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    Super Member Flying_V_Goddess's Avatar
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    I finally came up with an quilting idea I'm completely happy with and will be able to complete before Christmas rolls around. Yay!


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    I wish you all the luck you need to get it done. I know I wouldn't be anywhere close.

    Happy quilting!

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    Way to go FVG!! Glad you're out of your quilt slump :wink:
    I think it's going to be fabulous!
    :D :D :D

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    I'm hoping I'll be able to get the stuff for it this week. I'm not quite sure if I'll be able to because we just started "evil weather season" (gotta love Wisconsin winter weather) and the roads can get real bad up here.

    I'm thinking about using a high loft batting on this one to make it extra plushy. :D I think the little guy would like that 'cause I'm guessing for now the quilt would just be used for floor time (or when they're bundling him up for a trip in the car) so he'd probably like that extra fluffiness to lay on.



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    I'll bet he'll love it. My husband loves Buffalo plaid wood jackets and flannel shirts.

    Where in Wisconsin are you? I'm in Duluth, MN. We got 12 inches of snow yesterday and last night. Heavy and rather slippery stuff. I'm glad it's done now because my DH is got tickets for a holiday tour of 8 B&Bs in town for this afternoon.

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    Looking good, FV. You may want to consider tying it with the exrea thick batting, if it's the stuff I'm thinking of.

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    Madame Zelda....

    My first two quilts ever I quilted in the ditch and used extra high loft batting. What a chore that was!!! I'm hoping to thwart your plans before you drive yourself crazy. If the quilt is for a little person, I would forgo the quilting altogether and tie tack it with worsted weight yarn. If you cut the spare yarn to 1/4 " of the knot and run your hand over it it will fuzz out and the little one won't be able to chew it off. It's much more durable for a child's quilt to be tacked as it will be laundered often and you don't want your pretty stitches to come out. I wouldn't ever machine quilt using high loft batting....Just tooo thick.

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    Wow- what a vibrant and beautiful quilt!!!! Of course, I am a Chicago Bulls fan and just love that color combination. Way to go!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by PuffinGin
    I'll bet he'll love it. My husband loves Buffalo plaid wood jackets and flannel shirts.

    Where in Wisconsin are you? I'm in Duluth, MN. We got 12 inches of snow yesterday and last night. Heavy and rather slippery stuff. I'm glad it's done now because my DH is got tickets for a holiday tour of 8 B&Bs in town for this afternoon.
    I'm in Black River Falls, WI. We got snow fall followed by freezing rain on Saturday. Almost thought Nick wasn't going to be able to come up (the weather in Rochester was about the same here), but thankfully the weather held up and the roads weren't too bad the next day. Besides having a wonderful two days while he was up, I got the stuff for the quilt and got my Christmas shopping done. :-)

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    Madame Zelda....

    My first two quilts ever I quilted in the ditch and used extra high loft batting. What a chore that was!!! I'm hoping to thwart your plans before you drive yourself crazy. If the quilt is for a little person, I would forgo the quilting altogether and tie tack it with worsted weight yarn. If you cut the spare yarn to 1/4 " of the knot and run your hand over it it will fuzz out and the little one won't be able to chew it off. It's much more durable for a child's quilt to be tacked as it will be laundered often and you don't want your pretty stitches to come out. I wouldn't ever machine quilt using high loft batting....Just tooo thick.

    JMO

    Melissa
    You're talking to someone who decided that the second quilt she was going to make was going to be made out of denim. Besides, I already got the stuff for it and I can't just go out and get different things for it just because what I already have may be difficult to work with (I wasted money on some things with Nick's quilt that I wish I hadn't...I don't want to go that route again.) And hey...I like a good challenge. How will I learn new quilting things if I play it safe?

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    Ok...I thought about what I would do if I had to do it over again with the same materials. I would get a walking foot. So....that's my advice to you. I'm glad the weather persevered so you could have an enjoyable visit. My brother and his wife live in Milwaukee and it didn't sound so nice there.


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    Great choice in design...the baby will get a ton of good things from it. Eye developement, warmth, and I bet a bunch of great smiles too!! I knew you'd come up with something wonderful!! Have fun making it, and more fun watching the little guy drool on it!! :thumbup: :D

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    Ok...I thought about what I would do if I had to do it over again with the same materials. I would get a walking foot. So....that's my advice to you. I'm glad the weather persevered so you could have an enjoyable visit. My brother and his wife live in Milwaukee and it didn't sound so nice there.
    I'm glad the weather held up long enough for a visit, too. I really needed that time away from the house and spending it with him. He kind of made the holidays a little brighter helping me get gifts for my family and friends...I've never had the money to get everyone on my list a gift.

