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Old 04-05-2013, 02:36 PM   #3361
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I think this would work, it's not black but neither is the sky.

http://www.fabric.com/ProductDetail....3-23d870f45e1c

Joann's has a great fabric that might work for you.

http://www.joann.com/holiday-inspira...prd_02255610a/

I found this in the store but not online....



See the hidden Mickey's ?
Since I got the Disney bug I see Mickeys EVERYWHERE. It's like an illness.

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That puppy is adorable and I love the fireworks fabric with the hidden Mickeys!

I've been trying to find room for an embroidery machine in my budget but it's either that or the Disney trip this year and no way am I giving up my Disney trip. Does anyone know of somewhere I could buy embroidered "patches" on felt to put on the things I'm making for my girls for our trip? I did a search on etsy but didn't turn up much. If you could PM me, that would be fantastic!
Before I had my embroidery machine I made shirts for my boys and bought patches. I actually found some through amazon of all places. They weren't cheap since I was buying 2 of each for my twins it added up fast. But I did get a couple different Mickey ones, (one said it was iron-on and wasn't) and some cars ones. I want to say they were $4-6 each. Cheaper than an embroidery machine. Also Joann fabrics has several disney iron on patches in their blank t-shrift section, They have some online but I know I have seen more variety in the store.

And Diane, I lost your quote but I intend to go back to the expo tomorrow to do a little more research. I admit I was sort of not as thorough as I should have been but I truly did not believe my husband would say yes. I brought it up a month ago and he said no since we just got a new computer. I am a definite online researcher and I find it very frustrating to not be able to compare prices and features since the dealers are so tight-lipped and inconsistent with prices. It is like buying a furnace, which was one of the most frustrating things ever for someone who likes the google...

I have a couple hours between the end of my volunteer shift at the resale and the time I have to pick up my (Hopefully not much!) unsold resale stuff. And then Grandma leaves Sunday a.m. so I have to stop ditching my kids and actually pay some attention to them.
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:51 PM   #3362
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[quote/]I don't know what an HE1 is? What features does it have?[/quote]

Think cheap and basic - 4X4, 67 build in stitches, 70 built in designs, 3 fonts(I think) etc. I really want to concentrate on doing fabulous hand applique, like D~, so I'm not so heavy into wanting to be able to download applique designs, but most (if not all) the brother machines have direct compute interface capabilities.

I just re-read that last line and feel like I'm in an 80's or 90's Sci-Fi tech drama.
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Old 04-05-2013, 07:49 PM   #3363
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Grandma survived and everyone was feeling better by lunch time, but also took a long nap so hopefully that helps whatever the next bug on the horizon.

The expo was a lot of fun, and my friend who went with me does not sew, but test drove a big long-arm quilting machine and helped me pick out fabric to make 2 quilts she is commissioning me to make for a cousin and her mom, but also was very intrigued and asked me if I could teach her to sew also. We laughed it was sort of like trick or treating, going from booth to booth filling the bag with (not free unfortunately) fun stuff. I picked up a dozen or so fat quarters of this and that, and some marathon thread since I have heard good things. I also found some fun fabric to make a shirt for my nephew for his birthday next month and some super cheap yardage of finding nemo fabric to have on hand for big gives.
Also, I checked out the embroidery machines and talked with the Babylock dealer who was there, since the nearest store is more than an hour away. I found a machine that I WANT AND LOVE AND COVET. And of course they have have a deal for the expo weekend only so time to talk to the boss about upgrading. It's the Spirit, which is 7x12 hoop and 1000 stitches per minute. And the price is high but not unreasonable and actually much lower than I expected. So fingers crossed.
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I looked at the Brother machines too, and they were more expensive, they are all combo machines that are sewing machines too, and I think the Disney co-branding adds to the cost since they are licensing that Mouse head on the front. I think I might go back briefly on Saturday after my shift at the twins sale, and do a final comparison. My husband surprised me when he agreed to let me get it, as long as I feel like I have done my research and I won't be shopping for another new machine in 6 months (I got my PE770 in August last year and am already trying to replace it.) He also asked why I wouldn't consider a multi-needle machine if I was going to spend the money to upgrade. That was shocking. I just don't think I have the time in my days to use it enough to pay for it, even with my etsy shop. I think I can make enough to pay for the Spirit but since I can only really use it when my kids sleep, and since I also enjoy sleep, I think a mutli-needle expense is just not practical. I think the bigger hoop and faster stitching can easily help grow my small business, but not enough to pay for a machine that costs as much as a small car.

