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351  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / John Deere Baby Quilt and Star Baby Quilt (pics!) on: January 06, 2009 03:03:57 PM
I was browsing this forum and thought I would share a couple of quilts a friend and I did this year. 

The first is the star quilt.  This was our first attempt at a real quilt for both of us.  We even had to research the binding before we did it.  The pattern was supposed to be paper piece but pfffftttt  we just pieced it Cheesy  Turned out great. 

The second quilt we did started a fabric hunt for a quilt for a male coworker.  He's a huge John Deere fan.  I called my friend from the states to ask "Do you think his wife has a sense of humour??  Cuz I"m looking at John Deere fabric!"

I thought it was going to be a tacky joke kind of quilt but it turned out quite nice! EVerything was John Deere even the backing.

Well, that was after we unstitched the table cloth from it.  :/  As we were machine quilting, it was getting tough and suddenly the machine stopped.  We thought it was just thick where the seam was.  Then we looked under the quilt to find taht the flannel pulled up the linen tablecloth and we had sewn a good 6 inches onto the quilt  Embarrassed  We laughed so hard.  And he has a great story to tell about his quilt.

352  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Twilight Replica ::Bella's Mittens:: With Pattern on: January 05, 2009 03:31:57 PM
Thank you so much for figuring this out!!  Every scene in the movie with the mittens, I could only stare at the mittens.

I've enlisted my mom to make them for me Cheesy  She hasn't seen the pattern yet but I'm sure she can do it.

I'm trying to find the wool but its listed as discontinued.  i can find it in black but not charcoal or grey.  Do you know of a site somewhere that has some?  Or a suitable alternative???

Thanks Smiley
353  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Tutorial: Jordy Bag - Square Bottomed Lined Bag on: December 28, 2008 03:11:22 PM
Thank you for this pattern!!   I was with kids I volunteer with on Christmas and brought pink denim to make somehitng with the girl.  Didn't know what to make then this pattern came to mind.  it was so simple, I had it memorized.  It was the first one I made.  She loved it.  it was simple and unlined but she still loved it.
354  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: My first Frenchie Bag on: September 05, 2008 12:16:16 PM
Sorry for being a bit clueless, but where does the name come from - Frenchie bag?


I have no idea.  I even tried looking it up!  Different bags seem to be called Frenchie.
355  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My first Frenchie Bag on: September 04, 2008 05:45:24 PM
wOot!  Always reluctant to start, I found it pretty easy.  Except the final stitch along the outside along the top and main panel.  Its messy.  I redid it twice now and have  a little bunch on the outside i need to fix.

Anyway, here it is!  I used an old pair of worn out jeans for the denim on the top.

Sorry for the links, apparently I haven't posted 10 times.
356  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help! on: September 02, 2008 09:06:51 PM
Dont' even stitch with it necessarily.. Just turn the nob back and forth a few time in case something is stuck.   But sounds like you need a tune up
357  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help! on: September 02, 2008 07:42:34 PM
The only other thing I can think of is to cycle the stitches - through the different lengths and types to make sure nothing is stuck.

Otherwise, sounds like it will need a pro-tuneup.
358  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Re: Please help! on: September 02, 2008 07:38:07 PM
I've had that happen.  just service it yourself as best you can.  Take apart the bobbin area (as in the maual or just start taking things apart if you're good at puzzles after :p).

Buy a canister of compressed air.  Great for cleaning the machine on a regular basis.  And get sewing machine oil if you have the manual and it says where to lube it. 

Blowing out all the dust  from the bobbin area by taking it apart, using the compressed air everywhere, and putting it back together will probably do the trick.
359  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: What kind of stabilizer is this? on: September 01, 2008 03:12:01 PM
Thank you!  that advice is very good.  The article was very useful too. 

I fear it might not be the right stuff, but here goes...
360  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / What kind of stabilizer is this? on: September 01, 2008 11:00:28 AM
Hi all,

I have an Amy Butler pattern to attempt and it asks for a heavyweight sew-in stabilizer such as Pellon 40.  I went to Fabricland which doesn't have Pellon.  The woman, who doesn't seem to know much about this stuff, first shows me some rather thin stabilizers before pulling out one marked heavyweight. 

I don't know if this is the right stabilizer for the bag.  Its stiff, non-fusible, and gridlike.  If I hold it up to the light, it is a perfect grid - I could cross-stitch with it if needed.  Its 100% cotton. 

Can anyone tell me if this sounds like the right stuff?  I've never used it before.

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