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« Reply #1680 on: February 18, 2010 02:29:03 PM »

Thanks for posting the link to the toothbrush rug. Neat idea I may have to add that to my list. I keep adding more and more things to my list, I'm adding more then I'm completing!
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« Reply #1681 on: February 18, 2010 02:54:09 PM »


What is a toothbrush rug?


Ditto! You have me very curious..... Smiley

A toothbrush rug is a type of rug you make with a tool.  Usually people make their own tools rather than buying them, and old toothbrushes make a great tool, so that's where they get the name.

Here's a link that shows some pics and stuff.  It's where I learned to do it.   Grin

Ohhhh...gotcha.  What exactly is the toothbrush for?  It said something in that post about pushing the fabric through?  I used a giant crochet hook and got the same results as pictured.
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« Reply #1682 on: February 18, 2010 03:06:21 PM »

smuckers--what do you do with your stamp prints? How large are they?  I love them!

see what we learn from here....toothbrush rug...

yay ostera! You will do just fine...believe me...it is really simple and will give you confidence to do ones of your own! Be sure to post in the discussion...I think everyone there is excited to see what everyone else is doing with this project!

The block prints are 8.5x11 so it's just like having a drawing of a painting. I plan to hang four of them together...someday Wink
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« Reply #1683 on: February 18, 2010 03:19:01 PM »


What is a toothbrush rug?


Ditto! You have me very curious..... Smiley

A toothbrush rug is a type of rug you make with a tool.  Usually people make their own tools rather than buying them, and old toothbrushes make a great tool, so that's where they get the name.

Here's a link that shows some pics and stuff.  It's where I learned to do it.   Grin

Ohhhh...gotcha.  What exactly is the toothbrush for?  It said something in that post about pushing the fabric through?  I used a giant crochet hook and got the same results as pictured.

That's basically the same thing, you just need a tool to be able to get through the layers of fabric and pull your strand through the hole.  When I get some pics of my rug today I will also show you the tool I have.  It's not a toothbrush, it's just a wire coat hanger bent into a loop and closed with masking tape in the middle to make a small end and a big end.
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« Reply #1684 on: February 18, 2010 04:32:15 PM »

Okay, time for pics!  First up, my toothbrush rug and the tool I use...

As you can tell, the smaller end isn't exactly a smooth loop.  But it hasn't snagged any of my fabric strips or poked any holes, so it works.




See?  A few more rounds and it would be perfect for the bathroom. 

And ta-da...here it is...the quilt!







That's the back (duh).  You can see the quilting lines.  I just stitched in the ditch along every long row.

If you look closely you will see that there's no binding yet and that I still need to trim off the extra batting and backing.  But first, I have to decide if I'm done quilting; I am tempted to go back in and quilt more within each row, with the matching color thread, but I am also afraid of causing overkill or worse, messing it up so that I hate it.  Right now I love every inch of it, but I don't know. 

For the binding, I'm either going to do rainbow pieces scrapped together, or use the white flannel I bought for the back.  I have to admit that I am terrified of the binding.  I have been reading every tut I can get my hands on (including Heather Bailey's infamous one) and watched all kinds of youtube vids on it.  I really think I may just curve the corners instead of trying to miter them, as that is the place where I have the problems.  Either that, or piece together another quilt (like a doll size one) to practice, practice practice on...oh, decisions, decisions!   Roll Eyes
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« Reply #1685 on: February 18, 2010 04:34:55 PM »

Both projects rock so much!  So pretty and cute!
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« Reply #1686 on: February 18, 2010 05:06:57 PM »

Love the quilt!

Thanks for the rug link, I may need to add it to my list errr well maybe next years list lol.
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« Reply #1687 on: February 18, 2010 05:47:49 PM »

I love both those projects, I like how the white is interspersed with the color on the quilt.  That rug link came at just the right time; within the last two days, my grandma and my roommate both gave me literally garbage bags full of t-shirts to make yarn from.  It can't just be coincidence...a toothbrush rug is destined to be born...
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« Reply #1688 on: February 18, 2010 06:03:55 PM »

I'm so glad you guys like the quilt!  And the rug too, of course.  I am not crazy about the rug myself, but I am loving the new one I started.  They are really therapeutic.  Post pics if you guys do make them!
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« Reply #1689 on: February 18, 2010 06:21:44 PM »

bethieb--you completed such a HUGE project and it is only February!!

I would do the same white as a binding so as not to distract from the rainbow quilt...There is a craftster member here that taught me how to do the easiest binding ever...let me see if I can find her to see if she ever did a tutorial...nope but I found this one

http://oldredbarnco.blogspot.com/2009/06/quilt-along-week-7.html
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