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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Oh...so sorry...I had a little typo...I didn't mean "needed" to limit to batiks..I meant to say "need not" limit it.

    I found my background today...(I think, although its a long time to go without changing my mind). Its a green- dark olive..but not one that I see frequently. I bought all she had left- 8 1/2 yrds and hope that will be enough!

    Here it is with a few of the other colors I plan to use. I'll be pulling more, but at this point...its a start..
    Patti, I love it!
    Is your background a blender? It sorta of likes that way.

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    No..its not..it has a really classy looking tiny texture tone on tone. It also has a little mottling. I think its gonna look good. The only thing I'm concerned about is making sure the little print stays straight...:shock:

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    No..its not..it has a really classy looking tiny texture tone on tone. It also has a little mottling. I think its gonna look good. The only thing I'm concerned about is making sure the little print stays straight...:shock:
    Well, I like it.

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    Thanks Candi

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Thanks Candi
    And you know I love the oranges and reds to go with them, these are just my colors.:mrgreen:

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    Question...do you think she had stitched all the embroidery? The quilt is beautiful!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I''m in too - I shall be using a black background, because I have never done a quilt that dark, and I love the way colours pop with black behind them.

    I am enlarging my blocks by 142% to bring them up from 7in to 10in. I have cut my background squares right across the width of fabric, so they are more or less 11in square, to give me a little 'wiggle' room for trimming down to 10.5in ready for sewing together.

    By doing this, I estimate my quilt will end up about 84in square, and will therefore fit my bed. I don't have a lot of room for hanging quilts, only one place really, and I regularly change my quilts according to the seasons in that space. Plus to enlarge a block means that it's sometimes easier to make than a smaller one, and there isn't much more work involved.

    I will be making my quilt using the needle turn method, and taking lots of pics along the way, both front and back, to give you all an insight on how I do mine. If anyone wants it, I will try and give some info on how to needlturn and get round the corners, and even how to do the relatively simple embroidery that decorates most, if not all blocks.

    I have posted the first block in the thread for it, just to give you an idea on how mine will look. The thread for the first one is here:http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95416-1.htm#2398791

    You might like to look at this site too: http://cherylquilts.com/affairs_of_the_heart.htm
    This quilt was machined, with satin stitch around all the pieces. The maker also changed her border and it's considerably different to the original in the book, which is more gentle curves and swirls than the one in this site. But if you are unsure about the blocks, there are some good pics of the blocks below the quilt, so do scroll down to see them.

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    beautiful Patti

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    Arghhh...that's suppose to say do you think she HAND stitched all the embroidery?

    Quote Originally Posted by PKWard
    Question...do you think she had stitched all the embroidery? The quilt is beautiful!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Lacelady
    I''m in too - I shall be using a black background, because I have never done a quilt that dark, and I love the way colours pop with black behind them.

    I am enlarging my blocks by 142% to bring them up from 7in to 10in. I have cut my background squares right across the width of fabric, so they are more or less 11in square, to give me a little 'wiggle' room for trimming down to 10.5in ready for sewing together.

    By doing this, I estimate my quilt will end up about 84in square, and will therefore fit my bed. I don't have a lot of room for hanging quilts, only one place really, and I regularly change my quilts according to the seasons in that space. Plus to enlarge a block means that it's sometimes easier to make than a smaller one, and there isn't much more work involved.

    I will be making my quilt using the needle turn method, and taking lots of pics along the way, both front and back, to give you all an insight on how I do mine. If anyone wants it, I will try and give some info on how to needlturn and get round the corners, and even how to do the relatively simple embroidery that decorates most, if not all blocks.

    I have posted the first block in the thread for it, just to give you an idea on how mine will look. The thread for the first one is here:http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-95416-1.htm#2398791

    You might like to look at this site too: http://cherylquilts.com/affairs_of_the_heart.htm
    This quilt was machined, with satin stitch around all the pieces. The maker also changed her border and it's considerably different to the original in the book, which is more gentle curves and swirls than the one in this site. But if you are unsure about the blocks, there are some good pics of the blocks below the quilt, so do scroll down to see them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKWard
    Arghhh...that's suppose to say do you think she HAND stitched all the embroidery?
    I strongly doubt it. In the corner at the bottom is her sitting at her machine with the embroidery module attached and the background fabric hooped. I think she did it the same way I'm planning mine, that the embroidery module will do all the applique with satin stitching AND the finishing embroidery stitches too!

