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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Appliqued Tardis Pillow on: February 19, 2010 02:48:44 PM
As Nine would say, "Fantastic!"  Grin
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Dragon Stencil Rag Quilt on: June 25, 2008 01:14:24 PM
Wow, that is something awesome! I haven't seen denim and quilting cotton combined like that before. The stenciling is amazing and the overall color scheme is great. I'm so impressed!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Washing Fabric Bits on: June 03, 2008 01:32:28 PM
Katxena, that makes perfect sense! And would be easier and quicker than using the tiny lingerie bag I own. Thanks!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Washing Fabric Bits on: June 03, 2008 12:01:11 PM
Yes, I am prepared for some fabric loss, but I wanted to do what I could to minimize it. You guys have given me some great advice!

Ill try the tip about clipping off the corners. Ive heard that one before, but I dont understand why its supposed to help. But its nice to know that it actually does some good, sometimes. And Ill take all the help I can get!

Ive got a lingerie bag ready to go, and Ill give that a try. Some of the pieces are definitely big enough not to need it, but some will. Im hoping to get a front-loader soon, but I dont know if I have the patience to wait for it! And that info will certainly come in handy in the future! The extra soaking during the delicate cycle sounds like a good idea too.  I dont currently own a salad spinner. Maybe I should get one I never thought of using one for anything except spinach, but you guys are making it sound useful!

If the fabric bits come out of the wash clumped, thats fine. Ive got an iron and some free time and some enjoyable bad movies to watch/listen to.

 Its good to know dry cleaning isnt any better. Its expensive and Im not fond of the idea of having my stuff dipped into toxic, carcinogenic chemicals. But I might have felt moved to try it this once if I thought it would help.

Thanks again for all your help!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Washing Fabric Bits on: June 02, 2008 11:17:56 AM
I wish I could do it that way! But the problem isn't just the cat hair, it's also the cat dander. I don't think I could get enough cat-ness off it with just the dryer. And then whatever clean laundry I put in the dryer might get cat hair/dander on them. I'd hate to have all my clean clothes setting off my allergies too! It might not, but it's a risk I can't take. I really think I have to find a way to fully launder it if I'm going to be able to use it. I suppose it worse comes to worse, I can dump in all in the wash and dryer and whatever survives the ordeal is what I'll keep. But I'm hoping for ways to ensure a higher survival rate for the fabric! Tricky, isn't it? Do you think dry cleaning would be worth it?
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Washing Fabric Bits on: June 02, 2008 10:41:13 AM
A friend of mine finished a beautiful quilt recently, and gave me all her fabric leftovers from it to add to a quilt I'm working on. There are all kinds of fabrics I'd love to use, some pieces are about a yard or half a yard, some are the size of a sheet of notebook paper or even smaller.

The problem is that she has several cats and I'm allergic to cats. And of course, the cats have been shedding on the fabric as it was being worked on. The fabric has already been pre-shrunk, but if I'm going to use it, I'm going to have to find a way to re-wash it, or my allergies are going to kill me.

Is there any way to launder the smaller pieces of this fabric to get the cat hair and dander off it? Will washing it in a mesh lingerie bag make the smaller pieces fray less? Do I have to give away it to someone who isn't allergic to cats? Any ideas on how to wash this stuff without it turning into a pile of tangled thread are very welcome. Thanks!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Washing Fabric on: January 17, 2008 02:32:55 PM
Polar fleece? That's the only fabric on the face of the earth I don't pre-wash. It doesn't bleed and it doesn't shrink, so I don't think there's any need to. But if you mean sweatshirt fleece, I'd still pre-wash it.

However, I can't fathom not pre-washing everything else, usually as soon as I buy it. Fabrics shrink and bleed and the last thing you want is for all your hard work to end up in the trash because it got stained or warped or tiny. Better safe than sorry, especially for something as time consuming as a quilt!
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Stitch And BOTCH / Re: Craft-Fright!!! on: September 24, 2007 11:23:00 AM
When I get intimidated by a nice fabric or a new technique, I tell myself: "Listen, you're not going to get any better at if you don't do it!" And then I plunge in, screw it up, fix it and finish it. Then I notice that the next thing I make comes out better. And the next thing's even better. And so on. Even if the craft doesn't come out exactly the way I wanted, my skills have improved.

But I do also find for the first couple of projects that it's better not to buy the $9.99 fabric that I'm drooling over and stick with the $1-$3 sale fabric (or thrift-shop finds) so I'm less stressed and less invested in the it-must-be-absolutely-perfect-because-I-spent-all-this-money mentality.

"(S)He who does not make any mistakes, does not usually make anything" - that's wonderfully put! And true, too!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Flannel for batting? Help for a newbie? on: July 26, 2007 12:30:03 PM
Thanks for the tip! I don't think I'll be near an IKEA until sometime in the fall, so I'll check it out then. They usually have good prices too! Thank you!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: perfection on: July 19, 2007 02:04:35 PM
I don't actually think perfection is possible (at least not within my skill range) so I don't worry about trying to achieve it. Good today is better than perfect tomorrow. I'd rather have a nice-looking, if imperfect, quilt on my bed keeping me warm, than have a completely perfect half-finished project shoved aside that I never got around to finishing. And finishing things is not my strong suit - I have to work hard on that!
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