Winter Craft Projects.....What Are Your Plans?

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  1. Cayuga Morning

    Cayuga Morning Strong Ash Plants Contributor

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    I am guessing Stewbies are planning indoor projects... at least those Stewbies for whom winter is descending.

    I hope to make an fabric wall hanging for our son, per his request. I plan to sew the fabric on the diagonal, the finished project bring a rectangle.

    Here's the fabric
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    Oops, it's the wrong way. Picture it turned 90° and a rectangle in shape with a dark border.
    Actually if any of you have suggestions, I welcome them. I have not done this before.

    Anybody else planning a project?
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    What is the fabric....cotton...rayon, silk, etc? Sewing on the diagonal can be a night mare if the fabric (especially slippery fabric) is not stabilized first. Cotton will slip too in the sewing process causing some waviness along the seam. How will the finished piece be hanging....framed or from a curtain rod? Actually I would suggest you have enough fabric to 'play' with. You can stabilize the fabrics then cut and sew them on the diagonal or you can sew the strips together on the straight of grain, cutting the whole final piece on the diagonal. That way you will only have diagonal edges to contend with on the outer edges and those can be stabilized by sewing a straight of edge binding piece on all four sides....turning that to the back and hand stitching it in place..making one of the edges open to slip a rod or dowel into for hanging.


    Also, when sewing a straight of grain piece and a diagonal piece together, be sure the diagonal piece in on the bottom. The process of the machine moving the fabric will cause a bit stretching on the top fabric so you want the straight edge fabric on top in that situation.

    On topic.....I have 5 quilts to make that should keep me busy at home and out of the pool hall for at least the next year.
     
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    @toni I like your ideas. I was thinking of sewing the pieces on the straight of grain, then cutting them out on the diagonal. It will use more fabric, but I do have extra. Thanks also for the tip of edging the diagonal cuts with binding, and being sure to have the top most fabric be with the grain rather than on the diagonal. Makes sense.

    good luck with those five quilts! Post photos please!
     
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    Ha ! I want to see you at the pool hall !
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Yea, I am really going to miss the pool hall.
     
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    And I bet they'll miss you!
     
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    Doghouse Riley In Flower

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    The only project I have, if you can call it craft, is to remake these decorative panels between the pergola posts.

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    I remade them a couple of years ago. I used exterior grade plywood. The present ones are 1/4 inch or whatever. The problem with cutting plywood with a jigsaw, is that you disturb the laminations, so what little adhesive is put between each these days when they are made can come unstuck and no matter how well you paint them, eventually water will get in. A couple are damaged and splitting in places, but I might as well replace them all.

    Ideally, what I need is solid mahogany or similar, like the two rondels I made last year from a bit of left over 9" window sill I took down we'd used as shelving in the lounge thirty years ago. They hide the bolts that hold the pergola to the supporting posts.

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    But that'd cost a fortune now. So I'm going to try with 1/2 inch plywood.
     
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    Dog I remember you making those decorative discs for your pergola. I like how you use the same design throughout for continuity.
     
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    They replaced these which I made out of plywood, but despite painting them every year, they just rotted away.
    The new ones had to be of a slightly different design as they could only be nine inches in diameter.

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