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    Anybody out there have a fave machine quilting (short arm!) to recommend? I was looking @ one @ JoAnn's today. Looked pretty interesting. It was Linda, last name started with F something. I KNEW I should check here before buying any book. She talked abt quilters paper. Looked like some sort of tracing paper???? you sew thru! JoA'S doesn't carry it..... Anybody know what it is or how to use it??? Thanks in advance!

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    Was the quilting paper golden colored? If so, this stuff is amazing!!! It's thin enough to sew on and you just draw your design on it, sew, and then gently tear the paper away. A friend gave me a square to try and now I am eager to go buy a roll for myself. I know Keepsake Quilting sells it for under $10.

    I too could use some advice on good MQ books, especially on FMQ, of which I think I'm terrible! I wish someone would teach a class because I really could use the help!

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    Thanks Tiffany. The book said it was golden colored. Since JoAnns doesn't have it I had no idea what it looked like. Now I AM anxious to try it.. I KNOW that FMQ requires LOTS of practice but I am too busy making quilts ... lol! How cold is it in Idaho Falls today... cold here but sunny! 24 this a.m. brrr! old man winter is on the way... BTQ

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    I started out with Harriet Hargrave's first edition on machine quilting. Haven't bothered to upgrade since that first edition was *so* good! I still recommend it.

    The only other machine quilter I know of that equals HH is Diane Gaudinski. She would be my second choice.

    Both of these quilters give **detailed** information on **all** aspects of machine quilting.

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    I agree...Harriet Hartgrove's is the book that I use as my machine quilting bible. I'm no pro..but I love to play with it.

    I used the paper that you are referring to and I have to tell you that its not magic. I sew through paper for a lot of my quilting and I've used the golden stuff, regular vellumn, tracing paper from a tablet from Wally's and even toilet paper on the borders. If its thin enough to tear away easily yet allows you to draw on it and then pin it to your top...its good enough.

    Good luck!

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    Here is a link to the current edition of the Harriet Hargrave book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Heirloom-Machi.../dp/1571202366

    and here is a link to Diane Gaudynski's book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Machine-...dp/1574327968/

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    I just ordered this book from Amazon:
    http://www.amazon.com/Foolproof-Mach...YKT47CJ94CRPHT

    I'll let you know how it is, when I get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntoquilt
    Thanks Tiffany. The book said it was golden colored. Since JoAnns doesn't have it I had no idea what it looked like. Now I AM anxious to try it.. I KNOW that FMQ requires LOTS of practice but I am too busy making quilts ... lol! How cold is it in Idaho Falls today... cold here but sunny! 24 this a.m. brrr! old man winter is on the way... BTQ
    It says we got up to 13F (-11C) today, but with the wind chill it's -3F (-19C) right now. It's supposed to get down to -8 (-22C), but they say with wind chill it'll be more like -35 (-37C). That's just wrong!!! In the summer I have to do a ton of gardening. I have so many allergies it is actually easier to raise my own food. However, winter is my time to quilt, quilt, quilt. (We need a love smilie!) The more snow, the more I stay downstairs in my quilt room, which has a wonderful gas fireplace to heat things up nice and warm.

    Thanks for the links to the quilting books. I think those are both books I need to add to my "To Buy" list. It's a long list. :|

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    Quote Originally Posted by Prism99
    Here is a link to the current edition of the Harriet Hargrave book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Heirloom-Machi.../dp/1571202366

    and here is a link to Diane Gaudynski's book:
    http://www.amazon.com/Guide-Machine-...dp/1574327968/
    Thanks Prism -Just took a "tour" thru the amazon Hargrave book. Interesting, in the index, there are 5 or 6 references to Diane Gaudynski - quotes maybe????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    Quote Originally Posted by borntoquilt
    Thanks Tiffany. The book said it was golden colored. Since JoAnns doesn't have it I had no idea what it looked like. Now I AM anxious to try it.. I KNOW that FMQ requires LOTS of practice but I am too busy making quilts ... lol! How cold is it in Idaho Falls today... cold here but sunny! 24 this a.m. brrr! old man winter is on the way... BTQ
    It says we got up to 13F (-11C) today, but with the wind chill it's -3F (-19C) right now. It's supposed to get down to -8 (-22C), but they say with wind chill it'll be more like -35 (-37C). That's just wrong!!! In the summer I have to do a ton of gardening. I have so many allergies it is actually easier to raise my own food. However, winter is my time to quilt, quilt, quilt. (We need a love smilie!) The more snow, the more I stay downstairs in my quilt room, which has a wonderful gas fireplace to heat things up nice and warm.

    Thanks for the links to the quilting books. I think those are both books I need to add to my "To Buy" list. It's a long list. :|
    Hunker down with the fire tonight- gonna be another COLD one.... We are a few miles from the Canadian border but I never did learn the "C" thing. versus F... when refering to the temp... now- wind chill, I understand.. living in Sandpoint ID for lots of years...

