On Pins and Needles

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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from JeannieB in I tamed the beast...before and after pics   
    Linda B and Rita, don't worry, I won't do this again. Her next quilts, including the one with the fancier border will get a good inspection while she's here and we'll negotiate the fixes if there are any. I'm also going to give her some instructions on how to put borders on correctly and we'll go from there. I think she'll be a steady customer so I'm willing to give her a chance. I'm NOT doing this again though.
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from JeannieB in I tamed the beast...before and after pics   
    Thanks for all the kind words, I was surprised at the transformation myself! When I took this off the frame my plan was to give it back to her to fix, although I didn't really think she would or could so after a couple days of looking at it I started ripping.
    I took the bottom two borders completely off. Then I determined how much fullness I needed to eliminate, about 3" in width and 1.5" in length to get the corners up and even with that short part in the center. Then I started squaring up corners starting with the innermost border, there were 7 borders in all. I just did them one by one, and as I went I made the borders shorter by taking in seams here and there. There were a lot of seams to work with. Then I sewed the bottom two birders back on, simple as that..ha!
    I hate to admit this but it took me 8 hours, she's also an enthusiastic back stitcher so I fought that at every turn and that made the job slower. I'm not sure if I can charge her for it, now that it's done I don't care. My plan was to give her a lesson on correct border application and not take any more quilts from her that were improperly done, well see how that goes. I sent her a text to tell her I had it worked out, she was very grateful and said she had another one ready to bring me. This is one "her daughter designed and it has fancier borders". I'm very, very afraid......
    And thanks again to all if you. I have to say I've not made peace with my machine yet and it's been 6 years, but the APQS community is second to none!
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from dbams in I tamed the beast...before and after pics   
    Finally this is finished. I took it off the frame and frogged about 18" of the quilting. I was a tailor for 30 years so frogging is one of my strongest skills, ha! Then I started taking borders off bit by bit, straightening and reducing them. This is what I came up with. It's not perfect but passable, I think the customer will be happy. I spent more hours on this than I'll ever admit.
    Thanks again for all your help.


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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from Gail O in I tamed the beast...before and after pics   
    Finally this is finished. I took it off the frame and frogged about 18" of the quilting. I was a tailor for 30 years so frogging is one of my strongest skills, ha! Then I started taking borders off bit by bit, straightening and reducing them. This is what I came up with. It's not perfect but passable, I think the customer will be happy. I spent more hours on this than I'll ever admit.
    Thanks again for all your help.


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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from GMALKB in I tamed the beast...before and after pics   
    Finally this is finished. I took it off the frame and frogged about 18" of the quilting. I was a tailor for 30 years so frogging is one of my strongest skills, ha! Then I started taking borders off bit by bit, straightening and reducing them. This is what I came up with. It's not perfect but passable, I think the customer will be happy. I spent more hours on this than I'll ever admit.
    Thanks again for all your help.


