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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt binding on: November 21, 2010 09:19:41 PM
You are fine using the binding on the quilt. Unless your quilt is huge (like a king), it should not shrink enough to impact the quilt. I have used it without any real shrinking issue.
2  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Discussion and Questions / Felted my own wool and dang it, it is uneven. Help? Ideas to fix? on: November 21, 2010 09:14:04 PM
So, I've felted sweaters before for small sewing projects without any real issue. This time I decided I wanted to felt yardage because I want to make a little boiled wool coat for my son. Well, I got a 98% wool fabric at Joann's washed and dried it on hot about 5 times. My research on the internet seemed to indicate that a 98% wool should felt fine. It felted, however it has come out a little uneven. Parts of it shrank perfectly and lay flat, but then other parts rippled. The flat and ripple parts are very consistent and run in lines parallel to the selvedge each being about 3" wide, so the fabric is now striped in a way. This is really seems to be an issue related to how the fabric was woven based on the consistency (even though it is so weird how consistent it is).

I've thought about taking an iron to it with lots of moisture and steam. I'd put a wet towel over it anyway to iron the wool and prevent it turning shiny on me.

I'm not sure how to fix this, any ideas?
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Polka Dot Modern Quilt on: January 09, 2009 08:06:53 AM
This my original design based on a new delightful piecing method I found on HGTV. My original help question is here: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=285285.0

4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I calculate circles? on: January 08, 2009 07:29:17 AM
Thanks, but the HGTV link totally eliminates the need to calculate traditional machine pieced circles. That's why it's so incredibly awesome!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How do I calculate circles? on: January 03, 2009 05:41:43 PM
Ok, I figured this out. Kinda. I still have no idea on how to calculate circles on the traditional machine piecing method.

But, I ran across this awesome technique! http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/cda/article_print/0,1983,HGTV_32657_4302936_ARTICLE-PRINT-SXS-SIMPLE,00.html!

I'm trying it tonight to see how it goes, I'm very excited, since this technique opens up my quilting to a whole nother level.

There's also a video on the site as well.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / How do I calculate circles? on: January 02, 2009 07:43:12 PM
I've been really into dot and circle quilts lately. I've been able to master several "patterns" from books (both quarter and half patterns), but now I want to graduate to creating my own designs. I have a wonderful design all laid out. I think the easiest way would to piece half circles and then sew them together.

However, I'm stuck...how to I figure out the correct diameter of my circles to cut, how do I make sure they fit into the outer curve piece?
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Modern Dot Baby Quilt on: September 16, 2008 08:01:31 AM
I think this quilt would be good for a beginner to quilting, but not a beginner to sewing. If you've got good experience sewing clothes, I think this quilt is suitable for a beginning quilter. If you have no or little sewing experience I don't recommend it.

Machine piecing curves is a little tricky, but not terribly so...it would likely cause quite a bit of frustration to the beginner I think.

You could also cut the templates out and sew a block or two before investing in the fabric and time. If your test blocks come out well and you've got the hang of it, I would do it...if not, it may be good to start on a quilt with no curves.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Greece Memories Quilt on: September 15, 2008 02:41:27 PM
I like this, the colors definitely remind me of Greece. It's very simple, traditional but modern as well. You have a great eye.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Modern Dot Baby Quilt on: September 15, 2008 02:37:35 PM
This quilt is based on the Love Beads Pattern from the book, The Modern Quilt Workshop. The circles are all machine pieced. It's not laying very flat on the floor, so it looks a bit distorted.

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Scarf Quilt? on: June 12, 2008 04:58:35 PM
I would just sew the scarves together, rather than cut them, basically a strip quilt. With some interesting quilting, I think it would bring out the beauty of the scarves.
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