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    They came out with a collector's Zelda set for Game Cube that came with the original Zelda, Adventure of Link, Ocarina of Time, Majora's Mask, and a trailer for Wind Waker. Nick bought it for me. I also have a copy of the original for the Game Boy...I've died like 50-something times on it and I'm only got to the second dungeon. I even printed the map for the game and that didn't even help.

    Yeah...and I should have had this quilt done when the Pirates of the Caribbean movie came out (that's when his b-day was).



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    Oh, I almost forgot. I'm about half way done seam ripping the quilt apart. I've noticed that in the backing there are little, but very noticeable holes where the needle went through (its a light colored fabric so they really show up well, unfortunatly). Will those go away if I press/iron the fabric or are they there for good?

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    I think they are there for good, but the other girls probably know for sure.

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    There is website called Sew4Less.com that has sewing machine parts for any kind of sewing machine. Really easy to order from. You can order online or by phone. I ordered some feet for my machine. They arrived by mail in about 3 or 4 days. They do have walking feet. You might give them a try.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mpeters1200
    I think they are there for good, but the other girls probably know for sure.
    Actually, I'm kinda of glad. Gives me an excuse to replace $5 worth of fabric. Just not very fond of the color (really pale and blue)...or how the dark blue thread I'm using shows up extremely well against the light blue color of the fabric. But at the time, it was either that or one of the many lovely floral prints that were on sale...yeah, I'm sure Nick would have loved to have flowers on his quilt. LoL. Well, today I found this dark blue plaid flannel-like cotton stuff at Wal-Mart and thought it would be better for a backing than what I got now. :mrgreen:

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    are you doing a rag quilt i am trying to finish one and i am about to go crazy i didnt think the back trough before i started sewing and i dont think it is very pretty on the back side and blue jeans on the front side and it is ok but it is driving me crazy and it is my first one thanks dorothy from tenn

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    No, I'm not doing a rag quilt, but maybe I or one of the other ladies can help. What's making your quilt look not-so-pretty?

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    Sorry Dorothy that you have having a terrible time with your rag quilt.
    blue jean denim is so thick and hard to work with into a quilt, at least for me. they tend to be too heavy as well. tell us more about your frustration
    perhaps one of us can help you work through this. You said the back doesn't look good, with denim I'm pretty sure you don't need a filler between the layers. Maybe this is your problem...just let us know, we'll help!

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    I had the same trouble with 3 layers of my quilts not feeding right.
    Bought a walking foot to fit my machine and that solved the problem.
    Wouldn't be without one of these.

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    Can you get an even-feed presser foot for your machine? I have a 1967 Singer and I bought an even feed presser foot for it. I pin the layers together, start from the middle and have no trouble.

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    You really need to invest in a walking foot. Try a local sewing machine retailer, they should have one or Nancy's Notions, I know she carries them. They usually run around $25, but are well worth it. I did a denim lap quilt awhile back and I know how difficult they can be. Be sure to have plenty of support going into and out of the machine and have extra needles. I manage to get by only breaking two I think. I might try another one someday but if I do it will be a quilt as you go. Let us know how it all comes out maybe even include pictures. I know your going to succeed! :D

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    When I am sewing rows of blocks together with the sashing, I use the walking foot to make sure that nothing shifts and it hleps keep everything lined up the way it should. Otherwise my rows won't line up and the sahsing won't fall right where it should. Not that it always does anyway, but this helps to make it do right most of the time :!:

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    OK, Flying V Goddess: Where's the picture of that prom dress? I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like a gander at it. :shock: Sorry, I can't help you with your quilting problem.
    Feathers

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    Is this a raggedy quilt or a normal one with the seams on the inside? I suspect that it is a raggedy quilt where the seams wind up on the outside of the top.

    I believe that the batting you are using might be too heavy for the type of quilt. Since you already have the blocks cut and quilt partly sewed, I agree that the best way to go would be to pick out the machine stitching and just tack the center of the block. If it is a large block, you may need to use more than one tack per block.

    Next time, use very thin batting or no batting, complete each block, then, sew them together.

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    Did you get your quilt done? How did your friend like it? Got any pictures?

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    Still working on the quilt. Going a LOT better the second time around. Haven't run into too many problems. I think I got about...oh, 8 more rows of stitching to go before I'm done with the quilting. Then I have to seam rip the hot pink basting that kept backing and the batting together (which shouldn't be too hard of it, but there's quite a lot of it). After that, binding and putting the quilt through the wash (I...kind of accidently spilled some Mountain Dew over it).

    You know what's really strange? The quilt doesn't seam all that heavy despite the thick denim and low loft batting. I mean, its a little heavier than the simple cotton quilt I got on my bed, but not by much. Its not as weighty as I thought it would be. Weird.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying_V_Goddess
    Sue: Don't have a walking foot. Where might I find one, by the way?
    I haven't followed your other thread that you mentioned as I've been here only a few days but a walking foot will help soooo much. You need to know what kind of shank your machine has. Your LQS might have one or this is only one of many sources http://www.keepsakequilting.com/prod...H=walking+foot

    piney

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    Hi Piney:
    You gave Goddess GREAT advice about the walking foot. I just got one for my New Home 8000 and can't believe I've sewed a million miles on the machine making 100 (s) of quilts and didn't have one! :oops: I love mine and know that I'll be doing much more of my own quilting now that I have a foot that works so good. As you said, shank length is IMPORTANT and any sewing machine shop can probably order the foot that fits your particular machine. I think my walking foot was around $20 so they aren't very expensive...the light bulb went out on the New Home and replacement was $18.00! I almost choked as i handed over the 20 $ bill to pay for a tiny light bulb so comparatively, I thought I'd stolen the walking foot at $18.00 :roll:

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    Hi feathers. Isn't the internet great with forums to help people out? Nice to share info, I'm always learning something new to try.
    piney

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    Hi Piney:
    Where in New England? Were you anywhere near Wickford or North Kingston, RI? We were stationed at Quonset Point with the Navy years and years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Feathers
    ...anywhere near Wickford or North Kingston, RI?
    Try about 20 minutes from Keepsake Quilting. :mrgreen: Close enough to shop but not so close that I live there. :lol: (Unless I find a pot of gold).
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    Dorothy, I don't believe that you ever said just what kind of problem you were having with the raggedy quilt or why you were unhappy with the back of the quilt. What kind of fabric did you use for the back? Did it pucker, slip, or what? Please let us know exactly your problem, and we'll help. Or maybe someone has already posted the solution to your problem. If so, we'd like to know about that, too. Betty

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    I recently had the same problem with the stiches on a small quilt I made (actually I've always had that problem to one extent or another). My latest quilt I changed over to a cotton batting. Worked sooooo much better. the layers held together so much better and used less pinning. The stitches were much more even and looked so much better. Hope you are able to get it going soon. I know how frustrating it can be.

    Linda

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    Yes, warm and natural is what I'm using now. Love it!!! Only drawback is the expense. I try to get it on sale.

    Linda

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