sewidahoquilts

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  1. Well you might not see it as lined up, but the quilting on the front outlines the designs on the back, makes them appear "framed" are those designs panels, embroidery, applique? Anyway they're obviously where they belong and beautifully framed by the quilting you stitched from the front. That's what I meant by lined up . . . probably the wrong term but if the quilting ran through those designs, they wouldn't be properly aligned. Did you applique the back designs on by hand after the quilting??? Just curious because I think it's stunning! Two quilts for the price of one.
  2. Hey all, look at "sewhappy" 's other pictures. The back is as spectacular as the front. Ever tried to get designs on the back aligned with elements on the front? Not as easy as you might originally think. She's really done a fantastic job on this one . . . My hat is off to "sew happy"
  3. Oh my Gosh!!! How did you get it to line up so perfectly. I have a customer that would LOVE to have it quilted front and back! I have tried all kinds of things to get it aligned, but I end up with a discrepancy and it isn't always nice. Share your method, Please?
  4. Bringing this back to the top. I hope I fixed the picture problem. If nothing . . . I'm persistent.
  5. Hi, again, I can't figure out WHAT I did to make this post so ODD! I've re-posted and edited until I'm out of ideas. I so appreciate your input and ideas. So far they're along the same vein of what I've envisioned. Nice to have my ideas confirmed. I'm still not sure how to handle the very small pieces which make-up the "feathers". I will try SID the larger units and if that isn't enough definition . . . I'll go for the individual elements. I thought a trapunto style motif would really look great in those large empty turquoise areas, but I haven't done trapunto and feel concern that this isn't the place to learn. I do have an embroidery machine that I could stitch the outline on, therefore getting ever closer the the perfection ideal. I've already quoted her a price. As usual, it isn't going to be enough, but any money and work is better than none. Our rural Central Idaho area has over 12% unemployment and there are simply no jobs to be found. So I will take what I can get. She paid a small fortune, to my mind, for the top. But of course, she doesn't want to pay that much to have it quilted. Apparently I'm not the only quilter that sells their work for far less than it's worth or the time it takes to quit the item. It's a hard call. If I charge her what I should for the time I spend, she will probably be so hypercritical that perfect would fall short and I'm not perfect. I try hard and don't mind spending the time to make it right, but perfection is not possible so I try not to get tied up in too many knots about that issue. I don't have to start it today so I will keep looking for suggestions. I'm hoping Doodlebug chimes in, if not I may try to contact her personally. She seems to quilt a number of these intense design quilts. Anybody . . . please add your 2 cents worth. Any suggestion may trigger something in my mind about what I can do with this Feathered Frenzy!
  6. I did repost but it doesn't appear any larger until the image is clicked, then the album shows up with larger pictures.
  7. RE-POSTING HELP REQUEST: Hope the pictures are bigger! Hey all, sorry to ask for suggestions when I've been absent for so long. Economy so bad here I haven't had any customers for months. Now I do and look at the complex top she brought me. I'm excited for the challenge and Lord knows I need the work. I want to give her a super quilting job. My customer didn't make this quilt, she purchased it from the fella that owns and operates the local Quilt Shop. He asked her to enter it in next year's Quilt Show. So, in order to maintain/establish my reputation, I need to make it really special (and quilt show quality). I'm having some difficulty deciding how to handle these design elements. My customer doesn't want stitch in a ditch around each element, she wants something to accent and unify the sunbursts. I'd kinda like to use the same if not similar quilted design for each unique area, ie; center medallion, surrounding sunbursts, border elements, etc. but I can't figure out how to bridge the color gradations in order to group them without denying their individual dazzle. If the areas were larger, I can envision how to stitch them but these are quite small, not really enough area to stitch down and back. Her decor theme is Western. Leather furniture, Indian Blankets, Baskets and such. Her home is very large and beautiful, rustic. This quilt will hang on an Entry/Accent wall above eye level, about level with a landing balcony. I am pretty blown away by the intricate nature of this design. Also I feel it needs some unique design motif in the solid Turquoise areas, something reflecting if not echoing the sunburst motifs. I look forward to your creative genius. HELP!!! If I wasn't so tickled to have this opportunity I'd be on the edge of panic. https://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/bin/slideshow.swf" width="400" height="267" flashvars="host=picasaweb.google.com&hl=en_US&feat=flashalbum&RGB=0x000000&feed=https%3A%2F%2Fpicasaweb.google.com%2Fdata%2Ffeed%2Fapi%2Fuser%2F109251040698660565505%2Falbumid%2F5629350565152979361%3Falt%3Drss%26kind%3Dphoto%26authkey%3DGv1sRgCKP8mbyc05qK6QE%26hl%3Den_US" pluginspage="http://www.macromedia.com/go/getflashplayer">
  8. Ewww, I'll try but I reduced them so they would fit . . . too small. Did you try clicking on the Photo, it takes you to my album.
