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5/1/10 1:28 A

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Besides my scrappy heart quilt which I've not worked on since my last post, and I plan to get going on it again...

I'm working on a quilted quilters guild membership badge type thing (every member gets a kit to make their "badge" that they wear to every meeting). I'm actually turning mine into a purse.

I'm still doing the string piecing free block of the month... I think I'm addicted to those. I've made 46 of them already. The block of month program is actually 4 blocks a month, so I'm 30 ahead.

I also just "won" a bunch of orphan blocks... I can see myself finishing a charity quilt before all the above.

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4/27/10 3:48 P

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I'm new to quilting. I'm working on a baby quilt in red, white and blue for a new great nephew, due in mid June

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4/23/10 8:41 A

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I am putting together a quilt for my niece using Jim Shore's 'Angels Among Us' fabric. The quilt was a very simple pattern. I saw a pattern on Jim Shore's web site (I think) and liked it. This pattern is more complicated, but not extremely so. Tonight I plan to ripped the current quilt top apart and upgrade! The panel fabric is so thin that I fear I will rip holes in it. Must be slow and careful.

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4/20/10 8:35 P

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Paper-piecing Tree pattern

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Brought "Scappy Rails" pattern and material with me to Texas but have not started on it yet.

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1/27/10 6:15 P

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... 101 ... ?!?!?!?!?
Sounds like a LOT!!!
What # are you on? How big are they?

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1/27/10 10:51 A

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don't get me started on UFOs, LOL

I'm putting together 101 signature blocks for a swap. I need to get them in the mail asap!

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1/27/10 8:05 A

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Don't feel bad....I've got stuff I have been working on for 5 years.

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1/27/10 8:04 A

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Good question! Let's see....I've got the orange and purple crazy quilt, ocean blue/bronze crazy quilt, protecting the trees quilt, blue and pink, valentines quilt..think that's it for now. If I could only concentrate and get all of these UFO's finished!

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1/25/10 10:41 P

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This is so sad... I'm working on the same projects I was a year ago!

My scrappy-hearts quilt... it's applique. I used double sided wonder under or whatever that stuff is called to make them "stick" and shortly after my last post it dawned on me that stitching around the hearts would be easier before sewing it into a quilt top. I have 2 or 3 rows left to go... *then* I'll be sewing the rows together and getting the quilt top done. Then I just have to quilt it.

I'm also starting another "block of the month" with a local quilting store. They're doing scrappy blocks this time.

Really, that's all the "quilting" projects I've got going at the moment.

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Just for fun today I started quilting some pot holders for me out of some scraps I had laying around. I really need new pot holders. Mine are pretty trashy.

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I have almost finished my 2nd "Umbrella Girl" quilt for my youngest GD. All I lack is attaching the label. This afternoon I "played" with my new Brother embroidery machine. This small sewing/embroidery machine was a promotion at the quilt show in Paducah this past spring. If one purchased the 1000QC, then you would also receive the Project Runaway machine valued at $500. Of course, you and I know the price was figured in with the quilting machine. What they probably want you to do is to purchase more embroidery cards!!!!!! Anyway, my grandchildren and I had fun making a dog, cat, and a penquin. We plan to attach them to jean pocket purses in a couple of weeks.

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I am almost finished with a charm lap quilt for a co-worker. She was diagnosed with cancer (everywhere) and had a mastectomy last Tuesday. I plan to get it to her Wed this week.

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SADIQAH's Photo SADIQAH Posts: 805
6/19/09 7:38 P

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I am working on my scrappy-hearts quilt. I'm hoping to get the rows all sewn together today. I'm also really hoping it looks okay as the fabric i'm using is totally different to put the rows together from the fabric holding the blocks together in rows... wonderful plan gone haywire due to fabric being discontinued.

I'm also working on another Block of the Month challenge thing from my local quilt shop. And technically I guess I really should, someday, sew all the misc. blocks I have together into a quilt (I've got 3 different 12-block sets of blocks. Just have never done anything with them from that point)

Most of my sewing projects I want to get done have little or nothing to do with quilting... like sewing outfits and purses and bags and pot holders (OK: those are "quilting"). And I'm making an embroidered book cover. Not sure which, if any, of these I'm going to work on this weekend.

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I was working on the "Maple Leaf Block Swap" on the "Quilt and Lose" Team until my sewing machine took a "dump" on me due to an electrical failure from a wind and snow storm!!
Oh well, I have to remember there will be other swaps coming up in the future. I just hate letting others down that were hoping for extra blocks!!
I have found a place to get my machine fixed and hopefully it won't be a "computer chip" which could be costly!!
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OH I am excited about your project using Laurel Burch...PLEASE post pics...I love her stuff.