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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from RitaR in Sewers aid, my new love!   
    I never thought I had a need for sewers aid but I've had a couple challenging quilts this week and then when I was right at the end of my last nerve I developed a thread breaking problem. I tried all the usual fixes, nothing worked so I made a trip to the lqs and bought my first bottle of sewers aid.
    OMG, my life has changed. No thread breaking, machine seems to move smoother (yeah, that's probably my imagination), even my tension is better and I don't think that's my imagination. I've always had issues with the tension getting goofy (I think that's the technical term) going in one direction only. I've tried lots of things to fix it, the best I've achieved is that it's now intermittent. It's been pretty bad on the current quilt, this quilt has so many other issues to deal with I didn't really care but the sewers aid seems to have worked this out. Is that possible?
    Is there anything else I can use this magic elixir for, if so, I'm in, I love it. Is there an advantage to putting it on bobbin thread?
    My suggestion to newbies, get some sewers aid!
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in Sewers aid, my new love!   
    I never thought I had a need for sewers aid but I've had a couple challenging quilts this week and then when I was right at the end of my last nerve I developed a thread breaking problem. I tried all the usual fixes, nothing worked so I made a trip to the lqs and bought my first bottle of sewers aid.
    OMG, my life has changed. No thread breaking, machine seems to move smoother (yeah, that's probably my imagination), even my tension is better and I don't think that's my imagination. I've always had issues with the tension getting goofy (I think that's the technical term) going in one direction only. I've tried lots of things to fix it, the best I've achieved is that it's now intermittent. It's been pretty bad on the current quilt, this quilt has so many other issues to deal with I didn't really care but the sewers aid seems to have worked this out. Is that possible?
    Is there anything else I can use this magic elixir for, if so, I'm in, I love it. Is there an advantage to putting it on bobbin thread?
    My suggestion to newbies, get some sewers aid!
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from dbams in Sewers aid, my new love!   
    I never thought I had a need for sewers aid but I've had a couple challenging quilts this week and then when I was right at the end of my last nerve I developed a thread breaking problem. I tried all the usual fixes, nothing worked so I made a trip to the lqs and bought my first bottle of sewers aid.
    OMG, my life has changed. No thread breaking, machine seems to move smoother (yeah, that's probably my imagination), even my tension is better and I don't think that's my imagination. I've always had issues with the tension getting goofy (I think that's the technical term) going in one direction only. I've tried lots of things to fix it, the best I've achieved is that it's now intermittent. It's been pretty bad on the current quilt, this quilt has so many other issues to deal with I didn't really care but the sewers aid seems to have worked this out. Is that possible?
    Is there anything else I can use this magic elixir for, if so, I'm in, I love it. Is there an advantage to putting it on bobbin thread?
    My suggestion to newbies, get some sewers aid!
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Sewers aid, my new love!   
    I never thought I had a need for sewers aid but I've had a couple challenging quilts this week and then when I was right at the end of my last nerve I developed a thread breaking problem. I tried all the usual fixes, nothing worked so I made a trip to the lqs and bought my first bottle of sewers aid.
    OMG, my life has changed. No thread breaking, machine seems to move smoother (yeah, that's probably my imagination), even my tension is better and I don't think that's my imagination. I've always had issues with the tension getting goofy (I think that's the technical term) going in one direction only. I've tried lots of things to fix it, the best I've achieved is that it's now intermittent. It's been pretty bad on the current quilt, this quilt has so many other issues to deal with I didn't really care but the sewers aid seems to have worked this out. Is that possible?
    Is there anything else I can use this magic elixir for, if so, I'm in, I love it. Is there an advantage to putting it on bobbin thread?
    My suggestion to newbies, get some sewers aid!
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from chickenscratch in Yellow Brick Road pattern - FOUND MINE!   
    I have to share.... A couple weeks ago I got out a quilt top, considered quilting it and giving to my sister for Christmas. I found a piece for backing, measured, yes it was enough, ok maybe I'll finish it but not until I finish a bunch of other stuff.
    Well, yesterday was the day, got the top out again but could not find the back. After a long search I gave up, started straightening up the mess I've created recently, opened up a drawer where I store scraps and guess what I found. Yep, the backing fabric, no reason at all it should be in there. Ok, my table was all cleared off now so I was going to cut it and piece it, guess what? Yes, it was already done. I have NO recollection of doing that or putting it in that drawer, none at all. Sometimes I think I'm losing my mind....
    I won't even go into the details of the party that wasn't. I had gifts for all my friends, called to confirm the time, oops no party. I swear I got an e-mail....
    Thanks for listening, sorry so long.
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from Zora in Yellow Brick Road pattern - FOUND MINE!   
    I have to share.... A couple weeks ago I got out a quilt top, considered quilting it and giving to my sister for Christmas. I found a piece for backing, measured, yes it was enough, ok maybe I'll finish it but not until I finish a bunch of other stuff.
    Well, yesterday was the day, got the top out again but could not find the back. After a long search I gave up, started straightening up the mess I've created recently, opened up a drawer where I store scraps and guess what I found. Yep, the backing fabric, no reason at all it should be in there. Ok, my table was all cleared off now so I was going to cut it and piece it, guess what? Yes, it was already done. I have NO recollection of doing that or putting it in that drawer, none at all. Sometimes I think I'm losing my mind....
    I won't even go into the details of the party that wasn't. I had gifts for all my friends, called to confirm the time, oops no party. I swear I got an e-mail....
    Thanks for listening, sorry so long.
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from ffq-lar in NQR--Love across borders   
    What a lovely Christmas story!
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from dbams in Yellow Brick Road pattern - FOUND MINE!   
    I have to share.... A couple weeks ago I got out a quilt top, considered quilting it and giving to my sister for Christmas. I found a piece for backing, measured, yes it was enough, ok maybe I'll finish it but not until I finish a bunch of other stuff.
    Well, yesterday was the day, got the top out again but could not find the back. After a long search I gave up, started straightening up the mess I've created recently, opened up a drawer where I store scraps and guess what I found. Yep, the backing fabric, no reason at all it should be in there. Ok, my table was all cleared off now so I was going to cut it and piece it, guess what? Yes, it was already done. I have NO recollection of doing that or putting it in that drawer, none at all. Sometimes I think I'm losing my mind....
    I won't even go into the details of the party that wasn't. I had gifts for all my friends, called to confirm the time, oops no party. I swear I got an e-mail....
    Thanks for listening, sorry so long.
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in NQR My granddaughters   
    They are too cute!
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from JeannieB in Question About Pricing   
    I need some help with pricing. I've just finished a custom quilt for a paying customer....a rarity for me as most of my work is panto or overalls and many are for my sister so she gets the family discount. I quilt, she buys the margaritas!
    I've just finished this huge quilt, I don't know if any of he stitching shows up but each block is done differently, all the yellow sashing is egg and dart, all three borders are treated separately, the outside one is piano keys and I stitched in the ditch each side of each border and each side of the dark blue that goes around each block. Oh yeah, and lots of ruler work.
    If anyone could guide me or would share a price list with me I'd be more than grateful.
    Thanks!


