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eparys 04-07-2021 04:12 AM

That is just adorable!! The backing is just perfect! Great job on the quilting - each time you do it, it will get easier.

tallchick 04-07-2021 04:42 AM

You did a fantastic job! The backing is perfect, well done!

Jingle 04-07-2021 05:04 AM

I don't have a LA but it sure looks good to me. Cute foxes.

Homespun 04-07-2021 05:25 AM

That is a very cute quilt! well done!

oksewglad 04-07-2021 05:46 AM

Oh what fun! And such a cute quilt.

It's been 3 years since I brought my LA in. One thing I don't regret is keeping track of each quilt I finished. I use a simple stenographer's notebook. What I write:
1. Date
2. Short quilt description
3. Size (w x l)
4. Backing (Wide or pieced)
5. Thread type and color
6. Stitch used (FMQ design or pantograph name)
7. Type of batting
8. Problems encountered and/or what I learned

The reason I put in size is I figure total square inches divided by 1296 (# sq in in sq yd) multiplied by $12 to get an idea of what it would cost if I quilted by check. The $12 figure is probably low, but I am also an inexperienced LA'er. I keep a running total of "savings" to see how long it will take to recoup on my investment.

This has been a valuable resource as i improve my skills.

sewingpup 04-07-2021 06:04 AM


Originally Posted by oksewglad (Post 8473996)
Oh what fun! And such a cute quilt.

It's been 3 years since I brought my LA in. One thing I don't regret is keeping track of each quilt I finished. I use a simple stenographer's notebook. What I write:
1. Date
2. Short quilt description
3. Size (w x l)
4. Backing (Wide or pieced)
5. Thread type and color
6. Stitch used (FMQ design or pantograph name)
7. Type of batting
8. Problems encountered and/or what I learned

The reason I put in size is I figure total square inches divided by 1296 (# sq in in sq yd) multiplied by $12 to get an idea of what it would cost if I quilted by check. The $12 figure is probably low, but I am also an inexperienced LA'er. I keep a running total of "savings" to see how long it will take to recoup on my investment.

This has been a valuable resource as i improve my skills.

I do the same. I also add the measured size of the quilt top, then remeasure after quilting and write that down, and if I remember, I also measure again after washing the finish quilt. That way I start to get a feel for how much a quilt will shrink after quilting and the first washing. Oh, and I also started adding a system for flagging what happened to the quilt. So all the quilts I made for charity are flagged with one color, all the quilts given away to family and friends with another color. It is fun to go back and see. I did think I would give every one out of every five quilts I made to charity too when I started.

SallyS 04-07-2021 07:07 AM

Every time I use my longarm I have to relearn those lessons. Good job!

thepolyparrot 04-07-2021 07:16 AM

What an adorable quilt! https://cdn.quiltingboard.com/images/smilies/heart.gif It sure isn't apparent that you had any trouble with that perfect minky - it just looks darling. How fun to have a longarm! :)

oksewglad 04-07-2021 10:03 AM


Originally Posted by sewingpup (Post 8474005)
I do the same. I also add the measured size of the quilt top, then remeasure after quilting and write that down, and if I remember, I also measure again after washing the finish quilt. That way I start to get a feel for how much a quilt will shrink after quilting and the first washing. Oh, and I also started adding a system for flagging what happened to the quilt. So all the quilts I made for charity are flagged with one color, all the quilts given away to family and friends with another color. It is fun to go back and see. I did think I would give every one out of every five quilts I made to charity too when I started.

Yes, I usually note the recipient in my notes too. Personally don't think I would take the time to measure and remeasure as you do, but now you know about shrinkage either by quilting and washing.

EmiliasNana 04-07-2021 11:44 AM

WOW you did a great job! I used the same panto on an Elizabeth Hartman Fancy Forest but had to trace it on the backing, so took me much much longer, but it gives great woodgrain texture. Love, Love the birch trees on the front with the fox, and the minkee was a perfect backing.


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