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  1. new to quilting...need help

    by , 11-30-2013 at 01:49 PM
    I started quilting 2 years ago and made simple block quilts. When I machine quilted I stitched in the ditch. This time I would like to try a stencil pattern on my quilt to give it a better pattern look.
    I do not own a long arm machine, all of my sewing is done on a Janome regular machine.

    Do you have suggestions of which stencil to buy that is easy for a beginner? Do many of you use the stencils? Any suggestions would be very welcome. If there are negatives to using stencils ...
  2. How was your holiday?

    by , 11-27-2013 at 03:41 PM
    Over the river and through the woods to nobody's house I go. My husband
    died 4 months ago, and all our family is in PA, and I am in AZ. There is no
    way I could back to PA at this time. I've decided the dog and I will share
    soup and a sandwich. I had a few invitations for dinner, but barely know
    these people and would feel very uncomfortable. All these people are
    long-arm customers of mine (ours). They all knew my husband because
    he always helped with ...
  3. think I'm a better quilter than pie maker!

    by , 11-26-2013 at 07:13 PM
    Absolutely no sewing today! And it's not like there isn't a Christmas project on the cutting table and a crib quilt on the long arm frame! Nope, this was rest day after a longgggg drive to Iowa City and back to pick up my 69 Buick yesterday and getting ready for Thanksgiving trip to sister's tomorrow. But I did take the time to visit with a couple of friends--a gentleman from my church living in assisted living, and a long arm friend of mine. Her long arm room was so well organized that I'm ...
  4. Towel aprons

    by , 11-26-2013 at 02:56 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by LivelyLady View Post
    When I was helping a friend sort through his late grandmother's things, we ran across an apron made in the 30s. The fraying end of a towel was cut off and the rest was used for the apron The quilted bib was from a print fabric. What a clever woman!! He gave me the apron and I copied it to make my own. So simple to make and I love having the towel so handy when I'm baking.
    Thanks for looking.
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  5. Took some wonderful classes at the Original Sewing Expo...

    by , 11-25-2013 at 08:55 PM
    Had 2 great LA classes with Pat Barry as the instructor at the Original Sewing Expo--she's a great teacher who "picked" us each up at the level we were at, and really took us forward. I learned so much--I had taken the one on Stencils basically cause I had no clue how to use them with long arming, and my few attempts weren't really working. While I don't think it will become my "go to" method, I do see instances where it could be helpful. Plus how Pat showed us to use the ...
  6. printed cloth leaders

    by , 11-25-2013 at 01:56 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by nightquilter View Post
    Yesterday I posted a question about cloth leaders for quilting frames, and want to say "thank you" to all who answered my post.I have leaders that I made and have been using them for a year or so.They are well made and strong .My question now is are the printed one worth all the money? I thought this would be a good addition to my hobby, maybe help in loading and saving time by getting everything set straight quicker,but after looking and reading all the reviews I am now thinking will
  7. Table runners

    by , 11-24-2013 at 03:18 AM
    Anyone have a free pattern for a quick and easy table runner, I can make for gifts? Thanks
  8. How do I bookmark an item I would like to read again?

    by , 11-23-2013 at 05:03 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by annievee View Post
    There are so many items that I would like to read again or use a tutorial. Is there an easy I can track this online instead of printing it?
  9. Help. American professional ultimate II long arm machine.

    by , 11-23-2013 at 04:26 PM
    I am a quilter who inherited my mother in laws long arm machine when she passed of cancer. The machine hasn't been used in 8 years and has been stored and protected in my basement. I never was taught the machine before she passed. I now want to start using it as I have a beautiful new sewing room now. I know this machine will need cleaned as well as need maintained too. I do not have a manual on this machine. I believe she bought it in 1995 ish. She wasn't able to quilt the last few years ...
  10. Not to Happy with my Juki QVP 2200

    by , 11-22-2013 at 06:55 PM
    I've had issues with my machine since I got it. I got so frustrated I wouldn't even look at it for a few month. The Instruction Manual is horrible. There is no support or additional instructions or videos on Juki's website. I regret buying it and it isn't even paid for yet. Can anyone explain how to thread the bobbin winder guide? I can't tell by the picture in the Instruction Manual and refuse to deal with the shop I purchased it from. Thanks
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