    Strange about Fairy Frost melting... I adore them and have never had a problem like that!

    This is a block for my Sylvia Bridal Sampler quilt that I did on the embroidery machine yesterday. While it's only applique with no embroidery added, it's similar to what I plan for AOTH.
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    Patti, I am loving your colours and the reds there just pop the rest of the colours. Thats a great background colour and it works really well with all of the other colours. simply love it your great with colours.

    Loads of you are getting your books now so we should see some more colour choices soon, remember and post them so we can all ooooh and aaaah over them, its a much needed thing to do here LOL

    Okay back to DJ, just two more rows of batting to hand stitch then on with the backing I did QAUG on this one, so coming along nicely should be finished when its time to start AOTH

    Elle

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    Thanks! With her sitting at the hoop that what I was wondering. I have a Bernina 440 QE without the embroidery module and I've been wondering if I should invest in it. Maybe I'll go to my LQS and check it out. When I bought my machine last fall I couldn't justify the additional money, but maybe now I'll get it. :)

    Your block looks beautiful! Excellent work and beautiful colors!

    Paula

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    Quote Originally Posted by PKWard
    Arghhh...that's suppose to say do you think she HAND stitched all the embroidery?
    I strongly doubt it. In the corner at the bottom is her sitting at her machine with the embroidery module attached and the background fabric hooped. I think she did it the same way I'm planning mine, that the embroidery module will do all the applique with satin stitching AND the finishing embroidery stitches too!

    Strange about Fairy Frost melting... I adore them and have never had a problem like that!

    This is a block for my Sylvia Bridal Sampler quilt that I did on the embroidery machine yesterday. While it's only applique with no embroidery added, it's similar to what I plan for AOTH.

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    I like your background Patti, even if it looks a bit brown on my screen, I can imagine it as an olive colour, and it really looks well against some of your other fabrics.

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    Paula, you know just getting the emb. module won't get you to the point that Cuilt is. You'd also have to invest in some digitizing software or find the patterns somewhere. I haven't looked on the site that is linked, but maybe she is selling her digitized patterns?

    Thanks all, I like it more, the more I look at it. (my background)

    I agree with Elle....we want pics!!! we want pics!!!

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    Patti, looks like that fabric would make a great background -- it looks textured. Really good idea. Awwwwwww!!! I need to stop looking at pictures, because I will NEVER make up my mind on what I want to do. I know I have lots of time, but I tend to change my mind all the time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Paula, you know just getting the emb. module won't get you to the point that Cuilt is. You'd also have to invest in some digitizing software or find the patterns somewhere. I haven't looked on the site that is linked, but maybe she is selling her digitized patterns?
    Yes, and the software can get rather expensive! She has no contact information on that site - I would love to know what settings she used for the stitches - but I wonder if learning to digitise them was part of the BOM she did at the dealer's or if the dealer gave out the designs to those in the class.

    There are also issues with the hoop size, a 7" block has to be multi-hooped unless you own an 8 series with a Jumbo hoop. Even the megahoop isn't wide enough for much beyond a 6" block (luckily what my Sylvia blocks are!), and the large oval cuts the corners off too much to get a full 6" block into it.

    I'd be very surprised if she could sell the designs, certainly I haven't seen them anywhere.

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    Thanks for the information! I knew software could be bought, but I thought maybe somethings came with the module. I need to go check it out, so I'm more knowledgeable. I really appreciate everyone's input!