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I just finished a queen sized quilt top using a silver thimbles pattern called star gazing, (I will try an get a picture of it posted on my page) and am starting a 4 patch stack n whack call 4 patch posie, I am using the laurel burch jungle fabric to make a little boys quilt. can't wait to see how the 4 patches turn out

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I have a One Block Wonder on my design wall--it is cut from fabric with lots of koi swimming in swirling water. I am about ready to stop rearranging it and start stitching it.

I have a twisted bargello waiting for my husband to get his stuff moved from our big double table so I can pin the layers. Also have quite a few other tops finished and waiting to get around to making the sandwiches. I like designing and stitching the tops, but I don't enjoy quilting them so much. My husband used to do my quilting, but he is into photography now, and so I have to finish what I start myself.

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12/20/08 7:44 A

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GinSeng - how did it turn out? It sounds BEAUTIFUL!!! Is there a place where you could post pictures?

For myself - have a lot of projects - but this year I am TRYING to finish some (although I keep coming up with NEW ones!). SO far - 1 Underground Quilt, 1 Double 9 patch (well a couple of patches anyway!), 1 Sweet and Sassy Quilt that my daughter calls HER Apple Cider quilt, 1 Carpenter star that my dd designated for my sis!, 1 Friendship star that was trades in a group, 2 baby blankets with 2 more planned, 1 Snowflake quilt (my January project - theoretically) with pieced and appliqued snowflakes, may do some embellishment on that - not sure - want highlights, and some others that I forgot what they were for now.

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10/31/08 12:48 A

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Sounds good!!! Perhaps pictures of the finished projects should be posted! -- Joy


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10/30/08 9:32 A

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Yesterday, I decided that the Green and Cream Scrap quilt blocks had been on the design board long enough. I have all 80 blocks chained together. Laid it out on the bed and was pleasantly surprised at how nice it looked. Now to get the crosswise seams sewn. My middle son would like to be the owner. Gin

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KATHQUILTS, Welcome back to Sparkpeople. Welcome to Quilting Fans. You won't be alone in trying to get that special quilt done by Christmas. If you have enough material, make a pillow to give just in case you don't get done. Gin

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10/28/08 2:35 P

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I'm just beginning a quilt for my mother-in-law for Christmas this year. She may get it yet-to-be quilted! She wants a queen sized quilt. I have it designed and I have the fabric. I just started cutting it out yesterday. Think I'll make it in time?

btw - I'm new to this board. Going to try sparkpeople again -- signed up once before, but never really figured out how it worked. I am addicted to quilting, so figured this would be a good place to begin.

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We just set up a quilting frame in our shop and our boss told us we will be learning to do it. Can't wait.

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I'm still practicing with my Machine & frame. The top is one that I made years ago. I have a pieced block and a plain block. I had some, but not all of the plain blocks marked. Since this is just practice, I'm doing other things in the plain blocks. It's not something that you want to do for hours on end. Need to walk around. My next project I will do an all over. I'm having fun!!!! Gin

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Okay, I am exhausted! I am not one to get up at 5:30 in the morning! I slept on any longer leg of the trip - which means 3 times. And I am still wrung out.

I am about to post my food for the day - I am a tad nervous about that - I KNOW I went over my 1200 cal. But, tomorrow is a new day!

I will share some of my treasures little by little over the next few days. But I will say - at Mamaw's in Knoxville, I got a fair amount of sale fabric - I think enough for a potato chip quilt, and three handbags plus a piece I just liked and it will go with something. ha ha - the price was right.

Of course knowing me - lots of patterns and a few books. and a few notions. And of course a picture of our group.

Chat later.
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Have fun shopping.

I uploaded pictures of my puppies, but carried away and forgot to do the quilt, I think I was in the middle of that when I had to go snuggle puppies again. emoticon

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Went up on the mountain to quilt a bit today - I accomplished
Cut a ton of bias strips for leading on a stained glass project

Got most of my quilt of valor completed.
I lack 2 strips of binding to sew on - and then of course to quilt it.

I have another one to quilt too. And 3 at the quilter (she donated her quilting services for them) that I have to bind and make a pillow case and label for. I think they will probably go with the next shipment. No way will I get them done within a week or two.

Off on a shop hop with my guild tomorrow. Hopefully I won't spend too much money. LOL

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10/22/08 9:41 P

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Dino -- Can't wait to see those pictures!

