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  1. Been quilting again this past week. Our local Cumberland Valley Quilt Association has a backlog of quilts pieced up for giveaway to veterans, so I volunteered to quilt a couple of them. Quick and fun work using a couple of panto designs that I've picked up. But it feels good to know that they will each honor someone who did a much greater service.
  2. Happy Haloween

    Very whimsical, Terry. It brings me a smile.
  3. Wow. I'm very impressed with your service in this, Cagey. What a marvelous way to honor the media specialist for her part in honoring the vets. And the quilt is beautiful, too! I liked it that you built the vets into the quilt with their hand-written signatures. But I also like the quilting that you did. A lot of love went into this.
  4. Trimming Question

    I very much appreciate this discussion; I've been learning from your points of view. For our own quilts (wife Beth and me), I have never thought of doing anything other than trimming to the edge of the quilt while also doing what I can to straighten that edge for good binding. You have given me new thoughts about what friends and clients might want, and changed my thinking about what might be appropriate. Thanks!
  5. Right. I had the same problem on my first double batting, and I called Angela - who told me the exact same thing: raise the hopping foot a business card or two! It worked for me, too. On my recent Lavender Rose, I didn't have to do that. Puckering and pushing the extra fabric wasn't a problem. Perhaps it was that I had the fabric stretched a bit tighter. I've also found that using the top fabric roller (instead of free floating the top) helps, too.
  6. I love the way that you worked the crosshatch around the appliqué so that the flowers appear to float above the background. I did that on a quilt earlier this year and it isn't easy to get all the crosshatch lined up. You did a great job.
  7. Another fantastic job, Libby. You have a talent that just doesn't quit.
  8. Hi, Kathy - Adding to Gail's suggestion: On my recent Lavender Rose quilt, I used exactly the two layers that you loaded last month. At first, I had the top floated - but I found that the large quilt just didn't keep itself lined up floated, so I took the extra time to fasten the top to the feed roller and tighten it up. Then, when advancing the quilt, I also did what Gail said, gently tugging EACH batting layer separately to keep them smooth. I also checked for wrinkles by running my hand over the flat quilt. But to tug the layers effectively, I had to loosen the two feed rollers a bit so there was room for the batting to move. In addition, I use an extra bed sheet to protect the batting when I've got the top on the feed roller. Otherwise, when I lean against the batting while quilting, I'll tear up the batting a bit. I drape the bed sheet down to the floor over the batting tails, then gently tuck the bed sheet under the top feed roller. Learning? I took a 4-hour "renter's class" from Angela Huffman in Louisville (about 4 hours' drive away from me) before buying Lucius (Lucey). Then I took the beginner's and advanced classes from her also. Since then, it's been a lot of trial and error. And I'm still learning. Always.
  9. I have now finished Lavender Rose and submitted it to a local show this morning. This was a big project for me, and I'm very happy with how it turned out. This is a Christmas keepsake gift for my oldest (14-y-o) granddaughter Kennedy, who loves the color lavender. I have always called her "Paw-Paw's Princess," and hence the tiara in the center. I chose the fairly simple Eleanor Burns "Romance Rose" pattern so there would be lots of white space for me to use in more advanced quilting than I have done. It's a Queen size, as you can see on the bed. The back and binding are completely white. (Well, actually, it's a gorgeous white-on-white pattern fabric.) I used Glide 60 white both top and bottom, with MagnaGlide bobbins. I'm still experimenting with bobbins, and these seem to work very well. Easy to use, too. I've tried self-wound aluminum bobbins and paper bobbins, but I think I like the MagnaGlide best. It's double batted for greater loft of the features, with Hobbs 80/20 on the bottom and Hobbs wool on top. Changed colors to Glide 40 on top for the yellow and lavender. (APQS: Please don't post this quilt on Facebook! It's a Christmas gift, and I would hate for my granddaughter to see it on FB first!) The outside interior is feathered hearts; I marked the hearts and the boundaries with disappearing pen prior to doing the feathers freeform. Corner hearts are a bit different. Ruler work on the border garlands, both the curves and the straight-line fill. Ruler SID on the yellow/green roping. Ruler SID around the green leaves and lavender roses. The entire center surround is done with "Nemeshing," partially inspired by Libby's award-winning quilt. I took the class from Bethanne Nemesh at QuiltWeek Fall Paducah to learn from the originator how to do it. It was my addition to include the vining that touches and grounds all the lavender roses. Last month, I really appreciated seeing Libby's insight into her approach - so I thought I'd offer a bit of my pre-work and thinking, also. After establishing the basic ideas, I did a partial-full sketch of the entire quilt to try out the ideas and see if I liked it. That also established some details about where to put hearts, where to Nemesh, and what to do with the tiara. Then, before loading the quilt, I did some practice on my white board. That helped me to "seal in" the physical motions of the freehand heart feathers. It was also done to full scale, so it helped me to size the various parts of the motifs. (e.g. How many feathers does it take to get from bottom to top of the heart? What to do with the more cramped interior of the hearts?) White boards are great, because I can erase part of something and try again. I did such a white board practice for each major motif, and took pictures of them to retain the memory while quilting. I found I needed that, because the first hearts were rolled up into the take-up roll when I was working on the later hearts; I wanted to make sure they were all the same! And then, as a chuckle, I thought I'd throw in this pic of my studio while in work. It gets rather messy with all the tools - and the eight various long-arm rulers aren't even shown; they are at the other end of Lucius in another tangle. I put them all away between quilts, but they migrate out while I'm working. (Yes, I know. The machine says "Lucey," but don't believe him; he's sexually challenged.)
  10. Lavender Rose

    Hi, Cagey. The "Nemeshing" is in the lower right-hand portion of the second picture. It's a free-form, organic-looking fill based on several types of feathers, usually surrounded by pebbles that make the feathers pop out. Bethanne Nemesh created it, has used it in several award-winning quilts, and has a book on it: http://www.whitearborquilting.com/store/index.html. It's very easy to do, but (of course) the pebbles are quite time-consuming.
  11. Lavender Rose

    Interesting comment, Libby, to say "even stitched in the ditch." I did quite a bit of SID on my wife's domestic machine over some years, using a walking foot. Never thought it was anything very difficult. Then I bought Lucius and, in class with Angela Huffman, said I wanted to do a little SID. She looked askance at me and said, "You realize that's a really advanced technique?" And she's right; it's considerably harder on the long-arm than it was on the domestic!
  12. Slice-a-Block

    Having spent some hours now doing pebbles on Lavender Rose, the circle templates sound pretty attractive - but I can see that they're more useful when you're trying to do regular pebbles of the same size, rather than the free-form pebbles I'm doing. This is some pretty work, Libby. Nice selection of the modern artwork.
  13. Really enjoying work on a new quilt. This one is for my oldest grand-daughter for Christmas; I hope it will become a keepsake for her. The piecing is done to an Eleanor Burns "Quilt in a Day" (right!) pattern, with a color change from rose to lavender. But I'm very much enjoying doing the quilting. I took a couple of classes from Bethanne Nemesh at QuiltWeek in Paducah, and I'm using her "Nemeshing" fill pattern for the center of the quilt. I'll post more pictures when it's all done.
  14. Pink Halloween Quilt

    This is a huge smile full of whimsy! Your quilting does a lot to enhance it, too. I just took Judi Madsen's class on fillers this week at QuiltWeek Paducah, and I can recognize her influence on your designs.
  15. Day at the lake quilt

    Very nice work, and a beautiful piece of art. Glad you're enjoying George.