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HQ Avante or Innova

Wed, 25 Oct 2017 23:08:00 GMT

I am a quilter who at this point in my life I maybe, maybe make/quilt three quilts a year. I have never owned or used a long arm. It's easy to see the quality of the Innova machine and frame are superior to HQ's, the Innova is all metal where the HQ is plastic, but the $3000 difference in price is painful. Because of my lack of experience neither machine feels superior when stitching. The HQ comes with many more bells and whistles and is more user friendly. I like the way the Innova frame operates as the quilt "floats" on the top. The Innova is definitely faster, and that's not saying I'll ever reach max speed on either machine! My heart says Innova because of the quality, my brain and my checkbook says HQ because it's better priced and will definitely do what I need it to do. I have to say the HQ shop had much better customer service than the Innova shop. I felt wooed, and they called to see if I had anymore questions. I almost walked out of the Innova shop as I didn't feel they really cared if I bought a machine or not. They finally allowed me to spend a few minutes listening in on a beginner's class already in progress. Sooo, what does everyone think, Innova or HQ? Save $3000 and be able to buy more rulers/pantographs/feet/gadgets?

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Reassembling my Sewing Room

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 16:49:00 GMT

Well I had to disassemble my sewing area, move and reassemble 4 times in the last 5 years..  I intend for this one to be my last time. It is like getting things new when some of the boxes I am seeing are being opened for the first time in a long time.  Fabrics and tools and my 6 Sewing Machines.  What an undertaking.   Will keep posting until it is done.   

 

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finished sewing room

Fri, 11 Aug 2017 03:05:00 GMT

It is Finally Finished.!!!!! This portion of the East Wall holds more cubes of fabric yardage, and all my pattern boxes. This portion of the East wall has my built in cutting station, and all my fat quarters in small plastic creates from Walmart this wall has my window, all my totes, and an EZ view craft desk on a set of table legs. With a shelf above the window for storing decorative boxes full of crafts west wall is the office side of the sewing room. With book shelves and cbinets. and easy view...(read more)(image)



Pete's Paintbox

Tue, 08 Aug 2017 15:52:00 GMT

I was wondering were I might find the instructions for completing this block.  Also, what size is it?  

Thanks

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Quilter's Markers

Mon, 29 May 2017 18:59:00 GMT

I am fairly new to quilting and have only completed one quilt and just finished piecing a lap quilt together.  I want to quilt by hand and need to do some markings.  The marking pencils I have purchased are horrible.  What are some suggestions for really good marking pencils which can be erased or washed off?  Your help would be appreciated.

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Back pucker issues machine quilting a king size

Fri, 05 May 2017 00:50:00 GMT

I am a begginer who has only made about 5 quilts. This is my first king size that I am having trouble with back puckering. I have checked all tensions and pressure foot along with using a walking foot (works good) and also trying to do everything but tear my quilt apart keeping it flat as it goes through the feed. I have switched 3 sewing machines and have taken out millions of stitches to redo.  I have attached a photo for you to view and hopefully someone can help.Thank you!

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Need Help/Advice

Thu, 04 May 2017 17:31:00 GMT

My mom hand quilted a very intricate design on a table topper.  However, when the washable markings were washed off, you can barely see the design because the thread is almost the same color as the fabric.  I don't want to hurt her feelings, she put in a lot of hard work on this.  My question is, is there a product or any suggestions that would bring out the design?  I have thought about trying to "trace" the stitching with a permanent pen, but thought I would check if there was another option.  I hope so......  Thanks in advance

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Need help! BIG mistake!

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 21:42:00 GMT

Hi everyone. I just joined and I'm also a first time quilter. I just finished quilting my first quilt (for my 1 year old) and clearly cannot move on to the binding until I can figure out what to do about my collassal mistake! I used the 'stitch in the ditch' method for my single patch quilt, and one of the square's material got quilted completely bunched up. Not only would I have to rip the entire seam, but all the seams perpendicular to spread out the excess fabric. I can't even see the stitches b/c they are the same color as the back of the quilt (invisible in the front) and I used the smallest stitch possible at each end as my 'beginners quilting book' advises. I tried, and I am just destroying the material. 

I know there is no 'quick-fix' to this and from here it can't be perfect. BUT, if you guys can suggest a short-cut to just flatten it out, that would be wonderful!

 Would something like cutting the quilt top in just that square with the extra fabric (after trying to just remove those stitches alone) and sewing together the excess with one side folded (kind of like how you hand sew the binding on the back) be a viable option? I know it won't look great upclose but it can flatten in and sort of disguise it, right? I have no clue...