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Well I posted my plethora of projects and just thought I would update as I actually have made progress. I got the dog name cuddle quilt done, bound, tied and packaged ready to go to its new home. I am up to date on the mystery quilt. And my round of the first Round Robin quilt passed to me.
Oh and I also finished my dogs "fish" halloween costume although not quilted. Of course I haven't gotten to the pictures/postings of any yet...
Dino
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Gin, thanks for the info. Good to hear that this method "holds up". Would sure speed up the finishing of quilts!
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Joy, Just like you would any raw edge. I shorten the stitch length. I usually round the corners. I do this on utility quilts. I'm not actually applying a binding. Works best on cotton batting. I did it on a John Deere quilt for my DH several years ago. I had planned on giving it to him for Christmas, but I was running short on time. Didn't help taking a stitch in my index finger while free motion quilting. OPPS!!! The quilt has been well used and it's still holding together. Gin

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Hey, GINSIG, I just read your comment about using your serger to bind a quilt. I have never heard of that. How do you do it???
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Thanks for the kind words...re:quilts AND kids!

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Asta, I just went to your sparkpage. What beautiful grandchildren ... and quilts!!!
Regarding your "eye" fabric: I always say that in a scrap quilt there is no ugly fabric.
A lady spoke at our guild about making scrap quilts. She said that if you cut a fabric into pieces and it is still ugly...you haven't cut it small enough ! ! ! ! !

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Good for you ,GIN!

I learned, recently, that following those designs are tricky!...practice is definitely the order of the day for success!

I have two quilts ready for quilting...but I must confess, I have NO idea what I want to do with them...other than finish so I can move on! I have the binding for the one already cut and ready to apply!! Both are kid quilts, so perfection won't be an issue...but getting done would sure be nice! Hopefully, I will announce them "done" soon.

Edited by: BOOKWERME at: 10/16/2008 (15:43)
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Paula Reid said that she offered her quilting "services" to the charity groups who make quilts...for a variety of groups. She practiced her quilting on all these quilt tops others had made...the recipients are happy to get a quilt, not examining the expertise of the quilter. It is a good way to get experience.

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I have a finished project!!!! The practice piece I had in the frame is quilted and bound. Now on DH recliner. I used my serger to bind. Have another top that has been in the works for too many yrs. I'm learning to use the laser lite to follow a quilt motif on paper. LOL!!! So funny when you look at where you have been. Have to see if I'm better at following the marked motif on the top. I'm not worried about how this quilt will look. It will keep someone in the family warm this winter. Have to practice to get better. Gin

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I'm in the process of collecting fabric for a portrait quilt. I went to a quilt show recently and was intrigued by a quilt named RUNDY. (Type it in and see it on the net.) Marilyn was there and did a seminar on making a quilt.


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I made a baby quilt for a little one named Bethia..so called it Bethia's quilt. Then, felt compelled to make a coordinating one for her "big" (2 yr old) brother who shares the bedroom...hence: Benjamin's quilt. I will post pics when I get some taken. There are pics of Bethia's quilt on my Sparkpage..both the over all quilt and some detail shots.

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That's a great idea and will try that while I'm here. What is a Benjamin quilt. Any more idea's just shootem my way will try all and see whcih one I like,

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Say, Linda, perhaps you should scout the local quilt shops wherever you are in Atlanta and see if you can pick up a class while you are there. We will have to see if we can hunt down some online info for you. AND, there are books...you may be able to find them at the local library.

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Benjamin's quilt is pieced (front and back). It has come out somewhat bigger than I intended, but that is ok. I have the three layers stacked...will prepare it for quilting tomorrow. It is nothing I would have chosen on my own for me, but I am pleased with how things are working out. I'll have to borrow my camera back to take pictures. I have NO idea how I am going to quilt this since the front and back are so different.

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thank you for your help, I really do appreciate it. I will look and see if there is a local dealer close and go visit them before I leave. Again thanks so much. and if anyone else has a idea for a good quilting frame let me know and I'll check it out also. GOD BLESS
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MSTWEETY, I recently purchased a Husquvarna Viking Mega Quilter and the Next Generation Frame made by the Grace Quilting frame co. Both of those companies can be found online. Maybe while you are in Altanta you can find a dealer. You can do a search online for almost anything you want. Gin

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that sounds great, but where do I fine these lesson's, I live in Mississippi and we don't have any fabric stores except Hobbie lobby. So where do I get these lesson's are they on DVD so I can rent them or buy them????? thanks for any help you can give, GOD BLESS



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Linda, I can't help you with that kind of table, but if you don't find what you want, you might consider taking some classes in free motion quilting. You can quilt most quilts on a regular machine. I just took Paula Reid's class ...free motion boot camp...and she has professionally quilted for years...on a regular sewing machine, even king size quilts. This is the second free motion class I have taken..the first taught the techniques from Harriet Hargrave's methods. I am far from expert or even experienced, but I LOVE fre motion and hope to really improve with practice.

