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511  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: t-shirt quilt? on: April 07, 2008 09:30:43 AM
Here was my plan of attack, and keep in mind that it was one of my very first projects.  I got the inspiration from the book Generation Tee and altered it to fit what I wanted.  It has lots of other great ideas for old tees too.
1.  I picked out my t-shirts (since it was a present for my hubby, I took t-shirts we both wore when we were dating but didn't wear anymore).  It is ok if you have less t-shirts than you would like, you can also cut out the backs or extra fabric in the same size. I also bought a flat sheet for my backing.  It gave me a good idea what size bed the quilt would fit on. And how many t-shirt squares I needed.
2.  After I had everything cut, I lined them up in the order I wanted to them in on the bed, that way I could see what looked good together.
3.  After you decide your order, pin each row together as you want them sewn. 
4.  Then with your machine, sew each row separately.  Once you have them in rows, Sew the rows together.
5.  Lay the sheet down, with the quilt batting in the middle, and the t-shirt top in that order.  Pin the layers together.  If you want a border around the t-shirt top, allow for the sheet to fold down around the t-shirts.  Pin it together.
6.  Following the t-shirt grid, sew the quilt together and enjoy.  Remember the seam ripper is a good tool if you mess up.
512  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: I want to make curtains. Can you help? on: April 07, 2008 09:09:39 AM
Best idea ever from my mother-in-law for cheap curtains- use bedsheets, because they are long and you probably won't need to sew two panels together if you have big windows.  What I would do is figure out the measurements, how much overhang and top you want.  Then you fold down the top side so there is either the extra bunch of fabric on the top or so there is a place to put the curtain rod in.  Then take your machine and do a regular stitch across the top of the panel (big enough for the curtain rod). Also, if you want something fancier, you can sew some loop tabs to the top of your fabric and slide the curtain rod through there.  I hope that helps.  Curtains are so expensive and making them is so much cheaper.
513  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: most unique thing in your room? on: April 07, 2008 09:01:25 AM
Most unique things I like about my house:
my 2 girnomous stuffed elephants in my living room
the coffee table my Dad and I made while I was in college and I painted a landscape on the top
my Gandhi quote painted on the kitchen wall "you must be the change you wish to see in the world"
art and figurines I got from my travels

As for your gumball room, I would paint bright colorful polkadots on one wall, and maybe make some round pillows in bright colors. It sounds fun to me.  Best advice, fill your space with things you love.
514  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: sewing a pillow shut on: April 07, 2008 08:54:27 AM
Sew the pillow with your machine (before you turn it rightside out), on all the sides until there is an opening large enough for you to still add the stuffing after you flip it over.  Then you have less to handsew and just stitch through all the layers, closing up the hole.  It will look more uniform with the rest of the sides.  Good first project to start with.  Keep on practicing.
515  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Re: Tshirt Comforter.. but how big to cut the blocks? on: April 07, 2008 08:50:22 AM
I think I cut them into 13x13 squares so there was a little wiggle room without taking out part of the t-shirt design.  Good luck.  It is my husband's favorite thing I ever made for him.  Also, we have a queen size bed, but there isn't much overhang.
516  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Does anyone have any good vegetarian African recipes, especially Ethiopian? on: April 07, 2008 08:27:23 AM
My husband is a strict vegetarian and I am a meat eater.  Life is funny like that sometimes.  Anyway, I have been really loving experimenting with ethnic food, and one of the cuisines we have eaten out, but not attempted at home is African food.  We have tried a few different Ethiopian recipes, and enjoy those.  Does anyone have any recipes for great African food that you personally have attempted?  Thanks so much.
517  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Re: Vegetarian Dinner Party on: April 07, 2008 08:21:41 AM
My husband is vegetarian and I am not, and while we have some friends that are and some that aren't, I do my best to do vegetarian cooking even meat eaters love.  While I don't do too much pasta, because often times it is the only thing meat eaters can do to appease their non-meat eater friends, there are many alternatives.  Quiche is a a good thing to make for a dinner party with some great veggies and rolls on the side.  I have done my traditional stuffed cabbage rolls (or glumpkies) but made some for the vegetarians without the meat in the stuffing mixture.  Another great idea is shishkabobs and wild rice.  There are lots of vegetarian and Mexican food which can be made to suit both vegs and non-vegs.  Pierogies are also a good idea, especially sauteed with apples and onions.  Crepes with a cheese and veggie filling are also a great option.  I hope this helps.  Good luck in all your dinner party endeavors.
518  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: The Fellowship of the Ring, amigurumi style! EDIT: PATTERN! on: April 07, 2008 08:06:27 AM
These are so great. How long did it take you to finish a set?  And are all the accessories sculpey or did you use other stuff too?  My husband and baby on the way will love these.  Thanks for the inspiration.
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