I also attached a photo..

Thank you, any advice would be greatly appreciated!!

 

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Summer 2017 Easy Quilts Magazine

Thu, 16 Mar 2017 18:27:00 GMT

Sweet summertime! The days are long, but busy and packed with activities. In this issue of Easy Quilts, we share a fresh crop of patchwork projects–many to complete in a weekend or less–for you to find time to quilt along with everything else in your life.

You will still receive a print magazine in the mail; this digital issue is an added bonus for being a Premium Member. If you are a Premium QCA Member and are not receiving print copies of Easy Quilts magazine, please contact customer service at admin@quiltersclubofamerica.com. 

Click the magazine cover to start reading.

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How do I put this mistake to good use?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 22:20:00 GMT

I was making a strip quilt and made the back the wrong size.  It is pieced in 4" strips and is a throw size quilt.  The front of the quilt is 5" strips. I want to use the 4" backing on another quilt pattern but not a strip quilt.  Is there any way I could quilt the front of a new one and the strip quilt for the back but not see the sewing scattered all over it? Or could I do hand quilting?   Would that look weird or can anyone offer any suggestions?  TY!

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Babylock Momentum Frame

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 22:02:00 GMT

I've had my Momentum  frame for a little over a year now. Learning how to use it was quite difficult but I did. I tried different methods of advancing to the next quilting area; but the one I use now is using a Frixion pen to mark the starting point of the next quilting area just before I advance the quilt. Then I advance the quilt and run the Crown Jewel across following the Prostitcher on my tablet to make sure I won't have any stitch overs. If it appears that there will be, then I reposition the starting point a little lower. When I position the crosshairs on the spot where I want my design to start, on the Prostitcher menu I choose Design, Reposition, start point. 

I had problems with the idler bar not moving out of the way and The dealer replaced some parts and it worked fine for a while. But now it is doing it again intermittently.  I'm waiting for resolution of this problem.

Also, my Prostitcher is at Babylock because the tablet was not keeping up with what was happening in the quilt top.  I love to quilt, but this had really been a bad experience for me.

I'm hoping all these problems will be resolved soon.

Has anyone experienced these types of problems?

 

 

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Spring 2017 Easy Quilts Magazine

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 19:12:00 GMT

Goodbye, winter and hello, spring! As we all restlessly await the new season, we offer up an issue full of fresh patterns to dig into as winter wanes.

We’re thinking of table runners for this spring, like Country Garden and Farm Table, both of which would make for a couple of great table presentations. We have a couple patriotic quilts this time: Liberty and Justice, which is a Quilt of Valor made with a cleverly designed block, and Braveheart, featuring hour glass and Flying Geese units. If you happen to count a Star Wars™ fanatic among your family or friends, you’ll want to take a look at Rogue One: A Star Wars™ Story. What a perfect gift it would make for a special birthday!

You will still receive a print magazine in the mail; this digital issue is an added bonus for being a Premium Member. If you are a Premium QCA Member and are not receiving print copies of Easy Quilts magazine, please contact customer service at admin@quiltersclubofamerica.com. 

Click the magazine cover to start reading.

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quilt pattern for "Beyond the Block"

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 14:08:00 GMT

I have been looking for the American Quilters Magazines that features the pattern for "Beyond the Block"

It was in the 9/2010, 11/2010 and 1/2011 magazines.  Any idea where I can find these back issues or

at least the pattern for this quilt? 

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November 1, 2016 - Finished a "no-sew" fleece quilt for my Grand-daughter yesterday

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 12:12:00 GMT

Amazing - worked on the baby quilt I have been trying to finish for a niece - ran into a problem - will have to take out the stitches. Gave up on machine quilting for the day when the fabric gathered. Finished my grand-daughter's "The Walking Dead" fleece quilt instead. I hope she likes it. I certainly would not want that on my bed - all the ugly pictures and zombies - YUCK! Might make a quick 9-patch for the baby quilt for our niece. The baby is due next month. That might be easier and smaller (the one I worked on was 45" x 55") - I can just make it a baby blanket instead of a crib size. I have some blocks already done (one of my many UFO's) - good to use up some more fabrics!!! Thinking about a speech I heard a few weeks ago - "What if all you had today was what you thanked God for yesterday?" I like that.
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October 31, 2016 - Don't you hate when you cannot find a quilt pattern???

