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Thread: Shopped like mad (plus a Zelda project update)

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    The Zelda project---the series of Zelda inspired stained glass quilted wall hangings I'm planning---is starting to get somewhere.

    Wednesday, Joe took me to this little quilt shop in Neillsville that had Moda marbles. I spent a good hour or so looking at every Moda Marble I could find. It kind of sucked for two reasons: most of the manufacter's numbers were covered up with the store's UPC and after that hour or so I only managed to find about five colors. One of the colors I matched on the Moda fabric matcher turned out to be an entirely different color...was supposed to be a bright red when actually it was a bright orange. Thankfully there is a bright orange in my project so I think it will work.

    Went to Barne's and Noble and found this awesome book on Japanese blocks. Too bad it was like $30 for the little thing. Aaaw.

    Thursday, we went to the Hobby Lobby and a bunch of other places. I had intended to just find some large paper on a roll for my templates. Left with a roll of butchers paper, waste canvas, embroidery thread, a Celtic knot stamp, three stamp pads (black, green, and silver), a yard of black duckcloth with pink scrollwork, a quarter yard of green fabric (saving up for a quilt for Joe...don't know what I'm doing yet), and a yard of white fabric with Japanese caligraphy and red stamped symbols. Also went to Olive Juice. Joe stayed in the car because we got into a bit of a tiff right before hand because we didn't end up doing what we came to La Crosse in the first place because we dilly dallied in the mall. I shopped with a "Screw him! I'm getting this!" sort of attitude. Though I'm not really sure how buying fabric was going to spite him. Only found one fabric for the Zelda project. The rest was more Japanese caligraphy fabric, green fabric for Joe's unknown quilt, purple fabrics for my future cathedral quilt, and a couple dark reds I thought may or may not work for Zelda, but will use regardless.

    And I FINALLY found bias bars! They look like plastic, but the packaging clearly states "no melt" on it. We'll see when I do football fields worth of bias tape.

    Oh, and discovered this DIVINE thing called "tempura cheesecake". Discovered at a sushi restaraunt we go to (somehow had room to actually get dessert after 6 sushi rolls, miso soup, a few handfuls of edamame, and Joe's salad from his dinner)...Yoko's House in La Crosse if you're wondering. Basically its cheesecake filling dipped in a Japanese style batter, deep fried, and drizzled with chocolate and cherry sauces. Only thing is I'm lactose intolerant (not that I let that stop me) on top of it being a rich, deep fried dessert so there was a Japan sized earthquake in my stomach for a good portion of the night afterwards. But it was worth it.

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    Love the story!!

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    Really sounds like you are having a lot of fun. Good luck on your project.

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    I had intended to just find some large paper on a roll for my templates. Left with a roll of butchers paper,
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    Would clean newspaper rolls work here? I get mine from our local newspaper office, where they have each night's end rolls for sale for about 4 to 5 dollars. My second grade school teacher daughter loves them and takes home as many as she can get during her visit here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramona Byrd
    I had intended to just find some large paper on a roll for my templates. Left with a roll of butchers paper,
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    Would clean newspaper rolls work here? I get mine from our local newspaper office, where they have each night's end rolls for sale for about 4 to 5 dollars. My second grade school teacher daughter loves them and takes home as many as she can get during her visit here.
    I would think newspaper would be thin enough to trace on. But my only concern would be newpaper is...well...thin. I think you would have to be extra careful to make sure it doesn't tear.

    The images I want to recreate were enlarged, printed on several pieces of paper, and tapes together. The images were small to begin with so the line art got pixely. I really wanted the wide paper to trace the design onto and create a master layout with cleaner, more even linework. I had orginally got that brown craft paper only to find it was way too thick. So I was happy when I found the butchers paper. I ripped off a tiny portion of it and it looks like its thin enough to see the image underneath.

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    Home Depot or Lowe's carry the large rolls of paper the contractors put on hardwood floors to protect them during renovations cheap! I would think that would work admirably for $10.00 you can get a lot! I'm still using paper bags I get from carry out or whatever. I save & reuse whatever I can of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky Crafts
    Home Depot or Lowe's carry the large rolls of paper the contractors put on hardwood floors to protect them during renovations cheap! I would think that would work admirably for $10.00 you can get a lot! I'm still using paper bags I get from carry out or whatever. I save & reuse whatever I can of them.
    How much do you get? I got 50ft of butchers paper for $10.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Quote Originally Posted by Becky Crafts
    Home Depot or Lowe's carry the large rolls of paper the contractors put on hardwood floors to protect them during renovations cheap! I would think that would work admirably for $10.00 you can get a lot! I'm still using paper bags I get from carry out or whatever. I save & reuse whatever I can of them.
    How much do you get? I got 50ft of butchers paper for $10.
    My husband says they're about 36" wide and he thinks probably 250 ft long. It's pretty heavy paper because they're walking on it in construction boots. I'm trying to use up the paper bags I have so haven't purchased any yet, but we've looked at it a couple of times for me as I've designed original toy patterns on the bags & made templates from them as well as the paper that comes as packing material in Joe's boxes of tools & electronics by mail.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky Crafts
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    Quote Originally Posted by Becky Crafts
    Home Depot or Lowe's carry the large rolls of paper the contractors put on hardwood floors to protect them during renovations cheap! I would think that would work admirably for $10.00 you can get a lot! I'm still using paper bags I get from carry out or whatever. I save & reuse whatever I can of them.
    How much do you get? I got 50ft of butchers paper for $10.
    My husband says they're about 36" wide and he thinks probably 250 ft long. It's pretty heavy paper because they're walking on it in construction boots. I'm trying to use up the paper bags I have so haven't purchased any yet, but we've looked at it a couple of times for me as I've designed original toy patterns on the bags & made templates from them as well as the paper that comes as packing material in Joe's boxes of tools & electronics by mail.
    What kind of packing paper? Because I had originally got the brown packaging paper you find by the bubble wrap at Wal-Mart and it was so thick and heavy that I couldn't trace anything on it. Even when I was using my brother's light box I could just barely see the thick lines.

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    I apologize. Did not realize you were trying to trace through it. I thought you were drawing up patterns freehand onto it. That's what I've been using that for. I drew up an original teddy bear and an original cloth doll. I made a table topper pattern and so forth. I'm sorry for the mix up!

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