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RE: where do you buy your fabric (Follow-Up #3)

posted by: salijo on 12.25.2009 at 07:02 am in Quilting Forum

I buy almost all of my fabric online from thousandsofbolts.com. Very good prices.

Salijo

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RE: where do you buy your fabric (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: grammyp on 12.25.2009 at 12:33 am in Quilting Forum

I do not have a local quilt shop. Hancock and Hobby Lobby are the closest shops to me and they are about 45 miles. I don't dislike the fabric at Hancock, ours just isn't carrying much quilt fabric these days, but I do shop there. Hobby Lobby is a bit more expensive and doesn't have a large selection, but the fabric is good. I have gotten some there also. There is a new Joann's, but it is 60 miles. Most of my fabric I get online, and for the most part I have been pleased. On line I use Hancock's of Paducah, Keepsake, Fabric.com, Connecting Threads, and Quilting Cottage.

beverly

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RE: finished pulling off plastic wrap (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: karpet on 11.17.2009 at 04:30 pm in Quilting Forum

This is my second time using it and I really like it. (I'm sure this sounds horrible to those who mark their quilt tops!) The press and seal is sticky on one side, but not too sticky. I just tear off a piece long enough to cover the design, lay it down on top of the design and trace it with a pen. (I tried a pencil but it does not show up well enough.) Then I peel it off of my design (I've been tracing them out of books - it can stick to paper and tear a little bit so I'd recommend making a photocopy of your design and working off of that.) and I stick it on the place I want it on my quilt. The plastic is easy to pull up and readjust so I was able to set the spacing right to have the design go all the way down the border, saw that I needed to add in one more shape on my longer sides, etc. Then I go back and readjust my safety pins so they are out of the stitching line. (I pin baste my quilt sandwiches.) Then I do the free motion quilting and peel off the plastic. The needle perforates it and it comes off relatively easy - you can see any pieces left because they are shiny and they have the darkness of your quilting line. There are times where it looks like the thread has had the ink rub off on it - but that is minimal. Someone said to trace out the pattern with permanent marker and then it would dry and not come off on the thread. I just used ball point pen. There are only a few places where it was harder to pull off - when I had a longer stitch so the plastic wasn't as perforated, but I just pull slowly and I have not had any stitches pull up with it. I've only recently been doing fmq instead of sitd, and this is my favorite way so far to mark a top. I fully realize this is not a professional way to do it, but for what I do it's been fun and exciting.
Karlene

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RE: QOTD 10/27 - Quilt Quotes (Follow-Up #4)

posted by: mary_c on 10.27.2009 at 09:58 pm in Quilting Forum

I don't have anything clever to add.

I do love the "When life gives you scraps, make a quilt", and I burst out laughing at the "She quilts, I cook", LOL.

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QOTD 10/27 - Quilt Quotes

posted by: solstice98 on 10.27.2009 at 01:20 pm in Quilting Forum

In the last Question of The Day, Jennifer posted a neat saying and I thought it would be fun to do an autograph style quilt with quotations about quilting instead of signatures.

Jennifer's:
"As I concentrate on quilting, the pieces of my frazzled life settle into focus"

A few others:
"A bed without a quilt is like a sky without stars"
"Blankets wrap you in warmth, quilts wrap you in love"

Any others?

Kate

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RE: a backing question for a college boy who wants a heavy quilt (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: quiltpartner on 10.01.2009 at 02:39 pm in Quilting Forum

I've used Warm & Natural with a lot of success (over 100 quilts) It is denser than poly & therefore heavier. You could also put flannel as your backing fabric & yes, you can use flannel back on cotton front :) I especially like to do that with baby quilts & quilts that are used for a winter throw. The flannel makes it warm & snuggly.
*W&N is great for machine quilting, not so fun by hand. If you're quilting by hand, try 100% wool - it's a DREAM to quilt - like putting your needle thro butter! Wool is warmer in winter & cooler in summer.
Hope this helps -

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RE: What size to cut? (Follow-Up #2)

posted by: mary_c on 08.27.2009 at 05:17 pm in Quilting Forum

I do as Beverly does, but the rule is add 7/8 inch to the finished measurement for a half-square triangle, and 1.25 inches if you're going to make a quarter-square triangle.

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