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Old 06-17-2008, 07:26 PM
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...and I haven't even really started on it yet! I need to rant just a little...

Well, mainly it has to do with template stuff. I had most of my templates cut out and just had a few more to do. A few days I tried finishing some more with the little small pieces of nice cardboard I had left over. But I couldn't find the ones I had already done. So I frantically looked for them, knocking over the iron in the process, all the water for the steam setting spilled out over the edge of the table and into this bubble wrapped Manila folder sitting upright on the floor, and then found out I had put the templates that were done into this now water filled folder.

So now I have to start over. But I don't have any more Priority Shipping boxes left and I have experimented with everything I could think. Even took apart a 3 ring binder for the cardboard inside. Its either way too thin for me to trace around or too thick to cut in the first place. And I don't have any extra money to go to the hardware store and get them cut out of Acrylic. I'm going absolutely crazy over these stupid templates!

Though on a brighter note, a friend of mine is letting me borrow their digital camera so I'm taking screenshots off my television for my Zelda related projects (it takes better pictures off the TV better than mine!)...so I got something to keep me from loosing all my brain cells. Still...I only have two months to get this quilt done on time. :(
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Old 06-17-2008, 07:50 PM
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Flying V,

Have you tried telephone book covers? I've used them, but they were made by someone else. Worked well for me.

Also want to know if that is you in the avatar picture! Rocker chick, huh?

Zelda.... there's a new one. What are you planning?
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:21 PM
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Don't have any telephone book covers to work with.

Haha. No, that's not me in my avatar. Actually, that's a picture I took last August when I went to the JJO Band Camp in Madison (a rock festival of sorts I think a rock station in Madison holds every year). My friend got tickets as a graduation present and took me along since my favorite band, Kittie, was playing there. The girl with the Flying V guitar is Morgan and the one on drums is her younger sister, Mercedes (my favorite member). I cropped the picture so you can't see Tara on back-up guitar and Jeff (their old guitar tech who also stood in for back-up guitar years ago) who stood in for Trish on bass while she was "sick" during that tour (later it was revealed to be an anorexia disorder and ended up quitting earlier this year to recover :(). Interesting story behind this particular concert, but I'll save it for another time.

My Legend of Zelda projects are based off the game LOZ: The Wind Waker. I'm planning to do a huge wall hanging of the sea map (this one has been around for a while). The other project is going to be a series of quilted replicas of the stained glass windows in the room where you find the master sword (depicting the sages, the Triforce, and Ganon). :mrgreen:
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Old 06-17-2008, 08:38 PM
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Used x-ray film works really well. You should be able to get some free from your dr's office or whereve they do x-rays.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:05 PM
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I'm not sure about x-ray film. It seems like it'd be really flimsy and thin to work well....at least for me. I work better with thicker materials.
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Old 06-17-2008, 09:18 PM
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It's really very simple, you use any kind of thin cardboard that is easy to work with, from a cereal box, a macaroni box, anything, even photo card stock, any kind of thin cardboard that is easy to cut, simple, then, to make it thicker, you just glue two of them together with a simple glue stick :)
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Old 06-18-2008, 02:33 PM
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You can also purchase large sheets of template plastic at fabric stores like joanns and at walmarts that still have fabric depts. It's not thick like plexiglass and you can cut it with scissors (but don't use your good fabric scissors LOL). If you like it thicker, I suppose you could glue it together until it was thick enough.

Unlike cardboard, the edges don't fray as you use and re-use the template.
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Old 06-19-2008, 11:38 AM
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Being budget mindes also and needing a template I
remembered I had a few of those vinal self stick floor tiles left from doing my bathroom. cuts easy with scissors and works perfect. I know you can buy them at the dollar tree stores for 1.00 for 3 I left the paper on the back but you could cover the sticky side with some fabric to keep it from slipping. I have also used the acrilic from a poster frame. A little tricky to cut, you have to figure out how not to get the little cracks on your template but once done I covered with clear contact paper. Those worked really well.
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I have a template cut from a piece of linoleum flooring and it will last till after I am dead!!!! lol
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Goddess, how many prioity mail boxes do you need to make all your templates?
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