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  1. Thank you so very much Nigel!! Oh how cool is that! Thank you!! Now I'm a little nervous too!!!
  2. Just finished my client Jane's quilt - she wanted feathers and curved cross hatch on her quilt! I think I may have another of these coming my way next year so I'm already trying to think up something different! This quilt is 100" x 100" and I used Bottom Line thread in both the top and bobbin...one layer of Wool (Hobbs Tuscany) was provided by the client. 20151013_103825 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 20151013_104706 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 20151013_104004 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 20151013_103913 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 20151013_104706 by Valerie Smith, on F
  3. I for years have saved at least one old hard plastic needle package that the needles come in and put them in there...I usually know which one is my old one because it's either marked or an odd ball needle I don't use frequently like metallic or a ball point...when it's full I toss it. I have done this since I started sewing! LOL (I have little children and a dog who thinks the garbage can is his all day open buffet....so....I definitely am cautious!)
  4. Looks amazing Oma! I am so jealous of that cutting table!
  5. It turned out AWESOME Teresa!! I am in love with your feathery border!
  6. I am with Cagey in that it looks free hand to me. Why don't you try drawing a pinwheel quilt onto a sheet of paper...and see if you can't freehand something similar? Generally if you can draw it, you can quilt it!
  7. I do as Ardelle suggests and generally pin baste the outer edge rather than machine baste. I have one on the frame now that as I reach the bottom it is more and more evident that the borders weren't measured first. This happens a lot. Sometimes you just have to go slow and even use your fingers to hold the fabric in place until you get some stitching in to avoid puckers or wrinkles.
  8. Gorgeous Charlotte!! Is the first one a panto? If so can you tell me the name? It's AWESOME! Everything is beautiful, you are so talented!
  9. Deb - I do not have the M bobbin and have never had it, but I will say that I also have a Juki and I find the L bobbin on my long arm to be really handy because it makes my bobbins interchangeable. I sometimes free motion small projects on my Juki when I have customer quilts on the frame...also I can use up leftover bobbin thread practicing a design on my Juki. Just my two cents... Also - Sheila, I do have a side winder and in March when I upgraded to a Millennium I got a Turbo Winder...the side winder does ok, but the Turber Winder is every bit worth the cost and winds a bazillion times
  10. I just read back through all of your posts Heidi - boy I am so saddened to hear all of this. I think the universe puts people where they are needed - and do I ever think the universe put you there for that little girl. The whole story is heartbreaking, and what a tough spot you are in because it's family. My heart goes out to you, and God bless you for being there. I have a friend who's daughter is now in 7th grade and diabetic. By 2nd or 3rd grade she was giving herself her insulin shots and knew how to track her own carbs. Her mother is amazing and if there were a race for awesome moms
  11. I knot and bury as I go along...and yes you want to tug gently on that top string and bring the back thread to the front. What I generally do is plan my quilting so that I have the least amount of stops and starts as I can...then I'll quilt the whole pass, go back and bury, and then advance the quilt.
  12. Thank you so much Pat!! I do absolutely love what I do. I can't get enough! I do adore my family as well!! I have been working on a book off and on but I keep getting side tracked with other things. I think now that the baby is here I'm a little more focused...because I know she's the last one and I have a better idea of what the next five years will look like. I have written and self published a couple of mini-books but would like to really compile everything into something easy to navigate and has everything all in one place. I'm working on it! I do have a particular publisher in m
  13. Thank you Cagey!! You know - I don't know why I haven't thought about Craftsy as a teaching outlet before this?! Maybe I'll look into that! I do have a very laid back YouTube channel that I just haven't had that much time to take seriously...what with having babies and all. I have dabbled in all sorts of different areas of quilting as I kind of only see myself becoming more involved with it as my children grow and I find myself with more free time...next to quilting for others and making my own quilts I've enjoy teaching the most. I will keep you posted! Thank you for your great comment
  14. Heidi that makes me feel sooo good to hear! I worked and went to school full time until my oldest was two, but it killed me being away. I could make more money sure if we had two incomes...my Husband has a pretty good job and sometimes I think how nice it would be to double that income! I can really understand the motivation to have both parents working and as far as independence...it's a real ego blow to have to rely on someone for everything when you were so self sufficient before staying home. We made a lot of sacrifices for me to be here - gave up a car and and one point only had one v
  15. Such a cute little piece and your quilting is fantastic!
  16. Awww thanks Sue!! I do like to be busy but I can't say that I'm not relieved that football is over...wheew! It was a bit of a grueling schedule there for the past few months. I drive three kiddos to three different schools each day and pick them up too...plus I keep up with quilts but I enjoy that because I get to be creative and the income allows me some independence being primarily a stay at home/work from home mom. You always make me feel great though, thank you!!!