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  1. Just came back from Road to California quilt show. OMG, it was the most fabulous show I have ever seen. When I get home tonight, I will post website where you can go to view 262 pictures. Took a lot of the background quilting as well as whole quilt. Claudia Pfeil took a second place with the Mermaid's Castle...jaw dropping the amount of work. Marilyn Badger's quilt was beautiful The Skeletons in the Beauty shop took most humorous award... I was so tired after 9 hours I could hardly believe what I saw.
  2. No, I'm certainly not upset about not getting in. Road is a great quilt show. Just interesting how tough it is getting in the quilt judging world. There are some real artists out there. I tend to make better bed quilts with added zip and I love color.
  3. I have seen this done with baby/ little girl dresses. They are basically appliqued to the quilt top. I can't imagine doing that to a full size wedding dress though. It would be a fun project to tackle.
  4. I submitted two quilts to Road to California hoping to be juried in. these quilts have won awards in other national shows. Neither quilt was accepted! I am going to Road in January. I will be anxious to see what quilts have been juried in. I bet they are spectaular. I'm wondering if they are looking for more "artsy" quilts versus more traditional looking with a twist. Anyone else surprised their quilt wasn't accepted?
  5. I think you handled it perfectly and diplomatically. the swapping spots was a good solution for both of you. Linda, I love your practical approach and always learn something from you.
  6. I never had had a problem with Metro thread. Your needle doesn't have a burr does it? or the little pig tail thingy that guides the thread sometimes can get a grove in them that could catch the thread.
  7. Heidi, your quilting is amazing...how lucky you were to win it!
  8. I love Metro Embroidery thread and the price is right also. It runs like butter through the machine and has a lovely sheen.
  9. as always, really beautiful quilting. Amazing you could turn it around so fast...it was a big quilt.
  10. I wish I had thought to take a before and after of the quilts I have done. I have to do that next time.
  11. perfect quilting. I hope she shows this quilt, it is lovely
  12. I just repaired a 75year old quilt for someone whose puppy chewed holes in it 40 years ago! She held on to it and many people told her it couldn't be repaired and to just cut it up and make wall hangings. It had about 6 holes with actual fabric totally gone. It turned out beautifully and when I gave it back to the owner she nearly cried. Isn't it nice to give life back to an old quilt? If anyone is interested....this is how I did it 1. lay the quilt upside down 2. smooth the tattered edges as flat as possible, avoiding distortion 3. cut a piece of fabric as close as possible to the color of the backing about 2 inches wider than the total area covered by the tear 4. using a hem stitch, turn the fabric under like applique and sew and turn around the tear. 5. Flip the qult over 6. carefull rearrange the tatters without distortion 7. add a similar weigh batting to the area where batting is missing 8. cut a piece of fabric about 1 inch larger than the hole or tear 9. gently tuck the batting and then the fabric under the tattered edges of the damaged quilt 9a. if you have pieces that the thread has come outof the quilt block, you can hand stitch the pieces back together before using the machine 10. I use a darning foot, feeddogs down and sew close to the edges of the tattered edge. 11. remove the pins 12. then stitch back and fort about 1/2 inch over the tatter all around the hole with a thread that matches the top color It isn't perfect, but the quilt is once again made whole and an heirloom gets new life. the tear is just part of it's history.
  13. Sandra's bad quilter experience made me think. There have been times in my life, I just knew something would be trouble from the start. Does anyone ever get a "gut feeling" about someone when you are doing an intake? Listen to your gut...I second guess myself too much. At the get-go, if you get bad vibes or your gut tells you this won't be worth it, say NO. Are we able to say no? We want to be agreeable because we are in business. However, a well rehearsed statement like "I"m sorry, but I don't think I will be able to quilt this quilt to meet your expectations. The local quilt shop can make a recommendation for you for another quilter." Our "mental note to self" list on intake gets longer and longer. How about a question on intake "How many quilters have you had quilt for you in the past?" or "are you a perfectionist?" Anyone think of other questions for the "Avoid this Quilter" mental list? Disclaimer: This is a public forum. Some items may be tongue in cheek and are not meant to represent any one quilter.
  14. Sandra. I feel for you. You quilt beautifully. Recommend in the future, never doubt your work or refund for your work. You put in the hours, you deserve to be paid.
  15. this was a quilt top, crewel embroidery done by someone else, it was done very nicely.
  16. gotta tell ya, my first try at feathers just 3 years ago didn't look any where near as good as yours
  17. I used Linda Rech's rulers for the cross-hatch---they rock. Don't know what I'll do with this one. The wool batting drapes and feels so wonderful. I have so many quilts, the kids tell me they are going to give them to the homeless of St. Paul when I die. This would make a great raffle quilt, don't you think? You just have to find someone/or some group that will put the effort in to actually sell the raffle tickets to make serious money.
  18. beautiful...looks really great for a 2nd quilt...you're in business!
  19. that was the perfect choice of quilting design