AnnHenry

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  1. What I learned today: "first horizontal seam . . ." instead of top border seam. Fantastic! Thanks!
  2. Stunning. Awesome. And lots more adjectives. Oh, to stand in the presence of the Great Masters ! ! ! (Why doesn't it sound the same if I say "Great Mistresses"?)
  3. After my brother-in-law had his first kidney stone, he said that the pain was so bad that if he had been out hunting alone when the attack happened, he would have killed himself with his gun. That scares the bejeebers out of me!
  4. I'm told these people burn out fast. Also they are not usually licensed or paying sales tax or claiming on their income taxes . . . What if someone turned them in ? ? ?
  5. I gave it a good "looking over" and couldn't even find your error, and errors usually jump out at me. Therefore, unless it's something that will bother you because you know it is there, I wouldn't bother to change it. The decision to replace something is a tricky one. Sometimes it doesn't matter, but on more than one of my quilts, there are spots that every time I look at them I think, "Why didn't I take that extra 15 minutes to fix that?" and it drives me crazy every time I look at it. Some other errors, however, don't bother. Only you can decide which errors you can live with, and whic
  6. I haven't done this, but I just assumed you also loosened the bottom tension, like machine basting on a domestic. No ? If I were to machine base a quilt, I planned on using water soluble thread in the top and bobbin both, and tell the customer she can wash it out. I know some people like to wash their quilts right away after quilting.
  7. If she were my customer and wanted her quilts “fixed,” I would seriously think about "skinning" them a la Bonnie Botts--removing every stitch. Note that I said I would "think about it”! But that’s what she deserves, to get her quilt tops back undone! Such wise advice from Sylvia Blissett. Of course, your first mistake was to return all five quilts without having any money in hand. Never release a quilt without payment. I doubt you’ll do that again. You do say you got paid, so that’s good, but surprising! If a similar situation arises, you can always try to get the entire amount in s
  8. Wool batting is so delightful to use that the last time I had a quilt on the frame, every night before I went to bed, I went in and "petted" the quilt because it felt so wonderful. It doesn't handle any differently from other battings, so no special instructions needed. I do, however, make an extensive label with explicit laundering instructions because some people wash their quilts the same way (and as often) as they wash their underwear. I have lately added to (all)my quilt labels "Wash as infrequenlty as possible."
  9. is that it doesn't even matter if the fabrics are ugly, as long as there is a definite difference between the lights and the darks - I've never seen an "unpretty" log cabin!
  10. I like Square Spiral and have used it several times. I think it would be nice for this quilt, better than something flowery. The repetition of the quilting pattern would harmonize with the repetition of the piecing pattern, but on the diagonal. It's a good panto, too, for a "boy" quilt.
  11. Lovely indeed. I never would have thought that yellow and pink would look so lovely together.
  12. Wonderfulness! My father used to say, "Them that can brag without lyin', let 'em brag! So brag!
  13. First of all, forget the quilt. Your health is more important. Next, remember that the old slogan "feed a cold and starve a fever is incorrect - - it is really a shortened form of the phrase that goes something like . . . "Anyone dumb enough to feed a cold would also starve a fever." So go on a juice fast and take no solid foods. Drink lots of liquids, especially cranberry juice which will help alkalinize your body. If you get frequent colds, your body may be acidic. When you get better Google acid/base balance in the body and how dietary changes can benefit you. Since I have stoppe
  14. I think I got this idea here. It's just a small (artist's) paint brush, a washer, and a clippie-do, proper name of which I don't know. The light colored thing is a mush of masking tape to stabilize the brush when one piece of tape didn't do it!
  15. I felt the same way when I won my first ribbons at the County Fair. This was a long time ago when there weren't as many quilters as there are now, and when I saw the quilts at the Fair one year, I was amazed at the poor quality of quilts submitted and judged as winners. I said to myself that I could do better than that, so the following year I entered quilts in 5 categories and won 4 blue ribbons and 1 red. I was astounded. I only entered them to show off and wasn't thinking about ribbons (that's the truth!), so it made it even more exciting to get ribbons.
  16. One problem you might encounter is uneven "stretch" between the first part quilted and the second. I did this on a quilt and when I went back to do the sashings, the amount of lateral stretch was not the same both times. I ended up with some minor tucks that were not fixable without undoing enormous areas. It wasn't enough to cause serious concern, but it happened because I quilted that area at two different times and two different degrees of "stretch." So be aware!
  17. What do you mean "they're not giving me a lot of time"? Who's in charge of your quilting business?
  18. What do you mean "they're not giving me a lot of time"? Who's in charge of your quilting business?
  19. And here I am thinking someone is asking about "flat" thread as compared to "round" thread! Then Katydids says "matte", and now I understand that you're talking about "flat" in paint terms of high gloss, semi-gloss, and flat! This forum is wonderful. I had never heard of "flat" invisible thread; I only knew about high gloss . Thanks!
  20. And here I am thinking someone is asking about "flat" thread as compared to "round" thread! Then Katydids says "matte", and now I understand that you're talking about "flat" in paint terms of high gloss, semi-gloss, and flat! This forum is wonderful. I had never heard of "flat" invisible thread; I only knew about high gloss . Thanks!
  21. I, too, am "APQS forum-trained". Someone has always been there when I needed help. This group has been awesome, and I rarely use that word! Thank you all.