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Thread: Need to Stop Quilting by Check Book - Your suggestions please

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    When I finally got brave enough to try FMQ I made a few doll quilts for my DGD. She doesn't know/care that my quilting wasn't great...and her dolly sure didn't either!!! LOL But the practice gave me enough self confidence to try something a bit bigger.

    Play some....practice some...and most of all, relax and have fun with it!!!

    Patti

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    You may want to try a Flyn quilt frame. There are people who do really well with them and they don't cost an arm and a leg...bet you could find one for under $75.00. They do work best with a machine that has at least a 9" throat.

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    I've been quilting 2 1/2 years, and I just recently started machine quilting. I wouldn't want to try it on a big bed quilt, but some people do. Maybe I will some day. For now, I wrote everything I had to say on this topic a while back in this post (if you're interested).

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/t-57341-1.htm

    It's really so much easier than you might think. I just sat at my sewing machine with my laptop computer and went through the beginner designs on Leah Day's 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting. I was amazed at how much easier it was than I thought it would be.

    Since I wrote that post, I've switched to Machinger's Gloves and I love those. Also, I purchased a Supreme Slider and I really like that too. I got mine for less money at

    http://www.jhittlesewing.com/sewing/catalog.php

    I got my Gloves there too. Everything is half what you pay anywhere else, and I've had good results using them.

    Oh yes, and I've used my embroidery module for quilting too.

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    I too am beginning to try to quilt my own, I have always knotted my quilts, well I guess you would call them comforters lol. Anyway I have been watching lots of tutorials on you tube and I did subscribe to the above mentioned Leah Day site, So far I have practiced on a baby scrap string quilt ,I need LOTS of practice but think I can do the simple designs. I really liked this Leah Day's tutorials,she really helps you think outside the box as they say.I mostly make scrappy quilts and don't spend much for fabric so I am excited about this new venture.You can do it too!

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    Wow thanks for that link for the gloves, awesome prices,How do you know what size to order?
    Rae

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    Quote Originally Posted by raedar63
    Wow thanks for that link for the gloves, awesome prices,How do you know what size to order?
    Rae
    I think I found a place to measure my hand on Leah Day's 365 Days of Free Motion Quilting. (Am I a bad person for using her site and then getting the gloves someplace else? I did donate to her site, so I guess I'm okay.)

    Actually, here is the link:

    http://www.daystyledesigns.com/machingers.htm

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    Please give hand quilting a chance and don't give up too soon. It is such good therapy for me. Use a large quilting hoop on a smaller project and give it a try. It takes a while to learn how to manipulate your needle and use a thimble, but is so worth it. I love the old-fashioned hand quilted look. If you need more suggestions, contact me. I think this is a skill worth preserving!

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    Please give hand quilting a chance and don't give up too soon. It is such good therapy for me. Use a large quilting hoop on a smaller project and give it a try. It takes a while to learn how to manipulate your needle and use a thimble, but is so worth it. I love the old-fashioned hand quilted look. If you need more suggestions, contact me. I think this is a skill worth preserving!

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    Sharon Schamber Network has videos on domestic machine quilting, long arm quilting, and hand quilting. I have a Tin Lizzie 18 and love it, but I still want to do some quilting on my domestic Juki, and am working on a handpieced and handquilted table runner. What I learn using one method seems to help me with the other methods, too.

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    Christina, at A few Scraps, is hosting a quilt-along that might be right up your alley. Not a sew-along, but precisely to quilt. And she does it with no fancy machine. So this might be helpful:
    http://afewscraps.blogspot.com/

    Angie

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    Ricky Tims has an excellent dvd out on that. He doesn't roll his quilts up. He keeps them loose around the machine but he has a massive surface and that makes all the difference in the world.

    The other thing is...go ahead and make a sandwich of fabric, batting and backing...put the quilting foot on etc....start on your sandwich...practice your name or just doodles etc....the trick is, listen to your motor, it needs to have a rythm and a certain humm...you will recognise it when it happens. ...it happems when you are keeping an even pressure on the foot. ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by theoldgraymare
    http://daystyledesigns.com/365project4.htm

    This is the link to the site with the 365 different ways to free motion quilt.
    This is a great site. Leah shows you how to quilt all these different designs. I got the sliding board, but my feed dogs don't drop, so it was eating it. I don't like sending my quilts out either, I would prefer to do them myself. But it does depend on what it is and for whom.

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    You could try to get the book put out by Marti Mitchell "Quilting in Sections" I have used this before and it shows you how to it in sections then put it toghether afterwards.Hope it helps you out.

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    For shapes, like leaves, to quilt, instead of pinning paper templates, cut them out of shelf paper and peel off back paper, then templates will stick to quilt. They can be used numerous times before all the stickiness is off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by New knee
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    For shapes, like leaves, to quilt, instead of pinning paper templates, cut them out of shelf paper and peel off back paper, then templates will stick to quilt. They can be used numerous times before all the stickiness is off.
    What a neat idea!!! Thanks. I am thinking to do a shamrock shape on the quilt that is next on the list of ready to quilt. I figured I would likely end up with lots of strange looking shamrocks. LOL

    Patti

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    If you want to do QAYG (quilt as you go) technique, MotherDuck from Qld, Australia has a good tutorial on this website. I haven't used QAYG yet but I know that a lot of others have. I am not much good at FMQ as I do it very infrequently. I think practice is probably the answer.

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    I suggest that you extend your quilting table to accomidate the larger amount of fabric and have a lot of patience and try not to put a lot of pressure on yourself to finish the quilt in a certain amount of time. Take your time, relax and enjoy what you are doing and in time you will become more proficient at it and you will zip through the quilting process.

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    Thanks for sharing.

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    I felt the same way, so I sold my jetski, and bought a Mega Quilter & frame off craiglist. I quilt my own now.

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    I don't remember what thread it is, but there actually I think a couple of them that shows you how to make an extension for your machine and turn your machine so that the right hand opf the machine is facing you. I want to try that sometime.

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    I don't know how practical this would be for you, but maybe you have a friend that can quilt a quilt for you and in exchange, you could babysit, clean her house, wash her car, etc. Just a thought. Or you could even tie your quilts if you like the way they look tied.

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    You know the feeddogs don't drop on my 20 plus year old machine, Mine maching has a darning plate that you place over the feed dogs, I did a search just random on darning plates and they are available for many machines. Most are less than 10 bucks.

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    Thanks, I may just order them from Leah's site as she is very generous with her talent, the link you provided is definitly bookmarked though excellent prices on everything, thanks.

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    I found a LQS that provided lessons on the long arm machine. I practiced on a few quilts and then started doing my own on their machine. They rent the long arm out for $10/hr plus thread if you use theirs. You may try locating a LQS that provides this service and do it yourself. There are a lot of resources online that provide designs. I also practice on my own machine so that it helps me to create designs easily on the long arm.

    Hope that helps.

    Diana

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    The perfect practice size is whatever will have you feeling good about your results. Like everything else, start small. Don't forget to post your results so we can be of help to get you going.

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