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Thread: Handquilting My UFO

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    Super Member Boston1954's Avatar
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    I found the outlines of some leaves online. I picked the maple leaf, and the oak leaf. I am going to use cross stitch floss in bright fall colors to do it. In my mind, it looks great. Will have to wait until my little guild meets on Tuesday to get started though. They have the big tables to spread it out and pin it.

    Anne

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    Anne, I've done that type of thing before and it will look great. 1 little tip though....soak your floss prior to quilting with it...you know wash it so any extra dye comes out prior to the floss being put into the quilt.

    Good luck and show us some progress pics!

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    That sounds fabulous Anne! Any pictures? (hint hint hint :roll: :lol: )

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    Thanks Sandpat for the advice. Should I use slightly warm water to make sure? Should it just be water or might I add some dish liquid?

    I am sorry, ladies, but I want the finished quilt to be a surprise. I will definitely be posting pics when it is done. If I work fast, it may be earlier than Dec. 31st. :wink:

    Anne

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    Are you making it for your baby sister?

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    No, she is making for a dear friend in Maine!!!

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    Anne,

    A great thing to use for quilting designs are cookie cutters. I have a huge collection. They usually come in simple but recognizable shapes. If you are quilting on a busy or dark background and marking is hard to see cut designs out of interfacing, spray the back of it with adhesive spray and stick it on the quilt where you need it. After quilting around it peel it off and move it to the next area. It sure beats premarking the whole top. You are going to mark it before you baste it together, I hope.

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    Actually I plan to mark as I go, after I have pinned it. The ladies in my little quilting group use ordinary chalk. I mark off enough to do in about 45 minutes time, and when I am done, it is mostly gone, (onto my hands or shirt LOL).

    I had not thought of cookie cutters, except for the doggie bone one I will use on the puppy fabric quilt "Center of Attention Too". Thanks for the tip.

    As to who (or is it whom) is going to get this......(you guys are so funny).....I may give it to myself, or maybe to hubby for Christmas. Maybe to both of us. If I give it to him, he will put it away somewhere and it will not see the light of day again. I do not like the idea of quilts not being used. They should not stay pristine forever, but be snuggled under and enjoyed while watching old movies and drinking hot chocolate.

    Anne

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