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02-14-2021, 01:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,783
Posted By gillyo

The first international show I entered was...

The first international show I entered was juried. Just getting accepted was enough for me. Imagine my shock when I won Best of Show! I think competing is great if you go into it with the attitude...
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02-06-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,317
Posted By gillyo

We used sheets of white melamine covered particle...

We used sheets of white melamine covered particle board we bought at Lowe's. It's very sturdy and the smooth surface is kind to fabrics. You can get iron-on melamine tape to trim the edges. It isn't...
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01-26-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,842
Posted By gillyo

I made an organizer to put next to my machine....

I made an organizer to put next to my machine. Mine is about 18" long but you could make a smaller one. I used some scraps of home decorating fabric to make several pockets. I then stitched them to a...
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01-17-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,412
Posted By gillyo

I was trained as a seamstress and bias edges can...

I was trained as a seamstress and bias edges can be an asset or a disaster depending on when and how they're used. Curved patterns are going to have some biased edges, so they require more basting...
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01-17-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,664
Posted By gillyo

It depends on what kind of quilts you want to...

It depends on what kind of quilts you want to make. I would work on figuring that out before investing in a stash that may not meet your needs. Also, what's popular now may look very dated in a year...
Forum: Main
01-13-2021, 11:10 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,345
Posted By gillyo

I call mine WIPs (works in progress), instead of...

I call mine WIPs (works in progress), instead of UFOs because that way I can console myself that I'm still working on it. I also work small so I don't have a big investment in my projects so a lot...
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01-13-2021, 10:59 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,095
Posted By gillyo

I started hand sewing when I was five, machine...

I started hand sewing when I was five, machine sewing when I was nine, and quilting at 14. So, I've been doing this kind of work for over fifty years. I've noticed over the years that I sometimes get...
Forum: Main
01-13-2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,080
Posted By gillyo

I made it a rule years ago to not give anything I...

I made it a rule years ago to not give anything I made to someone who I knew wouldn't appreciate it. It's just asking to get your feelings hurt. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who think...
Forum: Main
10-06-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,565
Posted By gillyo

I do a lot of small hand piecing and quilting...

I do a lot of small hand piecing and quilting projects. My favorite reuse is the boxes that Little Caesar's cheesy bread comes in, (my son loves it). If they aren't soiled I cover them with contact...
Forum: Main
08-04-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,525
Posted By gillyo

I don't make bed sized quilts anymore but I do...

I don't make bed sized quilts anymore but I do remember trying to baste one on my living room floor because I didn't have a pingpong table, (or even a dining table), at the time. I learned a lot in...
Forum: Main
07-02-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,747
Posted By gillyo

I was traveling last week and shopped at Joann's,...

I was traveling last week and shopped at Joann's, Hobby Lobby, and Craft Warehouse. The Joann's was fairly well stocked and I picked up two half yard pieces for $6 total. I loved both patterns but...
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07-02-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,733
Posted By gillyo

I make wall quilts and always sew a line of...

I make wall quilts and always sew a line of buttons on the back of the bottom edge. The extra weight
keeps it flush to the wall and as long I make sure it's square it hangs beautifully. For...
Forum: Main
06-19-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 876
Posted By gillyo

I always try to salvage what I can. One of my...

I always try to salvage what I can. One of my favorite things to do is make tote bags out of "mistakes." They're handy to have around, easy to make, and often turn out a lot better than I thought...
Forum: Main
06-11-2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,045
Posted By gillyo

I'm turning 61 on Sunday and I've definitely...

I'm turning 61 on Sunday and I've definitely noticed a difference in my "fabric memory." Twice in the last year I've bought the same fabric twice, fortunately they were only half yards, but it still...
Forum: Main
06-08-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,354
Posted By gillyo

Are both fabric pieces on grain? Sometimes if one...

Are both fabric pieces on grain? Sometimes if one or both pieces are a looser weave and even slightly off grain they'll curl after they go thru the machine.
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03-24-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 1,273
Views: 237,711
Posted By gillyo

I've been on a fabric moratorium for years but...

I've been on a fabric moratorium for years but still buy things that I absolutely love and know I will use. After moving a couple of years ago I had the opportunity to really look at my stash. I've...
Forum: Main
02-13-2020, 07:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,759
Posted By gillyo

I've been quilting since 1975 so I was around...

I've been quilting since 1975 so I was around when quilting became popular again. I remember when Hoffman California fabrics came on the market in the early 80s. Before that most of the quilting...
Forum: Main
01-12-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,371
Posted By gillyo

Old School Ironing

I've been working on several scrap quilts and have been faced with a tub full of wrinkled odd sized scraps. I'd been working my way through it with liquid spray starch but the cost and the stains it...
Forum: Main
01-05-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 384
Views: 38,991
Posted By gillyo

I remember shopping for fabric at our old...

I remember shopping for fabric at our old Penney's downtown in 1977. I'm sure of the year because it was my senior year and I was going to my friend's lake house and wanted to make some cute summer...
Forum: Main
12-06-2019, 10:08 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,147
Posted By gillyo

I've entered quilts in county fairs, quilt shop...

I've entered quilts in county fairs, quilt shop shows, guild shows, and national shows. I've also entered quilting magazine and manufacturer contests.

The most important thing is to follow the...
Forum: Main
11-28-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,220
Posted By gillyo

I love polka dots! I've collected them for years...

I love polka dots! I've collected them for years in all different sizes and color combinations. I particularly love tone on tone dots.

I also save scraps and cut them into different sizes. My...
Forum: Main
11-02-2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,664
Posted By gillyo

I've been quite successful in combining...

I've been quite successful in combining embroidery with quilting. I say go for it, but don't give up on a running stitch. If you can do embroidery stitches you can definitely do a running stitch.
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Forum: Main
11-02-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,334
Posted By gillyo

I'm one of those people who can't stand a picture...

I'm one of those people who can't stand a picture that's crooked on a wall, so something "off" in one of my quilts drives me crazy.

I've been quilting for 44 years so I've learned a lot. One of...
Forum: Main
09-16-2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,694
Posted By gillyo

I have used a lot of metallics over the years and...

I have used a lot of metallics over the years and haven't had any problems with them. I actually have some Hoffman California metallics from the late 80's/early 90's that I still have and use, (I do...
Forum: Main
09-16-2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 3,649
Posted By gillyo

I sort and store my fabric by color and when I...

I sort and store my fabric by color and when I looked I was surprised that I have a lot of greens. I suppose I shouldn't be as my husband is from Ireland, but I have a lot more than 40 shades of...
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