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  1. Dear Jane - "H"ere we go with Row H

    by , 10-21-2012 at 06:45 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Kitsie View Post
    I started in the center so I could line them up on the big wall... If I've already posted a couple of these, my apologies. In order they are H1, H2, H3...H6 & H7.
    H3 is a little wonky and H6 is one of the hardest I've done. Tried many ways before I went with the instructions on That Quilt .com

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  2. 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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  3. 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.
  4. 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!!!
  5. 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 ...
  6. 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.

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