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ImagebarefootT
Mar 29, 2011 6:42 AM CST
Name: thunder
central florida
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spring has sprung Smiling time for a new sewing room

we came from here http://cubits.org/sisistahs/thread/view/44482/
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ImagebarefootT
Mar 29, 2011 6:47 AM CST
Name: thunder
central florida
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quilter5 wrote:I'm not hand piecing Susan. Just learning one of the methods (rocker stitch) of hand quilting (putting the layers together). It was a really interesting class. My biggest problem is that I've never used a thimble and to do this, you need to use one. With a lip on it so it can be used to guide the needle. Also, I have had the fabric too taunt in the hoop. It needs to be loose enough to rock the needle. I learned a couple tips I thought were really useful. When doing echo quilting, she said to try using the 1/4" tape as a quide and stitch along side of it and to use to stitch 1/4" away from a seam line.... Another hint to quilt shapes was to use white contact paper as a template to stitch around. It sticks to the fabric enough but doesn't leave any residue and can be used several times over. She is not fond of marking a quilt unless it is truly necessary and then she prefers to use a Hepa to make a crease to stitch along rather than a marking pencil of any kind. If you do need to mark she advised using a water soluable one and to make sure that you wet it enough (Without soaking) to erase any marking that may have bled down into the batting. She said sometimes that doesn't get wet enough and shows through later on the top of the quilt.
All in all it was a fun class. The most important thing she said was the "It's not important how small your stitches are but how even they are"!!!! That made me happy!!!!


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Imagetaters55
Mar 29, 2011 7:11 AM CST
Name: Linda Cartwright
Del Rio, Texas
Thanks for the new room!
Great tips there Barb. How is the hand doing? Not too sore I hope?
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Imagequilter5
Mar 29, 2011 9:17 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
The hand survived just fine. It was only a two hour class - very relaxing on a Sunday afternoon when Norm had to work!! I feel like I learned a lot...
ImageKizmo1
Mar 29, 2011 4:54 PM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
Barb, how do they count stitches? Just what you can see on the top (per inch) or top and bottom together (per inch)?
denimangle
Mar 29, 2011 8:26 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
what a sweet fairy princess you have dancing in your garden Thunder Lovey dubby

Barb the size & number doesn't matter as long as they arn't toe hangers Rolling on the floor laughing try out a few different thimbles till you find one that works well for you .
my fingers are big and I can't use a metal thimble
Heavenscape
Mar 29, 2011 8:48 PM CST
Name: Jaye or Sistah
North Carolina, temporarily.
Lord Jesus, He's all I need.
You're just too funny Cheryl!!!! Toe hangers!!

Good tips there Barb!
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ImagebarefootT
Mar 29, 2011 8:59 PM CST
Name: thunder
central florida
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Kiz, I had always thought it was only the stitches on the top, but if you think about it....it makes sense that both top and bottom would be counted...
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Heavenscape
Mar 29, 2011 9:14 PM CST
Name: Jaye or Sistah
North Carolina, temporarily.
Lord Jesus, He's all I need.
Ooops sorry Kiz. I meant to post this too:
When I first learned, I was taught to count the all top stitches that lay within the 1 inch.
I didn't use a regular thimble but a leather one. Thank God for machine quilting.. I gave up when I failed to make uniform stitches plus those knots that insisted on NOT burying themselves in the batting!!
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ImageKizmo1
Mar 30, 2011 7:44 AM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
guess I'm not a very good hand quilter then..... I checked a small piece I had worked on, there was only 4-5 on top..... and I thought I was doing decently as I was counting each up and down of the needle... Confused
Imagequilter5
Mar 30, 2011 9:02 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
I still feel she said it right. Doesn't matter how many stitches to the inch as long as they are the best you can do and they are even. And she said if you MUST count, to count both top and bottom. You hear so much about 14-16 sts to an inch and there is no way to do that without counting both. I like the relaxing feeling while doing it so I won't worry about the count!!!! It is what it is~~~~~
ImageSiliolegma
Mar 30, 2011 10:04 AM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
So true Barb, no sense doing it if the fun goes out of it and it's no longer relaxing.
denimangle
Mar 30, 2011 11:01 AM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
:iagree: I agree
hmm top & buttom then im better then I thought Rolling on the floor laughing but I always thought down & back up was just 1 stitch ... but what do I know Confused Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImageKizmo1
Mar 30, 2011 2:27 PM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
well, yeah.... if you count the stitches on the top that you see, say 5, then underneath you see 4, that's a total of 9.... considering that the 4 underneath connect to the 5 above... kind of like 'the hand bones connected to the wrist bone, the wrist bone connected to the arm bone'.... etc, etc... Hilarious!

Thanks Barb for clarifying and passing on what you're learning. I don't think I'll ever be able to do 12-15 per inch with these fingers, but I can make the ones I have even!
ImageKizmo1
Apr 1, 2011 8:21 AM CST
Name: Kathy Parker
SE Ohio
got this today in the Quiltshow newsletter, walls and walls of vintage sewing machines

http://www.thequiltshow.com/os/blog.php/blog_id/3684
Heavenscape
Apr 1, 2011 8:42 AM CST
Name: Jaye or Sistah
North Carolina, temporarily.
Lord Jesus, He's all I need.
Oooh Kathy Kiz.. I still want a Featherweight.. but money's so elusive!! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing
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ImagebarefootT
Apr 1, 2011 10:04 AM CST
Name: thunder
central florida
Proud Army Mom Proud Navy Mom
I always only counted the top stitches only.....every now and then just to sorta "see where I'm at" don't really care about the number...just try for "even". I have noticed that if I don't stitch for awhile...my beginning stitches are bigger, and as I get into it...the stitches get smaller...............read a tip at another site...............stitch a bit on a practice sandwich, before stitchin on your quilt, to "limber up".............now why didn't I ever think of that????
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denimangle
Apr 1, 2011 7:49 PM CST
Name: Cheryl White
Butler, Texas
I agree I agree I agree


Featherweight isn't that every quilters dream
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ImageSiliolegma
Apr 1, 2011 8:04 PM CST
Name: Karen
Traverse City, MI
Thunder, I love opening this thread and seeing that oh so cute pic of your sweet grandbaby. Makes me smile every time.
ImageTallulah_B
Apr 1, 2011 8:50 PM CST
Name: Susan MacKenzie
Torrington, Alberta, Canada
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
Thanks Barb for the clarification on counting stitches! I guess I'm better than I thought too Rolling on the floor laughing
I just now found you, after 3 days away! (march 27th)

I missed you! Lovey dubby

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