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Thread: raggedy heart quilt

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    Super Member vicki reno's Avatar
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    Last year, I went to the quilt show in Hampton, VA and saw a raggedy heart quilt in blues and yellows. I didn't buy the pattern right away and when I went back to look for the vendor could not find her or the pattern. So last summer, I cut out zillions of hearts and started appliquing them to yellow and blue squares. Put it aside to get the house ready to sell and to move. Well, I had also bought a Flynn frame at the same quilt show. Its taken me this long to actually have something ready to quilt on it. The point I am making or my request is to have everyone cross your fingers and throw salt over your shoulder for good luck that this quilting goes well. I am procrastinating big time, b/c I am a little hesitant to take the next step and actually start the quilting! LOL
    If I can do it and do it so that it looks nice, I will post a pic. Hope to get it done by next weekend. We will be getting 2 of the grandkids for a week and I know there will be no sewing then, unless its doll blankets for the GD! :lol:

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    Looking forward to seeing your finished quilt.

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    I've got my fingers and toes crossed for you that it all goes well. Please do it quick and post pictures, as it's going to be hard walking around all week with my toes crossed!

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    Go Vicki!!! I bet it turns out beautifully!!! :D :D :D Sending lots of postive quilting vibes your way as I need my fingers right now for the quilt I am working on!!! You can have the use of my crossed left toes as I do not need that foot for my machine pedal, ok??? 8) 8) 8) Can't wait for the pictures!!
    have a wonderful time with the grands, I bet they enjoy being up in the Mtns with grama and grampa!!! Please post a picture if you make baby doll quilts with your granddaughter :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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    I appreciate all the good vibes and crossed toes and fingers. I am nervous because its new and I guess I was this nervous when I did my first one on a big floor frame too. Its been too long ago to remember! :lol:

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    Got everything crossed for you and sending the salt flying over the shoulder and transmitting good quilting vibes ! Can't wait to see how it comes out, and uh.. could you please hurry my toes are starting to cramp up ! LOL Keep us posted
    Sharon

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    Crossed fingers and toes for you. I can't wait to see it.

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    You'll do fine. The anticipation is always scarier than the actual situation. I was once told I should ask myself "what is the worst thing that can happen?"


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    Go on. Jump in the water is fine. Best of luck. Can't wait to see it.

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    Vicki I am the queen of procrastination when it comes to trying something new. Sometimes I can put it off for weeks! But it always seems simple once I finally put the needle in the fabric, so just go for it. I am sure you are going to be great at it! Oh and 1 or 2 chocolate chips just as you start can work wonders! :wink:

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    I took everyone's advice and took the plunge. I rolled the top and batting on one rail and the back on the other. Got everything assembled and started quilting (machine quilting on a John Flynn frame), and it was a disaster. The two front rails with the top and backing are suppose to hang off the table and balance on these huge plastic tubes to keep it level with the sewing machine. The one with the qulted quilt on it is between the needle and the rest of the machine. I had a hard time because m wrist hurt too bad to control the quilt and manuver it around the machine. That was my right wrist, my left shoulder has bothered me for years and it couldn't take the balancing act either.
    So I ripped about 3 inches all the way across this lap quilt. Then I basted 3 layers together and tried again without the frame. I couldn't get the hang of keeping my speed up versus the size of my stitches. I even put a practice "sandwich" together to get some practice in before attempting the real thing. I guess I need years worth of practice because it didn't look very good and I ripped again.
    I have 2 machines, my Bernina and a Shark Euro Pro. The 2nd one is really better for free motion, but the whole bobbin mechanism pops out of place in the middle of sewing fast which is what happened before and what you need to do when FMQ. I don't have a new enough Bernina to have a stitch regulator built in. So I am going to try to fix the Euro myself and try again. I don't know what I will do if that doesn't work. There is no money in the budget to put the Euro in the shop and no money to pay to have it quilted. It may end up being a lap quilt quilted in my lap. Not exactly what I was aiming for, but better than nothing. I can machine quilt on the Bernina, just not free motion quilting. I am frustrated to say the least. The quilt is 8 inch blocks with 3 hearts sewn onto each block. Its just crying out for all the little squiggles of FMQ.
    Such is my sad tale of woe.
    Things can only improve from this point--right? :?

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