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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting Magazines on: April 12, 2012 02:37:09 PM
I've got copies of Quilter's Newsletter dating back to the 1970s.  How many and what distribution would you like. ;-)

I've also got a few other older magazines if you're interested.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: I never want to see this baby quilt again! on: March 26, 2012 07:37:15 PM
A few years ago I agreed to make a queen sized quilt for my sister-in-law to celebrate their 25th anniversary.  We went shopping so she could buy the fabric and by the time we were done I'd come to regret the project.  Her fabric choices were the WORST combination of this that and the other - virtually all ugly!  And hey, you can keep any leftovers for your stash! Undecided  I did add 2 decent fabrics for sashing and borders to pull it all together.

It took me 2 years to force myself to finish the top.
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How to label quilt on: March 20, 2012 02:41:29 PM
I'm really fond of Printed Treasures (Sew On variety) as a base.  It comes in 8-1/2 x 11 sheets of tightly woven off-white fabric bonded with a paper backing so it feeds thru an inkjet printer with no problem. It's available at JoAnn and elsewhere. 

I setup my label in a word processing document, set the print options to best quality and print.  Trim to size (adding seam allowance) before you peel the backing - then you can use the rest of the sheet next time.  You now have an unfinished edge label. 

NOTE:  This fabric is really hard to stitch by hand!  My solution is to take a 1 inch strip of the quilt or backing fabric and sew it all the way around the edge of the label like binding.  Press away from the label then fold under the sides that won't be enclosed in the quilt binding for a finished edge on the label.

When you're ready to bind the quilt, pin the label to the lower left corner of the back - again allowing distance for seam allowances.  Sew the label into the binding on 2 sides as you attach the binding.  Hand stitch the remaining 2 sides of the label and finish the binding.

BEFORE you wash the quilt, let the ink dry and heat set it with an iron.  I was rushing to finish a quilt recently and forgot that step.  The next day when I presented it as a gift there was the barest hint of a blob of color where all my text and graphics used to be. ;-(

Once heat set, the printing is quite durable.  I'm currently taking apart a quilt I've had on my bed for over 8 years because the back is falling apart even though the top is in good shape.  The label I just removed is somewhat faded but still very readable in spite of regular washing.

Good Luck.

== Jean ==
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help needed: How to fix this quilt on: March 18, 2012 04:22:03 PM
Thanks for the help, particularly about the direction of the fish. I think I can convince myself of the logic of water-currents and fish swimming directions, but if I can't I have a fair bit of fabric and could always take my chance with the bias!

Actually, could it be interfaced with really light fusible interfacing to prevent stretching, or would it be better to leave it to chance and sew carefully?

And I probably will go with the on-point style, since that was what the pattern I'm working with called for anyway =)

I'd take a chance.  Don't press/iron until it's sewn in place and pin really well before sewing carefully.  Your side setting triangles will be your biggest issue since they're not entirely enclosed til the borders are on.  Press very carefully there. ;-)  Finger press then use your iron in an up and down on the seam only motion instead of sliding it over the fabric.  Good Luck.

== Jean ==
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Help needed: How to fix this quilt on: March 18, 2012 09:23:13 AM
Ok, I'm not entirely sure what part of the design is not working for you.  Both the layout pictures look fine to me. I have a personal preference for an on-point layout - I just think it adds a little zest to the overall quilt.  I usually cut my setting triangles oversized so the center of the quilt "floats" on the background fabric.

Is the problem with the curved lines behind the fish?  That can be a concern but can be rationalized with "fish don't swim in straight horizontal lines and water currents move in different directions..." 

OR, if you have enough fabric and are brave enough and careful to avoid stretching the bias edges, you could cut the setting squares on a 45 degree (bias) slant and still have the lines and fish horizontal.

Obviously, if you opt for the straight settting layout you'll need to make more of the Bear's Paw blocks to fill in and I would add an extra row to balance out the 3-2-3-2 layout making it 3-2-3-2-3 which could seriously affect the size of the project. ;-)

Either way, be sure to post the result.  I can't wait to see it finished.

== Jean ==
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: stitching ribbon on a quilt - will it work? on: February 19, 2012 06:44:11 PM
Look for a flat braid or fusable narrow bias strip (available packaged from Clover I think).  You could use the couching foot on your machine to apply the braid.  The bias strip can be fused the zigzag stitched for durabilty.  Both of these are used when doing stained glass techniques in quilts.

Keep in mind that this may be something you want to handle carefully so it won't need washing often.  I definitely recommmend a wall hanging.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Rant: Your response when people see you quilting and say stupid things to you. on: February 16, 2012 04:18:07 PM

I used to do hand piecing while riding the bus to work.  The regular guys were always amazed that I never stuck myself - especially when I used the chest area of my shirt to hold pins as I sewed past them.  Grin

These days, when I'm working on a project during my lunch break I get a lot of interest in what I'm working on now.  Days when I bring a book instead I get surprise that I'm not quilting.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: can my machine handle quilting? on: February 16, 2012 03:06:19 PM
I have several friends with Janome machines, but not that model.  I believe Elna brand feet will fit Janome machines.  Check your area to see if there is an Elna dealer near you.

I agree that you don't want to do anything very large on your machine.  I once quilted a twin size on my older machine. While I could do it, it put a lot of stress (and pain) on my back and shoulders.  I vowed never to do so again - my larger projects get sent out to a longarm quilter! ;-)
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: How much of how many fabrics to make a sampler /BOM quilt? on: June 17, 2010 07:58:18 PM
If you use quilterscache.com to choose your blocks, each block pattern has yardage requirements for that block.  Then just buy slightly more fabric than the total of all your blocks plus sashing, borders, etc.
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Photo quilt question. on: June 17, 2010 07:51:43 PM
I use the fabric sheets (Printed Treasures brand) in my inkjet printer all the time.  Once the ink dries and you heat set it, it doesn't run.  If you're using your normal fabric, I'd wash it first to remove any sizing or surface treatments that might prevent the ink from absorbing properly, but that's all I'd worry about.

BTW, some quilt stores will sell Printed Treasures by the sheet.  You can also buy it in packages of as few as 5 sheets.  I use it for quilt labels.  One of the main advantages of Printed Treasures is the higher than normal thread count of the fabric - it's a pain to hand sew, but it gives a really good printed image.
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