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Thread: New York Beauty Challenge

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    I didn't have any trouble with either the silks or lame, I used a little lower heat setting of course. I found that by using a very lightweight fusible web on the back they do not stretch or fray. I would recommend it. I'm not making something that is going to be thrown in the washing machine, and I don't know if it would work for that type of quilt.

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    Thank you for all of the tips for working with these fabrics :D:D:D

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    I recently had the same problem trying to mark a dark maroon batiq border. I found a marking pen that worked great for me. Chalk was no good, as I hand quilt, and the chalk just doesn't stay with all that bouncing. The pen I bought is a white marker, very fine point, and is removed by ironing, although the quilting stitches covered up that line, so I did not bother ironing it. It is made by Clover, but I see no name on the package except "white marking pen-fine" I think I bought it on connecting threads web site, although I did see one in Joann's the other day. I was really pleased that I could mark the border all in one shot on a flat surface, instead of trying to mark every three inches or so as I went along. I don't know if this will help you finish your beautiful ny beauty, since the fabric you used is satin and maybe cannot be ironed. I think the price was around 6 dollars.
    I use that pen all the time, and love it! If the fabric cannot be ironed, the marks can also be removed with water...it doesn't take much. The price at Joann's is usually around $6.00, but that's a great item to use your 40% coupon on! Connecting threads had the pens on sale earlier in the year. The price was even better, so I stocked up a little. I have also seen them in the Newark Dressmaker Supply catalog, and I believe the Clotilde catalog also had them.

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    ITS BEAUTIFUL!

    is the one border strip on backwards???

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    There is something different from the pattern. I sewed all the patches in the same direction, I think I should have reversed some of them. Or I should have sewn all of them before attaching the first row which is wrong. It was the only way I could make the color right. It's not that important for how I'm using this to worry about. But next time I'll try to make it work as intended.

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    Oh that's really pretty. Chalk doesn't come off as easily as you'd think, I always have to rub it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iluv2quilt
    Oh that's really pretty. Chalk doesn't come off as easily as you'd think, I always have to rub it off.
    If I use a chalk wheel I find the chalk usually bounces right off when I'm quilting, but the chalk pencils I have to scrub off. I do mark pretty hard though, which is likely why I have to wash it several times or use an eraser or wet rag to scrub it off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky
    There is something different from the pattern. I sewed all the patches in the same direction, I think I should have reversed some of them. Or I should have sewn all of them before attaching the first row which is wrong. It was the only way I could make the color right. It's not that important for how I'm using this to worry about. But next time I'll try to make it work as intended.
    thats great! I have a really hard time looking at my work... it can ALWAYS look better! I need to learn a bit of your point of view :)
    I used to put a messed up square into every quilt on purpose! just to prove to myself that it didnt HAVE to be perfect :)
    and have gone back to my old pefectionist self again :roll:
    "messing up is part of quilting, RIGHT" I repeat to myself.....

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    Call it creativity and you will feel better about yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deranged_damsel
    thats great! I have a really hard time looking at my work... it can ALWAYS look better! I need to learn a bit of your point of view :)
    I used to put a messed up square into every quilt on purpose! just to prove to myself that it didnt HAVE to be perfect :)
    and have gone back to my old pefectionist self again :roll:
    "messing up is part of quilting, RIGHT" I repeat to myself.....
    Actually, I see nothing wrong with wanting to make a 'perfect' quilt. We are all striving to get better at quilting, right? I'm a perfectionist - but only when it comes to my own work. I don't expect others to live up to my expectations, esp when I can't live up to them. I actually hate that expression, "If you can't see it from a galloping horse at ten feet away" - mostly because I will never be running past a quilt. I notice the mistakes, but as long as they are not mine I'm not bothered by them. As for my own work, I strive to do the best I can and when I don't meet my expectations (which is often), I then tell myself to live with the results. And most others don't notice things the way I do, but I think we all do that with our work. There is nothing wrong with striving for perfection. And when I don't meet it, I tell myself that only God is perfect. ;)

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    Love your sparkly piece! I am in awe of finished tops!

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    There's going to be a free class this month at the Quilted Hill in Yamhill on finishing borders and bindings, you might get help there. (I think a class is coming up on NY Beauties, too)

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    JustMe - do you wash out the chalk and hairspray when done, or does it cover up? can't quite get the concept in my head, but it sounds like a great idea.

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    Those are some SHARp points. Excellent job!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iluv2quilt
    Oh that's really pretty. Chalk doesn't come off as easily as you'd think, I always have to rub it off.
    This is what my sister uses.

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