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 13:27:00 GMT

Thank goodness - I just found a pattern I previously used five years ago. I need to use up the fabrics purchased to make originally three. I am make two to use up the fabrics. Have you found older projects that you do not remember what they are supposed to be? Scary to me. I am embarrassed to say I have found quite few - not just a couple. LOL "eat the elephant one bite at a time" Back to UFO's - I plan to finish the projects I found, but will need to look up the patterns. UGH - back to looking for patterns. I found some really good one I want to make. I will post up pictures when I have finished. Just cleared some additional space in the new sewing room. My grand-daughter brought sweater she tore a hole in the elbow - have to remember how to sew up yarn - I do not think it is difficult - just time consuming. Never a dull moment here. I still like being busy.
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October 29, 2016, Saturday - Hope to finish the quilting on a baby quilt

Sat, 29 Oct 2016 12:38:00 GMT

Wow - the week sure went by fast. I truly do not know why people say retirement is boring. I think it must be because I am so busy. Did not realize I had not published this post - adding that I never did have time to work on the baby quilt. Will start quilting after breakfast. So glad my hubs tells me to take each day one at a time and not feel rushed. He is the best!!! Finished writing this on Monday - had a great week-end. Went to a birthday party for twin great-nephews. They are adorable. I like when children are well behaved and speak to everybody who comes into their house. We were always taught to do that by our parents. I am so grateful our parents taught us to have manners and thank people for any gifts given to us. I still have not received a thank you for money given at a wedding. (I gave too much if you cannot even thank us for handing over money....) GRRRRR!!! "What goes around comes around."
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October 28, 2016 Need to finish a quilt today!!

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 12:45:00 GMT

I wanted to try an blog at least every couple of days. I finished two quilts for Johanna's twin grandsons who are due in January. I need to start on two other quilts for a niece and nephew also having babies in January (something must be up for all of these babies due in January)!!! We bought new furniture for the den - it looks really nice. I did not get to work on a baby quilt for a niece in Corpus Christi - I just need to quilt and bind this one, but we were out shopping for furniture. Sent in my mail in ballot for the elections - glad I got it sent in. I am wondering when I will have time to rest - I have been so busy since I have retired. Maybe because I have too many projects - you think? LOL Also, remember the mountain of fabric I talked about - seriously - I am shocked I have so many jelly rolls (about 100 or more...) and layer cakes (at least 50). I need to go get flannel for receiving blankets (maybe just a few yards of different patterns - I have plain colors, but no cute baby prints. I will have to ask my hubs to go with me so I don't buy too much (HA).The flannel will be for self-binding baby blankets - which are a big hit with everybody I have given them to. I need to ask Chris when her grandbaby is due and if it is a boy or girl so I can make a quilt for her too.
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Minneapolis Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO: Top Things to Do!

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 15:38:00 GMT

Original Sewing & Quilt EXPO is heading to the DoubleTree Bloomington in Minneapolis, MN, Nov. 10, 11 and 12, 2016 for three jam-packed days of quilting and sewing fun. There’s an endless number of things at the EXPO to see, create and do — from the Expo Stage to the quilts in the Gallery to shopping and more. Here’s a list of things you shouldn’t miss: Shop ’til you drop. Experience sewing retail therapy like never before at the EXPO. Inside the Exhibit Hall, you’ll be surrounded by an incredible selection of machines, tools, fabrics, notions and patterns. From international sewing machine companies to treasured local fabric shops, there will be dozens of booths to explore. Quilt from Diane Tomlinson’s Diamond Star Flower class. Take classes with top talents. There’s a whole world of creativity waiting to be discovered inside the EXPO classrooms. Join popular instructors like Sharon Schamber, Diane Tomlinson, Katie Bartz, Cyndi Souder, Kathy Lincoln, Linda Lee, Kathy McMakin and more for hands-on workshops. It’s a rare opportunity to have the chance to learn from and work alongside so many talented personalities at once. Experience the EXPO Stage. From new quilting techniques to insider sewing secrets, there’s always something exciting happening on the EXPO Stage. Check out Diane Tomlinson’s “Who Doesn’t Love a Scrap Quilt” trunk show… or be in the front row for the BurdaStyle Runway Fashion Show. All of the 30-minute presentations, demonstrations and trunk shows are all FREE with your general admission EXPO ticket … and are full of inspiration and how-to advice. “Black and White Plus One Challenge” exhibit See awesome quilt exhibits. The latest exhibits from quilters around the country will be in the EXPO’s Display Gallery, and they are outstanding. Let your mind wander as your feet take you past traditional quilts, modern quilts, art quilts and more. Some highlights include a special exhibit from QuiltCon 2016 and a “Black and White Plus One Challenge” exhibit from the Madison Quilt Expo from Wisconsin Public Television with Nancy Zieman. Special Quilt Walks, presented by the designers themselves, will even be available for some exhibits! Have fun with other sewing enthusiasts. The EXPO is the best place to have fun with others who love sewing and quilting as much as you do! Plan a fun trip with your sewing friends or members of your quilt guild. Arriving to the EXPO solo? That’s OK, too. We guarantee you’ll have made a few new sewing buddies by the time you leave! Check out what’s new in the industry. You’ll get the first look all the latest and greatest sewing and quilting products at the EXPO. See new sewing machines and other tools, touch new fabrics and more. You can even enjoy up-close demonstrations in The Spot, plus try new your hand at techniques with Make-It Take-It Projects. Win prizes. Who doesn’t want to win free stuff? Fabulous prize packages, even sewing machines will be awarded daily during the EXPO’s Super Prize Drawing. You could go home with a sewing machine, an EXPO shopping bag full of supplies and tools, or other great prizes provided by EXPO sponsors and exhibitors. See Sewing’s Next Generation. This special fashion and trunk show on the EXPO stage is going to be “sew” much fun. Young enthusiasts, ages 9 – 18 will be sharing an insight into the interests and talents of our newestgeneration, as they show off their latest accomplishmen[...]