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Know what I'm looking for the the quilting stand with machine so I can quilt my quilt tops. Thanks anyway for you help, if that is what I needed it sure would have help. GOD BLESS



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Linda, when you say quilting table...are you talking about one for cutting etc. or one for your machine?

I shopped around at the quilt show last yr and am REALLY pleased with the one I chose...designed by an engineer, it has excellent support for the wings of the cutting surface, but folds down. It weighs a lot which is a bit of a hassle for me since it sits partly on carpet..but it does have wheels. This is a cutting table...not for the sewing machine. (that is not the best description is it?) I'll have to look up the info if you want to know more. There are lots of different kinds of tables out there!

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I'm sorry to say, I'm not doing much. I had to drive to atlanta to see my daugher and I'll be here for about 2 weeks (family problem please pray if you are a praying person, Jones family) went to church and while I'm here I am going to look for a quilting table hope to fine one. They are non exsisting in my home town of Gauiter, MS. love and hugs' to all, GOD BLESS.



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I got my quilting machine and frame set up. Got a really scrappy top loaded onto the frame. Got the thread tension and the stitch length adjusted. Had a ball just doing whatever I desired. Tomorrow I'll load in another top that has been waiting to be quilted. Practice until I'm comfortable before I do a nicer top. Gin

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Finished my little quilt and it is on the way to someone my DIL must really like. It came out pretty well, nothing in the works right now.

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TOOO COOL!!! Just got back from the Natl AQS show in Des Moines and took the Mystery Quilt class. Can't wait to finish. 1st Mystery Quilt and can't wait to do another!

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I'm working on getting my floor frame and machine set-up. I'll need to refresh myself once it's ready to go. I have used my friend's, but she is 45min away. Thought I had it level, until I put the machine on the carriage. LOL!!!! wants to roll to one end. My friend's does the same.

The green & cream scrap quilt blocks are still on the design board waiting to be sewn into a top. Just too many play things. LOL!!!!! Gin

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I am working on a quilt for my DIL to give to her friend. I am trying to do what quilting is being done, not perfect, but holds it together and doesn/t seem to have many puckers lol. Have made some quilt squares without a plan to figure out how to use the silly things, but they are fun strips to work with.

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I have a red and green applique sampler in progress (for years) and vow to work on it this spring and summer. Yes, there is another blue and white sample block project in a box in my closet. I think I will experiment with different blocks and incorporate them into some sort of a finished product. And always, an ABC quilt to be made up for a new grandson. I won't count the cathedral window started 40 years ago because I was fascinated by the concept. I think there is enough for a baby blanket. I should finish it (square it up) and do something with it I suppose.

I love to read about what you all are doing. I forget to look around our Quilting Fans discussion groups. Hope you have a great quilting month.


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I just had my surgery so I'm not doing to much for now, but I've been putting tops together and not sending them off to have them quilted because I'm trying to save that money so I can buy my own. I would love to do that. emoticon



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So since this title is about current projects, I thought I would lay mine out.

Cuddle quilt for friends based on their dogs names.
I actually found at least two fabrics for each dogs name except Popeye so I drew up the center squares and used spinach for the points. so Lilly, Olive, Valentine and Popeye, with spinach and some dog paw fabric too.

My friend and I do an annual quilt for the Health Fund Auction for our Berners every year, this year it is a Norhtwest theme, rivers, trees, and bear paws in plaid
We just have to tie another brights quilt for the raffle, so hope to do that next weekend when she comes up from UT(to ID)

A Spark Team Mystery quilt, and a Round Robin.

A Lobster wall hanging-with fun "bright" cartoony lobster

My Lobster claw quilt in reds greens and sands

and of course my get from one square to the other crumb piecing (with no goal in mind)

And still in the thinking stage, a Raven quilt(all raven fabrics, for my UT friend who just lost her very special dog named Raven. This is taking a while to create the design.

Good thing I graduate this month-classes end on Sat.

Well now that I have laid them out, I guess I have plenty to keep me warm this winter.

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Great information on thread, hope I can assimilate it all. I might just have to clean house in my thread drawer...

