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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / First time using heading tape on curtains on: March 18, 2012 12:08:42 PM
Hi everyone!
I am making curtains for a friend, and they have a sliding rail type thing for curtains.  The curtains will hang with little hooks that slide across the rail, and so she bought a bunch of heading tape - no pleats, just flat heading tape.  She did not buy the hooks yet, but when I look at the tape, which is like this stuff:
http://www.calicolaine.co.uk/Curtains-Accessories-Curtain-Tape-c3_53/3%E2%80%99%E2%80%99-Heading-Tape-%2812-rolls%29-p1703.html
it has little channels that run from top to bottom for the hook to go into, and each channel is open at the top and bottom - one end is neat (like a selvedge) and the other is more slubby.  Does it matter which is the top of the tape and which is the bottom?

Thank you for any help!

edited - okay, reading more online, and she did mention that the hooks had 3 prongs, so I guess pleats will form on their own, but still, does it matter which is at the top of the curtain?  My guess is not, but...
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Fit for a queen (my first large quilt) on: May 20, 2011 04:01:50 PM
I finished my first quilt!  It is a queen size quilt, and I have only made mini art quilts before, so this was a bit more time consuming, and a lot heavier! 



I loved this quilt at Film in the Fridge http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/03/15/postcards-from-the-park/ and decided to make my own pattern for it. I love the slight wonkiness of it! (plus then I didn't have to worry about straight lines or matching seams!)  I used Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks Voile and white.  I machine quilted it in somewhat straight lines horizontally.



I learned so much from this!  The joys of the walking foot, machine binding, and how much fun it is!  And now to plan another quilt...

Thanks for looking!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Have I quilted enough? on: May 08, 2011 05:54:51 PM
I'm working on my first quilt, and I went all out and I am making a queen sized quilt!  I am machine quilting it, and it is so heavy and I'd love to be done quilting it so I can bind it and be finished, but I am not sure if I have quilted it enough.  My quilt is based on a Film in the Fridge quilt called Postcards from the Park http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/03/15/postcards-from-the-park/ I quilted straight lines horizontally- one stitch in the ditch across, and one line on each side of that, so from the back you see three quilted lines about an inch apart, and then a space of about 3 inches (on the front that is the bulk of the colour of the block).  I like the way it looks on the front (and back) -( sorry no picture of my quilt - it is dark here, and bad lighting) - but mostly I don't want to quilt another line or two across each block!  So, how much does one need to quilt a quilt?  I used Warm and White batting, if that makes a difference.  I'll quilt more if it means the quilt will last longer or stay together better.  It's my first, so I want it to last!

Thanks for your help!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Not sure about the colours... opinions wanted! on: March 05, 2011 04:42:39 PM
I am not sure about my quilt.  I need some help/opinions.
I am not sure about the colours.  I love colour, and I am using Anna Maria Horner's little folks voiles.  I bought a bunch of fabrics I loved from the line, many greens and yellows, and reds and pinks.  I thought they looked good together, but now I'm not so sure.  I think it may be a bit too deep mustardy overall.  I have more fabric I can cut - should I cut more reds and pinks, and take out the mustardy colour?  Maybe I need to sleep on it?  Thoughts?  Please be honest! (right now it's just wonky rectangles sticking on their own to batting on the wall)





See the really deep mustardy colour near the top right corner (the block with white stripes down it)?  That's the one I'm not sure about.

I think it looks better on the computer than on the wall... 
Maybe the burnt orange wall colour isn't helping.  The quilt will go in a light green room.

I would appreciate any feedback you can give me!  Thanks!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Trio of trees on: February 21, 2011 06:58:24 AM
I made a mini quilt a year ago as part of the one for me, one for you swap, but wasn't sure where to hang it.  I decided on the large wall area that is visible from our dining table.  It's a large space, so I thought I should make 2 more to go with it, and a couple of weeks ago I finished them!

Trees and house are rough edge appliqued onto the background, buttons hand sewn, and flowers machine free-motion stitched.

