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    quiltmonkey reacted to nineva in SCORE: vintage handkerchiefs   
    It is my next project  I will post when I get it done!  I am so happy to see you too!!!
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    quiltmonkey got a reaction from Gail O in Snappers, Grips or Zippers?   
    Neither. I'm a pinner. The only time I use my zippers is if I am working on a heavy custom quilt that I need to zip on and off the frame multiple times. The only other time I use zippers is to put on my large practice sandwich to test out designs or get my memory back on how to quilt something. Otherwise, if it is just a quilt I load one time only, I pin directly to the leaders. It is hassle free, very quick and everything is loaded in less than 10 minutes and I'm quilting away... otherwise, I'm fussing with sewing things to zippers, or snapping things to fabric. Not a fan of the snappers. they are a PITA, IMHO. 
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    quiltmonkey got a reaction from dbams in double batting   
    Me too. my favorite!!
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    quiltmonkey reacted to nineva in SCORE: vintage handkerchiefs   
    Linda I bought that product and soaked the handkerchiefs. Absolutely amazing. Every single Stain came out. Thank you so much for the referral. Now on to making the quilt.
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    quiltmonkey reacted to dbams in double batting   
    Wool batting is also nice and warm.  I love Quilter's Dream Wool.
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    quiltmonkey reacted to Elisse in Quilt Display   
    I have a gorgeous, snow white, handmade "pineapple" quilt, and I am trying to figure out how to best display it, so that it will stay clean and pristine! It has been packed away for years... Any suggestions? We live in rural southern West Virginia, where there is No shopping- the nearest Walmart is an hour from us!- so basically everything I do and buy is online! Any ideas or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
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    quiltmonkey reacted to jimerickson in Droopy bottom on the downside when quilting   
    Are you quilting a single piece back, or one you've seamed together?  If you're using a pieced back, which way is the seam(s) mounted in relation to the rollers?  If perpendicular, the seam allowance piles up, making the backing at the seam act like its shorter than the sides.  Because of this, I almost always mount my pieced backs with the seams parallel to the rollers.  That also allows me to pin the selvage to the leaders assuring me the back is square with the rollers.   Jim
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    quiltmonkey reacted to Busy Quilting in Pokies with wool batting after washing?   
    I had trouble with "bearding " from a pure wool batting more than ten years ago. It was gentle machine washed.
    I now use wool/poly on a scrim in all of my quilts and they have been through the washing machine numerous times.
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    quiltmonkey reacted to nineva in SCORE: vintage handkerchiefs   
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    quiltmonkey reacted to nineva in SCORE: vintage handkerchiefs   
    Thank you Linda. I will check it out. And find a source for the cleaning product. You are always so knowledgeable. I appreciate it. I see a handkerchief Quilt in my near future.
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    quiltmonkey reacted to barbm in FORUMS OR FACEBOOK CURIOUS   
    Stan, the biggest advantage to our Facebook pages is the fact that those of us who follow the various groups get instant notifications that someone needs help. These forums have to be checked periodically, which can sometimes fall through the cracks. And even if we see and respond to a post, the user might not see our response for some time. On Facebook, our interaction can be in real time - and is a searchable resource for other users. Yes, these forums are a similar resource and are searchable, but they don't feed past users' eyes, where someone might say, "Wait, that's just like what I experienced!"
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    quiltmonkey reacted to ffq-lar in SCORE: vintage handkerchiefs   
    Hi Nancy Jo! Use Retro Clean to soak the hankies. It's not expensive and easy to find. It takes hot water and if there are heavy stains, more than one treatment. Works like a charm! If you haven't seen (Quilting Vintage) on Facebook, join to see lots of projects and advice for backing and stabilizing the hankies for use in quilts. Fun!
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    quiltmonkey reacted to nineva in SCORE: vintage handkerchiefs   
    i found a stack of over 50 vintage hankies for $10 this am  wow, when I sorted through them there is enough to make three nice size quilts in three colorways.  That said,  a few of the light ones need stain removal.  Does anyone know the name of the product ypunuse to soak vintage linens.  i cannot remember it.  

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    quiltmonkey reacted to Allison S. in FORUMS OR FACEBOOK CURIOUS   
    Hi Everyone!
    I like this forum for searching for useful information. I find that I have to sort through too much on FB. For me, FB is for looking at pictures and giving people props for work they do. I haven't been active on these forums much. Mostly because I've had a life change that lasted many years. Now that I'm trying to get back to the living I hope to read more and share more. I have noticed that the forums aren't as busy as they used to be. I hope that changes as people tire of FB. I'm not on FB nearly as much as I used to be, however, I'm trying to start a business and it does seem that it's important to keep up with social media in doing so.  
    I do love seeing pictures, so am leaving one here for the next reader.   
    This is my mammoth (donkey) named Boone, modeling a colorful Disney character quilt that I made to go in a Disney themed room.

