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    lnieland got a reaction from quiltmonkey in Trimming Question   
    I trim most of the quilts I do for customers, but I trim an inch away from the edge of the top, not next to it. It makes the quilt easier for them to handle, but it gives them plenty of extra around the edge. I return the trimmed batting and backing to them, of course.
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    lnieland got a reaction from T Row Studio in Elephant quilt   
    I love those elephant quilts, and your quilting took it to a whole new level. Beautiful!
     
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    lnieland got a reaction from Gail O in Trimming Question   
    I trim most of the quilts I do for customers, but I trim an inch away from the edge of the top, not next to it. It makes the quilt easier for them to handle, but it gives them plenty of extra around the edge. I return the trimmed batting and backing to them, of course.
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    lnieland got a reaction from quilterkp in Trimming Question   
    I trim most of the quilts I do for customers, but I trim an inch away from the edge of the top, not next to it. It makes the quilt easier for them to handle, but it gives them plenty of extra around the edge. I return the trimmed batting and backing to them, of course.
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    lnieland got a reaction from sdaurio in Quilted Vintage Table Linen   
    Wow!
     
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    lnieland got a reaction from Primitive1 in Antique Buttermold Quilt   
    Beautiful! You did a great job on the top, and the quilting really enhances it!
     
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    lnieland got a reaction from T Row Studio in Christmas in July   
    Beautiful! The back is as gorgeous as the front.
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    lnieland got a reaction from Plumpurple in Pocket Guides to Freehanding by Darlene Epp - Sale Pending   
    Update: Mine have been sold
    Trudie, all three books are for freehand designs. One is on meandering, one is on borders and sashings, and one is on textures and fillers. I have a set that I'd sell for $40 (includes shipping) if anyone is interested.
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    lnieland got a reaction from quilterkp in Drop Off and Pick Up   
    Some come to my house, some meet me at the LQS, some give it to me when they see me at a meeting - I can be as flexible as they need me to be!
     
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    lnieland got a reaction from Gail O in Entering a Show   
    They're beautiful! I'd love to see what Sheri would have done if you HAD asked her to do something special!
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    lnieland got a reaction from Mary Beth in Entering a Show   
    They're beautiful! I'd love to see what Sheri would have done if you HAD asked her to do something special!
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    lnieland got a reaction from Pepsi Girl in Entering a Show   
    They're beautiful! I'd love to see what Sheri would have done if you HAD asked her to do something special!
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    lnieland got a reaction from dbams in Entering a Show   
    They're beautiful! I'd love to see what Sheri would have done if you HAD asked her to do something special!
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    lnieland got a reaction from HeidiP in Quilts of Valor   
    Our local QOV group started a little over a year ago. Following our presentation in November, we will have awarded about 160 quilts since we started. I've made two and quilted 16 (in addition to my own). The quilt makers are then invited to help present their own quilt if they want to do that. It's a very humbling but rewarding experience. If you get a chance to see or participate in a QOV presentation, don't hesitate! Do it!
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    lnieland got a reaction from dbams in Quilts of Valor   
    Our local QOV group started a little over a year ago. Following our presentation in November, we will have awarded about 160 quilts since we started. I've made two and quilted 16 (in addition to my own). The quilt makers are then invited to help present their own quilt if they want to do that. It's a very humbling but rewarding experience. If you get a chance to see or participate in a QOV presentation, don't hesitate! Do it!
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    lnieland reacted to Helen Baczynski in MQS was disappointing   
    Just a note from a teacher's point of view - at both MQX and MQS the price you pay for classes doesn't all go to the teacher. A hefty chunk goes to the show - a larger percentage at MQX than MQS. As teachers, we say how much we want to get per student then the show tacks on their percentage. Teachers also have to pay their own expenses at both these shows, so unless a decent number of students sign up for the classes, it's just not worth our time to teach classes. We spend a lot of time preparing handouts, samples and coming up with class ideas long before the show starts and then if the teacher also quilts for customers, they loose time away from their business. I held classes one year at HMQS but only had abut 6 students so it just wasn't worth submitting classes again.
    I do enjoy going to the shows just to meet up with other quilters and see the quilts. MQS has 2 categories that are great for anyone to enter - edge to edge and Bread and Butter. They have tightened the rules for bread and butter so you won't see over the top quilting there, and if you do, that quilt will not get a ribbon. The edge to edge or overall category quilts must be hand guided - no computer work allowed. There were only 3 quilts in that category this year, which was very disappointing. It should have had lots of entries. Also not one person entered for the rookie prize.
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    lnieland got a reaction from Mary Beth in MQS was disappointing   
    I was also disappointed in the number of quilts in the MQS show - many were beautifully done, of course, but I would have loved to have seen more. I would guess that MQS won't be in a larger, more accessible location until the number of entries makes it worth their while. When that happens, hopefully the number and quality of vendors will increase as well. 
     
