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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Chubby Chicks baby quilt on: November 08, 2012 05:21:16 PM
I love the button eyes!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Circle Quilt on: October 30, 2012 06:50:20 PM
Thanks again!

This circle pattern is great for large prints.

Also, I tried a new detail- a strip of brown ribbon around the inner black border.

I was worried about it puckering or shrinking unevenly, so first I finished all of the quilting and washed and dried the quilt. I didn't prewash any of the fabric. I wanted it to do all of the shrinking it was going to do before I added the ribbon.

It is a little puckered but not bad. I am thinking of adding some more narrow ribbon to the other side of the black border and along the binding. I really like the texture and shine.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Circle Quilt on: October 29, 2012 07:22:35 AM
Thank you for all the kind words! Very basic instructions:

First you make a circle. Then you make a square out of 1-4 triangles. Mostly my squares have one large triangle and two small ones. Then you appliqué the circle on top of the square and cut out the circle of fabric under the appliquéd circle. I used these circles along the border. Then sew the squares together.

The blocks are pretty easy to construct. The difficulty is selecting the fabrics and coordinating all of the squares. I quilted straight lines along the stripes (made from the triangles), and I did free motion quilting inside each circle.  
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Circle Quilt on: October 28, 2012 11:45:21 PM
The circles are very easy. Her book has very clear instructions. It sounds complicated to describe it but you can make one circle in about 10 minutes.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Circle Quilt on: October 28, 2012 10:33:23 PM
This is a pattern called Circle Play by Reynola Pakusich. Almost all of the large circles have an animal print. I worked on this, off and on, for over 3 years. This is the biggest quilt I have ever made - that is a king size bed!

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: stitching ribbon on a quilt - will it work? on: October 06, 2012 07:15:59 AM
I just did the same thing with 1/2 inch wide satin ribbon, and in my case, it did shrink much less than the quilt itself. The ribbon is noticeably puckered. In the future, I would finish the quilt and wash/dry it, then sew on the ribbon. I love the look of the narrow strip of shiny ribbon though.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone try cutting a self-heal mat before? on: March 17, 2011 04:27:22 PM
I have a self-heal mat with a broken corner. The top layer of "skin" might peel back a little bit where you cut it. You might consider a tiny bit of glue to prevent that.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting supplies/ How much do you get of each fabric? on: February 04, 2011 08:47:34 PM
I buy a lot of fat quarters, which is an 18x22 cut. They are usually around $2-4. I pick 2 or 3 up whenever I go to a fabric store, and I end up with a whole drawer full of them. So I have a lot to work with whenever I feel like it.
9  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Question about slow cooker on: February 04, 2011 08:42:50 PM
How tightly should the lid fit? The lid on mine doesn't fit well and a lot of steam escapes when it is cooking. Should I line the rim with foil?
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What quilting tools do you consider essential. on: January 05, 2011 07:07:26 PM
Good scissors and a scissor sharpener, and a pair of super sharp tiny scissors. I like the ones that look like a bird.

I use graph paper to sketch my quilt ideas, so I keep that and various colored pencils around.

Canned air and oil for the sewing machine.
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