tootsquilts

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    tootsquilts got a reaction from Gail O in Ruler Quilting with Texas Hold Em Bracket - How do you keep your ruler base from hitting your side clamps?   
    This is how I solved my problem with my machine/ ruler base running into my side clamps.  Just take a look at the pictures.  Its very simple using a dowel stick.
    Good luck.


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    tootsquilts reacted to Cagey in Labyrinth Walk for friend   
    Cathy,
    It turned out wonderful.  I am sure the will be absolutely pleased with it.  
    Though after looking at it on the bed, she may need to lie down to steady her equilibrium.
    Outstanding job, thank you for sharing.
    Cagey
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    tootsquilts got a reaction from Marie0722 in Labyrinth Walk for friend   
    This is one I just finished for a friend.  She pieced the quilt and I quilted it.    I thought it turned out really well.  I used Quilter's Dream Batting, and light gray thread on top with white on bottom.



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    tootsquilts reacted to SYork in Labyrinth Walk for friend   
    It looks great on your bed.  I think you should keep it. LOL  You both did a great job on this quilt.
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    tootsquilts got a reaction from Gail O in Labyrinth Walk for friend   
    This is one I just finished for a friend.  She pieced the quilt and I quilted it.    I thought it turned out really well.  I used Quilter's Dream Batting, and light gray thread on top with white on bottom.



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    tootsquilts got a reaction from Plumpurple in Labyrinth Walk for friend   
    This is one I just finished for a friend.  She pieced the quilt and I quilted it.    I thought it turned out really well.  I used Quilter's Dream Batting, and light gray thread on top with white on bottom.



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    tootsquilts got a reaction from dianne31331 in Help with Irish Star and How to Quilt   
    Hi fellow quilters.  I am needing help with this Irish Star.  I made this one, so there is not a problem with how I do this.  I made three of these and two of them I used a panto on.  I am wanting to custom this one.  I have attached a picture of one with the Panto on it, and also pictures of the one I am wanting to custom.  I have drawn a complete blank on what to do.  As you can see, there are three different blocks in this quilt, so it should not be so confusing, but is.  Thanks for any help you can give.





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    tootsquilts reacted to Gator in Same size Backing and Top   
    I agree with Shana.  Save yourself to quilt another day.  Do you have a set of rules for customers?  It's a good rule of thumb to add your requirements to the invoice or contract when you accept the customer's quilts. 
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    tootsquilts reacted to quiltmonkey in Same size Backing and Top   
    Adding one more thing:  I am (by nature) a very accommodating and nice person. Probably too nice sometimes. In dealing with my quilting customers, the word "no" is not a word I use, ever. Very rare situations when I need to tell a customer the word "no" ... and this situation is generally the only time I stand up for myself and say "No! Sorry, my requirement is to have 8" wider and 8" longer than quilt top." Period. End of story. I've almost hurt myself numerous times trying to quilt a quilt with barely enough backing fabric. It's dangerous. I draw the line when it comes to injuring myself because of a customer did not give me enough backing fabric. 
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    tootsquilts reacted to quiltmonkey in Same size Backing and Top   
    Even if you sew scraps of fabric to all four sides, if the quilt top is the same size as the back, it's absolutely impossible to avoid quilting the extra strip's seam line into the quilt while quilting it. Trust me in my 15 years of longarm quilting, it is nearly impossible to accomplish this very difficult and extremely stressful situation. 
    I would contact customer and ask her to provide you with larger backing fabric that is at a minimum 8" wider and  8" longer than the quilt top. 
    My job is to quilt the customer's quilt without pulling my hair out... it's not my job to perform miracles due to the failure of the customer to provide ample backing fabric. IMHO. 
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    tootsquilts reacted to quiltmonkey in Quilt "grows" on one side while advancing   
    Hi Pat,
    Connie's suggestion about your leaders is good. However, I don't know if you want to...or need to buy new leaders, or if you want to give your current leaders a "hair cut" ...  There's plenty of extra canvas on you rollers, if you want to try the hair cut route.
    These are the steps: 
    Pin the take up leader to the bottom leader, overlapping the edges a few inches.
    After pinning, pull these two pinned leaders taught as much as you can.
    As you roll out the take up leader and roll the bottom leader canvas that's pinned to it, do this until you have about 12 inches or so of fresh new section of canvas from the top leader. 
    Next, if you have channel locks, turn on the horizontal channel lock and using a cream colored thread in top and bobbin, slowly sew a line across on the fresh new section of the take up leader. 
    While everything is still pinned together, roll forward until you have about 12 inches or so of fresh new section of canvas on the bottom leader. 
    Repeat with channel locks on stitching a line of thread across the bottom leader. 
    Leave the pins in. It's easier to trim the brand new straight line while everything is taught. 
    The thread line you sewed on each leader is a line as a guide to carefully cut your brand new fresh clean straight edges for both take up leader and bottom leader. 
    You will want to clean up the edges on your top leader, too.
    Repeat steps for pinning the take up leader to a fresh new section of the top leader (about 12 inches down), stitch a line across the top leader leader. 
    Leave the pins in. It's easier to trim the straight line while everything is taught. 
    Viola! 
     
