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  1. Re: looking for a really good tutorial on making a oversized ironing board.

    I didn't use anything special, just a few layers of batting (all 100% cotton) and a layer of a lightweight canvas on top - mostly because I had it and it's an offwhite/beige and wasn't being used for...
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    Re: Dresden coin star quilt

    If you're planning the backing or border fabrics, you could consider buying a little extra of that (or a fat quarter or two) and just adding additional 10" squares of your own to be used for the top...
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    Re: White Fabric dilemma

    I use a bright white (Kona White from Joanns) but always use a bright white batting with it. Any other off-white or multi-color non-white quilt can get a natural color batting but if you do that...
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    Re: Janome 6650 Craft Computerized Machine

    Ooh, my wallet might be in trouble now!
    I had seen this machine at the local sewing store but it had a hefty price tag (MSRP) and I just couldn't see myself spending that much when I already have...
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    Re: Vintage quilt issue

    If you can get the top away from the batting and it's thin in some areas, you can also consider stabilizing it with some iron-on woven (like SF101). Test on a small patch of course before tackling...
  6. Thread: Bias Question

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    Re: Bias Question

    I'd say add a border to it, even if you end up cutting the border off after you quilt it and it's all fully "stable". Another option would be to add a woven fusible like SF101 to those outside...
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    Re: Garment Sewing Advice for a Beginner

    There are independent pattern makers online where you print the pieces yourself and tape them together. many have at least one (if not a handful) of basics where the pattern is free so you can go...
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    Re: Toasty Cotton Batting on sale

    I've bought this before (also on sale) and was very happy with it for longarm quilting. It's fairly low loft and easy to needle. I just picked up two more rolls today. Thanks for the heads up!
  9. Re: Quilts for Contest/Competition/Judging dos & don'ts

    I started doing this on all my quilts after I had one that the mitered folded-in part flipped OUT of the corner and then frayed in the wash.
  10. Thread: Sergers?

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    Re: Sergers?

    I use it to control the edge of fabric before I wash yardage, I use it for garment sewing, and I've also closed the edge of a quilt before binding. I saw a serger used on Fons & Porter's Love of...
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    Re: Lets Talk Chairs

    I don't have a specific recommendation, but many online retailers for desk/office adjustable chairs with back support will list the minimum and maximum seat height in their specs. Measure the...
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    Re: Update on my house

    Thanks for all the great tips! My sewing room was/is a complete disaster and I could only get around by turning sideways between things - so to say it looks smaller than it is because of all the...
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    Re: Tshirt Quilt BIG question

    As long as they are all stabilized, the thickness of the various shirts shouldn't be that big an issue. Even thick ones like sweatshirts do need to be stabilized in order to avoid stretch.
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    Re: Update on my house

    That's great news! As someone that is house hunting, I will say I've seen the homeowner "stalking" us while we are looking through their house. LOL One had dogs in the back of their truck and...
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    Re: Thankful for the Great Quilting Forum!

    Howdy from just down the road in Katy!
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    Re: Knee lift - anyone use it?

    Same for me. I find when I's using my serger or even my small travel machine I tend to push my knee out to the side before realizing it and then have to "find" the manual lift lever. LOL
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    Re: Colonoscopy without anesthesia

    The prep and the aftermath gas and bloating, but I've learned along the way.

    Sharing for anyone that might benefit:

    1) Start weaning down to a liquid and soft food diiet 3 or 4 days before...
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    Re: Colonoscopy without anesthesia

    I've always done it with sedation, but if you want you can ask for "extra" sedation, and it's basically the same as being knocked out. I can remember the distinct point of watching her add it to my...
  19. Thread: Bellagio

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    Re: Bellagio

    Ooh, I really do like this one. I like how it doesn't "look" like blocks on point with sashing because of the changed sashing and cornerstone scale. It also seems really easy to make a HUGE quilt...
  20. Re: How fussy are you about your seams staying flat?

    I am super fussy about seams being flat, partly because I'm my own longarmer. I will use starch as needed, but I prefer not to starch too much to avoid fabric shrinkage in just those places. I will...
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    Re: Looking for a new sewing lamp

    As much as I love the bright natural light from my Ott, it's small and too expensive. The one I got doesn't have a tall enough base/neck so it really is just a small task light. Anything else (even...
  22. Thread: BINDING

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    Re: BINDING

    I often use the same for backing as for binding, for a few reasons:

    1. I have to over-buy backing fabric, so as long as I don't make a mistake I know I will have enough left to go all the way...
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    Re: Poly Pellets w/ heating pad

    That's the reason it's bad to lay/sit on a heating pad, so I lay it on top of me and then usually just take a pillow and sit it on that. A pillow is less than ~2 pounds and is just the right amount...
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    Poly Pellets w/ heating pad

    I am looking for some additional (technical) specs for the Poly Pellets that are used in weighted quilts. My goal is to make a small lap pad that is weighted and use it to apply light pressure on...
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    Re: Considering the brother PQ1500s

    I love love love my PQ1500. I too had a Grace frame (start right 2) and was able to do about a 4-5" repeat. I had no stitch regulator or anything fancy but I got used to it. I eventually moved up...
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