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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Binding for Quilt??? on: March 04, 2014 06:47:27 PM
I like the idea of a bolder color binding too.  Did you finish the quilt?
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Would you recommend this for a beginner? on: March 04, 2014 06:45:24 PM
I think this is a wonderful beginner quilt.  Stitching in the ditch is harder than it seems, it is easier to stitch a tiny bit away from the seam.  Sometimes just doing straight diagonal lines will do the job.  Choose a neutral thread color so the quilting will enhance the overall look.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding straight-of-grain borders to a bias edge? on: March 04, 2014 06:42:45 PM
Measure in three places, at the top, middle and bottom of the quilt.  Average the measurements and cut the borders to that exact length.  Find the middle of the quilt and the middle of the border and pin them together.  Pin each end.  Then pin at the quarter and eighth, and add more pins.  Sew the border on with the quilt top on the bottom.   Put the two sides on first, or the top and bottom, then press and measure again to get the size for the other two sides.  
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What colour binding would you put on this quilt? on: March 04, 2014 06:21:56 PM
Whatever color you choose will emphasize that color in the quilt.  I would choose the color the recipient likes the most.  
5  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making wire loops - picture added on: April 02, 2010 02:14:58 PM

Thanks, just what I needed to know.  Will see if my husband has some of those pliers, the ones I am using aren't round like those.  Thanks again for the video link!!
6  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Re: Making wire loops on: March 29, 2010 02:52:42 PM
OK, pic added.  I had to charge the camera battery, so it took a little longer.  Here is the wire with the loop, shown both as bare, and with a couple of beads. I need to get the end in a nice loop to put on the chain lengths.  Looking for tips on how to make them more circular - mine tend to be wonky.

7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Discussion and Questions / Re: Crewel work on: March 27, 2010 01:51:55 PM
Look at this one too - Needle and Thread - they have tutorials and lots of information.  Hope that helps.
8  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I make a bag heavy duty? on: March 27, 2010 01:46:59 PM
Another thing you can do is start with a fairly heavy fabric like cotton duck, and fuse-bond it to a lighter liner fabric with fusible web - something high quality like Alene's or Sulky.  The fusible web will provide a lot of stability and strength.  Then, cut out your pieces, sew it together, and then use a waterproofing sealant for fabrics - this will cover your seam lines too and help the whole backpack resist water.  It isn't good enough to put through a river, but might keep the rain out.
9  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Easter / Re: Drop Pull Eggs on: March 27, 2010 01:39:38 PM
Awesome!!  These are beautiful!!  Thanks for posting about them.
10  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Beads: Discussion and Questions / Making wire loops - picture added on: March 27, 2010 01:37:01 PM
I want to make several necklaces with beads and lengths of chain between.   I have these small wires with a loop on one end and a straight section for beads.  My question is, when you bend the end to make the other loop, how do you make it come out nice and round?  Mine seem to be wonky.
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