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  1. quiltmonkey

    Oops. Ripping out.

    Hi Eric, Laura has a great suggestion when you need to completely rip out a huge section of quilting (skinning) but it's a little tricky and it's something you might want a partner to help you with. Anyway, to answer your question, which is more around how to restart quilting where you've removed a small amount of quilting - and to start out again. This is what I do: I use what looks like a dental tool, not a seam ripper. My favorite one has more a blunt end to it, not super sharp tip. The sharp curvy tips can easily get caught in the fabric. I've attached an example. When I need to pull out stitches and start again, I don't remove all of the excess threads until I've backtacked to start stitching again. I hold on to these threads, along with the new starting threads, to keep things taut. Then, I carefully backtack several stitches, tiny tiny stitches, to hold in place, then I clip those threads off and start again.
  2. quiltmonkey

    What is your style?

    I'm weird. I like to pin my quilts onto the leaders. I also have zippers which are great, but only use those to zip on my practice quilt or another quilt that is going to be big extended custom project so I can zip it off quickly. But 99.9 percent of the time I'm pinning. It just takes me a few minutes to pin on the leaders (I use corsage pins) and I think I like pinning because I spend time looking at the fabric, seams, straightening, looking for any potential problems, imagining what I might quilt... my mind starts getting busy! One word of advice about buying a lot of stuff all at the beginning.... don't get carried away. Many times we buy these gadgets and cool things and never use them. I also use curtain rods to hold up my clamps. I'm pretty basic and no frills.
  3. quiltmonkey

    NQR...New Addition

    I want to smoosh her with smooches.
  4. quiltmonkey

    Thread breakage

    Hi Barb. I've not suffered from pokies on top. Usually top tension too loose is the problem. As a rule, go looser in bobbin and tighter on top.
  5. quiltmonkey

    Thread breakage

    Try a different (new) bobbin case. (everyone should have spare parts like this). If you don't have a spare bobbin, order one. In the mean time, clean your bobbin thoroughly. Remove the tension spring inside and blow out completely and wipe out liberally with a q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol, then before inserting the tension spring back into the bobbin case, adjust slightly the little "wing things" so they are popping up a little more. Now, try loosening the bobbin tension. Personally, I prefer loosey goosey in the bippity bop bobbin and tighter on the tippity top tension.
  6. Great advice from all of you! I appreciate the link to prior situation. Going to get some synthrapol. PS thank you for the kind words on the flower basket quilt!!! shana
  7. Ok I’m being overly dramatic. I dabbled dampened paper towel of water on small area to close up some quilting stitches I ripped out ( done this many times- great results and never problems) but this time loose pink dye came out and bled. About 4” size area. What’s the easiest solution to get this out? I don’t want to wash entire quilt. Can I just work this small area? Advice and solutions to get dye out? Here’s photos of the finished quilt. After quilting blocks I decided to quilt flowers inside and then got a wild hair and decided to paint all of the flowers using Tsukineko fabric pens... had a blast—Fun project!
  8. quiltmonkey

    Finished this one a few days ago...

    Hi. I spoke with her on the phone last weekend. She's out of the hospital but slow going on the road to full recovery... Thanks for asking!
  9. quiltmonkey

    Finished this one a few days ago...

    Approximately 20 hours or so.
  10. Hi. I really don’t think it’s the batting. When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your machine with WD 40? My suggestion is the following Things to try: 1) first thoroughly clean the machine. remove needle. Remove Thread, needle bar plate. Blow out. Then WD40 and oil treatment in bobbin assembly. 2) remove top thread completely. Unscrew top tension knob out enough to get a q-tip in there and dip in rubbing alcohol to clean discs. 3) Change to larger needle. 4) rethread using a different thread in top and a new bobbin. Maybe even a new bobbin case. 5) readjust bobbin tension 6) readjust top thread ( try a polyester like So Fine in top and bottom. follow these steps and see if that fixes it
  11. quiltmonkey

    This is what it's all about.......

    Perfect beautiful not a problem. I’ve quilted minkee many times!
  12. A few months ago, my neighbor's 13 year old daughter asked me to help her make a quilt. How could I say no? Twist my arm? LOL! Anyway, this Christmas break, we got together, she picked a quilt pattern (The Road to Oklahoma) and then we went shopping for fabrics. Ultimately, I wanted her to be the decision maker for her fabrics, batting, backing, etc... I didn't want to say "NO" so I gave her some gentle guidance with fabric choices, and she chose a variety of pastel pinks, blues, grays and a tone on tone white for the background and we added a pretty light pink inner border fabric and outer border that had all of the colors of her quilt. We used the extra strips of pastel gray and pinks for the binding. She chose ultra high loft polyester batting and the backing was lusciously soft pink and white minkee. I told her to buy extra minkee backing to make sure we had plenty of backing and I told her if we had leftover minkee we could use it to make something else... And if you're curious what we did with the leftover minkee... I had enough to make two pillow cases (I surprised her with those!!) Can you imagine how soft that might be to lay your pretty little head? We also made a label and sewed it on the back "Made by Jacee, January 2018, North Pole Alaska" when it came to the quilting part, I showed her all sorts of adorable quilting designs she could pick from... but surprisingly, she wanted a meander. OK, girl... you got it! She is absolutely thrilled with this (she now realized how much work goes into making a quilt!). I told her the more you wash it the softer it will get and it will last many many years. So here she is cuddled inside her quilt. She's a beautiful girl. It felt good to share my love of quilting and inspire her to possibly do this again in the future. She's really into soccer (like serious stuff -- she could be an olympian...she's that good at soccer she plays in soccer tournaments all over the west coast!) I can imagine her bringing this quilt with her to the soccer tourneys, sleep-overs with school friends, etc... it will be loved and used for sure! A bonus to the story, her mom and dad are completely over the moon about this. In fact, Mom came over and helped us pin and lay out the quilt while Jacee sewed. When Mom and Jacee were out of state at a soccer tournament, her Daddy came over one day to sew the outer border on the quilt. So, it was a family project that all of them can take pride in. YAAY! Anyway, thought I'd share this sweet story. Happy quilting everyone!
  13. quiltmonkey

    My Dilemma

    OK I will be brutally honest and say this: There are lots of great quilting machine brands out there. But, if I were you, I'd strongly suggest you spend a little extra money and get the quality product that will last forever, is easy to use, isn't fussy, is sturdy and built to work, a product that is world renown for its quality and service and many many years of excellent reputation. So, that said, there are lots of great machines out there. But you know what? You are guaranteed to be happy with an APQS product. There are some things you shouldn't skimp. Get the best you can afford, even used. I know many people who have bought APQS and are so very very happy with the choice they made.
  14. quiltmonkey

    Stitch In the Ditch on longarm

    I use corsage pins (lots and lots) to stablize my quilt and roll back and forth. I prefer not to SID to stablize.