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  1. Thanks to all who took time to help me out today with great suggestions! I really do appreciate all the good perspectives and information received during my "thread emergency," and I feel so fortunate to have this forum and all it's experts to share advice with me. What would we all do without the Internet?? (Besides just having a good cry!) Thanks again--I am so grateful to you all!
  2. Thanks again for the additional suggestions. Yes, I leave the plastic dome on the spool, and I have tried 9, 10 and 11 stitches/inch--with no particular success with any of them. I have also tried stitch regulator mode, and free-wheelin--no difference. The thread is beautiful--but I cannot keep it form breaking after less than 18 inches of quilting. I have finally finished the part on the quilt where I used this thread...with about 200 starts and stops, of which only two were intentional! (For the remainder of the quilt, I switched back to my reliable "So Fine," and all is well again.) I can't even charge my customer for this quilt. The top looks okay--but the back is like a shag rug with all the stops and starts. I'll be triming threads for hours, just to get it done, and all for nothing. So, all in all, Hemingworth has really been "Hemingworthless" for me. I don't have a horizontal spool holder, but I do have some Monopoly--but truthfully, I have tried so many options to get this thread to work for the past two days--and nothing has--another attempt with this thread would be like throwing good money after bad. I would agree that the thread is beautiful--but in this case...beauty is only skin deep. I have tried a number of different thread products before--and this is by far the worst of them all.
  3. Thanks, Marilyn. Yup--you called it correctly for the Day from HE@@... I have tried different sized needles (3.5 and 4.0..and for a brief time, the 3.5 seemed better--so I stuck with that one.) I don't have any Sewer's Aid here, But I will try some Static Guard on the spool--just in cvase. (Talk about grasping at straws...maybe I should strap some garlic around my neck!) Hee hee!
  4. Thanks for the suggestion, Heidi. I don't have any thread lubricant...and I'm in the boondocks, so I'm not sure where I could get any in short order. However, I tried flipping the cone upside down...but no change. (I'll keep that trick in my book of options, however--I hadn't heard of that one before!) I bought an expensive six-pack of this thread--and I don't expect that I will EVER use any more of it. What a disappointment. It is beautiful thread--but what's the point of trying it when there is no way to make it work?
  5. I decided to use one of my new Hemingworth threads on a gorgeous customer's batik quilt. Laid down a couple of yards of thread, and had the thread break a couple of times--but it looked great, so I decided to go with it. After a few more yards, I was committed to using it--but this is the worst thread nightmare I have ever had in over 800 quilts! I have my Millenium all trussed up like a Thanksgiving Turkey, with wads of batting loops all over to hold down this jumping thread. I cannot sew more than ONE YARD without having it break. I have changed needles, I have adjusted bobbin tension and upper tension (each about 50 times!) trying to find that happy land where the thread won't break. Doesn't matter where I put it--it still breaks, and I am tearing my hair out! Does anyone have a solution to this? I need to get this shipped out a.s.a.p., (naturally) for a SHOW. Haaalp!
  6. So cool! I like how--from a distance--the feathers make the lavender look like it is twisting around in your first photo. Really makes the quilt come alive. Nice work!
  7. Sherry: If you just do an all-around freehand pattern in the dark parts, you will have stabilized the entire quilt prior to doing the light parts. Then you can really concentrate on the light parts. If you have done any feathering before, you can either chalk in a line that basically undulates back and forth on the white between your center red squares, and then you will have a "spine" to work your feathers around. When you get to those four corners, remember you will have to add at least two featherson the outside of the curve for every feather on the inside of the curve, and maybe even more than that. If you have never done feathers--practice on something first by chalking a wavy line, sew over it, and do "half hearts" all along the line on each side. (Picture a heart split vertically down the middle.) When I first started feathering, I did it this way, and it was easier for me to concentrate on drawing "half-hearts" than making feathers. Later, I started making the feathers longer like teardrops, or other shapes, and it is now quite easy to vary my patterns. For the dark parts, if you do an all-over freehand pattern, the added bonus is that you can really work on a semi-difficult design (if you want) in all that dark space--because any minor imperfections will most likely not even show up. Good luck to you!
  8. I have done lots of these--so I keep a few pics once in a while so I don't have to "re-invent the wheel" every time I do the same quilt. Maybe this will give yousome ideas.--Karen in Minnesota;)
  9. I can't get my lower jaw to stop hanging open! How in the heck do you do something so beautiful and precise...FREEHAND? Please tell me your customer fainted and dropped like a sack of mis-matched fabric when you showed her this quilt! She/he must be over the moon. You took a relatively simple design and made it...well, magnificent. The back is certainly as stunning as the front. Well, I have to go beat my head against the frame of my Millenium right now. My machine and I were getting to be good friends...but I think I have to re-evaluate our relationship now. (just kidding...) Thank you so much for sharing and inspiring. Karen
  10. That is stunning! I love that little sashing you did too. You really bring this quilt to life with your quilting. I do all freehand as well--but yours looks nearly perfect.
  11. Absolutely GORGEOUS! You made a beautiful quilt even better! Really made that knot "POP" right off the quilt. I love it. Nice job!
  12. Hi Sharon: I was honored to be asked to judge a county fair quilt show with a fellow quilter a couple years ago as well. I learned that after you consider the actual quality of work on each quilt and the design or creativity, or colors or fabric choices...it can still come down to the personal taste of the Judge...that's YOU. Some of the categories had many great entries and therefore had some difficult choices to make, and others were much more obvious with only a few entries including perhaps one "stand-out" quilt, but we tried to take our time and carefully consider each one--because we knew there was great effort involved for each quilt. In my own county fair, our last year's judge offered to explain how she judged each quilt, and she shared her (gentle) criticisms so that everyone understood why she might rank one quilt above or below another. I was not able to attend this--but many of the quilters were very enthusiastic about the learning she offered, so I heard all about it from several clients. Good luck to you! And remember if it doesn't go well...there's always the "Federal Quilt Judge Relocation Program."
  13. Very nice! It is pretty enough on the back to use THAT side! You really put a lot of work into that one...I can't imagine going around all that 3D stuff on the border...I think I would have pulled most of my hair out over that one.
  14. Wow! Very nice. Such precise pantos and cross-hatches. (What I dream of!) Did it take more time or less time with the pounce? And did you have any issues getting the chalk out of the quilt? I use a slick little chalk pencil with multi-colored thin chalks that fit in it--I love to use it for guidelines, but sometimes I have a heckuva time getting the left-over chalk out of the top without beating the quilt into submission.