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  1. 3 points
    lindasewsit

    Itching to get back to stitching!!!

    Hi all!! Haven't been on here for awhile. We have just moved into a house after 4 1/2 years in an apartment!! I am soooo excited to finally be in a house again!!! I am going to have my own quilting studio!!! There is a 12'x24' building on our property! My hubby is going to convert it into my quilting studio!! ( As soon as he and my son get done doing the kitchen!) I haven't quilted since Feb 1 and I am really getting antsy to get going again!! But I need to be patient ...sometimes we have to wait on the good stuff!! I have several customers that have so graciously said they would wait till I get my studio finished! I am hoping by the end of this month, I will be stitchin' again!!!!
  2. 2 points
    LibbyG

    Project Angel Quilt

    That's pretty ambition, David. I made a quilt similar to this called Lady of the Lake, but it didn't have all those HST. It was the last quilt I handquilted.
  3. 2 points
    Quilt is finished, here are a couple of picture. I can't upload any more pictures. If you want to see more I put them on my facebook page, Stiitchin Quilts.
  4. 2 points
    Mary Beth

    I am too bored

    Well, I would love to have a new Millie, and I did back in 2004 when I purchased my first machine. I burned out and sold the machine and all of my accessories. Then after a few years, I started missing quilting. I almost purchase a new Millie, again....but am so happy I did not. I do not want to quilt for customers. I only want to quilt for me. If I had purchased a new machine, then I would have felt pressure to quilt for others just to pay for it. As it is, I found a used Freedom on the APQS website, for about half the price of the new Millie. I had found a used Millie on Craigslist that my husband was trying to talk me into, but it did not have Bliss, and I really wanted Bliss. I ended up with the Freedom. Now, that being said, everyone said I would not miss the channel locks, but I do. I used them all the time. I might add, that since I bought this machine from the factory, it was a refurbished machine, and I felt confident that the folks at APQS had gone over it with a fine tooth comb. No more than I quilt, I am happy with the used Freedom. I could easily quilt for customers on this machine, because it is almost a Millie, but I really hope I do not come to that.
  5. 1 point
    LibbyG

    Pinwheel quilt

    My friend made this quilt from leftover 30's fabric. We decided that feathers would look great on this quilt. 80/20 Hobbs batting. So Fine and BL in the bobbin. Pinwheel by Libby G, on Flickr pinwheel (2) by Libby G, on Flickr
  6. 1 point
    I dew quilting

    IHQS Ribbon

    My quilt "When the Stars Come Out" took 1st place in the large pieced category. It is a Judy Martin pattern, Wedding Bands.
  7. 1 point
    Busy Quilting

    I am too bored

    I make a pretty good banana bread made with coconut flour! Love my morning muesli but it is based on nuts, coconut and seeds. We try and eat organic as well so avoid anything GMO. No vegetable oils, soy products etc. Bacon, Eggs and butter make a great breakfast. Meat is grass fed as much as possible too.
  8. 1 point
    Gator

    Thread

    I'm a glide fan for quilting and industrial embroidery. Pre-would magna bobbins are a must have! Actually anything Fil-tech (Bobbin Central) is my fav.
  9. 1 point
    mlsa3

    Project Angel Quilt

    Libby....here's a pic of my quilt you requested...as I mentioned my block got lost in the mail but I liked the block so much I made this top from the same pattern...It's called "Lady of the Lake." The camera doesn't really do the colors justice...fabric that looks white is actually a pale lavender to match the lavendar in the borders and pasily blocks. It's not quilted yet...got one on the frame to finish first...not sure what I'll do with this.
  10. 1 point
    Congrats on your new home and memories you will make while living there.
  11. 1 point
    Gail O

    Itching to get back to stitching!!!

