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  1. I am downsizing

    by , 08-03-2012 at 08:27 AM
    Yesterday,I was reading about one of our members that is moving and is trying to downsize.
    After reading all those that responded saying that downsizing was the best thing that ever happened to them, I went right to my sewing room and started cleaning.

    I threw out lots of things, had 3 bags for charity, took pics of items and listed them on our local buy and sell.
    I dusted and cleaned as I went.
    I put aside a LOT of smaller fabric pieces to be cut into squares/rectangles ...
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  2. Middle of quilt puckers after putting on borders which lay flat

    by , 08-02-2012 at 03:33 PM
    I am doing a log cabin pattern (which is suppose to be forgiving) and I have added the borders and they all lay flat but the middle but some of my blocks pucker - what do I do??? Thanks
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  3. Orphaned Blocks QAYG Challenge

    by , 08-02-2012 at 08:59 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Quilting the individual blocks, This next step can be considered an extra TIP step. I found this suggested in several different blogs, you tube tutorials, and it is also mentioned in the Craftsy.com quilting class. Quilting Big Quilts on a Small Machine. http://www.craftsy.com/class/Quiltin...all-Machine/51

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    To help me decide what type of design I want to quilt onto my block. I use a 20 x 20 piece of clear Vinyl laid over the
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  4. It's way past dawn and still no sleep

    by , 08-02-2012 at 02:18 AM
    I decided to go across to the Studio - skunk or no skunk - and I spent several hours getting my Rami Kim bag to the beading and quilting stage. Last weekend she said her six- hour class should really have been two days but even then I can't see how we could have finished the project. It took me a day to smock a piece of fabric less than 1/4 the area of the back of the bag and then there were pleats and tucks and fabric origami. Now I have to sew tiny beads at all the intersections of the tucks and ...

    Updated 08-02-2012 at 10:01 AM by Suzan88

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  5. Can't sleep

    by , 08-01-2012 at 09:57 PM
    Well it's 1.44am here in Maine and I've given up trying to sleep. I keep seeing quilt pattern possibilities in my mind and I want to go across to my studio but my DH would have a fit if he wakes up and can't find me in the house.
    I'm not scared of crossing the yard in the dark - there's rarely a moose or deer and I haven't seen a raccoon for months. There is, though, a skunk living under the shed and I'd hate to bump into that in the dark when I can't see clearly and it can. It seems to me ...

    Updated 08-01-2012 at 10:02 PM by Suzan88

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  6. Orphaned Blocks QAYG Challenge

    by , 08-01-2012 at 04:59 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Sandwiching the the squares is the term that means temporarily securing the top square, batting, and backing by basting. There are several ways to baste your blocks.

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    Here is a picture of several squares I have sandwiched and ready for quilting. I used a spray baste.

    Spray bastes should be used in a well ventilated area. If you are in a small enclosed sewing room you might consider spraying your fabrics outside or in the garage.
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  7. Orphaned Blocks QAYG Challenge

    by , 08-01-2012 at 04:57 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    So I have six fairy blocks and six butterfly blocks. I wanted my finished showing block to be 12.5 so my blocks are 13 X 13. I did not square up my blocks until after they were quilted. When I am ready to square up my block I will square them to 13 x 13.

    The backing and batting for each block should be at minimal an inch larger all around the block. This is very important. You will most likely run into trouble if you make them smaller or the same size as your top block.
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  8. Orphaned Blocks QAYG Challenge

    by , 08-01-2012 at 04:54 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    I'm going to apologize in advance for my technical writing. It has become a natural style of writing for me as I organized the thoughts I want to share when explaining processes. Blame it on my military background. I will try my best to tone it down as I become more comfortable in my writing as the thread moves along.

    I hope that I will have many who will join me in this adventure in quilting. I will do my best to answer or find an answer to any questions of the QAYG techniques
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  9. Day and Night

    by , 08-01-2012 at 04:19 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by thorlori View Post
    Is it really hard, she makes it look so easy on TV, I was going to try this one next, but maybe I will rethink it. You like you are doing an awesome job though.
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  10. Grandmothers flower garden help

    by , 07-31-2012 at 05:45 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Leah Stewart View Post
    Does anyone know a site or off hand how many flowers it takes for a king, queen, double, or even throw. My hex's are 1" and i will only have one row of plain between flowers. TIA
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