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Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2011
4:10 AM

Post #8877268

We came from here: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1225613/

Last thread was getting long and we still have over a month till Winter

Did this Drunkards Path by hand. Was gift for my cousin who is like an older Sister to me.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:47 AM

Post #8877302

Very nice. I wish I hadn't lost all my pictures when my computer quit. Hope my son was able to fix it. I'll know in a couple of weeks. I've been finishing up some embroidery so I could pack up all the thread and stabilizers. Made pretty good progress yesterday. Now to go through all the scraps and pick out just what I really want for the applique selection. The rest will go to the thrift shop. I don't want to be a hoarder when someone else will use it up. I know when I get to FL there will be bags waiting for me. I have been working on a shirt for our Thanksgiving family gathering, trying to remember back to where we spent it each year. I've been embroidering a patch for each year. I've started with the most recent and working my way backwards. Can't remember the first year although I do remember it was in Ky in the new house. This year we have two foreign exchange students joining us. Here's my shirt

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:48 AM

Post #8877304

Close up of left embroidery

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:49 AM

Post #8877305

close up of right embroidery
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:49 AM

Post #8877307

Overview, back.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:50 AM

Post #8877309

Happy Thanksgiving embroidery.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:51 AM

Post #8877311

2010 Pigeon Forge. TN
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:52 AM

Post #8877314

with picture

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:53 AM

Post #8877317

2009 KY

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:54 AM

Post #8877318

2008 Vero Beach

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:54 AM

Post #8877319

2007 Owensboro

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:56 AM

Post #8877320

2006 Port Orange, FL (Hannah's first Thanksgiving)

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
4:59 AM

Post #8877322

Sorry, close up of right embroidery. I must be doing something wrong as the pictures aren't always attaching.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
5:05 AM

Post #8877327

2005 and Owensboro, KY will be embroidered on the front under the scarecrows. I won't attach 2011 until we arrive as I don't want to jinx it. I've also got a beading project going, the only thing I seem to be good at is dropping and losing the tiny glass beads. I think I drop about three out of every four. I sure can't thread a needle without a needle threader or my optics. I am happy to report the wax dip is really working. I think everyone with arthritis in their finger joints should try it.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
5:29 AM

Post #8877353

How often do you dip your hands Mittsy? And where can you buy the wax?

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
7:42 AM

Post #8877495

I had on a wax dip of weeks ago. It felt awesome, good effect on pain for a couple days. My hands were soft too. Yup, I might need one of these. I don't know if I could manage to get it all going without help though. Took 2 techs to get it all set up.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 5, 2011
8:10 AM

Post #8877535

Nah Karen, you can find a way to leave it "set up" and then it won't be so time consuming etc.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2011
8:13 AM

Post #8877536

I have one of those wax machines! They are so nice. I get my wax at Sally's beauty supply. it is pricey, but it last a long time!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
9:42 AM

Post #8877606

It wasn't that set up I was worrying about, what they did was the wax melted in a bag, in a ziplock bag. After that was on my hands, they put on big long mittens of double terry cloth with velcro straps on top to tighten. After I was done cooking, they removed the terry, then worked the other bags off to keep most of the mess in the bags. Then (and this was a delightful part) they got hot towels out of the steamer and cleaned the remainder of the wax off.
I'm sure you don't do it just like that at home but I do worry about making a mess (I'm extra good at that).

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 5, 2011
9:59 AM

Post #8877613

Awwwwwww I see... I just never got the full Deluxe treatment so I never experienced such an elaborate process! LOL

I got a chuckle out of your expression "after I was done cooking"!!!
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
10:13 AM

Post #8877621

I wash my hands really good and scrub my nails (still trying to pull a few more weeds) before dipping. I dip three times to get a good thick coating. Then I put the plastic bag on and then the terry gloves. I secure the velcro the best I can. I then lay on the bed and watch tv for 20 minutes to a half an hour. I put the wax back into the melter. (always frugal). It peels off easily and completely. My sister can get the wax at the beauty supply and it comes in different scents. She likes the lavender. Says the vanilla makes her want to eat something baked like cake or cookies. Her DH always came in looking for her "hidden" baked goods. He could smell them. She stopped explaining it after a few times. I do it about 3 times a week. It really helps.