    Congrats on the new studio. We will patiently await the photographic tour.
  12. 1 point
    sewingpup

    I am too bored

    Hi all, well....I was bored too....so I got another dog...a 6 1/2 year old retired cairn terrier show dog....he is a hoot....although the first two weeks I had been tearing my hair out because he was so anxious....he had been spending most of his days in a kennel with 12 other dogs....and would pace no stop around the house...couldn't figure out stairs, scared of everything....really was wondering if I could handle him...now it has been 5 weeks....and he is wanting to go on walks...is zipping up and down the stairs, is barking at everything that moves outside his window, and keeps rearranging his toys all over the house......when I was walking him one day, I forgot about the ice which was underneath a new batch of snow...and dang...down I went...a few days later after an MRI, I learned I partially tore my rotator cuff and have bone spurs...doc said...I can do surgery IF YOU WANT...hughhhh? anyway, I decided it wait a few weeks to see if it will get better on it's own.....it is a bit better....but who knows what another couple of weeks will do.....anyway...NO time for quilting....not even piecing...not even looking at patterns.....yikes.....so Sorry MaryBeth about your arm...I don't know if you want to consider getting a dog or not....they sure eat up your time....but are very fun! Lin
  13. 1 point
    Cagey

    Itching to get back to stitching!!!

    Linda I am glad to hear you will be up and stitching soon. Share the eye candy. Cagey
  14. 1 point
    Pepsi Girl

    I am too bored

    O Mary Beth, my husband takes Tramadol, everyday quite a bit of it. So one day my back was just in a frenzy, nothing was helping. He knows pain pills and I don't mix well. But hating seeing me in such pain. I resisted for awhile but finally he convinced me to take a half of one. What a mistake that was. Never again! We laugh about it now because I'm such a wimp, but people are all so different, he can't function without it , I can't function with it!
  15. 1 point
    LisaC

    Project Angel Quilt

    Betsy, your time and skill are much appreciated! Thank you for making this happen. I can't wait to see it.
  16. 1 point
    Congrats! I see you are another South Carolina gal!!! Can't wait to see pics of the new studio.
  17. 1 point
    Congratulations on getting a new studio! Looking forward to pictures when it's done. Deb.
  18. 1 point
    Good for you Enjoy when you get it all set up and send pictures Linda
  19. 1 point
    Quilta93

    Project Angel Quilt

    Thank you so much Betsy for all your time and effort! Can't went wait to see it! Deb.
  20. 1 point
    dbams

    Project Angel Quilt

    Don't give me too much credit, Libby. I discovered today that I neglected to consider that the 5 block rows will have 8 sashing strips with the addition of two half blocks at the ends, versus only 7 sashing strips on the 6 block rows. Should have made each of my half blocks an inch smaller. Oops.
  21. 1 point
    LisaC

    Thread

    My favorites are Glide and Sew Fine 50wt. If I want a sheen, I use Glide; if I don't want any shine, I use Sew Fine. I use pre-wound bobbins exclusively; both from Fil-tech (Glide) and from Superior (Super-Bobs).
  22. 1 point
    jimerickson

    Thread

    I use YLI Longarm Professional most of the time. Use bottom Line almost exclusively in my bobbins. I wind all my own bobbins on an industrial bobbin winder. Longarm Professional is a polyester thread that is very strong. It allows you to sew very rapidly without fear of breaking thread. It is also low lint. I get about 210 yards of Bottom Line on my M size bobbins. Enough to complete small quilts with one bobbin when doing edge to edge. Good reasons in my mind for using this combo. I tried Signature Permacore thread early on, but found it too linty for my tastes. I use Glide occasionally when I want a special thread look, and Superior's Fantastico for variegated, and Twist for a different look. I've found that Metro's Sigma performs very much like Glide, and it is much less expensive, so I use it now for "Glide" applications. I never use cotton thread because of it's lack of strength, and it's lint. Can't stand lint! Jim
  23. 1 point
    Cagey

    Thread

    KP If you take a few classes on Craftsy or other spots, some instructors tell you they only use one brand/type. I believe Angela Walters said she only used Isacord thread. I believe Leah Day again only uses one brand, but I do not remember what it it. This may be because they are sponsored by a thread company, or because that way they can purchase every color in the line so they alway have the right thread on hand. I use Robinson-Anton thread, primarily because I bought everything a store had as they went out of business. I like the thread, and my George likes it. I use the poly-thread, so I have to purchase it online, which is cheaper. Cagey
  24. 1 point
    Primitive1

