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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from cmkeindl1 in basting top/bottom/sides - remove after?   
    It has been a long time since I have been on this site! but here is another way to baste:
     
    Use the channel lock to make a straight horizontal line to line up the top and lay the top along the line. Then with a speed of around 9 (I sometimes use the stitch regulator) I stitch just outside the top and every couple of inches or so I stitch just at the edge of the top like a tiny "v" to tack it down. I started doing this when there was a lot of fullness and just stitching a straight line made pleats or didn't let me distribute the fullness easily. Now I just do it all the time. It really helps to take out the basting if I find I ever need to reposition anything before i get into the quilting. I just use a seam ripper to take out the 2-3 stitches for each "tack down". I baste the side edges like this too.
     
    Again, just another idea for you!
     
    Carol (Ferrari, aka Quilt Happy)
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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from JeannieB in basting top/bottom/sides - remove after?   
    It has been a long time since I have been on this site! but here is another way to baste:
     
    Use the channel lock to make a straight horizontal line to line up the top and lay the top along the line. Then with a speed of around 9 (I sometimes use the stitch regulator) I stitch just outside the top and every couple of inches or so I stitch just at the edge of the top like a tiny "v" to tack it down. I started doing this when there was a lot of fullness and just stitching a straight line made pleats or didn't let me distribute the fullness easily. Now I just do it all the time. It really helps to take out the basting if I find I ever need to reposition anything before i get into the quilting. I just use a seam ripper to take out the 2-3 stitches for each "tack down". I baste the side edges like this too.
     
    Again, just another idea for you!
     
    Carol (Ferrari, aka Quilt Happy)
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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from cegates in basting top/bottom/sides - remove after?   
    It has been a long time since I have been on this site! but here is another way to baste:
     
    Use the channel lock to make a straight horizontal line to line up the top and lay the top along the line. Then with a speed of around 9 (I sometimes use the stitch regulator) I stitch just outside the top and every couple of inches or so I stitch just at the edge of the top like a tiny "v" to tack it down. I started doing this when there was a lot of fullness and just stitching a straight line made pleats or didn't let me distribute the fullness easily. Now I just do it all the time. It really helps to take out the basting if I find I ever need to reposition anything before i get into the quilting. I just use a seam ripper to take out the 2-3 stitches for each "tack down". I baste the side edges like this too.
     
    Again, just another idea for you!
     
    Carol (Ferrari, aka Quilt Happy)
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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from lkl in Hobbs Poly-Down disappointing for me   
    Hi, all,
    I had bought a batt of Hobbs Poly-down when either Hancocks of Paducah or Connecting thread had a sale. It is of very poor quality. There are large areas of uneven thickness, permanent glued down bits, and huge "bubbles" as if someone had stretched out 12" by 12" areas.
    Has anyone else had this experience with Hobbs Poly-Down?
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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Pantographs with QD Puff: areas of fullness, what do you do?   
    I took it off the frame and, Voila! Heidi was right (off course) the fullness isn't noticeable! Thanks, Heidi!
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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in It Just Keeps Getting Better!!!   
    Well now, I guess this IS a MERRY Christmas! Congrats!
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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in Pantographs with QD Puff: areas of fullness, what do you do?   
    I took it off the frame and, Voila! Heidi was right (off course) the fullness isn't noticeable! Thanks, Heidi!
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    Quilt Happy reacted to DawnCavanaugh in how to do panto & custom   
    Hi Jan,
    Let's start with the Avatar, pictures and signature. Click on the drop-down arrow next to your login name in the upper left hand corner of the screen. You will see the words "My Settings" there. When you click on that, you can add and edit your personal settings, including uploading your photo for your avatar. The best way to do that is to have the photo you wish to upload in an easily accessible spot on your computer. For example, put a copy of the photo on your computer "desktop". Then click on the "change my photo" button and follow the instructions. When you've done any changing there, scroll to the bottom of the "My Settings" page and be sure to save your changes.
    While you are in the "My Settings" tab, take a look at the left side of the screen. There you'll see all of the other places where you can update and change information, including your signature.
    Now as for the quilting question...it sounds like you know how to tackle the borders so I'll assume that's already OK. To do the pantograph "inside" the border, stand at the pantograph side of the table, and align your needle with the RIGHT edge of the section you want the pantograph in (the right side as viewed from the panto side of the table....when you're on the panto side you will quilt right to left.) Drop the needle into that seam line between the border and the inner section to help the machine maintain its position while you adjust the laser.
    With the needle in that spot, take a look at where your laser meets the pantograph pattern. If you like how it aligns, then use a dry erase marker on the clear plastic pantograph cover and draw a line that represents the right edge of your quilt. This line is exactly in line with your laser dot. Now move the machine to the seam line between your top border and the rest of the quilt, so that the needle is aligned with the seam. Don't move the laser itself, but instead move the machine so that the needle follows the seam. (you aren't sewing, just moving the machine.) As you move it, mark the panto plastic where the laser dot falls with your dry erase marker. Keep marking until the machine reaches the left edge of the border. Now move the needle so that it follows that side border and add the marks to your plastic.
    In essence, you're drawing where the quilt's actual seams are at on your plastic panto cover. You'd have 3 straight lines--two that define the left and right seams where you want the panto to stop, and one that defines the the border seam. Remember that whenever you look at the laser dot---wherever it happens to be--it's exactly like looking at the needle. Once you have these three lines drawn on the plastic, you can slide the panto UNDER the plastic to the left or right or up or down until you like how it is placed between the marks. Since the marks identify your "quilting space" up on the top of the quilt, you can reposition the panto until you're happy. You may want part of the panto design to look like it is "spilling past" all the borders without trying to place a complete row as the first pass, for example.
    To "stop" the panto, quilt the design, but any time the panto line actually approaches the line you drew on top of the panto plastic, you'll want to stop just a little short of the drawn line. Then you can walk around to the front and place teeny tiny stitches for that last 1/4-inch or so, and can see exactly where you'll run into the border ditch/seam and stop precisely there. Once you've secured that section of the panto, move to the panto side again, and move the machine to the next line you must stitch. Secure your starting threads and repeat. Any time you "run into" the drawn line on the plastic, stop a little short and run to the other side and finish on the freehand side for the most accurate placement.
    When you do the next row of the panto, it will be a "full or complete" row, so rub off the mark on your plastic that represented the horizontal border seam, but leave the two side marks in place. Eventually you'll get to the bottom section of your quilt, and you'll need to repeat the process and add another long line to your plastic that represents the seam between your inside area and the bottom border. Then stop your quilting at that line, just as you did on the top border.
    Hope that makes sense...sometimes when you type it out it doesn't come out as clear as it is in my head.
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    Quilt Happy reacted to lisae in Sometimes Simple is Best   
    I made this simple quilt for my nephew and his wife's first baby. Cute flannel, a border and minkee backing. I did a loopy meander quilting design, and a scroll design in the border. Quick, simple and fun!


