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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  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.
3  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?

4  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?
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / My first quilt top! on: July 29, 2005 04:49:42 PM
I finally finished my first quilt top. It's going to be a present for my boyfriend, he helped me choose a pattern and the fabric. I machine pieced it and am going to machine quilt it.

and here's a close-up of the bottom left corner (not blurry like the others) so you can see the fabrics.

I'm trying to decide how I should quilt it. I'm considering diagonal lines or just in the ditch around all the squares. Any ideas or feedback would be greatly appreciated.
6  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / first sewing machine - Brother CS-8060? on: July 28, 2005 09:29:40 AM
I've just taken up sewing over the past couple months. I've made pillows, purses and I'm currently working on a quilt. I've been using my Nana's Singer from 1930. It still works great but I'm looking for something more compact (I've been home all summer and am going back to school and moving into an apartment with a few friends in a month) with a button-holer and some more stitch functions. I really want something I can quilt with, as well.

I found a Brother CS8060 on amazon.com for $170 cheaper than MSRP (42% off - amazon is great). The customer reviews on amazon are great but I was just wondering if anyone on craftster has this machine or any Brother machine. Any recommendations or comments are much appreciated, thanks!
7  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Decoupage frames on: May 02, 2005 06:10:27 PM
So I joined the forum a week or so ago and have been pouring over it and stealing ideas (you guys are too creative!). And after much inspiration, I made my first effort at decoupaging/collaging. I did these two picture frames. All the pictures are cut out from magazines... there are a few wrinkles, but it was my first time  Tongue
this is (maybe) for my boyfriend. that's his favorite picture of us. i can't decide if it's too girlie to give to him, though
this is just a floral themed one i decided to do. the picture in it is from a magazine, too. I just thought it looked cool.

Let me know what you think!

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