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    Wow Aggi it looks great! You should be very pleased.
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    WOW!!! Great job. I wish I could be half as good as you and I have done it before. I need to be practicing but it is so frustrating when it doesn't look like I want it to. Yours is great!!!

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    Thanks Mary! I'm having alot of fun practicing! I worked on it until around 11 last night! I managed to get 14 of those designs on the quilt. I still have many more to go, and I plan to spend the rest of the day and night playing again!!


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    How do you manage the bulk of fabric to free up the square for doing the design? I would think those blocks that are along the edges would be fairly easy to get under the machine, but it's the ones that are deeper into the center of the quilt. I have only done free motion on pillow tops, so I can't imagine handling that much fabric and bulk to do free motion. You gals (and guys) are really something else.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GailG
    How do you manage the bulk of fabric to free up the square for doing the design? I would think those blocks that are along the edges would be fairly easy to get under the machine, but it's the ones that are deeper into the center of the quilt. I have only done free motion on pillow tops, so I can't imagine handling that much fabric and bulk to do free motion. You gals (and guys) are really something else.
    Gail surprisingly it wasnt' too bad at all!!! You are not hauling as much fabric through the machine as you are keeping your quilt in the same direction only moving it side to side, up and down through the needle, so you are not moving it alot!

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    Thanks. That's interesting. I would have thought that there would have been a lot of weight to manage under the machine. Perhaps I'll give it a try on one of my UFOs.

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    Aggi it looks terrific! Your a natual!!! :wink:

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    Are you using the paper on top of the quilt instead of marking the design? I need to get some of this and try it. Your quilting is fantastic. Gives me hope that I can master it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by purplemem
    Dumb question of the day:
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    How do you drop the feed dogs?
    My Singer has a walking foot, and I want to try machine quilting, but can't figure out how ...

    Help :!: :oops:
    There are NO dumb questions only people that are afraid to ask. The folks here are the most helpful and good teaching bunch I've ever been around!

    I have a Singer Ingenuity and my feed dog switch is on the back of the arm. I was free motion quilting today on the baby quilts, it's vverrryyy much easier than I feared. :-) I stayed away from trying it for way to long.

    Don't forget, if you have one of the older model sewing machines you CAN cut an index card and tape it down over the feed dogs on each side. I'd use painters tape in several layers rather than get sticky stuff all over the throat plate. :?

    Aggi, that quilt is beautiful and your work is fabulous!!
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    Well this is one thing that I still need to accomplish myself this year. OOPS I think I said that last year also. Well lets see I know I need to get it on my list this year!!!!!!!!

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    hi, first time i'm message board so hope i do it right and Aggi gets this. Saw your free motion and I think it's great, and for first try, amazing. I do some free motion - meander, and around images on a panel, I also took lessons on a long arm and a quilt shop in my area rents time on their long arm (had to have taken lessons first). I did that an quilted a queeen size quilt for my sister, I was thrilled with it. Because I'm new to whole technique when I used long arm I then quilted border on my home machine. I'm getting ready to free motion designs on blank block of a queen size Irish Chain. Because I'm a little concerned about the size and getting it through the 7 1/2 throat of my Viking I'm quilting in sections (a Marti Michell technique) will quilt entire center and then add borders and quilt them. I was really interested that for your first free motion experience you used pattern that you applied to the quilt and then quilted it. That's what I'm going to do. Not sure how I'll get pattern onto quilt yet, but I'm working on it.
    thanks for listening, and if you have any suggestions i'm all ears.

    thanks peel

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    Peel, welcome to the board from Southern California. We have a section called "Introduce Yourself" Go on there and introduce yourself to everyone. Glad to have you on board!

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    do i call you Jim's Gem or Gayle,
    in any case thanks for the welcome.
    don't see "introduce yourself", where is it

    peel

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    Good job for a beginner! I keep trying it & love it, I hate to see it end. Usually, by the time I get to the end, I'm doing pretty well. My biggest problem is that the quilt comes 'alive' on the table! :evil: It has a mind of it's own! I'm great on a 'practice piece' but when I get a BIG quilt....look out! Even though I 'package'it! It just takes lots of practice, so don't give up. I think I will do a practice once a week even if I'm not working an a quilt! :?

