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    Re: Looking for an easy pattern

    My go, easy pattern when I need something fast is a jelly roll race quilt, also know as a 1600 quilt. You can put a top together in about an hour or two, and it makes a great lap size. If you want...
  2. Thread: Hi from Virginia

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    Re: Hi from Virginia

    I am also in Virginia. Welcome
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    Re: Quilting thread colors

    Someone already suggested rainbow variegated thread. Another option is an invisible thread. Just be sure to get a high quality invisible thread for best results and fewer frustration. And if you go...
  4. Thread: Marking pen

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    Re: Marking pen

    I prefer water soluble markers. For those of you who like frixion markers, beware if you are planning to enter your quilt in a show and are shipping it in cold weather, as the cold makes the lines...
  5. Thread: Thread choice

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    Re: Thread choice

    I usually use 50 wt for piecing. The weight for FMQ however, depends on what I am quilting. If doing an all over design, then 50 is my standard. But if I am working on a wall hanging, I might use 50...
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    Re: What would you make with this fabric?

    A turning 20 would be a good pattern, and would really showcase those fabrics. And with 32, you could make a queen or king size
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    Re: The mitered corners on binding

    I took a two day course from the National quilt judges assoc and the direction of the miter was not a consideration. What is viewed is whether the corners are sharp, consistent, lay flat, and are...
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    Re: Straight of grain...confused

    Show judges don't have time to check the grain of the fabric. They are looking for how the quilt was constructed, color choices, quilting, and finishing, if the quilt is square, binding tight,...
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    Re: Periwinkle star and its bulk ends?

    Have you ever swirled your seams to help them lay flatter? I find this makes a huge difference in quilting on my DM.
  10. Re: What do you do with really small triangle scraps?

    Someone at our guild brought up the idea to save scraps in an old pillowcase vs tossing them in trash. One filled, sew the end up and donate to local animal shelter for bedding. I this my batting...
  11. Thread: Math question

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    Re: Math question

    Can you pro is a a photo? I am not sure I understand your question either. What is 8 1/2 inches?
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    Free motion quilting a log cabin heart

    I made a scrappy log cabin heart top. Size is about 22 square. I just do not know how to quilt it. I really don't care for SITD. Baptist fan is a traditional motif for a regular log cabin, but...
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    Re: free motion quilting question

    Do you start in the center and work out? Do you use gloves and pull it taught while quilting? These things make a big difference.
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    Re: Big Star Quikt blocks

    They you make great Wall hangings.
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    Re: Janome blue dot bobbin case

    I use the blue dot for FMQ and the red for general sewing. The blue has a slightly different tension that makes it better for FMQ without having to adjust the tension each time, which can be tricky.
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    Re: Which thread for fmq?

    It really depends on the effect you are loo,ingredients for. I'd you are doing all over stipple, a matching thread in 50 wt is a good choice. If you are doing microstippling in background, you'll...
  17. Thread: FMQ question

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    Re: FMQ question

    Practice going around curves on practice sandwiches. It takes time to find your "groove." You need to find that just right speed between the foot pedal and your hands. I like to turn my foot...
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    Re: Feedback for Polyester Batting please!!

    If you like to spray baste, don't do it -- spray won't hold it. Ask me how I know. I also don't like the way it quilts. But that is just my personal preference. I prefer either 100% cotton or...
  19. Thread: FMQ The worst

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    Re: FMQ The worst

    I think you are being too hard on yourself. FMQ takes a lot of practice. The trick is not going too fast or too slow, but finding that steady "sweet spot" so that your stitches are even and...
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    Re: Free Motion Quilting - the letter C

    I love F MQ and saw this video last year. I find I like this as a great all over stitch instead of stipling. I find it more interesting to stitch and looks great..
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    Poll: Re: A 1/4 foot with guide poll

    I can't seem to sew an accurate 1\4" seam without my pieces ng foot. Mine looks like the first one and I use it all the time.
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    Re: How many people do their own FMQ?

    I do my own FMQ, but that is my favorite part of the quilting process. I have quilted up to double so far on my DSM and feel like I am at the intermediate level with my quilting. I am even doing...
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    Re: Is there a reason binding is skinny?

    I think I may be in th minority, but I like a narrow binding and generally cut mine 2 1/4", sew tl front, fold around to back and handsew it down
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    Re: Do Batiks Bleed?

    Yes, some do!! I made the rookie mistake of pairing a dark batik with a light solid and when I tried to remove my markings I used for fmq it ruined the quilt. Luckily it was a class project for a...
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    Re: Favorite online FMQ class?

    Angel Walters is good, and does a lot of overall designs and is go with the flow, so is Lori Kennedy. She show you how you can apply designs to a single block or overall design. Leah Day is very...
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