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Lay the top sheet on, outside up, and tack it down. Tack the corners first, then centers, then about every 5–6 inches (12.7–15.2 cm) along the entire edge of the blanket. When you tack, be sure to get all the layers on the tack – bottom, middle and top. The tighter you pull the sheets, the easier it is to sew the quilt.

Mark your blanket for where you are going to sew (tie) the yarn. 4″ separations are preferred. That makes it so that you can continuously sew and tie, only stopping when you run out of yarn in your needle. Start your marks 6-8″ from the edge of the blanket (the boards you are tacking the material to) because when you finish the blanket, you’ll roll the edges and take up about 4–6 inches (10.2–15.2 cm) on each side. A tape measure will work fine too. Use a fabric marker which washes out easily.

Select the yarn you will be using. you may use several different colors or just one through the entire blanket. This is the simplest way to tie your blanket quickly.

Thread the needle. Use a quilting needle, or a large needle. Most quilting needles are about 3″ long with a large eye. Use cheaters to help thread the yarn. They are available at most material stores. Only thread about 6 feet (1.8 m) of yarn each time.

Start by putting the needle fully into the blanket at one of your marks. It should stick out the bottom.

Then, without actually going through, turn the needle to the side (horizontal) and pull it back until about ¼” of the needle can be seen as a bump in the top of the quilt. Push the needle through that bump.

Now you have the needle through the entire blanket, pull it, with the yarn, all the way through until only about 2″ of the yarn sticks out of the stitch.

Tie the yarn in a square knot – ½ Knot pulled tight, then another ½ knot.

Move to the next marker and do the next stitch. Don’t cut anything!

Tie a knot in the yarn without cutting it.

Somewhere in the process, the markers will be further away than you can reach. Before you roll it, clip all the yarn exactly in the middle between the knots. When you’re done clipping, you’ll have perfect knots with exactly the right amount of yarn on the knot.

Roll the blanket. With one of your helpers, undo the clamps at the edge of the blanket, remove the tacks down the edge the will be rolled, and role the frame under the blanket to the edge of the marks that you haven’t stitched yet.

When you get to a corner, fold the corner down towards the center of the blanket about 3″. You end up with a small triangle on the corner.

Continue rolling the first edges until you use up the triangle and are left with a straight edge.

Then start rolling the next edge matching the straight edge again. As you do, it will automatically form a straight edge corner!

Continue rolling the rest of the edges and corners, using pins to hold it in place.

The secret to getting the border to look right is to be sure to hold the material firmly as it passes through the sewing machine. Since the blanket is the equivalent of about six or seven layers of material, the sewing machine will try to move the bottom material, but leaves the top behind. It is best to stretch the border as it passes through the sewing machine, assuring that the top and bottom layers stay together until they are sewn.

Although you can get a lot fancier, this same process will work for any blanket.


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How To Repair A Fiberglass Tub Or Shower: 15 Steps (With Pictures)

Make sure your shower is fiberglass by tapping it with your knuckle or a wooden spoon or similar item which will not damage the finish. A fiberglass unit will have a soft, hollow, non-metallic sound, and depending on where you tap it, may even seem flexible.

Choose the appropriate color for the kit you will purchase. Most kits come with colorants (tinting products) to change the color of the product to match common colored fixtures, such as white, off white, or almond.

Make sure the kit you buy comes complete with everything you need, or purchase these materials and tools separately. The following is a list of what your kit may contain:

Polyester resin

Hardener (catalyst to harden the resin)

Fiberglass mesh or mat (for large or structural repairs)


Sandpaper in assorted grits, from 80 grit (coarse) to 400 or 440 grit (very fine)

Thickener (to stiffen the resin for vertical applications)

Protective gloves resistant to the chemicals included in the kit

Cut any jagged or protruding glass fibers around the damaged area, sand it lightly with a medium grit sandpaper to remove wax, oil, soap scum, or other surface contaminants, and rinse with acetone or another solvent to assure proper adhesion of the repair product.

You may want to wear a Tyvek suit when working with fiberglass, especially if you’re cutting it. Put on gloves and a respirator as well to protect yourself from the fiberglass.


