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641  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Henna Design Shirt on: September 20, 2006 03:16:02 PM
I love the effect you got with this!!!  Putting the design off center really makes the shirt!

I hope you don't mind a few questions!  Did you have to spot check to make sure it would change the color of the shirt first? Some shirts now days are so colorfast even with bleach.  Did the color change happen right away, or do you have to go over the same area multiple times with the pen?
642  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: why could it be? it's another spin off of sakijanes ribbon dress NOW WITH TUTE!! on: September 20, 2006 03:11:30 PM
I just saw this on someone's wist.  Gorgeous!!!!  I love all the different color greens.  I have to ditto on the heart. It's like double chocolate icing on a triple chocolate cake! Cheesy
643  COOKING / Dessert / Re: How Do You Make that Fabulous Wedding Cake?! on: September 19, 2006 10:35:51 AM
This is off topic of the cake making...

Are you planning on making favors for the guests?  You could always encorporate the gum somehow into that.  Chicklets/gumballs in black netting or in little coffin boxes.  That way you'd know that everyone would have access to gum if it's right there at the table.
644  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding Gift and Garter (garter pattern link added) on: September 14, 2006 10:26:48 AM
I just saw this on Wists and my keyboard will soon be shorting out over all the drool.  "Ngaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa" is all I can think to say.
645  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Twin Cities Quilt Shops? on: August 31, 2006 03:54:39 PM
Have you tried doing a yellowpages search online?  You could also go to a Hancock or Joan fabric near you and ask someone at the cutting table, or the area where the sell the sewing machines.  They might know of quiting shops/guilds in your area.

I'm originally from the TC, but a burb on the Mpls side, so I know diddly squat about St. Paul. 

Good luck! Smiley
646  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: rag quilts on: August 31, 2006 09:39:33 AM
well, you don't have to use flannel.  But if you want to have the "fuzzy seams on the outside" type quilt, you need to use something that will fray nicely.  If you used denim and doubled the cotton batting I think that might be too thick to try to sew through.  You could use a type of cotton called homespun, that will give you the fuzz you need for the seams.  I think that the homespun could handle double batting. 

Also, I think there is batting out there that is high loft to give you a thicker blanket.  I believe it is a cotton poly blend, but it behaves in such a way that you do not have to do the actual quilting very close together like you would with regular cotton batting. (to prevent shifting)

hmm... I'm wondering if a thinner fiberfleece would work or if it would be too thick.  Now that I think about it, on this type of quilt you don't have to sew through the batting.  The batting is actually sandwiched between the top and bottom layers.  I don't know that the batting in that fabric-sandwich-pocket wouldn't shift.  You'd probably want to tack it down/sew the layers together before attaching the squares to each other.  If you were using the high loft stuff/double batting and you didn't want to attempt to sew through all of that thickness you could always do a tie in the middle.

Hopefully this is clearer than it sounds in my head!
647  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: rag quilts on: August 30, 2006 11:17:51 AM
Do you mean out of denim and/or flannel where the seams are on the outside?  If so here are 3:




I'm starting the whole quilting thing with this type of quilt. Now if I could only get the squares to be "square"!!!
648  JEWELRY AND TRINKETS / Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General / Re: Cute Shrinky Dink Hairpins on: August 29, 2006 12:34:55 PM

You can get that font for free on here, along with lots of other crazy wingding fonts.

I've heard that putting baby powder on the shrinky dinks helps them from sticking when they curl up.  I haven't tried shrinky dinks yet, does the talc trick just work for a heat gun or in the oven too?
649  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Wedding tree - a w.i.p on: August 27, 2006 09:17:34 AM
what if you put the numbers on in an irregular fashion(not lined up perfectly vertically or horizontally)?  Maybe you could even place them on in an arc?  You might be able to eliminate that lopsided feeling that way.

I think some sort of hearts would be cool for the actual quilting since it is a wedding present. 

Oh, You could always be sneeky and quilt the date somewhere if you can't get the placement of the date to not feel lopsided.

I can't wait to see another picture! 
650  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Beaded spider pillow on: August 27, 2006 09:03:11 AM
I love this!  Great idea for the dangling spider.  I'm wisting you!   Smiley
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