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Thread: 2013 UFO Challenge of the Month

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    Ring the bells & sing the song!!!! Wow ya'll are goin' great!!!
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    Knitette, love your quilt. What great outfits they are wearing.

    Gramajo, you're bright colors and backing are perfect.

    Wildyard.....have you considered ironing on a muslin interfacing? They make one-sided. You could stabilize it that way and add the rest of your blocks. Once the top and sandwich are together you could heavily quilt it, especially along the seams such as SID on both sides of the seams. I think that would hold it well. What do you think?
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    Loving those finishes! Great work.
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    Cute snowmen Knitette.
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    Got to ask with that name......Girl Guide?

    Quote Originally Posted by bigbrownowl View Post
    Count me in too, but not seriously until February. I have about 8 projects outstanding, and really need to crack on and finish them. 2 projects are Christmassy ones, and it would be really lovely to finish them by next Christmas!

    This month is a bit busy, so I am setting myself February as my start date - that way I won't get too discouraged before I even start!

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    NICE quilt GramaJo!!! Ring that bell for sure!

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    OK guys - RING THAT BELL! The 15 year old Winding Ways quilt is done, washed, and in my truck!!! Lessons learned on this one:
    1. NEVER use cotton sheeting if you are going to hand or machine quilt!
    2. NEVER use high loft batting if you are going to hand or machine quilt!
    3. If you hate hand quilting, DON'T start it!!!
    4. Consider carefully the time you will put in if you plan to echo quilt!
    So the quilt is purple and since our school colors are purple and white I figure I can take it to football games. I do wish I had done a better job on it since the pattern is very pretty but I am so disgusted I will probably never make another one.
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    Wow NJ, it's beautiful!! Great finish.
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    Ring, ring JN. It may have been a pain to quilt, but it turned out beatifully.

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    JNCT14 That is one gorgeous quilt. You better cover it if you leave it in the truck/car.
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    Hurray JNCT1! You did it, it's done, you learned something and now you can work on something fun!
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    "And another one's down, and another one's down, and another one bites the dust..."
    Lovely quit!!
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    That looks awesome!!!! Love it.
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    I want to hear more about the admonition against sheeting. I used sheeting on a recent quilt and noticed no difficulty in hand quilting. What difficulty did you run into ?
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    That sounds like the discussion of why would you put in those old blankets inbetween a quilt as batting? I do that when I have them in my scrap quilts, they are just as warm if not warmer than cotton and quilt up just as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jillaine View Post
    I want to hear more about the admonition against sheeting. I used sheeting on a recent quilt and noticed no difficulty in hand quilting. What difficulty did you run into ?
    JCNT14 - Did ya use a high thread count sheet? I bet that was the problem. I used some slightly worn sheets or some cheap sheets w/a lower thread count & didn't have the same problem as I had w/ the high thread count sheets.
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    Yes it was high thread count so the needling was really tough, the batting bearded all over the place and when i gave up on hand quilting the durned thing and went to machine it, the top thread kept shredding - yu could actually hear it pop as the needle went into the fabric. I probably should have washed the sheeting to get the sizing out of it - that may have helped as well. UGH

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    LOL, I just love it when "cheap" is the best thing to use. I use sheets all the time. Mostly for piecing since I primarily use fleece for my backings. I always check the thread content and 'feel' of the fabric. I also agree that washing the sizing out, in this case, would have been helpful. As a rule tho, I sit in the "do not prewash" camp.
    I find most of my sheets in the thrift stores so prewashing them is usually not something to decide about. LOL
    Just wanted to add, our local Real Deals dollar store often has fleece on huge rolls for $1.00 a linear foot. When they have colors that are realistic for my quilt back, I snap them up.
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    I believe UFOs are like scraps, ferns and dust bunnies. Once you get two, they send spores out into the air and more just happen anywhere the spores meet.

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    Love your quilt, asimplelife!

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    JNCT14 - your quilt is beautiful and I really appreciate hearing about your lessons learned too. My Mom hand quilted a bed size quilt and said NEVER AGAIN and after doing my 1st HQ very small project last month I would agree. I loved the look but was oh so happy it was 9 blocks of limited quilting. And now I appreciate using my machine for quilting all the more!

    Wildyard - I do a lot of string blocks on muslin and love using fleece as one step batting & backing for kids quilts. It adds such a soft cuddly feel and makes the quilt a perfect weight (IMO) for a small child. I pick it up whenever I get find a bargain too.

    Thank you Lots2do!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knitette View Post
    Hooray! It's working! (better to be finished than perfect)
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    Oh my goodness, that's so cute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNCT14 View Post
    Yes it was high thread count so the needling was really tough, the batting bearded all over the place and when i gave up on hand quilting the durned thing and went to machine it, the top thread kept shredding - yu could actually hear it pop as the needle went into the fabric. I probably should have washed the sheeting to get the sizing out of it - that may have helped as well. UGH
    Did you try a larger needle? Sometimes that works for me when I have thread shredding.

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    Wendy, I think that is a very good idea.... think I will try doing that also...

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    At least you finished it and it is lovely. I agree about leaving it in the car. For sure, leave in trunk when not in use. It is beautiful and you learned a lot. We all admire you. Hurray for one more UFO off your list.
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    so many ufos finished already. I have just made the mystery train ride top which needs to be sandwiched and quilted and I intend to finish fmqing my Christmas Wall hanging which has been "on the go" for 3 years so that is my aim for this month's ufo

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