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suzyquilts
May. 2nd, 2017 02:28 pm (UTC)
Woo hoo on the graduation quilt! Most excellent and great backing fabric!

Congrats on wrapping up PPV and Labyrinth quilts soon. I finished my PPV blocks for May last night so 2 to go!!!

Nice b'day FQs and goodies from Amber.

ofenjen
May. 2nd, 2017 03:10 pm (UTC)
I'm totally in love with the fox fabric. SO CUTE and perfect for my sweet girl.

I couldn't get out while I was sick, but I could so. So I did!
jewells68
May. 3rd, 2017 02:03 am (UTC)
That is really awesome that you got so far on that quilt. I'm really loving having that chart. It feels so good to move things further along. The fabric you chose is perfect. I want to make another one for Phebe at some point. Her Pod is so heavily quilted it's not really a comfy snuggle quilt. But it's at the back of the queue at the moment.

Those cupcakes are so very adorable. OMG just so great. They would be terrific on dishtowels or baby bibs or what have you.

I'm so glad you are feeling better. You can really tell you are too.

Great fat quarters for your swap. I'm so gald I went ahead and mailed your swap because I'm still way behind on your actual birthday gifts. I have had it all planned out in my head for a long time but it's the execution that's slowing me down, lol. I make a little progress every day but I sliced my index finger open on a can so that's not helping, lol. Hopefully this weekend I'll finish.

Maybe you could separate the signature blocks within the quilt with different color sashing or something and add a block within each section that says which QAL it's from. then you could get one big snuggly quilt from it.
ofenjen
May. 3rd, 2017 03:43 pm (UTC)
The Big Guy had to work this weekend, so all the sewing took place! I'm heading to Joann's for binding today. I'm thinking Kelly Green Kona Cotton. I pulled every green in my stash and didn't have enough of ANYTHING. I thought green would give it that final pop it needs. This is the third bed sized quilt I've made for Elena. She's thrilled she's going to get to have another one. This one is quilted WAY less than the other two.

Hehe, I cut out a long rambly bit where I talked about using the cupcakes on bibs and dishtowels. Great minds!

The birthday that never ends totally works for me, especially since I felt like crap on the actual day.

Signature quilt...I'm not in a hurry. It isn't even on my To Do board. I'll just roll with it and see what happens!
jewells68
May. 4th, 2017 01:07 am (UTC)
ooooh green sounds perfect! I don't think my Joann's carries anything but white and black kona cotton. Maybe cream.
ofenjen
May. 4th, 2017 01:09 am (UTC)
No love on the green Kona. They had lime and sort of an olive. I ended up with this tonal.
jewells68
May. 4th, 2017 01:23 am (UTC)
oh thats good though, I like it!
ofenjen
May. 4th, 2017 01:27 am (UTC)
It wasn't what I wanted, but time's a-ticking, so it'll do!
vickybaggins
May. 3rd, 2017 06:45 am (UTC)

I love your t shirt quilt and sure your daughter is going to love it. The fox fabric is awesome.

I love the cupcakes to , need to see them on something but so busy right now I am not sure what and when.

Glad your feeling like the cough is coming to an end, just don't do to much to soon xxxx

ofenjen
May. 3rd, 2017 03:43 pm (UTC)
The foxes make me so happy! :)

Do you know when you're moving?
vickybaggins
May. 4th, 2017 06:56 am (UTC)

We have our new house and I am just waiting on a school place for the kids. Will definitely be the last week ton may if not before.

I quit my job last night and only have to work a weeks notice so that's me finishing next Thursday. It's very exciting, the store has started to treat people like trash so I am not sorry to leave the company although I will miss my colleagues, I just can't deal with the stress of the place on top of the move. Although my sewing room is big and I have natural light xxx

ofenjen
May. 4th, 2017 03:28 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're so close! I hope everything goes smoothly. Congrats on your last week of work, I'm sure having that off of your shoulders will be a great relief.
vickybaggins
May. 5th, 2017 04:39 pm (UTC)

Live journal has been eating my comments again . We move the last Saturday in may. I have quit my job and finish there next week so hopefully I will get a bit more me time in between all the packing. Really looking forward to it but will miss oxford loads xx

clumsy_chord
May. 4th, 2017 03:12 am (UTC)
Love that fabric for the backing of the graduation quilt. Cute and fun.

My machine is in the shop, but I think I'll be back to the my PPV blocks again when that comes back. I'll try to remember to do a signature block too :D

You're definitely sounding much better - glad you're on the upswing from the sickness!
ofenjen
May. 4th, 2017 03:30 pm (UTC)
Those foxes! I love them so much!

Yes, I'd love a signature block!

Your machine being in the shop reminds me. I have a local friend trying to decide between a Juki and the Brother machine like you have. Since I know you've used both and I trust your opinion, I thought I'd ask if there are any obvious pros or cons.
clumsy_chord
May. 5th, 2017 12:31 am (UTC)
I prefer the Juki hands down. If I could get another one today, I would. But I don't know that I can articulate *why* I so much prefer it to the Brother. They're very, very, very similiar machines, but you get a few extra features with the Juki. Extras on the Juki: speed control, the cutter in the foot pedal if that's still on the newer machine (which I never used but other people seem to like), a more functional up/down button (you can't use the button to move the needle up/down on the Brother.. if it's engaged, the needle will always end in the down position, but pushing it again won't raise or lower the needle like it does on the Juki).

I had fewer tension issues with the Juki and it didn't skip stitches as often (which is mostly my fault, since I'm not a really steady quilter - it doesn't do it when I'm sewing seams, just for FMQ - but still, the Juki seemed better equipped to deal with my jerky hand motions and inability to maintain a steady speed). They both are about as good as the other with sewing through heavy fabrics or layers of fabrics. There's less oiling required with the Brother.

If your friend sews with delicate fabrics, the Brother does have a pin feed function, which I've never used, but if I understand it correctly, it helps feed through gauzy, lightweight fabrics somehow. I dunno, really :D

I think their feet are pretty similar... neither has a really great 1/4" foot (slightly off the 1/4) and they've both got clunky walking feet.

I don't know. It's tough to say. If you're paying a little extra for the Juki, you'd have to ask if the extras are worth it.. I've never had the speed control, but I think for FMQ, it might be worth some money to me. The rest of it, truly, I could take or leave... But I'd still want the Juki, if there were a dealer nearby. (So really for me it just comes down to that gut feeling.)
ofenjen
May. 5th, 2017 04:11 pm (UTC)
She's a quilter, too, and as far as I know, she doesn't sew anything else. Even though she's sewn for years, she's just now getting into quilting on her home machine. I might suggest she try my Juki to give her an idea. She has a Pfaff Passport and she feels kind of lukewarm about it. Some of the buttons are in weird places and it's causing some issues when she quilts. It was kind of an impulse buy when her old machine started having a mechanical problem. She's trying to put more research into her choice this time.

For me, I LOVE the Juki speed control, the up/down feature, and the foot control cut function. I'm saving up for mid-arm so I can piece on my Juki again. It's a pain to take on and off of my frame, so I've been piecing & binding on a little Janome. It's a fine machine for what it is, but it's SLOOOOW and not as substantial as sewing on the Juki.

Thanks for your feedback, I really do appreciate it and I think it will help. :)
clumsy_chord
May. 5th, 2017 07:48 pm (UTC)
There's definitely nothing better than just trying something to see how it feels!

I'd recommend the Juki to anyone, though. At least anyone who wants it for quilting/piecing and doesn't care too much about not being able to zig-zag :D
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