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    like i said. one of the professional quilters from some link said to rock, but sometimes it is too thick, so you have to jab. i think i was looking at missouri star quilt co, u tube, and this quilters pic and link came up to the right. dark haired middle aged lady. maybe it was lesson 1 of hand quilting. not sure. and i am going to do this jane 2 the same way. i didn't attach my scallops until after i had jane all quilted, but left enough backing and batting so i just had to attach and sew on the white kona, then shape the scallops. then i quilted the scallops last. janstar talked me thru it, the first time. and my heart was in my throat all the way thru it.
    i am redoing the very corners of my outside white sashing, just inside the tri's and kites. did not like the way they squared up. i made my sashing the same size of my inner sashings, and then mitered them. WRONG. so i unsewed 2 corners, and squared them up to my liking. i don't think i am going to be in a hurry to get her in the quilting frame. that way, if i keep looking at it and see anything i want to tweak for a week or so, i can.
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Size:  173.5 KBHere are Weeks 60 and 61. LS1 was a bit of a struggle, but I like this BRC much better than the first one I did for the CW Jane. This time I reverse appliqued the little star. I must say that J-2 was a relief after a few weeks of Y seams and melons!

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    Wonderful blocks Cindy, Gus, and sewNso. Gus, I'm loving your fabric choices. Makes me want to make a red and white DJ!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sewNso View Post
    i didn't attach my scallops until after i had jane all quilted, but left enough backing and batting so i just had to attach and sew on the white kona, then shape the scallops. then i quilted the scallops last. janstar talked me thru it, the first time. and my heart was in my throat all the way thru it.
    This is a very interesting idea, SewNso. Now that you've done it, would you recommend doing it this way? Or what about the idea of having straight borders and when everything else is quilted then shaping the scallops? Also, I've never done binding on a without straight sides.

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    cindaA, my quilting frame was 8 ft long. it was 1" X 3" boards, covered, then i used C clamps for the corners.
    if i remember correctly, i could have attached the straight white boarder i used to make my scallop shapes out of before i did my quilting. but the scallops and that whole quilt was just sooooo far over my head. so i tackled one problem at a time. I had a terrible time shaping my scallops. janstar finally told me that she used plates. and so that worked for me also. i know there is a ruler out now for making scallops, and i ordered one. have never used it. and i noticed it was more shallow than the scallops i shaped. And i know when i was putting my binding on the scallops, i was soooooo not happy with the way the binding was laying in the very deep 'betweens' of the scallops. i kept getting ever so tiny folds. but i guess that is normal with doing scallops this way. I even un sewed it several times.
    but everything i had read, people were saying, 'stretch your material in the shallow part' so i thought it would lay smooth when were were done. NNNNNOOOOO. there is a very tiny fold, no matter what you do. but know it looks just fine. beautiful, and i see those little folds in a lot of the baby janes.
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    Here's how Linda Franz made her scallops and I did pretty much the same thing. I used a small plate too.

    http://lindafranz.com/section/scallops/38

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    Kite - Top Right Corner

    As you can see, I'm too nervous to trim it properly (again.) I think I'll go ahead and cut a full size template out of template plastic to use over the top to trim. I've been trying to draw the lines on the kite by seeing through the fabric to the pattern (underneath) but it's not easy.

    I decided to do this a little differently than auntreen or thatquilt. I paperpieced both stars. If I were to do it again I'd reduce the center white start just a little to make sure the tip of the stars aren't cut off. I knew I'd never get crisp points if I tried to applique or reverse applieque those stars.

    Thanks for the tips SewNso and Katybob, I'll look at the link.
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    CindyA, I paperpieced my Civil War TRC too and I was happy with it. Here 'tis.
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    Havent been visiting the board the last couple of days as I have been going to the Glendale Quilt Show and taking a couple of classes. Phew...awesome, but too much at once!! Love the kites katybob & Cindy!