  9. Hey all, sorry to ask for suggestions when I've been absent for so long. Economy so bad here I haven't had any customers for months. Now I do and look at the complex top she brought me. I'm excited for the challenge and Lord knows I need the work. I want to give her a super quilting job. My customer didn't make this quilt, she purchased it from the fella that owns and operates the local Quilt Shop. He asked her to enter it in next year's Quilt Show. So, in order to maintain/establish my reputation, I need to make it really special (and quilt show quality). I'm having some difficulty deciding how to handle these design elements. My customer doesn't want stitch in a ditch around each element, she wants something to accent and unify the sunbursts. I'd kinda like to use the same if not similar quilted design for each unique area, ie; center medallion, surrounding sunbursts, border elements, etc. but I can't figure out how to bridge the color gradations in order to group them without denying their individual dazzle. If the areas were larger, I can envision how to stitch them but these are quite small, not really enough area to stitch down and back. Her decor theme is Western. Leather furniture, Indian Blankets, Baskets and such. Her home is very large and beautiful, rustic. This quilt will hang on an Entry/Accent wall above eye level, about level with a landing balcony. I am pretty blown away by the intricate nature of this design. Also I feel it needs some unique design motif in the solid Turquoise areas, something reflecting if not echoing the sunburst motifs. I look forward to your creative genius. HELP!!! If I wasn't so tickled to have this opportunity I'd be on the edge of panic. (Changed it to a Slide Show . . . seems to work) <table style="width:194px;"><tr><td align="center" style="height:194px;background:url(https://picasaweb.google.com/s/c/transparent_album_background.gif) no-repeat left"><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109251040698660565505/KenGloriaSPaperPieced?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJqChpfxj-D7kAE&feat=embedwebsite"><img'>https://picasaweb.google.com/109251040698660565505/KenGloriaSPaperPieced?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJqChpfxj-D7kAE&feat=embedwebsite"><img src="https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-LvqDs5bzhtw/Ticx27o1IPE/AAAAAAAABI8/SW1BxSmOZk4/s160-c/KenGloriaSPaperPieced.jpg" width="160" height="160" style="margin:1px 0 0 4px;"></a></td></tr><tr><td style="text-align:center;font-family:arial,sans-serif;font-size:11px"><a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/109251040698660565505/KenGloriaSPaperPieced?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCJqChpfxj-D7kAE&feat=embedwebsite" style="color:#4D4D4D;font-weight:bold;text-decoration:none;">Ken & Gloria's Paper Pieced</a></td></tr></table>
  10. Hi Barb, sent you an e-mail, I don't see your phone # anywhere . . . but would call if I had it . . . what day are you scheduling appointments??? How much do you charge for a service call? I sent you my location, contact info and detail of my problem in the e-mail. Hope to hear from you soon. BTW, Idaho is definitely in the West, no Mid near us, only Oregon is more West. Probably thinking of Iowa, lots of people make that correlation, never have been able to understand the how or why, but it's very normal for the geographically challenged. In the condensed version, we're all about Mountains and Rivers in the North(cool, green and shady) and Farmland and Lava floes in the South (hot, dry and/or irrigated cropland). Like two completely different sides of a coin.
