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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Re: Our 10-11-08 Crafty Fall Wedding! (SUPER IMAGE HEAVY-BUT WORTH IT!) on: November 11, 2008 09:19:05 PM
Beautiful! Love your colours and your amazing sense of detail. I just have to ask ... how long did it take for you to craft all this wonderfulness? And STILL kept your sanity?!?
2  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Ami Discworld! on: August 16, 2008 04:51:38 PM
Ah, fantastical! Rockin' the vote here as well ...   Smiley
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Twenty bucks + stacks of Vanity Fair magazines = New Faux Headboard/Artwork! on: August 01, 2008 06:08:15 AM
This is wonderful! And thanks for adding Patricia's link as well. I love the clean, organic look of your artwork, and I like the sparse middle pic just as well as the other two (I really like the purple and blue colour scheme!).

I've been looking for something interesting to add to my bathroom and bedroom (that isn't quilted ... my house is starting to look like a padded loony bin) and I think this fits the bill.

4  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Vinyl wall decals on: July 30, 2008 06:17:54 AM
I likee! This is a great idea for changing the decor of a room without investing too much $$ into it. I think I'll have to try this for the guest room/workout room.

Thanks for posting!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Black and White Pencil Case (am actually sooo in love with this. Darn I'm proud) on: July 26, 2008 02:20:05 PM
Love the fabric ... and I LOVE the fact that when it gets a bit musty and dirty, you can throw it in the wash.  Cheesy
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Nessa,My first Poppet(Pic porky) on: July 08, 2008 06:21:02 AM
Love the hair!
7  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: ron paul r(evol)ution shirts on: July 07, 2008 07:06:08 AM
Neat shirt! I like the play on words/letters.

Do tell ... what is your new technique?  Huh I hope it's some way to reuse a freezer paper stencil; I spent 4+ hours cutting a very intricate angel stencil on freezer paper and now wish I had used stencil plastic/overhead transparancy instead. I would really like to be able to use my stencil again, without having to re-cut it.   Tongue
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: ... I've (potentially) made a huge mistake (not pre-washing fabric) on: July 01, 2008 07:01:56 AM

I prewash. Because I had $9.99/yd quilter's quality fabric run horribly and (thankfully) ruin a table runner (thankfully because it wasn't a full-size quilt and the screaming and yelling from me would have knocked the Earth off its' axis). I got a full refund on all the fabrics I used in the tablerunner and the shop removed the offending bolt off their shelves and returned it to the manufacturer. So now everything gets a good prewash before I cut it up.

I don't prewash for shrinkage, because I like the antique-y puckery look. So I don't prewash/dry my batt, either. I do like to spread it out for a day or so to relax the folds, tho.

Yes, prewashing does remove the sizing from the fabric, taking away the stiffness of the fabric. I've used regular starch when pressing my washed fabric to add back that stiff hand to help with piecing if I think I need it. Generally speaking, I don't mess with it much.

If you're worried about shrinkage/stress on stitches/dye running, you can always hand wash (UGH!) in your tub in cold water. You can also add a dye fixative to the water to keep the colours from running. Also, when you add your label, make sure you write/stitch/print washing instructions, like DO NOT MACHINE WASH, in very large letters.   Cheesy

Good luck!
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: CARE BEAR STARE!! on: July 01, 2008 06:49:28 AM
The colours are great ... I'm sure your goddaughter will enjoy it!

Isn't is nice when little ones want to help with your projects?   Tongue

Here's hoping she makes a full recovery ... warm wishes and prayer's going her way ...   Smiley
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: first quilt (baby quilt) on: July 01, 2008 06:47:09 AM
This is lovely ... Minkie is a tough fab to work with; I still HATE fleece and try not to work with it much (that being said, I whipped up an easy peasy fleece throw this weekend and swore at it the entire time I was sewing/cutting it).

And you added a satin element to your quilt? Slippery and fuzzy ... either you enjoy a challange, or you're a sadist.   Wink  Either way, you're a better sewer than me!
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