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  1. 4 points
    Hi again Just remembered I saw a short video how to do this. She is only working on a small piece, but it makes more sense when you see being done
  2. 3 points
    He might try contacting a local church for help in finding a home to rent. It is a good place to build connections and friendships. Then when his family joins him they will have people lined up to be friends.
  3. 2 points
    I thought I was never going to get done with this customer quilt, but I finished it yesterday. It is 100" x 118" and has five So Fine thread colors, Hobbs 80/20 batting, 4 different types of feathers, cross hatching, lots of SID, etc. I had a hard time trying to figure out what to quilt. I used an idea HeidiM had posted a few years back with making the trees around the center, and the rest I drew out myself. The bendable ruler sure came in handy for the spines of the feathers in different areas (thank Linda Rech for that idea a few years back, too). This forum has been so helpful that I don't know what I would have done without it and the invaluable information that others so graciously share. Big thanks again to forum members and APQS for this forum! Thanks for looking! Eurekafull by chrometopquilts, on Flickr Eurekacorner by chrometopquilts, on Flickr Eurekacenter by chrometopquilts, on Flickr Eurekatop by chrometopquilts, on Flickr
  4. 2 points
    Don't make me cry or recall the numerous times I have encountered this same situation with a backing too short when I got to the bottom. It has happened to me more than once, twice, uhhh.. I am claiming the 5th amendment! Through my numerous encounters, trials and errors, I figured out how to add more backing to the quilt without taking it off the frame, and have done it a number of times with great success. You pin the extra backing on (pinned right sides together) and stitch a seam using your longarm. then flip the backing back and pin to the leader and continue on. Works pretty slick!
  5. 2 points
    Lynn gives great advice! If you decide to add the extra side fabric to the bottom, make the seam far enough up into the body of the quilt so you don't have it wavering across the bottom edge of the quilt top. It'll be hard to get a smooth binding finish if the seam angles across the bottom edge. Good luck and I agree with Lynn's assessment of your customer--she won't care!
  6. 2 points
    Yes, you can fix it, and NO I would not cut off the quilt. How much extra fabric do you have on the sides of the backing? If you have enough, you can cut that off and add it to the backing edge that is shor. Press the seam open and you will likely never notice. I would take the quilt off the frame to do that, but others have talked about how to do it with the quilt still on the frame, and they will likely chime in here. If there isn't enough fabric on the sides, you can add a coordinating fabric. A friend of mine did this, and used that area for her label. It looked like she had planned it, and was an ingenious solution to the problem. We have all done this at least once, I think. Remember, its the back of the quilt. A piecer who is happy with her blocks being off that much isn't going to care about the back of the quilt. Apologize, give her a gift certificate, and she will be happy.
  7. 2 points
    cathyh

    Motor racing

    Yay, my Millie is running but not racing, we are so lucky to have Amy!! I finally got home today early enough to give Amy a call, and she called me back even though it was after 5 central time. She gave me a couple of things to try and one of them worked. Unfortunately I am not sure which, but it was either blowing out the area behind the optical wheel attached to the motor, or a very slight adjustment I made to the wheel itself. Anyway, I spent my first hour in a long time just swirling and feathering around a practice piece and felt grand! Thank you APQS and Amy!
  8. 2 points
    JOyce why not play up the skewed square you have set the blocks in and carry that through to the cornerstones as well. Mark the skewed block with chalk. Then you could actually stitch it so the sashings look like they are skewed by stitching 1/2" from the marked line, either side. Feather in the triangles outside the "sashing", then quilt your blocks as a normal sampler.
  9. 2 points
    Theresa, you are doing God's work. Bless you and thanks for sharing. Will be praying for all of you. Trust the job is going well.
  10. 2 points
    quiltmonkey

    Need quilting suggestions

    Hi Teresa, I would do a pantograph or freehand e2e. Many times I get inspiration from the fabrics.
  11. 1 point
    I do like Shana. I have never had a problem and you had to be told to look for the addition if you didn't know it was there. Works perfectly. DON'T take it off the frame.
  12. 1 point
    It appears you do have sufficient fabric on the sides to cut it off and use it on the bottom just as Lynn said. No one will ever notice, especially with this batik fabric unless she is entering in a show. I have a friend this happens to all the time (I know...I hear what you're thinking), but anyway, she takes it off the machine and adds the extra fabric and sells her quilts with no problems. Don't cut off the quilt it will ruin the appearance of it. You'll do fine with it and the customer will be fine. I don't see any reason to give her a certificate because obviously she didn't leave enough fabric all the way around to compensate for the quilting. A lot of quilters (my friend included) think having that much fabric bigger than the top is a waste and they try to cut corners. I keep telling her there is a reason for the extra fabric. She was willing to sew scraps of muslin on both the top and bottom so she can start right at the edge of the top and backing and to the edge of the bottom and it is working for her.
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  14. 1 point
    We've offered living space for a couple of our adult childen, spouses and grandkids during difficult times as well, and it's not always easy! (Hugs) But it gave them a chance to build some savings and start fresh. And, because it isn't any easier on them (to need to come back home albeit temporarily), they've gotten their ducks in a row (knock on wood ). Your children will thank you, and your grandkids will have some amazings memories of the time they 'stayed' with grandma And it does stink that most businesses rely on 'credit' instead of cash. I mean, why is there not positive financial history recorded, and points given, for cash transactions just as there is borrowing (credit) transactions? Cash is still king - even though many kids and young adults can't count it back - regardless creditor's opinions.
  15. 1 point
    Maybe you could consign on his rental, that way they would look at your credit history and help him establish his. The only downfall is if he screws up you get stuck with the bill. Shirley
  16. 1 point
    Tamarack

