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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quilting Podcasts on: April 20, 2010 12:06:52 PM
We've been busy!

I updated my quilting podcast post at the beginning of this thread.  The podcasters (most of which you see on the list above) decided to come together in a group on the Big Tent!  We are doing this to encourage interaction between our listeners and gain another way to discuss and share ideas.  It's like Yahoo Groups for podcast supporters.

You can visit the website of the people who are on the podcasting list above or you can come to this site for the Big Tent to obtain an invite.  We are invite only, but accept everyone who asks to join.  After a few clicks, connect with people in the podcasts you listen to.  And if you don't listen, why don't you get started by clicking on one of the links above?  Or join us at the big tent anyway, but the discussions are going to be quilting and podcasting based. 

If you are part of the forums on Big Tent you can chose how often (if at all) your forum posts get e-mailed to your account.

Big Tent Quiltcast Supergroup

2  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Design my own paper piece pattern on: April 20, 2010 11:40:22 AM
You could always do something online with Pixlr.  It's a program I discovered a few months ago that is online image editing.  I think you may have to have flash on your computer, but that's fairly common.  Mine works great for quick editing without the hassle of photshop.  Makes good editing for lighting for photos.

You take the original picture then add a layer then draw with the line tool (under the square) over the outside of the picture.  Then you copy that layer that you drew on, and paste it into a new picture.  That way you save the original.  I haven't heard much else, but it seems pretty easy.  I just tried it to see if it would work.

Obviously if you want to do paper piecing you go with thinner lines, but this shows the idea well.

Here is the Pixlr site. http://www.pixlr.com/editor/
3  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Blue Diamonds on: February 27, 2010 05:17:11 AM
I love the use of contrast in this quilt and I also really love the border fabric.  This quilt design, while simple in idea, is really striking because of your wonderful use of fabrics!  My eyes just jumped right to it.  I also really love blues, so another plus!
4  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Illusions-3D quilt on: February 27, 2010 05:14:16 AM
I really really like the quilting in the middle of the quilt - and on the edges.  It stands out a lot and gives it a pop - zing - that really goes well with the quilt.

At first I was trying to figure out if the quilt pieces were mittens until I zoomed in on a picture you have on your website.  I guess my eyes are really bad because now that I see what it is, I can totally see the artistic vision of the rolled up fabric and what you mean by 3D quilting. 

The binding is a great choice as well, and this is a good one to show off your quilting skills.
5  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / Re: does anyone know where I can get this notion? on: February 13, 2010 07:53:18 AM
I was looking for a marking tool rather than a circle cutter.  I wanted to use it for quilting lines and marking out circles for templates.  The Olfa cutters seem a little shorter (up to about 6 inches) than what I was looking for, but I think someone said something about a yardstick compass, which sounds more like what I was looking for.  I have used cups sometimes too, which is a good way to use the things you have, so that's a good idea sometimes as well!  I bet you can even draw around fluted and bumpy shapes and vases and plates and they would give you good circles and other shapes.

Has anyone tried the yardstick compass before?  Does it work well?

Thanks for your help.
6  QUILTING / Quilting: Discussion and Questions / does anyone know where I can get this notion? on: February 12, 2010 12:53:40 AM
I want to purchase a notion that my quilt shop doesn't carry. I don't know exactly what it's called but its a 'compass' that sits on a 1 inch by 12 inch ruler. It has two parts, one has the needle part that sits on the end of the ruler and the other part slides down the ruler with the marking tool, and you can draw circles of any size with it easily.

Where is the best online place to purchase something like this? Does anyone know what this notion is called? I'd like to purchase it this weekend so it can potentially get here by the 21st.  If this is in the wrong place for a question like this please let me know.

Oh and i'll need to purchase the 1 by 12 ruler that "goes with it" as well.
7  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: First completed quilt on: February 06, 2010 05:30:21 PM
Thanks all.  I was working with thread that matched a little bit more to the dark blue and then I ran out.  Turns out it was a happy accident and the next lightest shade looked really nice and stood out just a little bit on it.  Good thing that was one of the last parts to quilt so I was better at the little flowers than I was at the larger ones.

It's not a big quilt per se' but big enough that my tiny machine was having fun with it.  Yeah it took me about a month (or at least a couple of weeks) just working on the quilt a little at a time.  I also figured out a way to do the straight lines of the ribbons by starting and stopping at the ends instead of going back and forth and that saved a lot of frustration in the end. 

I wasn't expecting to like the quilting part of the process because I enjoy the piecing and design part, but the quilting part turned out to be fun as well.

Sometime I need to get a thimble and learn how to hand quilt.

8  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / First completed quilt on: February 06, 2010 08:52:20 AM
Hey all, this month is my first quiltversary month and I finally finished my first quilt including the binding.  So it took only a year to get one finished, but the next quilt should take a lot less time if I can just sit down and get off the computer for a while.

The top is from Carol Doak's Your First Quilt Book.  I changed one blue ribbon to red.

In one week I finished all nine blocks of the quilt.

Another week I got the borders on.

The summer I stuffed it under my small machine.  Took a few weeks to quilt it doing some every day.

Here is a close up of some of the quilting.

And some more close up of the quilting.

And finally a closeup of the binding (which was the stage it sat for several months).

I posted a quilt top applique which was my first applique piece, but this is truely the first quilt that I have completed.  Just in time for the late February first quiltversary.
9  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Red and Purple quilt for my mom on: January 10, 2010 04:37:56 AM
How sweet of you to do that for your mom.  I love how your message to her just sits there on the top of the quilt.  Smiley  I think that the middle fabric that has both reds and purples help you tie in the quilt colors together, but I like the colors.  The back curtain fabric looks nice and shiny and like it would be soft to sleep under.  But I would guess it's a little harder to work with than the quilters cotton.  Kudos to you for using what you had and remaking it into something nice and special!
10  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Katmandu Diagonal quilt on: January 10, 2010 04:32:29 AM
Very nice.  Those are wild colors, but they compliment each other well.  I like how you went with simple strips with this fabric too.  Congrats on the long arm - those things are impressive.  Just saw my first long arm in someone's home yesterday - boy what fun! 
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