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psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 5, 2011
10:17 AM

Post #8877625

"hidden" stash huh??? hehehe, "dip HIM" that'll cure him!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
11:56 AM

Post #8877723

Thanks for the tips Mittsy. I really think I "need" one of these.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2011
1:20 PM

Post #8877791

I turned in the 8 tops I quilted and 2 I made today. And I did not breing any home to work on.
Now I can start working on some much neglected projects of mine.

Mittsy - I will find my sewing machine in the next 2 days and get your blocks made.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
1:29 PM

Post #8877797

I had a wonderful day today. Norm took me to "A Quilter's Gathering" which is an annual quilt show here in NH. It is a big show with over 150 quilts to view and three big rooms full of vendors selling everything from fabric to machines to whole cabinet setups. I had so much fun and the best part was just as we were leaving. I met our Cherrific and her Mom!!!! I knew she would be there somewhere and all the time I wandered the show and the vendors, I looked for her. You might know it was just as we had to leave!! She spotted Norm (I had sent her a picture of us) and she knew I had to be around close by. Now that I use O2 all the time and use a walker when I'm on my feet a lot, I was easy to find!! We only had a moment tor two but we will make plans to do coffee soon. I was thrilled to meet her.
Here is one of the very many quilts that I just loved. Thought you all would love this one too!!!

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Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
1:32 PM

Post #8877802

And there was one made by a quilt teacher from Cicero NY where our dear Mittsy spends her summers. Her name is Jo Coon. Do you know her Mittsy?

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Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
1:33 PM

Post #8877804

And this is the last one I'll post. It was made by 10 women; each one doing a panel...

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Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
1:36 PM

Post #8877806

Of course, I bought my share of do-dads too but I must say again, what a wonderful show. If you ever get a chance to go to one of these show, I suggest you do as they have incredible examples of our craft. I'm in total awe of some of these machine quilters and in total reverence for those who hand quilt... Just absolutely beautiful work.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 5, 2011
1:44 PM

Post #8877817

Thanks for sharing the pictures. I so appreciate you all that take pictures and share with us your projects and sights.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 5, 2011
2:38 PM

Post #8877890

Interesting information (and comments) about the wax treatments. Especially love the "cooking" part Karen. I might just have to check one out as it is really expensive here to have it done.

Mittsy, I love the embroidery you have done for your Thanksgiving shirt--fabulous idea!! Are you leaving for FL in a couple of weeks?

Great pictures from the quilt show Barb. Love the one the 10 ladies worked one--incredible.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 5, 2011
6:48 PM

Post #8878159

That panel is AMAZING!!!!! So glad you had a great time.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 5, 2011
7:30 PM

Post #8878209

You all know I was only being my silly self with the cooking thing. Actually the tech was extremely careful of the temperature.

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 5, 2011
9:10 PM

Post #8878344

Yep, and we were just enjoying your silliness, thought the "cooking" comment was very cute!
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 6, 2011
1:29 AM

Post #8878454

Barb Thank you so much for sharing the photos of the quilts. I just love the 10 panels. Amazing. To go to a quilt show is on my list of things to do next year.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 6, 2011
4:58 AM

Post #8878559

Wonderful photos, Barb. I think Jo Coon was a member of the Plank Road Quilters. I used to belong to it but they do not meet during the summers so I dropped my membership. I do love my group in FL, Rocket Quilters, they just closed their membership at 125. (Because of the room we meet in at the library, Fire Marshall sets the limit). The 10 panels made by 10 different women is awesome.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8878612

WOW, I agree, those quilts are awesome. Thanks for sharing and so glad to hear you got to meet Cherrific !

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 6, 2011
7:24 AM

Post #8878775

Cherrific is a sweetheart and you must ask her to share a picture of the Mondo bag she made. Fantastic job...

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2011
5:00 PM

Post #8879379

this years christmas runner. A little mod. i fell in love witht his grey fabric but...

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helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8879380

close up
back will be with the grey and in a quandry about the binding, the glitzy white? the stripe? grey? or perhaps going with pink?

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Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 6, 2011
5:01 PM

Post #8879381

Helene - you do such good work and that grey looks great.

Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 6, 2011
5:39 PM

Post #8879416

Helene, that runner looks great, are the flower petals 3-D? They look like they are only stitched down the middle.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 6, 2011
7:16 PM

Post #8879581

hello, Hello, thnaks jean

Catbird- 3-D, PP and then just worked with the grey fabric. I love grey and Pink, now that's today, tomorrow????

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 6, 2011
7:51 PM

Post #8879639

REALLY pretty Helene!

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 6, 2011
8:35 PM

Post #8879674

so pretty, Helene! Love that grey print! what about that green from the blocks for the binding?
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 7, 2011
1:01 AM

Post #8879724

Helene so very pretty.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 7, 2011
5:16 AM

Post #8879805

Thank You it is quite long but have an oval table and it'll be just fine.
Kathy, I thought about the green - do have some left over.

Fabric is Kaufmann Wintermagic comes in red with all the birds in color and green with all the birds in color.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 7, 2011
5:20 AM

Post #8879815

How did you make the yellow center of the flowers? This is so pretty!

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 7, 2011
5:28 AM

Post #8879825

1" x 10" gold fabric folded into 1/4' strip glued and then justmade little curly-cues using liquid thread.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 7, 2011
10:16 AM

Post #8880187

Liquid thread???? That's one I've never heard of.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 7, 2011
10:25 AM

Post #8880200

I think it's actually called "Liquid Stitch" sorry don't pay too much attention to names and than those senior moments...
Thea1962
Ottawa, ON
(Zone 5a)

November 7, 2011
12:46 PM

Post #8880329

Helen that Christmas runner is beautiful!!! The Center of the poinsetta sounds complicated...lol...heck PP, liquid thread etc is way above my head...lol
You have such talent and a great eye for colours.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 7, 2011
2:48 PM

Post #8880536

Liquid Stitch is used in crafting...

http://www.dritz.com/brands/showcase/details.php?ITEM_NUM=395
quilter_gal
(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

November 7, 2011
6:03 PM

Post #8880787

Oh, that Drunkard's Path is GORGEOUS! I love this traditional block and I think this may be my favorite layout. Just beautiful!

Helene, those look like real poinsettias. Amazing!

I used to have a good friend with one of those wax dipping things - ohhhhh, I loved that stuff. She used a eucalytus/citrus scent in hers that was just heavenly - and the heat was sooooo soothing on work-weary hands.

The same friend had one of those "chi" machines, too. Wherever a bunch of women were getting together, she'd have her spa stuff available to everyone and that chi machine was a hoot.

You lay on your back with your knees over the machine - it alternately pulls your legs back and forth to align and energize your spine. Has something to do with your "chi" whatever that is - but I never paid any attention to that - I just liked the massage effect on the shoulder blades, back and hips.

When the woman on the floor is a bit zaftig (like me ;) the effect is hilarious for the jiggly one and as soon as she starts giggling, it's contagious to everyone who's sitting around waiting their turns. Laughter is good exercise for the whole body and mind. I moved away from Colorado almost ten years ago and I still miss those women and the crazy times we had together. :)

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 8, 2011
1:58 PM

Post #8881841

found this site today from a newsletter... there aren't Free patterns listed, but there sure are alot of downloadable patterns! Lots of cute Easter bunny ideas...

http://www.thequiltpatternshoppe.com/

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 8, 2011
7:18 PM

Post #8882314

Thunder... It's 'Rainbow's End' in Dunedin. Sorry it took so long to post this, but I haven't been able to post to DG even text only for several days now..

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Mojoquilter
Wichita, KS
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
6:02 AM

Post #8882732

I asked for a roll of batting for my birthday. My UFO drawers (2) are filled to the top so I have to spend some time finishing those. Must make room for more right?

psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 9, 2011
7:43 AM

Post #8882860

Yes!! Room for more!! hehe

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
9:13 AM

Post #8882965

nope, you need more drawers...

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
7:22 PM

Post #8883887

Found these today in another forum, also posted across the street, so some of you may see this twice..

