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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: tying a quilt with cotton/poly batting on: April 30, 2012 03:32:03 PM
Tying should be fine, you just want to make sure that you keep within the marked "quilting" or tying distance.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Paper Pieced Shark? on: April 30, 2012 03:31:20 PM
When I was at houston, I picked up a fantastic book by Cynthia England on how to create paper piecing patterns - how to create your own. The technique is easy, and though it's meant to create full pictures from photos, I can see how it would be easily applied to simple drawings as well - have a look here - http://www.englanddesign.com/books - best of luck!
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting machines - what's yours? on: April 23, 2012 05:55:52 PM
Mine are... not inexpensive.

For piecing and small quilting (less than 20"x20"), I have a bernina 440 QE - I'm thrilled with it, even if it is out of time right now with a 6 week wait for a repair. It was about $3500, and had been used at a trade show.  Had I to do it over, I'd get it again - it's been fantastic.

For large quilting, and because I'm a spoiled brat, I have an APQS Millenium. If you're intending to do quilting as a business, I'd go for that - the thing is built like a tank. That being said, unless you are also a spoiled brat, you will likely have to take out some kind of a business loan to get it.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to label quilt on: March 22, 2012 08:54:40 PM
Rather than the 7/8ths thing, I break out my time/money/quality triangle, and go with time and quality for a change. I up the measurement to the whole inch, and then trim back down - I find it goes MUCH faster and is MUCH more accurate when the final cut is made.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: String quilts and quilting them on: January 21, 2012 12:51:55 PM
I'm a spoiled brat, now, and generally don't have to quilt on my DSM anymore. For one like this, if it were mine and up to me, I'd do a pantograph with a neutral thread (something like a mid-grey)

http://www.urbanelementz.com/shop/product/mimosa/
or maybe
http://circlelordswirls.blogspot.com/ (I have this one and it's my go-to for anything that I look at and go "what the hell am I going to do with this - it ALWAYS looks fantastic. Always.)
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt binding on: January 16, 2012 07:41:28 AM
Well, in my opinion, it's still a quilt. I don't know about the "standards at a craft council" part, though - I think it depends on their requirements.

That being said, you don't have to hand sew binding (in fact, since I got a SID attachment for my walking foot, I never do.)
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Cutting mat on: January 03, 2012 06:20:12 PM
Also keep in mind that there are varying cutting mats - a fiskars is going to be less than some other brands, for example, and the size also plays into the cost.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How can I create a design from a picture? on: December 02, 2011 01:51:41 PM
That is gorgeous Smiley - I really suck at applique, and I have a great admiration for anyone who's successful with it.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: T-shirt Quilt Finishing Help! on: November 30, 2011 08:01:28 PM
You shouldn't need to fuse it if you're going to stitch in the ditch, but you will need to lay it out flat and "baste" it with safety pins, just to make sure everything moves evenly and you don't end up with a bubble at one side or 'tother.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: T-shirt Quilt Finishing Help! on: November 30, 2011 02:03:08 PM
I'd lay the backer flat over the top, then sew around the outside and "birth" it through an opening. Without *something* holding the layers together, though, it will behave more like one giant bag. There are a few things you can do. You could tie it at the intersections, and then bury the threads (this is minimally noticeable on the front, and only marginally so on the back). You could straight stitch in the ditch along the grid, same deal, only trickier. In order to keep the two layers close together around the edge, you can edge stitch, basically topstitiching a certain distance away from the edge (a quarter or a half an inch). The last one is probably best used in conjunction with one of the first two, but it *will* keep it together more than nothing.
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