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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from Oma in Question About Pricing   
    I need some help with pricing. I've just finished a custom quilt for a paying customer....a rarity for me as most of my work is panto or overalls and many are for my sister so she gets the family discount. I quilt, she buys the margaritas!
    I've just finished this huge quilt, I don't know if any of he stitching shows up but each block is done differently, all the yellow sashing is egg and dart, all three borders are treated separately, the outside one is piano keys and I stitched in the ditch each side of each border and each side of the dark blue that goes around each block. Oh yeah, and lots of ruler work.
    If anyone could guide me or would share a price list with me I'd be more than grateful.
    Thanks!


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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from micajah in Question About Pricing   
    I need some help with pricing. I've just finished a custom quilt for a paying customer....a rarity for me as most of my work is panto or overalls and many are for my sister so she gets the family discount. I quilt, she buys the margaritas!
    I've just finished this huge quilt, I don't know if any of he stitching shows up but each block is done differently, all the yellow sashing is egg and dart, all three borders are treated separately, the outside one is piano keys and I stitched in the ditch each side of each border and each side of the dark blue that goes around each block. Oh yeah, and lots of ruler work.
    If anyone could guide me or would share a price list with me I'd be more than grateful.
    Thanks!


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    On Pins and Needles reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Silk Roses   
    This was an orphaned project by a customer.  All of a sudden she was committed to getting it finished.  As you can see in the before picture there were waves and serious cupping.  You can't see it, but there was also a slash almost dead center of the piece...hence the center design.  I used bottomline thread and really quilted the snot out of it to get it to lay flat.
     
    Silk Rose - before by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr   Missy's embroidered wreath by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr  
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from JeannieB in BarbM you're the best!!!   
    Barb is my hero! My dealer was 100% unresponsive after the sale. I ran into Barb at a quilt show 300 miles from my home, talked to her about my issues and she has supported me ever since....she's the best.
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from LisaC in Fantastic Thursday   
    I'm a day late but that's how the season is going for me! We have a friend who invites us for dinner every year along with three other couples, we all bring little gifts, it's really a special time. This is my gift for the ladies, bottle of wine included. I have to say they were very labor intensive, don't think I'll do them again....but they're cute! Hope my photo works...

    image by riciclare, on Flickr
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from Enchanted Quilting in Fantastic Thursday   
    I'm a day late but that's how the season is going for me! We have a friend who invites us for dinner every year along with three other couples, we all bring little gifts, it's really a special time. This is my gift for the ladies, bottle of wine included. I have to say they were very labor intensive, don't think I'll do them again....but they're cute! Hope my photo works...

    image by riciclare, on Flickr
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from Oma in Fantastic Thursday   
    I'm a day late but that's how the season is going for me! We have a friend who invites us for dinner every year along with three other couples, we all bring little gifts, it's really a special time. This is my gift for the ladies, bottle of wine included. I have to say they were very labor intensive, don't think I'll do them again....but they're cute! Hope my photo works...

    image by riciclare, on Flickr
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from ffq-lar in Looking for longarmer sympathy   
    Oh Linda, this makes my recent monster quilt seem like a piece of cake! You do have my sympathy....
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    On Pins and Needles reacted to CindyT in Two Winter Wonderland Quilts Done and OUTA here!   
    These two beauties went home today!  I'm thankful for those of you sharing your pictures over the past few years of how you quilted this pattern!  It certainly helped me figure out what to quilt on them!  Again thanks for looking and sharing your photos.  Hobbs 80/20 white batting and So Fine threads were used. The quilter is still fairly new, but she did a wonderful job of embroidery and piecing!

    GailstwoWinterWonderland2013quilts by chrometopquilts, on Flickr
     

    GailsWinterWonderland2013embroideryblocks by chrometopquilts, on Flickr
     

    GailsWinterWonderland2013piecedblocks by chrometopquilts, on Flickr
     
    Okay, last post for the night.  Thankful for learning something new to me...flickr.
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    On Pins and Needles got a reaction from cmkeindl1 in Fantastic Thursday 10/24/13   
    Oh my, such beautiful quilts I hate to even put this silly thing up here. Not finished but I've made good progress, still hoping for a decent outcome,
    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/78141575@N02/10467941903/" title="image by riciclare, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3773/10467941903_6bd8a3ffa6.jpg" width="374" height="500" alt="image"></a>
    I have another question. My next project is the exact opposite of this one....its beautiful and perfectly pieced by my good friend Linda. She tried an experiment and pressed all her seams open and its gorgeous. All that perfect work and everything is so nice and crisp looking. My problem is I have no ditches to travel in. I want to put a piano key border but where do I hide those stitches as I travel from key to key. And there are some triangles I'd like to put radiating line in, don't really want to start and stop each one.