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    Bekah reacted to Sharon M in 2 Lightning Strikes Bargello Quilts finished   
    Oh my, thank you all so much for the wonderful comments! I actually feel like a real quilter now! They are the greatest compliments I could have, and it feels good to give a little something back after all the great advice and inspiration I find here. This is an amazing place. I would be so lost without this forum.
    Oma, your comment about your grandkids all graduating in succession made my eyes bug out! I hadn’t thought that far ahead yet! LOL Do they each get a quilt for their grad, and how do you keep up with making them all in time? At the rate I’m going, I better start now!
    Linda, hi back! Good to see you too! We’re practically neighbors, would love to meet you some day. I’m always looking for posts from my fellow Canucks on here, (Hi Cathy!) and wishing I didn’t live quite so far from you all.
    Dyan, thank you for your comment! I love that these pictures could inspire someone to try one of these quilts. They aren’t as difficult as one might think. There definitely are easier bargello patterns to make than this one though. There are so many interlocking lines in the Lightning Strikes pattern, I think my eyes were crossed by the time I was done. So worth it though! The very first bed sized quilt I made was a bargello, but a much simpler pattern, no lines cross each other. When I went to the quilt shop to pick fabrics, the ladies there discouraged me from trying one of these for my “first” quilt as they thought it would be too difficult for a newbie. I actually found it very easy to do and it went together quickly for me. It’s all strip piecing, and just a matter of moving the strip segments up or down to achieve the lines. Here’s a picture of my first. I didn’t have a pattern for a bed size quilt, but I had one for a small wall quilt, so I looked at a the picture and played around in EQ until I got what I liked. Oh, and I should say that I didn’t do the quilting on this one. I took it to a longarmer, and when I saw her magnificent Millenium, I became obsessed with getting my very own. I found this forum, and the rest, as they say, is history

    IMG_3959 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr
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    Bekah reacted to Sharon M in 2 Lightning Strikes Bargello Quilts finished   
    Hi everyone! I'm finally responding to Ardelle's challenge to post pictures! Due to my crazy busy life, I was only able to complete 2 quilts in the past year. In less than 5 years, I've been blessed with 5 grandbabies... the 6th is due any day, and I haven't even started a baby quilt yet! These little munchkins plus a full time job keep a Gramma busy! LOL
    Both quilts are bargellos... "Lightning Strikes" is one of my favorite patterns. The first, the green one, was made for my son's wedding last January. One of my first attempts at custom, I sweat buckets over the thought, but in the end, I'm pleased with how it turned out. I used Ronda Byer's rulers for the border... first attempt with them. They are so easy to use. Quilter's dream wool, it's my new favorite batting), and a silver/grey minky on the back. Ok, now to try posting pictures, fingers crossed that it works.

    IMG_5811 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr

    IMG_5818 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr

    IMG_5814 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr

    IMG_5812 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr

    IMG_5824 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr

    IMG_5820 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr
    The second, oranges & browns, was for my daughter & son-in-law. She wanted the quilting to follow the lines of color. Was tons of rolling back & forth, I think it took longer than the first one. Again, Quilters dream wool, and brown minky on the back.
    Both quilts are king size... 110 x 110 They take up my entire floor space in the living room

    IMG_6206 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr

    IMG_6207 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr

    IMG_6208 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr

    IMG_6214 by Sharon M2013, on Flickr

    Both girls picked the Lightning Strikes pattern, and they each chose their own colors, all Jinny Byer fabrics. I have her portable pallette... such a wonderful tool for choosing fabrics, especially bargellos. No issues at all with the minky backing, it quilted beautifully
    Thanks for looking, and thanks for the challenge Ardelle! And thanks also to Heidi for the instructions on using Flickr
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    Bekah reacted to Sharond in Replacing Canvas Leaders   
    I replaced mine a couple of years ago. I did pretty much what Angie did, except I used Carpet tape. This was recommended by Amy at APQS. Once I had the old leaders removed and any excess adhesive on the conduit pipe removed, then I placed my double sided carpet tape. I lightly pressed this on the pipe, just in case I need to straighten it out. Once the tape was on, then I lined up the canvas leaders on the carpet tape, just pressing lightly again until the leader on was on the length of the pipe. Then pressed down securely with my hands.
    Before you take off your old leaders, make sure you know which way your leaders roll on to the pipes. I marked the end of my pipes with blue painters tape and an arrow.
    It really is pretty easy to replace your old leaders, just take your time.
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