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    Re: Looking for tips on pressing seams open

    Take 2 pieces of quarter round and glue them together. We had them left over from building our house. If you check how you put them together one way will result in a flatter topside. This...
  2. Thread: Wondering

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    Re: Wondering

    It's always good to ask when you don't know the answer to something. There are no stupid or silly questions. Just new friends who may have more or different knowledge than you and are happy to...
  3. Thread: feet

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    Re: feet

    I'm old...I have to have special arches in my shoes...so I always sew with my shoes on.:lol:
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    Re: Question regarding silk thread

    I use silk thread for hand stitching all my binding and those quilts get thrown in the washer. I always wash my quilts in cool water wth quilt soap.
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    After trying silk thread for needle turn appliqué, I have ALWAYS used silk thread for hand binding. It doesn't tangle as much. It's very fine so it doesn't show and silk thread is very strong. I...
  6. Re: Getting hung up on thicker seams while machine quilting

    You may need to lower the pressure on your presser foot. I just LA'd a quilt I had made that was done with 3/4" & 7/8" strips that were subcut then resewn together. Some places in the quilt had...
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    Re: This rubs me the wrong way

    I would let the teacher know you were "disappointed" in her statement. Then follow up with some of the ideas mentioned here. End with the fact you are trying to encourage her in all quilting...
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    Re: I pulled all the hair off my head...

    Using the single hole needle plate I was able to piece 3/4" to 7/8" pieces without having the machine eat the fabric. If you don't have one they are really worth investing in. However, don't forget...
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    Re: prewashing

    I pre-wash everything including pre-cuts using Synthrapol to reduce the chance of bleeding. Pre cuts I wash in the sink like colors together, pressing down without swishing. Once they have been...
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    Re: Quilting Thread Color

    I like to choose a color that will blend with all fabrics in the quilt. Therefore, I audition several colors and shades before making a decision.
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    Re: Washing fabric

    I pre-wash all my fabric in a product called Synthrapol. It helps to set the color so reduces the chance of bleeding. I have purchased it at some quilt stores and online. I also serge the raw...
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    Re: Recent projects

    Really great you finished the sweater. I knit and crochet a little but am more consumed by quilting. Our oldest daughter is a big knitter and has gotten hooked on spinning. She has embarked one 5...
  13. Re: Pfaff creative performance 5.0 v Bernina 750 QE

    I have a Bernina 880 with all the bells and whistles including embroidery. And I really love it. I had Vikings for years & years but when the service dept. went downhill and they wouldn't...
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    Re: washing fat quarters

    I prefer to use Retayne and swish in sink. I was afraid distorting the fat quarters or strips in the washer.
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    Re: Why Keep Serger?

    I like to pre-wash all fabric. Before I put it in the washer I serge across the raw edges. The fabric doesn't stretch out of shape or ravel. I use a fairly narrow overlock stitch. I would keep...
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    Re: Borders, borders, borders

    I use the measure in 3 places method. Then cut the border to that measurement. I mark the center of the border and the quilt. Then I mark middle between the center and edge of each. I match the...
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    Re: washing fat quarters

    I prewash everything including jelly rolls. I don't want any surprises with fading or bleeding. I wash them gently in the sink with Retayne then put them in a salad spinner to get rid of as much...
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    Re: Batting question

    I LA strictly with Quilters Dream batting. I like their "Select" thickness 100% cotton. The wool is divine. My favorite is "Dream Orient" a blend of silk, bamboo, eucalyptus and cotton. It's warm in...
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    Re: Great product, great quilt!

    Would this be ok on a baby quilt? Or would the fuzz come off in sticky spitty little fingers?
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    Re: Design Wall

    My DH made two 4' x 8' frames of plastic pipe, at the 4' height he put in a cross piece for stability. Then I took some old fabric and flannel I had and created a pillowcase like sleeve to slide...
  21. Re: Do you consider quilting designs before starting a quilt?

    Choosing quilting designs is one of my favorite things to do. As I am a computerized LA quilter, I start browsing my favorite digitized web site as soon as I have a quilt idea.
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    Re: Bottom Thread Showing On Top

    I always explain to my clients this kind of a thread color matchup is nearly impossible to achieve. We then choose a bobbin and top thread combo that are close in color and they can be happy with. ...
  23. Re: Piecing a quilt back - do you match the pattern in the fabric.

    As a longarm quilter I am seeing more and more pieced backs. It is not necessary to match the prints. A lot of times a print fabric is used between two tone on tone or plain color fabrics. Some...
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    Re: I wish I could...

    The computer program Electric Quilt 7 or whatever version they are on now will print out paper piecing directions for what you design. At least it did for one I tried.
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    Re: Curious about LA Prices

    We are really appreciating the input...keep it coming!
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