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    Thanks for the info on these books!!! :D:D:D

    I used to live in Libby, Mt and Nebraska....those sub zero temps are awful!!! :shock:

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    I have Harriet Hargraves book which was very helpful. As far the paper you describe, I haven't used it. Instead I've used tear away stabilizer on a border. It worked somewhat well, but I was left with a lot of little bits to pick out under the stitching. I would use water soluble stabilizer next time.

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    With that yellow paper you can make lots of squares at the same time by cutting out the size you need and drawing on one piece and stacking the rest under it. Then you machine stitch around the design without thread. This punches holes so you can see the design on all the squares.

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    Quote Originally Posted by borntoquilt
    Hunker down with the fire tonight- gonna be another COLD one.... We are a few miles from the Canadian border but I never did learn the "C" thing. versus F... when refering to the temp... now- wind chill, I understand.. living in Sandpoint ID for lots of years...
    I learned the conversion from "F" to "C", but I've forgotten over the years. I have a lot of friends who live in Canada and other parts of the world and I use a website that converts it for me. It's so easy, you just pop in the Farenheit temperature and it gives you the degrees in Celcius. :wink: I'll post the link below.

    http://www.wbuf.noaa.gov/tempfc.htm

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    There are also some books on continuous line quilting, but I'm at work and I can't look to see the actual name. They're really good, and have patterns right in the book that you can copy and use.

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    That's an EASY website, eh?? I think you take the "F" temp minus 30 then divide that # in half to get "C". To go the other way "C" x 2 then add 30 to that # and you have "F". That SHOULD do it!!! Now my head hurts from all that MATH!! gonna go brainlessly wrap Christmas gifts!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tiffany
    Was the quilting paper golden colored? If so, this stuff is amazing!!! It's thin enough to sew on and you just draw your design on it, sew, and then gently tear the paper away. A friend gave me a square to try and now I am eager to go buy a roll for myself. I know Keepsake Quilting sells it for under $10.

    I too could use some advice on good MQ books, especially on FMQ, of which I think I'm terrible! I wish someone would teach a class because I really could use the help!
    I looked for a year or more for the FMQ book that I was willing to buy. I finally bought Free-Motion Quilting Made Easy by Eva A. Larkin. Unfortunately, it's another thing that requires actually DOING the practicing, which I have not. Thought you might try to take a look at it though, before buying it if possible.

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    FAST & FUN MACHINE QUILTING
    This is a Rodale book :ISBN 0- 87596-761-2

    Here is one I bought at www.half.com I have since bought a quilting machine and passed this on to a friend on the Board.

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    Wow! Thanks everybody... my list of "look sees'" is growing...

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    Harriet Hargraves book is great! I refer to it all the time, if just to find the right needle size for a particular thread. Our Guild brought her in to teach a class. FUN! Funny lady! Great class. One of her insights about quilters that she shared is, if you're standing in line to have a yard cut and the person behind you says "Oh, I HAVE to get some of that!", you then decide to get three yards for yourself. Oh, how true.

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    Quote Originally Posted by june6995
    FAST & FUN MACHINE QUILTING
    This is a Rodale book :ISBN 0- 87596-761-2

    Here is one I bought at www.half.com I have since bought a quilting machine and passed this on to a friend on the Board.
    That is a great website. Thank you for posting it. It is now in my bookmarks, under "Books to Buy!"

    Quote Originally Posted by QBeth
    Harriet Hargraves book is great! I refer to it all the time, if just to find the right needle size for a particular thread. Our Guild brought her in to teach a class. FUN! Funny lady! Great class. One of her insights about quilters that she shared is, if you're standing in line to have a yard cut and the person behind you says "Oh, I HAVE to get some of that!", you then decide to get three yards for yourself. Oh, how true.
    That is so true! :lol:

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    Too funny, My Christmas wish list to DH was a bunch of domestic (not longarm) machine quilting books. Hopefully he gets them all for me. I found them on line, some used and to get them all (including one piecing book) would be under $100.

    Here is the list I gave him:

    Guide to Machine Quilting by Diane Gaudynski (found new on line for $11)

    Elegant Macine Quilting by Joanie Zeier Poole (found new on line for 2.76)

    Heirloom Machine Quilting by Harriett Hargrave (not sure which edition) found used on line for $10

    The most expensive one of the bunch was Divide & Conquer: Quilt it your way by Nancy Smith and Lynda Milligan new for $35

    The piecing book was Quilts of Illusion by Laura Fisher (used $3)

    Can't wait to see what these babies have to offer.

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    Thats a cool book list....They all sound good and I only have 1 of them....so far.... :wink:

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