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    Jan, I love that pattern! So quick and so colorful....we have a Quilts for Kids local chapter in Bakersfield, now, and are always looking for quick and easy patterns to use. I think I'll show this one to them, if it's OK with you? Thanks for your charity work, and for showing this quilt!![/QUOTE]
    Sure, you can show the picture. The secret to getting it to look so neat is to have the center of the 3 piece block wider than the outter two pieces and it needs to be in a light or white fabric. Just makes it "pop".

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyann View Post
    when you turn that screw does the large wheel release from the wheel that holds the belt?
    Yes. Turn the small knob toward you to release it from the wheel. Turn the knob away from you to lock it back into the wheel. I never paid much attention to that before. But anyhow, the answer is yes.

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    That is a great help, thank you. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hollyann View Post
    That is a great help, thank you. :-)
    You're welcome! Once you getting it working for you, please post a picture of quilt that you make with it in the section called "quilts made with vintage machines". I love seeing everyone quilts made with their vintage ladies and gents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MisDixie View Post
    When I do a smaller quilt I take it to school and do my pinning. Use the big tables and tape the backing down. Lot easier on the knees and hips but heck on the lower back.
    Have you tried using the bed risers under the table legs? They raise the table up enough so you don't end up killing your back and are usually pretty inexpensive and easily found. I take mine any time I go to a class or retreat where I'd be doing a lot of bending over tables otherwise. They help!
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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Buslady, I have been over in the Vintage Machine Photo shop just oogling all the photos; and, I was wondering - did you paint that pink fiddlebase yourself or did you have it done? It really looks nice!Nancy
    I did it myself. It was in such rough shape it was the only option. I used a wire wheel then spray paint.I am especially happy with the table.I think it was the grinding that messed up my shoulder. Thanks for asking.
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    I use those under the quilting table. Got a set of 4 and 6 inch rizers. Had not thought of taking them to school to do a pin job. DUH!! LOL Will find the 6inch ones for the next time I need to do a pinning. Thanks Cindy Lou Who!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cindy Lou Who View Post
    Have you tried using the bed risers under the table legs? They raise the table up enough so you don't end up killing your back and are usually pretty inexpensive and easily found. I take mine any time I go to a class or retreat where I'd be doing a lot of bending over tables otherwise. They help!
    Cindy

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    Great a little wd40 and a couple of taps between those two wheels and got it released! Yay! Back in business, I sure will post the quilt I'm almost finished the top. Thanks again..

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    Quote Originally Posted by vintagemotif View Post
    Charlee, Where are you hiding your quilts? I thought you only sew shirts for your husband.
    I would love to see some of your quilts!
    Charlee if you have quilts or anything else you made using 'vintage' machines, please post them in the shop for photos of these things! I just posted my latest finished quilt there! It was pieced completely with my Free # 5 treadle. I finally put the binding on yesterday and posted it! I'd love to see some of your work too!

    Nancy

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    Nancy the whole blocks are 5.5" finished, so you just add blocks till you have what you need. We make different sized quilts for the different ages. If we can get info that someone loves Barbie, we do our best to find Barbie material. These kids have had so little, that one wish in a lifetime (they don't know they are getting a quilt) is not a really big thing. I get back more than I give. We sometimes get pictures of the kids with their quilts or hear that they take them everywhere. That's better than a Blue Ribbin to me any day !!!

    Texas Jan[/QUOTE]

    This is so wonderful! I did not know you sometimes know what the child you are making a quilt for likes! That makes it even more special! I am not part of a quild, but maybe I will look into joining one! What a wonderful way to 'pay it forward!'

