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DH & I went to this event over the weekend. We both loved it; nice to be able to see an in-person event again. (Masks were required, but I have no issue with that.)

Prior to the first one we went to (a couple of years ago, pre-covid) we expected to see lots of bed sized quits with pretty geometric patterns.  We saw those, but also so many other things that looked like oil paintings, photographs, stained-glass, etc. We always love the humorous ones. 

The vendors are enjoyable too. Yes it’s nice to find goodies that you normally have to order. But it’s also fun to see technology that you haven’t seen and can’t afford.

Here are some fun things we saw.
Our favorite;
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My husband is from Canada, so this caught his eye;
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I sent a pic of this to a close friend who is a sign-language interpreter. She loved it;
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No special significance to this one. We just liked it.
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Access All Accessories / Quick & Easy Tool Roll
« on: August 19, 2021, 17:07:59 PM »
I wanted to do a sewing project, now that the machine is back up. I needed a tool roll to organize some of my Bonsai tools. (I’ve made these before; they are really not hard.). I made the whole thing from one flour-sack napkin. It’s starting size is about 28” x 28”

I folded it in half & sewed around the edges, just to get it to the right size for 4 tools. Next, I folded it up from the bottom & ironed in the crease. Sewed the sides and then measured & marked-with painter’s tape-the seams that divided it into 4 pockets.

Next, I just folded the top over & pressed in a crease, to make a flap. Last step was to sew a length of ribbon, 2x the width, in the back.

There napkins shrink a bit and are never perfectly square after you wash them (which I’d already done) so the edges aren’t perfect, but they really didn’t need to be. My main reasons for using the flour-sack napkin were A)I had some and B)the edges are already hemmed.

So here it is;
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Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Bowl cozies
« on: August 09, 2021, 17:05:59 PM »
This is a quick & easy project. I’m not really sure where to I post it, but since it requires 2 layers of batting, I’m posting it here.  Thy can be made microwave-safe, if your fabric, batting & thread are all cotton. For want of cotton thread, mine aren’t, but I wasn’t planning to use them in the microwave anyway. More likely, I would use them under a bowl I had just taken out of the microwave.

Here they are;
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Access All Accessories / Handbag with pockets.
« on: July 21, 2021, 22:34:52 PM »
This one was based on my quilt guild’s summer challenge.  We were each given a fat quarter of a blue/green/purple marble-print fabric. It reminded me of peacock feathers, so I based the appliqué on that. Americans of my age recall the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) using a peacock as its logo, so I embroidered that onto the appliqué, which became part of the outer pocket. 

There is an inner pocket the same size, divided by a seam, into 2.  I managed box pleats, which were the hardest part, due to the thick canvas I used for the body of the bag. 

The snaps are magnetic and the adjustable strap is nylon webbing.

Here it is;
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Embroidery and Embellishment / I goofed!
« on: June 10, 2021, 16:49:52 PM »
I wanted to embroider a Mickey Mouse face on a shirt. I got well into it before I realized that I had forgotten to orient it in the correct direction. It was way too late to restart or rip out the work. So Mickey will be lying on his side. if anyone asks why, I'll just tell them he was sleepy.

Patchwork & Quilting ... Welcome to the Darkside / Echo foot
« on: June 08, 2021, 22:24:05 PM »
I bought this set of feet, mostly for the ruler foot that is much easier to put  the machine, than most.

Since it came with an echo foot, I gave it a try, on some scrap fabric.  Of course, my sewing was a mess, as I have never used it before, and it clearly will take some learning. 

Has anyone here ever used one? If so, I would welcome any hints.

Embroidery and Embellishment / Monogrammed napkins
« on: June 04, 2021, 13:30:57 PM »
Some folks on another site inspired me to start using cloth napkins instead of paper, on a regular basis (cheaper & less wasteful, over time) So I got a set of 12 dark blue ones and used our favorite monogram. As we do not share any initials, our monogram for anything food-related is E.A.T. (BTW, this pic is not true to color. The embroidery is bright white on navy blue.)
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I just got a set of these. I set a good part of today practicing with them, on some scraps of pre-quilted fabric. I’m beginning to get the feel for them

Has anyone else used these? If so, I would welcome any tips or opinions.

Tech Know How / Why do my pictures show up sideways?
« on: May 10, 2021, 23:04:42 PM »
It doesn’t happen all the time. But when I post pics here, some of them show up sideways, even though that is not how they look on my camera or tablet.

I don’t know why it is happening or how to correct it.

I finished my latest quilt. While overall it is cheery sand certainly useful, there is one problem I can’t figure out how to solve.
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When I do the quilt stitching, fabric bunches up in a number of places. This has happened  to me on other projects as well. I have no clue why, so of course, I have no clue how to avoid it. Hints are welcome

House Beautiful / Need some advice on making a curtain
« on: April 26, 2021, 12:13:47 PM »
Here is the problems; There is an opening under our stairs, leading to some storage space.
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It measures about 20” x 30”. Like many homeowners here, we covered it with blinds. But they have been up for close to 20 years and recently fell down. Putting them back up was quite a chore and they are almost impossible to keep clean. So if (more likely when) they fall down again, I want to replace them with a curtain, hung on a tension rod.

Curtains with no fancy ruffles or pleats are easy enough but I have a couple of questions.
1) How big do you make the bottom & side hems?
2)Since it will just be a single curtain, would you make it the exact width of the space or a bit larger? If larger, how much larger?

BTW, why didn’t I just put up a curtain in the first place?  I hadn’t yet learned how to sew.

Here is my latest project;
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Look closely and you’ll see how many places that don’t match up.  I know what’s nice about it, but what isn’t is my ability to measure & cut accurately.  My cuts are straight.When I cut them, I think I’m measuring accurately, but clearly I am not. 

Yes, I know, “Measure twice, cut once”.  If that worked for me, I wouldn’t need to start this thread.
So I would like to open a discussion of techniques for correct measurement.

Machine Accessories / Embroidery machine riser
« on: March 22, 2021, 19:08:27 PM »
I just got this set up for my embroidery machine. It serves 2 purposes; to raise it higher (not all that important to me) and to provide something like a free-arm for embroidering on shirts. I really want it for the free-arm function.

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Embroidery and Embellishment / In the hoop projects
« on: March 16, 2021, 15:53:23 PM »
I attended a webinar while back, on the topic of In-the-Hoop. The project, for which I bought the kit, was to make embroidered key fobs from vinyl.  In the process, I learned a few tricks on using the Embrilliance software.

Here are the 3 that I made.
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Embroidery and Embellishment / Little machine-big shirt
« on: March 09, 2021, 21:50:05 PM »
I wanted to embroider a polo shirt to wear at archery club events.  My machine does 4” x 4” which is fine for the design I wanted.  The challenges (for someone of my limited experience) were A)placement and B)getting a plus-size shirt under the machine without accidentally sewing over some part I didn’t want to sew.

But I did it! I took some good advice & printed the design, pinned it on the shirt and then floated it on the stabilizer. (Yes, I removed the paper, before I started to sew.) I took care to bunch up the parts that were not getting sewn, so they were not under the needle.  Here it is;
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