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  1. Sorry, there isn't a pattern. The piecer took a class from the lady and she developed it, but didn't make a pattern for it.
  2. I usually google the name of the quilt and hope some quilters have posted pictures of their finished work. I always like the look of quilting 1/4 of an inch around the piece to set them off. Maybe you could put a piece of plastic over it and try that, then something may pop into your mind.
  3. Wow, that's bright! Love the quilting. And the fall leaves. We've had so much rain in this part of PA that our leaves are just falling off the trees. They haven't changed colors yet.
  4. 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.
  5. What a beautiful memory quilt. That piecing was fabulous and of course, feathers are beautiful.
  6. Wow! They will treasure these quilts. The quilting is just stunning on them.
  7. You did a wonderful job with those flowers. They look so real. And all those lines in the leaves....
  8. My customer makes these quilts for her grandchildren. You may remember LUKE , ETHANBURG and MAGGIE TOWN. Jack loves books so she's cut out characters from material. So Fine on top, Bottom Line in the bobbin. Hobbs 80/20. Jack's Story Town by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (2) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (3) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (4) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (5) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (6) by Libby G, on Flickr
  9. This is my opinion only. There's so much information on you tube that I would spend my money on rulers. I love DeLoa Jones itty bitty for SID and her curved crosshatching rulers, the boomerangs. I use these for ruler work all the time. So many quilters are developing their own rulers, so I wouldn't go buying until you have an idea of the designs you'll love to use. Heidi Merrill posted a quilt with beautiful feather wreaths and I asked her how she got them so perfect. She said she uses stencils. So I bought feather wreath stencils and border stencils in all the different sizes they have. Even though I freehand the feathers, I like having the shapes to use as a guide. I use chalk and pounce them onto the quilt, only white, don't buy the blue chalk. I bought Darlene Epp's formal feather book and absolutely love it! All the designs are right there for me to see. I've also bought DVDs but you have to put them into a machine and watch them. So I wish I would've saved my money and bought the books I could flip through. Darlene retired but Barb Mayfield, APQS rep, bought the rest of her supply, so you might be able to get this book. DeLoa Jones has a longarm feather book and a border patrol book that I use constantly. Simple designs that make a quilt look beautiful. There's a FB site called longarm accessories for sale and you can get good deals on supplies that other longarmers no longer need. Practice drawing the same design 15 minutes a day for two weeks and it should then be in your muscle memory. When you start to use your machine, the designs should flow freely. If you use a practice muslin sheet, use light thread the first time, then use the same piece with darker thread, and finally add another top and keep practicing. Then you can donate it to a shelter. Good luck. I love my Millie.
  10. You did a great job with the lettering. When I retired from school, I kept my bulletin board letters and use them. If I need a different size I print them from the computer, paste them on file folders and save them.
  11. I love the look of woodgrain and you've done an outstanding job with it.
  12. Memory Lane is a pattern by Deborah Borsos and Leslee Price. It was pieced for a grandaughter. She had 60 yoyos so she wanted a light custom. I did "funky hearts" because perfect ones were too difficult. So Fine on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin. Hobbs 80/20. Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr
  13. Love the colors and quilting on this quilt. It's sure to be a hit at college. You may get some requests for other quilts.
  14. Here's a close up the the quilting in the diamond. 001 by Libby G, on Flickr
  15. My customer pieced this using scraps from her stash. She gave me a quilting design she found online. I'd give credit to the quilter, if I knew who designed it. The borders weren't showing so I used feathers and beadboard. She used a 1/4 inch inner border and asked me to keep it straight. Fortunately it was only a lap quilt. I used So Fine and Bottom Line, my favorite threads when custom quilting. And Hobbs 80/20. DeLoa Jones' boomerang really came in handy to circle around the dresden plates. dresden plate by Libby G, on Flickr dresden plate (2) by Libby G, on Flickr dresden plate (3) by Libby G, on Flickr
  16. This is adorable! You used the perfect pantograph on it.
  17. These were made by my reproduction customer. She just chose two blocks she liked for the wall hangings and put them together. She wanted her "Indigo in Baskets" customed. This was the first time I used a light thread in a feather wreath on a dark background. It took me forever because I wanted the backtracks to be spot on. (Most were!) Then when I decided to put feathers in the baskets, I used matching thread as it went way faster!. Her "Flocks and Baskets" was so busy we just used a pantograph to give it movement. So Fine and Bottom Line. She provided warm and natural batting. Indigo in Baskets by Libby G, on Flickr Indigo in Baskets (2) by Libby G, on Flickr Indigo in Baskets (3) by Libby G, on Flickr Flocks and Baskets (2) by Libby G, on Flickr
  18. That really is a pretty quilt. Looks like the points all match.
  19. Perfect vacation, doing things you really enjoy doing with lots of friends.
  20. What advantage would you have by buying a new machine? If you're going to be able to the same type of quilting, why bother? Then again, if you really want it, get it. It's a retirement gift to yourself. You deserve it!
  21. Wow, that quilt is gorgeous. I can imagine the hours you spent on it. And I can sympathize with chaing my mind about colors after awhile. I laugh when I look back on some things I "just loved" at the time.
  22. I love using panels for baby quilts. They are just so cute, and it takes a minimal amount of time to get them ready. Love how adventurous you are with freehanding a cable border. It's the best thing to do to get btter, but I'm still not there yet.
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