    Nancy
    Last edited by BoJangles; 01-24-2012 at 05:28 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    I have a BabyLock Quilters Choice Pro with a 9" throat, on a 10' quilting frame, and I quilt up to 100x100 quilts with it. I do find that I have to keep my motifs at about 5" on the larger quilts, otherwise I run out of space when I get to the last few rows. If I am just doing FMQ or smaller than 5" pantograph motifs on larger quilts, or am quilting smaller quilts, it works fine. I bought it second hand a few years ago, and I am perfectly happy with it. I rarely have a problem with thread, tension or anything, except for Operator Error, which happens when I am too tired!! :-)
    Wow Janice, 100x100 on a machine with a 9" harp space rolled on a quilting frame! You don't have to flip the quilt and re-pin and roll to finish that size quilt under a 9" harp space? I will quit complaining about my 16" harp space! I have not had a problem with the 16", but sometimes I think it would be nice to have a larger harp space - you know the old thing about always wanting more, never satisfied with what we have! I need to just be thankful I have the 10' table and 16" head I know! You just chastised me into a little humble pie!

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    I'm back - I finally caught up on reading - so much to do too - sorry to hear about deaths - ouch.
    While we were on vacation someone decided to see if they could find anything they need more than we do from our house. They broke out a door window and reached in and unlocked the door knob. DH put in a double dead bolt so they gave up. We have to repair the door but nothing was missing. I feel like hanging the broken door from the dead tree in the front yard and painting a sign on the door - 'what part of thou shalt not don't you get???' but I doubt if they know how to read anyway much less care about 'thou shalt not' I should buy stock in a door company - we've had this happen multiple times since we have been living here. It is time to move. The house to move to is sssooo not ready - maybe we can camp in the garage, sleep in the truck or the yard or something. I'm also tired of getting mooned every day...
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    OK, so anyone in our general area, our guild, Cotton Patch Quilters of Kern, are having our bi-annual show this coming weekend. Saturday & Sunday 1/28 & 29, 10:00-5:00, Kern County Fairgrounds, $5, husband & kids free, parking free, 205 quilts entered, some judged, some display, antique/vintage sewing machines exhibit, demonstrations, Bed Turning, raffle baskets, 20+ vendors, plus onsite food available for purchase. Country Store with donated items for sale, plus Opportunity Quilt raffle drawing on Sunday at 4:00. Did I miss anything? Oh, and I am honored to be Chair of this show....quite a humbling experience, I assure you!!! :-)

    Hope some of you can come!!! Look for the most harried woman in the place, and that will be me!!! LOL
    Janice, I agree with Monica! I wish I lived closer so I could come too!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by buslady View Post
    I did it myself. It was in such rough shape it was the only option. I used a wire wheel then spray paint.I am especially happy with the table.I think it was the grinding that messed up my shoulder. Thanks for asking.
    Well, you did a great job! I am afraid to tackle the painting, but maybe next time I find a vintage machine in dire need of a paint job I will try painting it myself!

    Nancy

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Well, you did a great job! I am afraid to tackle the painting, but maybe next time I find a vintage machine in dire need of a paint job I will try painting it myself!

    Nancy
    I doubt if I would ever paint anything myself - I would have the worst looking paint on the planet - I think I would try an auto body shop for the paint - BIL says it is all in the prep work anyway.
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miriam View Post
    I'm back - I finally caught up on reading - so much to do too - sorry to hear about deaths - ouch.
    While we were on vacation someone decided to see if they could find anything they need more than we do from our house. They broke out a door window and reached in and unlocked the door knob. DH put in a double dead bolt so they gave up. We have to repair the door but nothing was missing. I feel like hanging the broken door from the dead tree in the front yard and painting a sign on the door - 'what part of thou shalt not don't you get???' but I doubt if they know how to read anyway much less care about 'thou shalt not' I should buy stock in a door company - we've had this happen multiple times since we have been living here. It is time to move. The house to move to is sssooo not ready - maybe we can camp in the garage, sleep in the truck or the yard or something. I'm also tired of getting mooned every day...
    Geeze, Miriam your life is never dull is it? I think you were put where you are because you seem to handle it just fine, but maybe you are right - it is time to move! Mooned everyday? Only special people can handle life like you do - from the poison ivy - or whatever attacked you - to this? Girl you go!

    Nancy

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    Anamaria, I love the 24 you just posted in the Photos of Vintage Machines section! Congratulations! What a cute little machine and the decals look great! Have fun with that baby! I can't help you with any questions, I don't have a 24, but I bet Cathy can help!