    Need quilting suggestions

    I have done quite a few Yellow Brick Road quilts and used a panto on all of them.
  17. 1 point
    Tamarack

    Snow dyeing fabric

    Teresa....this is how deep our snow is today....how much would you like?
  18. 1 point
    He is still trying to find a house to rent. Tiffany and the girls are moved in here. Too many people in the house, trust me. Hopefully he will find a house soon. He has applied for a bunch, but because they have no credit established he can't seem to get into one. They keep getting turned down by all the rental agencies. You would think people would be glad they pay all their bills on time, with cash. Evidently that's a bad thing in today's economy. Go figure. Thanks for asking.
  19. 1 point
    chickenscratch

    Snow dyeing fabric

    Somebody needs to send me some snow so I can try this.
  20. 1 point
    shirleyl

    Question about blocking

    I use the foam insulation sheets from the hardware store, duct tape them together, cover with an old sheet wet the quilt and get pinning. Then once it is all pinned you can move the whole thing off to the side if needed. Shirley
  21. 1 point
    aborning

    HELP--got BLISS--but problems

    I want to update everyone. Dawn sent me trouble shooting directions which I followed and it was definitely the horizontal encoder that didn't work. APQS sent me the new parts (overnight) which I didn't get until 5 days later because of all that ice roads/weather we were having at that time. That was not APQS fault. Anyway, I have quilted a quilt with my Bliss and it IS BLISS! I love it. And I did not find that there was a new learning curve with Bliss like lots of people say there is. I thought I had better control of my machine even though it moves so easily now. I am so glad I got it, it was money well spent.
  22. 1 point
    quiltingjoyful51

    Figured out my problem

    I just have 16 plastic totes each with a quilt in some stage of completion that I am going to finish when I stop finding new ones to start.
  23. 1 point
    It is 60 by 78 as it is now. I am still at a loss for quilting.
  24. 1 point
    RunningThreads

    Needle Bar run out

    Jim We would get intermittent loops of top thread on the back when ours got bad. Cathy I assume you tried another cone of thread. I remember Ray White telling us in class about have a terrible time getting a domestic machine to stitch properly, it would be good for a few inches then a couple of stitches bad tension and then good for while then bad for a couple more stitches. He had tried to set the tensions using the customers thread. When he installed a new spool of thread the machine sewed perfectly. Upon closer inspection he found a small oil spot on the spool. Every time the thread with the oil passed through the tension assembly the oil worked as a lubricant and changed the tension. Nigel
  25. 1 point
    jimerickson

    Needle Bar run out

    Cathy: I don't think your hopping foot play will affect your stitch quality intermittantly. My guess is that your tension assembly take up spring is improperly adjusted, or worn out. Since both Silvia and I have had remarkably improvements in stitch results by replacing the entire tension assembly, that's what I'd recommend. It seems like I only paid $20 or $30 for the entire assembly, and it was easy to replace. Jim
  26. 1 point
    SusieQ(uilting)

    cost of quilting

    I have to chime in here - living in Europe and having prices in €uros (presently 1€ = $ 1.35), the prices in the States are more than reasonable. Lately my purchases have been €18.50/meter - please do the maths! Sales are rare 10% maybe 20% if you are lucky. Agreably quilting is an expensive hobby, but most hobbies are expensive. My stash is just starting to grow, and I would love to profit from the many online stores in the States, but postage rates quickly make you think twice (as well as import duties if your order is large). So we quilt, and quilt and enjoy. As my grandmother once said "you can't take it with you", so I quilt with tons of pleasure! Sue from Luxembourg
  27. 1 point
    qltnbe

    Question about blocking

    I have never blocked a quilt although there are probably a couple of my first ones that could use it. I think if you measure several spots on your quilt before putting on your final borders and then do several measurements before binding it, you should be able to get it pretty square without having to do something after the fact.
  28. 1 point
    Neher-in-law5

    Stack a New Deck Quilt

    Nice work. Piping Hot Borders or similar name is created and taught by Susan Cleveland. Piping would not be difficult to do, send me a message if you can't find simple directions available. Susan has a "tool" that helps trim piping to the 1/4 inch seam.
  29. 1 point
    RunningThreads

    Needle Bar run out

    Cathy In the rocker arm block there is a bushing or bearing depending on how old your machine is. The bushing will wear over time and will give you play up and down. Brenda's had about and eighth inch or more when we replaced the block with the newer style with the bearing. Amy says the newer style is much improved and should last for many many years. Even the new one has a little play but not much. I've changed the bushing in my Ultimate 1 and it is not too hard of a job and quite inexpensive (less than five dollars). Email Amy and ask how much play therer should be. Nigel
  30. 1 point
    K. Szymaszek

    Stack a New Deck Quilt

    Nice quilt, love the colors. Nice big studio too. K
  31. 1 point
    dbams

    Stack a New Deck Quilt

    Tami, your quilt looks beautiful! Definitely smart to take the time to fix your borders. And I think the piping would look great with the binding. There is a technique called Pipping Hot Binding (or something similar), for which you can find information on-line. Based on what I'm seeing here, I'm sure you can master that, too!