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1  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing with Pique Fabric on: March 19, 2011 02:30:22 PM
Hi Y'all,
I am not a newbie however, I am far from an expert. I would say I am moving into intermediate stage with one foot dangling in newbie-dome. Anyway, I just bought some really adorable clearance fabric from Hancock Fabrics. It is pique fabric. I never heard of it so I checked a fabric glossary. To me, it seemed like it could be loosely compared to seersucker. My intention was to make pillowcases with it but when it arrived yesterday it just doesn't seem like it would be a good choice of fabric for pillowcases. My question is, can anyone give me some suggestions on how they would use this fabric? I posted the links below so you can see what pattern is on the fabric. Thanks in advance for any and all of the help/suggestions y'all can give me..... Karen



2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Using Jersey Knit on: November 27, 2010 01:45:29 PM
Hey Y'all

Has anyone ventured "out of box" and experimented with fabrics not traditionally used in rag quilting. If so, how did it turn out?

I want to re purpose some jersey knit stuff and turn it into a rag quilt. Since the knit curls instead of frays, I was thinking about doing the top and bottom squares in the knit fabric and the batting out of flannel in hopes that it will give the quilt a faux ruffle effect instead of a rag effect. Has anyone ever tried this?

Just in case I have to resort to "Plan B", does anyone have any easy crafty ideas using jersey knit??

Thanks for your help, fellow Craftsters!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Machine Accessories on: October 31, 2010 10:21:52 PM
Hey Y'all!

I'm new here and so far I'm 'lovin it! This seems to be a very well run ship and a wealth of information. I have spent much of my day reading the many tips and tricks and learning all kinds of things in the world of quilting. Thank you to all of the veterans who have taken their time to help educate those of us with a desire to quilt. So far I have made a rag quilted baby blanket and a rag quilted diaper bag. I was so proud of myself! My only regret is that I didn't take a picture of them before I gave them away. I can't wait to start my next quilt using the snowball pattern.

I have a couple questions.....
I decided to take everyone's advice and purchase a 1/4" presser foot and a feed dog foot, however when I looked these up, Hancock Fabric didn't have any to fit my machine, Joann didn't have any at all and Brother (the brand of my sewing machine) had them but the feed dog was almost $30.00 and the 1/4" foot was about $15.00. ($15.00 seemed more reasonable.) Do these prices sound right? Is there somewhere else I could be looking? I just have a very basic Wal-Mart variety Brother machine. Because of that, I figured there would be universal accessories that would be more readily available without paying an arm and a leg. I realize this might not be expensive to some but if I buy these two accessories (and I will if I can't find anything else.) they will end up costing 3/4 what I paid for my whole sewing machine!..LOL

My next question is embarrassing, but necessary. I really suck in math. (There, I said it!) How do I figure out yardage? I know that the squares I plan to use for my snowball quilt will be 5" and with seam allowance they will end up being 4 1/2". I figure I will do 10 squares across and 10 squares down. That will give me 45" x 45" before I put a border, right? I want this bigger than a baby blanket but smaller than a twin so I'm not sure if 45" x45" would be big enough anyway. However, lets just say 45" x 45" is okay, how do I figure out yardage? I warned you how bad I was in math!!...LOL I am so pathetic, but at least I can measure the squares AND read measurements now. Prior to my interest in quilting I couldn't decipher between 1/8" 1/4" and everything in between. After all these years, it finally clicked! I can actually understand fractions better now, too. Who says quilting isn't educational? I really am a very intelligent person. I always got good grades in school and was in honors classes but for some reason I could never get past basic math. No algebra for me. I told you it was embarrassing...LOL!

Thank you to all of you for your help! I'm looking forward to the day I will be able to "pay it forward," and help someone as well.

Happy quilting!
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