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    Thanks, MauiMagic. I have a ton of material, so I am sure I have the necessary fabric. But I don't know what to do from there. Are there patterns available? I presume I need to cut squares, but how big and how many, and how do I figure out what it is going to look like?

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    I decided to recycle some of my Christmas cards from this year for jelly jar toppers. Cut the design into a circle, place it over the lid and screw on the ring. I give alot of jellies each year and this would be very festive and cost nothing. I have access to a laminater at work so I'll probably laminate them first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post
    I might try something now that I have a sewing machine. But isn't there batting and such things to deal with?
    AH HA!!! I thought so..........MM just ratted you out.

    You bought a sewing machine a few months back - didn't you? And have you ever used it???????

    The batting comes after you have the quilt top sewn and if you plan on tying (as opposed to quilting) your first quilt, the batting will be nothing to deal with.

    I think you would love quilting.......and if you have ever sewn ANYTHING it isn't that hard. You can make it as hard, or as easy as you want by the pattern you pick.

    If you can sew a straight line, you can quilt!!!

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    I agree. Madhen you will be a great quilter! Get started girl, there's no time like the present.

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    Madhen, if you check some of my quilting posts - there are pictures of the quilts I made for my preschoolers - I used 5 inch squares.

    Just figure out how large you want your quilts and divide the length and the width each by your square size plus 1/2 inch (usually use 1/4 inch seams) - that will be the number long and wide - then multiply those two numbers together to get the total number of squares needed.

    Once you start looking at quilt patterns, you will be overwhelmed with stimuli that will keep you quilting for a lifetime ahead!!

    I've made patchwork quilt cloth napkins also - those last a long time, are really practical and make great gifts!!

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    I'm going to try and take Christmas 2010 completely out of my own allowance. I'll put aside $20/mth for a total of $240 in gifts. And I'll focus on making most of my gifts. One a month... let's see how I do...

    teehee, madhen a quilter, teehee! Knew we'd get to you eventually madhen. Quilting is fun. Quilting is awesome.

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    Hmm...sounds like there might be math involved. I have used the sewing machine to make the eye pillows, but haven't tried anything else yet.

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    Not much math in quilting. Use templates, use rulers, make sure you have a 1/4" pressure foot on your sewing machine... though you could just use masking tape to line everything up to. It can be mathematically complicated, but it doesn't have to be!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dean View Post
    I decided to recycle some of my Christmas cards from this year for jelly jar toppers. Cut the design into a circle, place it over the lid and screw on the ring. I give alot of jellies each year and this would be very festive and cost nothing. I have access to a laminater at work so I'll probably laminate them first.
    This is a great idea, dean!

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    Quote Originally Posted by madhen View Post
    Thanks, MauiMagic. I have a ton of material, so I am sure I have the necessary fabric. But I don't know what to do from there. Are there patterns available? I presume I need to cut squares, but how big and how many, and how do I figure out what it is going to look like?
    Madhen, you might find some of Eleanor Burns' Quilt in a Day books useful. She breaks it down into very easy steps and the end results are stunning.

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    Found a pattern in the Creative Knitting Magazine that my MIL put in my stocking for a scarf and fingerless glove that I want to make for my sister-in-law and my brother's girlfriend for next Christmas.

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    Need to add that quilting is also addictive!! Madhen - sewing quilts is easier than sewing the eyepatch things - just keep sewing those straight lines!!

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    Sigh. I feel the seeds of another addiction sprouting.

    I'll go check out the library for those books. Meanwhile, MM, I'll see if I can find some of your quilting posts.

    1/4" pressure foot? That confuses me.

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    When I need to mark dertain widths for sewing on my machine, I just mark it on the machine itself. So, if I wanted a 1/4 inch seam, I would measure out from the hole for the needle, 1/4 inch and mark it - and that's where I would line up my material.

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    I think i'm going to try and save $20 a week . That would give me $1000 or so christmas. That would really help me out! Just gotta figure out how to stash it since my bank doesn't have a christmas club

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