It's hard to see, but I machine stitched with white thread for wispy clouds in the sky.





And all three together and up on the wall at last!


Thanks for looking!
6  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / gnocchi - a bit of a recipe and some questions on: January 14, 2011 09:51:21 AM


I made some gnocchi today!  I based my "recipe" on my prior gnocchi making experiences with my mom, and some internet recipes.  Instead of using ricotta though, I thought I'd try cottage cheese - I often use it instead of ricotta in manicotti and lasagna, so why not?  It's cheaper too!

Here's my somewhat recipe:  (sorry it's not more precise)
2 containers of cottage cheese (total of 1 kg - approx. 1 pound?)
2 eggs
1/4 cup parmesean cheese - the cheap stuff, not the freshly grated stuff
at least 4 cups of flour, likely more (sorry for this approximate measurement)

Mix in a bowl, knead on a floured surface, adding more flour until not too sticky.  Cut off sections about the size of your fist.  Roll sections into a snake about 3/4 - 1 inch thick.  Cut into uniform pieces - mine were a bit longer than 1 inch.  For decoration I lightly pressed a fork onto the top (mostly to get my toddler involved).  My mom always makes a little finger press in them so they look like pillows.

After making a few, I boiled some up, put butter and salt on them and they tasted pretty good.  The internet recipes I looked at used the words "melt-in-your-mouth."  Mine didn't really melt... I've eaten bad gnocchi, and mine are decent, but how melty can gnocchi be?  It's pasta! 

So my questions:  Can gnocchi be "melt-in-your-mouth"?  Is it not possible with cottage cheese, only with ricotta cheese gnocchi?  Is it possible to add too much flour?  My dough was still a bit sticky - should I have added more flour?  Added water to the recipe? The taste was good, but now I'm hoping for the best texture possible!  Any advice?
7  COOKING / Dessert / looking for chocolate fruitcake/Christmas cake recipe on: November 13, 2010 07:53:26 AM
I don't like regular fruitcake, but I was in a bakery yesterday and they had these samples of fruitcake with cocoa!  I actually liked it and have been trying to find a recipe.  I know it uses cocoa, Guinness, and I think real fruit instead of candied fruit ( like maraschino cherries).  It had more of a fudgey brownie texture rather than any fruitcake I've ever tried, and it wasn't terribly sweet, but it was good!  Does anybody have a recipe like this, or a similar one that could be modified?  I really liked the texture of this cake, so a similar fudginess would be awesome!  Thanks!
8  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / Bean bags...? on: November 13, 2010 04:24:28 AM
I'm in a craft show in a month, thinking of crafting gift items for kids (among other things) and I'd like to make up a bunch of bean bags, and I was wondering if people have had success selling them.  Are they plain?  Do they have anything on them?  I was thinking of doing plain ones and number ones, charging between 2 and 2.50  for each.  But before I make a lot, has anyone sold them at shows? 
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / weight of sashing fabric compared to blocks on: August 03, 2010 08:53:01 AM
I'm going to make a quilt with Anna Maria Horner's Little Folks Voile, and I like the look of colourful blocks with white sashing in between.  Do I have to use a voile for the sashing, or will a light weight muslin do?  Or does it matter much since I'll be doing a lot of machine free-motion quilting  - stippling I think it's called? 

Thanks for helping a newbie quilter!
10  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Get Product and Website Opinions / question about selling mini art quilts on: June 19, 2010 12:00:59 PM
Hi, I hope this is in the right spot.

I am planning selling mini art quilts at craft shows and a market this summer, and I was wondering about the hanging of them - not in my display, but for people to hang in their homes.  I guess it's a matter of taste, but is there a standard way to do it?  I like the look of a mini quilt with the dowel hidden behind the quilt, unseen.  Others like the loops showing and dowel/curtain rod showing.  What do other quilt crafters do?  I'd hate a little thing like position of loops to get in the way of a sale.  Or is it just one of those things where if someone loves the quilt, the'll buy it regardless of how they will hang it? 
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