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11  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Wedding Quilt question on: September 22, 2009 11:07:03 AM
I forsee a wedding and or a baby in the near future in my family (not me).  SO I want to make a quilt and maybe pillow shams for the wedding.  What colors should I go with?  I am related to the groom but know nothing about his girlfriend.  The wedding may never happen but I still want to make a quilt and put it away for when it does.  My question is on colors.  Do I stick with neutrals and maybe greens or blues?  Get classical and do all kinds of colors?  I want to make something that will get used not smile say a cheesy 'how nice' and have it stuffed in someone's attic forever.

As for the possible baby (not the aformentioned couple) I have a cross stitched quilt top all pinned and ready to quilt.  Do I have to use a walking foot?
12  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Big Men's patterns? on: September 01, 2009 10:15:13 AM
Anyone know where I can get some big men's clothing patterns?  Hubby is a big boy and a bit odd shaped so RTW clothes do not fit him very well.  I would like to try to make him some clothing. 

Would it just be better to make a body double of him, slopers and just come up with my own designs?
13  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Lined Gym bag Backpack UPDATED with Tutorial on: August 31, 2009 03:58:09 AM
I made this gym bag for my son for school.  He wanted a bag for his gym clothes and he picked out this fabric.  At first it was just a drawstring bag then he wanted a backpack style, so I got more cording and gromets and made it back pack style.  Those pics are still on the camera.

I have the directions written down at home that I can share a turorial if anyone is interested.


ok here is the directions on how I made this bag...very easy.

First cut out your pieces:  I used 18x21" main, liner, and interface - Cut 2 of each.  Also cut out 1.5x15 strips of the liner (cut 2).

I used fusable interfacing and ironed it to the wrong side of the main peices:

Next I folded the stips of the liner fabric to make the casings.  Do this by folding in 1/4" press fold 1/4" press of each short side of the stip.  Then fold the stip long ways and press again:

ok time to start sewing.  Line up right sides together of main with main and pin.  Line up right sides together of liner and liner and pin.  Sew the main down the 21" side across the 18" bottom and back up the other 21" side.  Leave the last 18" side open.  Clip the corners and turn right side out.  For the line do the same except leave a small space unsewn along the bottom for turning.  You can see the vertical pins marking my turning hole.

With main right side out, align the nonfolded edge of the casing strip to each side of the raw edge of main.  Center the strip as it will be shorter than the actual bag.
Sew as close to the raw edge as you can and still catch all the layers.

Turn main inside out again (keeping the casing in the same position as it was when you sewed it on.  Insert liner right sides together inside main and sew again as close to the raw edges as possible making sure to catch all the layers.  Sorry poor picture because it is a black liner.  Not you will be sandwiching the casing between the main and liner as you sew.

Pull the liner out of main and turn the whole thing inside out through the small hole you left in the bottom of the liner.  Work slowly and carefully so you don't rip the seam.  It will come through if you work at it.

Once you get it all turned smooth out the bottom of the liner and fold under the seam alowance and top stitch the hole closed.

Straighten it all out and push the liner back into the bag.  You should now have right side out of main and right side facing the inside of the bag for the liner. 

I pressed the casing up so it stands up beyond the bag at this point.  Take your cording at your desired length and attach it to a big safety pin.  Run 1 piece of cording through the casings all the way around.  Thread another piece of cording in the same manner but starting at the other side.  This will give you a nice draw string bag. 

To make this a back pack style bag, you will need longer pieces of cording and gromets.

After the bag was pressed and the liner smoothed inside the bag I measured up 3" and across the bottom 3" at each botton corner.  I sewed a diagonal line across at these points. This will secure the liner in the bag and help reinforce the grommet area.  I uaed 1/4" grommets and centered them in each corner triangle.  I installed the grommet by first cutting a small hole for the shank end to fit through, placed on the cap end and slammed it with a hammer with the grommet setting tool that came in the pack.  I had to remove the cording and replace it the same way it was with longer cording.  I then ran the loose ends of the cording through the gromet before securing with a large knot that won't pull through the grommet.

Hope this makes sense.  I don't have exact measurements on the cording used because I bought 6 yards and then had my son try on the pack for pisitioning and cut it accordingly.

14  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Simplicity patterns on sale on: August 21, 2009 08:17:44 AM
For anyone that has a JoAnns near then their Simplicity patterns are on sale Fri - Sun 5 for $5. 
15  COOKING / Recipes and Cooking Tips / Bread and Butter Pickles on: August 17, 2009 04:47:41 AM
My son and I made bread and butter pickles the other day.  Here are some pics of our day.

Start off with 11 pounds of sliced cucumbers:

Add the spice packet to the vinigar and sugar...lots and lots of sugar...

Put the canner on to boil and sterilize the jars in the dishwasher...

Once the brind is to a boil pack the jars and top off with hot liquid, add to the boil canner and process to the directions.

The seasoning packet says it does 7 quarts, and sure enough I ended up with 7 quarts!  Can't wait to try them!!

16  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Check out the fabric score I made this weekend!! (lots of pics) on: August 17, 2009 03:36:07 AM
I stopped at a yard sale a few weeks ago and there was a ton of fabrics there - mostly wools.  I bought some and half jokingly asked what they wanted for the lot.  They mimmed and hawed so we let it go.  For giggles we stopped back at their house this weekend and asked once again what they wanted for the whole lot of fabrics.  He said $30 and it is all yours.  I said SOLD!!  and we filled the back of our truck...full sized truck....

Here is the truck after I had unloaded a bunch and started sorting through it all.

A small stack of the tons of wools:

Here is one still in the package..from over seas.

A small stack of the cottons and micro suades I came across so far:

Here is an intersting cut...it still has the tages attached and says it is 100% silk.  Feels like wool.  The price for this cut alone way back when was $27.50.  I think I made out very well!

These are 18 gallone totes these 5 are all wool:

This one is full of uhposlstery fabric


a stack of flannel:

and a stack of velvets...lots and lots of velvets:

I fianlly got sorted through everything and boxed it all up and in the basement  14 totes in all (2 did not make the pic) plus a box of polyester knits that I have no idea what to do with...

I only had to throw out 1 cutting of velvet as it was mildewed/moldy.  All the rest is in fantastic shape and I can't wait to find things to make with it all!!
17  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Tested Petals Bunny pattern on: August 17, 2009 03:16:18 AM
I had teh great pleasure of test running Petals the bunny and here she is!  I did not do the flower for her ear.  I think she needs a bow around her neck.  She had a fondness for sweets!!

18  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / My First Origami Bag on: August 10, 2009 04:09:52 AM
I have seen these Origami bags on here and really liked them. After podering and mulling over the whole thing, I decided to make one for a swap.  Here is the finished bag.  The outside fabric is a heavy duty uhpostery type stuff and the liner is a lightweight cotton.  A bit mismatched and a challenge to sew...but I managed to wrangle it into some resemblance of a bag.  I boxed the corners at the bottom so it would sit flat.  This took a lot of fabric.  I used 36"x36" square of each fabric and it ended up being about 12x12" finished.

19  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Fried egg anyone on: August 10, 2009 04:01:47 AM
First time making toys/ami items.  Addictive though!  I will have to make a bunch of these type of things for my little neice for Christmas.

20  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Scrubbie and a Dish Cloth on: August 10, 2009 03:58:53 AM
I have never made these things before so it was fun and functional.  Here is a scrubbie and a dish cloth I made for a swap.These are made of out a reg sized (small) skein of Sugar and Cream cotton.

Again ...  No I have to make me some!!

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