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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to JenniferBernard in What designs to try out FMQ?   
    Flowers, leaves, and curlicues are always good to test a machine with because you have been drawing them since you were a kid. I like to make up new flowers and leaves and sometimes copy them from the designs on fabric.
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from quiltmonkey in What designs to try out FMQ?   
    I'm very excited .. next week I get to try out my friend's Innova. She suggested that I bring just a plain piece of fabric or very simple top and then use it as a car quilt once I'm done. The next thing to figure out is what designs should I try out on FMQ? I think that I'll try the basic swirl and hooked swirl that Angela Walters demonstrates on video but I'm unclear what else I should play with. Any suggestions?
    (It'll be good to try out a machine other than the Gammill that I've been renting time on. I'm trying to figure out if I love it because of the machine or because I really like the dealer.)
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JeannieB in What designs to try out FMQ?   
    Thank you for the link JeannieB!  And Cathy, FMQ = Free Motion Quilting ... just a short hand way of saying it.  :-)
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to tyquilter in Stash just got bigger   
    A local quilt shop went out of business last month (owner died) and they had a one day sale today with everything 70% off. I made a trip there this morning, came home and showed hubby what I got and how much I spent. He said "is that all? You better go back!" Debated a few hours and did end up going back this afternoon. Bought mostly Thimbleberries. Got some for only .90 cents per yard! Bought a total of 22 different fabrics for 86 yards for an average of less than $2/yard!!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Mrs.A in The Quilt with the Dragon Tattoo by Nancy Arseneault 2014   
    Will now attempt to load photos of my new quilt: The Quilt with the Dragon Tattoo from the Tucson Quilt Fiesta last weekend.  My record with adding photos is not too good…hope this will work.
    When my husband became obsessed with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO books & movies, I collaborated with tattoo artist Stephanie Davis to include my favorite quilting motifs (feathers, spirals, dots) into an original drawing of a Chinese dragon.  Then I turned the black & white drawing into this quilt.  It is machine appliquéd and was quilted on my APQS George machine with feathers, several traditional Sashiko patterns and some scribbling or thread painting.  Silk, metallic, cotton, rayon and polyester threads in all sizes (12 to 100) were used in the decorative stitching and quilting.  Started in January 2013, completed January 2014.


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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Liam in NQR Interesting Story   
    Researchers for the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority found over 200 dead crows near greater Boston recently, and there was concern that they may have died from Avian Flu. A Bird Pathologist examined the remains of all the crows, and, to everyone's relief, confirmed the problem was definitely NOT Avian Flu. The cause of death appeared to be vehicular impacts.
    However, during the detailed analysis it was noted that varying colors of paints appeared on the bird's beaks and claws. By analyzing these paint residues it was determined that 98% of the crows had been killed by impact with trucks, while only 2% were killed by an impact with a car.
    MTA then hired an Ornithological Behaviorist to determine if there was a cause for the disproportionate percentages of truck kills versus car kills.
    He very quickly concluded the cause: When crows eat road kill, they always have a look-out crow in a nearby tree to warn of impending danger. They discovered that while all the lookout crows could shout "Caw", not a single one could shout "Truck."
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from dbams in Stack a New Deck Quilt   
    Oooh, thanks Betsy and Madelyn for the heads up on Susan Cleveland's Piping Hot Bindings! I think that's just the ticket for this project.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Neher-in-law5 in Stack a New Deck Quilt   
    Nice work.  Piping Hot Borders or similar name is created and taught by Susan Cleveland.  Piping would not be difficult to do, send me a message if you can't find simple directions available.  Susan has a "tool" that helps trim piping to the 1/4 inch seam.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to K. Szymaszek in Stack a New Deck Quilt   
    Nice quilt, love the colors. Nice big studio too. K
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to dbams in Stack a New Deck Quilt   
    Tami, your quilt looks beautiful!  Definitely smart to take the time to fix your borders.  And I think the piping would look great with the binding.
    There is a technique called Pipping Hot Binding (or something similar), for which you can find information on-line.  Based on what I'm seeing here, I'm sure you can master that, too!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Oma in Figured out my problem   
    I seem to have so many projects in varying stages of completion and I couldn't figure out why none were getting done then I saw this...it was an "ah ha" moment for sure. 

