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  1. New to sewing Batiks

    by , 10-21-2012 at 05:46 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by kathyd View Post
    I'm getting ready to make a quilt with a lot of Batiks in it. I've never used Batiks before. Mostly I do reproduction fabrics, but this is one to be given to DSIL and my daughter picked the fabrics.
    Is there anything special I need to know?
    Do I need to pre-wash them first?
    Do they ravel more than regular cottons?
    If the picture attached these are the fabrics and the pattern is Summer Porch from Eleanor Burns.
    Any hints you can give will be appreciated.
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  2. When/How to Use Retayne and/or Synthrapol

    by , 10-21-2012 at 05:42 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post

    The directions for both say to use HOT water (140 degrees F., 60 degrees C)

    The instructions for Retayne suggest treating the fabric BEFORE cutting it.

    Retayne - soak fabrics for 20 minutes in hot water, then rinse

    Synthrapol - soak 10-12 minutes in hot water, then rinse.

    As far as I can tell from that info, they are NOT interchangeable.
  3. Trouble with triangle points in a hexagon pattern

    by , 10-21-2012 at 12:39 PM
    Help! I am trying to follow a pattern that uses 60 degree triangles (6 of them) that shape into a hexagon. Bought the triangle with the one "flat" point. Don't know how to join the triangles. Should the "flat" tops meet. Supposedly, when joined, the point of the middle triangle will drop down between the triangles to the right and to the left, so as not to get into the 1/4" seam. Tired of ripping out the triangle again!!!
  4. Pre-cuts...HELP!

    by , 10-21-2012 at 10:44 AM
    I would appreciate any feedback on the pre-cuts that have the zig-zag edge finish. Where do you begin measuring for the 1/4 inch sewing line? From the "point" of the zig zag or the "valley"?

    Here' my problem:
    Charm packs are supposed to be 5x5". If your pattern requires 2 1/2 x 5 inch strips, then you simply cut it in half. Seems simple enough. But sewing the 1/4 inch seam on the zig-zag edge when measuring from the "point" doesn't appear ...
  5. Rolled Hem on Napkins - Did I Get the Right Thread (for serger)?

    by , 10-21-2012 at 10:12 AM
    I am sure one of you has made some decorative napkins....would you please tell me what kind of thread you use on a serger for rolled hem....I got some Polyarn by Superior is beautiful....kinda expensive, but looks real pretty...I have not opened nor used this thread before....would someone please let me know if I have made the right choice for a rolled hem.
  6. Removing blue embroidery block spots

    by , 10-20-2012 at 09:04 AM
    Does anyone know how to remove blue "runs" from a quilt block? My Mother did the blocks and spilled a little water on a few spots and of course the blue dye ran and it is now discolored. I've tried a Tide pen, but it still shows. Any other ideas out there? Thanks, Alice
  7. quilting error

    by , 10-19-2012 at 07:07 AM
    I made a table runner and the three center squares are a little big and look wrinkled when I lay it out. Do you think if I quilted an x in the block it would help? I am at a loss as to how to fix this. nancyjean59
  8. Diamond Log Cabin Star Quilt

    by , 10-19-2012 at 04:41 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Glassquilt View Post
    I loved Dunster's avatar so much that I made this for my Granddaughter's wedding. She got married this weekend so I can now share.

    My husband arranged the colors on the outside of the hexagon and I did the diamonds.

    FYI: I had to make it smaller but did not want to exclude any logs.I felt that it took away from the design. Instead I cut the strips ⅛" narrower than specified and sewed the seams a full ".

  9. Cut N Fold Quilt

    by , 10-18-2012 at 01:39 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by hobbykat1955 View Post
    Had the book for yrs and opened it once...Then I saw that my local QS was giving classes so that was much easier then trying to figure it out myself
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  10. I'm thinking of buying a Husqvarna tribute 140C

    by , 10-18-2012 at 07:26 AM
    I'm thinking of buying a Husqvarna Tribute 140C, it's a demo model and I have 2 days to make up my mind (returning home from visiting my daughter). I'm using a 1974 Singer Futura which is now on it last leg. Does anyone use this machine or have any comments on this machine....thanks
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