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21  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / tank top question on: June 14, 2007 06:11:31 PM
I'm trying to make my own tank top, but don't have a pattern. I think i've figured out a simple way to do it, but could someone tell me if this wouldn't work for some reason?
here's a picture of what I'm thinking of...


I would take a piece of fabric and lay a simple pattern, like the one above (the blue part being the pattern, on the fold and cut out two. simple enough, right? but would it work? I think I'll try it with some left over fabric I've got lying around.
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / freemotion quilting *now with pictures* on: June 10, 2007 03:25:05 PM
so, I'm finally giving machine quilting a try. I just did one quilt yesterday with straight lines. I wasn't so happy with it because it showed off how not-so-straight my piecing was. So I think I'm going to try freemotion quilting. I've done a few practice peices and I think I've got the hang of it, so here's my question...

Will it look strange to do only some of the squares in a 9-patch block? I'm thinking about the back, since it's not devided.

I've added a picture here so you can see what I mean


And which pattern of stitching do you like better? the more random one or the spiraly one? Granted, I still need a lot of practice, but I think it's going pretty well. Oh, and I won't be using contrasting thread in my final project, that's just for practicing so I can see what I'm doing wrong.
23  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / help with chicken on: June 08, 2007 08:48:54 AM
So I have kind of an odd request, but I figured if anyone could help me it would be all of you creative cooks out there.

My husband refuses to eat chicken, actually any meat besides really thin tasteless cheeseburgers. I would love for him to try it, because I know if he did, he'd like it. So my question is, what would be the best way to get him to try it? Should I smother it in a sauce so it's disguised a bit? Or just cook it pretty plain? Any ideas would be very helpful. I'm trying to cook a healthier diet for us, but he's just so picky!
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / baby quilt size on: June 06, 2007 05:05:18 AM
So I've made a couple baby quilts before, but didn't really pay attention to what size I made them, just picked a pattern (one large log cabin square) and went with it. So my question is, what does everyone think the best size for a baby and/or toddler quilt is? I've seen everything from 30x30" to 45x60".
I'm thinking a nice 40x40" ish square woud be nice.
25  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / Got my dye, got my fabric, now what on: June 04, 2007 07:45:54 AM
So I've read all the instructions on Paula Burch's site (http://www.pburch.net/dyeing.shtml), and the instruction that came with the dye (Procion MX dyes).

I'm going to be dying 100% cotton twill fabric, what would be the easiest way to go about doing this?  I want the pieces to be solid colors, though I don't mind if it's not completely uniform. Should I spray the dye on? Use squirt bottles? Emmerse the fabric completely? I know to soak it in soda ash and all that. I'm just not clear on the best way to do this since I'm not doing multiple colors on one piece of fabric.

Update: (yes I know it's been less than 15 minutes)
I found these instructions for vat dying on the Dharma Trading Co. website (http://www.dharmatrading.com/info/vat_dye.html), and I guess this would be the easiest method. However, it doesn't specify what sort of bucket you have to use. Could I use any ol' plastic bucket or should I use an old metal pot?
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / basting frustration! on: May 26, 2007 06:01:04 PM
I'm trying to baste a baby quilt and I'm having the same problem I always have.

I'm using safety pins. I put the backing on the floor, smoothed it out, pinned the sides, pulling it tight but not stretching it. Then I put the batting on top and smoothed it out and did the same with the top. Then I put the pins in starting from the center and working out. Then I turned it over and it looked alright, but when I ran my hands over it, it bunches up around the pins like there's a ton of extra give and I know (because it happened before but I ignored it) that it'll cause huge problems when actually quilting.

I also tried making it tighter and looser when pinning down the backing and also leaving the pins out completely, just smoothing it out. Nothing seems to work.

What am I doing wrong? Is there an easier way to baste that actually works? Fusible batting? Basting spray? HELP! I'm getting so frustrated!
27  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / sun hat? on: May 26, 2007 03:06:17 PM
I'm looking to make a sun hat, something along the lines of a bucket hat. Anyone know of an easy pattern or tutorial for one?

My friend who always wears sunscreen just had some skin cancer found in the one exposed part of your body you don't think to put sun screen, in the part line on her head. HATS!
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / 2 color log cabin on: May 20, 2007 12:10:29 PM
i'm trying to decide if i like the idea of a 2 color log cabin quilt. i've made up some mock-quilts, take a look and let me know what you think.



sorry it's such a big picture but i wanted to be sure the strips didn't blend together.
29  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Discussion and Questions / dyeing cotton flannel on: May 20, 2007 05:11:53 AM
Has anyone ever tried dying flannel? If so, was it successful (I mean long term, through washings and things) and what dyes and methods did you use?

I'm specifically wanting to dye organic cotton flannel for quilting.
30  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / new skirts on: May 15, 2007 12:06:47 PM
These are the first two successful skirts I've made.

The first is made from Simplicity It's So Easy pattern #4019

I'm not completely satisfied with how it came out, but it's wearable.

The second I like much better, it's just a simple half circle skirt.

I didn't have quite enough fabric to make a waistband, but I think I like it even better with just the binding.

You'll notice that I didn't do any hemming, that's because I suck at it. So I just bought a couple packages of double fold bias tape and binded (bound?) the edges.
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