ACRONYMS & TERMS

BBT = Be Back Tomorrow
BOB = Beginnerís Only Block (swap)
BOM = Block of the Month
Charm Pack = package of pre-cut squares
Charms = Small pieces of fabric, either squares or sometimes hexagons, all different fabrics
COC = cream on cream
CT = Connecting Threads
D4P = Double four patch
D9P = Disappearing Nine Patch
DH = Dear (or Darn) Husband
DIC = Double Irish Chain
Dimes = 10" squares
DIY = Do it yourself
DSM = domestic sewing machine
DWR = Double Wedding Ring
EPP = English Paper Piecing
EQ = Electric Quilt quilting software (also seen as EQ5, EQ6, and now EQ7)
F8/FE = Fat Eighth
FART = Fabric Acquisition Road Trip
FFO = Finally Finished Object
FIU = Finish It Up
FLIMSY = Finished top, not quilted
FM = free motion quilting
FQ = Fat Quarter
Frog Stitching = ripping out stitched seams (rip it, rip it)
FW = Featherweight
FW = fusible web, no brand specific
GF = girl friend or God forbid or Grandmother's Fan
GFG = Grandmother's Flower Garden
HP = hand piecing
HQ = hand quilting
HST = Half square triangle
HSY = Haven't Started Yet (pronounced hussy)
Jelly Rolls = pre-cut noodles rolled up and sold as a set
KWIM = Know what I mean
LA = LongArmer, professional machine quilter
LAQ = Long Arm Quilter
LAQM = Long Arm Quilting Machine
LMAO = Laughing My Ass off!
LMBO = Laughing my butt off!
LOL = Laugh out loud
LQS = Local Quilt Shop
MAQ = Mid-Arm Quilter
Nickles = 5" squares
Noodles = 2 1/2" by width of fabric
NQR = Not Quilt Related (an alternative to OT)
OBW = One Block Wonder
OSMG = Old Sewing Machine Guy
PFD = fabric that is Prepared For Dyeing
PHD = Project Half Done
PIF= pay it forward ó sending something to someone--- cause it feels good! Free, or for postage only.
PIGs = Project In a Grocery Sack
PIPS = projects in process
PITS = Project In Totes
PIW = project in waiting (waiting to grow up to be a WIP)
PP = paper piecing
QIMM = Quilts in My Mind
QOTD = Question of the day, Quick off topic discussion or quilting off topic discussion
QR = Quilt Related
QST= Quarter Square Triangles
Quilt Candy = Small charm pieces of fabric folded up to look like candy
RR = Round Robin
SABLE = Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy
SAQM = Short Arm Quilting Machine
SaS = Steam a Seam
SEX = Stash Enhancement EXperience (or eXcursion)
SID = stitch-in-the-ditch quilting
Siggies = Squares of fabric with signatures and often other info written on them
SnW = Stack and Whack
SQ = Simply Quilts
Squishie = Envelopes filled with swap fabric/blocks (squishy is the way they feel)
STASH = Special Treasures All Secretly Hidden
TBQ = To Be Quilted
TGIF = Thank God It's Finished!
TIC = Triple Irish Chain
TOAD = trashed object abandoned in disgust
TOT = Tone On Tone
TUFO = Tuesday UFO night group/WUFO = Wednesday UFO...etc.
UFO = UnFinished Object
USO = UnStarted Object
VIP = Very Important Project
WHIMM = Works Hidden In My Mind
WIMM = Work in my mind
WIP = Work in progress
WISP = Work In Slow Progress
WIVSP = Work In Very Slow Progress
WIWMI = Wish It Would Make Itself
WOA = Work of art
WOF = Width of Fabric
WOMBAT = Waste of Money, Batting, and Time
WOW = White On White
WWIT = What Was I Thinking
xxQG = someplace something Quilting Guild
YBR = yellow brick road
YoYo = A circle of fabric gathered to form a puffy circle

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 9, 2011
7:56 PM

Post #8883966

What is QOV ? I see that in here from time to time. I was sure i was going to see it on your list and not have to ask. Darn LOL

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 9, 2011
8:49 PM

Post #8884076

usually its for the Quilts Of Valor, but it could mean something else, somewhere...

