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Saturday, January 10, 2009

new CPSIA law

Judy in Ohio --- thanks for posting the info here. I've been following it for a while on garment-sewing forums, and it is indeed a fine mess our folks in Washisngton DC, have created. Here is an garment industry-related forum that has been following it with great interest: (just copy & paste into your browser) http://www.fashion-incubator.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=32&sid=97d5ceb9b6ce34cae22444d715a71f64
The home web site is: http://www.fashion-incubator.com/

I alerted the Charity committee of my quilt guild already, because we make Ronald McDonald House quilts, gave them the links, and they'll follow up on what we can and cannot do.

This law will particularly hurt the independent home/cottage industry sewists that make baby & childrens clothes, toys, quilts to sell. This includes those who sell through fancy heirloom shops as well as craft fairs. They have neither the funds nor the equipment to test every button, piece of fabric, paint, etc.


Friday, January 9, 2009

sorry about the "long "post !!

Not quite sure what happened to my last post ! I thought I was being so clever posting a photo...

Marion (slightly red-faced !)

another request....

While staying with my DD and family for Christmas we were put in the bedroom where this quilt hangs. I made it at least twenty years ago . I so enjoyed looking at it that I now want to make it again.. Naturally (!) I no longer have the pattern having generously (and foolishly) handed it on, many years ago.. If anybody has it and is willing to trade or sell it to me, I would be so grateful. When I made it I had no such thing as a fabric "stash" , most of the fabrics were left-overs from dress making. Imagine the fun I could have now ! Some of the blocks are delightful . I particularly like the top left hand corner one . The clown has such a wistful look and his dog is really cute.
Hope the New Year has started well for everybody. It's been very hot here in NZ. Yesterday the temp climbed to nearly 40deg. The highest recorded for over 100yrs.. Not a lot done here in that sort of weather. Slightly cooler today so I have been a little bit more productive !
Best wishes to all.

The New CPSIA Rules About Protecting Children Under the Age of Twelve ......

You may have seen newspaper articles or television stories about the new law the US Congress has enacted about testing for lead and phthalates in products that will be sold for children under the age of twelve. The law was passed as a reaction to toys imported from overseas that were found to have lead parts, etc. This law has had some vague wording that some have interpreted to mean that little ol' quiltmakers like us could not give away our charity quilts.

Yes we can.

Project Linus headquarters national president has let all coordinators know that we can continue donating quilts, afghans and blankets because we are not in commerce. Carol, the national president has been in contact with the Consumer Protection Agency about this and charities are in the clear.

Project Linus is a charity, not a business. So if you are not in commerce you are OK.

This Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act was written in August, 2008 to apply to businesses and will go into effect on February 10, 2009. There has been a great hullaballoo over the new CPSIA because the very existence of second-hand thrift stores were being threatened by the strict requirements of the law but evidently things are being "toned down" and will be changed. You can do a Google on the subject if you are interested.

Judy in Ohio

P.S. Here is something the Consumer Product Safety Commission published yesterday saying that used children's merchandise does not have to be tested .... that is what will save the thrift stores and people who want to sell children's items at garage sales


I find you and then I lose you!

I ran across this yesterday but when I tried to post, I couldn't. Something about my 'password' I may not be back again as I have trouble figuring this all out.

Good to see everyone again -- even for just a moment or two. Sounds like the more things change, the more they stay the same in the quilter's world.

Good luck, Milli! I have a, ahem, few UFO's also. (Grin)

Bertie in Illinois

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

strange postings

Hi from Marilyn in MN....
I'm so sorry , but you have not been invaded by a stranger. I have two blogs...this one and one of my own. I was trying to post the free giveaway on MY blog , but got on this one by mistake. (another senior brain cramp) The man with the dog is my brother and the dog was on his way to the vet to be put to sleep. a very sad occasion for the family. I have NO idea how it ended up on the WWQP.
It's been a long time since I posted anything about quilting. I do still quilt but have not been doing much of it lately. Time to get back to it...I have a long list of UFO's that need finishing . I'll be more careful next time I post anything !

New Year

Happy New Year!

I just managed to upload two photos of my wholecloth quilt (see the last posting on this page). My New Year's resolution: finishing more UFO's ;-) but I am starting new ones all the time. Sounds familiar, huh? But I finished one small UFO, the pendant mini quilt to a challenge quilt. I simply cut the leftovers in half to design a new quilt. The original challenge quilt was to cut 4 strips of 4" out of 5 fabrics, cut one strip in 4" squares, one strip in half square triangles, one strip in quarter square triangles, and design a quilt with those patches. We did that in a group of 20 and all 20 quilts turned out differently. So all in all, I used the same patches for these two quilts, the larger one a wallhanging about 30 x 30", the other a miniature about 16 x 16".

Sue in snow-white Germany

Monday, January 5, 2009

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