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    TwinRiverFarm, what is the name of that foot and where did you get it? Sounds like something I might need to try. I just love all the things, quilters on the board tell others about. Making a trip to Harbor Freight today.

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    It is actually called a stitch in the ditch foot! It has a guide blade between the toes that sits into the seam and helps part the fabric. The needle lines up with the back of the blade and sews right into the center. I have 2 Kenmore Ultra machines (from 1980) that I work to death. SewClassic.Com is terrific for getting parts to older machines, and I found it on there when I was looking for a darning foot for FMQ. About $14, fast shipping and great service.
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    hi ladies,
    I am giving tam Moo a sneek peek of fabric, i have some ordered that has not coem in yet, but have some here, that i had, and after i make blocks i will give a sneek peek again,
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    okay,pressed the 185 seams I did yesterday. Did sewing and pressing another 148 seams today. Tomorrow i can think about starting the appiique. now where did I put that bottle of Aleve?

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    You need me to mail some? I live on that stuff.
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    alright sucking in my stomach here it goes.. I just use the foot that comes with the sewing machine. the straight stitch foot? there are others in that box but I dont ever know if I have changed them. will that make a difference with the stitch in the ditch? I havent taken any classes. yikes. I just put my machine on slow there are three speeds. If I put it on slow and watch close I am very close to stitching in the ditch most of the time. its tough and I have to pull things a bit if it gets full under the machine center arm? (dont know the name yikes) ok its a brother csi something another.. newer basic little machine. go ahead. tell me what that foot is called? I would like to do it better too.
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    Brat, pull our your owners manual (you know, the book that came with the machine?) There's a part in there describing the feet and naming them for your machine. Try each one on some pieces of fabric (we know you have that!) and see what they (the feet) do for you. Luck to you - and sharp needles.
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    TwinRiverFarm, thanks for the info, I'm definitely going to buy the SITD foot. Now, just to figure out which machine I want to buy for, the 301 or 401? Maybe, both.

    Lovngrandma, love your fabric, so many differ kinds of animals.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwinRiverFarm View Post
    It is actually called a stitch in the ditch foot! It has a guide blade between the toes that sits into the seam and helps part the fabric. The needle lines up with the back of the blade and sews right into the center. I have 2 Kenmore Ultra machines (from 1980) that I work to death. SewClassic.Com is terrific for getting parts to older machines, and I found it on there when I was looking for a darning foot for FMQ. About $14, fast shipping and great service.
    Here is a pic of the Stitch in the Ditch foot for my Pfaff. They are not all the same but the concept is what TwinRiverFram explained.
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    Elizabrat, slow and steady is just the thing to do. Sometimes it means I get inches done at a time! And I'm sure you will be able to pick out every place I jump out of the ditch and wave hi. But I like the feed dogs controlling the stitch length instead of me, and I seem to have less problems with bottom tension and skipped stitches. Hey, anything is better than ripping out an entire quilt because of eyelashes (ask me how I know, go ahead!).
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    @NCLauri........what are your feelings about minkie fabric for the backing?
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    minki is sooo cozy soft but dumb question again doesnt it make a horrible mess inside your machine with all that fluff sloff off? I have not touched it because of it scares me with mess. and after say a few washes is it still so super cuddly soft?

    i wish I had time to play like that. guess I have to make time. I always wish a real quilter could come to my home and teach me a few things 1)my machine how dumb is that but sit here and show me all the bells and whistles. that would be lovely and eye opening. 2) teach me like sneaky quilting tricks only old time quilters know. stuff that you just do and think of course while those of us not in the know go omg duh when you show us. that is my fairy wish this day I am instead going to try to sew. I cut my finger pretty good trying to multitask while cooking yesterday. phone, frying, slicing a monster onion and .. me. crud. its now wrapped up like a mummy learning how to type without it getting better didnt realize how much you use your pinkie shoot. twinrivers want to see a part of your block when i get sewing? that fabric could be knotted together and look gorgeous I blame you for making me go to her site daily and wish.. its all your fault.
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    What am I going to do with you, young lady? While I did expect you to put some blood, sweat and tears into my quilt, I did not mean it literally. Although that is a pretty good group to dance around the house to... Promise me you will take it easy and heal that little pinky up. You need it to balance tea cups, pinky-swear, beckon waiters and sample cake batter. I think I want to be surprised, so no peeks at the block for me. If you want to post a picture in an album I promise not to look. I put the binding on your quilt today but I want to go back and do a bit more quilting in a few spots. Thank goodness my machine has behaved well with this project. I used 40 weight Sulky thread for the first time and a new #10 needle (thank you QB friends for those tips) and there was no skipped stitches. Cleraning and oiling the machine first probably helped, too!
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    ok lovngrandma - I am on the right track wth fabric? Let me know - there are elements of surprise that I am keeping hidden until the end.
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    @brat.....well I send my quilts off to the LA'er who happens to be my mom. She said she has no problem. She cleans her machine after each use anyways. My kids have all had quilts with minkie backs for a few years and haven't had a problem with them becoming un-soft.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexxus831 View Post
    @NCLauri........what are your feelings about minkie fabric for the backing?
    Melinda,

    I have never worked with minkie fabric so I have no feelings one way or the other. Really you make what makes you feel good and happy and I will love it.

