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From: ToTheM00NAlice
Date: 03-03-2006, 04:25 PM (1 of 5)
While passing thru, reading some threads, this sounds like it's right up my alley...for what I'd like to do if I ever take the time and I want to take the time now. Being on top of everything has its drawbacks, you forget how to relax and I too would like to simplify my life. Anyways, I've always had this idea to make a quilt for my youngest daughter who's going to college next year, using pieces from all her dance recital costumes. As I don't quilt or barely sew, besides sewing buttons on when they fall off, patched jeans in the seventies, and small alterations on costumes and adding ribbons to pointe' shoes, I've never taken up sewing. Thus, I'm not sure where or how to begin but I'm willing to give it a shot. I'd appreciate any input as to whether it's even possible to create a quilt out of old costumes, or possible suggestions on what books may help, like an explicitly clear book with lots of pictures. Gotta' go finish hanging these curtain rods before the hubby gets home and finds out I stole his drill out of his trunk last nite. I'm anxious to hear from all the helpful people I know are out there...I just know you're there! See ya!
User: ToTheM00NAlice
Member since: 03-03-2006
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From: esrun3
Date: 03-03-2006, 05:35 PM (2 of 5)
Hi Alice, welcome to the boards. You could make a crazy quilt out of the outfits, there are several books out there. Check with your local fabric store or google for crazy quilts. The other thing you might try is find a beginner quilt class at your local sewing machine dealer or fabric store. That's how I got started, took a class and after the class it all started to make sense even though I'd been sewing since I was a child I had never quilted before that first class. There are some tutorials on the main page on quilting here on the site. I'm sure someone will be along with better information than I have but I did want to welcome you aboard.
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From: ToTheM00NAlice
Date: 03-04-2006, 02:04 AM (3 of 5)
:wink: :bg: TThanks alot Lyn for the welcome and the advice. It's a beginning...I went out and bought a quilting magazine tonite. I'll definitely be researching crazy quilts now.
User: ToTheM00NAlice
Member since: 03-03-2006
Total posts: 2
From: MotherInLaw
Date: 03-04-2006, 02:36 AM (4 of 5)
Welcome Alice and I love the screen name. I just loved that show.

That's sounds like a wonderful idea with the recital costumes after all when will they ever get used again. this way it will be part of her history and it's a keepsake. Please let us know how it turns out. I made two memory quilts for my new Granddaughters when they were born last year and the year before with pics of the people who died in their parents lives and it was a big hit with everyone. It was such a big hit that they are now scared to wash them. I showed them how to wash them and they are now used all the time. When the girls get older the Mother's can put them up for them to keep.
I'm regressing back into my youth, I just have to figure out how I'm going to convience my body to come along with me.
User: MotherInLaw
Member since: 06-25-2005
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 03-05-2006, 09:19 PM (5 of 5)
Hi Alice and welcome. I am a quilter more than a sewer. The one thing I would be concerned about with making a quilt out of the costumes is that most quilts are made out of cottons which don't generally stretch. I'm assuming that the dance costumes could be made with stretchy material. If using stretch material to make a quilt, the pieces would need to be stabilized so they wouldn't stretch out of shape. That is why a crazy quilt might be the best method as you usually cut and sew your pieces to a foundation piece of fabric such as cotton muslin. You might want to practice one square to see how it goes. Here are some sites with instructions. Good Luck.,2025,DIY_13773_2274204,00.html
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