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Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: Necessary quilting tools
« on: Today at 10:02:59 »
A fat quarter is a ¼ yard or in this country ¼ metre. It should measure just about 20 inches along the selvedge and about 22 inches on the crosswise grain. Imagine a square cut horizontally then vertically to make four quarters. A thin quarter will measure 25cm by the width of the fabric.

A quarter metre, cut from the bolt is a quarter metre and should measure 25cm x width of fabric.
A fat quarter is a half metre cut from the bolt and then cut lengthways down the middle and so should measure 50cm x width of fabric.  If the fabric is 112cm/44" that will be 20" x 22".

Imperial FQs, as used in America, are half yards cut from the bolt and cut down the middle, the resulting size typically being 18" x 22".  In UK everything (except milk and beer!) has to be sold by metric measurements.  Whilst it's not illegal to sell 18" of fabric it should aslo be marked as 45cm.  Strictly speaking if anyone in UK is selling Imerial FQs they should be very clearly labelled as such and the metric measurements included, but that isn't always the case.  If a pack of FQs seems cheap check the sizes!

I think that the reason why quilters, or rather patchworkers, use inches is because it's so big in USA and most of the books etc are American and instructions are in inches.  Also the quarter inch seam allowance is generally easier to work with than 6mm or 6.5mm.

Welcome to The Dark Side / Re: storm at sea
« on: Yesterday at 23:53:00 »
That looks really great with the contrasting colours in the centre to get a medallion effect.

When you say "knee deep in torn out paper" do you mean that you did foundation piecing onto paper and then removed that paper?  The two SaS quilts I've done were both regular machine piecing; small sub-blocks assembled into the bigger blocks.

The Cafe / Re: No Photo ID
« on: Yesterday at 23:42:11 »
About a year ago I was added as a signatory to cheques raised by Kent Family History Society (one of four and so far I've never signed a single cheque on that account) and was asked to take the bank's form and ID into the bank.  I took two documents from the required list - a bank statement and my (paper) driving licence.  Nothing on the form to say it had to be a photo licence.  When I presented them the response was "we have to have photo ID.  Haven't you got a passport?"  My response was "yes I have but it's out of date.  I've brought documents from the list you produced.  I do have my bus pass with me."   and their response was "bus passes aren't accepted as bank ID!"  After a lot of huffing and puffing the bank employee went and spoke to her superior, came back and said well "we'll try using it" (paper licence) "and see what happens," and duly photocopied the paper licence and I think I am now a signatory.

I personally think that identity cards would be a good thing - and to some extent that is what photo driving licences/passports are, but I see no reason to renew my paper one before my 70th birthday or to renew the passport if I don't intent travelling abroad.

The Cafe / Re: Desperately seeking a cardi
« on: Yesterday at 11:24:09 »
I take it you are happy with the quality.

Some of their stuff is really good, I've got a couple of winter weight cardi's which have been really good.  Other things are "high fashion" and not very robust at all. 

Events / Re: Dressmaker of the year compititon
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:22:06 AM »
I won't be entering either!

Today... / Re: Friday 17th November
« on: November 17, 2017, 10:01:28 AM »
Oh BB, what a worrying time.  FIngers crossed that they get to the bottom of it and get her sorted very soon. :flower: :flower:

Bright but pretty chilly here.  I'm hoping to get Terry down to B&Q and Furniture Village today to look at floor tiles and book cases, but on the other hand that would stop him from getting on with doing the cupboard around the gas meter!  He's out with the dog aat present so could be all morning any way.  Maybe I should get on with the tartan dress which I cut out yesterday and started sewing last night.

The Cafe / Re: Desperately seeking a cardi
« on: November 17, 2017, 09:52:12 AM »
Most of my cardigans come from Roman Originals.  Lots of styles from thin skimpy boleros to long thick jackets.

Even less informative are the non-existant pictures of Blandford Forum in deepest darkest Dorset where Iminei resides!

In the wardrobe / Re: Arm coverups
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:51:05 AM »
Kwik Sew K3502  or Kwik Sew K3052
could possibly be adapted.

Other commercially available sleeves/arm cover-ups are M&S and here 

If you don't want to sew, but just waggle a pair of scissors around, try this

A Good Yarn / Re: Garden View Shawlette
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:21:00 AM »
It looks lovely Jessie.

My trouble with knitting something bigger than socks or gloves is that I get half way through, think yes, I've cracked that pattern and then loose interest and it never gets finished :fish:

Today... / Re: Thursday the somethingth of November
« on: November 16, 2017, 09:18:29 AM »
A bit grey and nothingy weather-wise here.

The Building inspector has just called, his first visit of the day, and happy to sign the work off. 0_0  Still got to build cupboards around the gas meter and the boiler, and another 3.5 weeks to wait for the kitchen fitter, but we're getting there.

We'll probably go swimming for the first time in ages and I hope to get the tartan fabric cut out today.

Thanks for adding me.  The Google images link shows 2 images - the first one looking across the Thames estuary is right, but the second one with elephants????  Looks as though its somewhere in Asia (India).

Patterns & Fitting / Re: Pattern for tartan/plaid
« on: November 15, 2017, 22:03:34 PM »
Well the fabric was ordered 5th November late evening.  It still hadn't arrived by this morning so I emailed the company, had a prompt response from them saying that it had been despatched on 7th November, but give them until 2pm today and then they would chase Royal Mail.

At 1:45 the postman knocked and gave me the parcel!  No date anywhere on it, but it was clearly marked 24 hour delivery.

So at last I have the fabric, and it does look nice.  I ordered 3m and received 3.95m 0_0  I've overlocked the ends and chucked in through the washing machine so maybe I'll get it cut out tomorrow.  I think I will have enough to do the diagonal bodice, long sleeves and probably the skirt with diagonal CB and CF seams.

Today... / Re: Wedensday 15th November
« on: November 15, 2017, 21:48:12 PM »
(((hugs))) to both Madame Cholet and Francesca. 

MC,  it's not easy going onto benefits, but better that than being physically abused.  I'm sure you are a strong person and things will work out in the end. <3

Fran, forget about your uncle and concentrate on your grandparents. 

In the wardrobe / Re: Enlarge pattern
« on: November 15, 2017, 20:32:39 PM »
Photocopying or drawing out onto bigger squares are the two methods although it looks as though the pieces are already bigger than A4 so probably home copying using your printer is ruled out. 

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