EHonour

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    Oops. Ripping out.

    Thanks for the thoughts. I've heard of skinning before, but frankly it scares me. I've accidentally cut through fabric even when simply ripping a piecework seam, and I would hate to do so on a finished top or bottom! The idea of using something without the seam ripper blade is a good one, and idea of cutting the bobbin thread every six stitches or so also sounds quicker than what I've been doing.
  2. Yes, we all make mistakes. It takes a few seconds to stitch a beautiful curved pattern of 6-10" in length - and then discover that I did it wrong! So I am curious, if you're willing to share, how you rip out those few whorls or feathers or curves when you have to do it again. I'm not at all confident that my method is best, but here's what I do: - end the line wherever I am - pull up the bobbin thread and then cut both threads with about a 2" tail. - repeat: . pull on the top thread to expose the next bobbin stitch or two . use the point of a seam ripper to pull that exposed bobbin thread up to the top (without cutting it) - when I've pulled out what I want, then I cut the threads close and restart new stitches overlapping the old stitches to lock them in place This works okay when the stitches are even, but it gets rather hard when there is a tight turn or when the stitches are on top of each other. A few seconds to stitch it, and several minutes to unstitch it. Is there a quicker way that's still safe for the material?
  3. Been doing some small, simple stuff that I thought I'd share. This first one is a charity quilt kit that Beth got from an organization, to return for their distribution. I like the bold colors in it. It's been sitting around waaaaay too long, so I popped it onto Lucius to play a bit. I did a nice "falling leaves" pantograph in the center and then a free-hand cable-like pattern in the borders. Fun to just create a border! Now to finally send it back... Two years ago, right after getting Lucius, I did a panel baby quilt like this for a friend. Now another friend has just had twins, and I discovered that my resourceful wife had actually bought FOUR of these panels for her stash! So we pulled out two more of them and did contrasting backing and border flanges for the twins. I was also really sneaky and loaded both baby quilts onto Lucius at the same time! The panto is one that I created for that first quilt, so I lengthened it and just ran it all the way across both quilts. (Well, I had to adjust the laser between the quilts to keep the lions and elephants from being cut by the edges.) More fun. Keep stitching, everyone!
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    Three New Quilts

    Sorry to take so long answering; I've been off on a business trip. When I float a quilt, I use these metal spring clamps to hold the near edge. Got the idea from Angela Huffman when I took her startup lessons. But to be honest, I usually prefer to fasten the quilt to the top roller rather than floating it. That helps me to keep the edges straight and the same width. I only float it when it's a quick little project like these.
  5. What wonderful stories, Sharon. And the Farmer's Wife is really beautiful. Something about red, white, and black in the right proportions just speaks warmth to me. (But it also sounds as though there is a lot of family thievery going on there...)
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    A Day at the Zoo

    "not creative," Libby?! Good heavens. What a marvelous idea, to quilt backgrounds to look like the animals' homes!
  7. I love how you turned negative white space into something that truly enhances the design!
  8. Beth and I are finally back from our winter RV trip to Florida, and I'm getting to pet Lucius again. He was pining away, but perked up when I started loading a quilt from the backlog that had developed. I had a couple of volunteer Quilts of Valor from the local guild, but we had also been doing some piecing while in the RV. Here are the two QoV jobs, ready for some veteran. Some unknown else-person in the guild did the piecing, but I did the quilting and binding. Both were pantographs, and I was playing with some new panto rolls that I bought from Judy Lyons (Meadowlyon Designs) at QuiltWeek Daytona. Glide thread top and bottom, different colors. Used Magna-Glide prewound bobbins. The green quilt has Glide 60wt on the back, which is nice because it means fewer bobbin changes, but I didn't have the 60wt in a blue for the flag quilt. The binding is a cute all-machine flange binding that I learned to do a few months ago; it takes about two hours for each quilt with no handwork.
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    Two new QoV quilts

    Right indeed. I hate doing the hand work, but I do it to finish Beth's quilts; they'd never get done otherwise, because she dislikes the hand work even more than I do! This binding is pretty easy. Create TWO binding strips, length of quilt border, one strip at 1-1/4" width (main color) and the other at 1-3/4" (flange color). Sew them together lengthwise to create a binding strip at 2-1/2" width. When you fold/iron it in half lengthwise, the flange color will stick out 1/4" past the main color. Sew it to the BACK of the quilt first (main color against the quilt back), doing corners and end joins as you normally would do for any binding. Then when you fold it around to the front, do the final sewing from the front in the ditch of the flange/main seam, aligning it so that the same stitching is in the ditch on the back. (Yes, this part is a bit tricky to keep lined up.) For that final sewing, use top thread matching the flange color and bobbin thread matching the quilt back. Or, follow the pics in this blog. She uses a different width for the main fabric and ends up with a smaller flange. https://sewfreshquilts.blogspot.com/2015/01/flanged-binding-tutorial.html
  10. My wife and I are now in Florida in the RV for a month, so there's no long-arm quilting going on - just some piecing. But before we left, we put together this quilt in about a week and a half. Our daughter was discovered with cancer of the gum in December and had surgery this month to remove three teeth and some bone. The cancer was all removed, she is healing well, and they have given her an appliance to fill the space, but she is really disheartened and having to struggle with emotions and fears. So my wife decided that she needed a hug from us, even though we could not be there. This is pieced with cotton on the top but a Minky backing and thick Hobbs wool. It's really warm and friendly. And when I was done quilting it, I was amazed to see how great the quilting looks on the Minky side. If you look closely at the gold border, you'll see a football at the top (for her husband the Steelers fan), icons for Paw-Paw's Butterfly and Paw-Paw's Princess on the sides (for her two marvelous daughters), and an extra heart on the bottom to represent herself and her love for her family. Quilting with a Minky back was a bit of challenge, and I turned to some posts on this forum for some great help. Thanks to you all for the advice that you post.
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    Cross for Comfort

    Sorry to be so long answering. It's been a busy two months in the RV. The center is 39"x51". BTW to all, my daughter Carla is doing very well. She even ran in the Disney half-marathon a month after her surgery! The doctors still say they got all the cancer.
  12. Excellent work, Dell. It warms my heart to see some good Christian quilts. I think I saw this one on FB, too. Did you post it in RV Quilters there?
  13. Love them both. Very different styles, but both are fantastic. Congratulations on the ribbons. Will Henry and Ellie live together now?
  14. I like the way that the appliqué pops out from the background McT. Very nice work.
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    GUILD QUILT SHOW

    Very nice, and amazing choice of colors!
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    Some client quilts

    The first two are such busy fabrics that the quilting is really just there to hold the sandwich together - but I really like your choice of the triangle quilting patterns with the triangle piecing on the grey one! (I'm always a bit disappointed after quilting a quilt with busy fabrics, because all my work doesn't show very much...)
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    "Like" vs. "Upvote"

    Sometime last year, this forum added two different ways to approve of a post: "Like" or "Upvote". Can someone please tell me what's the difference?
  18. Great job keeping the colors under control. You please my own OCD with this one. And on top of everything else, I love the fabric you chose for the binding; it sets off everything else very nicely.
  19. As always, Libby, looking at your work gives me great ideas to carry into my own. Thanks again!
  20. Beautiful cross-hatching - and all the lines are so STRAIGHT!
  21. Tammy, what an amazing difference your quilting makes! The quilt goes from "nice but plain" to knockout!
  22. Very nice indeed. I love the precision of your work, in such a small space.
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    Cross for Comfort

    And thanks to all for your kind thoughts and continued prayers. Carla continues to heal.
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    Cross for Comfort

    Connie, my wife Beth found a bunch of quilts like this on Pinterest in different colors. There's a pattern out there somewhere, but we just worked it out from the pictures we had. (Of course, with some changes.) Our version is all based on 2" strips (1-1/2" finished strips), so it's a matter of simply counting how many strips are in each dimension. The cross itself is a double width of 3-1/2" strips (3" finished). I guess if you did it with 2-1/2" strips the quilt would be a bit bigger. I was ready to use a single fabric for the white background, but Beth insisted that it had to be several fabrics. She was right - as usual. The variations in color add a lot of interest to the background. There are four fabrics in the background, and we just worked our way outward on her design wall, cutting and choosing "white" fabrics for each band as seemed good. The strips near the bottom tend to be darker and cooler than the warm/bright strips near the top, so that there is a natural "footing" to the background.
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    String of Pearls

    Libby, you just continue to impress me with your beautiful work. One of your prior quilts got me interested in Bethanne's "Nemeshing," so I took a class on it from her at Fall Paducah. You're right; it's pretty easy to do and looks great - but doing all the pebbles is very time-consuming.