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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: First quilt - batting question on: December 21, 2009 05:32:19 AM
If you really want to pre-shrink, you can use your tub (that's what I did the one time I pre-shrunk lol).  But honestly, I'm lazy and just wash everything at the end in the washing machine (and use color catchers just in case Smiley ).

Ooh, what are color catchers?  I get the concept, but what do you actually put in there?
2  UNITED STATES / New Jersey / Neat craft supply in south Jersey on: December 19, 2009 11:46:55 AM
I live near Berlin, NJ (08009 zip code) and my local Blockbuster is going out of business.  Among the things they are selling off is the shelf tags that mark which movies went where on the shelves.  They are roughly the size of DVD cases and made of cardboard or plastic and mostly have some variation of the cover art of the DVD or video case. They are selling them for 20/$1 and they have so many possible uses that it's almost too exciting to think about Cheesy  I've bought at least 200 of them by now and every time I go in I pick up another couple dollars worth.  Anyway, I just thought I'd share for anyone within traveling distance who might like to use something like that...
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: First quilt - batting question on: December 19, 2009 11:39:51 AM
I have washed the fabric which I'm assuming will cause any shrinking that's going to happen.  So I guess I should do the same for the batting.  Any thoughts how how long it needs to soak in order to shrink?  Is it enough to just get it wet and then hang it, or does it need to sit in the water for a while?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / First quilt - batting question on: December 19, 2009 06:48:12 AM
I am making a quilt for my nephew who is due just after New Year's.  My sister is like natural themes and is very environmentally conscious so I'm using all cotton fabrics and have found 100% cotton batting.  The packaging says you can pre-soak it if you want avoid shrinkage but makes it sound optional.  So my question is do I want to avoid shrinkage and what is needed to preshrink it?  The batting is considerably larger than my quilt will be, so do I do the whole thing, or do I try to cut it first and hope it doesn't shrink too much?  If I do the whole thing, how soaked does it have to be?  Can I just get it wet and let it dry, or does it have to sit in the water for a while?  Should I use hot or cold water?  Does it have to lay flat to dry or can I hang it over the shower rod?

Thanks for helping Cheesy
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Rd 13, Chunky Pages! closed, send July 25! on: July 23, 2009 11:05:16 AM

LOL, brass bits and bobbles has me cracking up!  My husband wears a kilt to the ren fair, but I'd love to get him something more appropriate to the real world one of these days.  I think he might even wear it in the right situation.  There's a guy who works at a nearby Barnes and Noble who wears a kilt to work, and I love it.  Of course, it really does help when there's a nice pair of calves involved  Wink
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Rd 13, Chunky Pages! closed, send July 25! on: July 22, 2009 08:47:25 PM
Wind, I agree with you completely.  I am frequently appalled by the clothing that is available for young children.  I remember shopping for Easter shoes about three years ago, and all I could find in a size for my 3-year-old had heels so high they looked like tiny hooker shoes.  Don't even get me started on the subject of bathing suits!  I do all that I can to make sure that my daughter looks nice, cute and completely asexual, and I hope to keep it that way as long as I can!
7  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Rd 13, Chunky Pages! closed, send July 25! on: July 22, 2009 12:35:24 PM
Thank you ladies for the encouragement.  I did post it and someone finally made a reasonable reply about it, though still no one from the uniform committee :p
8  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Rd 13, Chunky Pages! closed, send July 25! on: July 21, 2009 10:12:39 PM
Ok, I need an opinion and to bounce some thoughts before I post them to my school forum...

I recently questioned the decision that boys can wear shorts during warm months, but girls cannot. 

This is the response that was posted:

OMG....Does every school that opens have this much bickering...I'm almost sorry that the school is giving the parents any say in the way things are done because a lot of these emails are a parent complaining about one stupid thing or another. I have 2 girls and am not complaining that they can't wear shorts. They have skirts and jumpers. Should all the parents who have sons going to this school email and complain that they can't wear those items? This is ridiculous. You will never get everyone to agree on everything and so what? Some of you parents need to wake up to the real world. Just be grateful that we are getting this great chance at something new in our community and if you don't like the choices we are given, then go back to the public schools where your kids can wear whatever they want....

and this is the reply that I have not yet posted:

"OMG....Does every school that opens have this much bickering"

I'd guess that, yes they probably do.  With 240 kids and families coming together, and each parent sure that his or her child's needs take precedence over any other, well of course we're going to disagree about things.  Shorts vs. skirts isn't the heart of the issue; it's a reflection of an attitude that is sadly prevalent in most schools, one that tends to draw a clear line between boys and girls and rarely for the better. 

I have stood in defense of this school and the very concept it's based on countless times to my friends and family who question whether we've made the right choice.  I believe in the school and in it's stated goals.  For a school that claims it will "prepare them for the most challenging opportunities as they continue their education and life preparation" and teach them "acceptance of others without regard to race, religion or other differences", this doesn't seem like a good start to me. There are societal and cultural reasons why American boys do not wear skirts and dresses.  There are no such limitations on girls in shorts in our culture, so I don't see why there should be in our school.  If there is this sort of differentiation right from the get-go in the uniforms, then where else might the same preconceptions affect my daughter's education and to what effect?  I don't know, and I don't want to have to find out the hard way.

I can only assume and hope that I am just as determined as the next parent to be sure that I'm doing everything I can to ensure that my daughter grows to be strong, confident and proud of who and what she is.  You know that song from "Annie Get Your Gun" that goes "Anything you can do I can do better; I can do anything better than you?"  Well, that's what runs through my head every time my kid says she wants to be the "first woman _________" when she grows up.  She's only six and she already makes the distinction between doctors and woman doctors or astronauts and woman astronauts. It breaks my heart that already she dreams of being the best ~woman~ astronaut instead of just the best astronaut.

I wish that it were possible to express my questions, thoughts and concerns, and maybe even discuss them, without someone saying "sit down, shut up, and be grateful for what you have."  That is hardly productive, and certainly not an attitude that I want my child to learn. While I am grateful, I will still question, poke and prod, and do all that I can to be sure that our daughters have every choice, option, and opportunity available to our sons.

I guess I just need to step back before I post it and make sure that this is really a can I want to open and that I'm not just over-reacting...
9  CLOTHING / Costumes: Completed Projects / Re: First try at clothing...Ren Faire costumes on: July 21, 2009 12:24:53 PM
 It was hot and I could not breathe most of the time

Haha!  But you two look great, and as many of my reenacting friends say, breathing is for amateurs!  Wink
10  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: WWP Rd 13, Chunky Pages! closed, send July 25! on: July 21, 2009 09:31:54 AM
OK, so I am involved in the immense undertaking of cleaning out my crap- sorry, I mean craft room so that I actually have room in there to do crafts instead of spreading them out all over the dining room which drives my husband mad.  Well, I'm constantly amazed I find something that I had completely forgotten about and then I remember all the wonderful things I intended to do with it ten years ago.  But then I find something that I just have to stare at and go "WTF? Where did that come from?"  And that's what happened when I found these this morning.  Sometimes I just have to wonder about myself...  Roll Eyes
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