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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Lucky Seven on: April 03, 2011 04:09:47 AM
Thank you!  And tailte I forgot to answer your question...I think I originally found a tutorial online and I bet there is one on Craftster!  Basically you wrap strips of fabric around lengths of clothesline and zig zag stitch around in circles - until you have the size and shape you want.  Also - this might be helpful...all the tutorials say to use 100% cotton clothesline which I can NEVER find.  I always use a cotton poly blend and it works FINE!  I think they just mean not to use the plastic kind.  Smiley

Beautiful bowls!  I love your colours!!! I love making these too!

I use cotton cording, or in a pinch I have used inch or so wide strips of fleece - I cut strips along the proper edge so they tend to roll, then I get sewing! (my husbands aunt bought the supplies of a small company that made jogging suits, so I have a bunch of this!)  A bit more finicky than a cord, but way cheaper!
12  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: April 01, 2011 04:14:21 AM
Waggonswest - Thanks for that link about stashes!  I usually buy what I love, but I noticed that excluded on of my favourite colours (red) because I didn't like a lot of prints, so I stocked up on various red polka-dots.  I sew a lot of skirts and other items for craft shows, so I like to buy fabrics I love in 1 yard amounts or more, and .5 for other fabrics I like.  Selling at craft shows is how I can buy more fabrics for me, otherwise I would not be buying much.  I hope the price of fabric doesn't go up too much...maybe I should stock up now!  Cheesy
13  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: March 31, 2011 10:38:46 AM
My 'friend' just had to tell me that our local Hancock Fabrics had tables of $1,$2 and $3/yard fabric this week.  I had to just look.  And of course found a set of fabric I have been eying for months at $2.  So the stash just grew a bit.  But it all mostly fits the stash rules and I have a project waiting for the big pieces.  If you have a local Hancock Fabrics you might check it out... just sharing in case anyone needs inspiration. 



You have stash rules?  What are they? I have to admit that my stash rules are that if it fits in the house somewhere, it makes the cut!  I am a fabric hoarder.

Here's a partial look at my first full quilt top!



Inspired by Film in the Fridge's Postcards from the  park
http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/03/15/postcards-from-the-park/
I thought I'd make up my own block sizes and try it out.  Wonky blocks are so forgiving!

Now to do the rest.  I am thinking about just straight quilting it on the machine, or slightly slanty straight lines.  Any thoughts?  I have done free-motion quilting, but only on mini quilts, so I think I would like to skip it here.  And do I quilt just on the sashing areas, or over the colour blocks too?  Help!  I want to quilt it this weekend and start a new one soon! (oops - I originally typed that I want to quit it this weekend - I am actually not ready to quit it, but I can't wait to put it on my bed!)
14  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 50 projects in 2011 on: March 22, 2011 04:39:03 PM
I have a few completed items that fit the March challenge!

For my daughter, a toddler backpack, following vegbee's tutorial here: http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2009/10/toddler-backpack-pattern.html

here's mine, and it was a birthday present:



and I made her a skirt from an old t-shirt the other day, since she only wants to wear skirts and dresses and she doesn't have many...yet (adding more to my 50 list):


And for her birthday party, 2 re-usable buntings to decorate (springy, and for kids big and small to enjoy):


Yay for a few more things off my list!


15  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: March 08, 2011 06:16:37 AM
Great circle quilt waggonswest!

I've had a quilting set-back - our basement flooded Saturday night, and it's a big mess.  Fortunately not much was ruined, just some Ikea bookcases and our bathroom vanity, but the carpets have been torn out, baseboard and the bottom 2 feet of drywall removed.  There is still some water.  Most of our basement things are still down there, dry, but we have to move it all upstairs and find places for everything.  Once it has settled down here in a couple of weeks, I hope to get my quilt out again and get back at it!
16  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Not sure about the colours... opinions wanted! on: March 06, 2011 05:06:17 PM
Thanks for all the opinions!  I appreciate the honesty and now I get to look at it from different viewpoints.  I am happy I took pictures of it because last night our basement flooded, and the quilt is ok, but some blocks fell off and I may not see it finished for awhile.  Our basement has had the carpet and baseboard ripped off, and they're coming tomorrow to cut off the bottom 2 feet of drywall.  Water is still coming in, but once it gets to an inch high, it stops.  But there's so much groundwater it will just come in again until.  Once things settle down a bit I will get back to work on my quilt, and when it's done, it will be a nice comfort during this basement fiasco.   
17  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: The Brightest Diamond Quilt on: March 05, 2011 06:33:40 PM
It's so beautiful!  I love the colours!
18  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Craftalongs / Re: 11 Quilts in 2011 Quilt Along on: March 05, 2011 06:31:25 PM
Thanks!  I think I'll go with the mustardy-ness, and add more reds.  I think I might start the placement from scratch tomorrow.  I quite enjoyed the process, except when my toddler wanted to help!
19  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Not sure about the colours... opinions wanted! on: March 05, 2011 05:05:39 PM
Yes, I do have more of the teal with white stripes.  I think I'll cut more blocks from it.  Maybe I'll take the fabrics to the bedroom where the quilt will go and see what colours are the best, and go from there - I compared them all in that room originally, maybe I'll use more of the best colours.

Thanks for the help!
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Not sure about the colours... opinions wanted! on: March 05, 2011 04:57:44 PM
The light blue with the squarish pattern?  Or the vibrant teal?  I have a bit more of it.  I thought I'd try just a few squares and see if they stood out too much, but I don't find that they do.

Also, the batting they are stuck to right now is a natural batting, and I'll be using white for the actual quilt (I couldn't access the white this afternoon and I couldn't wait to set the blocks out!) Would that make much of a difference at all?
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