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  1. Thank you all very much for your opinions. I hope to get even more opinions! What do you advocate, Linda, since, after all your hard and beautiful work!!, you turn the quilts back to the customer (usually) and they bind their own? Thank you, Lisa, for the tutorial sites. I will watch them and perhaps post again. Ann
  2. On a very small retreat recently with some of my Small Bee friends, we were discussing putting on the binding on a quilt. Everyone but me agreed that after you had your binding strips all joined, the next thing to do was to press the binding in half lengthwise. They were all quite adamant on this; not rude, just adamant! Some speaker/teacher/program guest (and Linda Rech, maybe you'll remember who, or use this, too, although I know you don't do as many bindings as you do quilting!!) said that it was NOT the thing to do to press it in half. She showed us that if you do press it in half, after you sew it on the right or wrong side, depending on if you're machine or hand quilting the finishing seam, that when you lap over the rest of the binding, the crease isn't exactly right. Close, but not exact, because the outer layer of the binding has further to travel because it has more layers to go over compared to the inner layer. I agree that the difference is NOT huge, not even 1 mm, but, to me, and the lady who taught this, it is different enough to not press the binding in half before machine sewing the binding on. I know this method choice will not solve world hunger or world peace, but if you understand what I'm trying to explain, I would appreciate your weighing in on this topic, mostly just to prove I'm not nuts . Also, if you know anyone, like some teacher, who teaches or advocates my preferred method, please give their name. Thanks much, Ann Ewan from University Place, WA, home of the 2015 US (Golf) Open Tournament!! (Now I have time to sew again. It was 3 blocks from my home!)
  3. Thanks very much. I like that idea and will be able to do it!! (The Sydney in my screen is from my love affair with Australia, so a special thanks to you!!) Ann
  4. Hello, I am a beginning machine quilter and I have just made a reversible table runner of a pretty new soccer fabric: one side is a panel of the playing field showing the box, the goal area, and one large ball with LOTS of green grass all over it; the other side has the soccer players around the perimeter and LOTS of green grass in the center. My question is for advice, even if you don't follow soccer: what simple pattern/object, etc. would be good to use on all this green grass? The finished size of this table runner is 19" x 57". The lifelong soccer coach and ref for whom I am making this, has had his cancer come back. I don't think he'll be here more than a year, if that. Just conjecture on my part, but the point is: I want something that fills up all the green and also is not overly complicated that will take me a lot of time and/or agony, l so I can surprise him with this pretty soon! Any suggestions will be very helpful. Linda Rech, feel free to comment, too!! Ann from Tacoma, WA
  5. Text Text This sounds delicious, Linda!! Ann E. P.S. You are NOT blonde, nor am I!
  6. Thanks for taking the time to share the method you use. I have heard of that product, too. This sounds safer than using my washing machine. Ann
  7. Oops. Sorry, Linda. I see you answered the detergent question already!!
  8. Thanks for the info! Should I use Oxi-Clean, or what detergent do you recommend?
  9. Text Is this the place to ask about washing a 1971 quilt? It's one my grandma hand pieced and hand quilted. Should I use the bathtub or actually wash it in my Maytag top loading washing machine? What about detergent? I have seen many suggestions and don't know what's the best. The quilt is intact, in good shape, and, with its white sashing and borders, just needs washing. It's king-sized. Thanks!!