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Have you thought about Essex Yarn Dyed Linen Metallics? They are very sparkly as they have lurex in them (though it is not listed on the Wool Warehouse site).

Someone on here (sorry, I can’t remember who) pointed us in the direction of Ryman’s who have 45 gsm paper.

“Normal” printer paper size 80 gsm, so this is quite a bit thinner. You might have to try various settings on your printer, but most will be OK with it (mine only likes it in the main paper tray and chews it up if I try the manual feed tray).

When I read about the virtual quilt competition, my first thought was that you would be judged more on your photography skills than your quilting skills. The only category that might be suitable for a virtual competition is the one for miniature quilts.

Today... One thread per day / Re: Friday 3rd July
« on: July 03, 2020, 12:02:43 PM »
Lovely tiles, @Lowena. If you are stuck for something to sew, is there anywhere in your hall that needs a matching table runner or a cushion or two?

Sewing Machines / Re: FMQ on a Pfaff Creative 2134
« on: July 01, 2020, 15:57:37 PM »
I have an old Pfaff (made in West Germany which dates it) that has this half way position for darning and FMQ. It took me some time to get the foot in the right position but I think I eventually managed it by pushing the presser foot lever slightly backwards and downwards and it eventually clicked into place.

Vintage Machines / Re: Rewireing a 201 singer
« on: June 20, 2020, 12:20:20 PM »
Give Bambers in Eccles a ring and see if they can do it. They serviced and repaired an old Bernina that was my Mum’s - it probably cost as much as the machine is worth, but it was worth it to me.

I made this quilt using only squares and three colours, however, the background is very scrappy (I used over 25 different fabrics) so you might need a good range of FQs in one colour.

There may be a pattern for it somewhere, but I worked out my own as there were only two blocks needed (one scrappy and one for the “diamonds”. I could write up some instructions and diagrams if you were interested.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Its now or never ....
« on: June 17, 2020, 13:28:10 PM »
@Iminei Spoonflower also have a printing facility in Europe (Germany, I think) so postage would be not as bad you think and there would be no custom charges.

Fun with Fabric / Re: Its now or never ....
« on: June 17, 2020, 06:58:14 AM »
@Acorn I think the Spoonflower one will be printed on demand so the FQ price is probably mainly a setting up cost and not the cost of the fabric.

Courses & Classes / Re: Bluprint (was Craftsy) to close
« on: June 08, 2020, 12:07:27 PM »
Does anyone have the classes 'Color Play for Quilters' or 'Machine Quilting in Sections'?  If so, please message me.

@Pearl I don't have the Color Play for Quilters class but I do have the free 2014 Block of the Month course which was called Craftsy Colour Theory and was by Janine Burke & Amy Walsh. It covers Analogous Colour Study, Complementary Colour Study, Colour and Proportion, Warm and Cool Colour Study, Hexadic Colour Study and Value Study.

Layering quilts has got a lot easier on my back since I got some 6” furniture risers for the kitchen table. I have a piece of MDF slight larger than the table that protects the table top from pins and allows me to peg the layers to the edge.

Courses & Classes / Re: Bluprint (was Craftsy) to close
« on: June 03, 2020, 12:27:17 PM »
@Kwaaked Thank you so much for much for posting your how-to video - I am now compiling a spreadsheet with all my URLs so I can download the classes in between other tasks.

One thing I have discovered is that the video URLs are automatically for the highest quality as shown by -high.mp4 at the end of the URL. However you can change high to medium or low to get the different options which are smaller file sizes. For example, a 4 minute intro video for one of my courses is approximately 81.4 MB at high, 52.7 MB at medium and 23.5 MB at low.

When I view the videos in full screen on a 22" computer monitor I can't tell much difference between high and medium, but low has lost some clarity, however, low may be OK if you are going to view them on a tablet.

I’d like this, please. It looks ideal for some Liberty jersey that is awaiting collection from the sorting office. Please send me a message with your payment details.

Sewing Machines / Re: My mum's sewing machine has died...
« on: May 31, 2020, 14:00:37 PM »
I think your mum would be disappointed with that machine as it is not full size - it is like the John Lewis Mini machines. I have a JL mini that I used to take to a P&Q club - it was light to carry but very slow and struggled with more than four layers of quilting cotton.

Are there any bricks and mortar sewing shops near your mum that might have second hand machines that they could deliver?

Sewing Machines / Re: My mum's sewing machine has died...
« on: May 31, 2020, 09:47:20 AM »
I don’t how far you are from your mum and the sewing machine shop, but would it be worthwhile ringing them to see if they have any second hand machines that they have taken in as part exchange. These probably won’t have their boxes and so may be collection only.

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