Going to the expo with the friend that I did was great, she doesn't really sew at all but loves the stuff I make so was willing to check out everything. And, like me, loves picking out fabrics. So we had a lot of fun. I definitely think it was worth the $10 admission for an afternoon's entertainment.

While we are on the topic of people not appreciating the cost and effort that goes into handmade, I wrote a little thing on my blog today a story of true appreciation for handmade. I have a friend who asked me to help her make a quilt in February for her beloved Aunt, who was given a terminal diagnosis. The Aunt died yesterday, covered in the quilt my friend made. It has moved me to tears off and on several times. http://just-joshin.com/why-handmade/ She could have bought her aunt a quilt at Wal-Mart. But it wouldn't have even been noteworthy.

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I am glad that everyone is feeling better. It sounds like you had a great time at the Expo. I am happy to hear that a new machine may be on your horizon. DH actually told me to get the multi needle when I said I wanted to upgrade my embroidery machine. He told me that he knew how much the Gives mean to the families and he wanted to make sure I can do whatever I wanted for the Gives.

Thank you for sharing the story about your friend's aunt. I am sorry to hear about the circumstance but it does remind us of the value of hand made items!


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I haven't been around much, as last week, my pe770 decided to let its needle fly across the room and break the thread guide. Sigh, I had to take it in for service/repair and it's not even 6 months old. cost me $150 and I still have to pay for the actual parts. (Uber frustrating) My parents are picking it up as I type. It needed a new thread guide and a new bobbin casing. I had it completely serviced too so I'm hoping it stitches better when I get it back. I have to finish those two dresses for V's friend in the next week.

Family issues going on now and I have a new puppy which is making sewing difficult!

I still haven't decided what to make V for our trip and we head to the states in a few weeks and I have more/different material selection.

I am making a Wishes themed dress. I think the Grace ruffle dress. I'd love to do it in a black fairy frost or something. I want a sparkle to it, without it looking tacky. I'd like to have some bit of sparkle representing the night sky but not overdone. These are the fairy frosts, I can find but I'm not 100% sure on any of them. None are "sparkly" more so shimmer/two toned. Does anyone know of a different material that will give that sparkle that I'm looking for? Another option would be some sort of glitter spray that I could spray the fabric with and use a more solid black?

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I am sorry to hear that the machine is causing you trouble! I hope it will be fixed quickly. I am also sorry to hear about family problems, which I hope will be resolved soon! The puppy looks very cute though.

I think the Wishes dress is a great idea. I don't have suggestions for the fabric but I look forward to seeing pictures of it!

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Husbands! I'm thinking of dipping my toe into the whole embroidery thing, with something on the low end, just to see how I take to it. I found an HE1 for a decent starter price and talked with DH. He, after making sure it wouldn't cut too much into savings, said "do what you think is right." It's a little passive/aggressive sure, but he didn't say no. I think he was going to find one for me for Christmas, but our Fridge died. And he keeps calling it a serger, so he may just be confused.

I probably should just wait until I've saved enough for a P770 and/or finished cleaning the Sewing Room. Sigh - just babbling, sorry.
I am sorry to hear about your situation. I hope you can get an embroidery machine soon!

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I found this in the store but not online....



See the hidden Mickey's ?
I may have to pick up some of that fabric!

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I've been trying to find room for an embroidery machine in my budget but it's either that or the Disney trip this year and no way am I giving up my Disney trip. Does anyone know of somewhere I could buy embroidered "patches" on felt to put on the things I'm making for my girls for our trip? I did a search on etsy but didn't turn up much. If you could PM me, that would be fantastic!
Another option is to do the applique on a regular sewing machine "by hand." Some of us don't own embroidery machines and do amazing stuff with their sewing machines.

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Okay, I've done perhaps 30 appliqued t shirts. They are simple, for Disney they are usually mouseheads shapes. I was just doing some this week and I have a problem which is making me nuts. I do the applique setup-cut the shape out of wonder under and iron it on. Then I use fuse and tear stabilizer on the back so it stitches better. My issue is the sewing. I find it really hard to move the tshirt around so I can sew evenly. It seems to me that the stabilizer makes it very hard for me-and my machine-to keep feeding the fabric evenly. I keep stopping and starting, repositioning the fabric. All of that means the lines are slightly wobbly, uneven etc. Any suggestions for getting better results? This is machine applique with a satin stitch, not embroidery mind.
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A walking foot may help since it would feed the fabric from both the top and bottom.


