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« Reply #20 on: January 15, 2008 09:15:12 AM »

Ok, I know I am too late but I am going to add my two cents anyway LOL.

Are you making this as a bed quilt? Or as a lap quilt?

Here are my thoughts.
#1-lap quilt- go for color. It can be used as an accent in a room either across the back of a neutral couch, or thrown off the arm of a chair. A punch of color to liven a space.

#2 as a bed quilt- go for the white. An all color quilt can be overwhelming in a small space, also that much color can darken a room and make it seem dull. If done in white with squares of color, the color will pop and allow her to use it as a starting ground for a color theme. She can brighten it up by adding a green throw across the foot of the bed and some bright art in the room.

The white is more contemporary, the all color is more traditional. Is your friend more modern or more traditional? What will she appreciate the most?
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« Reply #21 on: January 15, 2008 03:24:47 PM »

I am making this as a bed quilt, and I hadn't thought abouut what it would like in a room, as far as making it seem smaller or darker. Most of my fabrics are fairly light, so hopefully that wouldn't be too much of a problem? I'm getting worried about it now, though! My friend is traditional with some things, contemporary in others, but I think overall she leans more towards traditional. I've made it a few rows into the quilt (yeah, I'm not a very fast sewer!), and the idea of basically starting over is not exactly thrilling me.  Cheesy
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« Reply #22 on: January 15, 2008 03:29:26 PM »

On a somewhat unrelated note, I wonder if any of you can help me with my stitch length. I have an old Singer featherweight that was my great-grandmother's. I took it in to get it repaired (the motor was in desperate need of some loving attention!) a couple months ago, and it had been working beautifully. But lately the stitch length has been really inconsistent, like sometimes a few inches will be skipped before another stitch is made, and sometimes it'll sew perfectly even for a while, and then all of a sudden skip like half an inch, and then go back to being normal. Is it maybe like a tension issue? I'm not exactly a sewing machine expert, since I've just been teaching myself.
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« Reply #23 on: January 17, 2008 07:31:38 AM »

Hrm. That *almost* seems more like a feed dogs / speed issue to me, more than anything, but I know very little in these matters. Might want to phone up a few repair places and just ask them what they think it might be? (Similar to calling five mechanics and describing the noise your car just started making, to see if there's a consensus Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: January 18, 2008 10:15:28 AM »

Skipped stitches can sometimes be a problem with the needle.  I'd try using a new one.  And of course make sure it's not a needle for stretch fabric.  Stretch needles on non-knits and "normal" needles on knits can make stitches skip a lot.  Even if it is the right needle, try a new one.
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« Reply #25 on: January 22, 2008 09:07:29 AM »

I had tried replacing the needle, and it didn't change anything. So I finally took it in to the shop that's right near my house, and it turns out I had the needle in backwards. So now the mystery's solved and I feel like an idiot! But the good news is the machine is working like a dream and it didn't cost anything to find out I'm a moron!
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« Reply #26 on: January 22, 2008 09:25:48 AM »

Quote from: Chantelle
it turns out I had the needle in backwards. So now the mystery's solved and I feel like an idiot!

Don't feel that way - with old machines that can happen!  My Mom's machine is super old and I know she's had that problem.

Look at the bright side, as you said, it didn't cost anything to get it fixed!
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« Reply #27 on: January 30, 2008 07:20:16 PM »

Ok, I may be late to the discussion, but I did a quilt with a block similar to this last year that turned out really great.  The block itself is really simple, but the arrangment can make it really stunning AND this combines both your colored block and your white block ideas!

The blocks were assorted blue / teal / purples around a center square with a butterfly print.  After I pieced the blocks, I used a white sashing with colored cornerstones to tie the colors together.

I can't post photos at this time, but here's a link to the picture.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=104365
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« Reply #28 on: February 01, 2008 03:16:03 PM »

Ok, I may be late to the discussion, but I did a quilt with a block similar to this last year that turned out really great.  The block itself is really simple, but the arrangment can make it really stunning AND this combines both your colored block and your white block ideas!

The blocks were assorted blue / teal / purples around a center square with a butterfly print.  After I pieced the blocks, I used a white sashing with colored cornerstones to tie the colors together.

I can't post photos at this time, but here's a link to the picture.

http://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=104365

That is such a lovely quilt-I love the colors with the white. Thank you for sharing that!
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