If it does not, skip to the step describing mixing and tinting instructions. If the crack is over one fourth of an inch (1/2 cm) wide, or is actually an open hole that the resin mixture will not fill alone, cut a piece of fiberglass mesh or cloth slightly larger than the hole. For large holes or cracks, more than one layer of cloth may be needed to get good results.

Since individual products may vary, and measuring the materials you mix is essential, make sure you understand these instructions before proceeding.

Place a protective material like cardboard or heavy construction paper on the surface you will mix the material on. Place the container you will mix in (usually supplied in the kit you purchased) on this surface.

Measure the amount of polyester resin into the mixing container you think you will need for your repair. Most kits have mixing proportions for fractional portions of the resin provided, such as 1/4th of the volume, 1/2, etc., mixed with an equal proportion of hardener.

Add the colorant from the correct tube that came with the kit. An example would be for almond, mix 5 parts white with 1 part brown, to 20 parts of resin. For basic white, use the white colorant added until the resin is thoroughly opaque. Mix these components thoroughly, and check the color against the fixture you are repairing before adding the hardener.

Mix thickening material into the resin/colorant mixture until it is a desired consistency for your patch. Vertical surfaces need to be very stiff so the product does not sag, drip, or run. For horizontal repairs the material can be thinner, but it still should be stiff enough that it can be tooled smooth with the applicator.

Add the hardener according to the kit’s instructions. If you cannot find a workable proportion, you may have to make an educated guess as to how much you will need. Generally speaking, too much hardener will only accelerate the process, allowing less working time, and too little will delay the setting time. If you fail to add enough hardener to set the resin, however, it will remain tacky indefinitely. For a ball-park estimate, add 5 drops of hardener to each tablespoon of resin/colorant mixture.

The longer you stir the material, the better the results will be, making sure that all of edges and corners are incorporated so that it hardens equally. Remember, though, that once you add the hardener, the reaction that solidifies the resin will begin, so you can only expect 10 to 15 minutes total working time before the resin becomes unusable.

Sand the patch carefully, trying not to scuff the adjacent areas. If you used fiberglass cloth, you may need to trim any fibers that are protruding with a sharp utility knife before sanding. Begin with a fairly coarse grit of sandpaper, depending on how much of the patch has to be removed to make it flush with the original surface. Work your way from a coarse or medium grit to a fine, then very fine grit sandpaper, until the repair is smooth. If you need to build up the repair further, mix another application and apply it to the damaged area, then repeat the sanding.

Mix another batch of resin and colorant to overlay the first patch, without the thickening agent. You can apply this with a small artist’s paintbrush, or if it is a small chip or ding, even a cotton swab will do. Smooth this application as much as possible, allow it to harden, then sand it with very fine sandpaper.


How To Cope With A Stomach Flu (With Pictures)

Avoid unnecessary stress. Remember, the point of relaxing and recuperating at home is to remove yourself from stressors that might slow down your recovery. Doing everything you can to get rid of tension will help you feel better faster.

Accept that you’re sick and temporarily unable to work. Don’t blow your precious energy on trying to keep up at work or school. Illness happens, and your superiors will probably be understanding and accommodating as long as you have a plan in place to make up the work later. For now, focus on feeling better.

Get help with errands and daily tasks. Ask a friend or relative for help with things that must still be done, such as doing a load of laundry or picking up medication from the pharmacy. Most people will be delighted to take any extra stress off of you.

Sports drinks (such as Gatorade) will rehydrate you and replenish electrolytes, although unlike the options available at a pharmacy they are not guaranteed to give you all the electrolytes you need.[12] Do not give sugary sports drinks to young children.

Make your own oral rehydration solution. If you’re struggling to stay hydrated or you can’t leave the house to buy an electrolyte solution at the pharmacy, make your own. Mix 4.25 cups (1 litre) of clean water, 6 tsp (30 ml) of sugar, and 0.5 tsp (2.5 ml) of salt, and drink as much as you can.

Bananas will pull double duty in providing bland nutrition and in being rich in potassium, which will counter diarrheal losses.

Rice is bland and even nauseated folks can keep this down. You may want to try rice water, mixed with a bit of sugar, but this is still anecdotal.

