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Apr. 12th, 2016 08:15 pm (UTC)
What very happy fabrics that new quilt top!

I love your My Favorite Things fabrics. So good!

You and I are on the same page when it comes to paper piecing and traditional blocks. That's how PPV came about! You did nail that pineapple! I adore blues and yellows, good choice. :)

Good luck with the fmq, don't give up!

Apr. 12th, 2016 10:17 pm (UTC)
You do stay busy as a bee. :) I really like the blue and yellow fabrics you've picked out - that's going to look great together.
Apr. 13th, 2016 12:48 pm (UTC)
There you go making another quilt, lol. I love the fun fabrics in the charm pack quilt, that is going to make a child very happy when it is done.

I like your color scheme on the PPV. That pineapple block did me in, I never finished it, and I was making the big version! I never did finish my PPV but it's on the list of tops to get done this year. I really like that small print you showed first, that's going to go really well with your solids.

Keep practicing. I crossed over my meanders all the time when I was working on the Musical Improv quilt. I know it's going to tkae more quilts getting quilted for me to really get it down.
Apr. 14th, 2016 10:44 am (UTC)

Loving the blue and yellow its lookibg fab. You make so much stuff i am very jealous xx

Apr. 14th, 2016 04:15 pm (UTC)
Aww...and I was so looking forward to seeing your practice quilt! That's the fun of this group..we don't poke holes in peoples practice pieces. (say that 5 times real fast..lol)
Love the quilt top and look forward to seeing the others when finished.
I so envy all you ladies and the wonderful quilting you do!
Apr. 24th, 2016 11:14 pm (UTC)
Looks like a lovely little quilt you've got made!

Great scissors blocks - it reminds me of the coloured Gingher scissors you can buy.

Of course I've seen the finished top now, but it's still fun to see you showing blocks and plans for the sashing and borders. It really turned out well!

I definitely think figuring out how/when to move your hands while quilting is one of the hardest things. It takes practice, but once you have it, you won't have to think of it any more.

I do find it helps to run the machine a little slower than you might be naturally inclined to, start moving your hands more slowly and then pick up your hand speed until it looks right. Then start speeding the machine up and practice moving your hands to accommodate that speed. I actually keep a separate practice sandwich for finding that right combination of hand/machine speed before I start on the "real" quilt because it takes me a few minutes to warm up every time I sit down.

As for the meander, if you're still crossing your own lines a lot, unintentionally, maybe you should try practicing a loopy meander - basically a meander with added occasional loops. Giving yourself the option to make loops makes it easier to relax because you know you can always throw in a loop if you get to close to another stitched line. I still find meandering kind of frustrating (though I am getting better at it), but find the loopy meander a lot easier.
Apr. 25th, 2016 05:11 pm (UTC)
Thank you for your helpful hints. I think my biggest problem is that I try to go too fast. When I slow it down, I'm moving my hands too fast and the stitches look like LONG basting stitches - like 1" or more long. Getting hands in sync with speed of the machine does seem to be the key and that means more practice is definitely in order. I have found that doing loops is easier than straightforward meanders. So, I have a feeling that will be my mainstay for a while.
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