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1  California / California: North / Re: Vacaville Crafter Roll Call on: August 01, 2011 02:57:54 PM
I do!  I wish we had better fabric stores here. The quilt shop on Alamo is pretty good but it's small and Joanns doesn't really have the quality I'm looking for. I usually fabric shop when I go visit my sister in Sunnyvale.
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Chaos Contained on: August 01, 2011 11:10:12 AM
When I first saw wonky quilts I didn't much care for them, but I'm coming around.  Wink  I actually like this quite a bit!  Although it does eat fabric, I love the disappearing nine patch.  It's quick, looks great, and looks like you spent way more time than you did.

Thanks!  I really did want to contain the craziness in a plane of peace and I think I did a good job at that. The wonky ones are really quite a riot.

3  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilt Labels on: July 30, 2011 06:19:23 PM
I like to incorporate the label as part of the back. I piece a lot of my backings and will often insert a block with the label on it as part of the pieced back.
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Chaos Contained on: July 30, 2011 05:29:44 PM
Thanks, y'all. I can't lie - I'm madly in love with this little quilt. Smiley  It came out much nicer than I imagined it would, wavy borders or not.

I like the method you took to get your final quilt blocks. I might have to try that sometime.

It was really fun to do. The stack and whack method is what I call "safely" liberated. It reminds me of this book I read when I was a kid about a girl who was supposed to attend a hard times party and instead of committing fully and dressing poor (like in a dress made from an old flour sack) she just sewed a few patches onto her best dress. Anyway. Safe is not my thing. But the stack and whack way was a good start to the crazy blocks I ended up with.

I will tell you that you lose quite a bit when you decide to piece them like this. I started with 8" squares of fabric and the blocks as they are in the quilt are only 5 1/2". They finished at 6" before I set them in the quilt. They probably could have been 6 1/2" and ended in the quilt at 6" but there were a couple that were short on one side and instead of adding a piece, I just trimmed them all to the size of the smallest one and rolled with that.

A couple of the blocks on the back started as traditional 9 patch blocks, not wonky. I cut those apart on angles, sewed them together, and cut them again. They ended up with much larger patches of some of the fabrics which I like ok but that's not what I wanted for the overall quilt.

Thanks much for looking at this. It's two long weekends of work and I'm right pleased with it. Smiley
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Chaos Contained on: July 30, 2011 12:45:35 PM
This is a small test version of a larger quilt I want to make. I wanted to make sure my concept would look good before I cut up the fabric I have for the 'real' quilt. It's discontinued and if I mess up, I can't start over with new fabric.

The blocks started out as wonky stack-and-whack nine patches which I then bisected vertically and horizontally. Then I spun the bits around and sewed them back together. This left me with wild "disappearing" nine patch blocks.

The borders, despite what I thought was careful measuring, came out a little wavy so I'll have to be extra careful when I make the bigger version. 6" borders are just hard to get right I think. At least for me. Smiley

6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: "not for commercial use" fabrics and quilting for profit on: July 18, 2011 08:28:24 PM
... I swore I wouldn't debate this. Oh well.

The thing with MLB is that it's their right not to produce such a fabric, or to license their images to a fabric company. Really - they are well within their rights not to make anything like that. I understand, they have competing products. That's fine. But they are *not* within their right to make something commercially available and then tell me what I can and can't do with it after I've purchased it. Would they tell me that I'm only allowed to grill hot dogs on their MLB-branded grill? Or that the Red Sox etched glass beer mug can "only" hold Sam Adams' Pale Ale?

(This same set of laws also makes sure I'm well within my right to buy an MLB comforter on sale in the clearance department and cut it apart to use in a quilt.)

No argument from me! I'm in total agreement with you. But they've chosen to limit the number of unlicensed items by not producing the raw material that we use the most to make those items. I think it's annoying as hell because NCAA & NFL sell fabric and I make stuff with it all the time and never have a spot of trouble from doing so. I guess those organizations don't see my University of Texas and Dallas Cowboy aprons as much competition for their commercially manufactured items. We crafters seem to be perceived as a bigger threat to MLB's profits and I think that's really sad because baseball has some of the most rabidly loyal fans out there. MLB has basic told them all "up yours" if you want to make your own custom things which aren't polar fleece. At the very least they've made it extremely difficult to do so - like having to buy a whole comforter to remake into a custom quilt. It's baloney.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: "not for commercial use" fabrics and quilting for profit on: July 18, 2011 06:32:55 PM
And what happened after those court rulings is that MLB stopped authorizing licensed cotton print.  The only MLB fabric you can get right now is polar fleece which you can't make much with besides ugly blankets.  They make too much money from licensed items to allow the sale of fabric which can be made into things which can be sold without MLB getting a cut. 

So the customers I have who want barbecue aprons or quilts made from Red Sox fabric are SOL because ONE fat quarter of Red Sox fabric sells for as much as $75 on auction sites.
8  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: paper piecing question on: July 15, 2011 09:59:17 AM
If you are paper piecing with regular paper (I use thin drawing paper from a tablet) then it's usually best to wait until you've got your quilt pieced to remove the paper. I think you're talking about that kind of paper piecing and not English paper piecing where you sew around cardstock templates, right? Paper piecing leaves a lot of bias edges and leaving the paper in until you're ready to make your sandwich will add stability while you're assembling your blocks.

It takes some time to get all the paper bits out. I usually sit in front of the tv and do it with a little trash can next to me for all the paper scraps. I also keep a seam ripper and a nut pick to help me pick the paper out of all the seam allowances.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Woods doll quilt on: July 15, 2011 08:49:25 AM
Your quilt is beautiful.  I like the way the yellow frames it - I wouldn't change a thing.  If you find out you just cannot live with it, send it to me!!!  Cheesy  Great job.   Smiley

I agree. I love the binding. It sets it off nicely. And the embroidery is beautiful. Nice job. Smiley
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Bright Kitty Cats - And free-motion success at last! on: July 15, 2011 08:48:25 AM
I think I LOVE YOU!  I have had the same problem with my new quilting machine but NEVER thought to slow it down!  OMG! You might have just saved me from ripping my hair out.
And BTW LOVE the quilt, absolutely adorable

Thank you!  And I really do hope that's the secret for you too. Because the utter joy I felt when I realized I'd emptied a full bobbin without stopping was wonderful! I think I had just gotten used to the lightning speed of my new machine that it never occurred to me to slow it down *that* much. The users group did say slow down but even at 1/2 speed, I was still getting shredded thread every couple of minutes. I'm apparently dense and need specific instructions: "Slow the hell down to 1/4 speed. Slow means slow, not 1/2 fast."   Cheesy
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