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Thread: Multitasking

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    I was given a great suggestion the other day. Instead of using a "frog" (that little piece of fabric that you run through your machine at the end of a seam) have your scraps cut into whatever shape you want and sew two of them together. I have a whole stack of scrap squares that I have put together this way. :P :P Now instead of just having a used up piece of fabric, I will have a scrap quilt :!: :!: I love multitasking :wink:

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    That is an awesome and clever idea!!! I will start doing that myself :D :D :D Thank you for sharing this with us!!!

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    Thanks for a great idea!! I sure waste a lot of thread with the frogs.

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    Wonderful Idea!! :thumbup:
    I could have made a ton
    of these before. Thank you
    for sharing with all of us!!
    :D :D :D :D :D

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    Must have had my head buried in my stash and scraps. Great idea and I've got all those squares, triangles, strips and such. Thanks for the tip.

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    Great idea. Thanks for sharing.

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    I was just thinking that if you were doing smaller pieces for a border.(like a piano key..this would be a good way to get them done...

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    You'e sbsolutly right. I never thought of that one :oops: :oops: My multitasking abilities are expanding tremendously :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    OK, the name says Wanna_b for a reason. What's a frog? Should I be "frogging"?

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    Thanks Lisa, I was wondering the same thing but didn't want to ask :oops:

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    A frog is a small peice of fabric that you run through your maching when you have finished a seam, but before you detach the seam from the maching. When you do this, you don't have to pull your thread out so far. I used one because it saves yards of thread over a year. I also use it beause when I was taught to sew I was told that you always leave your pressure foot in the down position and it should never be metal on metal, but should be cusioned with a small piece of fabric. I'm not sure if they teach it that way any more. After all, I was taught in the very early 60's and according to my kids, that was at least 150 years ago. Or as one of my sons said, it was rite around the time that they invented the wheel :twisted: :twisted:

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    It also helps keep the fabric from going down in that little hole between the feed dogs when you first start sewing...and it will help your seam be truer at the beginning. I usually keep two by the machine. One is already under the presser foot, then when I am done with a seam I run the other one right behind the last piece..clip off the first one and set it back beside the machine for the next time.

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    What a great tip....when I become more "at one" with my machines I'll do that! I am determined to get 1 machine made quilt out before Christmas!

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    I got it now:) Thanks everyone, I guess I will now have to start using a frog.

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    Great idea. Thanks :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by Honey
    I was given a great suggestion the other day. Instead of using a "frog" (that little piece of fabric that you run through your machine at the end of a seam) have your scraps cut into whatever shape you want and sew two of them together. I have a whole stack of scrap squares that I have put together this way. :P :P Now instead of just having a used up piece of fabric, I will have a scrap quilt :!: :!: I love multitasking :wink:
    I always heard it called a spider or orphan.

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    See the quilts that Bonnie Hunter has made using that method ...

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    That is a great idea! Wow!! Thanks

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    That's a genius idea, lol! Thank you!

    To the earlier questions about what a frog is: I've also found a frog useful for preventing the "bird's nest" where I start to sew and there's a nasty messy clump of thread. I hate how it looks and how I can't ever seem to fully remove it.

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    Well, that's certainly something new to think about. I do have "bird nest" issues on occaision.

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    That is so smart! Thanks for sharing. :)

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    Thanks for that tip and the explanation of what a frog is. I was clueless
    as well but sounds like the way to go. I'll be trying that.

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