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    Welcome Liz92B ... glad you found your way on over to this thread!
    We love seeing progress pics, so please keep them coming as you continue on!

    JenniKy
    ... I'm totally a basic beginner at the FMQ (or any quilting for that matter) and am all ears here, to learn from the others. One thing that I've learned is ... choose a neutral thread and the finer the better (at least until I get better). That way the "oops" we do as a novice aren't quite so noticeable. I did some table toppers back at Christmas using a 35 wt thread ... looked lovely when I did a really really good job, but totally horrible when I goofed up! So I'll wait to use it again, til I get better!

    Regular sewing thread ...... or anything finer. The shop where I get my sewing machines has the best thread selection in the area. Awhile back, she gave me a sample of some 100wt thread, Invisafil by Wonderfil .... stitched nicely, many colours to choose from, and was not quite so noticeable. So that's what I bought for Monty!

    Looking forward to hearing and learning from the Pros!
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    Liz - That's cute! I'm lookin' forward ta seein' the rest of it!
    Jennie - Untill I took my FMQ class, in March, I would use Press N Seal. I'd stick it on my piece & draw on it w/a Sharpie. Wait a day then follow the lines w/the needle. One time I tied a ball point needle & that worked much better punchin' through the plastic of the P&S. I told QuiltE I'd take picts o' how I did this, several months ago, but I have been bad & not done so! Mostly 'cause I didn't use it on the project I had planed ta use it on. (Those last 2 sentences are tongue twisters! Don't tell my English teacher DD that I wrote 'em!)
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    Hello Liz - nice that you have joined us!

    Jenniky - once I have a flax flower done I will give you a preview. I'm hoping it should be a reasonably straightforward block to do, quicker than that thistle which I thought would never end.

    Best of luck with free motion quilting. I took the plunge earlier this year after watching Leah Day's channel on Youtube. She's brilliant. I've only done one pattern so far, a meandering filler. Trying to decide in advance where I was going to go was impossible so for the moment I am sticking with this pattern. I have found that it is easier with a cotton wadding than with polyester. The thread I have been using is a 30 weight cotton with a random colour. Here are a couple of pictures of the wall hanging.
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    Here's a recent thread that had some good tips ....
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...r-t189467.html

    and another one that had some good discussions re marking the quilts
    http://www.quiltingboard.com/main-f1...k-t192128.html
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    Muv ... I'd say you've mastered that! It's looking pretty random and yet even, if you know what I mean!!! I too like the looks of the variegated threads in quilting. They give a nice look, and movement.

    Thanks for answering my other question re the embroidery floss.


    So now here's another question to add to
    JenniKy's questions re machine quilting ... when you do the meander/stipple, do you outline your block, letters, etc. with a SITD? Or do you just meander up close to them and that's it? I"m debating re stipple/meander or cross-hatching for Monty's background. Either ways, I'm not sure what is "right"!
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    "right" is whatever you want it to be!! personally, I think I'd SITD minimally with the rest stippled ...
    Liz / Calgary

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz92B View Post
    "right" is whatever you want it to be!! personally, I think I'd SITD minimally with the rest stippled ...

    Oh I knew someone would come back and remind me there are no rules in quilting!!! Though I do like to find out what most people do and all the variations ...... and then I go off and figure out my "right"!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz92B View Post
    "right" is whatever you want it to be!! personally, I think I'd SITD minimally with the rest stippled ...
    I agree about what right is for you! If ya want Monty ta stand out then SID around him but the stipplin' close would be a close approximation of the look ya want. What ever you're gonna make it look great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QuiltE View Post

    Oh I knew someone would come back and remind me there are no rules in quilting!!! Though I do like to find out what most people do and all the variations ...... and then I go off and figure out my "right"!!!
    As my niece would say, "Ya go girl!"
    Bev
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    Hello QuiltE - I think applique needs the outline quilting. This is what I was doing in the pics at posts 414 and 416 of this thread, and also I did a thread on the vintage machine section:-

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...g-t190439.html

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    Jenniky, I also have had luck the the Press'n Seal. I traced the design with a fine point Sharpie, then dropped the feed dogs and just followed the design. The Press'n Seal pulled off easily. I have no luck with stippling, so I usually STID where I can, and use the Press'n'Seal on the other areas. A FMQ I am not, but I try!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Muv View Post
    Hello QuiltE - I think applique needs the outline quilting. This is what I was doing in the pics at posts 414 and 416 of this thread, and also I did a thread on the vintage machine section:-

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/vintage...g-t190439.html

    Thanks Muv!!
    Those posts were the ones that I thought you were doing the blanket stitch on the machine ... and even with your explanation, I didn't catch on that you were stitching up close!! I hadn't seen the vintage thread, being that I don't have a vintage machine, I tend not to check that section. Your stitching has come out so even and you have gotten nice and close.


