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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Discussion and Questions / Do I need to prewash linen for curtains? on: October 21, 2010 08:05:54 AM
I'm making fabric panel curtains -- linen on the top and home decor sateen on the bottom. I have JUST enough linen, because that's all they had at the fabric store, and so I'm not sure wether to prewash it or not. Is it going to shrink up too small? The fabric panel curtains will be behind our couch, which is a high use area (couch gets climbed on, moved to get toys out from behind them, used as a fort, etc) and I'm worried they're going to get dirty and then I"m not going to be able to wash them. But then I'm worried the fabric will shrink too small -- right now I have 5cm (2") of seam allowance to hem the edges, but I've heard linen frays a lot when you washed it.

Any ideas / experience with this kind of thing? Thanks in advance.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Peas and Carrots star quilts! on: March 27, 2009 06:03:33 AM
Some of you may remember me asking about making massive amounts of half-square triangles on the quilting questions board. Well, about a year later, I am finally finished my two quilts! They are twin size -- 60" X70" and machine stitched and quilted on my machine with my walking foot. The fabric is almost all Peas and Carrots by American Jane, except the cream solid and polka dots.  They were more work than I expected, but I'm pretty happy with the results (just don't look at the corners of the stars too closely).

First, the orangeish one made for my god daughter:

And the greenish one made for her sister:

When I was making the half-square triangles, I decided to cut the squares a 1/4 of an inch bigger (4") so I could cut them all down to the right size after I stitched them together and cut them. I'm glad I did that for accuracy's sake, but it caused a lot of extra work because then I had to trim them all to size. I don't know if I would do that again -- I might just try to be more careful with my piecing instead.

Thanks for looking!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing Machines: Discussion and Questions / machine skipping tons of stiches -- is this the beginning of the end? on: May 31, 2008 08:48:29 AM
So, my Kenmore is 15 years old now, and its beginning to skip stitches. At first I didn't know why everything I made had started falling apart, but in the last week or so I've noticed that every fourth or so stitch is not stitching through the fabric. I've had this machine for a long time and I sew on it pretty regularly, so I know how to work it. I don't think its a tension or bobbin problem, and I keep the machine oiled and cleaned pretty well. I've noticed it mostly in the last couple of weeks, although considering the amount of hand re-stitching I've been doing on projects lately, I think its been going on for a while and I just wasn't catching it. Could it be the needle, or is my machine on its last legs? Any other suggestions?
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Bricks on: May 01, 2008 09:12:30 AM
Yeah, mine's a Kenmore, too. I've lost my manual, since the machine has travelled with me through about 8 moves, but I do have an odd assortment of mysterious attatchments -- I'll bet one of them is a cover. THanks for the tip

Grippy gardening gloves is a great tip, too.
5  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: Recycled sweater bookworm keeps eating our pop up books on: April 29, 2008 09:26:56 PM
ooh, if I do another one, I should so do it in the Hungry Caterpillar . . . my toddler just ripped the back page off our copy.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Bricks on: April 29, 2008 09:25:28 PM
I really like the bricks pattern. Simple but attractive. Sweet backing fabric, too.
Great job with the freemotion quilting. I've only tried it once since I don't know how to drop the feed dogs and my machine eats the business cards I put over them . . . anyway, looks great.
7  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Recycled sweater bookworm keeps eating our pop up books on: April 29, 2008 09:00:05 PM
Made this guy with the "help"of my three year old. This is the last week of story time at the library for the year, and I wanted to make the librarian something to say thank you. My son suggested a quilt, but he thinks those babies appear like magic.
The full view

His face

oh no, he's getting away . . he's flexible, and comes out of the book

Basically, he was super easy to make. The wool is a thrifted sweater that I shrunk in the washer. I stitched the head and body together, then  my son stuffed a ball of polyfil in to make the head. Then I took a piece of craft wire, wrapped a scrap of fabric around it so it doesn't poke out, and my son put the "skelleton"in -- we stuffed it into the polyfil head, which makes him bendable. I put a small ball of polyfil in the end, cut him off and hand stitched him closed, and embroidered the face. The book was a pop up book my 15 month old destroyed (thrifted, fortunately, so only worth $1), which I hacked up so it looks like ts been chewed.

Now I'm wondering who else I can make one of these for . . .
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Calvin (and Hobbes) the Quilt on: March 11, 2008 05:42:06 AM
That is an awesome quilt. What a great idea! (My son IS Calvin)
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Monkey Madness and Brights on: March 11, 2008 05:35:16 AM
Verycute. I love that monkey fabric, its so fun.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: What's REALLY the best way to make 300 half-square triangles? on: March 06, 2008 11:50:10 AM
That's a cool trick, isn't it? I kind of want a bit of a scrappy look, but I"ll bet I could do sets of four instead of nine or twelve or whatever that one is. THat would still only be 8 squares, which is enough to make it go faster, but not enough to compromise the overall scrappy look I'm going for. Hmm . . .
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