Applesauce is also bland and sweet, tends to be tolerated, even if a teaspoon every 30 minutes. This requires patience, especially if treating children, as they may often only tolerate small sips or spoonfuls. You want to stick to small amounts, as large amounts will trigger vomiting, thereby countering your efforts.

Toast is a bland source of carbohydrates that most can keep down.

If all else fails, eat baby food. Commercially-produced baby food is meant to be gentle on the stomach, easily digestible, and loaded with vitamins and nutrients. Give it a shot if you can’t keep anything else down.

Take naps. If you’re able to stay home from work or school, go ahead and take a nap in the afternoon if you feel tired. Don’t feel bad about being unproductive — sleeping is actually necessary for your body to repair itself and recover.

Set up camp. If you’re most comfortable hanging out on the couch where you have easy access to food and entertainment, consider setting up blankets and pillows so that you can fall asleep there whenever you’re ready, instead of moving everything to the bedroom.

Do not take a sleep aid if you’re vomiting frequently. As tempting as it may be, stay away from the sleeping pills while you’re still actively sick. Being passed out on your back and vomiting over your nose and mouth can be life-threatening.

Stay near a bathroom. If you can make it to the toilet, flushing is a lot easier than having to clean a floor.

Vomit into something you can clean easily. If you have a few large, dishwasher-safe mixing bowls that you use infrequently (or don’t plan to use ever again), consider keeping one with you throughout the day and when you go to sleep. Afterward, you can simply rinse out the contents in the sink, and wash it by hand or put it into the dishwasher.

Put a cool compress on your forehead. Wet a strip of cloth or a dishrag in cold water, and dampen it as often as you need to.

Take a lukewarm shower or bath. Don’t worry about soaping up, just focus on cooling down.


Start probiotics as you start recovering. Probiotics help normalize all the helpful bacteria in your stomach and digestive tract, so it can speed up your recovery. You can buy probiotics, like lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, from your local pharmacy. Follow the directions on the package to help regulate your immune system.

Probiotics are safe but they have not been approved by the FDA.

Rely on lighthearted entertainment. If you can’t do anything but lie down and watch a movie or television show, avoid the weepy dramas and select something cute and humorous. Laughter can help ease feelings of pain and speed your recovery.

Slowly ease back into your routine. As you begin to recover, add your usual tasks back to your daily life. Start with taking a shower and getting dressed as soon as you’re able. Then move on to doing chores, driving, and getting back to work and school when you’re ready.


How To Live In Your Car (With Pictures)


Find a safe and inconspicuous place to park. First, check with any friends or relatives to see if they will let you park on their property. If not, check to see if there are any organizations or businesses in your area (or a nearby area) that designates parking lots specifically for people in situations like yours; for example, Walmart allows people to camp overnight in their parking lots. It’s not only legal, but the organization might screen the people who use the lot or even designate a women-only lot. If there are no such lots available, and you live in an urban area, look for streets with no sidewalks, no overlooking windows, and adjacent to woods; the area should be sparse enough to avoid nosy onlookers but populated enough that the car does not stand out. Parking lots of big-box retailers (especially those that are open 24 hours and have restrooms, such as Walmart) are great to clean up in and have security, as long as you spend a couple of dollars there and don’t park in one place too often. Parking lots however can be noisy, particularly in the morning as trucks arrive carrying food and goods.

Church car parks are often quiet during weekdays. If you check around, you may find a church that is less used than others. This could be a good place to park, and you may be able to ask for assistance at the church. You might even attend the church to gain rapport, but wait a while before telling others about your situation, and tell only those who seem trustworthy and willing to help.

Industrial estates and business parks are often noisy by day, but very quiet at night. Small ones close to residential areas are best. They have to be quiet at night. You may encounter security in some places like this, but if you are honest, saying you are just sleeping the night in your car, they usually won’t bother you. Their main role is to protect the property.

University car parks. This is okay if you are a student, but not so good if you are not associated with the university. You may be required to get a parking permit.

Camping grounds are another option, although they usually have time limits and some are almost as expensive as a hotel room. Some offer a shower for a nominal fee. National Forests have some free camping with a limit of 14 days.