Now that the package has arrived, I can share pictures of a small pixie dust project last weekend. I made a pair of cross body bags for one of the posters here. However, I left the straps off because I have no idea how long to make the straps. I am sure they can tie ribbons or something to the loops for the straps. The pattern is the Out and About Zipper Bag pattern from ymct.



The picture isn't the best quality as I took the picture using my phone at night.
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Just what I was looking for

Yeah!! People who won't roll their eyes when I talk about tutus and who will understand my dilemma when I say I have more ideas for outfits than we will have days at Disney (what to do, what to do?) I live with all males (even the dogs), and unfortunately my boys are too old to force them to wear cute stuff (16 and 19). Luckily, my sister moved nearby with her little girl (4), and she (my sister) has no interest in sewing or shopping, so I do get to make pretty things now.
I haven't read much of the thread yet. Wanted to subscribe so I wouldn't lose it. But I will be looking at your pics and eventually posting my own.

BTW, sorry if my signature seems a bit boring; I had to turn them off because there's too much flashing and blinking on them (migraines for me) so I haven't spent any time on my own since I wouldn't see it anyway.
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Hi all! I have a lot to catch up on here, but I thought I'd post a link to the newest dress in that princess dress sew-along I posted about last time.

This time it's Rapunzel. So adorable. I don't have a DD but I want to make these dresses and gift them to my friend's DD. Maybe, if only my Joann's would get that pattern in stock when they have the 5 for $5 sale! She's only 5 months, so I've got some time.

http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2013...-rapunzel.html
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Yeah!! People who won't roll their eyes when I talk about tutus and who will understand my dilemma when I say I have more ideas for outfits than we will have days at Disney (what to do, what to do?) I live with all males (even the dogs), and unfortunately my boys are too old to force them to wear cute stuff (16 and 19). Luckily, my sister moved nearby with her little girl (4), and she (my sister) has no interest in sewing or shopping, so I do get to make pretty things now.
I haven't read much of the thread yet. Wanted to subscribe so I wouldn't lose it. But I will be looking at your pics and eventually posting my own.

BTW, sorry if my signature seems a bit boring; I had to turn them off because there's too much flashing and blinking on them (migraines for me) so I haven't spent any time on my own since I wouldn't see it anyway.
Welcome to the thread !! We always welcome new sewers but be careful, the more you see on this thread the more you will want to make and become a fabric hoarder like the lot of us.

I don't have a little girl (yet) either but luckily my SIL and DSister have little girls to sew for. I am making my niece's 1st birthday outfit this week and also making another fun dress for her 1st pictures. I can't wait until my DSister gives birth and I can make her daughter stuff. She loves her some princesses !!

Warning, Do not go into Target at 75% off. They had some cute Disney baby things in the Easter stuff.




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Nannye - Sorry it's been tough the past few weeks, but that puppy is soooo cute!! Hopefully there's some puppy love to help smooth the process - maybe not the sewing, but the other stuff.

Husbands! I'm thinking of dipping my toe into the whole embroidery thing, with something on the low end, just to see how I take to it. I found an HE1 for a decent starter price and talked with DH. He, after making sure it wouldn't cut too much into savings, said "do what you think is right." It's a little passive/aggressive sure, but he didn't say no. I think he was going to find one for me for Christmas, but our Fridge died. And he keeps calling it a serger, so he may just be confused.

I probably should just wait until I've saved enough for a P770 and/or finished cleaning the Sewing Room. Sigh - just babbling, sorry.
I bought the He1 last week & I love it. I have the 270D so it's basically the same minus the sewing function adding the updated feature of it hooking right up to my computer to download designs. I'm loving it.
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be careful, the more you see on this thread the more you will want to make and become a fabric hoarder like the lot of us.
Whatever do you mean? Could you be referring to my fabric "collection"? I still have snippets from things I made in high school. Fortunately, the real collection is just a few blocks away at my mother's house. I went "shopping" there yesterday. I found some wonderful yellow eyelet that is just begging to be made into a Belle dress. I'm sure I was there when we bought it, but now I'm seeing through Disney eyes. (Trip planned for June)

I can already tell that the problem I will have is that now I have more ideas (and unfortunately no added Disney days).

Well, I was going to post a pic as promised, but it seems that I must post a few more times first.
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Well, I was going to post a pic as promised, but it seems that I must post a few more times first.
Are we posting stash pics?

