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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Argh sewing machine gone crazy - help! on: November 27, 2006 07:30:48 AM
Are you sure the top thread isn't breaking? Are you using a new spool of thread? Sometimes the tension on the outside of a spool of thread is tighter than the inside. So, sometimes it helps to throw the spool off of the machine into a bowl or something so that it has a longer "unwind" period. This worked recently for me when my thread kept breaking.

Good luck!!!
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: I'm making my baby a quilt... now what? on: November 27, 2006 07:27:44 AM
Well, I'd start simple. Maybe a 9-patch (sort of a checkerboard). So each square would be 9 more squares. Maybe you could do your theme using color and pattern rather than a really elaborate illustration (which is likely to get too overwhelming as you progress in your pregnancy). The surprise could be two very bright colors. The morning sickness could be pukey colors... Just a thought.

Machine piecing a 9-patch would be pretty easy. As for hand quilting, you can make it as easy or as difficult as you like. You might check out local quilt stores as they usually have hand quilting classes for beginners. At my store, the class is about 2 hours. And it gave me a really good grasp on the rocking stitch that most quilters use. It's only improved by practice, and a baby quilt is a great place to get that.

If you need any more help or have other questions feel free to PM me. Smiley

Good Luck!!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Moda Apron String Charm Challenge Anyone?? on: November 27, 2006 07:22:10 AM
Yeah, that's what I meant... Quilt A-long...
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Moda Apron String Charm Quilt-along Anyone?? on: November 25, 2006 11:22:35 AM
So I bought another charm pack and am on my way to think about cutting it up. I wondered what we could all come up with if we used the same fabrics?

For those of you who don't know the moda Apron Strings is a set of repro 20s-30s fabrics, and the charm pack is a set of each fabric in a 5 in square.

Is anyone interested? if so, we can make the rules in another thread.

Here's the line: http://mordac.unitednotions.com/storefrontB2CWEB/browse.do?action=refresh_browse&ctg_id=21018
5  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 3 (Sendout: 20 November) on: November 25, 2006 11:07:50 AM
Got mine! Will take pics and post in the gallery soon!
6  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Altoid Tin Theme Swap Round 3 (Sendout: 20 November) on: November 18, 2006 03:09:42 PM
Well, I was doing great until I totally hosed the altoid box. Gotta do the recon again. All the items inside are ready to go though.

Should post by 11/20 easy peasy.
7  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Blue Monsterboys (big fat photos galore!) on: November 02, 2006 06:24:53 AM
You win my vote for sure!!! I love the fuzzy blue fabric. Gonna have to find that!
8  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: The Great Hoodie Octopus on: November 02, 2006 06:21:29 AM
I love that the bottom of the jacket makes it look like cuffs. It looks like you actually took the time to make extra jacket arms... FANTASTIC!
9  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Mr. and Mrs. Monsterface on: November 02, 2006 06:19:35 AM
OMG! I love love love this!!!

Great job!
10  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Yet Another (but this time tiny) Tinkerbelle -- Updated with action shot! on: November 01, 2006 05:53:03 AM
bump -- for action shot!
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