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41  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: white dress for the first day of summer on: June 21, 2011 07:22:46 PM
SOOO cute!!!  I just LOVE the ribbon!
42  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fabric Scrap Swap.. (sign up 06/05/11 to 06/19/11; send by 06/27/11) on: June 19, 2011 08:59:39 PM
I completely used this swap to justify in my mind buying some more fabric this weekend. What if it just so happens that it is my partner's favorite color/style/print?? And I didn't get it? That would be terrible. I seem to have a small, 3 1/2 year old red headed stash gremlin. Apparently my daughter is as much into fabric as I am! I go back and forth between wanting to support her apparent love for my fabric and trying really hard not to say, "STOP IT! That's mine!" Smiley
43  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fabric Scrap Swap.. (sign up 06/05/11 to 06/19/11; send by 06/27/11) on: June 19, 2011 05:06:57 PM
So partners tonight or tomorrow? (eager much?)
44  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Crash Glass for Father's Day on: June 18, 2011 10:27:42 PM
Wow that looks amazing!!  Nice work.
45  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fabric Scrap Swap.. (sign up 06/05/11 to 06/19/11; send by 06/27/11) on: June 17, 2011 09:44:15 PM
This sign up period seems to be lasting forever! I think I'm just too excited for this swap.

I feel the same way!! And I'm leaving town on the 20th for a 4 day work trip away from my scraps! Sad No worries partner to be - I may not be an early sender but I have a heck of a stash to share!
46  Craft Swaps / ARCHIVE OF SWAPS THAT ARE TOTALLY FINISHED / Re: Fabric Scrap Swap.. (sign up 06/05/11 to 06/19/11; send by 06/27/11) on: June 17, 2011 01:40:49 PM
Yes - from the initial discussion it was 2 inches by 2 inches.

I won't go into my rant about why we can't just adopt the more sensible metric system here in the US...  <--- see me not ranting?
47  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Advice for Free Motion Beginner?? on: June 17, 2011 12:20:29 PM
My last advice is try to go as fast as you can LOL.  It is odd, but the faster you go, the easyer it is to quilt.  And just keep trying.  It is one of those things that only gets better the more you do it. Grin

I heard that too and while it works for some people it did not work for me. I had to slow down to get more even stitches.

I like this video: http://www.patsythompsondesigns.com/free-video/ though if you have the 505  maybe you've seen it?

The truth is that FMQ is a HUGE learning curve and it takes a lot of practice. A lot. And then some more. And then if you don't do it for a while you have to kind of remember how to do it again. I make my practice pieces out of old sheets and felt or fleece (whatever scrap pieces are hanging around).

I really like the FMQ blog which other's have linked to. This piece is REALLY useful: http://freemotionquilting.blogspot.com/2011/02/loops-tension-or-speed.html all about loops on the back and tension issues. It really depends on your machine there. I have a finicky machine when it comes to tension so I mess with that a lot. Be sure to check the bottom of your quilt sandwiches for loops.

More advice - you need the right size needle, either 14 or 16 depending on your thread. You need the right kind of thread although that's somewhat of a personal choice.

I have also found that my FMQ is better when I DO NOT drop the feed dogs. Again this is a matter of personal preference but I just put it out there because it may be worth a try.

Doodle and draw - it's helpful.

Good luck! Can't wait to see those results!
Emily
48  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Huge Stitching Project finally finished! on: June 16, 2011 09:15:45 PM
Wow! I can't believe you hand quilted that! I love the stitching around the men. I love this whole thing and I hope it does well at the fair!
49  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Re: New dresses with 3 dimensional appliques on: June 16, 2011 11:22:35 AM
So lovely!! what kind of fabric did you use? I love the shape of them.
50  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Re: Mid Century Two Tier Side Table Revamped on: June 15, 2011 09:10:12 PM
Very cool!
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