    JenniKy ... I just saw your Mystery Train block and it' specatcular. I like how you finished it off and honestly, IMHO you've given it a far nicer look that way, than if you'd done the piano key border. How large is it? In other words, I'm wondering how much you need to add to get it to the size you want.
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    Oh Morelcabin, That sure is purty!!!
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    Welcome MorelCabin!
    It's so nice to have you drop by ... and what a special Canadian memory to have sent to Italy.

    FYI this thread isn't ending with Canada Day!!! ..... so we'd love to have you come on back and work on another of your unique creations!!
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    JenniKY...you can use different colored threads on the top and the one you want to show on the underside for all of the quilt if the tension is set for it. Clover pen is the best one for truly washing out if your still wish to use pen. Some of the others do wash out and reappear. The weights of the threads and how well they do partnered up will depend a lot on how well your machine can be adjusted. My Janome 6500 seems to take different weights on the top and bobbin well. It takes some experimenting. BTW...if you are doing more than stippling, the finer the thread, the easier it is to backtrack on a design without it being noticed. My instructor uses 100w silk thread. Whatever the design, she would recommend some STD or outlining to stabilize before doing the final quilting. That way, you can start your quilting wherever it works best for you and most of the pens can be removed and out of the way. Have fun!

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    Busy place.

    Jenniky - your firehouse block is looking great. You are very talented and creative.
    dublb - congratulations and good luck with the "new" place. We know how most of your time will be spent for a while.
    Muv - I hope you are feeling a lot better. Love the thistle. You do amazing work.
    Liz92B - Welcome. That looks great. So glad you found us. We look forward to progress photos.
    FMQ - Fabulous Muv.I agree that applique needs an outline. I have done free motion once or twice and still anchored my pieced blocks by stitching around important areas first. Mind you, my free motion is a lot looser than the typical tight little swirls and curls.
    morelcabin - Fabulous. As QuiltE said, we will be around for a long time so would love to see a new project of yours.
    gardnergal970-Yes, I, too, frequently use a different colour of thread in the bobbin for quilting. It just means you must be extra careful with your tensions as the thread colour could show on the wrong side if your tension is out.

    I have a few craft fairs coming up so decided to do a few maple leaf items. I plan to do a large vase as well as a glass ice bucket in the maple leaf. Did a couple of votive holders this weekend.
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    W4Me .... Those are splendid! Such tiny leaves sprinkled over the glass!!! A perfect addition to your etchings.
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    Thank you QuiltE. Thank goodness the leaves are a punch. I cut most of my designs by hand and this size would be a nightmare. The larger ones will be fine to cut by hand.

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    2nd QoV block done

    on Saturday, I got the 1st block done (already posted); on Sunday, I finished the 2nd block:
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    so now I have two whole blocks done, only a gazillion more to go!!
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    Liz / Calgary

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    Hooray for Liz! You'll git 'er done, one block at a time.
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    Hello Ladies, I had a lot to read to get caught up.. LOL Didnt get as much done as I would of liked yesterday. I prepped sandwich practice blocks and did a lot of reading, watching tutorials and took a long nap in there somewhere.

    QuiltE the links you provided were invaluable thank you so much. I was studying a lot about threads yesterday the different wts. and I never knew that you could use a different color thread on the bottom and not have it show up on top. Im glad you like the way my mystery train is coming along. Im adding 20 inches to the top and 12 inches to the sides then a three inch solid color border all around. Im very excited about the additions I have come up with. I have to wait until Wednesday to finish. I need to go pick up more of the brown, blue and also Paisley material to achieve what I have drawn out. Its an hour drive to the material store where I bought the fabric.

    Muv - Looking forward to seeing your Flax Flower when you are ready. The close up of the banner quilting was very helpful. I like how you used the zipper foot. Makes for a nice guide around the applique.

    Dublb, JeanieG, Gardnergal, Works4me, Ladies you all have supplied me with invaluable insight and advice. Thanks for being so supportive in answering my requests for input. Hopefully I didnt miss anyone.. because you are all special friends.
    Have an awesome day!

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    You ladies are so inspiring and encouraging!! Love all your "patriotic" quilts!

    I have a question on FMQ?? Have any of you FMQ'd with minkee on the back? In the past I have mostly STID. I tried loops and that didn't work too well. The minkee made my loops too small!! I need some suggestions for quilting in between large stars--something to fill the space, besides stippling (with minkee on the back). Nothing too complicated as I am a novice at FMQ.

    Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz92B View Post
    on Saturday, I got the 1st block done (already posted); on Sunday, I finished the 2nd block:
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    so now I have two whole blocks done, only a gazillion more to go!!
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    How many blocks total do you need to make for your pattern?
    Have an awesome day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jenniky
    How many blocks total do you need to make for your pattern?
    of the Maple Leaf, only 8 - there are four in the middle plus the four corners; the rest will be plain white with FMQ'd designs.
    Liz / Calgary

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    My Original 911 Quilt

    This wall hanging was made in the two weeks after 911. I had to keep my self busy I was so upset. I drew the photo of the plane, buildings and inserted the words. I have never put a photo up and text since you updated the site so not sure I am doing this right. There are blue crossovers on the white with a gold star in the middle.
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