    I know that my quilting isn't of the caliber of most of those artistic quilts, but there were a couple of categories that any of the "rest of us" could enter - one is hand-guided overall and the other is bread and butter. I read on another forum that the theme for next year is Kaleidoscope, and the bread and butter category requires either stack-and-whack or one-block-wonder quilts. They can then be quilted with an overall pattern or light custom (no SID). I don't think there's any theme requirement for hand-guided overall. Hopefully more info will be coming out from MQS soon. Entering your own quilts is one way you can help the shows grow and get back to the quality or stature you're used to.
     
    Confession time: While I did enjoy seeing the artistry of the quilts in the MQS show, I much preferred the local guild's show on second floor. There were over 250 quilts, and it was a pretty good show. Granted, I'm a little prejudiced since that's my guild. It was, though, a nice addition to the MQS show. 
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    lnieland got a reaction from JuneR in Snappers, Grips or Zippers?   
    I started out using zippers, then switched to Red Snappers. I liked them, but as a couple of people have said, they sometimes got in the way, particularly if the backing was a little shorter than we'd like. After using them for a year or so, I went back to zippers. I don't mind the pinning time - but don't like getting stuck once in a while! All in all, as much as I liked the Snappers, I prefer zippers, so I sold mine.
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    lnieland got a reaction from Mary Beth in MQS - Cedar Rapids, Iowa   
    I'll be there. I'm taking a couple classes on Friday and Saturday and will probably be working Wednesday and Thursday at one time or another.
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    lnieland reacted to KDquilter in Judy Niemeyer Bali Wedding Star   
    Hot off my machine and the binding is finally finished.




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    lnieland got a reaction from mswings in Glide 'n Go products   
    I bought a complete set and have had them a week or two. So far the only one I've used is the 5" plate, and I love it. Seems like I've been doing a lot of pantos lately, and the 5" plate smooths out the fabric as I move across the quilt - no need to reach across the roller with one hand to keep the fabric smooth (unfortunately, not all quilts I get are perfectly pieced and flat!)  while trying to guide the machine with the other. 
     
    They recommend low-loft batting. I've been using either QD Poly Select or Hobbs 80/20, and the ruler works great with both of them. 
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    lnieland got a reaction from T Row Studio in Finally got my Bliss installed YA!!! look at my first quilt that is blissed   
    I don't know how I used my Millie before getting her Blissed! Your work is great - not much of a learning curve, is there?
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    lnieland reacted to Zora in Tension Issues   
    OMG..there isn't enough vodka in the world to make me think that high of a contrast between top and bottom thread is a good idea. It matches,or is close, or I am not doing it. I'm impressed.
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    lnieland got a reaction from diane c in wanting honest reviews of Precise Pantograph system   
    I just finished my first quilt with the PPS, and I'm extremely happy with it. Is it perfect? No, but it's better than anything I ever did before! I know pantos are not a problem for some people, but I guess there's just something about the type of movement required doing them the usual way from the back that didn't work for me. With Bliss, I improved a little, but I still wasn't happy with the results on more intricate pantos. I installed the PPS a month or so ago, but hadn't really had a chance to use it yet. Today was the day to experiment, though, and it worked great. I'm looking forward to doing more!
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    lnieland got a reaction from Oma in wanting honest reviews of Precise Pantograph system   
    I just finished my first quilt with the PPS, and I'm extremely happy with it. Is it perfect? No, but it's better than anything I ever did before! I know pantos are not a problem for some people, but I guess there's just something about the type of movement required doing them the usual way from the back that didn't work for me. With Bliss, I improved a little, but I still wasn't happy with the results on more intricate pantos. I installed the PPS a month or so ago, but hadn't really had a chance to use it yet. Today was the day to experiment, though, and it worked great. I'm looking forward to doing more!
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