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Old 03-03-2017, 05:49 PM   #1
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Default Donation quilts 2017

This year, I got pictures before they flew out the door! I tried taking pictures with DH holding them up, but either he moved or I did, because they all came out blurry. So what I'm posting here are the pictures where I laid them on the bed. Some of them are sideways, for reasons known only to the gods.

Herewith are the first 5. The multicolored stars in the center is a fun technique called "Disappearing Hourglass."
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Old 03-03-2017, 05:57 PM   #3
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These are the quilting details of the red-and-black bearpaw quilt above.
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And the last two. The red-and-black one is a traditional block called "Hovering Hawks."
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Beautiful, just beautiful !!!!!!
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I second that! Who ever gets one is a very lucky person.
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Gorgeous work, ma. I'm left drooling.

Wish you were closer - I'd quite cheerfully pay you for lessons.

I have five fat bags of fat quarters I bought years ago with the idea of learning to quilt. I just can't find the get up and go necessary to learn by doing.
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MA, those quilts are absolutely too stunning!! The colors and patterns are perfection and then the quilting designs leave me grasping for words!!

Truly, you're an artist, MA!!!!!!
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I can't take claim for the quilting designs -- they are the work of a very talented artist named Judy Lyon. I have a LOT of her stuff. What I do is trace her patterns onto a transparent water-soluble plastic with a sharpie. That gets pinned to the quilt, and then secured every 6 inches or so by a water-soluble basting thread. I take out the pins and then I can free-motion quilt without having to worry about maneuvering around the blasted pins (or take the chance that the needle will hit one!) When I'm done, I bind it and toss the whole thing in the washing machine. The pattern plastic and basting thread go away and it's nice and clean and soft for the recipient.

I used to use tissue paper, and that worked OK, but it sometimes took hours to pick it off when I was done -- little bits had to come off with tweezers. After DH helped me with a few last year, I told him "There's this product (and described it as above) but it's not cheap, about $50 for a 110 yard roll." And he said "BUY IT!"

And I wanted to tell y'all what happened with the raffle. The pink stars quilt raised $500 for the Wounded Warrior project. And afterward, the winner came up to me and asked, rather hesitantly, "Would it hurt your feelings if I donated it back to you to go to the veterans?" So there are 8 quilts on their way to a local VA hospital, instead of 7.
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Do you have a link or two (or a manufacturer name) for the water-soluble plastic and thread MA? I will have a sewing room in about a month.

Is this it?

http://www.superiorthreads.com/shop/...wide-x-20-yds/

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https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009BGNE8O...sp_detail_page

It's primarily for machine embroidery as a stabilizer. He also has it in other widths, but the 12-inch is what I primarily use. It doesn't tear like tissue paper around either the pins or the basting stitches.

The thread you might be able to get locally at your quilt shop. It's made by Superior Threads and Google tells me that YLI also makes it. https://tinyurl.com/jaqueqz. I use it both as top thread and bobbin, but if the patttern is open enough you might be able to get away with using ordinary thread for the bobbin that matches your backing. You would have to pull/cut the bobbin basting thread away after your project is done. I did that once and found that in too many places the quilting thread had pierced the basting thread, and you know what a pain THAT is to pull loose! So I decided to use the water-soluble for both. The bobbins are marked with bright red sharpie so that they don't get mixed up with ordinary threads.

One thing that you have to be aware of is that the stabilizer is very reactive to humidity. If it's very humid, it can stretch, and if it's very dry, it can shrink and turn brittle. Quilt it as soon as possible after you baste it. I didn't know to do that with this last batch of quilts and had some really annoying problems with it shrinking and wrinkling the quilts, and on the last quilts I had to be very careful because it had been almost 2 months since I basted them and the plastic had gone brittle. It helped that the weather was cool and rainy, so I could "rehumidify" them a bit by putting them in the car overnight with the windows cracked open.
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I've copied the previous 3 posts into their own thread so any more discussion on what and how needs to happen there.
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