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    Quote Originally Posted by imanoni
    quite obvious my message didn't go into the right thread, I meant for it to go to the BOM or block of the week thread.
    Are you wanting to do the Affairs of The Heart ? if so you are in the right place :thumbup:

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    welcome :-D

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueven
    I have been lurking for over a year but when I saw this quilt I knew I had to get involved. My daughter, Felicia and I are both going to sew along. We are using black as the background and are enlarging the blocks to 10". I'm hoping to use all batiks, ahe is going for the brighter the better.
    Hi Sue! Your fabric choices sound just like what I'm thinking of using. I'm hoping to have lots of batik scraps from the quilt I'm working on now, perhaps enough to do this quilt.

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    Welcome Inanoni, the more the merrier. Hope you are joining in the Affairs of the Heart quilt, if so you are in the right place.

    We like to know peoples names here we are a real friendly bunch so can you let us know please.

    Elle

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    Paula, I do hope your daughter gets her mortgage okay and that she can live beside you, how cool is that. My daughter and son are 4,000 miles away, but always at the end of the phone.

    Elle

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    Welcome Sue, hope you are going to join us here as well? when we get tothe harder ones we will all be here to help each other.

    I had a problem with the needleturn, just me, dead awkward, however I have managed to make a much better job of my one trial block by using vegetable paper (greaseproof paper) as the templates and then cuting them out of the fabric leaving a small turn over seam allowance. Then I basted them. When finished you can can the back (to stop the bulk) and take the paper out. I am a much happier bunny than I was yesterday.

    If anyone wants pictures (some follow those better) I am happy to show you.

    Elle

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butterflyspain
    Welcome Sue, hope you are going to join us here as well? when we get tothe harder ones we will all be here to help each other.

    I had a problem with the needleturn, just me, dead awkward, however I have managed to make a much better job of my one trial block by using vegetable paper (greaseproof paper) as the templates and then cuting them out of the fabric leaving a small turn over seam allowance. Then I basted them. When finished you can can the back (to stop the bulk) and take the paper out. I am a much happier bunny than I was yesterday.

    If anyone wants pictures (some follow those better) I am happy to show you.

    Elle
    Go ahead with your pics Elle, there are so many ways of doing these blocks, and what suits one isn't right for another, and if we can find ways round the problem (which you have) then it might help someone else. If we post now people will have a good chance to practice well before start date so they can decide how to tackle their own quilt.

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    I found that I get the best results when I put the freezer paper on the right side of the fabric pin it on my piece and needle turn it to the edge of the paper. My curves seem smoother and my points seem to be sharper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sueven
    I found that I get the best results when I put the freezer paper on the right side of the fabric pin it on my piece and needle turn it to the edge of the paper. My curves seem smoother and my points seem to be sharper.
    Welcome Sue, glad to have another one to join our team.

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    Good morning all!

    Welcome Sue and Imanoni--glad to have others who, like me have had limited experience with applique. I'll be the one in over my head, lagging behind everyone else and asking a million dumb questions. I'm sure I'll try everyone's patience , but this one caught my eye and is too pretty to pass up having lots of help.
    I haven't gotten my book yet and haven't decided on specific colors but I'm getting lots of ideas from everyone else's posts. So keep talkin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxanne
    Good morning all!

    Welcome Sue and Imanoni--glad to have others who, like me have had limited experience with applique. I'll be the one in over my head, lagging behind everyone else and asking a million dumb questions. I'm sure I'll try everyone's patience , but this one caught my eye and is too pretty to pass up having lots of help.
    I haven't gotten my book yet and haven't decided on specific colors but I'm getting lots of ideas from everyone else's posts. So keep talkin.
    Roxanne, I already had dibs on the way over my head spot, lol, I'll scoot over though so we both can fit :mrgreen: :lol:

    Welcome to all the newcomers, I am trying to not get too excited about this, I need to finish what's in the works first. :thumbup:

    Paula, your daughter is pretty. I hope the loan drama gets a happy ending soon. I wish I lived next door to my mom....she is five hours away though.

