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  1. The curtain rods work great and I put pipe insulation on mine to protect the bars from being scratched by the rods. The insulation is split, wraps around the rod easily, is inexpensive and available at home improvement stores. You can put tie wraps around the insulation to prevent it from sliding off of the rod.
  2. In my former life I was a machine embroiderer and was familiar with Ann the Gran and considered her a legitimate source of knowledge and supplies. Her web site has a lot of well known brands and although I have not followed her for 10 years I have no knowledge that anything has changed, so if I wanted something that she supplied I would not hesitate to purchase from her. You might give her a small order to test it out.
  3. I mostly quilt for myself and almost exclusively do custom quilting, ditching all blocks, sashing and borders. In the past I used monopoly however earlier this year switched to Wonderfil's Invisifil and Superior's Micro Quilter and I believe both of these threads are 100wt poly. They are extremely fine, blend very well, and I can see it a lot better than the monopoly so it is easier to find the thread and thread the needle. I have used the Invisifil and Micro Quilter for stitching around applique as well as background quilting. For all over quilting I do as posted by fbaldwin.
  4. I use the Sakura Micron pens to touch up tiny areas on quilts where the thread might need to be colored to hide an oops, for example where SID wanders outside the ditch for a few stitches.
  5. Sue, the way that you described is what I did, my explanation was not clear. It makes cutting for a log cabin so much easier and faster!
  6. I use the 2-1/4" Accuquilt die for binding, seldom use the 2-1/2" die any more. I also have the 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", and 2" dies and use them for cutting strips for string quilts and inner borders for quilts. I recently used the 1-1/2" die to cut strips for a queen size log cabin quilt. After cutting the strips I cross cut to the exact length that I needed the pieces and it worked great. This is the first time that I have tried cross cutting and it was not a problem. If you do it, remember to line up the fabric straight or perpendicular to the knives so that the pieces are square/rectangular as you require.
  7. Yes, absolutely! When I first got my Millie I did not have it and added it later. I think that it helps to keep the layers moving more consistently and therefore keeps them together and less chance of one getting a little off which could result in puckers. This is especially important when rolling the quilt back and forth. And if you have any hand/wrist problems the automatic advance makes quilting a lot easier.
  8. AQS has shows around the country throughout the year. I have been attending the spring show in Paducah, Ky. for a number of years, enjoy it and will be back again next April. The entire town goes quilty during quilt week.
  9. Thanks, Judy, I have mentioned how much information and inspiration can be found on the forum and expect when life settles down for her she will join the forum.
  10. I have a friend who is selling her sit down Tin Lizzy and she lives in north central Arkansas. I can put her in touch with you if you are interested. She recently bought a George, but she is not on the forum. Today I talked with my friend and her Lizzy has been sold.
  11. Libby, you have turned this quilt into spectacular!!!!!
  12. I finally took the assembly apart and found the reason for the problem was the entire assembly had moved away from the head. When the thread went through the tension disks it was catching on the grooves on the post and breaking. I have not had any tension problems until today so never realized the tension assembly had to be tightened. Lesson learned!
  13. I have been trying to quilt with Invisifil and the thread continually broke. Changed the needle, put silicone on the thread and piece of batting in the first guide, rethreaded and ran thread through one hole above tension disks, and loosened quilt on the frame. Nothing helped and then I found the thread was not pulling easily through the tension disks no matter how much I loosened them. Tried So Fine and had the same problem. The check spring is at 11:00 as it should be so I am wondering if there is something else that I need to do or if I will have to replace the tension assembly. Thanks for your help!
  14. Gorgeous, Libby, the quilt is stunning. To reduce shadowing I will trim the dark fabric in the seam so it lies below the light fabric.
  15. Libby, you turned a simple quilt into a treasure! Lovely!
  16. They are all fabulous and a huge compliment to your technique, creativity and workmanship. You must be busting your buttons!
  17. When I took my beginner class from Dawn I believe she said a comfortable height is at the belly button. Not sure how high the standard table legs will go. You might consider the hydraulic lift since you can adjust the height to suit your current comfort level. Right now my table is at the lowest level it will go - 36" at the backing bar - and I am sitting on a stool and doing SID. When I free motion I raise it to waist high and will occasionally raise or lower a tiny bit to get a different angle for back/arm relief. To test I raised the table to 42" at the backing bar and stopped because I was not comfortable raising it any higher, not sure how much higher it would go.
  18. Very cute and how exciting and fun for you to have Little Dell to share your passion for quilting!
  19. Darlene's designs are still available on the Digitech web site. http://www.digitechpatterns.com/category_s/1844.htm
  20. Lisa and Lora, and anyone else with a Silhouette Cameo, which fusible are you using? I bought the Cameo specifically for cutting machine applique and so far am less than pleased with the results. I am using Soft Fuse, and I love it as a fusible since it is very soft and pliable but the cuts are not always clean. Any help that you can provide would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!
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