Yacht harbors are notoriously ‘free zones’—given the nature of fishermen and boats, so marinas offer a lot of services, like hot showers and transient vehicles. If the season is high, larger boats from out of state show up and stay for months along with their respective crews, all of whom are ‘transients’ providing excellent cover for you and your vehicle. They don’t know or care, and if they find out they still don’t care, being a ‘little wild’ themselves. Hang around on the weekend and meet someone who wants their boat washed and waxed—that’ll do it, from there on in you’ll have a gate/shower key and legitimacy.

If there’s no restroom, having a creek nearby helps for rinsing purposes. Know how to safely defecate outdoors and make a poop tube. Five-gallon bucket with a lid and lye for odor can also work.

A free hospital parking lot is another option. If approached by a guard, you can say that you’re waiting to visit a sick relative. However, note that in Australia, due to past murders of nurses, you may attract police attention by parking in a hospital car park. You may be asked to move on by security.

If you can establish rapport with the manager of a retail store or restaurant, they may not give you problems about staying overnight, especially if they see your presence as a form of overnight security.

Try a hotel parking lot. Hotels and motels along the interstate allow cars to park until 11:00 a.m. the next day (checkout time). As long as your seat reclines fully, no one will notice you. However, you’ll need to keep moving on.

Once you find a spot, try to arrive late at night, and leave before 7 am. This will draw as little attention as possible to yourself.

First, check with any friends or relatives to see if they will let you park on their property. If not, check to see if there are any organizations or businesses in your area (or a nearby area) that designates parking lots specifically for people in situations like yours; for example, Walmart allows people to camp overnight in their parking lots. It’s not only legal, but the organization might screen the people who use the lot or even designate a women-only lot. If there are no such lots available, and you live in an urban area, look for streets with no sidewalks, no overlooking windows, and adjacent to woods; the area should be sparse enough to avoid nosy onlookers but populated enough that the car does not stand out. Parking lots of big-box retailers (especially those that are open 24 hours and have restrooms, such as Walmart) are great to clean up in and have security, as long as you spend a couple of dollars there and don’t park in one place too often. Parking lots however can be noisy, particularly in the morning as trucks arrive carrying food and goods.

How To Get Waterfall In Pokémon Emerald (With Pictures)

You can have Goldeen learn Waterfall by leveling it up to Level 38, but you’ll still need the Rain Badge in order to use it outside of battle to climb waterfalls.

Use Fly to head back to Sootopolis City. You can do this as soon as you exit the Seafloor Cavern after Kyogre and Groudon are awakened. You’ll see the two Legendary Pokémon fighting in Sootopolis City, causing the severe weather changes.


Talk to Steven in Sootopolis. You’ll find him outside of the Gym, which is closed for now due to the Legendary battle. Steven will take you to the Cave of Origins, where Wallace is waiting.

Talk to Wallace in the Cave of Origin and say “Sky Pillar” when prompted. This is the location of Rayquaza, which you’ll need to awaken in order to stop Kyogre and Groudon.

Get the Mach Bike in Mauville City. You’ll need the Mach Bike in order to make your way to the top of the Sky Pillar. You can Fly to Mauville and get one from Rydel’s Cycles if you don’t have it yet.

You may not have visited Pacifidlog City yet, in which case you’ll need to surf from Route 126 to Route 131, passing through 127, 128, 129, and 130 on the way. Make sure to visit Pacifidlog to the west of Route 131 so that you can Fly there easily later.

You may want to go the long way and do some training, as well as catch a very useful Wailord on Route 129. This is the only place in the game that you can get one.

On the fourth floor, you’ll need to fall through the second cracked section along the top of the big gap. This will drop you into a blocked area on the third floor. Head up the stairs back to the fourth floor, and then up the stairs again to the fifth.

Use Fly to return to Sootopolis City. You can use Fly from the roof of the Sky Pillar. When you arrive at Sootopolis, you’ll see Rayquaza drive off Groudon and Kyogre.

Talk to Wallace outside the Gym. He will give you HM07 Waterfall, and inform you that you’ll need to earn the Rain Badge by defeating the Sootopolis Gym Leader in order to use it. After giving you Waterfall, he will move aside and allow you to enter the Gym.

