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    Isn't that the cutest snowman fabric! I was so happy when I found it in the fabrics that were gifted to me.
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    Thank you for your kind words regarding the quilts and FMQ. I am trying some different FMQ and having fun.


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    Anna, beautiful quilts and really awesome FMQ!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nammie to 7 View Post
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    This bag was made by my 11 year old granddaughter--the fabric is Laurel Burch and it all came from my stash. This is the bag that took a blue ribbon, Best of Class and Best of Show at the Fair this year. She did an amazing job.
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    I vow to bust 250 yards of stash this year.
    I already started. Truly I have.
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    And I know you will do it too Beth. Can't wait to see everyone's creative creations.
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    This Modern HST piece (41" square) is from leftover stash when I made a similar wall hanging for a friend at work. It fits the stash-busting, the UFO-finishing, and the no-fabric-buying threads. A triple whammy!
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    I love the quilting but it looks like a lot of starting and stopping. How do you start and stop your threads? Everyone seems to have their own way of doing things. Yours looks very neat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter View Post
    This Modern HST piece (41" square) is from leftover stash when I made a similar wall hanging for a friend at work. It fits the stash-busting, the UFO-finishing, and the no-fabric-buying threads. A triple whammy!
    Love this quilt, I have some leftover dark colored 5.5" squares that I wasn't sure what to do with - well now I know! They are hunter green, navy blue, browns, tans, oranges, etc. I think they will do just perfectly for a small quilt.

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    Beautiful quilt Martina. I too love the quilting on it--inspired. Good job with your goals!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    I love the quilting but it looks like a lot of starting and stopping. How do you start and stop your threads? Everyone seems to have their own way of doing things. Yours looks very neat.
    Thanks, and yes - there was A LOT of starting and stopping. I used the side of the walking foot as my guide so I could maintain reasonable consistency. When I start, I set my stitch length to .4mm, bring the bobbin thread up and sew 5-7 stitches at that length. Then I switch to 3 mm and continue the line until I reach the end (well, JUST before). At that point, I go back to the .4 mm and repeat the short stitches to close the line. Trim threads and go to the next line.

    To make it easier, I toggle between the straight stitch (for the 3 mm) and the zigzag stitch (for the short stitches). I set my zigzag to 0 width and .4 length - my machine has a memory option. So when I toggle, I immediately have the correct setting and don't need to fiddle with it every start and stop.
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    What a beautiful quilt madquilter. Nice job on the quilting. Sounds like you have your system down to a science.
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    This challenge was made for me!! I'm trying to use up my scraps. It's Much slower cutting and piecing individual patches than strip piecing but for now I'm enjoying it. I will try to post a picture later but usually have no luck with that. I love my smartphone because. I can post my pics to facebook so easily.
    I have lots of fabric and my goal is to make all my quilts this year from stash.

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    It's a beautiful quilt and excellent quilting Martina! And congrats on hitting three topics with one quilt!!!

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    Madquilter congrats upon finishing your modern quilt. what a wonderful saturated color scheme. The quilting also stands out and goes with it perfectly. Beautiful!
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    Hang in there Cindy. It will be worth it. Are you working on anything in particular or just cutting your scraps up right now?


    Quote Originally Posted by cindynvb View Post
    This challenge was made for me!! I'm trying to use up my scraps. It's Much slower cutting and piecing individual patches than strip piecing but for now I'm enjoying it. I will try to post a picture later but usually have no luck with that. I love my smartphone because. I can post my pics to facebook so easily.
    I have lots of fabric and my goal is to make all my quilts this year from stash.
    Anna Quilts

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    Anna I'm working on a split 16 patch. Totally random, just half light and half dark. I'm using 2.5 in patches and have a few more quilts in mind using those same patches, so am cutting up lots.

    My goal for the year is to make 1 block a day using scraps. Of course I prefer to sew units, then put the blocks together so I don't actually finish one block a day, but I do get 7 or more a week... So far that is, the year is young and you know what they say about New Year's resolutions....

