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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / backstitching while quilting on: March 31, 2009 10:25:56 AM
I'm making a baby quilt and just before I started quilting it I ran over one of my books just to refresh b/c it's been awhile. They said to start with really close stitches and that would be fine to secure the thread. I do this, but now I'm all done and I started clipping some ends. A couple pulled some, and now I'm freaking that the close thing wasn't enough. Do I have to go over and secure/backstitch all the ends of the whole dang thing? Her shower is Sunday and I was oh so close to finally being done (I've only had a month). Thanks!!
2  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Is there something out there that will let you save a pattern for many reuses? on: February 27, 2009 06:55:58 PM
I've used freezer paper too....
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: What are your bad sewing habits? on: February 27, 2009 06:54:11 PM
Probably my worst habit is just being overly ambitious. I get something in my head, give myself hardly any time to do it and freak out if it doesn't match the perfect vision I had. My very first quilt was a wedding gift for friends and I think I gave myself 2.5 weeks to do it. (It was only a patchwork, I told myself.) 3 a.m. the night before our flight I'm sobbing uncontrollably as the binding just wouldn't work.
4  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Does anyone sew by hand anymore? on: February 27, 2009 06:33:52 PM
I can sew the basics by hand, mending something or sewing back on the 6,000 buttons my husband manages to dislodge. I've done really nice embroidery with very good stitches, but for some reason I suck at hand sewing together something, other than felt things. My stitches will be all over the place. I think that's the final limit of my patience. I can sew on 150 sequins on the packaged felt Christmas stocking for the cat but I apparently draw the line at hand sewing a purse.
5  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone else AFRAID to use their fabric? on: February 27, 2009 12:56:06 PM
Also, I feel it is easier to use up fabric if I've looked at it for a while.  I'll find some place to set it in my room, or otherwise display it for a while.  The more I look at it, it seems to loose it's "magic".  I redid the top of my living room table just for this purpose.  I bought a big piece of plexiglass and some wood trim to go around the edge of the
table and I just iron out the fabric and fold it to fit into the table top.  With the plexiglass on top it stays nice and safe until you're ready to use it (usually doesn't take more than a week for me to get ready for a change, haha)...

deliciously brilliant.

I'm now working with some adorable 1930s reproduction fabric with little kitties all over the place. It's so cute I had a hard time cutting it up. Slice a cute little kitty's head in two. There's probably something very wrong with feeling like this about fabric.  Cheesy
6  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: HandBag Storage? on: February 27, 2009 12:44:10 PM
I have them hanging in a closet by one of my husband's old tie racks, so it's got the little two-pronged rubber-covered thingys (?) all down in a row.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Turning leaves for my mother outlaw on: February 26, 2009 01:51:40 PM
Beautiful! I like the bright leaf different from the others, really stands out wonderfully. Well done!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First Baby Clothes Quilt on: February 26, 2009 01:47:31 PM
So darling! I like that you used parts with the buttons, cute embellishment
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: Vintage train case smells on: February 23, 2009 08:14:06 PM
You could also open a box of baking soda and leave it in there, that should absorb odors.
10  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Re: less than perfect gifts? on: February 23, 2009 08:03:25 PM
I'm making a baby quilt for a friend and as I was cutting over the weekend I'm thinking, god, I should have done this or done that in the design, ugh such-and-such would've looked better. And I didn't even start a stitch.  Tongue I figure it will be so unique and from the heart that only a monstrous jerk would sneer at it. Even the imperfections that bug you are just things to learn next time, but no one expects everything to be perfect. And they never see the guts of it up close like you do. My first quilt was a wedding gift and I cringe now at the schizophrenic binding, but the couple was touched at the time.
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