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HandiQuilter 2 Help and Hints needed

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melanie Mar 14, 2009. 2 Replies


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I have been a novice quilter for about 8 years...still learning. I have been married to a wonderful man for 34 years who spoils me by supporting my quilting and doll collecting hobbies. I just recently purchased a new Husqvarna Viking Designer I and have discovered machine embroidery. I have two beautiful daughters, a great son(in-law) and two fantastic grandsons. I am so excited to join this forum as I have just discovered Connecting Threads.
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quilting, embroidery, general sewing, other
My pets are awesome!
Patch (a Newfoundland mix), Bander (Heinz 57) Puck and Pursee (cats)

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Posted on March 19, 2009 at 7:45pm 2 Comments

It has been at least 6 weeks since I signed in. Since then, I have finished the monster bed quilt top. It ended up 112' square. Next, I tackled the flannel oversized-what-started-as hubby's-lap quilt (72"x88"). It has 4 embroidered trout in the 12" blocks and a total of 8 embroidered fishing flies in some of the 8" blocks. The top is finished and pinned. I next made a quick baby quilt with 4 embroidered blocks (I love my Viking D1). I have almost completed the quilting and hope to bind i tthis… Continue

McKenna Ryan quilts??

Posted on January 5, 2009 at 7:14pm 11 Comments

Has anyone completed one of her quilts? I have two sets of her patterns and all the suggested fabrics for At Home In the Woods and Calling Me Home. I have not started either one. Can anyone suggest their favorite bonding medium and any hints? I love these quilts and Ms. Ryan's designs are what inspired me to quilt. I woould love to start on one of these quilts this year.

Help on quilt

Posted on January 3, 2009 at 7:00pm 2 Comments

I started a block of the month from Joanns in 2005. The original pattern had a cabin in the center block with several pieced blocks.(My husband did not like the cabin and we changed the center block to a lake scene with two people fishing in a canoe. He chose a totally unrelated fabric for the water, so I don't really want to add another odd-ball fabric to the quilt.) On the outside there was a 2" floral border and then a 4" dark blue/black tone on tone border with red 6"… Continue

Hello from Georgia.

Posted on January 2, 2009 at 8:38pm 1 Comment

This is my first sewing oriented blog group. I have been sewing for years, mostly children's clothing and home decorating. I started quilting in 1998 and my first quilt was given to my daughter for her graduation from college in 2000, I have made smallish lap and baby quilts and a couple of bedsize quilts. My goal this year is to finish several projects that I started in the last few years.

I have a BOM from Joann's (I think from 3 years ago) that I quilted and was ready to send to a… Continue

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At 2:16pm on July 1, 2010, Mary johnson said…
Dear Friends

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At 4:29am on January 6, 2009, Barbara Burrows said…
I understand your reluctance starting them. I just tackled them one block at a time - like eating an elephant! - and after a few blocks, you are anxious to finish the quilt. If you don't like making the blocks, you can always put borders on the one or ones you have finished and have a smaller quilt. I think you will get excited after the first one and realize how easy they are to complete. I like to use Lite Heat and Bond and find that is easier to use than the Steam-a-Seam. Save all the scraps of fused fabrics because there are a lot of little pieces in the pattern and you can save time by using all the small fused pieces during construction. Good Luck! You will be so thrilled when you complete a quilt. Show us a picture! If I knew how to load them on this website, I would show you pictures of mine. Maybe someday I will learn---

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