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  1. Another possibility is to do away with the clamps altogether. I cut them off, sewed a fabric 'tongue' to each elastic, and pin that to the backing. It's easier on the hands, too. Just a thought that works for me.
  2. Laurie, It's an adorable quilt. Can you tell me whose stripes (the fabric in the setting triangles) those are? I recognize the stripes in the blocks as belonging to the moda line. Also, how big did you make this quilt? It is adorable. I have some of the big monkey fabric with pink background as well as some of the coordinating fabric....bought on spec....too cute to pass up!!! And along comes a baby girl to my husband's niece. :-) Going to be saving the banana quilting design, for sure. Thanks. Linda
  3. The lines you stitches are perfect complements to the lines of the quilt. Thanks for the picture! We do learn a lot from them, don't we?
  4. Very cool, Jeanne! Thanks for the inspiration. I was just about to do a feather panto on a quilt for my brother and sister-in-law...now I will have to take another look. Another thing.....I bet your feathers are just great, too! But I understand totally!!!
  5. Thanks! We used a cotton prewound in the bobbin and it was fine. We set the stitch length at 10, and that worked fine, too. Thanks again for all your help.
  6. One more thing...ya right!....I had not thought much about bobbin thread. Do you think it is okay to use cotton?
  7. Sonja.... I have only done practice stitching so far, but I have used the vertical thread holder. My domestic came with a little plastic topper thing for spools and I have placed that on top of the spool. So far, so good. No uses. But we will be doing serious quilting later today or tomorrow. I will keep you posted. I will say this...my tight little stitch-test meander looked pretty dense in the dark last night. Bonnie is right in saying that a medium to large density meander would be best. If we don't get to this today I will do more test stitching with varying lengths and density. Stay
  8. Cool, Bonnie! My friend is going to quilt this herself and is planning on doing a meander. What about the stitch length, though? Or doesn't it matter if it is short or long? Thanks for your help! Linda
  9. Hi! My friend and I are about to start stitching on a quilt for her nephew, using Superior's NiteLite Extra Glow thread. I'm sure he will like it. We just did a few test stitches before quitting today, and all is going well. It doesn't seem to be a 'high maintenance' thread at all. Phew! My question is......in your experience....does it work better for the total effect if the stitch is a bit on the long side? short side? Or doesn't it matter? I'm going to have to wait till dark to see how the test strip looks. But I thought I would pick your brains, too. Thanks.
  10. Check out this book: Quilts from Grandmother's Garden by Jaynette Huff. The cover is a great idea, and there are others in the book. I love your idea Sue....a bouquet of GMFs.....hmmm.
  11. I am working on a Grandmother's Flower Garden, too. I got the hexagons from http://www.paperpieces.com/ and boy has that simplified the process. As mentioned, it is a great project to keep in a sandwich baggie or work on watching TV or with friends....not concentration required. I am using the 1 and 1/4 inch hexagons. I would recommend them...the flower is a nice size. My goal is to use only fabrics from my stash for the flowers. I'm considering putting them together as is without a background color...but I have a ways to go before I decide that.
  12. And again...I realized that you cannot use the quick reply for pics!!!
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