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    Aggi-- you're doing a great job in your quilting. Love your quilt; it is beautiful.

    sewin'sam--I did a doll quilt for a great niece for Christmas and had the same problem. I did great on a practice and thought I can do this. I did all the designs I would use on my practice Ugh--I had a heck of a time with the actual quilt. My sis has a machine on a frame that controls the size of the stitch automatically, but it was tied up with big quilts my sis was doing for friends. It was fun though.

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    As I said, by the time I'm done, it's pretty good! But I do a lot of "pickin' out! Don't enjoy that! :cry:

    here's a baby quilt I just finished for my 1 yr old G'son. Applique's alternated with free motion ducks! Yikes!
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    Aggi...looks great! Don't you just love getting into that zone and going to town?? I love it! Put on some good music and zone out. Enjoy! Can't wait to so the finished job.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quiltsRfun
    Are you using the paper on top of the quilt instead of marking the design? I need to get some of this and try it. Your quilting is fantastic. Gives me hope that I can master it.
    Yes I am QuiltsRfun. And it's not too bad getting the pieces of paper off once it's quilted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by peel
    hi, first time i'm message board so hope i do it right and Aggi gets this. Saw your free motion and I think it's great, and for first try, amazing. I do some free motion - meander, and around images on a panel, I also took lessons on a long arm and a quilt shop in my area rents time on their long arm (had to have taken lessons first). I did that an quilted a queeen size quilt for my sister, I was thrilled with it. Because I'm new to whole technique when I used long arm I then quilted border on my home machine. I'm getting ready to free motion designs on blank block of a queen size Irish Chain. Because I'm a little concerned about the size and getting it through the 7 1/2 throat of my Viking I'm quilting in sections (a Marti Michell technique) will quilt entire center and then add borders and quilt them. I was really interested that for your first free motion experience you used pattern that you applied to the quilt and then quilted it. That's what I'm going to do. Not sure how I'll get pattern onto quilt yet, but I'm working on it.
    thanks for listening, and if you have any suggestions i'm all ears.

    thanks peel
    Hi Peel!!

    I am using the tracing paper I got from the Connecting Threads website. It is yellow in colour but the paper is fantastic! I recently found the same paper at a local quilt shop. Since my quilt was already basted, I couldn't add the designs on by marking pencil, so i traced the design on one piece of the tracing paper, layered the tracing paper about 10 papers thick then needle punched the design (sewed the design with my feed dogs down and no thread in the needle). I then took each individual design one paper at a time and pinned it to my quilt where I wanted the design to go. Then I carefully free motion quilted the design. Once it was done, I took off the tracing paper and had my design! So soo easy!~

    I will be making a Double Irish Chain quilt for Trevor's parents for their wedding anniversary for March. I picked out my fabrics last night to make the quilt and I found a really nice Celtic Knot design to free motion quilt in the big areas! I can't WAIT to play again!

    I too have a Viking.. I have the Husqvarna Platnium 750 and I have to say it quilts like a breeze! I haven't used the long arms before, but one of these days will try my hand at it :)

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    Sewin' Sam!!

    WOW Love your baby quilt!! it's adorable!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by sandpat
    Aggi...looks great! Don't you just love getting into that zone and going to town?? I love it! Put on some good music and zone out. Enjoy! Can't wait to so the finished job.
    Yes I definetely do!! I'll be back in that "zone" tonight after work! Come on 4:30!!!

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    I finally started to quilt Heartsong this afternoon. She sure is a BIG girl and kind of hard to handle in the very middle sections...but I'll be through with that part pretty soon. :wink: Gotta finish up here and go back to my room..I've had my Margarita and dinner, so now just to quilt some more!!

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    great job Aggi, I have done a little bit and I am still scared. They say drink a glass of wine and that will help you relax and feel it. But unfortunetly I like wine.

    Machel

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    Peel and Aggi -- so glad you are sharing info on the free motion quilting.

    Piecefully yours,
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    Wow, this is really awesome Aggi...i am DONE with my handquilting now! lol So my next project i'll be trying out my new darning foot, and hopefully making out as good as you :) :) :)

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