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 9, 2011
8:57 PM

Post #8884100

Ooooooh OK Thanks.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2011
11:09 AM

Post #8884809

just wondering... if you are joining strips for sashing to add in between columns (top to bottom rows), do you just butt them together in a seam or do at an angle like bias? This Shadowbox calls for long sashing strips between vertical rows, I'm using a tone on tone, but not sure how to join
quilter_gal
(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

November 10, 2011
11:22 AM

Post #8884822

I have usually just sewn straight seams to join pieces for sashing. I try not to ever need long strips of sashing, though.

If I sew the sashing and cornerstones to the individual blocks, I don't have to deal with those dang strips that go for miles. Much easier to handle.

Plus, with some fabrics it shows up immediately that there are long strips with no piecing in one direction and only short pieces in the other direction. Having all the sashing cut and applied alike to the individual blocks avoids that and keeps a consistent look across the whole quilt top. :)

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8884836

Great tip quilter_gal..Thanks.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2011
11:43 AM

Post #8884842

I thought about that before I started, but this is the first pattern I've done that has vertical rows. The black and light framing strips are sewn to the box strip, the resulting blocks are sewn together in vertical rows, then the light sashing strips are added between rows and then around the joined rows as the first inner border..

If I add the sashing to each box, then I'll have lots of joining seams within the sashing rows..?

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Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2011
11:46 AM

Post #8884858

If I were doing that pattern Kathy I would want that white strip to be all one piece. Now that I see the pattern it makes sense to me.
quilter_gal
(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

November 10, 2011
11:57 AM

Post #8884878

Yes, I would want that pattern to have long sashings of all one piece, too.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 10, 2011
3:00 PM

Post #8885127

yup one piece...you need to get yardage...long enough for the length of the quilt, and cut the longest pieces first.. shorter pieces then could be cut remaining width of fabric...

if I have to join pieces for borders, I butt sometimes, and angle sometimes...I know not much help...depends on the fabrics, and the quilt pattern...I try to pick which one I think will end up looking better??!!

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2011
7:00 PM

Post #8885405

Thanks ladies! Guess that means another trip back to the LQS for another piece of fabric... That was the reason I only cut for one quilt at a time, even though they're all going to be the same pattern for all the kids. The first one is the 'learner', the rest will be easier!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 10, 2011
8:21 PM

Post #8885524

My aunt always tells me to make the last one first because it's the best one.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 10, 2011
8:42 PM

Post #8885547

wish'd I'd have heard that before I started the first one..LOL

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 11, 2011
3:10 AM

Post #8885633

Kizmo, I'm going to do long strips... I try to cut sashing and borders first thing when I start a Q. That way, THEY"RE DONE!!! by the time I'm ready for them, I'm usually a bit tired, for some reason, and having them cut helps as well as helps that I make sure that I haven't used too much that I don't have enough left over (did that once). If I were to piece, I'd go with a straight seam as all the seams are straight (there's no angular pieces), so it would be uniform.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 11, 2011
12:14 PM

Post #8886053

Since I've made so many trips to the LQS already for these, I re-read the instructions on this one, and it does say to butt joint the long strips to fit the length of the quilt. So... this first one will be that way, as I already had the strips cut when I posted the question. Plus the marble-y print on the light Veranda fabric sort of hides the seam in the print, thank goodness. These quilts are adding up in $$, so I'll finish this one, then the other ones I can start fresh when I get to the light background strips...

Thanks for all the suggestions, it sure is nice to have back-up when you need it!!

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 11, 2011
12:35 PM

Post #8886096

It's meant to have joint strips as it says about 1.5 yds for the sashing and 1.5 for the shadow.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 11, 2011
7:06 PM

Post #8886564

For those of you that have embroidery machines, do they use regular thread! I am going to help my son buy his girlfriend an embroidery machine for Christmas, and I don't know what type of thread to buy? Thanks for any advice.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 11, 2011
8:00 PM

Post #8886591

Linda Check on Ebay , there seems to be some good deals on large packages, some with free shipping and racks. Choices seem to be Rayon or Poly. I think the Poly is stronger, not an expert by any means. I would think they would be a good choice for learning practice.

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 12, 2011
5:31 AM

Post #8886778

Thanks Karen, I will check it out.

Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 12, 2011
6:14 AM

Post #8886845

Lucky girlfriend!
quilter_gal
(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

November 12, 2011
7:31 AM

Post #8886898

I love Thread Art thread. I have a couple dozen spools of rayon, but I don't like to use it. It becomes brittle with few launderings and ironing melts it.

Polyester threads aren't quite as shiny as the rayon, but the colors and shine are permanent and you can press with a medium iron with no trouble. I use it for free-motion quilting as well as embroidery. :)

The mini-cones are very large - 1100 yards. They have their 120-cone collection on sale right now for $150:
http://www.threadart.com/shop/item.aspx?itemid=825 They have larger collections, too.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 12, 2011
11:41 AM

Post #8887157

My cones are very large, were $4 each.

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mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 12, 2011
11:44 AM

Post #8887160

100% rayon, teal (color 371) for commercial embroidery machines that run at high speed. US Embroidery Thread Co. made in China. I think it is 11,000 meters. It sews beautifully.

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psychw2

psychw2
(Pat) Kennewick, WA
(Zone 5b)

November 12, 2011
3:15 PM

Post #8887449

Anybody us find "US Embroidery Thread Co. ... made in China" kind of ironic?

I am working on the R/W/B rag quilt for my immediate supervisor's birthday in Dec. It will be joint project between the counselors. She is a quilter so will understand the work and expense involved.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 12, 2011
8:14 PM

Post #8887874

Great granddaughter Noelle 11 mos. in the hat her awesome mommy made her.

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barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 12, 2011
8:38 PM

Post #8887917

AWWWW what a cutie!!!!

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 13, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8888136

She is just so adorable Karen. She sure would raise the pride level in this house!!!!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 13, 2011
7:59 AM

Post #8888168

She looks just like her mommy and I'm hoping I will get to see them this coming weekend. I know I will the next one for sure.

Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 15, 2011
7:22 PM

Post #8892016

I made these blocks yesterday, I was thinking of a narrow red border, then a gray/black border.

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 15, 2011
7:27 PM

Post #8892020

Striking design, finishing plans sound awesome.

helenethequeen

helenethequeen
Longboat Key, FL
(Zone 9b)

November 15, 2011
8:05 PM

Post #8892062

beautiful, what size are the blocks.Your own design or pattern.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 15, 2011
8:36 PM

Post #8892115

[quote="siliolegma"]Striking design, finishing plans sound awesome.[/quote]

can not say it any better !!
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 16, 2011
5:21 AM

Post #8892391

I agree with Karen and Thunder. Beautiful job.

FLStu

FLStu
Lowell, IN
(Zone 5b)

November 16, 2011
6:30 AM

Post #8892476

Cat... so glad you shared that. It has given me an idea for this year's donated quilt for our fundraising auction for our dog club at this year's Nationals.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 16, 2011
6:32 AM

Post #8892482

Please show us again when finished.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8892528

thought I'd post a pic of Mom from this weekend, she and Charlie were at a local tavern/dance, complete with a bikini contest for the young girls... one was 6 mo. pregnant - but I won't post those! LOL

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siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 16, 2011
7:14 AM

Post #8892541

Awwww How sweet.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2011
10:03 AM

Post #8892767

I left a msg on the answering machine... she'll be surprised when she gets home.. LOL

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 16, 2011
11:37 AM

Post #8892914

OK, one down, 2 to go... this is for my oldest son. The orange windows toward the top of the pic are more true colors. I have a difficult time taking pics of something this size as I have room issues.. LOL The sashing and inner border is a creamy sage green

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abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 16, 2011
12:25 PM

Post #8892993

Lucky son Kathy. LOL, I was reading something on FB last year and saw pictures of my Mom. It was her last birthday (91) she was out and about.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 16, 2011
1:46 PM

Post #8893114

Very nice Kathy, loverly color combo.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 17, 2011
2:41 AM

Post #8893797

Kathy that turned out great. And I really like the color combo.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
5:17 AM

Post #8893885

Thanks, I'm happy with it.. He picked out a Tree of Life pattern from Keepsake, I think (hopefully) more for the colors than the pattern. It has tons of little pieces, and there was no way I could get that one finished unless it was the only project.. So we picked out colors that matched the ones shown and thanks to Qwilter, I found the Shadowbox pattern. As soon as I get the other two, I can go out to the LQS and get the backing for them. Fortunately she has a big selection of 108" in lots of colors and patterns..
I really like that orange print, it sort of grows on me the more I see it..

