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Making quilts...or not

I am not really a cousin Patsy is a quilter,She quilts ALL the time. However I do make quilts occasionally and WISH that I was a quilter.Maybe when I get old (Ha) and don't do other things like volunteering at the school and the church and Girl Guides....maybe. In the meantime I will remain a now and then quilter and enjoy that.

I have just finished a foundation pieced baby quilt for a brand new baby who was born today. It is made from many different fabrics which I used… Continue

Added by Rosemary on April 17, 2008 at 2:43pm — 1 Comment

4/17/2008 - Starting this BLOG thing...

Ever since I heard about the concept of a blog, I've been intrigued by them. I find it interesting that people will put their personal thoughts and opinions regarding just about anything out on the web for all the world to see. Well, I don't think I want to do that but I would like to share my latest sewing & scrapbooking endeavors with friends and family. Awww, what the heck... I'll share them w/who ever is interested in seeing them! Since my focus these days seems to be sewing for my… Continue

Added by LisaCM98 on April 17, 2008 at 1:40pm — 1 Comment

Custom Applique Quilts are Simple to Create

To create a unique custom applique quilt, all you need is a simple design.

If the traditional appliques just don't excite you, make your own custom applique design. It's as easy as flipping through a child's coloring book or searching through clip art.

Custom appliqué quilts are perfect gifts for celebrating the birth of a baby. When the mom-to-be picks a less popular nursery theme, it can be hard to find a coordinating gift. That will make your custom appliqué quilt extra… Continue

Added by Susan on April 17, 2008 at 6:00am — 3 Comments

Fusion thread by Singer

Can anyone tell me about this thread? We sell it where I work (and it's on sale) but nobody knows any information about it: what it's good for, any special abilities, etc. Thanks

Added by Denise on April 16, 2008 at 9:02am — 7 Comments

Preparing for grand babies

After years of waiting for grandchildren, I am finally getting two this year. The one coming in July is supposed to be a girl so I have started a pink,purple and white afghan -- about 1/3 finished. I have put together a cheater cloth alphabet quilt with yellow fleece backing. I still need to bind it. Her Mom is planning on a farm girl theme so I am taking the wallpaper border and making a quilt with the characters. I'll post a pix when I get it together, I think it will be real cute.

I… Continue

Added by GrannyPatti on April 14, 2008 at 8:02pm — 3 Comments

Hanky butterfly quilt

looking for the pattern to make a quilt using hanky's folded into a butterly

Added by Sandy on April 13, 2008 at 2:27pm — 3 Comments

help - acorn costume


My single male friend's son is in a play, he is to be an acorn.
Please help my friend to figure out how to make an acorn costume.

Any pattern's of suggestions on how a father can get this costume together
in an inexpensive manner and have his son still look good!

Any and all help would be greatly appreciated. The clock is ticking with less then
a week till the play.


Added by heylids on April 9, 2008 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Things I'm working on

Right now I am working on making two quilts for my granddaughters, the quilts are butterflies. One quilt will be pink, the other has purples.
I also am crocheting a lap afghan and a shawl.
Thats all the projects i have on the burner for know, i need more yarn to make some knitted things next.
I always have something in progress.

Added by grammielaurie on April 7, 2008 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Sewing A Quick And Easy Camisole

By Marian Lewis

Camisoles are popular basic wardrobe items for all sizes and ages. Wear them alone or under a jacket or shirt. Camisoles can be dressy or casual depending on the fabric.

Add some pizazz to your wardrobe by sewing camisoles.

No sewing pattern is necessary. This camisole is very softly gathered across the chest. It is really a simple tube top.

Here is how to sew a camisole.

Cut the fabric:

Determine how long you… Continue

Added by Susan on April 6, 2008 at 4:36pm — No Comments

Easy Sewing Projects For Beginning Quilters And Anyone Else

By Maybelle Maddison

OK. So you have decided to take the plunge and start quilting. The challenge is that you do not feel comfortable with your sewing machine. What you need are some easy projects to get you started, but that do not feel like you are wasting your time. The following list of projects make great gifts and you will also have great practice when it comes to tackle your first quilt.