Prepare your party to take on the Gym. Juan, the Gym Leader, uses a Water-type party, with a Level 46 Kingdra as his most powerful Pokemon. Try to have a Dragon-type in your part to quickly take down the Kingdra, and plenty of Grass-type and Electric-Type Pokémon to do heavy damage to the Water Pokemon.

↑1, ←1, ↑1, →2, ↑1, ←1

↑1, ←3, ↑2, →2, ↓1, →2, ↓1, →2, ↑2, ←3

↑1, ←5, ↑3, →1, ↓1, →1, ↓1, →1, ↑2, →1, ↓1, →1, ↓1, →1, ↓1, →1, ↑1, →2, ↓1, →1, ↑3, ←2, ↓1, ←1, ↑1, ←2

Defeat Juan and earn the Rain Badge. This badge will allow you to use Waterfall outside of battle to climb waterfalls throughout the world. You can now teach HM07 to whichever Pokémon that you want to have it. It is usually best used on the same Pokémon that knows Surf. You’ll need Waterfall to access the Elite Four in Ever Grande City.


How To Use Juice From Canned Fruit (With Pictures)

Create flavored water. Instead of buying flavored water by the bottle, save yourself some money by mixing your own. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons (15 to 30 milliliters) of leftover juice to an 8-ounce (250-milliliter) glass of cold, clean water. You can add less or more juice depending on how strong you want the flavor to be.


Experiment with different combinations. Mix the juice from canned pineapples, peaches, cherries, or mixed fruit into a pitcher of black tea. You could also try mixing the juice from canned peaches or apricots with iced green tea, or the juice from mandarin oranges with iced oolong tea.

Mix it into other juices. You can add another dimension of flavor to your favorite pre-packaged juices and juices from concentrate. Choose flavors that work well with one another. For instance, you could add juice from a can of mandarin oranges to a pitcher of citrus punch, juice from a can of pears to a pitcher of apple juice, or juice from a can of pineapples to a pitcher of orange juice.

Add 1 or 2 teaspoons (5 to 10 milliliters) of leftover juice, like the juice from mixed fruit or pineapples, to a 12-ounce (375-milliliter) can of lemon-lime soda.

Add the juice from a 4-ounce (125-milliliter) can of fruit, any variety, to an 8-ounce (250 milliliter) glass of seltzer or soda water.

Freeze the juice to create ice cubes. Pour the juice from canned fruit into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid. You can use this ice to add a slight hint of color and fruit flavor to water, or you could use it to keep a glass of juice cold without watering it down by using normal ice.

You can mix and match juices to create frozen treats that are layered with flavor. Pour juice from one can of fruit into the bottom third portion of a mold. Pour juice from a second can into the next third, and juice from a third can into the final portion. Make sure that the flavors complement one another, though.

If you do not have a popsicle mold, you can create your own. Just pour the juice into a freezer-safe cup. Cover the cup with a tight layer of plastic cling wrap and carefully insert a wooden popsicle stick through the wrap and halfway down into the juice. Freeze the juice until solid and remove it from the cup.

Alternatively, you can use the leftover juice to create an icing for cinnamon rolls, biscuits, or cookies. Mix 2 tablespoons (30 milliliters) of juice from your favorite canned fruit with 1 1/4 cups (315 milliliters) of powdered sugar and 1/2 teaspoon (2.5 milliliters) of clear vanilla extract.

Flavor warm cereal. When preparing oatmeal, creamed wheat, rice congee, or another type of breakfast porridge, replace 1/4 to 1/2 of the water called for with leftover juice from your favorite canned fruit. Your plain cereal will become much sweeter and tastier.

Try using the juice from pineapples or mandarin oranges to cook white rice or basmati rice with a flair of tropical citrus taste.

Try using juice from canned pineapples for chicken, salmon, or pork, juice from canned peaches or mandarin oranges for chicken, and juice from canned pears for pork.

If using an acidic juice like pineapple juice, reduce the amount of vinegar you use by half. Too much acid in your marinade can cause your meat to become tough.

Create a glaze for ham. This works especially well with the juice from canned pineapples and mandarin oranges. Whisk together the juice from a 16-ounce (500 milliliter) can of fruit with 1/2 cup (125 milliliters) brown sugar. You can also add more sugar if you want a thicker or sweeter glaze.


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