Catbird423

Catbird423
Odenton, MD
(Zone 7b)

November 17, 2011
9:00 AM

Post #8894153

Kathy, that quilt is wonderful! Very lucky son.

The blocks are not my design, saw a tutorial (sp) on youtube. Pretty easy, you make 2 blocks, lay them face to face, draw a diagonial line, sew on each side of the line, cut on the line, and you get two new blocks. I want to try it with a star block, I think.
quilter_gal
(Elizabeth) DFW Area, TX

November 17, 2011
11:28 AM

Post #8894296

Oh, that's so pretty! Very nice job - it looks beautifully sewn! :)

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 17, 2011
12:28 PM

Post #8894376

I'll bet that would be a neat thing to do with a 9 patch too.. In fact, I'm making a D9P right now if I have a couple extra squares, I'm going to try it and see how it looks.

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
2:29 PM

Post #8894556

I have this posted in the other building also, but for those of you who don't visit there, I'm looking for some opinions on color combos for my second quilt... I hate to make 3 different postings here, but since DG can't manage to help us load more than one pic to our posts...

Original colors: dk purple, dk mauve, green - all pulled from the Abstract fabric. Using the same pattern as my first one above, with cream and black framing/sashing. Outer border on this one will be the dk purple:

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Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
2:30 PM

Post #8894558

This one I substituted the Blue Bliss (from Matthew's quilt) for the green:

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Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 17, 2011
2:32 PM

Post #8894561

Then I decided to mix the green back in with all the originals, also left the blue in... (colors are the darker shades, had a problem with light reflecting on the closer pieces)

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Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

November 17, 2011
2:41 PM

Post #8894573

Hey are absolutely spectacular...how thrilled they will be

abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 17, 2011
3:06 PM

Post #8894595

Oh my, love the combination especially with the blue added.
mittsy
Cicero, NY
(Zone 5a)

November 17, 2011
3:25 PM

Post #8894630

If we are voting for 1,2,3. I choose 1.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 17, 2011
6:34 PM

Post #8894852

1 then 3 then 2 all are lovely, I am a green person , and I think the green makes the "wave / grassy" fabric look more vibrant !!
and you know how I feel about bright!! just the blue, makes the whole thing look darker IMHO...which could be a good thing, if you are looking for that..
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 17, 2011
11:04 PM

Post #8895150

The color combo in #1 is my vote.
gretagreenthumb
Wichita Falls, TX

November 18, 2011
12:18 AM

Post #8895168

catbird -- could you post the youtube for this quilt? I loveit. Just can't wrap my head around it tonight and figure it out -- can't be cause it is 2 in the morning and I'm nursing a cramping foot!

Kismo -- your quilts are breathtaking.

I'm wishing I didn't have so many quilts on the drawing board now, so I could put these two ideas to use.

Tomorrow we leave for a cross country drive -- thinking about taking one of my quilts to hand sew the binding on while traveling. Still haven't figured out if it will be too bulky in the front seat with me -- then wondering if I really care.

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 18, 2011
3:38 AM

Post #8895219

binding on a quilt is a fantastic way to spend miles while traveling :) I have done it many times just be careful with your pins and needles!!! my poor DH got one in his Butt once :( lets just say he was not Happy with me !!!

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 18, 2011
6:26 AM

Post #8895337

Sometimes on a long trip, I climb in the back with a pillow and book or hand work.
abbisgranma
(Marion) Havana, FL
(Zone 8b)

November 18, 2011
6:36 AM

Post #8895351

LOL about the pins Thunder, Ross was always complaining about me dropping them in the carpet. Ouch!!

