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  1. Hello, I need some help, quick! There was an accident and a tiny drop of bleach fell on my newly constucted quilt after it was washed and now, there is about a quarter size bleach mark on my brick red fabric! What shall I do? Should I add an iron-on applique patch or something to cover it? Anybody any idea??? Please help me~
  2. Hi, I need to use brick red color 100% cotton mercerized thread to attach my border. I bought Wright quilt borders from JoAnn over the weekend, and the sales lady/the package both said the tape was colorfast, so I shouldn't worry about the red color bleeding. By the grace of God, I had a hunch that it might not be true, so I soaked the red tapes over the night, and the result was shocking.... there was so much red dye coming out of the tapes that I had to rinse at least 6-7 times. And it's still bleeding a bit. Now, I am really worried about my thread which is the same red color. What shall I do? I think I read somewhere on the internet that some quilters actually prewash their thread as well. Is this true? Should I prewash my red cotton thread before using it? If so, how can I wash a spool of new thread and dry it propery? Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thank you!
  3. Again, thank you all for all your kind words of encouragement and even... willingness to meet with me face to face to help me out. I am "gratefully" shocked at the level of support and camaraderie among the quilters. My husband is a chess player, who travels all over the country to play at chess tournaments. I thought those chess guys had a zeal and fellowship - I don't think they could ever beat the quilters! Anyway, the rest of my story is like this: my mother-in-law, who is now in a nursing home in another state (on the opposite side of the country ), has a rare condition which is rather rapidly eating up her life. We wanted to get her a large-print Bible, but due to her rapidly failing eye sight (a part of her condition) and motor skills, we had to give up on that idea. About a month ago or so, a new lunch hour quilting club was formed at my office. My friend and coworker is the teacher, and it's a very small true beginners' circle. We started out with a very small project (fence), and that's what I was doing up until 2 weeks ago or so. My mother is a GREAT sewer and dress maker (in fact, she majored in fashion design at college in the early 60's), but alas, I never learned... and left my parents' home almost 20 yrs ago never to really return (left for a grad school in Europe and ended up living there for nearly 10 yrs, and then I got married - so I never got to really return home). Anyway, my sewing skills were literally miserable (although I can hand sew okay) and my cutting was even worse. And then, one day, an idea occured to my mind (after finding this "comfort quilt" website on the internet - those were selling for a couple of hundred dollars a piece!) that my mother-in-law, clearly in her last days might enjoy a gift like that. Well, I had no idea how hard it'd be to make one just customized for her (had I known what I know now, I probably would have chickened out before even starting ) - so I asked my kind friend/teacher if she could help me with the project. Now, my friend is a VERY positive and laidback person, and she said that I could make one with her guidance. My husband and I picked 12 Bible versese and I went through her old pictures and selected 6 pictures. So, here I was embarking on a great adventure to make a 12-block attic window crib-size memory/Bible quilt for my mother-in-law. Well, the rest is history now. Anyway, thank you all for your encouragement. For your pleasant information, the quilt was definitely salvageable with a nice border, and it is now STRAIGHT! My friend has a nice quilting machine, so she took it with her to quilt simple squre lines for me. The Lord willing, all there is left for me is the binding (I think I'm gonna buy bias tapes) and washing it - and packing it before we get on the trip next Fri afternoon. Now, I think I need to go home and catch some sleep. Haven't slept for days. But it was all worthwhile, and I think I might have just become a true newbie quilter! Thank you again everybody! Thought I might share the rest of my story as you've been so helpful to me. May God bless you all!
  4. Hi, sorry, but what is U2U??? I am really new to everything...
  5. Thank you all ladies. I'm so grateful for all your "words of golden wisdon" and encouragement - esp. my Nor CAL neighbors, for volunteering to help me out! I am just amazed at the great camaraderie among the quilters here on the site. For this, I don't think I will give up on quilting even if my first project looks more like an "abstract" piece than a real quilt. I will take a picture and post it here shortly. In the meantime, I'm happy to let you know that my friend (who's been sick) is back and took a look at my quilt and said it'd be "repairable" by adding a 2.5" border all around it (I drew straight lines on the back of the topper so that I can sew against it to make everything straight). I know it will never look perfect, but I pray it'll be a blessing to my mother-in-law. I live in Sunnyvale (and work in San Jose fulltime), CA. Unfortunately, I won't be able to travel to Dublin or Walnut Creek due to my work schedule. However, I could never properly express how grateful I am to all of you. This has been an incredible experience, and I am so grateful to the Lord for it. Thank you, thank you, and again thank you all!
  6. But will do so later when I go home. My plan is basically to measure a straight line (both length and width) and attach borders. Your idea sounds very good and ENCOURAGING (that my quilt may look actually cute...). Thank you very much!
  7. I'll do my best. Thank you very much, Bonnie! p.s. My mother-in-law's eyes aren't that good to see all the flaws - and even if she does, I know she wouldn't mind. I don't think she's been that domestic herself. It's just something I wanted to give her while she's still here with us. Thank you again for your kind advice - I truly appreciate it!
  8. Can I just draw a straight line (centering the narrowest point) and sew a straight border next to it? Would this work?
  9. Hi, I've just made my first machine quilt (top - haven't attached the border yet). There are 12 blocks of printed center+double layer of frames. The problem was the printable fabric. When I rinsed and dried them, they shrank an inch, so no matter what I did (heavey starch ironing while stretching to all four directions), the pieces shrank a good inch and then crooked. So... my 8"x8" frames wouldn't work. My project is extremely time-constraint, and I am a real, real beginner (in fact, I haven never sewn before). In a panic, I started to assemble the pieces randomly just to match the (shrunken) center pieces. The result? All 12 blocks are in all different lengths and widths... (sigh). But in a desperation, I just laid them on the floor, pinned them together and sewn them together - with all crooked edges and lines. Crooked (inside) lines are okay (as we all know what a bad quilter I am), but now I don't know what to do with the borders because the outside lines are all zigzag and crooked. How can I attach straight borders? This is supposed to be a gift (memory quilt with old pictures and Bible verses) for my mother-in-law, who has just moved to a nursing home. We're visiting her in just about a week, and I do need to finish the border and backing asap so that I can give it to my friend, who has a quilting machine (I don't have one). Can anyone give me some advice? I really need some help (my friend is sick, so she can't help me here) and I am SO DESPERATE that I feel like crying... Help me!