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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-29-2006, 07:23 AM (1 of 19)
For my daughter's new apartment I made a coaster set.
They coasters are shaped to resemble coffee spills.
I felt a little like a kid in kindergarten giving mom the present she made.
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From: NDNQuilter
Date: 05-29-2006, 09:29 AM (2 of 19)
Dorothy, Your bowl and coasters are great. Did you make the pattern for the bowl up? It looks hard. Gena
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-29-2006, 10:34 AM (3 of 19)
Gena --
I had directions for the bowl but the book said use a couple layers of heavy cotton canvas and I used low loft batting.
Bad idea.
If I make that style again I'll buy canvas.
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From: MaryW
Date: 05-29-2006, 10:42 AM (4 of 19)
Cute, the coffee spills are perfect! :bg:
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From: HeyJudee
Date: 05-29-2006, 01:01 PM (5 of 19)
Great gift! I wanna be your I can get one!!!
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From: MartySews
Date: 05-29-2006, 04:46 PM (6 of 19)
Too cute. Love the bowl and coasters. Yes, it does look like spilled coffee.
Happy Stitching!
Marty :love:
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From: bluebirdie
Date: 05-29-2006, 05:06 PM (7 of 19)
Hi Dorothy,
Those look very original!
I'm not sure cotton canvas would be better. They look great and probably more absorbant the way they are.
- Robin
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-29-2006, 08:52 PM (8 of 19)
The canvas would just be in the bowl.
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From: bren
Date: 05-30-2006, 04:43 AM (9 of 19)
Love your bowl and coaster set Dorothy :bolt:
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-30-2006, 06:44 AM (10 of 19)
Thank ya all.
Hey Bren, glad to see you finally got on here.
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From: esrun3
Date: 05-30-2006, 09:26 AM (11 of 19)
Dorothy-those are great!! So original.

Good to see you back Bren!
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From: blackie
Date: 05-30-2006, 06:42 PM (12 of 19)
Lucky daughter!
see the mundane life of a housewife.
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From: lrmart
Date: 05-30-2006, 10:56 PM (13 of 19)
Those are too cute.... Love the spilled coffee look.

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From: CodyGramma
Date: 05-31-2006, 04:20 AM (14 of 19) the bowl and coasters! Very cute idea! Have you heard of the product called Timtex? I have not tried to make these fabric bowls yet but I've heard this stuff works great in them.
Timtex Interfacing
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-31-2006, 07:23 AM (15 of 19)
Codygramma --
I made a vase with the timtex and it did work great. But for this style bowl it is a little to stiff. You couldn't really quilt it for one thing. It is what you use when you cut a wedge out of the bowl then butt the edges together to sew them. This less regular style bowl (yes, that is deliberate) you cut a line then overlap the sides to sculpt the bowl. That's why the woman recommends canvas. It quilts and laps better.
I wanted to use the batting in the coasters so they would be more absorbent and thought "why not in the bowl too?"
It probably would have been fine for someone with more experience but for me -- well I kept having bits of white fuzz sticking out and had to go over them with the satin stitch again.
It adds to the asymmetric look, right?
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From: mozeyrn
Date: 05-31-2006, 10:14 AM (16 of 19)
They're cute - I like the irregular shape of the coasters - more "life-like".
So, what did she say?
- Maureen.
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From: bridesmom
Date: 05-31-2006, 10:28 AM (17 of 19)
Very neat idea Dorothy, did you do the coffee staining yourself??
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From: DorothyL
Date: 05-31-2006, 10:52 AM (18 of 19)
Laura --
No, I didn't dye the fabric -- It's one of those tie-dye prints for quilting. But after I got it I thought if you don't just luck on some like I did on vacation it would be fun to tie-dye with coffee or tea. Maybe some cranberry juice for color.
mozeyrn -
She said she loves them -- but what else could she say. At least she didn't "forget" them when she went home.
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From: Magot
Date: 06-01-2006, 03:12 AM (19 of 19)
I'm loving them too, Dorothy! Spilage! cool.
love and kisses, Jan
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