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    Quilt Happy reacted to newellyn in My First Pattern is Finally Ready   
    I am so excited. My first foray into pattern design is ready to see how it goes.
    I should say that it is not entirely original. I saw a picture of a quilt made in the 70's in an old magazine. I tried to get information on the designer. I found that she has since passed away and a pattern was never produced for the quilt. I set about designing my own slant on the original. I made my original using a 60 degree ruler. It works, but I decided paper piecing would make the project a whole lot easier so the final pattern is a paper piecing project. It requires some skill in Y-seams also. Bekah of the Moxies tested the pattern for me and did a beautiful job. All of the Moxies have been so encouraging I can't thank them enough. Linda Rech has been especially encouraging and has insisted that I post the news about it.
    If anyone is interested I can provide particulars via email or via message on the forum (although I've not tried that on the new format yet).
    I hope the pictures have loaded.

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    Quilt Happy reacted to Borderline Quilter in Zig Zag for Ivan.....   
    Here's a little baby gift pieced by my Granddaughter and myself, we made a little pattern/tutorial which you can find on my blog.......
    Quilted Angela Walters style......which is just swirls and pebbles.......anyone can do....

    http://borderlinequi...t-for-ivan.html

     
    Ivan's Zigzag by Borderline Quilter, on Flickr   Ivan's Zigzag 2 by Borderline Quilter, on Flickr

    APQS Forum will not allow photo upload all?????
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    Quilt Happy reacted to yankiequilter in MQS - My quilt #2   
    I purchased a template last fall at the show in Houston that aids in piecing accuracy for the Hunter Star block. I like things that make the job easier! Shortly after I got home from Houston I pulled fabric out of my stash to try out the template, and it works just as advertised. I didn't have any big plans for the quilt and had just enough fabric to make it wall size.
    I had a lot of fun quilting and used the Circle Lord and the CL Aztec, Starz, Heartz, Diamondz, 1/4" crosshatch and Greek Key/Maze background filler templates.
    Entrants to MQS received audio feedback on the quilts from the judges and they seem to like this one, however no awards, but I didn't expect any.




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    Quilt Happy reacted to LadyLake in Circles Batik Wallhanging done w/ photos   
    I'm on a roll finishing some of my own quilts. This is a wallhanging that is going on our diningroom wall. I played around with the eccentric attachment to my Quiltazoid for many of the circular spirographs. Thank you to those of you that have your samplers posted on the QZ site -- it got my ideas going. This is my first try posting photos from Flickr:

    BatikCirclesWallBack by LadyLakeQuilting, on Flickr

    BatikCirclesWallFront by LadyLakeQuilting, on Flickr
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    Quilt Happy reacted to Della in Stack and Whack Fan Wallhanging   
    Customer quilt. I just hoped she liked lots of feathers...lol Thanks for looking!

