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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / worktable or alternatives? on: October 22, 2008 05:14:24 PM
In my new apartment, I have half a room for my craft space.  I got an awesome 80+ year old trunk to store yarn and fabric, now I need a worktable.  I knit and sew and I'm hoping I'll do a lot more if I have the perfect space. 

What do people use as a worktable?  The stuff sold online as a worktable is usually MDF and I'm hoping for something more substantial, since it'll be in a room other people use too. 

Also, would it be better in the middle of the room or against a wall?  My part of the room is about 11x11.

ETA: I'm also teaching myself to quilt, so I need a fairly big workspace.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Update: does this look weird? w/pic on: August 02, 2007 03:47:12 PM
I am planning a small quilt to practice my quilting and binding techniques before working on my 4.5'x5' quilt top (my first).  I am making the little quilt as a windowsill pad for the cat to sit on in the winter (better than the ratty towel she had last winter), and using scraps from the bigger quilt.

The pattern I came up with is about 9" wide and 42" long and would be two columns wide, alternating 4 patch squares and string-pieced squares because not all of my squares are large enough to cut 2.5"x2.5" squares for fourpatch. Would the string-piecing look weird mixed with 4 patches? They are all solid color clothing fabrics (samples for Old Navy clothes, actually), if that makes a difference. I would have 2 dark and 2 light squares in the four-patches, with the darks making a diagonal from left to right throughout, then alternate light and dark in the string-piecing, and have those pieces on the opposite diagonal, if that makes sense.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Tools: rotary cutters and mats on: July 18, 2007 06:44:04 AM
I have an Olfa rotary and mat. I've only had it for a couple months, have used it to cut fabric for a wall-hanging sized quilt. Already, it seems dull, and I'm having to press hard and go over the fabric again and again, which is scarring up the mat. Am I doing something wrong?
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