Luvstoquilt

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  1. You are all right---I love this batting. I have maybe 2 more passes and it will be done. I would NEVER have thought it would be this easy when it was so puffy. I have no luck loading pics but will try again when I finish it.
  2. Thank you all sooooooooooooooooooooooo much. I was really afraid of ruining her grandchild's quilt. I love this forum.
  3. I am NOT a quilter who does this for a living. I just do quilts for myself and charity. But I opened my big mouth and offered to do a baby quilt for a friend. She sent me the batting called Dream Puff. This is really puffy. I was able to quilt a sample so I do know it will work. I was thinking of just an overall teardrop type pattern. She wanted circles but I do not know how to do that. I am smart enough to pick something I can DO. Should I just pretend it is my beloved Warm and Natural? Should I tell her I will not use this batting? My first choice was pack the whole mess back into the box and give it back to her....lol. Thanks for all your help.
  4. We have a bedroom closet that is metal. I bought some magnets at the hardware store called metal men or something like that. Lets see if I can load a picture of them. says it is too big and I have no idea how to make it smaller
  5. VIVIANMABEL--I am going to check out the Joannes ones you recommended. thanks to ALL of you.
  6. THANKS so much. You have been a great help. They have it on sale at Connecting Threads and $50 or more is free shipping. I need thread also.
  7. Have any of you used this batting? We are looking for some cheaper batting---than W & N--for all our charity quilting. I have an HQ16. I once bought a whole roll of a recommended nightmare batting and had to freecycle it. I do NOT want to repeat that mistake. It was HUGELY puffy.
  8. My wonderful HQ16 and I are a successful partnership. I tried several different brands and asked questions of many quilters. I never hear a single person say they were sorry they chose the HQ16. I am mainly a charity quilter for our local Hospice and Quilts Of Valor. I am a prolific quilter and can do tops quite fast. Then I became bogged down in the quilting process. It took over 2 hours just to do the pinning. Then I had to wrestle a big quilt through the arm of my sewing machine. My shoulders would ache with this effort. I can load the top and have it finished in about 2 hours. This is a quilt about the size of a twin bed. I do free motion from the front of the machine and have just the best time. It moves easily and I feel like I am painting with thread. I just finished stippling a quilt that I will use as a sample for a local Quilt Class I teach through our County. It is beautiful and may bring me into the process of quilting for others for pay. I hope to be able to do this soon to help pay for all the charity quilting and fabric buying. My quilts have traveled to Iraq and Germany to comfort the wounded military. I am now entering into a program with a Major’s wife. I am going to be sending quilts to the families of those killed in action. We all know how much comfort a quilt can be and I want to wrap the families in love and let them know we are a grateful nation. And here is why I love this machine------------- Dear Eileen, I am writing to express my gratitude to you and your friend, Betty , for the beautiful, patriotic quilt you sent to the 332 EMDG (Expeditionary Medical Group) in Iraq. I want you to know how much those quilts mean to us. Yesterday evening six of our Nation's very finest soldiers were flown in by chopper after a suicide bomber attacked their foot patrol. I cared for one of those young men last night. (I'll call him Sgt C.). Sgt C is a young American soldier from Utah with a wife and two small children at home. He is one of the lucky ones. His burns and bruises will heal. His ruptured eardrum will heal. Yesterday he earned his second Purple Heart. As is customary, the Chaplain or his assistant bring the injured troops a quilt and we cover them with it, either in the ER or on the ward. If they are alert we read them the cards from wonderful Americans like you and tell them that someone from home made that quilt for them. We save them for very special days, like yesterday; for an occasion when a touch of kindness and love from home is exactly what is needed. As I write these words my eyes fill with tears. I have watched many young soldiers receive their quilts of valor and I want you to know that it touches them deeply. It touches all of us deeply. I couldn't read your card out loud to Sgt C because I was crying as I read it. Trying to hold back tears, I held it for him and he read it himself. I can tell you that a strong soldier fought valiantly to hold back his own tears. I don't know if he will ever write to thank you, though he says he plans to, but I wanted you to know how much your kindness means to these young troops, and to those of us who care for them. This is no exaggeration…everyone who passed by Sgt C's litter last night commented on how beautiful your quilt was. It was truly one of the most beautiful quilts we've seen. I firmly believe that the Lord puts us where he needs us. Right now I am needed in Iraq, caring for those in harms way. I was placed with Sgt C last night to tend his wounds and was blessed to read your message and admire your quilt with him. Of all the quilts that were given last night I was especially touched by yours. You see, I have left behind a husband and four beautiful children in Damascus, MD. As I read the inscription on your quilt I was even more moved by the fact that it was from one of my Maryland neighbors. I told Sgt C that I was planning to write to you and when I return I hope that we can meet for tea and chat. I will share my pictures of Sgt C and his quilt, adorned with his Purple Heart. Thank you, again, for your kindness and patriotism. I guarantee you truly touched the lives of many last night….through one beautiful quilt of valor. I know that Sgt C is anxious to return home and show that quilt to his family. It will always serve as a reminder to him of his victory last night and of the love we share as Americans. God bless you and God bless America! Sincerely, Major S USAF ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- That is what won me the trip.
  9. Had to find this old post. I am beginning to see my ads for Handiquilter come out. Or I should say friends are telling me. I have yet to find one but apparently it is in the new AQS magazine and McCalls Quick Quilts??? or maybe just McCalls. I will look at Joannes tomorrow. I tired there once before but got overwhelmed at the huge amount of magazines. I get only Fons and Porter. It was a wonderful trip and this brings back that wonderful memory.
  10. I will follow that blog. It is just a wonderful story. Media whiners----where are you now????
  11. I finally tried my one cone on my HQ. Sweet. I love this price as most of my quilts are for charity. I used a bottomline prewound as that is a fail safe choice for me. It must work with those and it was perfect. I also have found that my machine does not like going right to left and that causes the thread to break. I did lots of experimenting with this. I mainly do total free designs on the front so it will be easy to go the way she likes.
  12. I use Connecting Threads for all my charity quilts which is ALOT. I use Masterpiece when I make my own if they are precision types. If money grew on trees--it would be all Masterpiece. I can use a very hot iron on all cotton threads.
  13. I use the Crayola WASHABLE fine tip markers. You do have to wash the quilt after finishing it. I always hold my breath because I swear the colors are so dark it will never come out. I do not quilt for money and not sure my heart could take the worry. Just wanted to throw something out for those of us on a very tight budget. I practice all sorts of things on my Quilts of Valor.
  14. I used to use Warm and Natural. It was just so flat. Then I tried the Hobbs 80/20 and like it much better. The best price I have found for a roll is Marshalls Dry Goods. I had it in less than a week. The roll is 3o yards and with shipping was $127.00.
  15. In case it does not work out for you---I am a part time nanny and just love it. I work 5 hours a day for a wonderful family. They are thrilled to have a mature dependable person. I have to have some income but do not need full time.