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    LinneaMarie got a reaction from quiltmonkey in What to do about pokies!   
    I finally did finish it. And Shana is right; it was the backing because it was homespun loose woven stuff. But I changed to Quilters Dream BLACK poly so all went great after that. 
    On a side note, I used it on a set of placemats and the backing was RJR Thimbleberries from a long time ago. I had the same problem!
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    LinneaMarie reacted to jimerickson in What to do about pokies!   
    LinneaMarie:  Shana's right about the fabric, but I'd like to add that the 80/20 batting you're using isn't the best when it comes to bearding as well.  I prefer to use a poly or more preferably, wool because they don't beard.  I don't use 80/20 much anymore unless the customer wants cotton batting.  Jim
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    LinneaMarie reacted to quiltmonkey in What to do about pokies!   
    LinneaMarie, it's not the batting, it's the backing fabric. Can you change the backing fabric?
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    LinneaMarie got a reaction from quiltmonkey in What to do about pokies!   
    I've got POKIES!! I hate pokies. I thought it was me, but this is the second quilt with them. The first was for me; just placemat. This one is a customer and it's homespun front and BACK! I'm using Hobbs 80/20. It used to be wonderful; not so much anymore!! So i'm thinking of taking out two rows and using Quilters Dream Blend. Shoulda known!!
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    LinneaMarie reacted to LibbyG in bearding   
    Double batting shows the quilting beautifully, but be careful if you use rulers.  They have a tendency to catch on the hopping foot because the batting is so thick.  For normal quilts one layer is best.  Try Dream poly if you don't want pokies.  Hobbs 80/20 used to be nicer to use.
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    LinneaMarie reacted to PamelaG in Batting poking through on back   
    I had that problem with the cheap batting Joanns sells. If someone brings me that I refuse to use it anymore. 
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    LinneaMarie reacted to Terry Draughon in Batting poking through on back   
    Fought the battle of pokies for so long using Hobbs batting and stitch form never really hit the quality level I was looking for..   Finally learned my lesson.  Without sounding like a Quilters Dream salesman,  I will never switch back to anything else. The "Select" thickness is fine, and it helps with stitch form inside the quilt.  The "Deluxe" thickness is even better with stitch form but be ready for a heavy quilt. Also I'm leaning toward 50 wt. poly thread rather than 40 wt.  Good luck.  

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    LinneaMarie reacted to loraquilts in Latest blog post is up - just some food for thought   
    Connie,  I'm sorry, but there's no way you did 27 years in the Navy.  In your picture your only in your late 20's or early 30's, so unless the Navy started hiring embryos, I'm going to call shenanigans! 
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    LinneaMarie reacted to ffq-lar in Trimming Question   
    I never trim a customer quilt, even if there is a massive amount of backer or batting left when finished. I do trim the bottom edge of batting if I need to roll back to do more quilting, since otherwise that extra can bunch up when reversed and cause problems---but I trim so two inches of batting extends beyond the edge. You never know what the customers plan is. She may want to fold the backer to the front for binding. She may want a binding wider than 1/4". If you've used double batting or something puffy like wool, enclosing the edge may take a wider binding to get a consistent width. I've never had anyone ask for trimming and never offered the service. Too many ways it can go wrong, especially if the quilt isn't square. 
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    LinneaMarie reacted to quiltmonkey in Trimming Question   
    I used to trim down to 1/2" for my customers but I don't do that anymore. The only time I trim is when I need to ship a quilt back in a box. Trimming reduces the bulk in the packaging. 
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    LinneaMarie got a reaction from quilterkp in Tea stain a quilt?   
    I did tea stain a whole quilt. The problem is it washes out after time. Mine is now back to the original colors of 7 or 8 years ago!!:o
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