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1  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Discussion and Questions / Toddler dress pattern ideas on: September 23, 2014 10:42:14 PM
Does anyone have any easy and fast toddler dress patterns they'd like to recommend? I searched the archive and found a few potentials, but thought I'd see if there are any new faves.

I'm hoping to find something printable at home, if possible.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / large print fabric quilt patterns? on: December 22, 2010 11:49:06 PM
I have some Amy Butler fat quarters with large prints on them.  Any ideas for (easy) patterns that make good use of large scale prints?  Thanks!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Baby room quilt (easy beginner quilt) on: June 18, 2009 12:14:21 PM
I finished the baby room, and wanted to share the panel quilt I did for the wall and/or bed.

It was 2 panel pieces I bought and hoarded.  When cleaning out my sewing room to turn it into a baby room, I found it and decided to make it for the baby.  The center is essentially a large 4 patch with a border.  Totally doable for a beginner, yet it still looks impressive as a project (well, to non-quilters it does  Grin  )

I played with this wooden doll crib when I was little, but it never had bedding that fit it (or maybe it did, but it got lost in the handing down process from my cousin ->sister ->me).  So one night I made a dust ruffle, mattress, reversible quilt and pillow for the crib.  So cute!
4  CLOTHING / Clothing: Discussion and Questions / threads magazine June/July issue - Bias shirt from 2 squares? on: May 02, 2009 07:43:11 PM
Has anyone see this shirt?

It's made from 2 squares, 1 big, 1 small.  The sizes of the squares are based on your hip measurements.  It looks like it'll be an easy evening project, and I want to try it, but I'm hesitating a bit.

Does anyone know if this type of shirt will fit over an 8 month pregnant belly?  I've never sewn bias clothing before, and I don't want to waste the time and fabric if it won't fit me right now. 

Sorry I don't have a pic; Threads apparently doesn't like to show pictures for their articles online.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt basting slightly easier on: April 19, 2009 10:24:34 AM
When I baste quilts, I've always done it on the floor, since we don't have any tables large enough.  With vacuuming, taping, then trying to  not scratch the hardwood floors with pins, I put off basting.  It's gotten worse now that I'm 8 months pregnant and adding clumsiness to the long list of things to deal with.

I discovered our local library has conference/group meeting rooms available for reservation (1hr blocks in my area), and that the rooms have fairly large tables.  I was able to get a few quilts spray/pin basted in my reservation time, and it was great!  None of the staff complained, though I did get a few smiles.  I'd definitely do it again for smaller quilts. 
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / pieced back question on: February 24, 2009 05:33:29 PM
Does anyone have tips on making a pieced back for a quilt w/o using a specific pattern? 

Rationally, I know this should be a pretty easy task, but my brain is shutting down and I'm getting overwhelmed with the large chunks of fabric that somehow need to end up being about 62x62 inches.
7  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Other projects for knit jersey fabrics? on: February 12, 2009 07:56:40 PM
I have some large scraps left over from a shirt I sewed (with 4 more shirts in the works, with similar amounts of leftovers).  Anyone have ideas on what I can do with the knit jersey fabric leftovers?  My only thoughts so far were a sock monkey dress or possibly a purse lining (which doesn't seem like a good use, since it snags easier than lining fabrics).
8  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / Which is best serger stitch for garment sewing? on: February 07, 2009 09:49:10 AM
I've got a Singer 3-4 Thread overlock machine, and I want to sew some maternity tops out of stretchy polyester fabric.  I'm using a Burda pattern, so there is no advice on which stitch to use.  My serger books and manual aren't really helpful in directing me either.  Can you guys please help me?

Here are my main stitch options:
-4 thread overlock mock safety stitch (all my books recommend a 4 thread safety stitch, but my serger isn't that cool)
-wide 3 thread overlock stitch
-narrow 3 thread overlock stitch
-assorted decorative stitches

9  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Cat-Approved: Slipcovered Dux Danish Chair on: January 20, 2009 11:20:29 AM
My dad upholstered several Dux furniture pieces for me, but I have cats.  And the cats frequently shed or puke on everything we own. 

Hence, the need for slipcovers.  Originally, I had a cotton fabric pinned around the cushions, but the sun exposure damaged it.  Polar fleece I draped on the chair next to this one has no ill effects from sun, so I picked up some sale-fleece and got to work.

The bottom cushion has a boxing on the sides, but it was a pain to do.  Even with pinning and a walking foot, the fleece stretched out, causing me to rework it several times.  The top cushion I did a simpler construction, and it came out nicer, I think.

On to the next chair: a high backed version with a head rest pillow and ottoman.
10  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Sewing machine cart ideas? on: November 29, 2008 09:27:08 AM
I'm pregnant, and my sewing room/guest room is turning into a baby room.  Can you help me find a cart-thing?

Has anyone seen a multi-level cart with doors that could fit a serger and basic table top sewing machine?  My max width of cart is 17inches wide, but depth is flexible (fitting between a wall and the piano).

It would be nice if it could fit serger cones and related supplies.  Rulers and other larger supplies are going up on pegboard behind our bedroom door.

Ikea options are either really expensive or have open wood bottoms and no doors.

Thanks in advance.
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