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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 :(
  7. 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...
  12. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. 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...
  25. 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...
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