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Old September 8th, 2004, 01:29 PM   #16
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it does take forever...but if you are making a big quilt - mine is queen sized...how do you machine quilt it? it's too bulky to fit into the sewing machine... there's a trick I know it... but I just don't know it..
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Old September 9th, 2004, 03:10 PM   #17
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I don't know it either. The small quilted stuff I machine quilt. The big stuff, I either tie by hand or stitch by hand with one of those floor standing quilting hoops. I'd do more big stuff if I knew what the trick was!
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Old September 9th, 2004, 05:49 PM   #18
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yeah..I have one of those floor stands now and I am hand quilting a queen sized quilt and it's KILLING ME...LOL... someone tell us how to do it....PLEASE.........................
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Old September 10th, 2004, 10:12 AM   #19
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If it's appropriate to the overall design to your quilt, I would hand tie it. If not, you are stuck. Have you run a web search? Or looked at eHow.com ?
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Old September 10th, 2004, 12:59 PM   #20
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LOL! no...I just asked here!! well, the quilt is all squares..(I'll take a digital of it and see if I can get it posted up here. :O) ) I'll look at ehow.com...never even thought of that.
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Old September 11th, 2004, 10:38 AM   #21
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If it is in squares, machine quilt each square separately, then machine quilt them together in strips. After you do a strip, do the hand sewing on the back to close that seam. Once you have the strips done, just start machine stitching them in order, finishing the back seam with a blind stitch by hand each time. That way when you add a strip, you will only have to roll the new strip to make it go under the machine. No bulk in that method, you just need a long enough table for the bulky part to rest on. Just remember to do the quilting on the squares from the middle out and make sure your backing is firmly basted so that it doesn't slip.

That's the only way I know how to do it, if I'm doing something large. Large for me would be a crib blanket. I am planning on doing some smaller squares for throw pillow tops once I get the bulk of the living room set up.

Have you ever done Seminole quilt tops? They are fun.
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Old September 11th, 2004, 11:51 AM   #22
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nope...never done those. This quilt is my first...and it's Queen sized... I probably should have started with something smaller, but it looked so cool in the book! and it's cool in real life too!!!!

I was thinking about doing some kind of wall quilt for my sister for Noah...what do you think about that idea?? What would ya'll do for that???
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Old September 11th, 2004, 02:51 PM   #23
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Either an artistic one or a seminole style. With lots of color!!! My sister-in-law (the home-ec queen/marthe stewart goddess) has done some beautiful quilts. She uses a black background and then free forms for the colors. She will do them in about 8 inch squares and then spend days with the squares spread out on the floor, rearranging them until she decides on the best design. They are beautiful.
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Old January 27th, 2005, 10:54 AM   #24
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brede... have you tried the lemon and salt thing yet? it may scratch some precious metals so not recommending for that but.. I don't think baking
soda will harm it.. but not sure.. Lemon tho .. has the acids in it and it may clean the metal surfaces.. just an idea.
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Old January 27th, 2005, 08:23 PM   #25
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(((((((( suzEQ))))))))))))))) ((((((brede))))))))))))) (((((((( all )))))
Have to admit I'm not a crafty person .. (well arts and crafts)

(((((((( suzEQ )))))))) does this mean we will get to see you more often. That would be great.
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Old May 18th, 2005, 10:20 PM   #26
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Talking Children's Crafts

Soap Crayons

MATERIALS

Mild powdered laundry soap

Food coloring

Ice cube trays or other small
molds

Water

PROCEDURE

Add about 1 cup of the powdered
laundry soap to bowl. Slowly add
water by the teaspoon until it
becomes a thick liquid mixture.
Stir well and begin adding food
coloring until it is the color you
like. Pour into ice cube trays or
other small mold. Set in a sunny,
dry spot for a few days to allow
crayons to harden. When hard,
remove from mold and use!

NOTE: Test on your bathtub sides
and walls before allowing your
child to use them


Homemade paper Beads

What you need: wrapping paper or
colourful magazine pages
scissors
glue stick
a knitting needle or straw

What you do: 1. Cut triangles from
your paper approximately 2 inches
or less across the bottom and about
10 inches tall. Each triangle will
make one bead. Cut as many as you
need.

