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  1. 8 points
    Mrs.A

    Mariner's Madness

    Hi Everyone: I used Chris Jurd's Mariner's Madness pattern for the center of this baby quilt, then 'invented' the rest. The birds come from a pattern by Erin Russek. Ditched everywhere & quilted with simple spiral centered flowers.
  2. 4 points
    Any design you choose that will isolate the mis-width sashings will only accentuate the mistakes. I would use invisible thread and a medium overall on everything except the appliques. Outline the applique and stitch something simple inside so they are dominant. Then swirls or paisleys on all the rest, ignoring the seams. Hopefully that will help draw the eye to the "pretty" and down-play the "not-so-pretty". You can use white thread in the bobbin easily with the invisible top thread, so there's no worry about pokies. It looks like block you show should have been sewn with the blue wider strip on the outside--then the sashings would have made more sense. Is the whole thing like this and could it be unpicked and turned easily?
  3. 2 points
    starbear

    How Does Your Garden Grow

    Here are a some photos of the latest embroidery quilt I finished. It was a fun quilt and it just came together so well. I used Quilters Dream Wool to keep the texture. This quilt has inspired me to make the quilt for myself. thanks - star
  4. 1 point
    JaniceC

    Jamie Wallen challenge - update

    I took the Jamie Wallen 'Start to Finish' class at MQX in New Hampshire. In the morning, we pieced a top with a pattern and fabric provided by him. In the afternoon, we practiced what we might quilt on the piece once we got home. We were given until May 4 to finish, and to send him photos. I have done very little free motion quilting, and no ruler work, so this was a big challenge for me. I made lots of mistakes, including hitting and cracking my ditching ruler on the very last piano key. There were about a dozen students in the class, and some of them quilt professionally, so I am not expecting to win the challenge, but it was great experience for me! Thanks for looking, Janice
  5. 1 point
    I hate to sell my Millennium but I hope to buy a new one! AFTER I come up with the down payment I need for a new home. I absolutely love my Millennium. Mark at APQS tells me the value of my Millie is around $8,500-$9,000. I will part with her for $8,500. I am in western Nebraska. IF you are in the Denver, CO area or within 3 hours of Cheyenne, WY I would take her down, pack her, deliver her, help you set her up and give you a quick lesson for another $500 if interested. M My Millie includes: 14' foot metal motorized feed table Upgraded wheels Auto Stitch Regulator Bobbin Thread Cutter Dual Electric Channel Lock in both directions On board bobbin winder Laser pointer Variable needle speed regulator Low profile side clamps Extra bobbins, needles, bobbin case I also have the Hartley fence with circle maker and approx. 2 dozen acrylic pattern templates and the Hartley base extender for $300 if interested. These sell for over $700 if bought new. I had her fully serviced by APQS once. I then went to Iowa and took a training course in 2009 to service it myself and have done that since. I've probably quilted less then 10 quilts on it in the last 5 years as I have a job now 1 1/2 hours from home which is where my Millie is based. (( Like I said, I love her! But priorities dictate we must part ways for now. Write, text or call (308)250-5515 if you are interested!
  6. 1 point
    Sharonarooni

    a customer quilt

    Hi, Everyone! It has been a while! I haven't had much time to get on the forum lately, just life stuff, nothing bad. :0) I missed it!!! But in the meantime I was able to finish a customer quilt around Easter weekend. It was done with Glide so I could get the fill small and I tried Magna Glide bobbins for the first time. Wow!!! Does my machine LOVE these bobbins! PS This is my first real customer quilt. Yay! Glad to have some time to look at everyone's posts again! Sharon
  7. 1 point
    Bonnie H

    Quilt values are rising

    It's expensive to live in California. Maybe not this expensive. But as a quilter you gotta like how this lady prices her quilts. https://www.etsy.com/listing/127067989/sampler-quilt-with-miniature-piecing-in?ref=related-3
  8. 1 point
    JustSewSimple

    Quilt values are rising

    We had a guild member offered $5,000 for a quilt and she refused to sell it. The guy had just bought a new house and had "just the right place for it!" She said years later she was glad she kept it.
  9. 1 point
    zeke

    Is it just me???

    One year I still had 75 quilts to do before xmas and it was only Nov. 2st. Zeke. .....
  10. 1 point
    Would she pay for a double batt to help take up some of the pucker? I actually think this quilt has potential - not to be beautiful but easy to look at. I quilted one at Christmas that was purple and gold and not 100% cotton. It was poorly done - some of the seams were not even sewn together. I just did the best I could and squared EACH square as I went. When I got done she was pretty square and all buttoned down. The lady cried. I felt bad for thinking it was a sow's ear!
  11. 1 point
    JustSewSimple

    Is it just me???

