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    Quilting, cooking, baking, walking.

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  1. I just used King Tut variegated for the first time (I've only quilted a half dozen quilts so far, so I guess that is not saying much.) and had no problems at all. I'm on a 1997 Ultimate II, no bells, whistles or hopping foot if that information makes a difference. As far as I know, any problems I have had so far have not been thread related, other than some poorly would bobbins.
  2. Yes! We definitely will need to get together. I shall email you soon. And just so this is still all quilting related, The Beast and I wrangled a bit over the finishing of this quilt, but I love longarming though I don't spend near enough time doing that, so I was reasonably patient and the last 18 inches square The Beast gave in and let me finish without a break. I am getting pretty good at tying off and burying threads. And now the binding is nearly finished. Even though the quilt was so surprisingly square and even, I didn't feel comfortable attaching the binding with The Beast (a 1997 Ultimate Ii with no stitch length, needle up/down or any other bell or whistle), so I have stitched all that on my sweet Featherweight. I must say, I will never doubt Sharon Shamber again. I thought it was a bit too much to glue-baste the front of the binding down as she suggests instead of pinning, but I tried it this time and I am a believer! Quilt On!
  3. Hi, Sue. Thanks. Now if I could just get The Beast to cooperate and play nice. I unstitched almost as much as I stitched yesterday After having so much fun on the first 3/4s of the quilt. I'm at 19th Ave and Thunderbird. I thought you were in Scottsdale. We met a couple years ago, I think, when you were demo'ing Accuquilt Go! At 35th Ave Sew and Vac. Or did I mix up Sues?
  4. You guys! Most of you probably see this all the time, but it is the first time for me and The Beast. This is the bottom edge and corner of the quilt I am finishing today, I hope. I stole a few minutes before work to baste down the last edge so it is ready when I get another few minutes for the last pass. I float my tops. If I have been very, very good while piecing, the top edge of the quilt might look this good, but to be able to lock The Beast horizontally and stay between 1/4" and 1/8" all the way across only 10" from the last quilted pass without tugging or pulling has never happened before. All. The. Way. Across. The. Final. Edge! You are the only ones who will understand why I am grinning and patting myself on the back.
  5. Vickie, I trained myself to use my left hand for "mousing" so I could write and do other things with my right hand. I never thought to see if I could rotary cut with my left hand. But now I will ... very carefully though!
  6. That quilt, that amazingly beautiful quilt says so much about so many in this group but even more about the love and power in the entire group. Congratulations to everyone who participated with stitches as well as to those, like me, who sent their love and well wishes to go with the fabric and thread. This is the best kind of healing hug.
  7. You certainly earned that win. That is gorgeous quilting on a beautiful quilt. Congratulations!
  8. Mary Beth, I have arthritis in my shoulder, too. Diagnosed about seven years ago. Started on one naproxen a day, but within six months I needed two and was still experiencing pain. I panicked, wondering, if it is this bad in my mid-50's, hth was I going to live? I started putting 3-4 slices of fresh Ginger into my hot drinks -- coffee, tea -- every day, and within 2-3 weeks the pain was under control without any pills at all. Most days I forget I even have arthritis in that shoulder. Once you get it under control you can even miss a few days and still be all right. This tends to happen to me when I travel. I carry a hunk of ginger with me, but sometimes I just forget. I hope you find what works for you.
  9. Oh, my gosh, that is so beautiful. You have combined two of my favorite things with the wholecloth and the lace cloth. So creative and so well executed. Bravo!
  10. Ha ha! What a great picture!! Do you like the Ka'au Crater Boys? That will make for a happy quilt, as will the hula, I bet! Adding to my list. I am enjoying everyone's answers. Thanks for taking the time to join the discussion.
  11. Charlotte, I love that description. Thank you. I wonder if the William Tell Overture would be conducive to very lively, bouncy feathers? Going to give that a try!! Flight of the Bumble Bees for a tight, all over meander or some stippling? May be too fast. Going to have to check out a few like Vivaldi, Bach, Beethoven (of course!), Mozart.... Valerie
  12. Thank you so much for your replies. I am enjoying them and will try a couple different things to see what gets me into my quilting "groove." Keep 'em coming--I would like to hear more, please, especially if you find certain types of music best for certain types of quilting. Valerie
  13. I am just getting started having fun with my 1995 Ultimate II, finally moving beyond practice mats onto real quilts. I think it will be a lot more fun if I add some music. I've read comments by many LAQers here and on blogs that they can really get into the zone if they set it to music and many designs just go smoother with a nice rhythm behind them. I can see different types of music being best for different designs such as feathers, pebbles, meandering, pebbles, spirals, and geometrics. I have found lots of music playlists for running, treadmill and other kinds of workouts, but I have not found any LAQ music playlists. An internet search turns up playlists of quilting videos, but no music. So I am here to ask--what music do you have on your playlist for your quilting time and do you have favorite music for certain quilting designs? (If we get a good response, this might even be a good subject to eventually add to the Quilters' Favorites board.) Valerie