    Eh, if I had the money, I would get a walking foot. And I really don't know what kind I would have to get to fit my sewing machine. Hey, I've already made two quilts without one. Going without one for a third shouldn't be a problem......hopefully.

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    You can do it! Especially if you strip piece the whole top. It should go together in no time flat and leave you lots of time to quilt it. Another thought--Have you considered layering the top, batting and backing together and sewing around the edges, leaving a hole to turn the quilt right-side out? Then you wouldn't have to bind it either.

    You're very thoughtful--what a nice gift!

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    You can do it!! I totally agree. You have a lot more talent than at times you give yourself credit for. It doesn't matter the number of quilts you put out..it's the love and talent you put into them!

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    Funny thing happened to me last night trying to get this quilt started.

    I can't cut strips of fabric and cut pieces from them to save my life so I have a set of Optima square rulers that I trace and then cut my pieces out by hand. My design uses my 4 1/2" square ruler.

    Well, I had gotten all my fabric washed and my red fabric was all ironed. I was ready to start tracing about 80 squares onto it when I couldn't find my 4 1/2" square ruler. I must of looked for it for about an hour. Just tore my room apart.

    The next size ruler I had was 6 1/2" and if I used that size it would change my design dramatically...I'd go from a total of 165 squares to about 63 squares. That's not even half of what the original design called for.

    What I ended up doing was taking the 6 1/2" sqaure, marking it at the 4 1/2" marks, traced one corner of a square onto the fabric, flipped the ruler around, and drew the other corner in. I spent a good 2 hours drawing 24 squares, making sure everything lined up just right and that all the squares were 4 1/2".

    I saw that it was getting late (or really early depending on what time you get up) so I went to clear off my mattress and get ready for bed. Guess what turned up? Yup, my 4 1/2" square ruler. I was so mad! So I spent 2 hours trying to make 4 1/2" squares with a 6 1/2" ruler when the 4 1/2" ruler was sitting like 2 feet away from me the whole time.

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    LOL You're really being tested on this one aren't you? Using the 6 1/2 just means you put a couple more inches of love into those squares :wink:

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    darn...I hate it when that happens. When that kinda stuff happens to me, it always happens when the kids are around. They tend to inform me I have a potty mouth.

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    *sigh* Every quilt I've made so far has tested me in some way.

    Last night I had quickly sketched out a design with 6" squares, but it seemed too...simple. That's why I spent two hours carefully tracing 4 1/2" squares with a 6 1/2" square ruler. But now that I've found the 4 1/2" ruler it'll be easier to do. Rewashed the red fabric and going to re-do it.

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    I would call that practicing.

    Just like yesterday when I put the very last seam in a charity top. Putting the two halves together I managed to put both seams down instead of the right sides together. I was just practicing that seam. Major pain in the tail.

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    But I hate "practicing". :( Well, got about 3/4 of the red squares done and about 1/4 of the black.

    Eh, not sure if I'll work on it tonight. I kind of had a bad day. Well, the washing machine overflowed...only reason why I found out about it is because I remembered the brownies I forgot about in the oven and went to the near-by laundry room to go get a rag so I could pull them out of the oven. Stepped into a half inch of freezing cold water, which I spent like an hour cleaning up with every towel in the house. Then, my brother decided to be a little brat and the cell phone died and he disconnected the phone so I couldn't call Mom to say "Hey, I need you to come back home." (I just love living at home). So I kind of panicked. And its also the third anniversery of the death of Dimebag, the lead singer of Pantera (he was shot on-stage at a concert three years ago :(), so I was kind of down to begin with (which is why I made the brownies that I forgot about).

    I'm thinking of just curling up in bed with some Mountain Dew and watch Princess Mononoke. :-) I'll work on it tomorrow night.

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    Flying V Goddess....the design looks good. Can not wait to see it finished.

    How are you able to put your design on the screen like that. I would like to know who to design my quilts too. Thanks, Kyia.

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    I have a Photobucket account (photobucket.com) and I upload any pictures I want to post onto there. Then, I take the IMG code for that picture and paste it onto a post. I find it easier than trying to figure out how the message board lets you post pictures...and the account's free!

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    Thank you for the info. Kyia

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    I use photo bucket too. That's how I upload all my pics. I am severely technologically challenged and photobucket is easy to use.

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