  11. No, not pebble quilting but thanks for the suggestion. I looked through all of the Circle Lord Challenges way back, but if it's there I missed it. That's where I would have expected to have seen it. The Border of the link Suzanne sent is closer to what I had seen except it was over the entire quilt and not just in the border. Maybe I can use the border pattern flow to help me decide the were and how of what I hope to do on the quilt. Thanks again. Dixie
  12. Hi All! Thanks so much for all of your kind replies. Alas, none of them are the one I'm looking for, I don't know now where I may have seen it, I was so sure I'd saved it, probably did, just where did I save it . . . Gads, too much to remember. I apologize for not replying to all of your kind responses sooner, there's been a long anticipated upheaval in my personal life and I have been working as a Census Enumerator as well as being the caretaker for my elderly Mom and all of my animal friends. We discovered Mom, who lives only a block from me, had a series of small strokes back in December. I knew something was amiss, we had tests, but only just now received a decisive verdict. She's 83 and has been in fantastic health, here-to-fore. She still does really well, comparatively speaking, she just isn't confident driving and does have blanks in her memory. Anyway, I'm running in a MAXED OUT mode and of course, I have 3 quilts to quilt!!! Where were they when I needed work!!!! I will just plod along one day at a time and hope everything and everyone gets the attention they need and deserve. I do need the income since I'm on my own these days . . . hope I can figure out how to survive!
  13. HELP! I know I saw a quilt design I really want to incorporate into my new project . . . I think it was on this Forum, I rarely visit any other. It was quilted with freeform circles. They're kind of grouped and overlapped, numerous different sizes. The pictured quilt is in Blues. It kind of looked like or at least reminded me of clusters of bubbles. I have just received a quilt with freeform circles on simple squares for a background. I'd love to see this picture again. I am going to "wing" it if I can't find it but maybe someone remembers this one. I think it was around the first to the middle of March that I saw it. I thought I'd saved the picture, in favorites but can't find it. Thanks so much for any help you can give, finding this pictured quilt.
  14. Hi Lisa, I am pretty interested in your Circle Lord. I will need to figure out how much it will cost to ship. How many of the pieces do you have. I have missed several and don't want to miss this one! Dixie Lee Nixon 208-257-3419
  15. Hello Anna, I've been looking for a used Circle Lord. How much are you asking and what items are included? Thanks, Dixie Lee
  16. Hi Ashley-Wow, what a deal! Not that I'm trying to put a negative twist on such a great sounding offer, but I'd be sure I get the unlimited use and possession part of this deal in writing. Seems like when something is as great as this sounds, there's always a wrench thrown in the works somewhere. After experiencing "life" for as many years as I have, a person gets a little gun shy when something sounds too good to be true, often it is! That said, I will add a couple of comments and thoughts about my experience with embroidery machines. I have wanted a truly professional embroidery machine for years, they are more in the $10,000.00 ro $15,000 and up price category when I researched a few years ago. I have used Viking/Husqvarna home sewing machines since I was an adult and discovered that a sewing machine could actually sew straight without continually fighting it to do so. I have slowly upgraded over the years and finally was able to purchase a Designer SE a couple of years ago. It is an incredible machine! There are "things" about it's performance that I wish were different. The newer machines, from nearly any of the major manufacturers now offer much larger hoop sizes than my SE is capable of stitching. If you are going to be Embroidering jacket backs with very large designs, this will probably need to be a major consideration. Multiple hooping takes a lot of experience and time in order to achieve professional results, both of which makes it more expensive for you in the long run. I have seen a cap hoop for this type of machine, I don't know how practical that accessory is since I don't embroider caps. To me the major consideration for your project is the software necessary to Digitize and Download your company Logo. Your customer, the boss could pay to have the company logo professionally digitized, even saved in the most common sizes you will need for the various items, you will be embellishing. Then you'd be off the hook for the design integrity and accuracte depiction of the company logo. Digitizing can be a real bear, again depending on your software, experience digitizing and complexity of the logo. I've digitized my own designs for years and for a project like this, I'd advise having the design professionally digitized and not having to mess with it. Any upper-end embroidery machine should have the capability of resizing the design to some degree, maybe 10% larger or smaller without requiring additional software to accomplish that task and without having the design either too dense or too sparse. Digitizing Software can run anywhere from a couple hundred to several thousand dollars, regrettably the easier it is to lean and use, usually the more expense. There's going to be a pretty steep learning curve with a project like this, be prepared. You won't just sit down and stitch pretty logos. There are so many factors to learn, and be able to combine to achieve success for your husband's boss; fabric type, thread type, stabilizers as well as machines and software. My friend and favorite customer has a lovely Pfaff machine. If I was buying a new machine today, I think I'd look very seriously at that brand, although Viking has recently partnered with Pfaff. The machines are still unique to each brand, the software file types seem pretty interchangable, but she has some really cool built-in stitches that my machine doesn't have and the new Vikings don't feature either. Best of Luck! I sure hope this business deal works out for you.
