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  1. 7 points
    Quilta93

    Niece wanted to make a quilt

    My niece, Sydney, visited for a week from Minnesota, because she wanted to see us and wanted to learn to quilt. She'll be 14 next month. She saved her money and bought a sewing machine. The only sewing she's really done was in the class the place she bought her sewing machine offered for new machine owners. I've taught adults, but not kids. I told her to look through a book of blocks and choose the ones she liked. I vetoed all but the one in the pictures. I decided to make 18" inch blocks, so she only needed to make 6 blocks. It ended up looking too long and skinny, so we decided to make 3 more blocks. Sydney did most of the cutting and sewing. I did all the pinning. I had her practice drawing what she wanted to quilt, and then quilt it on some sheets I cut down, using my Millie. She decided to quilt feathers and swirls in the sashing, and I suggested meandering in the blocks. She did one block, and didn't like it at all, so we ripped it out. She ended up doing feathers in all the blocks. She did all the quilting. She had never even seen a longarm until she saw mine. I'm amazed at how well she did. She said she had no idea what making a quilt involved. With all the work she did in one week, she didn't get burned out. She wants to come back, and thinks she can go home and make a quilt using the churn dash block. Deb.
  2. 1 point
    Noni

    Ultimate i

    I spent the last 3 days disassembling the table, moving the machine/table and setting it up in my "new" quilting room. My guest room will soon not look like a fabric store. Thanks to my hubby and a couple of friends we were able to get it done in a day. My husband loved leveling the table - one of the things he really likes. He also made sure he set it up just like it was a its former home. The frame has upper hardware with electrical plugs, extension cord, and rail system for the cord to travel on. I followed Cagey's instructions (Thank you very much) oiled the machine, got to know how it worked and plugged it in & smiled very big when it started up. It ran with no problems, so we moved it onto the frame. I put together some shelving for the new room. I got some odd & end things from the person who sold it, who had no idea what it was, just wanted it gone. Discovered I have a Hartley Fence, so did some research on how to use this. I also got the original user manual and a couple of videos, needles, bobbins, etc. I plan to start attaching my practice quilt tomorrow after work and see how it goes. I am sooo excited.
  3. 1 point
    connieb

    Niece wanted to make a quilt

    Wow, great work for a first time ever! She's going to be great so long as she keeps on loving it.
  4. 1 point
    fbaldwin

    Niece wanted to make a quilt

    absolutely wonderful. Love it and better than I ever did on my first quilt and I was 58! You planted the seed grandma and she is now going make it blossom.
  5. 1 point
    Wow, that woman was rude. Sorry about that. I had my fill working with rude people when I worked at the bank for years. I will probably never do quilting for people for that very reason.You just can't sort the good from the bad, they don't wear signs unfortunately.
  6. 1 point
    Cagey

    Trimming Question

    I have a question which is slightly off topic, but pertains the this matter. I have been quilting a sandwich on my George, and I am to the border. I normally just quilt it and remove the basting pins as I go along. I am considering machine sewing around the entire outer edge, and then marking in from that line a 1/2 inch so when I quilt my feathers up to a 1/4 inch from the outer line, none of my feathers tips are cut off. Do you see any issue with doing it this way? I figure since the border is only 6 inches wide from my SID and outer edge, I should fairly easily be able to hold the fabric nice a flat. Hopefully, it will also be a fairly straight line to cut the edge square when I am done with the quilting. Cagey
  7. 1 point
    I'm sorry for your loss. You made some wonderful memory quilts. Thank you for sharing. Deb.
  8. 1 point
    Wow...you really went through a lot......I mostly don't have pain anymore.....still working on the range of motion, at least I can sleep a bit better now.....I love your recipe for an ice bag....I have a couple of bought ice packs....but they don't really fit the shoulder well...one almost fits....but warms up quickly......I don't use ice as much as I first did....only when I do something that causes a bit more pain.....I am starting to use my arm more when I am not thinking about it....which is a good sign...but I need to be aware of what I am doing....yesterday, I did a bit of light raking ....and it went ok...got a little sore but recovered nicely overnight.....enjoy your new to you Freedom.....I am sort of longing for a freedom or millie also as the controls are on the front...not on the side like Lucey.....I finally did put a small piece on the frame two days ago...and I was able to at least meander although reaching to the back I could feel the stretch......I am happy about it though....I have missed being able to quilt....Lin
  9. 1 point
    I have been saving for a while now, and went to the AQS show in Des Moines over the weekend and put it on order. I'm so excited! We're planning to pick it up next week.
  10. 1 point
    bttyboopette

    Trimming Question

    Well.... that depends. Does she want you to trim it? I had someone do one for me when I was between machines and I wish I had told her not to trim. She cut it too close for my liking. I return the quilt to the customer untrimmed all around. It's their fabric and batting......
  11. 1 point
    Charmaine - your quilting is beautiful! I applaud you for the love you offer to the cancer patients by doing such a beautiful job. Good for you. I certainly hope that the person in the meeting meant no personal criticism, but was offering guidelines, albeit in a very thoughtless and hurtful way. Please stay the course - I'm sure that the patients see your work and know that someone really cares about them. Try to let the thoughtless person off the hook for her/his comment - and just keep quilting. The people who are comforted by the quilts you have done will enjoy your work no matter what the density is. The love you quilt in brings the comfort.