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  1. question on stippling

    by , 01-07-2014 at 12:36 PM
    I just started to try stippling but the tread keeps breaking. I checked the tension, I spray basted and I don't know if the needle gets gummed up and breaks or if I am not using the right size needle. Please help figure out my problem.
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  2. My newfound obsession...

    by , 01-07-2014 at 04:53 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by JLMoore3rd View Post
    Since I'm new here I thought I'd add some of my recent finds... this all started a couple of months back when I found a light green Singer 221K Featherweight for my wife. I had been picking up vintage typewriters (40 at present count) and enjoy cleaning them up and making them work, so refurbishing the 221K was similar. I've found that while typewriters are fun to work on, sewing machines are much more of a challenge and quite possibly more addicting. I've added a dozen sewing machines to the shelves
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  3. Retirement Update

    by , 01-06-2014 at 01:14 PM
    It's officially a year since my retirement. And I still do not like it!! I worked at a local store for about 6 months but found it cut into things I wanted to do with my family esp. on the week-ends. I guess I wanted the best of both worlds . I still have not been sewing much but like checking out this website and buying magazines and even more fabric. I have enough to last me for some time, like most quilters, if I ever decide to get busy. On freezing cold days like today (wind chill is -26 here ...
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  4. My stash busting Christmas quilt!

    by , 01-06-2014 at 08:03 AM
    Quote Originally Posted by PlanoDebbie View Post
    Name:  Christmas Tree quilt 2013.jpg
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Size:  576.0 KB made this quilt right before Christmas using only fabrics in my stash for the entire project! (Now I have room to buy more!)

    Since I love making Scrappy projects, I fell in love with it at first sight, but knew it had to be made as a quilt. I added an extra row to the bottom of the tree to make it taller, and also added two rows of background pieces about the tree since I didn't want it to be a square quilt. I also added an additional two borders
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  5. "Purple Haze all in my brain"

    by , 01-04-2014 at 09:11 PM
    I'm making a charity raffle quilt for my church. Decided that a "quick" but complex looking quilt would be to make 36 patch (2" blocks) scrappy looking 12" blocks with wide sashings and star cornerstones in the sashings using the Marti Michelle ruler. Blocks went together so nicely and had just enough fabric--although will finish at 11.5" instead of 12! Thought I'd get all the sashing done today--not happening! got a late start (re-chaulked the bath) and then realized--thankfully ...
  6. Santa's Village pattern by Thimble Creek

    by , 01-04-2014 at 07:21 PM
    I am searching for quilt pattern called Santa's Village by Thimble Creek. Only found it on one website, Elaines' out of St. lake City and she said they all went on sale 50% off last week and sold out. Wrong answer for me! Darling funky Santa in center of pieced green blocks, trees and houses around outer border. It was a 2012 pattern I think. Was on Ebay, gone now. And I cannot find ANYONE with any information on it, can't even get info from Thimble Creek. Does anyone have this who would ...
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  7. Name applique on a quilt back

    by , 01-03-2014 at 02:48 PM
    I'm planning on making a quilt for my granddaughter and wanted to applique her name on the back of the quilt. I want the letters to be fairly tall and fat- am thinking 8 or 9 inches tall. Has anyone done this or have tips about how to do this? Any suggestions on how to make the letters? Right now I'm planning on making the letters free hand. Just wondering if this is a good idea.
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  8. trouble shooting

    by , 01-03-2014 at 11:51 AM
    I have a Husqvarna mega quilter and my needle keeps popping out of the needle holder while I'm quilting. The needle doesn't break - it just slides out of the holder. Any fixes?
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  9. Choosing backing for Vintage Modern Midcentury quilt

    by , 01-02-2014 at 07:10 AM
    Can someone please tell me what kind of backing I should put on this quilt my adult grandson asked me to make for his bed. He will use it for a bedspread.
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  10. Major sewing room overhaul and clean out! Starrting a New Year!

    by , 01-01-2014 at 12:10 PM
    I forced myself not to sew today(at least not now) and even have forced my husband to not watch football bowl games on TV all day--made him help me move/clean/re-arrange furniture in the basement (or what I think as my longarm room--he's thinking it's his man cave!). We lugged a shelf load of books out, he fixed the shelf and moved it, and we re-loaded. BUT I did manage to get him to donate some to charity--that is a huge step for a man that covets books. And then while he was putting all the ...
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