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    tootsquilts reacted to barbm in APQS Facebook Page Postings   
    Something like that, I imagine - we've seen a lot of facebook friends suffer through the same thing! But Mark Caraher is looking into it and will get the bad posts gone!!
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    tootsquilts reacted to barbm in APQS Facebook Page Postings   
    I've seen those posts, as well, but I am positive that the folks at APQS are not behind them. I don't know who in the company is responsible for the FB page, but I'm sure they will have the garbage cleared out soon. And you don't need to unfollow APQS, just "hide" the ads you dislike.
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    tootsquilts reacted to jimerickson in Barbara   
    The M bobbin holds almost twice the thread that the L bobbin holds.  Jim
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    tootsquilts reacted to srichardson in Barbara   
    The size.  The M bobbin holds more thread than the L bobbin.
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    tootsquilts reacted to kbaumbusch in Adding Batting to Wavy Quilt Borders   
    Hi, all, has anyone ever added extra batting underneath parts of a quilt on the frame because, no matter what. it won't steam or lay flat?  If so, do you use batting tape or just lay it in there?  I get fooled sometimes when I lay a top out as to how it will behave at the borders.
    TIA,
    Kathy Baumbusch
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    tootsquilts reacted to Bonnie in Ok in Adding Batting to Wavy Quilt Borders   
    Does it not make the border fuller than the rest of the quilt?
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    tootsquilts reacted to Bonnie in Ok in Adding Batting to Wavy Quilt Borders   
    What kind of batting were you using? I will try this when I need to take up excess border fabric. So do just place it where the fullness is or does it go the length of the border?
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    tootsquilts reacted to Bonnie in Ok in Adding Batting to Wavy Quilt Borders   
    Thanks Cathy for your valuable information will have to try this. Thank you for sharing!
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    tootsquilts reacted to kbaumbusch in Adding Batting to Wavy Quilt Borders   
    Thanks all, I guess I've been doing it right!  Good to know.
    Thanks, sometimes these quilts are just too friendly!!
     
    Kathy B.
     
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    tootsquilts reacted to Casey5 in Help with Irish Star and How to Quilt   
    well i'm glad it "spoke" to you. The one you showed quilted was gorgeous so I had no doubt you would come up with something that would work well. Pics later?
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    tootsquilts got a reaction from iquiltit in Help with Irish Star and How to Quilt   
    Hi fellow quilters.  I am needing help with this Irish Star.  I made this one, so there is not a problem with how I do this.  I made three of these and two of them I used a panto on.  I am wanting to custom this one.  I have attached a picture of one with the Panto on it, and also pictures of the one I am wanting to custom.  I have drawn a complete blank on what to do.  As you can see, there are three different blocks in this quilt, so it should not be so confusing, but is.  Thanks for any help you can give.





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    tootsquilts reacted to ValerieJ in Barbara   
    M is for More -- the bigger bobbin.
    L is for Less -- the smaller bobbin.
    Thanks to the guys (Mark and Josh, I think) at a road show I recently attended for that simple trick for remembering which is which.
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    tootsquilts reacted to jbnt9999 in Wrinkles in batting   
    PLEASE HELP!
    I am using dream puff and had it resting for three day and it still has bumps and wrinkles.  You cannot put it in the dryer or steam like my other batting’s. Does anyone know what to do?  Looked on Quilters Dream Site and would call but ,of course it’s a weekend and I need to get this done. 


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    tootsquilts reacted to jbnt9999 in Wrinkles in batting   
    It’s not a big cup but almost a little flap or wave! First picture , the other is wrinkles.