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Thread: QUILT HALO

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    Has anybody tried this quilt halo? Is it helpful? I'm new free motion quilter & it looks interesting. :? Here's where I saw it demostrated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SpmMYIDCrZw



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    I haven't heard of this, but it's very interesting.

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    I desperately need help with my free motion quilting and this looks like an interesting product. I haven't tried it but I do like Sharon Schambers, which goes a long way with me. She has an amazing binding YouTube video where she uses glue instead of pins for attaching binding. Several of my friends have tried it and they love the method. If this circle contraption works as well as her binding trick, I may have to invest in it. Thanks for sharing!
    Piece ~ Tiffany

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    OH, I had a gadget like this about 15 years ago. It was white and open on one side and had handles - It looked kind of like a steering wheel. I liked it for a while. The thing is, you have to have a nice flatbed to work on.

    It worked nicely on small projects if you had a big flatbed, though. :-)

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    I had one of these myself and gave it away. I used it a couple of times and didn't like it. I use MACHINEGERS gloves. They are great! They are white gloves with rubber in the finger tips that hold the fabric.

    There are several things out there to use for free motion quilting.

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    I saw one of these at a class I took. It is actually a pretty heavy circle made of some type of metal and then coated with a rubbery like substance. I could see where it would be very helpful (maybe) for smaller quilts..I just couldn't figure out how it would help me much for larger quilts, but maybe it would...I don't know..but my LQS does carry them :wink:

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    It does look so wonderful when she's using it doesn't it? I've had those white half hoops hanging on the wall for years, tried them now & again, but the space within the circle is really not very large & I found I had to stop & move the hoop too often. I just use the gloves now.

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    I have one with the handles and it didnt do much at all.
    I use Fons and Porters glue stick to hold my binding on the back before I stitch in the ditch and it works very well. No more gaps where it misses the binding. The glue washes out and so far no gumed up needle.

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    I have one i bought when I took a class with Sharon Schambers. You do have to have a large extension surface for your machine if you dont have it dropped into a table, for it to work and it does take a lot of practice to get used to working with it. I kind of still like the gloves better.

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    It looks like you'd have to put too much presser on it to keep it from sliding around for me.

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    have you ever noticed when they do these demo's the right side of the quilt is never rolled or stuff into the arm ???? it sure is a lot easier to quilt when you on the edge !



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    Quote Originally Posted by sewnsewer2
    It looks like you'd have to put too much presser on it to keep it from sliding around for me.
    it is actually really quite heavy so you don't have to put a lot of pressure on it, no more than you would if you were just moving the fabric with your hands with out the ring

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    The white ring ones have sponge glued to the back so when you place your hands on them they don't slide around, mayber her ring does too?

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    no. no sponge stuff on it. it is just a heavy ring must be some type of metal but it is rubbery plastic coated so it stays in place

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    scrap_lover09,
    Do you have one? Have you used it on larger quilts? I have a machine that drops into the cabinet, so I have a very large flat surface to work on. I mostly make quilts that are twin size or larger.
    Thanks, Max

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    I found that since Im just beginning on free motion that if you just do the border with the designs it helps to learn. The main part of the quilt I use the walking foot and do straight or diagional lines.
    Borders you are not wrestling with the quilt so much and you can consentrate on the design. I like the leaf stencil best, it is a continuous line and easy to follow.

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    I have never seen one or used one either. But it sure sounds interesting. Good luck to everyone using this method.

    Happy New Year,
    Cheryl

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    I'm just learning as well and all my friends keep saying is Practice, Practice, Practice! :P I actually got a great tip from a friend who said she made about a hundred place mats for the kitchen table and pot holders to practice on. Not only did she get in a bunch of practice and become fairly proficient before ever sewing on one of her own quilts, she also had all her Christmas gifts taken care of for the year. Now that is practical! :lol: I ignored everyone and went and bought some cute panels, like the kind with Christmas nativity scenes and one that has cute lambs all over it. I have four or five of them now and I'm planning to sandwich them and then simply free motion along the already drawn lines. That and I actually bought a yard of fabric that has various pre-printed quilting lines all over it. It is made specifically to help with free motion quilting. When I bought it the gal said to first sew it without any thread, just allowing the needle to punch down into the fabric and come up empty. This will allow me to get used to the motion and how it feels to free motion quilt before I use the panel up. It has everything from feathers to stipple to clamshells and about eight other designs. Now if I could just find the right box (we moved a couple months ago) I can get started. :lol:
    Piece ~ Tiffany

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    Hi Tiffany. Do you remember where you go the fabric with the pre-printed quilting designs. That would be great to practice on.

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    Yes, please tell us where you got it from. I am working on my first quilt and it has truly been an interesting endeavor and any help I can get (you all are doing a great job of helping me on a daily basis with all your great ideas and solutions) when I get to that quilting part. I do plan to follow your ideas of creating something smaller to practice the quilting on before starting on the king size quilt.

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    several (many?) years ago, I purchased something like this. It looked so good when it was demonstrated. However, I never got the hang of it, felt it was awkward and ended up giving it away.

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