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Thread: Noob ventures out again, gets machine out of hawk...etc

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    The fabric choices are phenomenal!! I can't do that (pick fabrics), so you have a great start. You'll be happy you bought the book. Maybe you'll find other quilts you "have" to make in it!! :-)
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    You can free motion with about any machine - all you have to do is cover the feed dogs with an old credit card or something, tape it down and away you go. I do this with my old touch'&'sew.

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    OOPS. forgot to say to punch a hole for your needle. I just used a small hole paper punch and some effort.

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    Did you get the chicken fabric at Joann's?? Just love it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jemma View Post
    great fabric you got the 'eye' for mixing --i am not so good at choosing colour so love show and tell+++++
    I agree! Love your fabric choices! They should make up beautifully in the pattern you linked to.

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    By the way...chicken, green and plaid were all from Susan Winget's line at Joann's. Admittedly, only the yellow and brown were "my own" coordinating additions. Wish I could take credit.

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    Quilters Cache has a tremendous number of quilts that include instructions and they are all no charge. Here is the link. They are alphabetical so you can check the area you would like. http://www.quilterscache.com/QuiltBlocksGalore.html Good luck!

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    Pretty cute collection of fabrics! I hope you find the pattern you are looking for.
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    Nice choice of fabrics! They work together so nicely!
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    Pretty fabric ...

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    I am going to Joann's next time I go to town. I NEED that fabirc for some kitchen things, like placemats, toaster cover, etc. My wallpaper has chickens on it with yellow background. It was here when I moved in and I love it plus I have some chickens and love them. I cannot help you with a pattern either, sorry. Take care.

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    Looking forward to seeing what you do with that beautiful fabric so sunny and happy!

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    Smile Fabric choices

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    Disclaimer: Don't mind the excited newbie...there are days when I might appear to have a bi-polar thing going on, but it's just "me." Oh, and I don't know how much "show and tell" goes on at this group regarding 'acquisitions,' but I hope it's ok to post them...

    So today I ventured out again, less than 18 hours after my disappointing evening last night.

    First stop: get my Kenmore out of hawk. It got a tuneup, and new little felt pads on top (that will DEFINITELY make it run better, right? In much the same way that washing my car makes it run better...) Found out that my 385 doesn't allow for FMQ- boo. Guess that means I need to start thinking about a new machine- LOL.

    Next stop: Joann's just to "see" what I might need (yes, this is all a need, right?) Not too much of sale going on, so I dropped "Ben" and "Andy" at the checkout counter, but I came away with this fine material by uh...Susan Winget? I forget...I don't know fabric designers yet, but I'm sure at some point I'll find some favorites.

    The pattern I plan on using was found in a book there- Easy Weekend something-or-other, and is by Sara Diepersloot called Pineapple Paradise. Does anyone know if I can find the pattern in some "generic" form online?

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    I wish I could stop at JoAnn's and "see" what I might need. Just spent the gift card the kids gave me for Christmas plus the money from a Bow Tucks bag I sold, but (my often time comment) "Honey, it was on sale". Anyway, I digress - I wanted to applaud you for your fabric choices, so bright and cheerful - just what we all need in Jan. Keep us posted. Sorry, but I don't know where you could find the pattern.

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    Love your fabric choices, keep us posted on outcome.

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    I googled it and there is a picture of one called pineapple paradise on this board.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SittingPretty View Post
    Coats & Clark was all I used, and I have a fairly good supply of it. Took my Babylock in to have it tuned up and found out that Babylock's don't like C&C. I didn't think I was having any problems, but the lady said that it sheds a lot and there is probably a regular "nest" inside my machine. Oh, boy. Maybe that is why it was starting to sound funny.
    I have a couple of Bernina's and my dealer told me the exact same thing about using Coats & Clark. Something about how they wind their thread onto the spool so that it comes off opposite of other threads and causes more lint build up.

    I LOVE your fabric choices!! Good luck!!
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    I agree with the rest of the thread comments; your fabric choices are awesome and will be anxious to see the finished product. Thanks for sharing.

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    Great fabric choices. I'm looking forward to seeing the finished quilt.

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    Great fabric and attitude....love your "can do" style....you'll get your machine FMQing in no time.....look forward to seeing your work. As you may have guessed we LOVE pics.

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    Out of Hock?????? 'Any machine should be able to do fmq......if you cannot drop your feed dogs just put a piece of masking take over them......and just hand guide the fabric.........
    As far as any machine not liking any brand of thread.....bullhocky.........it is just a matter of adjusting tensions to match the twist of the thread, correct needle, and of course cleaning the lint out of the machine on a regular basis (and that is after about 8 hrs of sewing) certainly helps any machine work with any thread.............I have had many brands of machines, used many brands of threads, doing various techniques and have never found "doesn't like the thread" as a bonafide reason for it not working....usually is operator error related problem.....

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    Out of Hock??????

    Sure. Minor violation as I see it
    Thank you for the tape-tip.
    Last edited by Teeler; 01-16-2013 at 07:46 AM.

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    If you can set your machine on 0 for stitch length, you can FMQ with it, and drop the feed dogs. If you can't drop feed dogs, tape a postcard over them with a hole cut out for the needle.

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