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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sources for batting on: January 12, 2011 02:36:01 PM
I'm not in Canada but my preference for batting is either Warm and Natural or Warm and White and they are both available from a number of online retailers.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Managing fabric bulk when machine quilting? on: January 12, 2011 02:34:23 PM
You could also try the quilt-as-you-go method. Just do a google search and you'll find lots of information. Basically, you make smaller sections and quilt them up then join the quilted sections together rather than try to quilt the whole large piece at once. I'm going to be making a king size quilt on my home machine by piecing it into 3 or four long rectangles and quilting them. Then I'll join the large rectangles together to form the entire quilt. There's no way I would even attempt a king on my home machine any other way!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: HELP I have a quilt top but it keeps bunching when I try and sew it all together on: January 07, 2011 08:58:06 AM
A walking foot will make your life SO much easier. The whole purpose of a walking foot is to feed the multiple layers of fabric through the machine evenly to prevent bunching and puckers. And baste baste baste! Keep us posted on how it turns out!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anyone tried Oh Fransson's Tokyo Subway Quilt? on: January 01, 2011 11:17:46 PM
I know a couple of people who have made/are making this quilt top. I agree, it's an awesome quilt! The 2 inch squares can be a little crazy making but since it's assembled one block at a time, it's easy enough to give yourself breaks. The fusible grid is a great idea although you do need to be aware that it will alter the final weight and, to some degree, texture of your finished quilt. One person is cutting the white fabric as she goes so that if a block has a large white area she can make a larger cut of the white rather than piece a bunch of white squares together. Does that make sense/ For example, one block may have a 6"x8" area that is all white. Rather than piece a bunch of small squares together, you could just cut the larger piece and sew it in with the colored squares. Hope that helps!
5  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Re: Here's mine! on: December 27, 2010 12:52:02 PM
Why yes, you do!!!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General / Fully reversible grocery tote with matching zip pouch on: December 26, 2010 10:55:13 AM

I made a fully reversible grocery tote with boxed corners, an interior pocket and a coordinating zipper pouch - great for carrying your cash at the farmers market! I made the handles kinda hefty to accommodate lots of stuff without getting uncomfortable to hold. The print is a home dec weight cotton and the solid green is an IKEA sheet. The zipper pouch can be easily attached to the bag handle with a removable strap. The pouch is also fully lined and padded with fusible fleece so it can protect a small camera and/or phone as well as carry cash and cards.

For Christmas giving, this was filled with jars of homemade goodies and presented to a neighbor.

Happy crafting!
7  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Re: Green Grocery Bag Challenge (enter Dec 26th - Jan 1st) on: December 22, 2010 07:33:10 AM
Awesome challenge (and good for every gift, not just Christmas!). I'll definitely be back after Christmas to post one of the bags I made this year.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: midwestcottons.com - safe to shop from? on: November 21, 2010 12:18:44 PM
Their "no returns" policy would have me navigating away from them.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Binding for a denim quilt? on: September 17, 2010 11:52:05 PM
There are some wonderful flannel dots by Amy Butler. Or even a nice plaid flannel (especially appropriate if the quilt is for a man). You could even repurpose flannel shirts from a thrift store and piece together a scrappy binding.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: pattern suggestions on: September 17, 2010 11:45:55 PM
LOVE those fabrics. Too cute! I made a quilt using a slightly modified pattern from Oh, Fransson - the New Wave quilt. I made mine with all 30's reproduction prints and called it my Retro Wave quilt. I love the mix of a more modern pattern with the reproduction prints.

Have fun!
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