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Theresa, nice to know I am not the only one who isn't a huge fan of posting pictures of myself on the internet.    I will however promise to take a picture of any finished garments and will post those instead.

This weekend I am going to attempt to muslin a sleeveless top.  Hopefully I will be using McCall's 6927.  Hopefully it will work out without too much fuss.  If I get too frustrated I will turn my attentions to making a skirt with my fabulous new skirt muslin pattern for my Winter 6PAC.  The fabric is a really dark charcoal grey with a thin pink pinstripe. 

Food/Recipes/Health / Re: Opinions on the Instant Pot
« Last post by fzxdoc on Today at 01:21:43 AM »
I'm glad to hear that there are more of us on the bandwagon due to that great one-day-only price. I was holding out, telling myself that I don't need another kitchen gadget, but my DSD nudged me to take the jump. There's so much enthusiasm about this product that I wanted to see for myself. Plus anything that shortens my time in the kitchen is a good thing. :)

Food/Recipes/Health / Re: Grilling & Smoking
« Last post by fzxdoc on Today at 01:16:15 AM »
Be sure you're getting hardwood pellets and not some "sweepings from the floor" pellets, Debbie.

I've heard good things about these pellet vendors:

BBQ Delight

As far as flavors go, I like apple+cherry+hickory or pecan+hickory mix for beef and apple and/or cherry for pork and poultry. I really like the alder pellets for salmon.

Most fruitwood pellets are 2/3 base wood like oak (or alder in the Pacific Northwest) and 1/3 fruit wood. There's a good reason for this: less ash formation.

It's probably best to research what pellet brands are available locally so you don't have to pay shipping and then google that brand to read reviews. I do that for charcoal.


PS if the back drape just needs to be folded use a pillow.  Pin the folds into place then baste onto the garment. Take photos and repeat.  You'll get there.

Thank you sdBev, that's brilliant! I'll definitely give it a try.  :)

Great jacket Redside! And anything that matches your hair must be a neutral, no?

Ulrike, sdBEV, , and others, I don't know about you, but this is making me realize that if I start a garment in the wrong fabric, I should stop putting effort into it as soon as I realize that, unless I am specifically trying to learn a particular technique that deserves repeated practice. Why spend time finishing carefully something that will never be worn in public? Do you often stop a project after realizing the fabric is wrong?

Chatter / Re: Christmas Gifts
« Last post by datcat23 on Today at 12:58:10 AM »
Dani, all of you gifts are lovely. You are such a talented lady. Love the table runners. Their simplicity is so elegant. Did you design them and the placemats you posted elsewhere? I would love to do placemats for DD and DDIL next year and loved your pattern. They may even get a table runner too.


The xmas tree table runner is a Missouri Quilt Company tutorial ..... I quite liked it, but two is enough for me.  The placemats are just 6 charm pack squares, and then sashing 2.5in wide.  Really quite simple.

This morning I finished a set of placemats.  These are panels with a coordinating fabric for the back and sides.  This time I also quilted along the edges of the boxes in the design .... I am quite happy with that. 

Flower placemats by Dani, on Flickr

Flower placemats by Dani, on Flickr

Onto the next one ........
Quilting / Re: Quilts in the Making II
« Last post by Laurie H on Today at 12:39:14 AM »
Thank you ladies.  My work situation won't change much, but my personal one should get better very soon.  The last 2 years have not been much fun.  Maybe 2016 will be better?
Fabrics / Re: EmmaOneSock fabric and service
« Last post by marie-louise on Today at 12:07:43 AM »
Linda, aka Emma One Sock, is a special person... I wish all online merchants were as conscientious.  .....Lydia

I didn't buy anything this week, but I am another satisfied EOS customer. She always personally answers email questions about a fabric, usually within an hour or two. I also wish other merchants copied her customer service!
Sewing Machines / Re: Brother Dream Machine vs Brother Deam Weaver
« Last post by PattiH on Today at 12:00:01 AM »
I would also take a look at the Brother 3500.  It has some new technology that is supposed to make it a great machine.  It does not have the large field for embroidery or the 8x8" hoop, but I do believe that it has at least the 6x10" hoop. 

Things that I like on my Brother machines are the pivot function, needle threader.  I think the 3500 has improved lighting  as well.  But, anyway, I think it is worth taking a look at.  The Babylock Soprano is the Babylock version of it. 

Obviously, the specs for both are on the their websites. 

I love my Brother/Babylock machines.  I have never been able to bond with Janomes.


Pina thanks for the info !!!!!!!!!!  Looks like a sewing machine has more fine adjustments than the old carburetors of years ago.
Thanks again for the help, it gives me a place to start lookin. I do think I will install a new needle before I do anything else though , I am testing it with the used needle that came with the machine.
Patterns and Instructions / Christmas Present Purse
« Last post by mmkrzus on Yesterday at 11:19:42 PM »
In either Threads or Sew News Magazine, I found a perfect Christmas gift years ago: a purse that looked like a wrapped Christmas gift with Christmas "wrapping paper" fabric for the body and a gold ribbon and bow. I decided I'd make it for my daughter for Christmas. I tore it out of of the magazine, put it in my patterns binder, and decided I'd run out of time and couldn't make it. Every year I took it out of the binder and shopped for the perfect fabric; I couldn't find it. The pattern went back in the binder. This year I was at Joann's and found the PERFECT fabric!! Now I can't find my pattern!! Does ANYONE remember the pattern? I'm sooo upset! I even have TIME this year to make it... Any help would be appreciated! Thank you.
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