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    quiltmonkey reacted to nanbrug in FORUMS OR FACEBOOK CURIOUS   
    I prefer this forum and when I first became a millie owner this forum was really hopping and loved it.  I couldn't wait to open the forum and look at all the inspiration quilters had posted.  Sadly alot have gone the way of FB and I don't get to see their beautiful work. I still log on a few times a month but not like I used to.  I have been on this forum for about 8 years now and will have more time to look on here because I decided this week to retire from doing customer quilts and quilt my own yah!!!!  Hope everyone posts more pics love them 
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    quiltmonkey reacted to Janice H in Baste a quilt   
    Thank you, Linda, for your answer.  It is very helpful.  I like the drawing.  I will use it.  I talked with the friend this a.m..  She picked up a quilt.  She is a lovely person and a good friend.  I am happy I can help her.  Thanks    
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    quiltmonkey reacted to ffq-lar in Baste a quilt   
    I do this about twice a year--mostly for my hand-quilting friends. I charge a half-cent per square inch with a $50 minimum for this. But if you want, you can charge her by the hour. It may take you longer to load it than to stitch it, but you still need to be paid for your time. A moderate-sized quilt may take 2 hours total, so the $50 minimum is fair. No way is it a 10 minute job. Attached is a diagram of my quilting path for basting. It's a grid without long verticals and is very fast. Use a heavier, contrasting poly and a long stitch-length for ease of stitch-removal. Don't cross at the corners so the fabric can be manipulated by the quilter if necessary. Don't let your friend make the decisions ---she doesn't know what's involved. This technique and attaching binding on the longarm are services you can advertise. Not everyone offers them.

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    quiltmonkey reacted to Carolyn Hensley Johnson in Quilting Soft and Stable for customers   
    Thanks Sharon!  I have not tried it yet, but Longarm quilting is mentioned in the instructions. I’m planning to make four Power Up cases for gifts and I was hoping it would save a lot of time by using my Longarm. I will definitely post again after I try it. Your instructions are very helpful. 
    Thanks for your help! Carolyn
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    quiltmonkey reacted to Sharon Deming in Quilting Soft and Stable for customers   
    Carolyn, welcome to the forum!! My life has taken a shift and I have suspended quilting for others until next year --- but .. I had a chance to speak to the woman who quilts the Soft and Stable sandwiches for Annie (of by Annie). Now, I have not tried this yet - too many other things ahead of it. But, she uses the 52" wide S&S and trims it to about 48" wide. Then loads the "backing" along the cut width of fabric with the selvedges (left on) on the sides. Centers the S&S over the backing and the top fabric and the top fabric centered on top. anchors the edges and quilts with a low density design. She said she uses the clamps on the S&S. I have trouble actually picturing all that, so after I quilt the charity top that stares at me every time I go into the studio, I will see how working with S&S works out and let you know on this thread. Have you tried quilting with S&S yet?
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    quiltmonkey reacted to RunningThreads in Which threads do you have a love/hate relationship with?   
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    quiltmonkey reacted to mswings in Stitch Regulator   
    Thanks Shana, I tried thoses things with no success. I called Angie and she is sending me some circut boards.
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    quiltmonkey reacted to jimerickson in How To Load a King Quilt on a Lenni with a 12' frame?   
    No.  What you're experiencing is normal.  As you roll up the quilt on the take-up roller it takes up space in the "harp".  Each pass you make will  shorten your  "stitching field".  Just plan accordingly.  If you're stitching a panto, make sure that it is no deeper than the smallest stitching field will be.  Probably 2 or 2 1/2 inches less.  Good luck.  Jim
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    quiltmonkey reacted to mswings in Stitch Regulator   
    Thanks Shana, I tried those things with no success. I worked today and will call tomorrow. My thread cutter is also on the fritz. Probably a circut board even though I changed them both out last year.
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    quiltmonkey reacted to ffq-lar in thread jam in hook assembly   
    You are doing the right thing. Douse it again with WD-40 and let it sit for a while. That will soften the thread even more. Continue to pull out the visible threads with tweezers and try to rock the assembly manually. If necessary, douse again and let it sit overnight, keep working, and you should be able to loosen things up. When the assembly turns, start it at a slow speed to twirl out any thread that's left.  Make sure you haven't blown a fuse with the jam. Wipe out and re-oil well with machine oil. Good luck, Jacque.