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  1. Growing Herbs--What Do You Do?

    by , 05-09-2013 at 06:54 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by sweet View Post
    Hi Ellie, Each herb has it's own characteristics.
    Basil must have it's top pinched to bush out. It can be planted a little deep if you like. Basil leaves can be harvested as needed once your plant gets enough leaves to share. Keep the flower buds pinched off all the time. Once basil goes to seed, as an annual, it's only function is to produce seed then naturally die. I like to wash my basil very gently when I water it, and before picking a few leaves so I know that it's clean. Basil
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  2. "Ruby Wine" is done!!

    by , 05-08-2013 at 04:05 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Puddin57 View Post
    with help from the QB regarding the layout, my Father-in-laws quilt was done on time for his 89th birthday. I'm calling it Ruby Wine because the binding I bought happened to be two different colours - not that you can notice it - one was marked wine and the other was marked ruby - both looked red to me! Any ways...Ruby happens to be my FIL 2nd wife and mother of my husband - she passed away 18+ years ago and this quilt will be a good reminder of the life they shared together (I hope) ...
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  3. Table runner from the current issue of Quilting Quickly...

    by , 05-08-2013 at 08:58 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by twoxover View Post
    I finished the table runner this am. easy peasy...but fun to do! i realized half way through, if i were so i included to practice free motion quilting, this would be the thing to do it on. instead, i just used a loopy stitch in the ditch...got to practice using some of the specialty stitches on my viking tribute!

    it's bright and happy

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  4. getting stains out

    by , 05-06-2013 at 03:08 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltnNan View Post
    Many members have asked what gets stains out of their quilts. This recipe is supposed to work better than Oxyclean:
    This is the ultimate stain remover that actually works on a seriously set in stain! Never buy oxyclean again!
    The mixture is
    1 tsp. Dawn dishwashing detergent
    3-4 tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide
    couple tablespoons of baking soda.
    Scrub on with a scrubbing brush

    Has anyone used it and been dissatisfied with the results?
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  5. What I worked on today

    by , 05-06-2013 at 12:44 PM
    Today I made my May block for the Monthly Quilting Bee.
    I chose an Ohio Star block, as my swap partner had no particular theme or color scheme. Hope she'll like it.
    I did a little piecing on a Bonnie Hunter quilt pattern that I started a few weeks ago.
    My roses have started blooming like crazy. Hope to take a picture to post this week.
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  6. Ooopsy daisy went pillow

    by , 05-06-2013 at 12:44 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Daisy spot View Post
    The idea was a quilt.... But I wanted a nice mothersday gift for my mother-in-law,because all her good advisses and care

    so it became a pillow
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  7. Dresden Plate for my Mom in Law

    by , 05-06-2013 at 12:43 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by JLD View Post
    This quilt is three generations of work. My Mother in Laws mom made the dresden plate and handed to my mom in law who appliqued the plate down with the zigzag. I have reinforced her zigzag and put the rest of the quilt together and long arm quilted it on my Gammill. I was so tickled with how it turned out and the red is just stunning on it. Not one of my favorite colors but it worked so well for this quilt. The long arm was done with ruler work and I used the tutorial that greenfairy quilts posted
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  8. Free style quilting

    by , 05-06-2013 at 06:18 AM
    Hello everyone, Im new to this whole quilting world.... but I am really interested in learning how to free style quilt. I have tried it and I am horrible... but I have a few questions... When I am quilting the stitches seem long and not that tight. I put it on the shortest stitch length. I am going to watch a few tutorials but if anyone has any tips I would appreciate it!
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  9. Do you have an 'Eye for Color'?

    by , 05-06-2013 at 05:33 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by jcrow View Post
    I don't. If I go to a quilt shop and try and pick out fabric for a quilt that isn't a fabric collection, I make bad choices. I choose warm and cool colors that don't go together. I choose reds that are purplish and orangish. I choose greens that are bluish and yellowish. I can't seem to tell how wrong they are unless someone points it out to me and even then I don't see it.

    I usually have to have the gal behind the counter help me pick out my fabric and lots of times I don't care
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  10. What kind of starch do you use?

    by , 05-06-2013 at 05:23 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sassy08 View Post
    I'm a brand new quilter. I read the QB every day and I'm learning so much from all of you who are willing to share from your experience. I've been reading over and over about starching. Do you use spray starch or liquid and what brand(s) do you recommend? Also, am I understanding correctly that it's a good idea to starch all fabric before cutting it as well as starch the backing before basting?
    Thanks so much!

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