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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Curvaceous Craftsters: Completed Projects / Re: my lime and black skeleton j- skirt of awesome on: July 28, 2013 10:36:21 AM
 Smiley  AWESOME is right.  Great job on it too. 
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: t-shirt to yarn on: March 05, 2011 05:43:20 PM
Tshirt strips make up a pretty neat fabric! This is on my list of things "to do" but I don't really want to actually cut the tshirt into strips, I just would want to knit with it, lol  Wink

Etsy is your friend!  Smiley  Plenty of it for sale on there.  if I don't buy it all before you do, LOL.  Cheesy
3  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Crafty Business Discussion / Re: how do u set up a web site for ur crafts on: February 09, 2011 04:12:41 PM
I set mine up on etsy and artfire myself.  I didn't see a reason to go to the trouble of a custom web page when I was just starting out.  Just make sure you pick a good shop name and spell it right because you can't change it once you've got it.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lurker- quilting market? on: December 18, 2010 04:19:23 PM
Hm?  The "Quilt Market" is a giant trade show held in Houston every fall.  It is NOT open to the general public, however. And I'm sure that's not what you meant.  Smiley

Some of those questions are gonna be near impossible to answer.  I don't sell my quilts, so I am gonna pass on most of those. I have been quilting since forever.. I grew up watching my grandmother quilt.  Been sewing since I was 9.  Random opinions, however, those I got plenty of, LOL.  

Hand quilting IMO works better in a quilting frame of some type.  You still have to baste the quilt like crazy first, whether it's hand or machine quilted.   If I had to hand quilt something I would never finish.  Top of the line hand quilters average around 12 stitches to the inch, but the # of stitches to the inch does not matter nearly as much as the evenness and consistency of the stitching over the entire quilt.  

As for binding, it really depends on the type of quilt - are you making a baby quilt that is going to be washed a lot? (use a double folded over the edge binding, sewn down whatever way suits you) or are you making an art quilt that will hang on the wall and likely never be washed?  (in which case anything goes - you could even have no binding at all..)

Selling quilts in general is not easy IMO because too many people do not want to pay a quilter a fair living wage.. You can bust your butt and make a gorgeous king size Lone Star quilt entirely hand pieced and hand quilted, then set it for sale for $500 (which IMO is the very least it should go for).. and then you get idiots who come along and look at it and go "Oh I can get one like that at Wal-mart for $40."  and off they go, totally clueless.. and there's a LOT of those idiots out there.   :p  :p  :p   Never mind that one of those child labor made import quilts is likely to fall apart after washing it a half dozen times... :p

Another thing to consider is your costs.. you do NOT want to pay retail prices at Joann's for fabric if you are going to be making lots of quilts to sell.   You will have to have an impossibly high markup to cover your costs.  You do always want to use the best fabrics and threads and batting that you can get, which for most bed quilts means 100% quality cotton, which means quilt shop quality fabrics.  There is a difference.  Art quilts can be made of almost anything.. they are a whole different world unto themselves.  

if you can't find anything helpful here on craftster, there's tons of quilting message boards and free patterns all over the web, lots of quilting magazines too.  

Anyway, you asked.. hope it helps some.  Happy quilting!  Smiley
5  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: My ATC Cards on: October 02, 2010 03:44:57 PM
OOO!  Sewing ATCs!  <3  Though I like them all, those are my faves. 
6  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: I'm a little scared... it's my first ATC on: September 27, 2010 06:58:07 AM
The kitty on your ATC makes me smile too. What a great prezzie! Smiley
7  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: Hemp and Buttons ATCs on: September 27, 2010 06:09:58 AM
If I'd been at that trade I would have been all over these! 
8  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATCs pilot on: September 27, 2010 06:08:54 AM
Oo! pink!  Seriously, I like them all.  Thx for sharing!   Smiley
9  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: polymer atc: real cat whiskers! on: September 27, 2010 06:07:37 AM
Sorry you got bad clay  Sad  but I really like the design!  Smiley  I thought I was bad with 5 cats.  Cheesy
10  PAPER CRAFTS, SCRAPBOOKING & ATCs (ARTIST TRADING CARDS) / Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) / Re: ATCs by muddy21 on: September 27, 2010 06:05:56 AM
Those are fab!  I love the illumination one especially, but that's probably cause I've been in the SCA doing medieval re-enactment for a long time.  Smiley
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