Retirement 09/23/2016!!!

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 13:19:00 GMT

Well, I have been "retired" for a whole month now. I have gotten quite a bit done for my quilting/sewing room. I really did not realize I have so much fabric. This is a crazy amount of fabric. I do not think I need to buy for at least a year or so. I have had a few moments of wanting to just donate some of the fabric, but I can make some baby receiving blankets and quilts to donate. I think this will keep me pretty busy for a while. I should call the few friends I have from my old job, but I just feel I will talk about work, which is NOT what I want to do.
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Winter 2016 Easy Quilts Magazine

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 20:55:00 GMT

Let winter’s chill and its earlier twilight inspire you to begin a new cozy project to decorate your home or wrap up in when you’re enjoying a good book.

In this issue, we’ve included lots of cheerful bed- and throw-sized quilts with quick-pieced techniques that will beat those winter blues.

You will still receive a print magazine in the mail; this digital issue is an added bonus for being a Premium Member. If you are a Premium QCA Member and are not receiving print copies of Easy Quilts magazine, please contact customer service at admin@quiltersclubofamerica.com. 

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Downsizing - Quilt Magazines

Tue, 04 Oct 2016 18:34:00 GMT

Hi,

My Name is Bev Throckmorton. My husband and I are starting the process of downsizing to a smaller home.  I have a large collection of,  Quilt magazines, ( 2005 forward) as well as,Quilting books, that I need to dispose of.  Any suggestions as to what I could with them?  I really don't want to put them out for recycle if there is someone that would use them.  Any and all help would be appreciated

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I'd like to introduce myself and say hello

Mon, 03 Oct 2016 14:12:00 GMT

Hi!  My name is Kim and I'm fairly new to the art of quilting.  I've spent most of my life learning how to creatively work with my hands in every type of medium- wood, clay, paint- making things that were useful and beautiful, or taking something I found into something I loved. I had just enough sewing skills to make simple home decor items over the years, but never went beyond that. About 4 years ago, I saw my first Bargello quilt on Pinterest. It grabbed my imagination and I could see how the technique could be translated into other areas of my art. At first, the idea of making a quilt never entered my mind. As I searched for more inspiration, I saw more and more unconventional (to, me, anyway) quilt patterns and techniques that really appealed to me. Of course, I had a fabric stash- who can walk past all those beautiful bolts of patterns and colors and not be enticed by them?- not me!  While I began to play around with the fabric, a woman approached me in a fabric store and to make a long story short, I agreed to sew a doll size "quilt" and 5 pillows for her. I loved working on the project and she was thrilled with everything. Soon after that, I learned my goddaughter was pregnant with her first child and it inspired me to make my first quilt. She planned on learning the gender as soon as possible so I waited and when she learned it was a girl, she picked her nursery colors and I went to work. I'll be honest- I didn't buy a pattern or even read more than a page or two of a tutorial. I really liked the look of an illusion shadowbox quilt I had seen so I grabbed a piece of graph paper and mapped it out myself simply using the dimensions of a crib size package of batting.  It's far from perfect- some of the corners are flat instead of having a crisp point, but I'm not someone that will beat herself up over something like that. I'm sure that would be considered blasphemy to some quilters, but being a perfectionist would steal my joy for a project I was gifting to a young woman I love dearly. I used "stitch in the ditch" for the quilting and to be honest- the entire project took far less time than I anticipated. It left me time to sew a side swag curtain, bumper pads and a fitted sheet to match- plus 2 rompers, a stack of burp pads and several bibs- ha!- yeah, that first baby from a child you watched grow up will do that to you! Am I right?! I have completed a second quilt since then, in the middle of my third and already planning my fourth. I will share those projects another day.  In the meantime, I hope to learn from my fellow quilters on this site, draw inspiration from all of your beautiful projects and continue to explore this beautiful art of quiltmaking in my own unique way.  The photo I posted was taken before I sewed on the binding.[...]



