dancingstitcher

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  1. This forum is a bit like going to class. I try to check in and see what everyone is doing and pick up on new information. It's so helpful to keep up with what is happening. Hey, time to get on with my day. Bye, bye and have a great one today. Vicki
  2. Did you have to drink the wine before you had an empty box Kay? Tough assignment. Like how you stored your AccuQuilt dies too. The plastic shoe hanging rack looks wonderful. The decorator in me would want to choose the olive oil tins. Currently everything is hidden in dresser drawers since I like the room as bare as possible. Things using up visual space make me nervous and unsettled. Of course my cat would rather have more toys, always my quilting things. He climbs ladders so I'm sure he'd try the shoe rack. Vicki
  3. It's those extra bits on your customer quilts that keep them coming back. Very pretty. Vicki
  4. Buy some Red Snappers from Renea Haddadin. These plastic rods and covers are attached to your canvas leaders. I couldn't believe how much faster they make loading a quilt. Matt from Manquilter uses a different brand and also has You Tube videos like Renea does. Watch all of them when you have the time as they are so helpful. Having the extra backing for a quilt can be a problem solved by basting on a 4" leader of your own fabric, something inexpensive than can be cut off. You'll have to do this on your domestic machine. I found that Matt's advice to have 6" of backing on the front leader is necessary so that the Red Snapper can be advanced beyond the black front bar to avoid running into the Red Snapper with the throat plate when doing the first row of panto. My charity quilting group is only allowing 2" extra all around for the backing so thought that sewing on a throw away inexpensive strip of fabric would be a good idea. I usually don't have a problem with the side limitation of only 2" because I pin a fabric leader. The heavy clips that come with the machine are fastened to the other side of the fabric leader that has a half of a wooden measuring stick sewn into a casing. I used double thickness on the fabric and enveloped it. Also had the thought that I could have the fresh strip be wider and then cut it off the customer quilt if I didn't want to take the time to undo the basting stitches. Perhaps here is where those chain lock stitching machines would be helpful. The remaining strip would still be wide enough to use for several more quilts with this too-little-backing problem. All the above advice is great. These are real pros talking Kimberly. One day you'll be one too and you can pass the good stuff forward. Good luck with your business. Vicki
  5. Your quilt is really well done. Maybe all the hand piecing kept you out of trouble for awhile. The reason the fabric back looks grey is that the eye or camera combined all the primary and tertiary colors resulting in a value of black (presence of all colors) and the white background turned the black to grey. Look at some of the Pointelism (sp?) painters and you can see that they used this technique to create shadows. Check out the push pin artists who use only primary colors of red, blue, yellow, plus white to create faces in full color. Amazing. This is a cute polka dot pattern which I like as a good choice for the back. I have a tumbling block in values of green from 2003 that I have never quilted. Can you say "OLD UFO"? Thanks for giving me an idea. Vicki
  6. Hi Chat Buddies: My friend wrote a note on the topic of choosing to buy things that are made in the USA and that it would cost about $64 per year more per person to make that choice to buy only USA manufactured products. Apparently Diane Sawyer did a special where they checked everything in one family's home for manufacturer origin and eliminated everything from another country leaving the house nearly bare. So I checked a few of my sewing things and discovered that my favorite Olfa green cutting mat is made in Japan, Sulky KK2000 Temporary Spray Adhesive is from Germany, the Superior needles are from Japan, hand stitching needles from England, Japan, and others made in China but inspected and packaged in England. My favorite needles come from a Japanese woman who lives in Australia, has them made in Japan, and sells at Houston Quilt Festival. The Mulqueen give-away-6"-measuring tool is made in the USA. I have scissors from all over the place and have purchased them because of their performance. My Mettler thread is from Spain, Superior thread for my longarm from Japan, the glowing pink measuring tape from England, Pellon fusibles manufactured by Freudenberg made in the USA (toured their filter fabrics plant in the south years ago - fascinating), OmniGrid tools made in the USA, fabrics designed in the USA, printed in Korea, packaged in the USA, silks from Thailand, China, oriental fabrics from a variety of