    But I think I can keep it up. Each year I set a goal for my quilting and I almost always make it. I love to quilt!! That makes it easier.
    What kind of quilts do you make Anna, Any hints on cutting and using scraps?

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    I busted a bunch of wool-blends that I've had for quite a while. The picture is under "Pictures." Yay!

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    Lots of pretties on here! I'm really enjoying shopping my stash first. Discovered that I had bunches of focus fabrics (no surprise there) but my blenders and sashing type fabrics keep going away too quickly. So now I'm trying to focus more on those when I go shopping.

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    I am making comfort quilts for church members out of 4.5 inch scrappy blocks. My mom passed away on Monday and this brings me to a quiet place. I have 2 done and will do another one tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missgigglewings View Post
    I am making comfort quilts for church members out of 4.5 inch scrappy blocks. My mom passed away on Monday and this brings me to a quiet place. I have 2 done and will do another one tomorrow.
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. It is nice that you can do your quilting to ease your pain. HUGS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by missgigglewings View Post
    I am making comfort quilts for church members out of 4.5 inch scrappy blocks. My mom passed away on Monday and this brings me to a quiet place. I have 2 done and will do another one tomorrow.
    You have my sympathy!
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    I am so sorry to hear your mom passed away. I am glad that quilting gives you some comfort. My prayers are for you and the family in this time of loss.


    Quote Originally Posted by missgigglewings View Post
    I am making comfort quilts for church members out of 4.5 inch scrappy blocks. My mom passed away on Monday and this brings me to a quiet place. I have 2 done and will do another one tomorrow.
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    Sorry to take so long to get back to you. I sort all fabric by either color or category like sea life, floral, Civil War or 1930. I also have bins with very small scraps mostly for paper piecing or applique. all those are by color. Then when I make a quilt I pull bins that fit my plan and then I cut. I do not think I could handle precutting everything if I have no plan or use for it yet. At times I also "kit" up scraps and a pattern and I collect till I have enough to do that pattern. so those are my home made kits. I really enjoy that process. Almost always I make scrap quilts. It is the fun part of quilting. I do make mostly controlled/planned scrappies.

    quote-Each year I set a goal for my quilting and I almost always make it.

    Wow! Maybe I should try and do one block a day. You just motivated me. I never meet my goal and in the meantime the scraps are reproducing.

    One of the items I like to use to cut up scraps is a shape cutter. I have a friend with a Go and she offered the use of it to me so I might try that out too. I was impressed with the accuracy but due to the cost I am not in the market for it right now. It also seemed like that would be a little more waste. I think I like to use it on all this older fabric that didn't cost me as much.



    Quote Originally Posted by cindynvb View Post
    Anna I'm working on a split 16 patch. Totally random, just half light and half dark. I'm using 2.5 in patches and have a few more quilts in mind using those same patches, so am cutting up lots.

    My goal for the year is to make 1 block a day using scraps. Of course I prefer to sew units, then put the blocks together so I don't actually finish one block a day, but I do get 7 or more a week... So far that is, the year is young and you know what they say about New Year's resolutions....

    But I think I can keep it up. Each year I set a goal for my quilting and I almost always make it. I love to quilt!! That makes it easier.
    What kind of quilts do you make Anna, Any hints on cutting and using scraps?
    Anna Quilts

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    Annaquilts,
    I've been thinking of sorting thru my scraps and picking out the colors I want for my next quilt. That would be like your homemade quilt kits. I have aq few projects to finish up before I start that thought!

    I'm still working on my scrap 16 patch. I'm trying to get a few "extra" done because I'm going to visit family next week and won't be able to make any. I do bring some handwork to keep me busy though.

    Before you buy a die cutter read the book by Ebony Love
    http://www.amazon.com/Little-Book-Fa...e+cutting+tips

    I read it and found out that I bought the wrong die cutter. I bought the GO but should have bought the BigShotPro. I do like my GO cutter though. I use it all the time to cut up my scraps. The wast can be controlled by how you place the fabric on the die. The book tells you a lot about that.

    Keep sewing,
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    Anyone making progress here??

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