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  1. Re: Changed my border, and so much happier with my quilt!! :-)

    I am always so anxious to get on to my next project I'm not sure after completing a border I would take the time to tear it out and replace. You really gave me a visual of what you gain by spending...
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    Re: designing a pattern

    I recommend you get some large graph paper, a bunch of colored pencils with an eraser and map something out. I've designed baby quilts this way using all different sizes of colorful blocks of...
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    Re: Hand applique horror! Help!

    I second Jeans post. When I taught a beginning quilting class the first way I taught students to applique was by using a lightweight fusible interfacing. Put the fusible side and right side of the...
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    Re: TO STARCH OR NOT TO STARCH THAT IS THE ?

    Shirley Knot -
    I laughed out loud ats your response, agreed I quilt for pleasure and ironing has never been a pleasure for me either. Sometimes I wonder though, if I starch the fabric before I cut...
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    Re: TO STARCH OR NOT TO STARCH THAT IS THE ?

    I laughed out loud at this response, agreed I quilt for pleasure and ironing has never been a pleasure for me either. Sometimes I wonder though, if I starch the fabric before I cut will there be...
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    Re: Thread color for quilting

    Its definitly a personal preference thing, but like you I love to get imput from others. I like the idea of using the color of your border, is it a burgandy? I think using that color will tie your...
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    Re: I need a little encouragement

    How fun you treated yourself to a new machine. Technology often scares me, I joke that the whole reason I had three kids was to fix my computer problems! When they aren't around to fix a problem I...
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    Re: Question regarding silk thread

    Peggiep that is interesting. I have always stayed away from polyester thread on quilts because many moons ago when I started quilting I had an instructor who warned the class not to use polyester...
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    Re: Question regarding silk thread

    Thank you, sounds safe to start a collection of silk threads! Much appreciated!
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    Re: How to quilt my quilt

    I have often stitched my blocks in the ditch before doing any free motion quilting. I would like to suggest you still start from the center out. For example stitch the long center row first, and...
  11. Re: Thread Choice For Hand Stitching Binding?

    I have always hand stitched my binding and I've never had it come lose. I too always use 100% cotton thread as I was taught that polyester is stronger than cotton and can actually cut through your...
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    Re: Question regarding silk thread

    Ugh, thats not good as my washing machine doesn't have a gentle cycle. (Who knew I had to check for a gentle cycle before buying a washing machine!!!) In fact it seems to have a normal, and a...
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    Question regarding silk thread

    If I hand applique using silk thread can I machine wash my finished quilt? (Needle turn applique.) Until now I have always used cotton embroidery thread but I really like the way silk thread can...
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    Re: How would you quilt this?

    What a great quilt! Because of its bold lines I would stitch in the ditch around each picture and the lines of the "frame" of each picture. I then would do a background in all the white areas of...
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    Re: Ruler question

    Carrie,
    I had a good chuckle reading answers to this question because most stated they love thier 12 1/2 inch ruler. I've been quilting for 36 years and have never had one! That doesn't mean a 12...
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    Re: Help With Backing

    Sadly it looks like you got some bad advice at the quilt shop. Do you have extra fabric from the top where you could do a partial pieced backing? Depending on the quits design, perhaps just a strip...
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    Re: What and how to quilt?

    First, beautiful work! Love the pattern. Have you used your search engine too search for images of your quilt? I love doing this with patterns that I don't know how I want to quilt because then...
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    Re: Needle turn applique on dark background

    I'm taking some easier advice here first. I went to walmart first to look for the silver pencil. Dritz sells the silver pencil, and yes mine came with a yellow pencil in the package as well. I'm...
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    Re: Needle turn applique on dark background

    My fear is it will be permanent though, I want it to be eraseable. My eyesight isn't always what it use to be and sometimes I will finish an applique and see pencil marks on the outside edge. When...
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    Re: Needle turn applique on dark background

    Rather than cutting out the pieces, as there are alot, I may just draw it out on a plastic overlay and cut slits with a razor so I can make some marks. I just thought perhaps there is a tried and...
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    Re: Needle turn applique on dark background

    Shirley thank you, I will pick that up. Does it stay on long, or do you feel you have to re-apply? Now, how do you trace the pattern. Obviously I can't use a light box as the black background is...
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    Needle turn applique on dark background

    Hello all,
    I am about to start an applique quilt with a black background. I needle turn, so I normally trace the pattern on my background fabric using a lightbox with a lead pencil, this way I can...
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