Leaving to go see Mom. Last report is the antibiotics seem to be doing their job but Mom is extremely weak from all the coughing (good thing) and not interested in eating.

siliolegma

siliolegma
(Karen) Traverse Cit, MI
(Zone 5a)

November 18, 2011
7:08 AM

Post #8895393

Awww Marion, hope your mom makes a good recovery. Coughing does help to clear the lungs.
I'm diabetic so if I drop a pin, I immediately stop what I'm doing and find it. My friend lost her leg over stepping on a tack.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 18, 2011
7:38 AM

Post #8895433

Marion have a safe trip and hoping your mom makes a quick recovery.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

November 18, 2011
5:07 PM

Post #8896179

Marion, safe travels..your mom certainly has had a time of it!

I've been plugging along on the 3 12Month of Christmas quilts..on third insert then it's setting the sides..sure am trying to have them done by end November..guess its possible if I find all your energy

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 18, 2011
6:07 PM

Post #8896231

thanks for all the help on the color combos... looks like the 1st one was the favorite of both places, with 3rd running close behind. Now to get them all laid back out and together... LOL
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 19, 2011
3:14 AM

Post #8896519

I'm presenting a QOV this AM. I've been warned to take along a handfull of Kleenex.
Gotta run.
housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 19, 2011
3:20 AM

Post #8896522

Jean that is just awesome. I will keep an eye out for pics. What a great honor for all involved.

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

November 19, 2011
4:14 AM

Post #8896546

help

got 3 of the inserts done, now my problem is..if i were to border after perhaps 3 differents edges in 5 inch Christmas charms, would it overpower and take away from the insert

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housse301
Lexington Park, MD

November 19, 2011
4:25 AM

Post #8896554

Betty that is beautiful. Now if it were me I would do a solid border all around then add charms.

Quilter5bdsr

Quilter5bdsr
(Barb) Hillsboro, NH
(Zone 5a)

November 19, 2011
5:12 AM

Post #8896585

If it were me, I wouldn't want the charms to take away from the center. You have done sooo much work there. I guess I am a traditionalist. I would do a narrow gold border, then a bit wider red border and finish with a wider still dark green border. I really don't like light colors on the borders as they can get dirty so easily. I would use prints that read as solids... Just my opinion...

barefootT

barefootT
(thunder)Wildwood, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 19, 2011
7:17 AM

Post #8896722

you may regret asking...you know you are gonna get a bunch of suggestions..and it will be still hard to decide!!! LOL

I like both Barb's thought, and Laura's.

now here is mine... If you have, or can find a snowflake design fabric, in a light color...and I think just about any color would work, blues, reds, greens, beige's, as long as they are on the light side. And I would probably cut it at about three inches, to finish at 2 1/2 wide...just enough to make a nice frame around the panels.
then take those charm squares, and cut each one in half !!! yes I know more work!! but I think they would not be "overpowering" that way. Mix them all up and sew together again, along with some pieces of fabrics already in the quilt, to make enough to go all the way around...and as I love greens, I would probably bind in a green. possibly with a Christmas design on it ?? not sure there...I would have to preview some. Red binding would look very good also, same thing there, maybe in a Christmas print??

decisions decisions ... *sigh*

Kizmo

Kizmo
Marietta, OH
(Zone 6a)

November 19, 2011
11:24 AM

Post #8897010

I agree, I think borders from tonal/marble/blender fabrics in coordinating colors would make the center designs stand out. More Charm fabrics would make it too busy? Solids would draw the eye to all of your hard work in the center... You could maybe put Charms in each corner for cornerstones and tie it all together...

Lovely work, by the way...

taters55

taters55
(Linda Kay) Del Rio, TX
(Zone 9a)

November 19, 2011
1:37 PM

Post #8897267

Betty, that is beautiful, X 3? WOW! Lots of work there for sure!

Bettypauze

Bettypauze
Victoria Harbour, ON

November 20, 2011
2:34 AM

Post #8898266

Thank you all for the suggestions, hoping to follow through on some of them today once I get the outdoor lights/decorations out..now if it were daylight out I could be finished and sewing. Lol
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 20, 2011
4:38 AM

Post #8898289

Betty = that quilt is beautiful just as it is. Just add some "plain" borders.
Qwilter
Fleming Island, FL
(Zone 9a)

November 20, 2011
10:40 AM

Post #8898638

Come over to the new thread: http://davesgarden.com/community/forums/t/1230813/

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