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    fineseams got a reaction from JeannieB in Starter Colors   
    A GREAT color that goes with very many things is what I call "baby poop green".  It is a sort of dull goldish-brownish-greenish color.  It is a medium value, and is quite neutral.  I am always amazed at the things it goes well with.  I have it in 100 wt silk as well as in several other thread weights.
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    fineseams got a reaction from Enchanted Quilting in Starter Colors   
    A GREAT color that goes with very many things is what I call "baby poop green".  It is a sort of dull goldish-brownish-greenish color.  It is a medium value, and is quite neutral.  I am always amazed at the things it goes well with.  I have it in 100 wt silk as well as in several other thread weights.
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    fineseams reacted to ffq-lar in Minky like backing -help needed   
    Fabric top and furry backer--without batting?
     
    Selvedges attached to the rollers, which I hope places the seam parallel.
     
    I've gotten the best results with some care when advancing. Treat each stitching field as one section. Leave off the clamps and let the two layers relax a bit. Pin the snot out of it all over. This will stabilize the two layers and avoid stretching the back, which will bounce back if it is stretched and leave you with pockets of "puff" on top. Then put a bit of tension on the top to flatten it for stitching. Place your side clamps on top of a couple of crossed pins at each point so you don't stretch the backer and only tighten enough to keep the edges in line.
     
    Open quilting works best. I did a throw for my soon-to-be DIL with polar fleece on one side and furry leopard print on the other--no batting. I stitched a simple four-inch grid and it was beautiful! Another bonus was I stitched an inch in from each edge and then pinked the perimeter. No binding!!
     
    The "fur" was pretty long but much of it eased out from under the stitches when it was laundered.
     
    Have fun--it'll be great!
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    fineseams got a reaction from JeannieB in Loading and Stabilizing   
    I'm certainly no expert, but what I have found that works best for me is to float the top.  I measure the quilt edge to edge and middle to middle to figure out what the "best" length and width measurements are, so I know in advance if I have fullness to deal with.  I lay out the quilt and baste down the top edge, using my channel locks to make sure it is square with the frame, and working in any fullness if necessary.  I mark the "best" width with tape or clamps on my quilt top roller (since I don't use it for the top).  I baste down the sides in the area that I will be quilting, keeping the width correct, and dealing with any fullness that I noticed when initially measuring the quilt.  It is usually pretty easy to see if the side borders are getting wonky because you won't see nice straight lines going across the quilt - you start seeing frowns or smiles or waving borders.  Then you know you have some fullness to deal with, either in the borders or in the center part of the quilt.  If there is fullness, pin pin pin.  Quilt all or most of the area, roll and repeat.
     
    I've had no trouble going back and doing the side borders later, using this technique.
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    fineseams got a reaction from Sandra Darlington in cutting table question   
    I"m with you, Sewhappy!  My DH built me a wonderful 4"x8" table with lots of storage underneath.  I purchased a 4x8" matt for the surface.  The table rolls around so it is easy to move.  I love it.  BUT, whenever I want to actually USE it for its intended purpose, I have to spend a half hour clearing off the junk that piles up on it.........sigh.
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    fineseams got a reaction from delld in Sally's French Braid   
    I think I like the back better than the front - the quilting is SO interesting.  It just perfectly "fits" with the front, but because the colors are so bright, it doesn't show as much as it does on the back.  Anyway, I love it!  Great job!
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    fineseams got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Custom Queen Finished!!   
    You are amazing!
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    fineseams got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in quilting inherited tops?   
    Oma,  I'm with you on that.  I have always said that the only reason anyone quilted by hand was because they didn't have a sewing machine:-)
     
    Claire, I love what you did - very simple, just right for  that lovely old quilt.
     
    Debbie, a very nice treatment for a DWR - maybe I have been thinking that something too fancy was required.  I like the comment to quilt them as they would have been quilted when they were made.  Definitely food for thought.
     
    Thanks for all your comments.  This decision is some time in the future, because even if I decided I wanted to tackle them myself, my skill level isn't good enough yet on the LA, although I could do them just fine on my domestic. 
     