    Got a couple of pointers while taking the classes... first the handquilting I shared - dont think I'm hand quilting Jane this time [not that I'll do her again.... there's others out there I would like to tackle and have to complete!]
    The class I took from Deb Karasik was phenomenal!! Cant say enough positive things about her as a person and her teaching and abilities - if you ever have an opportunity to take a class from her do so! you will not be disappointed. She actually has many of her pointers free on her website and here is the one about points...
    http://www.debkarasik.com/userfiles/...ct%20point.pdf
    If you go back to the main website she has, you can pick up some more info. She is definitely the paper-piecing queen and she judges many quilts. She taught that you should sew your outer points 'inside the box' that creates the point so it doesn't get cut off. Not that ever intend to enter anything into a show.... other than my personal guild. But this is actually something I have always done myself as well without thinking about it. It doesn't have to do with reducing a pattern with points as much as it does making sure that you sew a thread or two away from the sewing line that could potentially cut the point off. Just think about the fact that the sewing seam and the fabrics that meet the seam all adds thickness. Even if you catch the same point in the fabric in your straight seam as the point, it will 'bubble up' to create the illusion of having the point cut off. You would have to press the hell out of it and by that time you will also have stretched your fabric because if there is a point, there is also a bias edge.

    I finished I5 finally - week of Jan 27 - but need to trim it and all my sewing stuff is in my car because I have another class with Gwen Marston tomorrow - so the picture will have to wait. I sewed J8 & 9 the first week of Feb at our quilt retreat and will start J10 &11 tonight. Will show pics when the four is done [J8 & 9 are appliqued and the book pattern looks accurate so no real tips here!

    have a great Paddy's Day!! off to make corned beef & cabbage.... Forgot the Harp beer and beef stock - should've started earlier..... this one maybe only part crock and part stove top...

    Gus

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    Great tips and thanks for the link. I always seem to err on the outer side (and therefore cut off points!!) maybe this will help me get it right. Sounds like a great weekend and probably tiring, too.

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    As I start working on J-10 I have to say I will definitely come up with another way to make her. It seems to me that although Jane did applique the melons on the outer border section, the melons are either reverse appliqued, or the triangle pointy sections in the middle square are appliqued on top to make the melon background come out. I dont know if this makes sense, but I will take pictures while I make it. I may not finish this until Tuesday as I have a class all day tomorrow and a guild meeting in the evening.
    Gus

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    katy bob, i had a miniture heavy duty pair of sissors, that i used to pull the needle thru at times. i think my mom had used them yrs ago. i seem to remember on some of her thicker quilts. and they were hers in her sewing stuff. it would help, if your jane was out somewhere close so you could get to her a odd times.

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    Thanks, sewNso. I have some of those little rubber discs that are made to pull the needle through tough spots, but I haven't run into a spot where I needed it yet. My problem is the rocking thing.

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    Week 62 (Wow! We started this 62 weeks ago??)
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    You're right, Gus. J-10 was a tough one. I'm satisfied with the center melons, but I think some of the points of the outside melons will be cut off when the sashing's added. This one's marked for a re-do. Lots of applique in this week's blocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by katybob View Post
    Week 62 (Wow! We started this 62 weeks ago??)
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    You're right, Gus. J-10 was a tough one. I'm satisfied with the center melons, but I think some of the points of the outside melons will be cut off when the sashing's added. This one's marked for a re-do. Lots of applique in this week's blocks.
    I don't know, Katybob. From the picture it looks like you might just barely make it without cutting off the points (?) They look great, as usual. I really love the green in J-9, especially this time of year.

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    Cindy - I love the blocks!! I wouldn't redo them - Look instead at Jane's quilt and realize that all of her sashing is not the same size.... actually she had no sashing! You can 'custom cut/adjust' the width of the sashing around random blocks so that points are not cut off [unless you are planning to enter the finished product at Paducah ] But your melons are well made - only potential problem is the cutting of the points. Your other option if you dont want to adjust sashing and it looks like they will cut off if you lay your Jane ruler or other 4 1/2" square over the block - carefully remove the stitching in just the points of the melons .... the last third or half ....and restitch by hand to bring it closer in. I wouldn't redo the whole thing at all. My option would be the sashing adjustment.