    Thread

    My go to's are So Fine, Lava, and Glide and Isacord. My bobbins I like to use are magna glide and bottom line.
  25. 1 point
    Primitive1

    flannel backing

    I have never had a problem with flannel, it could just be a tension problem with the top thread...or maybe a burr somewhere?
  26. 1 point
    Thank you, all.
  27. 1 point
    LibbyG

    Thread

    Because I have the L size bobbin, which doesn't hold as much thread. I work mainly with So Fine and Bottom Line in the bobbin. I do have some glide and like the shine on baby quilts. I've tried King Tut, which I with pantographs, but I can't always get it to work.
  28. 1 point
    AnnP

    I am too bored

    Oh girl..... Pain is a terrible thing. I can't imaging what you are going through. But when I don't quilt, I look at youtube as well. It gives great ideas and pointers. I never turn my television on throught the year, except for some NFL because it really has depressed me in the past. I listen to music, or read my Bible. Reading the Bile points to Jesus, and He gives peace, joy and comfort during those Yucky times in our lives. Hope this passes soon for you!
  29. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    I am too bored

    I have liked too many posts today So, just know I have liked your posts. What the heck?! If I am bored with TV, then I am going to the internet. How am I suppose to live if I can't like posts. Why do they limit us to 10. That means I have to be veeeerrrryyyy selective when you all post quilt pictures, or funny statements, or.....
  30. 1 point
    Pepsi Girl

    Frixion Pens

    Oh Linda That's terrible! I will not be using them ! I didn't realize The heat only made it disappear.
  31. 1 point
    Kwiltr

    2nd (and LAST) Olaf Finished

    It's done!! I am so over Olaf quilts, never over Olaf . This quilt was the 2nd one I made for practice on my Lenni and will be donated as well to the local Quilts 4 Kids. On this one I worked on border and block quilting designs. I need so much practice doing borders going in all directions!! Ugh! Not to mention getting some consistency in spacing and size and... the list is endless. So for 2017's challenges (I wish I could achieve that in one year ) I will continue to work on that. I tried Glide 60wt on the bottom this time. So great not to have to change the bobbin so often!! And for some of the quilting, it is a nice bonus not to have the thread build up on the back, I.e. On the Stars. It melts into the backing and worked very well tension-wise. I'm sold! I wind all my own bobbins and they work great. I get so impatient as I approach the end of a quilt and I was running out of ideas for the blocks, yet I didn't want to waste an opportunity to try something new. There was no other plan beyond that as I started to quilt. Anyway, that's it. Here's several pictures I took while the sun was out! Thanks for taking a look!
  32. 1 point
    Kwiltr

    2nd Quilt off the Lenni

    In anticipation of Lenni arriving, I made up this quilt with leftover flannel from a couple of Olaf quilts I made in the last year with a bit of stash added to it, to create a quilt I could practice on and would be suitable to donate to the local Quilts 4 Kids group I volunteer for. It will finish at 54" X 45". While it was more work quilting-wise than I would normally put into a donation quilt, I wanted structured practice, so I threw the book at it, so to speak. I am a rank amateur, and only quilt for myself. On this project I tried a few new to me designs and some tried and true from my repertoire built on my Sweet 16 Sitdown. I recently took some classes with Krista Withers (Awesome btw :)) and she suggested we try our hand at doing grid work on the longarm without rulers. So of course I had to try it! The triple lined grid near the bottom of the quilt was done freehand. I just marked a single line 1 1/2" grid with disappearing marker! And went for it. While I realize it isn't as perfect as a ruler stitched grid, it's a pretty awesome outcome for a first attempt, IMHO. Marking to stitched, about an hour! If you haven't tried it, you may want to. The quilt is complete with its warts, as I only ripped out when the bobbin ran out and left all the other bloopers in. I will never be a show quilter, but just enjoy the creative process and FMQ so much. Clearly, I have lots of areas to work on for improvement! I have a second similar top made up to do as well, but this one's done! Yay! I couldn't wait to share this, so thank you in advance for taking a peek.
  33. 1 point
    Deb34285

    Needle Flex and Tension

    Thanks Cagey for taking the time to write all that!! So basically the needle flexes in the opposite direction that we are quilting and on the George best possible direction is pulling fabric toward you. Thanks again! Deb