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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: snape wallhanging on: June 21, 2008 10:05:30 PM
I love it! Excellent work!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: 9 patch madness on: June 16, 2008 05:59:55 PM
I haven't tried this for quilting, but I have a knitted blanket work in progress using the same principle. I got the pattern from a website, though for the life of me I can remember where. I lost the pattern that I printed out; it's a good thing it's a simple pattern, lol! I've had it going for quite some time, since it uses leftover scraps from yarn projects.

The idea is to put small balls of yarn, only a few yards apiece, into a bag. Reach in with out looking, and what you pull out is what you use, no matter what color it is. I think it's a heck of a lot of fun, definately makes for some interesting results!

I don't see any reason why it wouldn't work using fabric.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Quilt for grandma, Amy Butler Lotus-Brick Path on: June 05, 2008 04:04:00 PM
Beautiful quilt, I'm sure Grandma will love it! Best of luck to her with surgery and recovery!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby Clothes Quilt on: June 03, 2008 01:37:58 PM
Wonderful job! I might have to try something like that with some of my grandson's clothes. He's sure outgrowing them fast enough! Grin
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Eye Spy Quilt on: June 01, 2008 11:32:14 AM
How cute, I love the fabrics!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: newbie to quilting has $ problems for fabric. on: June 01, 2008 11:19:52 AM
Try working on DH regarding the garage sales and thrift stores! I'm a beginning quilter on a tight budget myself and the garages sales were by far my best option for getting cheap fabric. I got probably around 80% of my stash this way.

I've picked up fat quarter sizes for as little as 10 to 25 cents apiece, found "fill a bag for a buck (or 2)" deals, etc. I think my best find what a large plastic bin full of pieces that ranged from small scraps to a couple of yards for $10. And I do mean stuffed full! She even let me have the bin to keep it in. It was all newer quilt shop quality too.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: postage stamp swap on: May 31, 2008 07:09:27 AM
Forgive my ignorance, but in all my years of crafting I have never actually been involved in a swap like this. It sounds like something I'd like to participate in, but can someone tell me exactly how it works?

Edited to add:

OK, nevermind. I just took a look at the organized swaps forum and think I answered my own question, lol!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rant: Your response when people see you quilting and say stupid things to yo on: May 21, 2008 07:08:57 PM
I get annoyed with people who make the "why do you bother with doing that" kind of comments. Like whatever craft I happen to be working on is beneath them and not worth their time and act like I'm an idiot for "wasting" my time. Fortunately, I don't get that too much. I like to think of them as jealous because they're to lazy to learn something new. That may be a bit snarky, but it makes me feel better, lol!

Most of the time though, people are nice and will sometimes ask what I'm working on, show a little genuine interest. I spent a lot of time in doctor's offices before and after my back surgery 5 years ago and to pass the time in the waiting rooms, I would bring a small crochet or knit project with me. Most people either didn't really pay much attention, but some would ask to see what I was working on. I was making mostly crocheted doilies at the time and got some very nice compliments, so I supposed it all evens out in the end.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Various methods of basting a quilt sandwich on: May 17, 2008 07:37:15 AM
i found this the other day and she makes the hand basting look so easy that i may have to try it next time since im not too crazy about safety pins since they never seem to keep everything from bunching up enough for me... i use to pin my stuff to the floor (yay carpet!) to  put pins in. after that i tried taping the quilt to my dining room table with painters tape which seemed to work rather well, but you just have to be careful the tape doesnt pull too tight and stretch the back fabric, the table also made it much easier on the back!

I'm thinking that I may try that myself. I'm a novice quilter and have only completed some small doll quilts at this point. I have a larger tied quilt that I just need to complete the binding on. Basting it was a nightmare for me. I have back issues and the only place I really had to do it was on the floor. Very painful for me!

Pins are absolutely out of the question for me. My daughter and 10 month old grandson live with me, and I just don't want to take any extra chances of him getting hold of a stray pin. It's hard enough to keep all of the other stuff away. I'm constantly checking all over to make sure I haven't dropped anything he can get hold of. He is a busybody for sure, lol!

So I might give those boards a try; that method looks like it would work great for me. There's even a hardware store nearby that sells lumber, so I should be able to find what I need there.

Thanks for sharing that link!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help!! My singer's gone crazy on: May 10, 2008 02:04:40 PM
You can also check to see if the machine needs to be cleaned. My Huskystar will do that with stitches if I get a buildup of lint in the bobbin area and in the feed dogs.
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