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    Great Plan, Nursie ... we're here to help cheer you on. How be you show us what you have already? It'll be good inspiration for our cheers to you! If you get it pieced for July ... you know you'll be excited to conitnue on with the final quilting step and this thread isn't going to disappear, so we'll be here with you til it is quilted, too.

    CAllen ... hope you'll join in on the challenge too!
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    Thanks for the encouragement QuiltE, it's back to work today after a long holiday weekend, so it might take me a day or two to get the pics of the blocks up, but I will, so stay tuned...lol
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    Thread Alert!!!!!!!!

    Ladies, you might want to take a look at this thread (pun intended).....
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...d-t190278.html

    and particularly posts #10 and #15
    and this link
    http://www.tristan.bc.ca/cart/home.php
    Yea!!! .... O Canada, eh!

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    http://www.tristan.bc.ca/news.html
    I guess I know where I will be on June 9, since it's only about 45 minutes from home. Thanks.

    But, looking at their site, I only see Aurofil under clearance. I guess I will have to ask.
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    OMG ... YOU are SO lucky!!!!!!!
    See the referral program .......

    http://www.tristan.bc.ca/cart/pages.php?pageid=8
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    Time to catch up a bit.
    ghostrider-I used that same leaf. I was not aware of the history until QuiltE told it to us. I am a bad Canadian. My excuse, I hated history in school and they didn't teach much in the way of Canadian history, anyway.

    Jenniky - machine quilting always. I AM thinking of playing with a few more of those 60 stitches on my machine, though. Also, that nap blanket is really cute. Lucky child.

    dublb - looking forward to seeing the next project.

    QuiltE - sounds like a good weekend. Looking forward to seeing some photos. Have you asked about future classes or sew-alongs?

    callen - Hope you decide to join the challenge. The more, the merrier and, you can see the variety of projects so, anything goes.

    nursie76 - So glad we can offer some inspiration and encouragement. I'm looking forward to seeing a photo or two when you are able. As QuiltE has said multiple times, we will be here long after July 1 so will continue to provide encouragement.

    I'm taking a break from mine for a bit because I made so much progress last weekend. But, if it rains all weekend I may just have to make myself a quilt sandwich.

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    Quote Originally Posted by works4me View Post
    I'm taking a break from mine for a bit because I made so much progress last weekend. But, if it rains all weekend I may just have to make myself a quilt sandwich.
    Perfect comfort food on a rainy weekend!



    W4Me ... More classes to come though no dates ... she'll add us to the email-list for when the time comes. She's doing some in Courtenay and Edmonton this fall, if you or others have the notion! Photos will follow, sometime! And why should you use more of those stitches? .... most of the rest of us don't!
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    Jenniky - love the little nap quilt. Shaun will look hard at all those pictures when he is having his naps.
    Glad you enjoyed the video. I hope you spotted the thatched cottage in the background - there aren't that many around. By the way - we are nowhere near London! The flame is doing a grand tour of Britain and Northern Ireland and the route has been planned so it passes within 10 miles of 95% of the population. We saw it on Day 5 and it will not finish until the end of July.

    Works4me - How many stitches!!?? One of the reasons why I'm a vintage machine girl...

    Progress report - Finished the prickly leaves on the thistle, but the rest of it is going to have to wait because I have to finish the wall hanging this week. I hope to quilt it today. Had to do a shopping trip on Monday, an hour's drive to Gloucester, because I have bought all the gorgeous coloured cottons direct from the importers' showroom. All the applique I have been doing is in hand-woven and hand-dyed cotton made in India. Bought a beautiful plum red stripe for the border of the wall hanging.. Look at all these colours

    http://www.oakshottfabrics.com/categ...g-fabrics.aspx

    Pricey but worth every penny. I tested for dye fastness by sewing a tiny swatch of each colour onto a piece of white cotton, then pouring boiling water onto it and leaving it to soak in jug. Later I ironed it while it was still wet. There was a tiny bit of colour that ran from the dark red, but this was before I had given any of the colours a pre-wash. When I did the same thing again after pre-washing all the colours, there was no running dye at all.

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    Muv - old Kenmore, made by Janome, has about 16 stitches, newer Janome has 60. Also found out I can combine stitches so will have some fun on one of the next few quilts.

    Those are gorgeous fabrics. Love how rich the colours are. I've never thought of Indian fabrics as being high quality. This goes back to the days of peasant blouses made in India that fell apart after two washings. Nice to know some things have changed.

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    Good Morning Ladies !!!!

    Muv ... That was a fun little trip to your importer's site! Thank you for leading the way. Had to learn the new language .... packs and blocks!! And I really like those "shot cottons"!! I can't think of anything comparable here. Are you using those in your quilt/hanging? Looks like there's a reason for the deadline for the wall hanging ... perhaps to have it done for the week's festivities for the Diamond Jubilee. I'm disappointed as I'll be away on Saturday and will miss it ... they'll probably have re-runs of it at night, though it won't be near as good, as they'll chop chop the footage!

