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  1. It's a lovely quilt, and even nicer because of the meaning and love built into it. Great job!
  2. nanbrug: when I have a quilt with short backing, I just baste 4-inch wide strips of muslin to the backing and snap it into the snappers. It only takes a couple minutes to sew the muslin onto the backing
  3. I use Dawn dishwashing liquid (original blue) to get oil and grease out of any fabric.
  4. He will treasure this quilt. I know because I still treasure the quilt my granny made me when I was 9 years old.
  5. OH, and the reason I decided I wanted to do this quilt is because each month's blocks are in honor of a different woman author--the storytellers!
  6. I just started making this quilt! It's a BOM through Keepsake Quilting. I've done the first two blocks, so I have 10 more months before I get to quilt it--gonna save these photos though--some great ideas in there for quilting mine! By the way, the best part of this BOM is that they send way more fabric than what is needed to make the blocks. I'll have a lot of leftover fabric!
  7. I prewash everything by running it through a regular cycle with a little Synthrapol. In the case of your dress shirts, I would DEFINITELY pre-wash/shrink the backing because that shirt fabric has been washed a lot and is not likely to shrink when the quilt is washed. But the muslin will shrink, which could make some issues. my goal is always to have the batting, backing and quilt top shrink in unison.
  8. It's a good chance to try other options for your Lenni if you are thinking about upgrading anything. They also do a nice introduction to threads--at least they did at the road show I went to when I bought my Millie. I sat next to a woman who already had one machine and was in the market to add another so she could have the computerized system doing edge to edge stitching while she did freehand quilting on the second machine. I learned almost as much from her!
  9. When I bought my last wide backing fabric I was told to expect it to shrink UP TO 7%. That's quite a lot, so I pre-washed it. Glad I did--what started out as 108 inches wide ended up being only 104 inches. I usually pre-wash every fabric I use.
  10. If I buy any more fabric, I may need to open a quilt shop in my home! I've been doing the Northern Illinois shop hop and the Row by Row Experience for the past two weekends (with many more to come), and it's introducing me to dozens of quilt shops I might never have known before. The one furthest from my home (2 ½ hours) is going to be a must for me in the future--mostly civil war reproduction fabrics and a lovely lovely shop. I have been supporting ALL these LQS's. I usually order my extra wide backing fabric from fabric.com (Phoenix Textiles) online, because of their selection and a
  11. So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need. On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips. After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room. Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home. I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad. Last week I quilted
  12. Lynn, It's worth going just because you might have a chance to meet me there. LOL. I'm planning on going for one day at least. It'll be my first time at an MQX show.
  13. I use superBob bobbins from Superior Threads most of the time. I like Glide thread a lot, but I also use Superior Threads' Omni thread and Aurifil thread in my Millie with no problems at all. I have had problems using Superior's "King Tut" thread, but if I take the time to adjust tension and thread path, I can get beautiful results from that thread too. I have a couple hundred magna glide bobbins, but haven't used them yet.
  14. That's it! I need to invent a fold up cardboard "Millie" that can be used to practice the movements on any tabletop during a class.
  15. I am only asked to sign in something like once a month.
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