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361  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Worth the extra effort? on: August 10, 2007 05:30:33 PM
I have done binding four ways. 
1.  Hand stitching is a long process, but worth it for the great look traditional quilts have. I would try it on something small like a mini-quilt as we all hand sew at different speeds, and you can see if you want to invest the time in it.  I must be slow, cause it took me about 30 hours between kids and the real job and finding time.
2.  I have also made the backing 1 1/2 inches larger, folded it over and made it binding.  Real quick to do. 
3.  When you machine stitch strips of binding, you have to pay attention to making sure you are keeping everything lined up.
4. Last one I did was the way Marmish said  "I machine stitch the right side of the binding to the right side of the top of the quilt, then flip it over and hand stitch on the back."  I like this way best.
362  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Re: Fave recipe sites on the web! on: August 10, 2007 11:15:39 AM
Depends on what I'm planning for where i get my recipes

Overall to find recipe websites:


for searching for a specific recipe:
363  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Stuff i made this week on: August 09, 2007 04:25:02 PM
I absolutely love those bags.  You did a great job.  The second bag - May I inquire if that is upholstery fabric?  I had a chair with that on it and loved the fabric.  I would like to get some more for pillows.
364  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: What is this called? And where to get it?!? on: August 08, 2007 10:49:58 PM
I have seen those in belt and knapsack kits also so i would try those words in search.
365  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: Brocade and grommets/eyelet Help!! on: August 08, 2007 09:04:11 PM
I would try a spot of Fray-Check or fabric glue on the area before you punch it.  Test it of course on scrap first.  You may need to interface it also.  Brocade is always a pain to sew, i use a walking foot and thin interfacing between the fabric for seams, then tear the interfacing out.

Hope this helps
366  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Choker: only takes a few hours on: August 08, 2007 07:17:41 AM
That is beautiful!  Anyone who uses hooks and long pointy needles are my heros - i can't keep my tension right.
367  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! I want to make a circular quilt.... on: August 08, 2007 07:15:04 AM
Pimpernel - You are too kind - Brilliant!  You are my new BFF.

Back to the Circle Quilt though, I have been thinking about the possibilities of circle quilts:
1.  sections with animals and a spiral trail into Noah's Ark in the center
2.  the Center with a moon and sun and different mother goose characters dancing around the edges
3.  and a zodiac quilt
4. a flower garden

And so many more.  I got my drawing devices out and am sketching and measuring.

You got me thinking about some unusual gift ideas  WOO HOO.  I love inspiration!
368  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: Fairy Princess Foofoo Madness on: August 05, 2007 01:10:37 PM
What a beautiful princess and the dress is gorgeous too. 
369  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help! I want to make a circular quilt.... on: August 05, 2007 10:59:39 AM
a circular crib - how cool is that!!

I use a large cutting board for circles, folding the fabric in eighth's.  You might want to find a pattern for a tree skirt, copy the shape  onto some news print and lay out your quilt pieces from there.

good luck
370  UNITED STATES / Alabama / Re: New craftster from Alabama, right here! :) on: August 04, 2007 02:14:03 PM

I just wondered onto the regional and crafters by state.  I know where alex city is, i'm in Prattville.  Montgomery area has several thrift shops. The goodwill store on airforce blvd in south montgomery is great, huge too.  Montgomery now has a Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Mildred St. with a variety of stuff, building supplies, paint, furniture, hardware. I personally like this one the best because the money goes back to building more houses even though the selection isn't built up yet.
Prattville has a huge one called J & G flea market - always great finds! there is another one in the old downtown area.  if you want to know how to get there, send me a message.
Millbrook has a decent one on Hwy 14 by a lumber store.  the store front is back aways.
Wetumpka has a thrft store, but I can't remember exactly where it is right now.
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