Janice H

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  1. Thank you, Linda, for your answer. It is very helpful. I like the drawing. I will use it. I talked with the friend this a.m.. She picked up a quilt. She is a lovely person and a good friend. I am happy I can help her. Thanks
  2. I have been asked, by a friend, to baste a quilt (on my Freedom) so she can quilt it on her sit-down-longarm (not a brand I am familiar with). She thinks it is a 10-minute job for me and will make it easier for her to control the quilt as she quilts it. I agree that it will make the job easier for her but I feel it will be quite time consuming for me. Do I quilt in meandering or straight lines, what length stitches? I will load the three layers and make sure it is squarely loaded. I am a very fussy loader. She is not careful to make the neatest or straightest of quilt tops. How do I do this and make it easy (or nice) for both of us.
  3. I received a quilt to quilt (batting furnished by quilt owner). Loaded it, stitched across to hold the batting to the backing. Just for the heck of it (because of previous experiences) I rolled it to look at the backing & stitches. Sure enough there was an abundant (to put it lightly) number of pokies. I ripped the batting off (king size quilt) flipped the batting over and put in the smallest needle I have. I stitched again for about two feet and checked the backing. No pokies!! I checked the bag the batting arrived in, there are no instructions about which side is to go up. I am going to call or write the company. This could have been a disaster for me. I don't know how to tell which side goes up. It is a beautiful quilt. She pieced the back with several pieces of the dark cloth that was used on the front. Glad I checked!!
  4. I am quilting a beautiful applique quilt. It has nice, soft, multi color batik backing. The background of the squares is beige- like neutral. She provided an inexpensive cotton batting. I have many, many, tiny pokies all through the backing. I have changed the needle three times. Each time going to a smaller, new needle. I am using Bottom Line and So Fine in Salute and Beach. I have never had such a mess!! She wants to enter the quilt in a show. Help! ! Is there anything I can put on the back(pencil or pen wise) to camoflauge the pokies on the back?
  5. I have been playing with ruler work. I like the results but find it very time consuming as I have to mark most of it in advance to loading the quilt. It takes me a lot longer to quilt using mostly rulers to guide my stitching. How does one charge for this kind of quilting? I can't imagine any of the folks I quilt for paying what I think I should get for all on the time and work involved.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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