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Do you have a perfect iron for piecing your quilts?
I know what I want, but haven't found it yet.
I might have to have it made.
This is what I want: cordless, no steam, flat bottom, no auto shut-off, in-expensive.
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From Strips To Stars... Kaye explains her methods....
Leave your sewing machines at home.
Sewing machines used on the ship are sponsored by
Be the one of the first 100 people to reserve a cabin and sign up for classes to receive the AccuQuilt Baby Go and Dye.
Cabins and Classes will fill fast. We suggest you book by September 30, 2012.
Prices based on availability. Prices are per person, based on a double occupancy for cruise. Price listed includes taxes and fees. These prices cannot be combined with any other promotion.
Included in your price: Class fees, (except kit fees,) Shipboard accommodations, ocean transportation, most meals, some beverages and most onboard entertainment.
Not Included: Kit fees for classes which will be paid to instructor at class time, Air transportation, transfers, items of a personal nature such as shore and land excursions, specialty restaurant fees, some beverages, photographs, gratuities/service fees, medical services, etc. All prices in US Dollars.
We are going to have a
Wackiest Cruise Outfit contest for the cruise.
Wacky Cruise Clothing Day: You could win $250. February 22nd has been designated as Wacky Cruise Clothing Day for our group only. Wear your wackiest cruise clothing and you could win $250. Second place will win $150 and third place will win $75.
If you have questions please call 800-473-9464
To sign-up for this cruise contact
Bonnie Greenberg at CruiseOne at 800-784-4480
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Q and A With Kaye....
Q: What is the "rule of thumb" on the amount of shrinkage on a quilt?
K: The shrinkage in a quilt will depend on the batting. A very thin batting will shrink very little, while heavier ones tend to have more shrinkage. You should always follow the directions for your batting and fabric to see if it should be pre-washed. That avoids any surprises later on.
Q: What is the general requirements on how much fabric to purchase for a quilt?
K: For the quilt top a twin size will generally take 6 yds., a full size 8 yds., a queen 10 yds. while a king would be 12 yds. These are estimations based on the quilts I've made.
Q: When you want to make a crazy quilt from clothing, where should you start?
K: Start in the center of a square. Add an odd sized piece and another sewing right sides down. Keep adding pieces till it's the size you want. Any size or color fabric can be used,
Q: What is the best thing to use for getting spray adhesive off a cutting board?
K: I normally use rubbing alcohol.
Q: Which do you prefer to use for applique', a gluestick or fusible web?
K: I prefer to use the Lite Steam A Seam II.
Q: What is the best way to preserve your patterns?
K: I have found the best way is to adhere them to clear contact paper. That way they should be protected no matter what you come across.
Have You Ever Though About....
Being a quilt appraiser? Check out the guidelines from AQS HERE
Singer Sewing Machine
Isaac Merrit Singer ran away from his Owego, NY home in 1825, when he was only 12 years old. He joined a band of traveling players and remained an actor until he was 24 when he decided to "get a real job." He worked at a machine shop, but continued as an actor part time. In 1850 Singer headed to Boston with a device he had created to carve wood-block type. It never caught on, but, while he was in Boston, Singer became interested in another device - the sewing machine. Such machines were rare, and those that did exist were large and unreliable. He borrowed $40.00 from a friend and started working on his own version of the machine.
In 1851 Singer received a patent for the device. It attracted the attention not only of tailors, but also of Elias Howe, often credited as the inventor of the sewing machine. Howe had patented his machine in 1846. He sued Singer, but they soon settled. Under their agreement, Singer and Howe pooled their patents and each received five dollars from every sewing machine sold. Singer was not sentimental about his machine. "I don't care a damn for the invention. The dimes are what I'm after," he once said. Singer's business partner, a man named Edward Clark was responsible for another invention - the installment payment plan. This payment option made sewing machines affordable for the first time in many homes.
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