Make & Store Baby Food on: January 24, 2012 06:43:59 AM
So when you want to serve some of your frozen food do you let it thaw over night in the refrigerator?
9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mario themed letters on: January 13, 2012 11:53:51 AM
Oh this is super cute! I especially like the bob-ombs. I think its so cute when kids like old games like Mario! Do you have an old super nintendo, that would be fun for him to play legit traditional mario since he likes it so much.
10  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Luxe patchwork chair on: January 04, 2012 07:51:30 AM
What a beautiful chair! I think you did a great job and the colours are so nice together. This would be amazing in an otherwise boring room to liven things up. I would absolutely love to have a chair like this in my house.
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