    Well, Cathy it is not because I am that good. I do get by but I am no artist. and Teresa, YES, I will send you customers when I can. Lots of folks don't like to mail their quilts but some have no problem with it. I hope business picks up for you. It is booming here!
  12. 1 point
    JustSewSimple

    Quilt values are rising

    Now, some big bank will buy one of those for their waiting area!
  13. 1 point
    HeidiP

    Quilt values are rising

    Do I really need this quilt or does a charity need my money? The charity would win but I don't have the $250k.
  14. 1 point
    Sue E.

    Quilt values are rising

    Oh my, that is a little rich for me!
  15. 1 point
    chickenscratch

    Quilt values are rising

    Oh my! And I felt guilty asking $250 for a wall hanging
  16. 1 point
    It is a typical organization where few people do all the work and many benefit (I've been in many of those; not just quilting and I'd even go so far as to say my workplace!). The key here is that most either don't have time to work or can't, but are willing to donate money when they cannot donate time. Is your quild broken up into smaller organizations that could brainstorm in the smaller groups and bring at least one solution to the following meeting where those solutions then could be put to a vote? So many people are not willing to talk in a large group but will in their "own" group; especially if the chair person calls on each of them by name. If you don't ask them; most will remain silent. I hope you come up with something that can benefit the majority of the group AND make money!
  17. 1 point
    I agree with Linda. Outline and accentuate the applique and treat all the rest as an allover design. Paisleys or Swirls would be pretty behind the applique.
  18. 1 point
    Just when you think there is no such thing as an ugly quilt..... I agree with Linda. Use an invisible to do an overall behind the applique and right over the sashings. Then something in the appliques to give them definition, and call it good. Short of remaking the whole thing, that is the best solution. I do think the varying widths of sashing was done intentionally. The blocks were probably odd sizes, and whoever put them together just wanted the rows to come out the same width. Sigh.....
  19. 1 point
    Great suggestions...avoid and overall with applique (IMHO). Practice a medium custom. Love Linda's idea of an overall custom accenting the applique. Please share when you have put your charm into this quilt!
  20. 1 point
    I think this one would scare the pants off of me. I'm not sure quilting will fix any of this, but you can make your quilting look good. This may have been a quilt a mother or grandmother pieced so it has a lot of endearment value. You could practice with some custom work...not that you need any practice at all...if her pocket book allows it. I definitely want to see an "after" picture.
  21. 1 point
    Hi Jeannie, from your photo it appears that the blue sashing strips are cut larger than the green sashing. Is it possible that this was done deliberately to avoid having to match seams perfectly? Maybe an overall design would look good?
  22. 1 point
    Oh My!!!! Didn't think I knew this quilter - or maybe I know another one who has the same piecing skills. It does make life interesting. Have fun. Marilyn
  23. 1 point
    No expert here but would try to do some type of simple custom that will help to tame some of that extra fabric and will show your skills off. I am sure the customer will love it what ever you do.
  24. 1 point
    LynnQuilts

    Blissfully Happy

    And well worth the $3,000!!!!!
  25. 1 point
    This is such a great topic and Teresa as sorry as we are for the disouragement the auctions and fundraisers sometimes cause, I am so thankful for the Brennis, Sylvias, Serries, Daves, Sues and all the rest of the awe-inspiring quilters on this forum. I so agree with those who are telling you to keep your head up and be proud of your beautiful talent!
  26. 1 point
    Hey Marti! I purposedly have not looked at the new Dreamweaver because I know that I'd probably want one. Hubby wouldn't be too happy with that thought since I've just had it 2 years now. I got my machine and frame 1 year ago and I just bought a 90 year old Singer 128 with the La Vencedora decals the other day. Plus I have a Featherweight coming my way soon...so I think I've spent enough on machines lately.
  27. 1 point
    RitaR

    Jamie Wallen challenge - update

    Janice, I too am so proud of you and your accomplishments. Love the designs and especially the ones you put into the green areas. One thing about Jamie, other than being the terrific teacher and person he is,, is that he Never Gives False Praise, but his praise is always sincere and honest, not just words given to appease someone. I hope I said that right. The challenge gave you the confidence to take each quilt you work on from now on, and make it into a challenge. Check it out with other quilters, and see if they agree. Every quilt is a challenge and now that you have the first one done, you are wide open for so many to come. Good Luck, Rita
  28. 1 point
    delld

    Is it just me???