    Nancy

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    yup mooned at 5am last time - they are on the streets at all hours - SIL parked his car out front a couple weeks ago and they ransacked it and left the doors standing open - the windshield on our van was broken out last summer - the list goes on - I'm thinking hard about conceal carry... when only the criminals are armed we are all in trouble - an armed society is a polite society... Maybe some NRA stickers for the back of my car... Oh and maybe I'll spread a few conceal carry magazines around by the windows. I'm thinking hard about those Christmas lights made with shot gun shells for the front. Maybe mow the lawn in camo clothes and combat boots with ... Nope I do not have a dull life in Indianapolis. I am thinking steady habits aren't a good idea here either. How's that for taking it in stride
    NEVER let a sewing machine know you are in a hurry.

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    Miriam, sorry to hear about your welcome home. I live in a nice area and our car was broken into last year...so it happens everywhere. Though we don't get mooned! Is it the same whacko? You should yell, "Nice tattoo!" just to confuse the h#ll out of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BoJangles View Post
    Wow Janice, 100x100 on a machine with a 9" harp space rolled on a quilting frame! You don't have to flip the quilt and re-pin and roll to finish that size quilt under a 9" harp space? I will quit complaining about my 16" harp space! I have not had a problem with the 16", but sometimes I think it would be nice to have a larger harp space - you know the old thing about always wanting more, never satisfied with what we have! I need to just be thankful I have the 10' table and 16" head I know! You just chastised me into a little humble pie!

    Nancy

    Nancy, I think you are very lucky to have a 16" harp machine....I have thought about getting a bigger quilting setup, but I would just be more crowded in my sewing room, so, have decided to keep what I have. I don't do any heirloom style quilting anyway....so, really no need. My quilting is more utilitarian...it holds the quilt together. Period. :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    For all BarKeeper's Friend users, I have some rust on some blackside plates. Have you ever used it on those type of attachments? I need to get rid of the rust but don't want to screw up the blackside finish. ~ Chris
    Chris, BarKeeper's Friend doesn't scratch stainless or chrome, so I can't see that it would harm your blackside finish. Test one small area first, anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlee View Post
    Ah Janice!! I so wish I could be there!! You're doing a GREAT job, I can't imagine that you'd do less!
    Thanks for the vote of confidence, Charlee. I have terrific help...a whole bunch of people who know their jobs and do them very well. I was Understudy to the last Chair, so I sort of have a handle on everything. But I am most blessed to know that I have all those other people who really DO know what is going on!! LOL

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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    Chris, BarKeeper's Friend doesn't scratch stainless or chrome, so I can't see that it would harm your blackside finish. Test one small area first, anyway.
    Janice, thanks for the reply and info. May test a smal portion on the backside of one of the slide plates. Worth a shot and one does have some rust on the backside as well. ~ Chris
    FYI: My container of Barkeeper's Friend says it is safe on glass cooktop stoves. Has anyone tried it here?
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    Quote Originally Posted by chris_quilts View Post
    Janice, thanks for the reply and info. May test a smal portion on the backside of one of the slide plates. Worth a shot and one does have some rust on the backside as well. ~ Chris
    FYI: My container of Barkeeper's Friend says it is safe on glass cooktop stoves. Has anyone tried it here?
    I've used Barkeeper's Friend on a toaster oven before, the outside white coated part (hard plastic and white enamel) to remove nicotine staining. (Worked great!) It did leave some very, very fine scratches in the plastic, but the white enamel on metal was fine. It wasn't anything I couldn't live with in that instance. I'd definitely test the black parts finish in a spot you won't see. If you are removing rust, I would think that the finish is not going to be in good shape under the rust and you may get down to the metal.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jljack View Post
    OK, so anyone in our general area, our guild, Cotton Patch Quilters of Kern, are having our bi-annual show this coming weekend. Saturday & Sunday 1/28 & 29, 10:00-5:00, Kern County Fairgrounds, $5, husband Hope some of you can come!!! Look for the most harried woman in the place, and that will be me!!! LOL
    I would love to go if you were closer. With the price of gas and in need of new tires, I am not doing any road trips. I know it will be great. Remember to breath!
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