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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to shirleyl in Figured out my problem   
    I guess you found my problem also.
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JeannieB in Stack a New Deck Quilt   
    A couple days ago I quilted my 5th top on the longarm. This time I tried out the computer rather than hand-guided. Boy was that a different experience. I was able to choose a much more complex pattern that would probably have taken me three times as long to quilt out. As it was, it only took a little less time than it did for me to quilt each of the four earlier quilt tops. Since this pattern had circles we couldn't do it as an E2E but instead we repeated the pattern and told the computer where the boundaries were for each roll.
    The top was pieced back in 2005 or 2006 and is a design from Karla Alexander's "Stack a New Deck" book ... cover pattern. Sadly that was back when I got back into quilting and tried to cut corners by not measuring the borders. When I unfolded it last week I cringed and knew that they had to be ripped out and re-sewn properly. Can you imagine that the short sides were 6" too long and the long sides were 6" too short?! I have no idea how I managed that but am really glad that I took the time to make it right.
    The quilting design is called Waterdrops Simple by Natalia Majors. I love how the circles contrast with all the squares/rectangles. The thread is Signature ... I think the color is Stone Blue, a blue/grey.
    I'm planning on a dark red/orange for the binding. If I knew how to add piping I would probably add the light orange batik as a contrast.
    And nope, I didn't plan on bringing in a blue quilt to match the blue machine head. Just a happy coincidence. :-)

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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to shirleyl in cost of quilting   
    My hubby doesn't see it that way. But if he really wants to divide assets, I would still have my stash, machines, and probably get a few of his toys too. He complained about a $80 charge for my machine maintenance, but doesn't think twice about $600 for his toys. By toys I mean snow machines, not one but if I remember last count 4, motorcycles, I don't want to count them, I'd get mad. Trucks, trailers, camper, 4 wheelers. We have toys!
    They don't count ours the same.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to quiltmonkey in I only played a teeny tiny little part in the big plan.....   
    ... but my heart soars with pride!     I was honored when one of my longarm quilting customers (a local politician) called me to ask if I would donate my services to quilt some quilts for a newly constructed homeless shelter in our community for youth and teens. I said of course!  Fifteen hand made quilts were given to me to help finish. These beautiful, colorful quilts will be draping across the beds in the shelter. It makes me so proud that I am able to contribute to the greater good in my community and play a small part in helping those young kids who need a safe, warm place to sleep, and people to give them love and guidance from their scary world which is filled with uncertainty. It's the little things we all do that add up to an enormous positive result. Here is a story if you want to read more.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Finished!!!!!!!   
    The quilting on this is finished!!!  Woohoo!!  I have some embellishing to do, the label, hanging sleeve, and binding left.  That's still kind of a lot of work!  LOL!

    DSCN4655 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr

    DSCN4670 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr

    DSCN4667 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr

    DSCN4660 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    I used two highly contrasting colors pieced together for backing - which is probably a cardinal sin but...I did it anyway.  LOL!  I have some vintage lace that I'm going to place along the seam line to soften up the contrast a bit and make it kind of interesting...even with all that I will do differently next time I think this turned out super pretty! 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Wendy-ON in What did you get for Christmas?   
    Barn is cool! I've always loved barns. But this year I really did get the desire of my heart, an engagement ring
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to shirleyl in What did you get for Christmas?   
    Gee I got a set of sheets! If hubby wouldn't wait until 2 days before Christmas I could have gotten a want instead of a need. But don't feel bad for me I got Quilt Path earlier in the year! So life is good. It's hard to buy for someone that just buys what they want/need. He is the same, but I at least make an effort.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to fotch in New Studio Space Ready to Rock N Roll   
    After two months of non-stop interruptions and holiday travel fun...            I've finally turned our 12x24 shed into "Studio Q   ...for Quilting"  As you can see I had quite the challenge and still don't have a clue where to put all this stuff. ...but Michelle said, it's not going in here!!!                                                                                        Today the Millennium gets put together and we're spending our Rockin' NYE right here practicing.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to caryas in Rhapsody Quilt Finished   
    Hi all,
    I just finished this quilt for a customer and wanted to share some pictures with people what know what went into this one!

    I used two layers of batting, cotton and wool and all Glide silk thread.
    I think it turned out just beautiful!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to shirleyl in Statler stitcher and APQS Millie   
    Thanks Tami I will let her know.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to QuiltGuy in Expecting the call...aren't you?   
    I am assuming at this point that they are heading to my house, I mean what other reasonable explanation could there be?
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to QuiltGuy in Expecting the call...aren't you?   
    Well, the Long Arm Giveaway is today, I entered daily...so I know I will be getting the call
    How many of you are expecting the call today?
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to cherylannie in Crazy Quilt Potholders   
    I made some christmas stocking with eleanor burns methods which would work perfect.  You just stack about 5 or different prints in a stack and slice then sideways onece like a  crazy quilt.  Rotate the top print on one stack to the bottom and then sew the two stacks together one set at a time (the prints will all be with a different print).  Then slice the stack again the other directions (a little wonky) rotate the top on to the bottom and sew the stack together again.  You do this for the number of prints that you have 5 or 6.  At the end you have a set  of crazy blocks.  They are a little off square by now so you have to square them up.  I used the decorative stitches on my machine and quilted on the seam lines.  It was fun to use the different stitches that I rarely used.  They turned out really cute!  There are also some crazy quilt block  paper templates on the web and even a set of plastic templates you can buy to cut them. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to JoAnnHoffman in Interested in classes at CRAFTSY?   
    Angela Walters Quilting Negative Space and Leah Day Vol 2 is excellent.
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