    Here is my I5 [week of Jan 27] I marked the center section onto the print, cut four melons and appliqued to the mark and put that aside. I cut a 5 1/2" square of background and transferred the outer curves to that. I cut a 5" square of print and transferred the circle to it and then basted the two squares together, background on top, white trimmed 1/4-1/2" towards center of curved marking. I next reverse appliqued print under background, laid my center piece underneath and reverse appliqued the center. Similar to thatquilt.com, but I think the explanation is confusing...

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    It's taking longer to applique J10 than I had expected....you're right Cindy - lots of applique this week! I love it but what was I thinking???? Sorry ladies! Of course, by now we are all on our own schedule
    I have appliqued one corner each of the last two evenings [and have been busy the rest of the day]

    I did want to show you my approach so I took a picture showing the two corners appliqued on the background which is cut larger than finished 'cut size' ... about 5 1/2"- 5 3/4"
    I will reverse applique the center section to the top containing the corner melons when I am done. To make the center section, I will cut four print pieces using the template shown and hand stitch to background melons. At this point I think if I stitch exactly to the corner points at the center and not beyond to the edge of the fabric, it will lay smoother. But I will keep you posted...Name:  DJ J10a.jpg
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    Have fun!!
    Gus

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    I was asked about making sharp points in applique. I've actually picked up pointers from many different persons and sources. I have learned personally from Rita Verroca and Margarete Heinisch, friends and awesome hand quilters. My Mom taught me so much when I was growing up as well. I have also learned from videos by Karen Kay Buckley and Liuxin Newman. If you have a chance to find or watch any of these women, do. I searched online for some free videos. There is a needleturn youtube video by Gay Bomers of 'Sentimental Stitches' that appears to be good but I have not had a chance to watch [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IklE59k6giU]. I did look at this one - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aky_kXDrAEg on applique points. It is quite good and very short. I use a similar method although I do not 'pre-prepare' all my applique pieces. I did do this once, but got lazy! The pieces in this video appear to be starched - I dont starch my applique pieces [I have - but again..lazy!!] I usually transfer pattern both the the piece being appliqued and the background. I then crease the applique piece with my fingernails - kind of carefully, because you dont want to stretch the piece. [I will try to remember to take some in progress pictures tonight when I put another corner together.] This is the order I work in...
    1. transfer pattern to applique piece and background
    2. trim applique piece within 1/4" from design
    3. crease design onto marking line with fingernails [if you make a template either with template plastic or copy onto freezer paper and iron another piece of freezer paper onto the pattern one before cutting out the paper template - you will have a hard edge that you can fold the fabric over with the edge of your fingernail to make a sharper crease]
    4. position the applique piece to the background and 'weave' it in place with at least one pin...what I mean is I use just one longish straight pin usually
    5. using your needle or you finger, make sure you have about an inch of where you first slip your needle into the seamline that is pressed into place. you can place a pin here - you just want to keep the line/crease in your applique piece aligned with the pattern on your background.
    6. When I get to a point I do this....
    a) take a few stitches closer together - usually one directly at the tip of the point and bring my needle back a few threads, take another stitch, put it into the fabric to anchor it momentarily
    b) carefully pick up the part of the 'leaf', etc I have sewn down and clip the seam allowance back near the point I have sewn to reduce bulk.
    c) ...this part takes practice.... remove your sewing needle and sweep the point that is left of loose fabric under the applique piece toward the sewn seam with the tip of your needle
    d) keep doing this a few strokes until the fabric is nicely 'buried' and as flat as possible. If it isn't flat, you may have left too much fabric in your seamline or in the part that you are sweeping - you don't need a full 1/4"
    e) when you are happy with the result - and while pinching just below the corner to submission on the unsewn side, take your needle [which should be a few threads from the corner you have stitched into already] take another stitch - exactly in the corner point... if you have the exact color thread, you can even take a tack a short thread or two up from the corner point.
    f) continue down the other side.

    now ... another tip - you should check your point a few stitches after you make the point. If you want it sharper, go back to it and pinch the point together, first with your fingers, then by running a stitch back and forth through the point from side to side....just a couple of times.

