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www.connectingthreads.com ? All their fabric is just $6/yd and they have nice collections.
Also www.zandsfabrics.com They are up in Amish country (PA). I've called them looking for a specific fabric and they are wonderful.
Here's a great one page explanation about bed spread sizes vs comforter sizes. Hopefully it will help you with your fabric decisions (measurements). I have noticed that there is a serious variable between sizes listed on pkging. Now...with the deeper mattresses and pillow foam tops...you have to know what your bed measures.
I want to do some paper piecing. I did it once in a class (we made our signature blocks by paper piecing). It was a lot of fun! Any beginner books or websites on that topic you can send me to?
Doe, go to the listing of the Sewing & Quilting forum by clicking on the link below the last post in this thread. When you get there, BELOW the last thread listed, there will be a place where you can "start a new thread". Shoot me a D-mail if you have trouble with it.
Open a 2nd window in your internet browser. Keep this thread open. Go to the NEW thread and click on the internet address & copy it. Paste that address into a new post on this thread and it will create a hyperlink. Preview your work and you'll "see" what will actually post is a link rather than the internet address.
We've added hundred of fabrics to our $3.59 clearance section.
All Rowan fabrics are now $5.99! All Free Spirit fabrics are now $5.99 There are so many price reductions, they are just too numerous to mention...
Stop by Z&S Fabrics and find your next project.
Again, thank you for sharing a wonderful year with us.
These are all 1st quality, name brand fabrics. And the 2 ladies who run the site are wonderful.
Just wanted to drop a quick line to let everyone know about a great new height adjustable sewing table you can view the different models available at www.sewperfecttables.com - prices start around $425 - which is the most affordable I have found for a table this solid. If you are in need of a sewing table I highly recommend checking them out!
Also, if anyone is looking to buy or sell a used sewing machine or any accessories, be sure to visit:
They are a new site trying to grow their member base. They will be marketing heavily at associated trade shows. Retailers and private listers can join. It's a very affordable site to sell up to ten items at once - free to browse! Let's help them grow while creating a great new resource for sewers!!
A friend ask me to make him a quilt top using Crown Royal bags. Has anyone done anything like this? Any suggestions? I've made a t-shirt quilt for each of my sons and thot to do something similar but would like to do something different. Any suggestions are appreciated!
I've made several quilts from Crown Royal bags. Here's the one for my fiance. I used the Professional Textile Detergent from Dharma Trading Company to wash the bags and set the color. The first thing to know is that the bags are very easy to work with, however, they were originally intended for decorative uses rather than quilts. I found that the dye varies a little bit once they are washed. They don't fade drastically but you'll want to wash them with either the PTD above or a product called Synthropol. Once washed and air dried, you'll be able to see the color variances and sort your bags accordingly. I took mine outside in a shady spot and the differences really showed well. Washing the bags is a must to prevent dye migration if you'll be using other fabrics. I also found that the size of the bag doesn't matter because the Crown Royal lettering is the same size on all the different bag sizes except those really tiny ones. One word of advice...wash the bags intact, don't cut them up then wash them. I learned the hard way after pulling a snarl of bags and threads out of the washer that couldn't be salvaged! After they are washed, they are very easy to work with. I cut the face and the back apart without harming the long side strips. Those come in very handy for borders. The bags are actually a flannel and make a very cozy quilt.
thank you! basically 14 different fabrics. 7 whites and 7 blacks graded to blend in the middle. I fell in love with the book "French Braid Quilts" so the pattern is in the book and very very easy to do.
I can highly recommend Sew Thankful. Most of the others have already added my favs. But I do enjoy just looking at photos of quilts and love checking out flickr photos for that. They often have whole sets of photos taken at quilt shows. A fun way to see the show! http://www.flickr.com/groups/719427@N21/
that is just one of the quilt groups on flickr, enjoy, Joyce
I picked up a quilt top I hadn't worked on for about 5 years yesterday. Finished a few piecing and vowed to start quilting tomorrow! I will. I the mean time I'm planning my next ;-) I prefer contemporary design and with a Google search found this site...
The quilts aren't my kind of thing but technically she really knows her stuff, & would be very useful to a beginner. Indeed I learnt to mitre corners this way, as its so helpful to be able to see someone do it as opposed to reading how.
I enjoy emailing and seeing photos from quilters all over the world on flickr http://www.flickr.com/groups/719427@N21/
there are many groups there (and even though you can get more storage for pay, it is free) but this is a nice group.
Much better and easier to see lots of quilt photos than here at DG. Just set your browser page to 150% and the photos really pop there, or click on a slideshow and set back and relax!
I cannot seem to find anything that I had in mind for a baby's quilt. I have never made a quilt before. I want to embroider the squares then piece them together. I would like to have about half of the squares in little pictures that I have made from transfer prints, then the other alternating squares would be of like colors but stripes, checks and small florals. Then some letters and numbers and on one end, my great-grandson's name. Then borders and edging. I do not see the way to make that anywhere.
I was thinking of just doing the designs of the individual quilts in outlines like a transfer print. Not a heavily embroidered square like that is done on a machine.
The squares would be simple designs, mostly outlines by hand. I would need transfer prints, as I cannot draw. For instance, tractors, trains, farm animals, various flowers, butterflies, boy or man in overalls, a hammer, a saw, and some other animals. The pictures would be every other square and the background design might be all one design or various...I have not got that far yet. Then around the border would be alphabet and number blocks, then maybe his name. Finally there would be a border then the edging.
It sounds like what you could use would be embordery designed for "red work". Simple outline work. Over on the isolette threads that Mittsy has done there are some pictures that sound similar to some of your ideas. I'll see if I can find you some links.
Thank you all for your kind assistance! Today, we went into Placerville for some business, and then after brunch we decided to take a walk down Main St. There I found a little shop that carried thread and patterns. The lady there was very helpful. I decided for the sake of simplicity, to start with a pre-printed fabric outlined, in a manner similar to what I had in mind. (Fortunately, I found one that I liked.) I was then given the name of a quilter's shop, located on the other side of town, which had the backing and was also told if I had any questions that I could get help.
The second quilt, if I ever get the first one finished, will make use of the "Aunt Martha's" transfer print designs, which were inexpensive and had several of the ideas that I had in mind. I will have already made my first quilt and then I would feel more confident. I will also look for coloring books and a "transfer pen" after I finish this first one.
I had already spent several hours online searching for all these things and info, but I was truly happy that I could find a couple of shops still around, as many have gone since Walmart came into town. At least I was not at the mercy of shopping at Walmart. Unless they had someone that really knew sewing, inside out, I would really be on my own. Well, not exactly, since I have y'all! Thank you so much for being there for me!
I found a new website with over 300 quilting terms. It appears to be the most complete list of quilting terms ever compiled. Not only does it have the terms, but it tells you which terms are synonyms and other related terms. Excellent for the beginning to intermediate quilter. I highly recommend it.
The site also has other features worth looking into, but this one is my favorite! Free newsletter, when you register.
I found a new website with over 300 quilting terms.
I went to the quilt shop the other day, and I did not know the terms for the different pieces. The gentleman that helped me gave me some basic instruction and even drew me a picture of what I need to do.
It snowed today and I wasn't felling too well, so I did not sew. I found that when I am unable to concentrate properly, I end up ripping out a lot and doing the embroidery over. I am almost through with the embroidery part. Doug, at the quilt shop, told me what I needed to do after I finish that part. I might get it done before Christmas after all.