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Thread: Newbie questions

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    ready2quilt's Avatar
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    Just wanted to find out what exactly is a trunk show?

    And, what is a fabric swap? Anyone ever done one? How does it work?

    Thanks all!

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    My mother-in-law does a trunk show for local community groups all over the state (Wisconsin). She has a trunk & loads it with MANY things she has made over the years. She pulls them out at the presentation one at a time and explains what they are & how they are done. Sometimes she does a brief demo of the technique.

    An example of a fabric swap would be if you were looking for a yard of fabric with bugs on it & I had it. I would give it to you in return for a yard of something you have that interests me. It can be done on an individual to individual basis or a group swap would be whoever on this forum (for instance) would like to just swap whatever for the fun of it. Could be a theme material or not.

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    annmarie,

    Thank you for answering. I haven't had the time since I posted to look it up elsewhere.

    They both sound fun to be involved with.

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    I believe the term came into prominence with the big years of Barnum and Bailey. A reference to the elephants and their ability to carry the show. i know it is certainly associated with those beautiful beasts and their impressive prowess.

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    Does anyone have a pattern for a LARGE pincushion? I'm always misplacing my little red "tomato" ones or they slide behind my sewing machine. :wink: I live in a very small town in northern WI and haven't been able to find a large one here.

    I'll be happy to share something /fat quarters, etc. in return.

    Thanks.

    Brenda R

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    Annmarie,

    I got a reply from you (Noorthern Wisconsin) .but there was no message

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    Here is what I did, I took a large tuna can, I stuffed as full as possible with fiber fill, I covered it with a heavy cotton, and glued it with a tacky glue. I put rubber bands around till dry. I also sewed a bit on bottom. Makes a nice big cushion

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    put a sock in it.

    WAIT!!! I got that backwards. :shock:

    I meant: Put it in a sock.

    stuff the toe with fiberfill, then stuff the tuna can Ruth suggested in. Smear glue on the bottom of the can. gather the leftover sock around the bottom of the can and glue it down. (of course, unless you want a reeeeeeeeeeeeely tall pin cushion, i'd suggest you cut off the excess sock somewhere along the line. :lol: )

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    I took a piece of scrap material sewed it together stuffed with fiberfill then took a piece of velcroe attached to one side and put the other half of velcroe and stuck it on side of my machine. I never have to look for it and as I pull pins I just stick them in the cushion

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    Thank You for the ideas for a large pincushion. The tuna can,sock and sticking the velcro to the sewing machine are great. I will get busy and try them. Sounds like an end to my pincushion frustration. :D

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