    I don't know what it causing it but I turned away 4 quilts last couple of weeks. I did 95 quilts last year and plan to sloooooooooooooooooooooow way down this year!!!
  29. 1 point
    There are so many angels on this forum until it makes me want to cry!
  30. 1 point
    cblevins

    What would you do? A sticky situation

    There is a reason for everything. Because of the attention this topic caused on here I went back and looked closer at her wall quilt. I realized it was just what I wanted! Elmer had planned on the 2 of us making and donating a wall quilt to The Indiana University Chemo Infusion Center when he got better. The nurses used to pretend to fight over who would take care of him even though everyone knew that he had formed an attachment to a young nurse that lost her father when she was a child. They would have long talks about her children and life. She always managed to get Elmer. After looking closely at the quilt I knew I wanted one. We came up with an agreement a few days ago for her to make one to hang at IU with just a few small changes. There are several donated quilts in the halls of the IU hospital but none in the infusion center. I feel blessed to have commissioned Teresa to make one for me to donate.
  31. 1 point
    Brenni, Thank you for that slap in the face! Your beautiful, positive outlook was what I needed to put things in perspective. By the way, the bidding is now up, thanks to a couple of quilters who know what it takes to make a quilt like this. Thank you both so much
  32. 1 point
    Brenni

    What would you do? A sticky situation

    Your work is beautiful and I look forward to your posts. Try not to let the people running these events get to you. Their job is to get donations any way they can. You have to believe most people have good intentions. Someone wanted to pay $20. Maybe they saw the jewel that it was and just don't have the money? Once I donated three I Spy quilts to my niece's school for their fund raiser. They were worth $50 each in materials alone. I heard they went for $20 each. I was upset until I found out the lady who bought them all was a grandmother raising her grandchildren. My sister reports that every time she sees the buyer, years later, she tells her how much she loves those quilts. Don't let this one event keep you from all opportunities to share your gift. Please keep donating and sharing your art. You will get some kicks once in a while but long term you will get rewarded.
  33. 1 point
    chickenscratch

    Wacom tablet for sale.

    That is too cool. Does it need to be compatible with a certain computer operating system, or is it a stand alone device?
  34. 1 point
    good feedback on the Metro, Linda. I am enjoying the Metro so far, but am having a little bit of consumer guilt as I really like to support local/north american products - thus my preference for superior/glide. but as a comparison, I have looked at the metro thread vs glide vs omni under a magnifying glass ;-) Val - The metro appears to have a slightly tighter twist than the glide. (we're talking slight) Omni definitely has the tighter twist of the 3 brands. Sheen is about the same between glide and metro. Slightly less sheen on the metro, but it varies with the colours. The metro is a bit finer than the omni. Learned that a magnifying glass is my friend....and that perhaps I need reading glasses LOL
  35. 1 point
    I tell my customers that the leaders on my 12' table can only hold 118" max! So that's the backer width. The length can be more, of course. One thing to consider is that with puffy batting the "shrinkage" will be substantial. If it starts out at 100", after quilting it may be only 97" in width, due to the quilting. The puffier the batting, the more it will draw in. If you have to load the seams vertically because of how the backer is pieced, well, it is what it is. You will have some sagging of the sides due to the build-up of the seam around the roller. One way to offset that is to cut some lengths of cotton batting about three inches wide and the distance from the center to the edge of the backer--two pieces. Load the backer as you normally would and then load it all onto the back roller. Start advancing the backer to load on the front take-up roller, as you would do to get to the top to start your quilting. As you notice the seam building up and causing the sag on the sides, take those two pieces of batting and tuck them up under the curve of the roller about an inch out from the seam on both sides and then the full length of the backer to the side edges. Advance until the batting pieces are gobbled up into the backer "roll" and the sagging sides will be eliminated in that area. Then continue advancing (the sides should be level now) and when you get the sagging again--two more pieces of batting go under and around the roller. I've used this technique on big backers and it works well. It's easier to show than to explain, of course. All you're doing is compensating for the thickness of fabric that builds up on the roller. You may need only one set of pieces, or you may need three sets--it all depends on the what you have to work with. As you quilt along and advance the quilt, you'll find as you get to the pieces of batting that they will fall on the floor. You don't have to worry about quilting them into the quilt. If you like, you can mark on the backer with a piece of ribbon or yarn so you know where the pieces are--for your own peace of mind. I hope this was helpful. It's always a challenge when you try to fulfill someone else's vision. Especially when they are non-quilters and may not be able to explain clearly what they want.
  36. 1 point
    You guys just kill me with your perfect storage units with it all nice and organized and thread that has no tails and is not tipped over and the storage units are actually dusted! And Shana, you have nothing under your machine! Goodness, my room looks like an F4 tornado ran though and that's when I clean it up. Apparently I am so visual (and forgetful) that everything must be out in the open for me to see it to remember I have it in order to use it. Then I am visually distracted which drives me crazy (I prefer mostly blank walls or nicely displayed in a couple areas). Someone once told me it was all about, "Looking your best!" I thought about that and decided to "not look!"