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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Quilt-esque attempt on: April 22, 2010 07:37:18 PM
Nice!  You could totally expand this kind of thing into a bigger quilt if you wanted to.

Definitely fun!!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first quilt (and a tshirt quilt!) on: April 14, 2010 07:50:42 PM
Awesome!  I love how you did the back - that is a great idea.  And t-shirt quilts are the greatest anyway.  Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labors Cheesy
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first Solo quilt (img heavy) on: August 22, 2009 07:26:21 PM
Cute!  Looks super comfy.  Are the embroideries your own design?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine Washable? on: August 06, 2009 08:30:34 PM
If you pre wash your fabrics then you should be fine using fleece.  I have done it and had no problems with shrinking or lumpiness. 

I have seen some battings that say on the package that they are not machine washable, but I think these days most are. 

If your mothers quilts were hand pieced or had a lot of delicate hand work she might have worried more about the wear and tear on them??
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first quilt on: August 06, 2009 08:23:21 PM
Looks pretty cool to me.  Are the white squares forming a shape, or is it just random?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Kaffe Fassett Log Cabin Quilt (pic plump) on: August 05, 2009 07:26:16 PM
Great fabrics...and it looks like the quality control team approves Wink
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Coaster - my first completed project on my own! on: August 05, 2009 07:23:49 PM
Good idea!  I'm sure your niece will feel very special Cheesy
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Volunteered to help, where do I start with a mess? on: July 26, 2009 02:51:06 PM
I would probably applique them onto a larger piece of fabric in a mosaic design - like tiles in a mosaic with space between each one.  I hope that makes a tiny bit of sense?  Sorry I can't find an example of this anywhere, but I think it would look cool with lots of "wonky" squares of different shapes and sizes.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: butterfly baby quilt on: July 22, 2009 06:17:06 PM
Oooh this is super fun!  Great job!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of batting do you use for a baby quilt? on: May 15, 2009 03:08:34 PM
Hmm that's so interesting...I use a low loft polyester bat exclusively and I don't have any problems with it for hand or machine quilting, and I always use cotton thread.  I'm sure polyester bats can very a lot depending on the loft, the manufacturer, etc., but I've always been really happy with the one I use (June Tailor Fusible). 

I saw a lecture on batting once by a very famous machine quilter, and she suggested that quilters make sample squares (like plain mini quilts) of tons of different kinds of batting to get a sense of what fibers, brands, etc. they like best and how different kinds behave.  She pointed out that you might want to use different battings for different quilts depending on the effect you want.  Great idea, but it would take a lot of time and energy to put into practice of course.  But part of the point is that only you know what you like, so you kind of have to try different things and make your own decisions.  Other people's experiences can only tell you so much.
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