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  1. Long time, no see or sleep...

    by , 02-12-2012 at 06:32 AM
    It has been awhile since I have been online here to post.. I am so sorry for those that have wondered about Ollieman.. You are ALL angels for sending PM messages asking how he is doing..

    I've not been able to get over completely this bout of pneumonia, so its been difficult to find energy or strength to sit, and write without coughing, and trying to catch my breath. Sadly, the breath is not being my friend, so its been quite diffficult to say the least..

    But, I am doing ...
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  2. Super Fast Jelly-roll quilt

    by , 02-12-2012 at 04:40 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by fromthenestdesigns View Post
    Super Fast Jelly-roll Quilt
    Approximate finished size: 65 X 79

    This idea was shared with me by a friend. Ive written it up so I can share it. Enjoy!!!

    What you will need: 1 jelly roll
    1st border: 1/2 yard
    2nd border: 1 1/4 yards
    Directions: Sew all the jellyroll strips end to end in random order. Cut the selvages off as you go.
    You will have a very long strip of fabric approximately 1600 inches long. (40 strips
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  3. New Sewing Machine

    by , 02-11-2012 at 03:19 PM
    I have been looking at purchasing a Janome 3160QDC and after searching some reviews on line, I'm not so sure it's a good idea. There seems to be a problem with the bobbin casing. Does anyone have any advice. This sewing machine is for general use as I already have a quilting sewing machine.
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  4. Wrestiling with my quilt top today

    by , 02-11-2012 at 02:17 PM (annthreecats ~~~my blissful crafting journey~~~)
    What a day I have had. Last night I ironed and pieced the back of the quilt. Today I sandwiched the quilt and pin basted getting it ready for FMQing on my Singer 301A. I set up the Singer for FMQ, but it does not like to doe FMQ. Which I think is odd because it worked so nice piecing my quilt top. Anyway, I did one ugly line of stitching. I was not happy with it, so I ripped the stitching and switched machines.

    I now have about 1/5 of the FMQing done on the top and it looks ...
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  5. Precut charm squares, are they really suppose to be exactly 5" square?

    by , 02-11-2012 at 12:32 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Sadiemae View Post
    I think the charm squares that have pinked edges can sometimes be a problem.
    Boy do I agree wwith you on the pinked edges! I found some flannel material on-line that I loved for a quilt for my 1st gg-son ordered and waited because I liked it so much but when the charms came the edges were pinked so out the door went the rag quilt plan and I needed then to go to Plan B. I wish they would let you know if the charms were pinked or not since I have also bought some that weren't.
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  6. Sew-Rite Salesman sample?

    by , 02-10-2012 at 08:50 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by Foxflower View Post
    I saw a Sew-Rite M7 Salesman's Sample machine in an antique shop today. It was priced at $75 dollars and said it worked great. It is in clean condition. Does anybody know anything about these machines? What attracted me to it was the small size (less than 12" long) and clean condition. However, didn't want to take it home without asking the more knowledgable folks first. What do you all think? Should I drive back over there and buy it or leave it?

    Sew-Rite M7 bought one ...
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  7. Oh yes, there is more winter weather!

    by , 02-10-2012 at 08:30 PM (LeslieFrost -- life in the woods of NW Wisconsin)
    It is going down below zero tonight! This is the way it is supposed to be here!

    Of course, I don't have to go out into it, so I can just sit inside in front of the wood stove (which my husband takes charge of) and sew and watch Food Network! Just a little bit of heaven....
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  8. Two little quilts finished! More winter weather!

    by , 02-10-2012 at 08:12 PM (LeslieFrost -- life in the woods of NW Wisconsin)
    I don't know that I've ever finished three little quilts in a week, but I did this week!

    One is for our great-niece, Meghan. Her Mom says that she still plays with her American Girl doll sometimes.

    The next is my AAQI quilt for February. I'm calling it Butterfly Kisses. The block is called Exquisite. I first saw it in an old Gwen Marston book of small block designs.

    The third is my DQ swap quilt for February. I just mailed it off to my swap partner today,
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  9. Issac Merritt Singer

    by , 02-10-2012 at 01:45 PM (annthreecats ~~~my blissful crafting journey~~~)
    I was just reading a little of "The Man's" history. He was quite the rogue and very busy. He had 20 children. I'll have to get a book on him and read all about his craziness.

    In the meantime, I'll enjoy his work on the best invention evah! The spectacular sewing machine. I love sewing machines, I don't care if they are Singer's or Sears. They are all wonderful to me.

    It's Friday and when I get off from work in 15 minutes, I will be going home to ...
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  10. No Quilting Today - Mantilla Factory in Full Swing Today

    by , 02-10-2012 at 05:55 AM
    As some of you may, or may not know, one of the primary ways I earn a living these days is by making mantillas. What's a mantilla? It's a veil. Nope, not a wedding veil. These are made for women who wear them to church on Sundays - usually those who attend the Latin Mass. Also, if you're going to the Vatican and are fortunate enough to have an audience with the Pope, you'll need one.

    Anyway, with quilting and this and that intrusion into the regular pattern of my life, I am soooo behind ...
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