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    Roxanne, welcome to you too. Remeber no question is dumb because someone else is probably just waiting on someone asking the same question.

    Sueven, thats another good tip, that might solve a lot of problems.

    Lesley, I have nearly finished this block so a bit late to take pics but I will do one later when I get finished with DJ I will post some pics of the next one.

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    I guess there will be several of us in the "over our head" spot! The quilt is beautiful! I think as we make the individual blocks it will be easy to see the mistakes, but when completed it will be beautiful. I made a quilt for my daughter Heather for Christmas and I joked it was amazing what the little piece of binding did because as a completed quilt it was so adorable and the little things that I knew were wrong only gave it personality.

    We are keeping our fingers crossed and saying a few prayers regarding the loan. It will be so neat to have Heather next door. My daughter Meghan (the bride in the picture) is 5 hours away and we both hate it too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roxanne
    Good morning all!

    Welcome Sue and Imanoni--glad to have others who, like me have had limited experience with applique. I'll be the one in over my head, lagging behind everyone else and asking a million dumb questions. I'm sure I'll try everyone's patience , but this one caught my eye and is too pretty to pass up having lots of help.
    I haven't gotten my book yet and haven't decided on specific colors but I'm getting lots of ideas from everyone else's posts. So keep talkin.
    Roxanne, I already had dibs on the way over my head spot, lol, I'll scoot over though so we both can fit :mrgreen: :lol:

    Welcome to all the newcomers, I am trying to not get too excited about this, I need to finish what's in the works first. :thumbup:

    Paula, your daughter is pretty. I hope the loan drama gets a happy ending soon. I wish I lived next door to my mom....she is five hours away though.

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    I am a newbie to applique, so this will be "over my head". The only applique I have done is in my Dear Jane, and I am not finished with that!

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    It's funny that every quilt I make is so full of mistakes but no one that receives them ever seems to notice! So the moral is----KEEP QUILTING no matter what!

    I keep practicing and practicing and some day my quilts won't be full of mistakes. So Candi---keep moving over to make room for all of us newbies.

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    Well said Roxanne. Believe me every now and again I get those moments too and one of the ladies on here has a motto which reads, better finished than perfect. I like that.

    Elle

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    As I said on Lacelady's thread, I've decided to not worry about it. This whole AOTH will be a wonderful learning experience, and I LOVE to learn new things. And who knows, maybe we'll all surprise ourselves at how well we do!

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    Elle, I agree
    and Ducky---I'm with you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    As I said on Lacelady's thread, I've decided to not worry about it. This whole AOTH will be a wonderful learning experience, and I LOVE to learn new things. And who knows, maybe we'll all surprise ourselves at how well we do!
    Well said Ducky. With the DJ, I kept telling everyone not to worry about tiny imperfections in their blocks, because when you get them alltogether, you can't find where the problem was.

