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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting machines - what's yours? on: April 20, 2012 10:08:47 AM
I'm a Viking girl. I use my Quilt Designer 2 almost exclusively. I bought an embroidery machine too but I don't use it to piece with. The more machines, the merrier, right? Smiley
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Interfacing on sweatshirt fabric? on: January 11, 2009 05:34:59 PM
I use a non woven, fusible, lightweight fusible interfacing on all of my t-shirt quilts.  Including any sweatshirt panels. If you use the lightweight version it will have a great drape.  It isn't stiff or anything!  Good Luck!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Machine quilting = GRRR!!! Help please! on: November 02, 2008 08:22:57 PM
Sometimes a fabric with a high thread count can cause skipped stitches.  Batiks are especially well known for this.  It might explain why your practise sandwich is fine but the skipping starts when you go to the actual quilt.  What kind of needle are you using?  Try a topstitch 90/14 or even a machine embroidery needle.  And slow down.  I hope this helps!  Let us know what works for you.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Steely Wonky Log Cabin Quilt on: November 02, 2008 07:57:26 PM
This is FANTASTIC!  Wonderful design aesthetic!
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Three baby quilts... on: October 03, 2008 06:58:49 AM
Those are just wonderful!
Good job!
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: So, here's my plan... on: October 03, 2008 06:52:09 AM
I would go with 10" squares for a first quilt project.  There will be fewer seams to line up and fewer intersections.  Or you could intersperse 9 1/2" squares with the four patch blocks made up of those 5" squares you mentioned. 

Seek out a quilt shop in your area and ask some questions of the staff they will have lots of great tips for you!
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Batik Bento Box- Brights with Black Borders put on your sunglasses! on: August 27, 2008 05:52:46 PM
Beautiful!  The varigated thread looks so great on it too!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Sewing over pins? on: August 27, 2008 05:49:39 PM
I only pin seam intersections when it is important or when I have to ease in a "baggy bottom" or such.  The quilt gods dictate that you never sew over a pin but I use these really skinny pins and go slow so the needle just slips right past the pins and it isn't an issue.

The danger in sewing over a pin is that the needle hits it, drives it into the hook assembly and causes your timing on your machine to go all wacky.  Not fun and would require a trip to your local machine guru fix it shop. 

If you are just starting out, I'd pin most everything and take them out before going over them with your machine.  Once you are used to piecing you'll know where the fudge factor lies.

9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much does it cost... on: August 27, 2008 05:38:25 PM
The pricing is typically based on the size and complexity of the quilting.  Your local quilt shop would be a good place to start when you begin looking for someone.  Feel free to call them with your quilt dimensions and they should be able to give you a range.  Look at their work and find someone who you click with. 

I'm a longarm quilter and I have clients send me quilts from all over the country.  Feel free to take a look at the pricing guide on my site.  It will give you a good guidline of quilt costs based on size and type of quilting. 

Also, you can find a good quilters listed by state on the International Machine Quilters Association website.

Many people love to piece but prefer to let a machine quilter finish it all up for them.  Good Luck!

10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First quilt! YAY on: August 27, 2008 05:23:10 PM
Wonderful job!  You did great!
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