    Quote Originally Posted by Cuilteanna
    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Paula, you know just getting the emb. module won't get you to the point that Cuilt is. You'd also have to invest in some digitizing software or find the patterns somewhere. I haven't looked on the site that is linked, but maybe she is selling her digitized patterns?
    Yes, and the software can get rather expensive! She has no contact information on that site - I would love to know what settings she used for the stitches - but I wonder if learning to digitise them was part of the BOM she did at the dealer's or if the dealer gave out the designs to those in the class.

    There are also issues with the hoop size, a 7" block has to be multi-hooped unless you own an 8 series with a Jumbo hoop. Even the megahoop isn't wide enough for much beyond a 6" block (luckily what my Sylvia blocks are!), and the large oval cuts the corners off too much to get a full 6" block into it.

    I'd be very surprised if she could sell the designs, certainly I haven't seen them anywhere.

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    I received a catalog from www.ConnectingThreads.com that has beautiful batik fabrics for $5.96 per yard. They also had Solid & Mirage fabrics for $3.96 per yard which are perfect for the background fabric. I am going to order some of the batik.

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    My book just came in the mail. Hmm... I looked through it and to be honest I was disappointed with the quality of embroidery. And I have lost my enthusiasm for doing this project. But, it could be due to some very heavy things that are going on in my adult kids' lives right now. Please bear with me if I am not too active on here for a bit of time. :cry:

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    Linda....I felt the exact same way when I got the book..I was so disappointed with the quality of the sewing on the blocks. But, you can look at it from 2 stand points.

    1. Even though her sewing skills were...well, not the best..the quilt in itself is awesome in spite of it! So you need not be an expert applique person to make a gorgeous quilt.

    or...

    2. If those blocks resulted in that quilt and your applique technique will be better, than your own resulting quilt will be awesome!

    i got over it and decided that I like the patterns. Period. I will put my own slant on it and move forward...look at Lesley's blocks..her quilt will be gorgeous!

    So sorry to hear about your current issues...stop on back by when you have time. Sounds like you will need a little spirit lifting...we can at least do that!

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    Drum roll please, eye candy! :lol:

    Slight change in color plans, I will be using reds, pinks and whites. :D

    I found a background that is white with light pink stripes, pictured in the middle, the swirly fabric on top with be used for my borders! In addition to the fabrics pictured, I will be using fabrics in my stash; plus I ordered 6 more RED fat quarters, online this evening!
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    oooooooohhhhhhhhh
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    beautiful

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Linda....I felt the exact same way when I got the book..I was so disappointed with the quality of the sewing on the blocks. But, you can look at it from 2 stand points.

    1. Even though her sewing skills were...well, not the best..the quilt in itself is awesome in spite of it! So you need not be an expert applique person to make a gorgeous quilt.

    or...

    2. If those blocks resulted in that quilt and your applique technique will be better, than your own resulting quilt will be awesome!

    i got over it and decided that I like the patterns. Period. I will put my own slant on it and move forward...look at Lesley's blocks..her quilt will be gorgeous!

    So sorry to hear about your current issues...stop on back by when you have time. Sounds like you will need a little spirit lifting...we can at least do that!
    I was so impressed with the overall look of the quilt that I felt really challenged. I have ordered black mirage fabric for my background and some batik fabrics plus as my user name implies I have a rather large stash of fabric. My DH keeps asking me when I am going to open a fabric shop?

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    What is balck mirage fabric ?

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    Thanks for asking that question I was about to ask the same, what is black mirage fabric.

    Meredith I love your fabric choices. Do you have a black background, can´t remember what you said now, those will pop.

    LindaAnn, sorry you have family problems and as Patti said pop back in if you need a lift, we are all very good at that and I have had more problems than I care to think about and those ladies helped me through it all. I also didn´t care for the book when I got it and in fact dropped out at one point. However I decided to do my own colourways and you will be surprised when you see what other colours do and how it will end up. The book does have some pretty crass sewing, but yours or mine will only be an improvement on that. Lesley´s blocks are fabulous go back and have a look at those that will change your mind

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    Quote Originally Posted by sharon b
    What is balck mirage fabric ?
    Black Mirage fabric is a tonal/blender fabric group put out by Connecting Threads. It's sort of like Moda Marbles, but slightly different.

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