Here are some of my sewing room...


sewing room reorganization by doodledodesigns, on Flickr

This is my room, those boxes along the bottom hold my stash. I'm a quilter first and foremost, so that's mostly quilting cottons broken down into colors. There's a cubby on the left that holds large cuts and all my apparel fabric is behind that.


Fabric Storage by doodledodesigns, on Flickr

That's some detail of how I organize my quilting cottons. See the hidden Mickeys?
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Now that the package has arrived, I can share pictures of a small pixie dust project last weekend. I made a pair of cross body bags for one of the posters here. However, I left the straps off because I have no idea how long to make the straps. I am sure they can tie ribbons or something to the loops for the straps. The pattern is the Out and About Zipper Bag pattern from ymct.



The picture isn't the best quality as I took the picture using my phone at night.
So cute! And so nice of you to do them.
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Are we posting stash pics?

Here are some of my sewing room...


sewing room reorganization by doodledodesigns, on Flickr

This is my room, those boxes along the bottom hold my stash. I'm a quilter first and foremost, so that's mostly quilting cottons broken down into colors. There's a cubby on the left that holds large cuts and all my apparel fabric is behind that.


Fabric Storage by doodledodesigns, on Flickr

That's some detail of how I organize my quilting cottons. See the hidden Mickeys?
LOL... First of all I have to say I have a secret fear of people who have neat cute sewing spaces!

Also, I could NEVER get my fabric stash hidden in those small boxes! When I see a fabric I like I usually buy 5 yards...I have been trying to cut down to only 3 yards... but it is hard...read that as impossible! I make multiples of almost everything I makes...dresses and quilts... and I have a fear of running out and not being able to replace the fabric.

Add to that the fact that I have been purchasing those cute Disney prints (that are so think you can't really do anything with...or are printed so far off grain that they are worthless) and I am out of control...but then again, that is nothing new!

Now if someone has some storage ideas for fabric bolts....


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Nini you have me laughing. I so couldn't hide the fabric I like looking at it too much I have been busy moving mine around this week.

Right now I am washing fabric from my shopping trip yesterday and some MM I bought on FB during the week.

I love new fabric and how it speaks to me Now if only I had a few more hours in the day to play or even the energy.
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Nini you have me laughing. I so couldn't hide the fabric I like looking at it too much I have been busy moving mine around this week.

Right now I am washing fabric from my shopping trip yesterday and some MM I bought on FB during the week.

I love new fabric and how it speaks to me Now if only I had a few more hours in the day to play or even the energy.
You are so funny...I envy YOUR energy! I'm not pregnant and could not do half the stuff you get done!

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And Diane, I lost your quote but I intend to go back to the expo tomorrow to do a little more research. I admit I was sort of not as thorough as I should have been but I truly did not believe my husband would say yes. I brought it up a month ago and he said no since we just got a new computer. I am a definite online researcher and I find it very frustrating to not be able to compare prices and features since the dealers are so tight-lipped and inconsistent with prices. It is like buying a furnace, which was one of the most frustrating things ever for someone who likes the google...
Good luck comparing prices and deciding what you want. I am also a compulsive google price checker and I hate when they have high end things where they hide the prices! Make sure you post some pictures of whatever you end up buying!!!

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Think cheap and basic - 4X4, 67 build in stitches, 70 built in designs, 3 fonts(I think) etc. I really want to concentrate on doing fabulous hand applique, like D~, so I'm not so heavy into wanting to be able to download applique designs, but most (if not all) the brother machines have direct compute interface capabilities.
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I'd advise you to wait until you can buy something that has at least a 5x7 hoop. 4x4 is ok but most people want a larger embroidery field. I have one that goes up to a 6x12 but I use the 5x7 size hoop the most. I'd go for the larger hoop even if I have to buy a second hand machine instead of buying something brand new.

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Now that the package has arrived, I can share pictures of a small pixie dust project last weekend. I made a pair of cross body bags for one of the posters here. However, I left the straps off because I have no idea how long to make the straps. I am sure they can tie ribbons or something to the loops for the straps. The pattern is the Out and About Zipper Bag pattern from ymct.



The picture isn't the best quality as I took the picture using my phone at night.
Those are so sweet Flora! And it was so nice of you to make them and send them to the poster. I remember her asking about bags for the stroller. I am sure her girls must have loved those bags!

