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11  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Matelasse apparel fabric? on: March 14, 2011 11:56:22 AM
Fabric Depot usually has an okay selection of clothing matelasse, but it's not on their site. You'll have to email them & ask for samples.
12  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much yardage for Full Sheet set? on: March 14, 2011 11:53:04 AM
Don't forget to account for shrinkage! I usually lose about 1/8 of a yard for every 5 yards.
13  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Metallic Leathers? on: March 14, 2011 11:50:38 AM
I bought mine at Oregon Leather in Portland. http://www.oregonleatherco.com/
It's not on their website, but maybe if you call 800-634-8033 they'll work with you. The colors varied every time I was there, but there was always something I wanted.

I hope this helps!
14  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: So much waste in pattern layouts! Why? on: March 14, 2011 11:46:11 AM
It's just like how they tell you that you need way more trim, elastic, etc. than you could possibly use for that purpose. One pattern, recently, told me I needed 1 and 3/8 yards of elastic- I couldn't possibly use more than 32" for that design, so that's what I bought.

Once, making pajamas, I noticed how much waste there would be if I followed the layout. I turned everything 90 degrees (not a directional fabric) and had enough left over for a matching pillowcase. I still do that sometimes if the fabric allows and I'll have bigger, more useful scraps.
15  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Applying iron-on-vinyl on: March 14, 2011 11:40:18 AM
I have no love for this product. When I first saw it, I was super excited, but it's never lasted on any of my projects. If you're making anything other than a flat, place mat-type thing, it will peel and bubble. I tried several different techniques, but none of them worked for very long.  Angry unless the finished work was never moved.

When you apply more than one piece, the seam is pretty much invisible. A Teflon pressing sheet is very helpful. A Teflon foot for your machine is awesome when working with any kind of vinyl.

But since it's not a long-lasting product, I now just overlay a thin piece of clear vinyl instead.
16  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Rhinestoned Ukulele on: March 02, 2011 11:13:56 AM
Thank you!

Yes, it still plays. The tone is different, but it's functional.

They're acrylic so it's not as heavy (or expensive) as it would be were they crystal.

It took a long time. I don't work on it all that often, but I bought it 5 or 6 years ago, then worked on it when I didn't feel like sewing or quilting- which is not that often  Wink
17  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Rhinestoned Ukulele on: February 28, 2011 02:33:26 PM
I love gluing rhinestones to things. It started with lighters, and it's gotten bigger as it goes on. Recently I finished this Ukulele:









Thanks for looking!
18  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Oh deer! on: February 18, 2011 01:50:17 PM
so great! I love it.
19  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / d20 Pillow for the manfriend on: February 18, 2011 01:15:13 PM
I was at a loss for what to make him for our first Valentine's day, until he mentioned wanting more couch pillows.

He is regular player of Dungeons & Dragons, so I thought I could combine this love with his desire for couch comfort, and viola!


I borrowed a D20 from one of his friends and swore him to secrecy, that I might place the numbers accurately. One more to show that it is indeed accurate:


He loved it and brought it to his next game to show his friends. Cheesy
20  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wonderland Jelly Roll & Charm Pack Quilt and Pillow on: February 14, 2011 03:56:31 PM
Thank you all!

There are some limitations when working with jelly rolls & charm packs, so I decided to forget about traditional patterns and just wing it with some log cabin variations.

I wish Moda would do a reprint of this fabric. Subsequent collections by Momo have not been quite as cute, imho, and that giant focus print can't be beat.
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