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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine on: July 24, 2014 08:19:04 AM
You're right - crosshatching is equally spaced lines on the diagonal to create squares that are on point.  Depending on how big your area is and how densely you want it quilted you can space them anywhere from 1/4" to 2" apart.  Back in the day before long acrylic rulers were available we just used a yard stick, and the spacing was whatever the width of the stick was.

If the lines are perpendicular to each other you'll end up with squares, but if you change the angle you'll get diamonds.  Here's a link for easy machine quilting http://dreamweavers-quilts.com/2009/10/easy-crosshatch-quilting/

I'm sorry there's such a delay in getting back to you!  I didn't realize this was here, so I'm not sure if this is much help to you now.   Undecided
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: When Do You Give Up on Perfection? on: July 24, 2014 08:09:23 AM
As donniesgirl mentioned, it comes down to your tolerance.  Without a picture I can't say for sure.  I've ripped out some wavy piecing and left others.  For the most part I don't expect perfection - I'm a person and I make errors.  If some points don't match up I'm good with that, but if most of them don't then I'm doing something wrong and I'll rework it.

Donniesgirl, I'm sorry about the tension issue.  Ripping a little sucks, but ripping everything is horrible.  I'm conflicted when that stuff happens.  On the one hand I'm angry at myself for not checking before I got too far, but on the other I feel sorry for myself for having to do it all over.  Hopefully the second time will be much smoother!
3  SEWING IN GENERAL / Sewing in General: Discussion and Questions / Re: Serger Tension Issues on: July 06, 2014 01:34:12 PM
I think it's too loose, but I wouldn't swear to it.  I'd just start moving dials, but if you don't want to go that route most manufacturers have the owner manuals online.  Mine has guidelines for different fabrics in it, and while I still have to tweak them a bit they're good starting places.  Good luck!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: The Cosby quilt on: July 06, 2014 12:50:24 PM
Nailed it!  Good call on using that as his sweater.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: how should I quilt this, using only a regular short arm sewing machine on: July 01, 2014 09:26:54 PM
I would outline each block in the print.  The big blocks look like they are large enough to need something extra, so I think I'd crosshatch those.

It's a cute quilt!  I know exactly what you mean about never using the fabrics.  If not now, when?  I'm trying really hard to use up the stash, but sometimes something bad happens and more fabric comes home with me.  Wink
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: My iSpy quilt/hexie pattern questions on: June 21, 2014 01:39:21 PM
Disclaimer- I'm not speaking from experience.  I'm just making an educated guess!

I would approach this by thinking of rows rather than stars.  Looking at the bottom row, you can make units using the hexie, the upper right triangle, and the lower left triangle.  Once the triangles are attached to opposite sides you'll have a diamond shape.  When all the diamonds are made you only have to sew straight seams to put them together into rows.  The lower left triangle becomes the lower right triangle of the hexie to the left, so there's no need to add the triangles around each hexie and mess with Y seams.  For this to work, though, you need to be consistent with the triangles you add - always use upper right and lower left or upper left and lower right.

I hope this makes sense!  I can see it in my mind's eye, but I'm not sure I'm getting a good description here.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Billboard, blue jean and blacksmith blanket on: February 11, 2014 12:00:01 PM
WAY better than what I drag around for outdoor events!
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Ugly baby quilt in pink and orange on: February 11, 2014 11:57:21 AM
I don't think it's horrible at all!  Not knowing what was in your mind's eye, I like that it's bold and graphic.  The quilting looks fine, too.  Are you disappointed with the pattern you chose to quilt it or your ability?  If it's the latter, cut yourself some slack!  It's your first time, and I would have to hate you if it was perfect.  Grin 
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Would you recommend this for a beginner? on: February 11, 2014 11:41:05 AM
I agree with donniesgirl.  Beginning quilters usually start with a four or nine patch.  The nine patches are already in this quilt, and the alternate blocks can be made from strip sets.  All the seams are straight and there aren't any bias edges, so go for it!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Finished up a UFO [Mermaid Wall Hanging] on: October 22, 2013 08:11:27 AM
I recognized this pattern right away, because I've always loved it.  The problem is I never wanted to mess around with actually making it in glass.  Roll Eyes  Thank you for posting this; I'm going to look at all my glass patterns with an applique eye now.
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