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21  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: quilt laundering question on: September 15, 2005 05:52:59 PM
Don't know if this is too late or not...

You might want to test the color fastness of the embroidery thread, especially if it is red, purple or similar dark color.   Just dampen a paper towel and blot against the embroidery.  Check to see if any of the color has transfered to the paper towel.

I also always machine wash quilts for the first time with a color catcher sheet (http://www.shoutitout.com/family_catcher.asp) on cold water.  The cold water will help set the colors and the color catcher sheet will help if there are any bleeds. 

Good luck!
22  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My 2 Quilts-Railfence and Random! on: September 14, 2005 05:56:33 AM
Cool!  The Gee's Bend on has potential to be very stunning, but I also really like the scrappy rail fence one.  It looks like a quilt that is meant to be loved and used.  Beautiful.
23  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: curvy quilt top on: September 12, 2005 08:14:56 AM
This is really beautiful!  I love the colors and the pattern is great, I will see if my library has that book.  Lucky baby!
24  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: machine quilting advice? on: August 26, 2005 06:48:14 PM
If you are doing free motion quilting, you will want to drop your feed dogs (or tape them off if you can't lower them).  Also it helps to use a free motion or darning foot, as it will give you some room to see around your needle.  And some machines have a middle position for your foot.  That works best.  It is easy to tense up with free motion too, so remember to keep your shoulders loose and practice, practice, practice.   Cheesy  It does take a little bit of time to get use to. 
And for free motion, when you are starting out, make one stitch and then draw your bobbin thread up through the top and do a few stitches in place.  This will lock your treads, but make sure with both loose ends of the treads on top, where you can hold them out of the way for a few stitches, so you don't end up with a big thread mess on the bottom.  Does that make sense? 

If you are doing stitch in the ditch, there really isn't any trick to it at all.  All the settings should be normal just like you were doing regular sewing. 
25  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Math Anyone? on: August 24, 2005 11:28:37 AM
How many different fabrics are you going to use?

I cut most of my fabric after I have folded selvage to selvage and then selvages to the fold (so you have four layers of fabric).  Trim the edge to even, and make 6.5 inch strips.
Selvage to selvage is about 42 inches of usable fabric, so out of each strip you will get 6 squares at 6.5 (42/6.5) inches. 
With your measurements below, you will need 100 squares total.  So you would need 17 strips total (100/6).  17 strips at 6.5 inches each is 110.5 inches or a little over 3 yards.  BUT you have to make sure that the cuts you get will be enough to cut how ever many 6.5 inch strips you want... 

If you wanted to use say, 6 fabrics, you would use 3 strips of each fabric.  So that would be about 20 inches of each fabric (3x6.5).  But I would get about 22-24 inches to be sure. 

Let me know if that makes any sense or if you have any more questions!
26  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: My first post! on: August 24, 2005 06:47:58 AM
I like the contrasting tape on the purple backing alot.

That was my first though too!  I love the patchwork quilt, and the dark purple binding really makes it all come together.  So pretty.
27  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: portait in red and blue on: August 22, 2005 06:08:30 PM
What a beautiful and fun project!  I would also like to hear more about the portrait challenge.  Also, is the blue fabric appliqued on?
28  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby quilt for my cousin-in-law... on: August 22, 2005 06:06:30 PM
Very cute!  The fishbowl pattern is so fun, and I love the cat at the bottom.
29  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt Made From T-Shirts on: August 18, 2005 06:39:52 AM
I have no clue what other fabric would fit in more with metal band shirts  Cheesy

What about plaid flannel or anything solid in color?  Like if a bunch of your tshirts are black or white, you could use a solid dark red color.  Depending on your pattern, the weight difference between the tshirts and denim (esp jeans) might be hard to work with. 

Posted in the completed works forum is this metal tshirt quilt top which is where I might have thought of the plaid flannel:
30  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: New Mod Square Quilt In Progress FINISHED!! edit 8/17 on: August 17, 2005 03:06:32 PM
Beautiful!  I love how the patterned fabric in the center of the squares looks.  And the greens really make the patterned fabric really stand out.  I love it!

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