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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Owl baby quilt on: November 01, 2011 01:00:49 PM
I used enormous pieces for this quilt as I wanted it to be a quick one. It turned out pretty cute though, I love the owl! It was my first time doing different textural quilting - bark for the tree, grass for the hills, and swirls in the sky.. I left the owl and the moon plain as the pop a bit more that way.

I mailed it off to my niece yesterday!
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Re: Hanging heavy drapes on a mirrored bed on: October 07, 2011 04:49:09 PM
Ooh all good ideas - thanks for giving me more options to noodle over. I got some awesome fabric ready, and have another few days to decide while we finish painting.
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Hanging heavy drapes on a mirrored bed on: October 06, 2011 03:18:16 PM
So we have this bed in the guestroom... get your lols in. It's a monster, ain't it?

We are seizing the opportunity a plumbing problem made to redecorate this room, and one of the things I need to do is mitigate this thing. I plan to use some rub-n-buff type wax on the brassy fixtures, and to hang a tapestry fabric curtain over the main mirror - my question is how to handle the curtain.

I don't really want to drill holes in the dark wood frame, but the paler veneered parts might be fair game. The 'curtains' don't have to be functional, they are really to hide the mirror and get us from porno to faux-medieval if possible. Any ideas on how to hang what might be fairly heavy fabric without doing any permanent damage?
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / Re: simplicity 2207 collar help on: September 02, 2011 02:02:38 AM
OK so assuming you have got as far as step 5 and sewn along the seam allowance and clipped the collar in the right place...

#6 is telling you to turn the little flap you have made down at the seam allowance and press it, then trim it by about half. Then you sew the two collar pieces together on the other three edges, and trim those seams down so they are not bulky later. So you'll have the three sewn seams, and the open edges of the collar now where it will attach to the neck - one will look normal and one has this turned down and trimmed section right in the middle.

#7 is telling you to take the open collar edge, and baste it to the neckline (pin it with the doctored piece facing out towards you), but not to sew over that little flap you made. So you'll be basting the collar on but just gently holding that flappy middle part out of the way as you go by.

If you read on, you'll see that the facing gets tucked neatly away under that free edge a little later. Sometimes with lined jackets the collar will be the spot to turn the whole thing right side out at the end, but in this case the jacket doesn't appear to be lined.

If this makes no more sense than the pattern, maybe I can monkey with the diagram a bit. Once you get it, you'll *get* it, and it's a pretty standard instruction for a collar in most patterns I've seen.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Where does the applique fit in? on: September 01, 2011 06:50:18 PM
Yay, thanks!
Got to run to the store for some adhesive and a bit of fabric for the moon, then I'm going to applique away!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Where does the applique fit in? on: September 01, 2011 05:22:44 PM
I've started a little (read, quick and dirty, hence the enormous pieces) baby quilt for my niece who is giving birth in a month. I had an idea to do half sky, half a nice green hill, and then applique a tree over it. I found this cute image of an owl in a tree and decided to 'pay homage' hehe...

And here's the pattern on the quilt top so far. I'm actually going to flip the tree the other way and have the owl looking at a crescent moon in the sky. Also the trunk will reach the bottom of the quilt, that's just how big the tracing paper was.

Anyway, my question is... at which stage do I applique the tree and owl on to the top? My instinct is telling me to do it to the top on its own, but then when I quilt everything together, do I just sew carefully up to the appliqued pieces? Or do I applique once the whole sandwich is together?
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Pintuck woes... my machine or my error? on: August 07, 2011 09:32:39 AM
I bought a third party pintuck foot for my machine, and these are the instructions from the seller/manufacturer:


I never  had much luck to be honest, but maybe this can help you somehow. If I got one straight one the next one would be wonky.
8  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Glitterized Roller Derby Helmet on: August 07, 2011 09:23:52 AM
Yeah mine is the triple 8 sweatsaver too. Only bash it's taken so far is a headbutt from an over-enthusiastic shoulder block hahaha!
9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Glitterized Roller Derby Helmet on: August 03, 2011 10:37:42 AM
This seems like it would also be a good way to rescue a scuffed up helmet Smiley
When I get tired of all my random stickers, I might just have a go at this!
10  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Elegant and still comfy - another jacket on: May 15, 2011 10:18:37 AM
I love this - I really dig shiny and matte fabrics mixed as well - I want one!
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