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  1. I already said so on Facebook - but it is beautiful and so is the quilting! Congratulations!
  2. I am so sorry for the loss of your sister to liver disease Judith - I can only imagine what you must be going through now to see another sister suffering. Many prayers for you and your family.
  3. Beautiful Dell - and wow, what an amazing quilt to be part of the history of!
  4. Thank you for all of the prayers and good wishes! I do appreciate them - while I've been through it before it's always a bit nerve wracking with an impending surgery! I just pray that baby and I both get through it safely, and that she's healthy and well. I cannot wait to meet my new babe! Janice - yes! Another girl! That means Daddy's got four little girls...I can hardly believe it myself. Wheew! I hope that they all remain close through life. I tell them this all the time...I just want them to grow up to be happy, healthy, safe, make good choices, and ALWAYS stay by each others
  5. Thanks Shari! - I am using a Wacom Bamboo Tablet that comes with a stylus pen to draw my designs onto the photo. It also comes with Corel Painter Essentials 4 (it's like a slightly more detailed paint program, but not as detailed as full on graphic design software like Paintshop Pro). You could use paint though truly, or a number of other programs/applications. I actually bought mine from someone used here on the board! - Valerie
  6. Aww thank you Joan and Charlotte! Can you believe two years ago now I was just mastering stippling???
  7. Libby by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr I know that time and what the client wants to pay are all a consideration...for me, I might break things up a little like this as a jumping off point. You could go nuts in that open negative space or reign it in and just do simple fills to add texture. I might do something middle of the road - like some curved cross hatching and feathers and add a fill behind it...present it to her with a cost and then you can make it simpler or more complicated depending on what she'd like to see and what her budget is. I would definitely do the most de
  8. I sure hope baby is cooperative too. She is baby number four so I do wonder how quickly she'll want to be born. I've had all cesareans though so fingers are crossed. I really need the month of May to relax and prepare. Working like a mad woman today and tomorrow on this - as much as I am enjoying myself I also just want to know that I'm done and not worry that I might go into labor while quilting!! LOL ...and thank you!
  9. This one is taking me so long that it's motivating to post a few pictures here and there during the wait!! Mostly because I'm on two week baby appointments now, so between going to the Dr., taking care of kiddos, and trying to quilt I swear the days go by SO fast!!! Promise the next share will be the full quilt...I'm about 2/3 down the blocks and hoping to be finished by the end of this coming week. Millie Mouse is living up to her fantastic reputation - my work has improved leaps and bounds and that wonderful stitch regulation has really allowed me to worry less about hitting the "stop" bu
  10. I don't think it needs it. I think of stitch in the ditch in a couple ways - a stabilizer and or a way to keep things neat and square. I think with the design you've chosen it's not necessary. Just my personal take anyway!
  11. I saw these on Flickr - SO so so beautiful!!! Love the curved cross hatched diamond in the center!
  12. I am so glad Jennifer mentioned the "fabric shatter" scenario - I don't see a lot of folks talk about that but I have had a few fabrics that did this. In this case in particular you can see it's batting...but I have experienced the fabric shred/breakage is worst with lower quality (but expensive and purchased from quilt shops I might add) dark colored fabrics that are white on the back.......glad the poly solved the problem, reason enough for me to keep some on hand for just this situation!
  13. Aww I'm so sorry to hear this Teresa, many prayers for your grand daughter.
  14. I apologize for friends on the forum who also follow me on Facebook - I'm just sharing the quilting I'm working on now and I'm really happy with the progress. I can't express how much of an advantage that stitch regulation has given me...having the ability to slow down has really allowed me to add more creative detail to my work. I'm loving my "new to me" Millie. Here's the one I'm working on... 10306383_971826629497257_7676406576916908435_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr 11010560_971705159509404_1530574830649790335_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr