Debbie S

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    Debbie S reacted to ffq-lar in graduation gown for binding fabric?   
    If you think adding a touch of the graduation gown fabric would be meaningful, perhaps stabilize a long narrow strip to add as a flange as you add the binding. To make it easier to handle, stabilize the gown fabric with an appropriate fusible.
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    Debbie S reacted to Suegeo in Has anyone made a Frank Lloyd Wright quilt?   
    Here is a photo of a quilt I designed on graph paper with a Frank Lloyd Wright theme for a relative.  I love his houses and designs.

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    Debbie S reacted to QuiltGuy in Love APQS Customer Service!   
    I haven't been around here for a few years, life got really busy, but we are planning to move our 2013 Millie (14' table) to Tucson (eventually) with a stay in storage for a while. I called to ask some questions about moving the machine and got a rapid call back and great help (and answers to other questions as well). I know we all know how great APQS customer service is, but I know when I was deciding on a machine I read the forums here and looked for reports regarding customer service so I wanted to make a newer post for others to find. This company is really great!
    Thanks Mark and APQS!
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    Debbie S reacted to chickenscratch in New Art Quilt   
    This is a new art quilt I just finished. It is headed to a show, but I wanted to share photos with all of you.  More details about construction and tons of detail photos on blog.
    Eye Candy in Fabric art quilt
    blog article
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    Debbie S reacted to anniemueller in Pink Halloween Quilt   
    Look what I got to quilt!  It's a pink themed Halloween quilt, to display at our local hospital during the month of October.  Pink because it's breast cancer awareness month.  The Jackson Hole Quilt Guild rotates a quilt display every month at our local hospital.  The nurses and patients really appreciate it.  We've had a hard time in years past trying to find a pink quilt for the October display.  So we had the bright idea to make a quilt just for that.  Different people made the applique blocks, others sewed them together with sashing and border.  I quilted it, and just handed it off to another member to attach the binding.  A terrific collaboration.
    Last May I took a few classes from Judi Madsen in Salt Lake City.  I just LOVE her work.  So, you will see that she inspired this quilting.  
    The bat bra block is the one that really got me started with the quilt designs.  The lady who made it drew a spider in a web on the cleavage, so clever and so easy to quilt that design!  
    Judi had just posted an applique quilt that she'd finished that had bugs in it.  She gave the bugs motion by quilting a swirly design under them.  I thought the ghosts need that swirly design too.  Remember, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right?!
    I used a wool batting, glide thread with magna glide bobbins.  Love those magna glide bobbins!  Angela Huffman is a great source for them and her delivery is super fast.
    Thanks for looking!

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    Debbie S reacted to KathyP in Thread Delivery Tip to share   
    When quilting a large quilt on George, I found that sometimes the quilt would push up against the thread cone, adding drag to the thread.  Not good! So I searched the house for something to use as a shield or bumper, so the quilt couldn’t touch the cone.  I ended up using this purple collapsible nylon bucket that I use for scraps at quilt retreats.  It’s called The Gypsy Bitty Buddy from The Quilting Gypsy.  The nylon is thin enough that the magnet on George’s thread stand still works.  The magnet keeps the bucket locked in place, even when the quilt pushes up against it, and the thread comes off the spool uninterrupted.  Just thought I’d share in case anyone else has the same problem.

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    Debbie S reacted to Cagey in Win A Millie September '17 version   
    If you like quilting, I believe you have to like math just a tad.  Otherwise, you would never know how much fabric to purchase.  You would have no idea how to make different sized blocks fit together.  Here is a great article on keeping ones mind young, and quilting is involved;
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    Debbie S reacted to vegaslady in Making Piano Key Border & Best Quilt Piecing Book   
    Cagey,   I, too, have used the strips and then cut the sewn together ones.  However, when sewing the strips, you have to alternate  the way you sew down the strips.  If you just keep adding a new one, it will (for some strange reason) get wonky.  It just won't stay straight.  So flip the strips and sew from the other side.  (I heard one explanation that when the fabric is pulled through the machine by the feed dogs there is a slight pull to the left, almost unnoticeable, unless your putting multiple strips like this together.)  They will then 'bow' on you if you keep them the same.  So, when doing it, I've just flipped and haven't had a problem!  
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    Debbie S reacted to gkazee in Making Piano Key Border & Best Quilt Piecing Book   
    To make the piano key border I would probably sew half strips together. It's easier for me to keep my seam more consistent with the half strip than it is the full width strips. Also if you are doing a random color look you would have more variations with the half strips. As for the one book, I really can't point to just one. I have a bunch of books. LOL.......they are like Lays potato chips for me. 
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    Debbie S reacted to Cagey in Passing on the quilting bug   
    They look like lovely young ladies.  Great job teaching them how to use three new machines, and passing on the love for quilting.  They have now each made a work of art.  Great job, and thank you for sharing the wonder.
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    Debbie S reacted to IBQLTN2 in Passing on the quilting bug   
    Grand daughters visiting from Atlanta and they wanted to learn to sew.
    I gave them each a block of the month from left over guild projects.  They each made their blocks and chose a fabric for the border and backing.  They quilted the block on the long arm and then stitched it together with the serger.  So they learned to use 3 machines.  We are working on dress patterns now.

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    Debbie S reacted to appr216 in Giraffe quilts finally done updated with pics of the twins   
    Very cute and know the kids will love them.
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    Debbie S reacted to Cagey in Giraffe quilts finally done updated with pics of the twins   
    The two quilts came out gorgeous.  I like the detailed and tight quilting you put into your works of art.  Funny how some say that tight of work makes the quilt stiff.  I say it shows how much love and care went into the project, which will hold it together for years to come.  Great job.  Thank you for sharing.
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    Debbie S reacted to SusanH. in Quilt Size??   
    I just thought I'd let everyone know that there are other custom table options available for the APQS machines!  I got a couple of PM's advising me of this, and I called APQS this morning to confirm!  Because of this information, I was able to revise my order to an 11' table!  I'm super-pumped, as it gives me a lot more options for quilting!
    Thanks for everyone's comments and input!
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    Debbie S reacted to Robin M in Practicing   
    I really don't like to practice, so when my Lenni was new, I quilted a lot of charity quilts. I found that I needed first to get the feel of the machine and then, later, I could worry about how to get from one place to another without cutting threads, learn more complicated patterns, etc. I had to get over the idea that every quilt would be a masterpiece and just do it.
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    Debbie S reacted to Gator in Practicing   
    Practice is a necessary evil but can be fun.  I bought the cheapest fabrics I could fine, like Walmart stuff and batting.  Mine practice pieces weren't pretty.  LOL, I just read Heidi's post, we think alike.  I give my practice pieced to the local no kill animal shelters, they love getting them for animal beds.   Another thing that you might check out is attaching a marker/crayon  to your needle bar (don't run the needle) and use a roll of paper to practice moving the machine smoothly.  I think Circle Lord may even have the bracket for the marker/crayon.  Don't give up, when you get frustrated stand back and/or have a glass of wine.  We've been where you are, it will get better.  We're here to help.
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    Debbie S reacted to dramaqueenB in Practicing   
    I also hate waste, so I also use inexpensive muslin to learn new designs or experiment with ideas...then I add to the muslin samples using fabric dyes/crayons/pens and multicolored threads to make smaller things from the sections of quilting I like.  I love making notebook covers for my college age daughter and her room mates, tote bags and book bags, little quilted cross body bags to hold cell phones and iPads, and the like.  IF there's an area of the quilting you don't like, cover it with embellishments.  Great suggestions above about what to do with the scrap quilted practice sections you used to learn on.  Animal beds, hot pads, table mats, place mats, book marks, computer covers, appliance covers.  Good luck with your new machine.  You'll love it!
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    Debbie S reacted to dlnewell in Practicing   
    You might also consider loading some fabric and batting, to simulate the drag of quilt on machine, but take out the needle and stitch, concentrating on making smooth muscle movement.  Also, buy  some old sheets at garage sale or secondhand shop and use those for practice rather than new/unused fabric.  You could draw out the design you want to quilt, such as loops, feathers, curls/swirls, and then follow that with varying colors of threads as suggested previously.  Draw or stitch straight lines and then stitch out designs in them.  Be patient with yourself! 
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    Debbie S reacted to o2b Quilting in Practicing   
    A "white" board became my best friend and I still use it today.  It is one of those white boards that you can keep wiping off the markers.  It is large enough that it barely fits in my lap.  I practiced drawing 15 - 20 minutes every night while listening to the news.  I practiced drawing leaves and feathers going every direction.  It saves a good deal of fabric.  DO NOT move the marker with your wrist, but rather move your arm like you will when you are moving your machine.  It is called "Muscle Memory".  I actually use this white board each day to "warm up" or practice a new design before I go to the actual quilt.  It allows me to "wrap my brain around" a new idea or to get a feel for the size of a pattern I want to do.  After I have decided the size or proportion of the design (especially on an all-over) I leave the white board sit on the end of my table/frame as a reference so I can keep comparing my stitching to the pattern on the marker I getting smaller or larger as I travel down the quilt???
    Also, when you are practicing, you can keep changing thread color to a darker color (as mentioned in a post above) and stitching over the previous color.  Then you can just lay another piece of fabric over the top and start with a light colored thread again.  You don't have to keep using a new backing and batting.
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    Debbie S reacted to qltnbe in Practicing   
    I bought several yards of cheap muslin and practiced on that.  
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    Debbie S reacted to T Row Studio in Practicing   
    If you are just worried about moving your machine around and  practicing loops and lines put a plain cloth on and cover it in practice stitches in one color the next day switch colors and stitch over the same piece of fabric any design you want to practice you can stitch over in another color and stitch again again just switch to another color of thread. this way you are not waisting a bunch of fabric then use a middles of hot pads or donate to animal shelters for the bottom of their cages.