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Week 3 block from I Want to Believe, the X-files Quilt and Stitch a long and a tale of fail.

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suzyquilts
Jan. 27th, 2016 04:11 am (UTC)
Sorry about your quilting problems. I am such a scaredy-cat about even trying to quilt a largish quilt.

I am loving the X-Files blocks. I am stockpiling the patterns so I can make one later. I just want to get a couple of UFOs done before I start stitching about UFOs (so to speak).
jewells68
Jan. 27th, 2016 01:04 pm (UTC)
I have found it's really helpful to have a big table (my singer is on a 3'x6' table) and I take my mom's old metal card table (about 28-30" square) and put it on my left in front of the long table to help support the weight of the quilt. That way I'm not wrestling with it trying to keep it from dragging itself onto the floor. The weight of a bigger quilt definitely makes it more difficult, but I found if I just focus on one small section of the quilt at a time I don't have too many problems. I am definitely going to try a QAYG project this year though. I would like to see how that works out.
ofenjen
Jan. 27th, 2016 02:52 pm (UTC)
I haven't tried the Elmer's on anything but paper (I used it on the stencil for Elena's doormat), but I have had really good luck with the June Tailor spray baste for quilts. It really stinks that the backing fabric peeled off. Boo.
jewells68
Jan. 27th, 2016 11:35 pm (UTC)
The last one I used was June tailor and it sucked, but, I think I got an old can from Joann's or something. I wish there was a way to check that on the can somewhere. It came out in globs.I also have another brand I bought that I can try next. And some people swear by the plain old liquid elmer's washable school glue and they just press it after sticking the stuff together and let it sit overnight before stitching on it.
ofenjen
Feb. 1st, 2016 07:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, yeah, I wonder if it was an old can. I've really good luck with it.

I've used Elmer's for smaller projects. I don't want to do it downstairs because it would require toting my iron down there and dragging out an extension cord and that's two too many steps to an already difficult process!
clumsy_chord
Jan. 31st, 2016 09:28 pm (UTC)
That stinks about the basting spray... I've never tried it, though I do have a can of 505 (is that what it's called?) which I always mean to try and never do. I always worry about the smell and inhaling whatever chemicals are in the can.

Ugh, and that also stinks about the tension issues. So frustrating when that happens! I hope it goes better as you keep working on it, though!
jewells68
Feb. 1st, 2016 01:43 am (UTC)
I was making really good progress and close to finishing up the quilting when I was checking something on the back and discovered something that needed to be addressed. That and my being sick for several days has delayed my progress somewhat, so I am definitely not ready for even binding, let alone mailing it yet, unfortunately.
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