    Next time I'm in that trunk I'll take them out and look at the stitching and fabric.  My memory is that they are all three in good condition - but if they are fragile, probably getting them hand quilted would be safer.
     
    I hadn't thought about them in some time - Debbie's post just brought them back to mind.
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    fineseams got a reaction from chattiekathy in George giveaway   
    Welcome!  There were a number of us who faithfully entered the drawing every day, and we are all glad that you have joined us.
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    fineseams got a reaction from chickenscratch in What a lot of work!   
    Safe travels, and best wishes for QUICKLY finding the perfect studio, oh, and a house to go with it:-)
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    fineseams got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in New Quilter...With a twist?   
    If your wife has a resale number, you could open accounts with the vendors of choice in her name, using that number.  If she doesn't have a resale number and you want to buy wholesale, you'll have to get one.   Vendors need that resale number so they can prove to the tax collector that they only sold without charging tax to people with permits.  I had a resale number several years ago, and I simplified my reporting even more by requesting that the vendors charge sales tax at the time of sale.  Then all I had to report was the amount I spent, and the tax paid, so the tax payable was zero.  And I still got wholesale price for the things I purchased.   Here in CA it is a very simple application, and for a moderate $$$  amount of materials purchased, you only have to file a report once a year.
     
    You will definitely need both backing and batting - one of the challenges is getting tension correct so that your stitches are beautiful on both sides of the quilt.  Some folks go to Good Will or other thrift shops looking for old sheets or other inexpensive lengths of fabric - and you have definitely thrown away your very last old sheet - you'll be using them in the future.  To a point, I agree that buying what is on sale at JoAnn's is a great place to start - those 40% off coupons are awesome.  But once past your initial practicing, you might want to order a selection of good quality batts - crib size is good - in order to see how they quilt out.  Quilter's Dream offers a package containing one each of all their batts at a good price.  Since you will be doing quilting for your wife's designs, you really don't need to worry about customers bringing in batting - you guys get to choose what you think will enhance her work.
     
    I read on this forum some time ago that someone practices by quilting on one side of the quilt sandwich, and then turns it over and quilts on the other side.  Use a thread that matches the backing on the first run.  Use a contrasting thread when the back becomes the top so you can easily see what you have done.
     
    Good luck!  I hope your business venture is a great success!
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    fineseams got a reaction from Oma in Question on bead boarding   
    Another way to get even spacing without measuring is to cut a length of adding machine tape the length of your border.  then begin folding it in half, over and over, until you get to the width you want.  Then unfold it, and mark where each fold is.  I haven't done beadboard using this measuring technique, but I have used it for a quick way to mark spacing for repetitive freehand border designs.
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    fineseams got a reaction from lkl in Question on bead boarding   
    Another way to get even spacing without measuring is to cut a length of adding machine tape the length of your border.  then begin folding it in half, over and over, until you get to the width you want.  Then unfold it, and mark where each fold is.  I haven't done beadboard using this measuring technique, but I have used it for a quick way to mark spacing for repetitive freehand border designs.
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    fineseams got a reaction from Heritage Keepsakes in MQX in Portland. Who's going?   
    I hope to go.....
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    fineseams got a reaction from Bekah in Pantograph advice   
    I suggest picking out a couple of quite different styles, trying them out, and then waiting until you need a different design before ordering what you need.  I got a list (from this forum) of favorites, and ordered quite a few of them, assuming I'd use them since others found them useful.  I discovered that I liked some much better than others, and still have several that have not been used yet.  I admit I don't have time to do much quilting, but if I were to do it over again, I'd go slow on ordering - even on the basis of a list of what others have found popular and useful.
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    fineseams reacted to chickenscratch in Lenni and I have been busy today   
    Just pulled this one off the frame. It is a really large quilt - 98x 108.  I did my freehand version of the Fantasia pattern on it.  Aren't the stitches made by Lenni just gorgeous. I am in love with my new machine.