    W4Me ... ahhhh ... another site for you to order from!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post
    Muv ... That was a fun little trip to your importer's site! Thank you for leading the way. Had to learn the new language .... packs and blocks!! And I really like those "shot cottons"!! I can't think of anything comparable here.
    That WAS a yummy site, Muv. I LOVE shot cottons though I have, so far, resisted them. I'm too easily obsessed with new fabric treasures...first marbles, then solids, now batiks...I'm a very sad case.

    We do have them here, meaning this side of the pond, QuiltE. Kaffe Fassett's line is often said to be one of the best quilting weight shot cottons and sells for about 20% less than the site Muv pointed to, around $9.50USD per yard. This site has the entire line. http://www.gloriouscolor.com/store.php?cat=126 (I have a reputation for being an enabler...)
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    Quote Originally Posted by ghostrider View Post
    That WAS a yummy site, Muv. I LOVE shot cottons though I have, so far, resisted them. I'm too easily obsessed with new fabric treasures...first marbles, then solids, now batiks...I'm a very sad case.

    We do have them here, meaning this side of the pond, QuiltE. Kaffe Fassett's line is often said to be one of the best quilting weight shot cottons and sells for about 20% less than the site Muv pointed to, around $9.50USD per yard. This site has the entire line. http://www.gloriouscolor.com/store.php?cat=126 (I have a reputation for being an enabler...)


    Then I will be on the look-out for them!!!
    I just discovered KF last year, thanks to many posts on this Board ... and saw them IRL for the first time last summer during a Shop Hop at a small store who carries the full line of KF. Not a lot of stores have them ... don't know if that's their choice? or if perhaps it's kept as an exclusive thing?

    He's coming this fall ... and I'm signed up for one of the workshops
    http://www.hyggeligt.ca/04-october-2...ist-available/

    Just checked the site, and didn't see any shots ... though I bet she has them!! I'll be there during the Shop Hop this summer to stock up on my fabrics for the workshop, and will be on the lookout for them. Maybe I can even use them?
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    I'll have you know ... I shouldn't have gone to your site ... I saw the stripes. Would be oh so wonderful to use for bindings. Maybe it's good news that the LQS that sells KF is NOT "local" to me!!!!!!!!
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    Glad you saw the site. I'm not sure I would use their shot cottons for piecing, but they are perfect for applique.

    Been busy today.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Glad you saw the site. I'm not sure I would use their shot cottons for piecing, but they are perfect for applique.

    Been busy today.
    Oooooh aaaaah .... would that be the rose?
    Are you actually doing the blanket stitch with the machine? I was thinking it was all by hand!
    What weight of thread are you using for the blanket stitch?

    I was thinking that the shots were maybe a little coarser .... and guess what? I was thinking applique too!
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    Hello QuiltE, no, it's not the rose, it's an arabesque at the top of the wall hanging. The blanket stitch is done by hand. My machines only do straight stitch. I'm putting in the first line of quilting around the applique. On this picture you can see the machine stitching where I am going round the inside the nought of 2012.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Hello QuiltE, no, it's not the rose, it's an arabesque at the top of the wall hanging. The blanket stitch is done by hand. My machines only do straight stitch. I'm putting in the first line of quilting around the applique. On this picture you can see the machine stitching where I am going round the inside the nought of 2012.

    Thanks Muv!! I didn't think that your machine would be able to do other stitches, yet it looked like it was! In this pic I can SEE what you are doing .... looking pretty darned nice!!!


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    Muv -Quite impressive hand stitching.

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    Everyone's projects are looking great... I've not been able to sit down and sew since I finished up dgs's nap blanket. My dd arrived in Texas alright and though she says she is exhausted she is happy she is finally there. House feeling empty atm. I need to shift gears and get busy back at the sewing machine.. that will cure my bleakness Im sure. Have a wonderful day.
    Have an awesome day!

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    Jenniky - Yes, cosy up to the machine again or, play with your stash. I find that just pulling out a bundle and reminding myself what is in it can go a long way to lifting my spirits.

    Good to know she has arrived safe and sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky View Post
    Everyone's projects are looking great... I've not been able to sit down and sew since I finished up dgs's nap blanket. My dd arrived in Texas alright and though she says she is exhausted she is happy she is finally there. House feeling empty atm. I need to shift gears and get busy back at the sewing machine.. that will cure my bleakness Im sure. Have a wonderful day.
    I'm glad that your DD is finally here. Tell her "That's right your not from TX, that's right your not from TX, that's right your not from TX, TX want's ya anyway!"
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    Hello Jenniky - nothing like working with colour to lift your spirits - hope you feel a bit brighter soon.

    Meanwhile today I'm doing the binding on the wall hanging...

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    This will give me incentive to do a wedding quilt (log cabin in RW&B) for a friend who is captain in U.S. Air Force and 70th birthday quilt for friend who is retired chief petty officer in Coast Guard. Does it count if I finish two quilts for the Veterans Hospital? They just need quilting.

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    Welcome quilt9226!
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    Quote Originally Posted by quilt9226 View Post
    Does it count if I finish two quilts for the Veterans Hospital? They just need quilting.
    Welcome. Sounds like you are planning to be busy. You bet it counts if you finish two quilts. That's a big part of this, encouraging people to finish things up or start new things.

    Would love to see pictures.

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