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Thanks for all the info on thread. I took a quilting class in March mainly because the class description said we would learn to machine quilt. Didn't learn a whole lot but I did learn about thread! I have a Kenmore that has never given me trouble, but when I started machine quilting the thread kept breaking. I tried everything and finally went to a finer (thinner) thread and that helped. That is when I started thinking about getting a better machine for quilting. Still haven't gotten one but haven't given up. The quilt is not finished. Got it out to show my cousin last week and realized the quilting I have done doesn't look so bad! So maybe I will get back to that soon.

In the meantime I have a dress to make for my GD's 3rd birthday (today!) but the party isn't till Saturday. Luckily I can sew on breaks at work, hope to start cutting today.

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I am glad you found the missing pattern. How neat that you are making progress on a project that you have had going a while! Good job.

I currently have three quilts in progress...various stages. After I finished Bethia's quilt, I felt compelled to make a coordinating one for her older (2 yr old) brother since they are sharing a room. So, I am using a panel I found at the quilt show and have begun putting a top together...just got the backing and binding fabrics last Friday. I have the blocks made for a lap quilt for my youngest daughter...and I have the layers made for a lapquilt for my 4 yr old grandson using the CARS panel and coordinating fabrics...it is not huge and nothing fancy...but he will enjoy cuddling with it.

NOW to find time to work on all this stuff!

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I will agree about the Coats & Clark thread. My machine doesn't like it. I use Mettler for piecing my quilts. For my embroidery unit I use Hemingworth thread. It's poly. Comes in a covered cone. Just snap off the cap and use. Keeps the dust off, plus the case is sun protected. I haven't used their metalic, but it's like running silk thru your hand. I have used Yenmet. It's smooth, but not like Hemingworth. I enjoyed your notes, Bookwerme.

I just finished piecing my Green & Cream scrap quilt top. Have the 40 blocks laid out ready to sew together. I started it a year ago. The pattern was in a Fon's & Porter Mar/Apr 2001 mag. I did the one on the cover last year for my oldest daughter.

The funniest thing that happened after I laid out those 40 blocks. I found the pattern I had been searching for last winter. I had put it in the plastic folder with the blocks. Gin

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I have a ton of Duel Duty and just can't chuck it all...but I will be more mindful of its use. I AM going to remove all the old threads (I have alot) from my collection...it ages and rots like everything else and I learned it is not wise to use it on new projects.

Sorry it took me so long to post it all..had to find the sheet..and then decipher what I added to it. Glad you find it helpful.

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Wish you had posted the "thread" bit about 2 weeks ago :) I just bought "Coats & Clark Dual Duty". I wonder if a better thread will work better with my machine too...

Thanks for sharing all this wonderful info!

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Oops! there is a little bit more:

ALWAYS do a test seam unless ou are absolutely sure of thread and needle, especially with clothing. Use two pieces of fabric EXACTLY the same size, use a walking for with fat or spongy fabrics. Your seam should not shift the fabric and you can see how stitches are working.

The bigger the number, the bigger the needle (opposite of thread)
#70 needle for quilting

Stretch needle ONLY for knits

Poly thread for stretch such as knit or lycra. Esp for REALLY stretchy stuff. Use this even on a cotton knit.

cotton does not stretch (I think she was referring to cotton thread not stretching..notes not clear)

And that is it. emoticon Hope someone finds this useful. I found it to be a lot to remember.

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Coats and Clark Duel duty is short staple....has alot of lint.

Mettler is a good brand.
Monofiliment nylong or polyester are clear.
Metrosene is the best brand for clothing except for thin fabric. It is a good polyester thread.

Poly is very strong.

with thread, the lower the wt number, the fatter the thread. 100 wt is very fine. You would use it for heirloom.

Metalic needle has a larger eye. Yenmet is the bet rand of metalic thread.

These notes are all the opinions of my instructor...I claim no knowledge or responsibility for this information.

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Other info I learned had to do with all sorts of bits and pieces.

For example on thread, if you see something like 60/2 it means 60 weight thread/two ply.

I learned about using a straight stitch throat plate if you are doing just straight stitching...I believe she said it gives better support as the needle pulls through the fabric. The larger hole in the regular throat plate allows more flexibility in the fabric...thus not as controlled a stitch.

You don't want your thread to be stronger than the fabric. 30 wt is good for embroidery or top stitching. 50 is a good, all purpose weight for sewing. 60 wt embroidery

Rayon is weak...use only for decorative stitches.
sulky is not good for seams
ANY brand cotton is good for sewing clothing.

Don't sew a SEAM with rayon or poly or with embroidery thread.


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