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Luckily, my sister moved nearby with her little girl (4), and she (my sister) has no interest in sewing or shopping, so I do get to make pretty things now.
I haven't read much of the thread yet. Wanted to subscribe so I wouldn't lose it. But I will be looking at your pics and eventually posting my own.
Welcome to the group! I also have two older kids who do not want to wear cute and frilly things to Disney anymore. I am lucky to have a 6 year old niece that I can sew for. I don't know what I am going to do when she outgrows liking the things I make. We can't wait to see some of the things you are sewing!

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This time it's Rapunzel. So adorable. I don't have a DD but I want to make these dresses and gift them to my friend's DD. Maybe, if only my Joann's would get that pattern in stock when they have the 5 for $5 sale! She's only 5 months, so I've got some time.

http://cuttopieces.blogspot.com/2013...-rapunzel.html
Very cute! I did a Rapunzel style dress a few months ago. I will see if I can find a picture to post. I don't think that you need to get the exact same pattern. I would just get any peasant style dress pattern because her ideas can easily be transferred.
Here is the Rapunzel dress that I did with CarlaC's peasant dress pattern. It wasn't anything fancy. My niece wanted a Rapunzel dress to play dress up in so I whipped one up with some fabric I found on sale.


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Awesome find and such great deals!

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I can already tell that the problem I will have is that now I have more ideas (and unfortunately no added Disney days).
You don't have to limit yourself to one outfit per day! Clothes can easily be changed!

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You definitely have more energy than anybody Chiara! I don't know how you get everything done. You must never sleep!
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Nannye: Hope your machine is back and running better than ever. So sorry it cost you money so soon after purchase. Sorry you have been having a bad time of it. I hope your weekend goes great and next week is a good one! That puppy is soooo cute! People think I'm crazy, but I love to smell puppy breath. Yep, I said it out loud.

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Husbands! I'm thinking of dipping my toe into the whole embroidery thing, with something on the low end, just to see how I take to it. I found an HE1 for a decent starter price and talked with DH. He, after making sure it wouldn't cut too much into savings, said "do what you think is right." It's a little passive/aggressive sure, but he didn't say no. I think he was going to find one for me for Christmas, but our Fridge died. And he keeps calling it a serger, so he may just be confused.

I probably should just wait until I've saved enough for a P770 and/or finished cleaning the Sewing Room. Sigh - just babbling, sorry.
I would suggest going over to ebay and checking out the machines over there. Sometimes you can get a referb at a really good price. I'm afraid you'll be wanting bigger than a 4x4 hoop very quickly. But as I read someone else has the HE1 and loves it, so if you don't think you'll want a bigger hoop size soon, go for it! Let us know.

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Yeah!! People who won't roll their eyes when I talk about tutus and who will understand my dilemma when I say I have more ideas for outfits than we will have days at Disney (what to do, what to do?) I live with all males (even the dogs), and unfortunately my boys are too old to force them to wear cute stuff (16 and 19). Luckily, my sister moved nearby with her little girl (4), and she (my sister) has no interest in sewing or shopping, so I do get to make pretty things now.
I haven't read much of the thread yet. Wanted to subscribe so I wouldn't lose it. But I will be looking at your pics and eventually posting my own.

BTW, sorry if my signature seems a bit boring; I had to turn them off because there's too much flashing and blinking on them (migraines for me) so I haven't spent any time on my own since I wouldn't see it anyway.
Welcome! I'm glad you have a little girl to sew for. It's such fun!! We love pictures around here, so hope you will share when you have enough posts.

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Now that the package has arrived, I can share pictures of a small pixie dust project last weekend. I made a pair of cross body bags for one of the posters here. However, I left the straps off because I have no idea how long to make the straps. I am sure they can tie ribbons or something to the loops for the straps. The pattern is the Out and About Zipper Bag pattern from ymct.



The picture isn't the best quality as I took the picture using my phone at night.
I love those bags! Great job and as always, such a generous heart!

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Are we posting stash pics?

Here are some of my sewing room...


sewing room reorganization by doodledodesigns, on Flickr

This is my room, those boxes along the bottom hold my stash. I'm a quilter first and foremost, so that's mostly quilting cottons broken down into colors. There's a cubby on the left that holds large cuts and all my apparel fabric is behind that.


Fabric Storage by doodledodesigns, on Flickr

That's some detail of how I organize my quilting cottons. See the hidden Mickeys?
What a neat and organized space! Thanks for sharing.

GOTEAMWOOD: I read your blog and it made me cry. What a touching story. Now I hope that quilt will be used by your friend to keep her aunt close in a way nothing else might. Thanks for sharing!

I love the fireworks fabric with the hidden Mickeys! I think that would be awesome for the Wishes dress.
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