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    Re: quilting for embroidery machine on sale

    I've seen a bit of how it's done on Becky Thompson's You Tube channel - Power Tools With Thread. She has a "system" that uses bungees and clips to keep the drag off while it's going, but it looks...
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    Re: White noise machine?

    I wasn't sure if white noise would help me sleep, so I got a free app for my phone and it has a dozen or more sounds on it. It also has the ability to record a noise and then play it back in a loop...
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    Re: Choices in making a will

    My mother and stepfather have been married for just over 25 years, but she did tell us - in case it was ever in question - that his son (my stepbrother) was equally written into her will. I don't...
  4. Thread: What is taboo

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    Re: What is taboo

    I would say that for balance, you don't want to have 90% non-metallic and then a few fabrics/blocks with a ton of metallic, just because it will look "off". As long as the colors and tone/value...
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    Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    If you need to trim the strip down, what I do is re-stitch just a hair past the original stitch line on each one - like a fat quarter inch seam. Do a few, check the length, do a few more, and keep...
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    Re: Planned power cuts in Calif

    Before my brother could afford to add a generator to their house in New York, they registered their daughter (on a ventilator) with the local fire department and power company. In the event of an...
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    Re: I think pattern measurements are off...

    It should end up at 30 1/2 - what's likely happened is either your squares didn't start at 2.5 or your 1/4 inch seam is off. If there are pinked edges, that can also sometimes play into it and you'd...
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    Re: Packing slip stop complaining

    It could also be an option at checkout - check the box to request an in-box printed copy or leave the box unchecked if you prefer not - with the default set to not checked on domestic orders, it...
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    Re: Courtyard Cabin free pattern download

    I love it, but wonder if changing the fabrics and being more scrappy would ruin the overall look? Keeping track of colors by letter has always been difficult for me, but if the background fabric was...
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    Re: Cooking rice like pasta

    They both came out mushy, so I'm not sure if cooking them separately would have made much of a difference. I guess when I try again I could see if one cooks faster than the other, but if I can get...
  11. Thread: Cutting Table

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    Re: Cutting Table

    I would hesitate to recommend a folding card/buffet/craft show table. I have three that I used at craft shows and while they do go up higher than my waist, I found that when I put my cutting mat on...
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    Re: Cooking rice like pasta

    I tried boiling rice like pasta this weekend but I let it go too long. I set the timer for 40 minutes and it probably would have been perfect around 30-33. I used a mix of white and brown rice and...
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    Re: Kai Scissor Sale?

    Do they usually align the sale to the Houston Quilt Festival? Anyone know from experience whether they offer sales at the show to make it (more) worth going to shop?
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    Re: Question about craft fairs

    It's a fee to get the convenience of all their info in one place. I personally think it's a waste if you aren't doing fairs and events full time. If you do your own research it will take more of...
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    Re: fabric storage boards

    I use comic book boards for fat quarters and half yards or less, but I use Styrofoam boards from the dollar store (cut down to fit my shelves) for anything larger than a yard. I just can't see a...
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    Re: Need pattern assistance....

    I can't tell if those are 60-degree diamonds, but you could probably do it with the Jaybird Sidekick rulers and just use the engineered corners to align the pieces. The alignment of the sashing...
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    Re: Displaying Quilts

    I use pants hangers (pressure clamp) so they are easy to take on and off to show. I try to fold them in such a way that both the top and the backing are visible, but I also have a full-size picture...
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    Re: Houston International Quilt Show??

    I will most likely be there, but I live ~30 minutes from it so it's not like I have a reason to skip it. LOL
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    Re: Help with 54-40 or Fight pattern

    I use the tri-recs too for this. Sadly, I have had about half of the 54-40 blocks assembled for over a year but haven't made the other half or ANY of the alternating blocks to go with it yet :(
  20. 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...
  25. 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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