countries including Indonesia, Japan, China, batiks from Asian countries. The little wooden roller to press seams was made in the USA and I love the design and feel of it in my hand. My Rowenta iron is from Germany. My Husqvarna Viking sewing machine is from Sweden, the Samsonite case to carry it is from China (used to be made in Denver, CO). My APQS longarm is mostly from USA though could have parts from other countries. Crystals and beads are from many different countries and I love the choices. Cotton batting made in USA. Cotton is one of the top five products of Arizona. Learned this while making the Arizona Centennial Quilt. Alpaca is made in USA and the company is located in Michigan at the sister's house to our guild's speaker last year. I have yet to use it. Heard it is really hot sleeping underneath alpaca because of the tubular shape of fibers. The conclusion is that I couldn't buy only Made in the USA in order to be a quilter, unless I were from another period of time and did hand work on flour sacks. I am dependent upon the variety of machines, tools, fabrics, and more to make wonderful quilts which even though these things are international, the actual quilter, me, is in the USA, at least most of the time. So I guess I would have a house full of quilts if Diane Sawyer came and took away all my manufactured elsewhere things. The world is a better place for quilters since we have such a large variety of wonderful things to use from the larger community of quilters and needle artists. It seems that even though some of the initial products we use may come from other countries, we quilters are international, are able to communicate with stitches, and share a wonderful love of quilting with or without borders. Vicki
  7. Love your humor with the quilt, a mermaid castle under the sea. Your work is really fluid.....stitch design and topic. I really like how you take your quilts to the top level, beyond what anyone else would try to do and then incorporate the variety of color and texture in so much complexity. Congratulations. Hope to see it in person one day. Vicki
  8. Michele, that is just gorgeous. I took a class in this last year through SAQA (Studio Art Quilters Association) and we just painted sheets and then cut them out for the design. I like your idea better of painting the design onto paper so that the complex design can be repeated with each piece of fabric. You have given me inspiration to revisit this technique. Your way of doing it makes so much more sense for a quilter. Outlining the design with stitching really made it pop. Great job. Feel free to make more contributions on the chat because I like your style. I'm dying some yellow fabric for my charity quilting group who can't seem to get enough of yellow. So much fun to feel creative. Have fun today. Vicki
  9. The batik reminded me of leaves and so this is what the front border looks like. Try it sometime. It really goes quite fast with stitch regulator and I love to make some of the ends curve and some straighter. Leaving spaces between the shapes often looks great too.
  10. Thanks guys for your encouraging praise. Here's a close up of the border stitching. I often use the print to decide the design. In this case the front side border had a green batik that reminded me of fern leaves and so I used that as a guide to stitch these shapes. It doesn't show up well on the front side, except at a close up look, but on the back you can see the idea more plainly of what I was trying to do. I often let the fabric tell me what it wants. Joy and Mom were really pleased with this quilt and now Joy is going to get the binding on this weekend. Vicki
  11. You can just see the border on this where I had to do some art quilt texture which rather looks like foliage don't you think? Sure made the outside nice and flat.
  12. You can tell how excited I am with the Bliss. Here's the back in close up. This is bright on the back. Where is my margarita? It's time to party.
  13. Here's a side view of the whole quilt. This is King Tut in a green variegation thread which really shows up well on the white and blends well everywhere else. This quilt had some poochies in some blocks since it was made on the bias in Tube Quilting fashion but was able to flatten it with the feathers. Yippee! Hope it brings a good price at the Arts Council of North Phoenix auction the end of this month. It's lap size at 58"x68". Vicki
  14. Even art quilters can do feathers with Bliss!!!! I would never have tried this without the Bliss - a whole quilt of feathers!!! Most of my quilting is thread play or not following any particular pattern, just freehand. Thought I would try doing feathers where I had to trace back over the already stitched areas and found it a lot of fun. What I can't get over is how I'm able to get round shapes any time I want them. Best decision I ever made was to buy the Bliss for my Millennium. Vicki