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    fineseams reacted to Bonnie in Ok in Whole cloth   
    ]My first whole cloth. The design was pre printed and I hand dyed the back fabric. The color was china blue. I used a pale blue bottom line on top and a magna glide bobbin white on bottom. the bat was a low loft poly so not much definition but the quilt is going to be used in Florida and didn't want any weight. Good experience and lots of ruler practice for me. Thanks for looking.


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    fineseams reacted to ffq-lar in Bright sampler quilt with alternate chain blocks   
    Just off the frame-- a nicely-pieced sampler with alternate chain blocks.
    The sampler blocks have traditional CCs and a few flourishes. I circled the pieced blocks with leafy wreaths, CCed the chains, stitched swirls and leaves (where they don't show) in the outer border and running leaves in the narrow blue border. It took forever but was lots of fun. 


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    fineseams reacted to CindyT in Customer quilt took twice as long as I anticipated   
    Here is a customer's quilt that took me what seemed like forever to get done. I'm delivering the quilt today. I hope she likes it. She will be scalloping the border so I put beadboard there. Quiltazoid spiral in "plain" blocks, McTavishing and cross hatching in detail blocks, and feathers in setting triangles and in the ribbon sashing. This was a pattern from a Quilt Sampler magazine that featured a local quilt shop that unfortunately had to close last year. Thanks for looking!


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    fineseams reacted to witha'K'quilting in Gravel...freehand E2E design   
    I have been staring at this quilt top for some time, and finally, a design came to mind that I am really pleased with. 

    Introducing 'Gravel'...an edge-to-edge design that is quilted completely freehand. 

    This larger pebble design ranges in size from 3/4" to 2" per 'rock'.
     
    I used a double layer of Winline Bamboo batting for definition. Superior Rainbows 'Casbah' thread on top with Light Tan Magna Glide Classics in the bobbin.  
      More pics on my website. Thanks for looking. http://withakquilting.blogspot.com/2013/05/gravel-on-green.html
     

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    fineseams reacted to delld in Last week's Dreasden Plate finished   
    Remember last week I shared the border?  Miss Linda R, notice I used one of your designs in the white border!!!! Thanks for your book!!!!
     
    Well it is now finished and ready to mail. Thought you might enjoy seeing the finished quilt. I put a lot of pictures over on Flickr so you can see how I did the plates. I wanted them to look like beveled glass of the drepression glass plates.  
     
     
    007 by delld1964, on Flickr  
     
    006 by delld1964, on Flickr   015 by delld1964, on Flickr   Thanks for looking!!!  
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    fineseams reacted to meg in HST quilt   
    Hi everybody...
    Life in my world is crazy!
    I have DD daughters wedding in June.
    STRESS!
    Anyway, her shower was this past Saturday.
    It was a nice event and I think everyone had a good time.
    She got lots of nice things and was very gracious.
    I was very proud of her.
    I had made this simple HST quilt out of scraps and brought it along.
    I originally had an idea for signing it and giving it to Kelly as a momento.
    But the swirls were not right for signing.
    So, at the end of the shower, we asked Kelly to pull a name from a hat and gave it away.
    The winner was a young girl who will be going to college in the fall
    She has a crafty mom, so I know it will be loved.

    image by quiltymeg, on Flickr
    Thanks for looking.
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    fineseams got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Miniature Heirloom Whole Cloth Finished!   
    You probably win the world-wide contest for pebble production!!!  I'm guessing you won't put quite so many on the king size?????  Otherwise we may never hear from you again:-)
     
    Lovely lovely heirloom quilt.
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    fineseams got a reaction from Bonnie H in Miniature Heirloom Whole Cloth Finished!   
    You probably win the world-wide contest for pebble production!!!  I'm guessing you won't put quite so many on the king size?????  Otherwise we may never hear from you again:-)
     
    Lovely lovely heirloom quilt.
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    fineseams got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Miniature Heirloom Whole Cloth Finished!   
    You probably win the world-wide contest for pebble production!!!  I'm guessing you won't put quite so many on the king size?????  Otherwise we may never hear from you again:-)
     
    Lovely lovely heirloom quilt.