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    Quilt Happy reacted to o2b Quilting in Holes in quilt   
    This might be old, but I just received it as an email from my MIL...
    As I faced my Maker at the last judgment, I knelt before the Lord along with all the other souls. Before each of us laid our lives like the squares of a quilt in many piles; an angel sat before each of us sewing our quilt squares together into a tapestry that was our life.
    But as my angel took each piece of cloth off the pile, I noticed how ragged and empty each of my squares was. They were filled with giant holes. Each square was labelled with a part of my life that had been difficult, the challenges and temptations I was faced with in every day life. I saw hardships that I endured, which were the largest holes of all.
    I glanced around me. Nobody else had such squares. Other than a tiny hole here and there, the other tapestries were filled with rich color and the bright hues of worldly fortune. I gazed upon my own life and was disheartened.
    My angel was sewing the ragged pieces of cloth together, threadbare and empty, like binding air.
    Finally the time came when each life was to be displayed, held up to the light, the scrutiny of truth. The others rose, each in turn, holding up their tapestries. So filled their lives had been. My angel looked upon me and nodded for me to rise.
    My gaze dropped to the ground in shame. I hadn't had all the earthly fortunes. I had love in my life and laughter. But there had also been trials of illness and wealth, and false accusations that took from me my world, as I knew it. I had to start over many times. I often struggled with the temptation to quit, only to somehow muster the strength to pick up and begin again. I spent many nights on my knees in prayer, asking for help and guidance in my life. I had often been held up to ridicule, which I endured painfully, each time offering it up to the Father in hopes that I would not melt within my skin beneath the judgmental gaze of those who unfairly judged me.
    And now, I had to face the truth: My life was what it was, and I had to accept it for what it was.
    I rose and slowly lifted the combined squares of my life to the light. An awe-filled gasp filled the air. I gazed around at the others who stared at me with wide eyes.
    Then, I looked upon the tapestry before me. Light flooded the many holes, creating an image: the face of Christ. Then our Lord stood before me, with warmth and love in His eyes. He said, 'Every time you gave over your life to Me, it became My life, My hardships, and My struggles.
    'Each point of light in your life is when you stepped aside and let Me shine through, until there was more of Me than there was of you.'
    May all our quilts be threadbare and worn, allowing Christ to shine through!
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    Quilt Happy reacted to LibbyG in Celtic Garden   
    My friend used this pattern and added to it to make a queen size quilt. She wanted "fluffy" as she doesn't like heavy quilting. I prefer my feathers to be smaller, but I was satisfied with the overall look. I used So Fine on top and BL.

    Celtic Garden by LibbyG7, on Flickr

    Celtic Garden by LibbyG7, on Flickr

    Celtic Garden by LibbyG7, on Flickr
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    Quilt Happy reacted to RoseCity Quilter in Finished this Jane Austen Quilt....   
    I finished this amazing quilt made by Jean Rawson. Check out my blog for the story and more pictures....
    http://rosecityquilter.wordpress.com/

    Jane Austen Quilt by RoseCity Quilter, on Flickr

    Jane Austen Quilt by RoseCity Quilter, on Flickr

    Jane Austen Quilt by RoseCity Quilter, on Flickr
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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in Tension spring   
    Thanks, Heidi! I get to relying on the forum, Dawn and Amy. Good lesson in "go back to the manual first!"
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    Quilt Happy reacted in Batting Choices   
    I don't know how much longer this will be up on the web, but Debbi Trevino has had this 'Ultimate Batting Chart' out for some time. It's a PDF you can download. Many of the new battings are not on it, but it can give you a good overview.
    http://www.villagequiltworks.com/image_info/UltimateBattingChart.pdf
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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from Carathren in So frustrated!   
    Ha! I did figure this one out. Click on the thumbnail. It should get big and the Forum fade in the back. At the bottom of the big picture of the thumbnail, at the bottom right it says "Save" and "close". Click on save and new tab will come up and the blow up of the thumbnail is there. I right click and a dialogue box says copy image. I click copy and then paste it in a Microsoft Word document of my choice.
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    Quilt Happy reacted to lucyoliver in Marquetry   
    I like it!

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    Quilt Happy reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Urban 9 Patch   
    Urban 9 Patch is a sample for LQS that will be at the Houston Festival. It was made using the Quick Curve Ruler.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edna807/sets/72157631870465625/
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    Quilt Happy reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Deco Shimmer Block   
    This is one block of a new pattern I tested for Helen Robinson. It is called Deco Shimmer and uses the Quick Curve Ruler.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edna807/sets/72157631842772390/
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    Quilt Happy reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Pumpkin Quilt   
    This is a quilt I did for Front Porch Quilts in Walker, MN.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/edna807/sets/72157631866770837/
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    Quilt Happy got a reaction from cstucke80 in Need reassurance: just ordered Circle Lord!! Holding my breath!   
    Finally made a decision between, Circle Lord and Quiltazoid. Circle Lord it is! Can't wait to get it!
    I think that even though the QZ has such a good deal on, I decided on CL because to me it seems easier to use. I have to admit that the Spiro on the QZ was a little intimidating to me on their video. I think QZ might have more "potential" in that it can take other brand templates, but for now CL with a cross hatch and the Aztec to do the strictly geometric designs that are so difficult to get perfect with rulers I think I will have a lot to explore.
    Hope I made the right decision... I wonder whether I should ask Michael for the curved cross hatch? Is that something I should get???
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