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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / intricate but quick, simple quilt pattern on: April 05, 2004 01:23:36 PM
I'm looking for a quilt pattern that looks very intricate, but is quick and easy, preferably not using blocks.
Not that I'm trying to mispresent myself. I just thought it would be fun to make one in a night. I'm a beginner at quilting but not sewing.
I have tried search engines and quilting sites with no luck. Maybe my quest isn't realistic, but I thought if someone knew some tricky way of cutting and turning fabrics that would go quickly, or reverse quilting or origami quilting or whatever, that I might be able to finish ONE quilt.
you're come thru for me on my other quests here, i bet one of you has the answer.
thanks, Linda in B'ham.
2  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / rag rug, use for denim etc on: April 05, 2004 07:18:09 AM
Here a couple of interesting ways to make rugs from below site, they have illustrations at the site.

Extension activity 2: make a rag rug
You will need 4 pieces of wood 300mm long and 25mm square, 4 screws, glue and 24 nails (20mm panel pins would do), to make the loom. You will also need string and strips of material.

1.   Hammer 12 nails in one of the pieces of wood, 20mm apart and starting 30mm in from the end.

2.   Repeat with another piece of wood.

3.   Make the frame by gluing and screwing the corners.

4.   String the frame as shown.

5.   Weave the strips of material between the string.

6.   When the loom is full tie pieces of material at each end of the string loops as shown.

7.   Remove the rag rug from the loom.
Textiles extension activity 1: weaving
(If you use netting of some kind, this could be rug also)

You will need either an old bicycle wheel with spokes, a piece of mesh like chicken wire, or an old piece of netting.

You will also need strips of material. You could cut old clothes, curtains or sheets into strips or use old tights and thick wool.

You could also cut different coloured plastic bags into long strips. How?

Before you start cutting think where you want your creation to hang and think about the colours that you want to use. Dont create waste!

Weave the spokes or mesh to your own design and colour scheme.
3  REUSING/RECYCLING/RECRAFTING / What the heck can I do with THIS? / upholstery Fringe on: April 02, 2004 08:19:04 AM
I have many yards of satiny fringe. It's the heavy upholstery kind, in different colors, about 3" wide.  A store gave it away when it changed locations (along with beautiful silk flowers and big rolls of fabric - was I lucky to be in the right place at the right time or what!?)
You can't trim the fringe because because it is all one long piece that makes up the top band also.  Besides lamps, purses, pillows, furniture throws and bedspread trim, anyone have any idea what can be done with it? I've given a lot away, but am still left with over 50 yards - I just couldn't let it go in the trash.

I'm the one that asked about the door beads (got many great answers, when I remembered I had the fringe I thought about trying just hanging fringe on a pressure rod - so I will try that, but still looking for other uses.

thanks for your help, Linda in B'ham
4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / DOOR BEADS (or facsimile) on: April 01, 2004 08:04:08 AM
I want to make a door hanging something the door beads hang within the door frame. I want to limit view to my craft room from my living room without blocking out the light coming thru. I don't want purchase something - want to make it myself. Beads are too expensive. I'd like to recycle something.

Anyone have any great ideas?Huh??

thanks, Linda in B'ham Huh Huh Huh
5  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / WHAT TO DO WITH FORMICA SAMPLES on: March 26, 2004 07:16:51 AM
i have a couple hundred formica samples. they are about 2" x 1.5" in size, with a hole in one end, various colors and textures. they are very rigid and I don't know how to cut them. any ideas about what to do with them? Huh
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