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    Well said, ladies.
    My husband and I spend a lot of time away from home for work, and in the fall of 2007, we were in Boise, Idaho for three months. We were working different schedules, and I realized that I had a bit of alone time, that I had to spend indoors-cold blood here, lol-and I was getting bored with just reading and such. We happened to be living five minutes away from a quilt shop-before I even knew what quilting even was- and passing by, I saw a sign advertising beginning quilt classes, I had to research what quilting was all about when I got home, and I was telling my husband that I thought I wanted to sign up for the classes and learn how to quilt, if I liked it, a new hobby will be born, if not, I'd have spent the fall doing something productive. My husband agreed that I had nothing to loose and I should try it.
    Next day off to the quilt shop I went, and I had no clue what to expect, I remember seeing all the color coordinated fabrics everywhere, and being a color person, I remember thinking that hey at least I'll be spending time in a cheerful colorful place. I asked the lady at the counter about the beginning classes and explained to her that I had no clue what's what, I owned no equipments, sewing machine and that my husband is the one in the household to attach buttons on, I don't ever remember threading a needle, she laughed and said that i'd love it and the teacher loves converting newbies and I could buy things I needed as I go and they had a sewing machine I can use...so I signed up, and my quilting journey began, I remember being so overwhlemed by the whole process, other ladies in the class were far more advanced than I was, they all had machines, knew how to thread them, knew how to sew straight lines and pretty much all at some point tried quilting. Well, me, lol, I was lost. But I sat there during the first lesson, and listened to the teacher explain the process, introducing terms I have never heard before and go over supplies list and assignments. She was very nice, knowledgeable and helpful, and took extra time to clarify things that confused me. I went home that day with many foreign supplies. And I remember explaining to my husband what all the stuff was to be used for. The next day I went back to the quilt shop to try to pick fabrics for the pattern we were using for the class,an Ohio star, and was so overwhelmed yet again and had to have the ladies there help me pick and coordinate.
    Anyway, I struggled through the whole process from cutting to trying to piece the darn triangles, adding sashing, borders and putting the four blocks together. It took me six weeks to just do that,lol, and it was a job poorly done I may add. :mrgreen:
    The class was just for piecing, by the time it was done, it was time to go home, so I packed my quilt top and stashed somewhere with every intention to finish it but no clue how.
    Work took us to to a few places after that, and I kept thinking that I needed to finish that top...in November 2008, a year later, we were again spending three months in cold Washington state, and i decided that it was the perfect time to learn to finish that top, I bought my first sewing machine and signed up to take classes to learn how to use it, bought some books, wAtched Tutorials and joined the board and managed to quilt my first quilt,again poorly,lol, and it was finished. And I found myself ready to start something new, and I did, but we went to work in Hawaii after that, and I had to leave my machine behind, and pause my quilting adventure until i got home in April last year, and I've been quilting nonstop and managed to finish few things and love it.
    Moral of this long story is that it is good for us to venture into new things in life and try things even if we feel are over our head, it's how we discover new things about ourselves and pursue new passions in life. This idea had defined my quilting journey, it is true that i always seem to choose projects that are difficult for me, I enjoy the challenge, and after all, like my husband always says, what do you have to loose, got for it!

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    Terrific story Candi, and all because of that, here you are now! Boy I envy you having several months in the Pacific though, even if you had to put up with others in the cold.

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    Candi, that was wonderful. That one tiny thought turned into this. It made me try to remember what got me into it. I'll have to venture into the dusty, cobwebby recesses of my mind to recall. ***If I don't make it back, send in a search team!*** :shock:

    Well, I did it again. I changed my mind on the background color. I looked at Shadowplay denim-colored fabric, which was really nice, but I decided to go with a very deep brown Walnut Shadowplay. It almost looks like wood. I have to go with this because I ordered several yards. :D

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    Thank you Candi for sharing your Quilting Odyssey with us! I used to shop Lee Wards stores. The one I frequented most was offering a beginning quilting class and I signed up. There were several of us who were taught by a first grade teacher who had just begun a guild! I went to that and was fascinated by all the pretties! I was hooked! And this was in the late 80s when most everything was pink or blue calico with the same value! My, how times have changed!

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    lol...i learned that the hard way when i was doing block 1...thanks for the heads up on the rest.

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    Evening, everyone!

    Welcome to our newcomers. Please don't ever think that a question you have is "dumb." The only dumb ones are the ones that aren't asked! That is one of the really neat things about a sew-along; you have lots of others to help you when you hit a snag.

    I am getting stuff finished or am working on prep work for 2 workshops. After that, I'll be able to get a jump on our project. I want to get a block done to show you my method of machine applique, but I do have to get this other stuff out of the way before I can have fun. In the mean time, these other ladies who have the fidgits are going to keep you "in stitches" for me.

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