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Thread: Christmas Quilt

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    I made this little wall hanging as an exchange gift for my mini-group's Christmas party. I'm not sure if you can tell from the pics, but I used a metalic thread and the quilt is pretty sparkly. :D

    Rebecca, you were wondering about attaching letters to a quilt. This is one way to do it. I used Heat 'n Bond Lite to attach them, then I simply did a satiin stitch around to hold them permanently. Hopefully you can see that in the two pics of smaller sections.

    I just did a simple all-over loopy design with little twinkly stars scattered throughout. Not sure I want to give this one away. LOL It measures 48x48.
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    Ignore the gold strip in the top right hand corner. That's just my practice swatch for determining tension. Definitely not part of the quilt. LOL

    Wish these showed up truer to color and vibrancy. You'll just have to use your imagination. :D

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    WOW!!! Very striking! Love it!

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    That's so pretty, Lin! Do you machine stitch your appliques? The recipient is going to be thrilled!

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    Thank you CQ and Chele!

    Yes Chele, I did machine stitch the applique pieces. I used Heat 'n Bond Lite to attach them, then I just used a fairly narrow satin stitch. If the recipient doesn't like it she can just give it back! :lol: :lol:

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    Very nice.......it must be great in person :D

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    WOW....Whats not to like, Love the letters, Beautiful, Love the wimsy trees and the star charm. Really Nice.....

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    Thank you Ruth and Rebecca. :)

    Yeah, it's pretty lively in person Ruth. Pictures rarely show the true colors and you can't even see the pretty border fabric except in the close-ups. But at least we have the technology to share with each other across the world. That's pretty cool I think.

    Are those letters big enough for ya Rebecca? :D :D

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    What a wonderful Christmas quilt. It is absolutely beautiful.

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    that is so cute. if she doesn't like it, why you can just send it on to me.
    (as if) lol. :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by nanabirdmo
    that is so cute. if she doesn't like it, why you can just send it on to me.
    (as if) lol. :wink:
    Well, I might just do that! :wink: :wink:

    Thanks Blue Bell! :)

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    I love it... Rich colors, excellent layout anf the quilting is beautiful :thumbup:

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    Very Nice! Love the fabrics, the applique work, and the sparkle :D :D :D

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    Beautiful xmas wall hanging..you have just given me an idea for my dresden plate tablerunner which has been sitting in my drawer waiting for inspiration..your idea to use metallic thread i think would work perfectly well on my table runner and now i might even finish it for xmas...thanks a bunch as now i am inspired!

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    It makes me happy to know that you were inspired blahel. I hope the metallic thread works just right for your quilt! That would be wonderful. I get inspired all the time when I look at others' blocks and quilts. Makes me want to do one of everything! :lol:

    I'm glad the sparkle came through in the pic ok. It sure gave this little thing some punch. :)

    Thanks for your comments about the quilting Diamonds. It feels especially good considering how much trouble I had with it. I learn something new every time I machine quilt. In this case it seemed I needed to be using two different needles at the same time. One especially for metallic thread to keep it from shredding, and one large enough to get it through the bonded applique without it shredding. I finally found a good balance. Whew! LOL

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    Thats another good point, I'd like to ask you. (Metallic thread) What size needle should be used? I've tried metallic thread before, and as you mentioned it shredded, so I haven't tried since. So can you share some of your wisdom, Ex: What size needle, Why use 2 needles, What is the 2 needle process good for,??? Do you only use the metallic in the bobbin?

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    Rebecca, I used a Schmetz metallic needle size 80/12 and I was using the Sulky Metallic thread. It worked just fine as long as I was in the body of the quilt, but when I came to the applique, it was too fine to get through even that small amount of glue, so it was refusing to sew through it, or it was shredding as it sewed. So, I changed to a universal 100/16 (I know, that's huge!) to get through the applique, then changed back to the other needle for the parts that weren't appliqued. It was more time consuming, but it got the job done.

    What I learned was that if I'm going to be adhering my applique and I want to use a fine thread to quilt, then I need to use only a narrow strip (") of adhesive around my applique pattern so that I don't have to quilt through a whole design and change needles to accomodate that thickness.

    I've found that thread shredding is usually due to the wrong needle for the thread I'm using, or my tension is off. In this case, I knew it was the needle because the tension was fine whenever I wasn't working on an area of applique.

    I've never used metallic in the bobbin. That scares me! LOL I love to use a really fine thread in the bobbin unless I'm trying to make a statement on the back of the quilt. Ususally I'll use either YLI Lingerie & Bobbin thread or Bottom Line Bobbin thread.

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    Lin - you did a beautiful job. And we can all appreciate the amount of work that went into it. Does everyone in your quilt group make something to exchange. You'll have to show us what you get in return!!

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    Thanks annmarie.

    Yes, everyone participates in the exchange. They don't always make something though. This year we were to cover all the letters in *Christmas* and that could mean anything at all like candles, half yard of fabric, etc. Most of us try to make at least one thing. I couldn't come up with nine things I liked with the letters, (we're "supposed" to keep it under $25) so I "cheated' and put it all into one gift. :twisted: Hope no one minds. LOL

    I already had most of the fabrics I used in the quilt, so I definitely stayed under the $25! :lol: I'll probably add a little extra or two. :)

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    That's an awesome quilt Lin, and I would find that very hard to give away if it were mine too. Another beautiful job on the quilting as well. I wanna be able to machine quilt like you when I grow up :P

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    Aww, thanks so much Shelly. :)

    I had a class full of ladies who didn't think they could do it. They did. They were outshining me in no time! Just takes practice. I look at quilts others have machine quilted and I feel the same way you do. I wanna be them when I grow up. :)

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    nice idea.......

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    Very Nice! Did you have a pattern or did you do it yourself? Beautiful stippling. I really would like to get the pattern.

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    Great looking quilt!! You did a wonderful job on the letters -- and the other applique. Good work!!
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    Very pretty, love the colors
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