2. Place the triangle wrong side
up on the table. Lay the knitting
needle or straw along the wide
end of the triangle. (See picture
at left)

3. Tightly roll the strip around
the knitting needle or straw twice.

4. Put glue on the remainder of
your triangular strip and continue
to roll the paper evenly.

5. To finish the bead, glue down
the narrow end and hold in place
until the glue sets. Slip bead
off of the needle or straw and
continue working steps 2-4 until
you have as many beads as you want.

6. String beads on heavy thread,
a shoe lace or wool. Tie ends
together.
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Old May 19th, 2005, 02:08 PM   #27
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The beads are fun to make and make eyecatching necklaces. When I was working as a counselor, I carried all the supplies with me. The young teen girls that I worked with would actually talk more about their problems if they kept their hands busy. We even used it therapeutically. I had them write their good qualities on different triangles and then we'd make a necklace to remind them of all their good things. We also did "dream" necklaces.

Dental floss can also be used to string them.
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Old May 23rd, 2005, 08:32 PM   #28
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Wink Dream Necklaces?

Hey Brede,
Would you mind sharing that "dream necklace" craft with me? Sure does sound like a cool craft.
Thank you
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Old May 24th, 2005, 01:07 PM   #29
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The Dream necklace is easy. Before you role your paper triangles into beads, you write down what you wish for on the back of the paper. It was really great with teenagers because most of them had never really given any thought to their futures. I would also have them do a "strengths" necklace if they were too critical of themselves. They were supposed to wear the strength necklace in situations that were difficult for them. You could make up a lot of positive ways to use the paper bead necklaces just by writing on the back of the paper. We even made some negative ones and then burned them.

Hope you can use these ideas!
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Old August 8th, 2005, 12:14 PM   #30
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Talking Beaded Headband and home made loom for beading

Ok ya'll this was last week's crafts:
Beaded HeadBand
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Materials you will need:
Headband like a bandana
Scissors
Thread to match bandana
Beads either matching or a variety (your choice)
Ribbon either matching or a variety (your choice)
Sewing needle

First fold the bandana so its a triangle. Slipping your ribbon up to the folded part is.
Then using needle and thread stitch that in place.
Next sew up the sides that are open.
Once you have that done you are ready to put on your beads.
Take your thread thru the material like you were going to add another stitch, add on five beads...Skip the bead closest to the needle and go back thru the four remaining beads. Sew back thru your bandana and add a stitch to start again. Continue this til you get to the other side then tie it off.
The Ribbon is so you can tie the beaded headband onto your head without messing up the beadwork.

Home made Loom for Beading
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*Read all instructions first to get a good understanding!!!

Materials you will need:
1 piece of wood 1 x1 works 20 inches long
2 screws 1/4 inch long
Screwdriver
Four thumbtacks
Thread
Beads (seed beads)
Tape measure
Pencil
Hammer
Nails

Measure from each end three inches, mark it and saw these off but dont discard them.

Taking those three inch boards, using a pencil draw a line down the center of them. [-------] not on the longest part!!!!

Then using your saw make a groove in it. This is where your beaded thread is going to go so you can separate your threads when doing beading.

Take the other end of the three inch boards and nail it to the 14 inch board so it looks like this...
l______________l<~ the "l" is the three inch boards!!!

Once secure you will add your screws to the outer sides of your three inch boards like this...+l___________l+
the "+" is your screws one per side.

Then thread up your needle making sure there is a knot at the end...string on some beads around thirty or so, put in another knot.

Take this beaded thread put it in your groove and using thumbtacks on either side to secure the thread...[XXXXXX]
the "X" is your beaded thread.

Now all you have to remember is that if you are doing a beaded project you will have an off count of threads for any project i.e. if the project has six beads you will have seven strands.
Using the screws on the end to hold your strands and the beaded thread to separate your strands.

Take your time and before you start lay it out to help you if need be.

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