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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First Ever painted Quilt for Dad (pic heavy) on: May 09, 2015 07:52:03 AM
Quilts are personal anyway, but you've made this one extra special with the painted areas.  Cool!!  I'll bet your dad was beyond pleased with it.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: The Invaders Quilt on: May 09, 2015 07:48:48 AM
How fun!  I remember first seeing this game at Kroger.  I can't imagine a grocery store having arcade games now, but they had this and Centipede.  When we got the Atari at home I played this a lot.  Thanks for the stroll down memory lane!  Wink
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: choosing the right color on: February 03, 2015 10:30:33 AM
I'd use something shocking like lime plus a neutral - black, brown, grey, white, or tan.  You've probably already started, though.  What did you choose?
4  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
5  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!
6  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!
7  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.
8  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
9  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.
10  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!
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