    Hope this all helps!
    Gus

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    Gus you are great, I will go back tomorrow when I'm fresh and try again. Thank you!
    Have a great day sewing and remember to "not sweat the small stuff"!!



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    OK.. so I'm working on the next corner of J-10 and took a few pictures and will pass along a couple of tutes...
    First - I have to say I took them with one hand while holding the fabric, needle, etc with the other so I apologize for the lack of focus on a couple of them. Had I known or paid better attention, I would have taken a couple of others because unfortunately the two out of focus are right where I did the point

    I thought I would show a set of three pics demonstrating how I 'audition' fabrics.
    1) I cut a template for my applique piece and use both the 'window' left behind and the actual template itself. First I use the window to decide what part of the fabric looks right for the spot.
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    now for the needle turn tute showing a point... you can refer to my post #2191 a couple of posts ago for the written instructions - I'd go back to read it and then look at these pics...
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Size:  116.7 KBWhen I enlarge these pics it seems as though the point isn't as pointy as it really is. In the picture before the last one you can see how I sometimes come back to the point and take an extra stitch to accentuate the point some more.
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    I should clean my thumb nail before taking these pics! on the top picture you can see I finger creased the entire melon before pinning it down. In the second picture it almost looks like the left side is not creased but it is and since it is pre creased it is easier to get the right curve by the time you are ready to put that side down.

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    something to share...
    just came across an old post of mine from two years back referring to a great tutorial on paper piecing in case anyone is interested...

    http://dquilts.blogspot.com/2007/04/...per-piece.html

    Gus

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    gus, i'm always having to bleach my hands/nails. made blueberry pancakes for the grdsn before i sent him to pre school. they were frozen, so i thawed them in some water, and used my fingers to dip them out with. had to use bleach before i took him in. etc. shows you are a busy gal.

    tried the board roll up method of putting my jane2 in the frame. unpinned her, and layed her in the middle of the floor. will pin her all together on the table, then put her in the hand frame. yes, i know, lots of extra, but i am sooo used to that method.
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    so, i have had my jane2 sandwiched like 3 different times, and don't like the batting. did it wil 80/20 low loft. then w and N , now i have a low loft batting, which i had all ready tried one other time today. and then i remembered once i rolled it on the frame, i wasn't happy with the thickness, etc.
    am i remembering wrong, or wasn't it a 'non loft polyester batting' i used on jane1?
    what are some batting for hand quilting . i looked at the silk batting on line. is it going to be super thin, and roll up nice on my frame?

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    sewNso, i bought a sample of silk batting at a quilt show years ago. IMHO it's like 'they' say it is, it quilts like butter. It is pretty thin, but I couldn't say how it will roll up on the frame as I only have a small piece (about 15" square). I'm going to use it on a Tennessee Waltz quilt that has some batiks and hand dyed fabrics in it.

    My favorite batting that I use all the time is Fairfield's Softtouch. I have a hard time finding it in stores and have started ordering it on-line. I can't remember if they have different lofts or if the Softouch is just the one type. I don't hear a lot of people talking about it but for some reason I like it better than all the other popular batts. Create for Less is where I found it on-line.

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    Tuscany silk batting is pretty expensive I found it at fabricdepot.com online for a bit less than elsewhere...
    http://www.fabricdepot.com/index.php...&pageid=121533

    Cindy - I've never heard of Fairfield's Softtouch - use it for handquilting??

    Gotta take doggy for walk [I may call you Cindy...]
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