  17. Oh, Lisa-to answer your question . . . She did make the "Lattice" herself. The "pattern" she sort of used for this quilt, had scrappy patchwork in that area and she doesn't like "scrappy" so made the "Lattice" instead. She used fabric and stitched the design with her embroidery machine. It's woven, over and under, just like real lattice. Everything on this quilt is stitched by machine, all the applique and embroidery. She did a super job with the applique, wait until you see the entire quilt, it's pretty amazing. It's for her own bed. Her quilts are always so great, she uses such lively, bright and happy colors and designs. I love quilting for her!
  18. Wow! What great ideas!!! Thanks everyone, I'm still mulling over the various suggestions, some of which I had thought of but thanks to your suggestions now have a couple of new twists to put on them. Personally, I like the cross-hatch treatment. I've seen and marveled at how great it looks on many of the embroidered quilts you all have shared. I am very attracted to that design and will probably cross-hatch another of the blocks on this quilt. She specifically mentioned that she'd like the leaves and flowers to kind of float across the background of this particular block. That's why I was unsure of what to do around the stitching. As I continue SID-ing the quilt to stabilize it, I will play with your suggestions on a mylar overlay to see which one jumps up and down and says "Me, Me, Me!!!"
  19. That's what I had thought of, but I wasn't sure if that was a viable option. Since I'm stuck here in the backwoods, I don't get to see a lot of different quilts, so I wasn't sure that was acceptable. My quilter won't care what I do, as long as it looks professional and nice. I thought I could stitch right along the centerline of the stitches which make the lettering. I'm SID-ing this quilt with Monopoly on the top and BL on the bottom so I will probably use that combo for the lettering as well. I plan to use matching BL to quilt the backgrounds of all the blocks. This fabric is very fine and delicate, I don't want the quilting to look too thready.
  20. Here's the picture I wanted to include with this post. Thanks to Linda, I've got it where it should have been to begin with. This shows the larger area and more of the design.
  21. Hi Linda, Thanks for the information. Like I said, I ususally use Webshots, so I hadn't tried posting more than one, but this makes sense. I thought I'd tried using Rply, but I didn't see the window to add an attachment. I will fix it, I realized things were going to get messy after I'd done the deed.
  22. Gads, now I'm answering my own posts, but after I read it I realized I hadn't written it quite right. My customer doesn't want the applique echoed in the traditional sense, stitched around each element 1/4" and again and again, she wants the elements of the design, flowers, leaves, branches repeated freehand over the background area. I can fill it as much as I want or as little. Hope that clarifies it better.
  23. Wow! I don't think it's a Panto, I think Cathy stitched around the animals on the front fabric of her quilt! What a lot of work! Beautifully done, I've done that, it isn't easy.
  24. Hi all, I'm sort of stumped, scratching my head and trying to figure out how to quilt this area of my customer's sampler quilt. She mentioned she would like to echo the flowers and leaves of the applique and that is what I have been planning and how I intend to treat the majority of the open area. What are your suggestions of what to do with the lettering? If it was smooth, I'd feel alright about just leaving it open . . . empty . . . not quilted in that area, but I am unsure of how it will look with the lettering as "puckered" as it seems to be. The lettering is machine embroidered, not hand embroidered. The batting is QD Wool so has a nice "loft" but because it's so soft, the letters sort of "cut" into it. My fear is if I don't quilt the lettering it will look like I forgot it. Have any of you experienced this problem? Suggestions?