Janice H

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  1. I have a friend who always buys wide backing at a local large well known craft and fabric store. The backing has been more like cheese cloth than nice fabric. I, too, have used smaller needles and thinner threads to quilt them. I have spent a lot of time marking the pokies on the back with a permanent marker. I like it when she brings me light colored or patterned backings. She is a new quilt maker and I don't think she could piece her backs without some assistance. I may have to have a chat with her.
  2. I mark my bobbin cases 1,2, or 3, with a permanent marker. Number 1 being Bottom Line, 2- So Fine, 3- whatever else I may use. Each threaded bobbin goes into appropriate case with bobbinsI am not using. Works great for me. If I forget what I have in the machine, I can look at the number on the bobbin case.
  3. I have a panto that is a diagonol design. I do it really badly. I have done two quilts with it. I haven't gotten any better at it. I don't have Bliss. I like the design but I need to find another way to be able to do it.
  4. I am quilting a quilt with several flags in it. The flags are about 12 x 16". I would like to enter it in a show, Do I stitch in the ditch along the stripes and around the star blocks, hoping I can do it well or do I just quilt, as I so far have done, the curvy lines in the stripes and the design in the stars? If I stitch in the ditch and the stitching is not all perfect, won't count off for that? Thanks for your help. Jan