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    mmmmmmmmmm Carrot Cake ... and hopefully with LOTS Of gooey Cream Cheese Icing!

    CONGRATULATIONS JenniKy ... Cheers!!!!!!!

    I didn't follow the Block Challenge. You should have nudged us to get on over there and vote! Wonderful block that you created and what a neat story behind it's inspiration and the Not Just Another name. Monty will be pleased with this mount, I'm sure!

    You are a very talented lady ... and I see many more great things for you in your quilting future!!!!!



    Muv ... now you've got another to tip another!
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    Jenniky, I think you did real good on your free motion quilting. Keep at it. Like your placemats, too.

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    Hello QuiltE - is it the top thread that's breaking? It could just be that the needle is slightly blunt, so try changing it. Otherwise it might be that the top tension is too tight. Or a combination of both. Getting the machine set right for FMQ can be a bit of a headache, which is why I haven't used my treadle for anything else since I managed to get it sorted out. I daren't mess it up.

    Canadians mere children? Not even out of nappies. The town I grew up in celebrated its millennium in 1985. You have space (I can't comprehend the size of your country), we have history.

    Anyway, I actually got a bit of sewing done today. I've nearly finished the boring bit on the flax flowers, the stems and leaves, and might even get to the actual flowers tomorrow. I can't wait to get onto another colour.

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    Thanks for the feedback, Muv ... I hate messing with tension, and yes, maybe I have created it some that way. I did switch it around til I felt that the top/bottom threads were meeting in the sandwich, rather than pulling more one way or the other. Great solution you have ... set it up and only use the machine for that!

    I did switch to a coarser needle thinking maybe I needed more oomph behind it when it was punching thru the layers. Or that it had gone dull (or was so before I started?). I don't think that made any difference.

    I'll try adjusting the tension some again ... and see if I can make a difference with that. At least I'm happy with the look, though I know all the joins are not a good thing for "good" quilting. And too, if it were something to be laundered, I'd be more concerned.

    I'll check back later, and see if there's anymore feedback .... I appreciate it from all of you!
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    Jenniky - I've just seen your lovely dapple grey horse. Fantastic, congratulations!
    And yes, if my husband answered the front door in his pants I would have to have very serious words with him.

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    TNT = Thread, Needle, Tension That is the order of adjustments when doing the FMQ on the machine according to "The Quilters Ultimate Visual Guide. From A-Z hundreds of tips and techniques for successful quiltmaking. I use to always mess with the tension first.. but then Im not using Aurafil . I have ordered some to see how different it is. I have been using Gutterman. Everything I read says to adjust the tension itself as a last resort. I was able to get my machine set up quicker this time. Was it luck or the knowledge to use quality thread and changed to a new needle before I even began? It's hard sometimes changing things out. I always want to use it till it breaks. I learned really fast that cheap threads makes me cry and pull my hair out and say very rude things to my sewing machine. LOL So really Quilt E .. I dont have any tips for you that you probably dont already know. Oh wait.. I have found that I relax and FMQ better when listening to country music especially Jimmy Buffets Margaritaville
    Have an awesome day!

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    Muv I just informed my DH No more answering the door in his pants. LOL He just stared at me like I lost my mind... until I explained. I still got the rolling eyes towards the ceiling but was funny and I did get a chuckle from him also.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Help Ladies... I can't decide trim the edges in black or white? I was thinking black to help frame the quilting. But then I like the white also... The person Im making it for likes B&W combos that also makes me lean towards the black .. but then am I taking away from it. Gasp. I am really trying to get this finished today so I can start in on more FMQ Monty needs his horse drawn up all nicely and I have to finish several projects before that comes up on my wonderful white board list

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    Jenniky - It's looking really smart. You are such a fast worker! My vote for the binding is black, or the black and white gingham. Plain white would get grubby too quickly. Well it would in my house, anyway.
    Glad you sorted your husband out. Can't have them embarrassing us.

    Machine is threaded up in blue, stencil is pinned in place, and I'm ready to sew the first flax flower tomorrow. Hooray hooray.

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    Thanks Muv you are the deciding vote. Blue is a nice color to work with... one of my favorites to work on. Happy sewing on that first flax flower tomorrow.
    Have an awesome day!

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