Wallets are wonderful. What I'm thinking of specifically, is… Continue

Added by Susan on April 6, 2008 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Sew 'N' Style

Sewing clothes for all ages. Mending also included.
How do I start a home based business? Any ideas?
Feel free to contact me : email--

"looking forward to hearing from you!"

Added by Libby Wright on April 6, 2008 at 6:56am — No Comments

Life In Alaska


Added by Loretta Champagne on April 4, 2008 at 12:08am — No Comments

Organizing that sewing/craft room

I just came up with a really good idea for holding all of those small (15 qt. or smaller) sterlite/rubbermaid boxes. I use to have a closet organizational system in our old house and those boxes fit on it beautifully. Then we moved and I no longer had anything to stack the boxes on, except each other (crummy when you need the BOTTOM box). Today I went to one of those stores that sells things cheaply (Tuesday Morning in this case). Low and behold I found a hanging, canvas clothes organizer (the… Continue

Added by Sharon on April 3, 2008 at 8:07pm — No Comments

Sewing machine faqs

I'm sure this comes up often. I am in the market for a new sewing machine. I do a lot of machine piecing but also some garment sewing and baby diapers/nappies. I usually hand quilt, but occassional do machine quilting for baby quilts. Any ideas???

Added by Tarius McArthur on March 31, 2008 at 1:00am — 4 Comments

Please help with PED Basic

I have Brother E270D. This is all completely new to me and very much over my head so far. Do I need the Basic PED or Amazing box or Ultimate Box? I have read and read and I'm just getting more and more confused. I don't want to purchase unnecessary software or equipment since everything is sooooo expensive with this craft. Any help is appreciated. Thank you.

Added by Lucretia Yager on March 29, 2008 at 9:13pm — No Comments

does anyone know anything about the Brother innovis cs 8060 - I was thinking of buying 1 to replace my janome memory craft 4000 - just wondering if this one is as good as or better any advice would b…

does anyone know anything about the Brother innovis cs 8060 - I was thinking of buying 1 to replace my janome memory craft 4000 - just wondering if this one is as good as or better any advice would be appreciated thanks Continue

Added by gabriele on March 29, 2008 at 6:30am — No Comments

I need help

I have an autistic step-brother-in-law who won't wear belts. Can any one tell me the easiest way to add elastic to the waist of his jeans so he wont have to? I would greatly appreciate the help. I am used to using a pattern and have never tried to do something like this without a pattern.

By the way, I am also new to the site and would like to say hello the everyone..

Thank you

Added by Chelle on March 27, 2008 at 5:27pm — 1 Comment

Fabrics for Window Treatments - Large Pattern vs Small Pattern

By Sandy Powell

Window treatments can be one of the most significant design elements in a room making the design process a bit overwhelming. Window treatments can become the focal point of the room if you choose color, contrast, large fabric patterns, layers of fabric, or large-scale fabric treatments. So the choice of a fabric pattern can impact the final outcome of the room.

As a comparison, drapery panels that have little pattern and match the wall color will fade…


Added by Susan on March 23, 2008 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Extended Quilt Care & Hanging Display Quilts

By Kim Wutzke

Aunt Mable spent two years making that charming quilt with the quirky border for your cabin. You can extend the life of her efforts by taking the time to implement a few preventative steps and cleaning precautions. Today's hand stitched cabin quilt with the quirky border could be one of your family heirlooms someday.

Sunlight and artificial light will cause fading and in time, fabric deterioration. Light damage is irreversible. If you choose to display your… Continue

Added by Susan on March 21, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

Celtic Cross Stitch Embroidery, Designs, Patterns And Instructions To Get Started

By Jennifer Walter

We all have interests in life, from music to painting - there's an artist in all of us. Out of that a large chunk are to busy or inhibited to find time for such activities while a small group are able to fulfill their passion.

An artist usually converts his hobbies into full time activity. Hobbies range from painting to music, from writing to antiques and even embroidery. Embroidery is very much an art form, one that enables you to use a broad range of… Continue

Added by Susan on March 20, 2008 at 12:00am — No Comments

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