Stock Up for the Holidays with Quilt Kits!

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:03:00 GMT

The Fons & Porter's Love of Quilting online shop is having a huge End of Summer Clearance Sale! Save up to 65% off, plus use promo code 20MORE to take an additional 20% off sale and clearance items. The sale lasts through Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016 and features lots of quilt kits. It’s a great opportunity to stock up on seasonal projects to make for the holidays, or quilts you can make to give as gifts.  Check out a few of my favorites below:   Seasonal Projects 1. Cool Yule Wallhanging Kit   2. Adornit Winter Snowman Banner Kit   3. Patchwork Stockings Kit 4. Jingle Bells Placemats Kit   5. Shining Stars Table Topper Kit   Quilts to Make as Gifts 1. Sinclair Stars Quilt Kit   2. Pirouette Quilt Kit   3. Brava Quilt Kit   4. Scrappy Mosaic Quilt Kit   5. Frozen Olaf Quilt Kit   Click here to shop more great deals in the End of Summer Clearance Sale!  [...]



Troubleshooting Tips for Curved Piecing Perfection

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 19:33:00 GMT

There’s no doubt about it, Angela Pingel, self-taught quilter and modern quilt designer, has perfected the art of curved piecing. Angela shares her loved of curvy quilts in her book on the subject featuring 16 quilts using the Drunkard’s Path block. As much as I enjoy a top-notch quilt book, I learn best by watching rather than reading. For those of us who are visual learners, Angela demonstrates her expertise in a video tutorial filled with information about how to sew curves. I found her tips on what to do when mistakes arise the most helpful (because let’s be honest; we’ve all encountered these mistakes while sewing curves). Mistakes Happen!by Angela Pingel Sewing curves quickly and simply is definitely doable, but some mishaps can occur. Here are three of the most common problems and the solutions for fixing them. To prevent stretching in the first place, be gentler with your handling of the curved pieces. Since the curve on both pieces exposes the bias of the fabric, the pieces are vulnerable to stretching. This can happen when cutting, sewing, or pressing, or a combination of all three. Try to determine at what point in the process you are putting the most stress on the bias. Also note that some fabrics are more easily stretched than others, even though you are using the same technique to sew them. Some can make you feel like a rock star seamstress, and others make you want to throw in the towel.     Problem #1: When sewing the curve, you end up with a tuck in your fabric. The fabric has bunched in one or more places and overlapped. (figure 1) Solution: Make friends with your seam ripper. Tucks in the seam allowance of a curved piece are actually a very easy fix. Use your trusty seam ripper to rip out just a few small stitches over the offending tuck. Then take out one stitch on either side. Now you can easily stretch the fabric smooth. Re-stitch the seam in place. (figure 2)       Problem #2: The ends of the curves do not align properly. One of them stretched and the curve is uneven. (figure 3) Solution: The fabric is not evenly eased throughout the curved seam. Seam ripper time again. Your best bet is ripping out the entire seam and starting again, carefully pinning the fabric together. Depending on where the ease went off, you might be able to partially rip the seam and re-sew it.     Problem #3: Your finished block is obviously out of square. (figure 4) Solution: If it isn’t too far off square, simply trim your block back into shape.   For more helpful curved piecing hints and projects featuring the Drunkard's Path block from Angela Pingel, take a look inside her book A Quilter's Mixology. Or if video tutorials are more your cup of tea, check out her video Sewing Techniques for Accurate Curved Piecing available as a DVD or video download.[...]