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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / advice on picking a quilting motif? on: February 14, 2010 09:03:16 PM
I'm working on assembling the top of a quilt based on the "Turning Twenty" pattern:


This will be my third quilt. I'm trying to think outside of the box and avoid just quilting in the ditch. I want something that will look nice from the front or the back of the quilt. All I know for sure at this point is that I want some type of pattern to stick to.

What I'd like to know is how you guys find inspiration for quilting motifs, and how you match the motif to the pattern.
2  Texas / Texas: Central / Re: Thrifty books and patterns? on: February 08, 2010 09:56:13 AM
I don't know about dress patterns, but the main Half-Price books in Austin (on north Lamar) might have the children's books. That location has older books, including first-editions.

good luck!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First finish in a long time on: January 09, 2010 12:14:37 PM
When I loaded the picture I actually said aloud to myself "oh my god, it's beautiful."

Amazing. Good job.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Baby quilt! on: March 21, 2006 09:42:47 PM
oh my gosh! i love that fabric... i collect teddy bear fat quarters. where'd you get that?

(and the quilt as a whole is beautiful, also)
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: quilt for a wedding present on: October 17, 2005 03:30:06 PM
That is absolutely beautiful. I love the colors so much. I need to try a courtyard steps quilt.
6  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / slide boxes on: October 04, 2005 03:30:21 PM
I'm in a photo class this semester and we have to shoot slides. As a result, by December I'm going to have at least 20 of these little plastic boxes they put slides in at the photo shop.

they look like this:

you can kinda see the size with the keyboard in the background. the length is the same as my space bar, if that helps. i feel bad throwing them all away. i suppose i could try to give them back to the photo shop, but i thought i'd see if anyone here had any grand ideas for me.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: binding questions on: August 08, 2005 07:26:57 AM
thanks so much, cmoore. i think i'll use your first method for the binding.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / binding questions on: August 07, 2005 12:30:55 PM
I've made two quilt tops and I'm finally getting around to quilting and binding one of them. I've been looking around websites and books, but I thought I'd ask you guys how you prefer to do things as well.

First of all, and this may be a stupid question, but do you quilt the whole thing before you put the binding on?
Secondly, how many of you do your own machine quilting? I'd really appreciate any advice or tips you've picked up along the way.
And finally, I've read that to put the binding on totally by machine you should attach it to the back first and then to the front. Is this really the best way to do it?

9  Texas / Texas: Central / cool fabric/quilt shops in Austin? on: August 05, 2005 09:25:24 PM
I've been in DFW all summer home from school and I've taken up quilting. I move back to Austin in a couple weeks and I just know there must be some awesome fabric stores and even quilt shops in Austin but I don't know where to look. Any reccomendations?
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Signing and dating your work on: August 01, 2005 10:49:26 AM
I just never feel comfortable really signing my quilts. I work so hard to make them look nice, I can never find a spot on them that I would be ok with  words and such on. I do "sign" them in my own way.

One of my mom's friends uses a fabric pen on a label and sews it onto the bottom right corner of the backing. That way it doesn't show when you're looking at the top.
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