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Thread: Ok, I want to marry Elmer!!!

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    Super Member Sierra's Avatar
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    I suspect most of us quilt our own quilts, and most of those are NOT FMQ! I have a curved line that I like to use. Sometimes I do a cross hatch, sometimes shadow (never the ditch, that's too hard). The last one I tried I didn't want to interfere with the design of the quilt (and it was 2 sided) was a mocking of the ties that my mother used to do... It was a lot of 5" scrapy squares (mocking some microscope photos) and I started in the center of the a four corner and went 5 stitches out and then 10 back and 5 forward, all in a straight line; then turned my fabric 90 degrees and repeated it, so that every corner had a very good anchor. Later my 15 year old g-son was making a quilt for his "other" grandfather who is wheelchair bound and the design was unique and 2 sided. We dithered around trying to figure out how to quilt it and he decided he wanted to use the "X" on his quilt. It allowed him to fudge a bit here and there a pinch so that the X never cut into the pattern in an awkward place.

    My all time favorite has been a long undulating line for which I made a template. I found the link shared by easy peasy outstanding! It opens doors for me! Thanks Eesy Peesy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigredharley View Post
    for his glue of course. I did my first glue attempt today, probably used way too much, but everything matched up, nothing stretched out of shape, it moved along really fast and I finally finished the pinwheel quilt top.

    Now to decide about machine quilting - I'm learning disabled when it comes to FMQ, so thinking I need to send it out to be LA quilted (it's 98" x 99"). $200 seems so much to spend for that though (it's for my DD). Anyone know of anywhere less expensive than Missouri Quilt?
    WOW... that sounds like a lot of money. I am not sure what the going rate is but I can get a queen size quilt done using her batting for about 125 dollars.....I had a king done and it cost me 137 dollars.....Maybe it is just in this area.....

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    Missouri Quilt Co sure does beautiful work. They did a couple for me, just small ones, and I thought the price was quite reasonable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    Why not quilt it yourself? I don't FMQ either but I finish all my quilts myself.
    You don't have to limit yourself to SID. There are all kinds of continuous line quilting
    that you can do. Here are some ideas.
    http://blog.petitdesignco.com/2012/1...-quilting.html
    I understand it's a fairly big quilt. Start in the middle and take lots of breaks.
    Wow, what a totally kool site! I may qult more of my own in the future ... sure will save some moola!

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    Quote Originally Posted by EasyPeezy View Post
    I agree that yellow is a poor color choice. Does it help if you highlight the yellow parts?
    It is difficult to read but once you click on the desired day the instructions are in black font.

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    At my LQS you can rent their LA foruy a very reasonable rate. They also set up the LA and I buy the batting from them. It takes one to four hours, for me to do a quilt, depending on the size. It also has a light that you use to follow a FMQ pattern so there is no thinking todo. It is fun and easy and you do not have to follow the lines on the pattern perfectly, that is what makes it fun and easy. I have to admit the LQS I use is SPECIAL I have done 3 there this past year and plan on doing several more this year. They are also having a FMQ class for your home sewing machine so will be taking that is a couple of weeks. I now have a sewing machine that is large enough to try it.
    Grandmeto6 aka Judy

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    wow thanks for the link 31 days of walking foot quilting

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    Blessing Quit Shop in O'Fallon, MO is closing, their last day is this Saturday!

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    I am new to longarming, but a fellow longarmer charges 1 cent per square inch for charity quilts - haven't asked what she charges for regular stuff - she does beautiful work - I can only hope to get as good - I just finished my own king-size quilt (100 x 120) and it took almost four hours of sewing time and nine bobbins of thread on the longarm (not counting loading, advancing, etc.). I did an edge-to-edge pantograph on it. 12,000 square inches = $120 (1 cent) and $180 (1.5 cent). If I charged 1 cent then I would be making $30/hour and that seems like pretty good wages to me ...

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    I would try it myself. Good Luck

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