    Lauri

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    The weather the last two weekends have been so beautiful and gorgeous I have had a hard time staying inside to quilt. We have been to the beach both weekends. We live less than 9 miles from a public access. Anyway. I picked out my pattern - which I love. I decided to order the kit. I liked the photo with the pattern. I thought the fabric was batiks. I guess my eyesight is off because when my package came in it wasn't batiks. I really didn't care for the fabric at all, but I already bought it so I decided to start the quilt. It took me a while to cut out the pieces - not because it was difficult, but because I cut each piece one at a time. I was afraid I would mess up a cut and not have enough from the kit to fix the error. So this afternoon - after spending several hours outside I finally have all my pieces cut. Below is a sneek peek of my stacks. I have a few blocks completed and I am starting to like it better. I still may have to start a whole new project if it doesn't turn out like what my partner wants. Will have to see. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
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    I will love anything you make. I love the bright fabrics....I think it will be gorgeous

    Quote Originally Posted by nclauri View Post
    The weather the last two weekends have been so beautiful and gorgeous I have had a hard time staying inside to quilt. We have been to the beach both weekends. We live less than 9 miles from a public access. Anyway. I picked out my pattern - which I love. I decided to order the kit. I liked the photo with the pattern. I thought the fabric was batiks. I guess my eyesight is off because when my package came in it wasn't batiks. I really didn't care for the fabric at all, but I already bought it so I decided to start the quilt. It took me a while to cut out the pieces - not because it was difficult, but because I cut each piece one at a time. I was afraid I would mess up a cut and not have enough from the kit to fix the error. So this afternoon - after spending several hours outside I finally have all my pieces cut. Below is a sneek peek of my stacks. I have a few blocks completed and I am starting to like it better. I still may have to start a whole new project if it doesn't turn out like what my partner wants. Will have to see. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
    Melinda
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    http://www.youcaring.com/medical-fun...kidney-/144120

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    Looks like TwinRiverFarms is coming down the home stretch for the first quilt to be completed.

    NOT that there's a race going on-- not at all!

    Reminder about this swap: no swapping until both partners are done.

    Elisabrat-- I'm not an old-timey quilter, but I'll come to the Sierra Nevadas any day! Of course, I'd have to get ACROSS the country to do so. LOVE the mountains of California.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nclauri View Post
    The weather the last two weekends have been so beautiful and gorgeous I have had a hard time staying inside to quilt. We have been to the beach both weekends. We live less than 9 miles from a public access. Anyway. I picked out my pattern - which I love. I decided to order the kit. I liked the photo with the pattern. I thought the fabric was batiks. I guess my eyesight is off because when my package came in it wasn't batiks. I really didn't care for the fabric at all, but I already bought it so I decided to start the quilt. It took me a while to cut out the pieces - not because it was difficult, but because I cut each piece one at a time. I was afraid I would mess up a cut and not have enough from the kit to fix the error. So this afternoon - after spending several hours outside I finally have all my pieces cut. Below is a sneek peek of my stacks. I have a few blocks completed and I am starting to like it better. I still may have to start a whole new project if it doesn't turn out like what my partner wants. Will have to see. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.


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    awesome Tam Moo , I will give you another sneek peek, but I to will save some surprises to then end, as i love giving surprises as much as receiving them, oh , one more thing, I need your top 4 animals, now which one will i use, numm, maby a tourquise dog, hehe,, ok give me some animals, and I also am on the right track with yours, this is so much fun, im loving every minute of it,
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    Hey love those bright colors, awesome, a kit, humm wonder what it will make the design i mean, looks interesting, but oh so cool,


    Quote Originally Posted by nclauri View Post
    The weather the last two weekends have been so beautiful and gorgeous I have had a hard time staying inside to quilt. We have been to the beach both weekends. We live less than 9 miles from a public access. Anyway. I picked out my pattern - which I love. I decided to order the kit. I liked the photo with the pattern. I thought the fabric was batiks. I guess my eyesight is off because when my package came in it wasn't batiks. I really didn't care for the fabric at all, but I already bought it so I decided to start the quilt. It took me a while to cut out the pieces - not because it was difficult, but because I cut each piece one at a time. I was afraid I would mess up a cut and not have enough from the kit to fix the error. So this afternoon - after spending several hours outside I finally have all my pieces cut. Below is a sneek peek of my stacks. I have a few blocks completed and I am starting to like it better. I still may have to start a whole new project if it doesn't turn out like what my partner wants. Will have to see. I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.
    SPREAD THE LOVE-- hug a child, share a smile, be kind, and let a loved one , and an animal know that you care,,,, it costs nothing but a minute of a day, so do not delay.

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    I had lots of fun working on my partner's quilt yesterday. Have been making the strips to use in it and looking at all my Asian fabric was neat. Some of the strips were the first cut on some fabrics. They will look so neat when all put together. I promise to keep you informed Jillaine, I put the dates on a calendar - now if I remember to look at the calendar!!
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    Checking in-

    The quilt I am making has 20 blocks. There are 4 flying geese units per each block - 80 flying all together. I just finished sewing all the flying geese units. Yeah!!

    Lauri

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    I see everybody working on their quilts. This weekend I put together 2 blocks out of the 9 that go in the center of the quilt I am making for my partner. I am exited. She happened to like purple and it is my favorite color so I am so comfortable working on it.

    Question, How does the sneak peak work? (not sure of the spelling LOL). Do I start another thread? I need feedback from the group but don't want to show it to NurseBonnie.
    What do you suggest?

    I should go back to cut some more fabric. It is getting late.
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