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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting and computers............... on: April 29, 2008 03:17:53 PM
Yes, those are the ones.  You can do searches for pixel art, or game sprites to get an idea of what is out there. 

Fewer colors = easier, but I have seen some amazing stuff out there done with different shades of color, prints as well.

Send me a PM if you run want to try this and run into trouble.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Anybody know anything about copyrighting a quilt? on: April 29, 2008 03:09:46 PM
The latest issue of Craft magazine has some good explanations on this. 

My two bits are as follows:

Don't let people push you around.  Just because you are doing something similar to what someone else has done, does not make it copyright infringement.  Anyone can send a threatening letter, that does not mean that they have a legal leg to stand on.  It sounds like this person was fairly nice about the whole thing, so thats a plus, but don't be afraid to push back.  Ask for proof, demand satisfaction, ect... 

Above all else- Don't let people stop you from doing what you love.

*Off Topic Bonus* This site gets another mention in the latest Craft magazine.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting and computers............... on: April 29, 2008 02:19:26 PM
I like to do quilts of characters from old video games like the original Mario. 

For them I use MS Paint, every windows machine has it installed already.  I open the image, tell it to show grid, then zoom in to 800%.  When I have it centered on the screen I hit Print Screen on my keyboard and open up another copy of paint.  I paste the screen shot in there and crop it down.  I then print it so it takes up the whole page, very easy to work from there.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Quilt piling up under arm of machine. on: April 29, 2008 01:58:52 PM
I have mostly done tied quilts and have just started doing machine quilting. 

I was wondering if there was a proven method I should be following when machine quilting?  My quilt tends to pile up under the arm of my machine as I quilt.

I have been able to quilt the edges without a problem, but as I get to the center, there is just more and more quilt in the way.  Any solutions?  At least any that don't involve buying a long arm machine? (I would love to, but don't have the capital right now).
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt backing - anyone ever used a sheet?? on: April 29, 2008 01:19:09 PM
The thing about sheets is that some of them are tightly woven and can cause your needle to skip stitches.  This is one time when a low thread count is a good thing.

With that said, I have no problem using sheets as backing material.  I go to Goodwill when I need sheets for things like that or for other crafting projects in general.    They are cheep, well washed, and come in all sorts of variety. 

Plus, by buying secondhand you are recycling and supporting a good cause.  You can even use old blankets as batting if they are the right thickness. 
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My Sewing Machine Broke! on: April 29, 2008 12:55:23 PM
Do you mean the little thing that looks like a loop of wire?  It is what keeps your thread headed in the right direction.  I don't think that it has much to do with the tension.

You might want to think about gluing a bit of wire, or a snip of paper-clip in there.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Favorite places to get bargain fabric? on: April 18, 2008 11:58:22 AM
We have a small chain of stores here in Maine called Mardens, http://www.mardens.com/.  They are a sort of discount reseller/retailer.  Some of their stores have great fabric sections, mostly all quilters cottons in many great prints.  $2-$3 a yard.  Wife and I have have also also bought entire bolts of fabric or 10 Cents a yard or less.

Great variety and reasonable prices make Mardens the place to buy fabric in my book.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: washing machine - so disappointed :O! on: September 15, 2007 08:30:01 AM
Thats rough, what a hard way to learn about prewashing.

I was reading a post the other day where someone said that they never prewashed their fabrics, because they didn't expect people to wash the quilts.  Not an option at my house, or in most peoples homes I am guessing.

I don't know if they have the Linus Project where you are, but it is a good way to pass along a quilt to someone in need if you don't feel comfortable gifting it to a friend.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Piecing a hollow cube quilt on: September 15, 2007 08:09:50 AM
Those are some great pics. 

I really enjoy geometric shapes and the like, this looks like it would be very easy for me to get involved in.

Best of luck making this one.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: what to do on: September 08, 2007 07:11:23 AM
It might be that I am a guy, but I don't really see the point of having your pillows tucked into your blanket or quilt.  You always end up with too much fabric hanging off the end of the bed, and I like to have my feet sticking out.

I would go with LibbyK on this one and chop and reform it.
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