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1  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Newbie needing help with seed bead cuff? on: October 29, 2009 01:04:33 PM
Not new to craft, but new to beading! I absolutely LOVE seed bead cuffs, and would love to give one a go. I have a loom but is this the best way to go?

Are there any great books, or sites that you'd recommend for instructions?? I can't wait to get started!  Cheesy
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Japanese/Aunt Becs Nine Patch Quilt on: May 04, 2009 02:38:27 AM
My first finished quilt! I love the Japanese fabrics, but a Liberty one also snuck in. Pieced by me, professionally quilted.

I have since added binding. The backing is the same shot cotton that makes up one of the smallest square patches - the green/blue of this fabric looks great with the tight machine quilting! I'm very excited. It's spurred me on, and I now have three in progress! Woo!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Different fabrics? on: March 22, 2009 01:55:37 PM
Question - I've bought some lovely 30s reproduction fabrics, which have a cream base. I want to make a sampler with it, so need some plain cream fabric to team them with. I couldn't find any while I was at the store, but got home and had some calico - and the calico colour matches really well!

So my question is, is there any reason why I can't use calico + my cotton quilting fabrics together in the same quilt? Or is it better to stick to fabrics of the same weight? The calico is a little coarser than the other cottons. Has anyone done this - and if so does anyone have any tips, or is it pretty much like using normal fabric??

So many questions! Thanks.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Smallest quilt blocks? on: February 29, 2008 02:42:14 PM
So I have this idea that I'd like to create a quilt from a mosaic pattern I made a while ago. Because of the detail I want to get in there, the quilt will have to be 47 blocks square.

Is this totally insane, and am I going to regret this? I'd like it to ideally be about 150cm square when finished which means the blocks will need to be about 3cm square, not including seam allowance.

Anyone have any experience with this type of thing??

5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / My first softies! on: December 17, 2007 12:32:33 PM
I picked up the "Softies" book not long ago, and now I'm hooked! Some of my first attempts:

And my flaming friend:

I'm without a machine (fingers crossed for Christmas!) so please excuse the messy seams!
6  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Discussion and Questions / Retro reindeer pattern? on: December 08, 2007 11:07:31 PM
I'm hoping the wise crafsters here can help! I'd love to make my sister a pair of retro reindeer for Christmas - we had these red plastic ones for years as children, covered in fuzz, that eventually peeled off, hence us having to throw them away much to her disappointment.

I've seen retro reindeer on flickr, and they resemble the plastic ones that went to the great reindeer field in the sky - I've been searching for a pattern so I can make a pair with no luck for a while - I'm hoping someone can help??

They're upright, standing reindeer, with their eyes closed, with roundish heads??
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