Haven't been on here much for a couple weeks. Been focused on trying to complete one of those scrap top projects that's grown! I'm not fond of oranges and browns, but my sister is. When she saw some of the crazy random 9 patch blocks I had made she thought she would like them made into a spread for their queen size bed. We finally got the blocks chosen and arranged after several attempts.

Had to be careful when adding the sashing and corner blocks as this was only my second attempt at piecing for over 10 years and was still struggling to get consistent cutting and seams. I had chosen a fabric for the sashing, but Sis decided she preferred another one that we had talked about earlier. So I had to pick out the pieces that I had done and start over--thankfully, not that many yet! One of the pictures shows the two. Which one do you like? Or, neither?

Since I'm working with so many scraps, there isn't always enough and I have to keep trying to find something that will work. Finally found just enough plain off white for the corner blocks. Now, I'm running short on the borders. I bought that fabric at Walmart because I knew I didn't have enough scrappy pieces and I'm not sure it's still available. Ah, the joys of NOT planning! I'll check on Monday. If it's no longer available, I'll have to find something that will coordinate. She needs the quilt to be 93 x 93 because of the depth of the mattress. Will definitely use muslin for backing. Might use it for an inner border; just can't make up my mind whether I like it! I posted a picture. What do you think? Also made a small blue, white and red piece to change up the pace so I wouldn't feel overwhelmed. It might make a nice table topper.

Thanks for all the helpful comments on quilting on my home machine! I'll practice quilting on smaller pieces before tackling this queen thing. It's surprisingly heavy and I will have to figure out where to do the quilting so I have a surface that's big enough to support it. Maybe at Sis's house as she has a LARGE dining table? Fortunately, since she intends to use this as a spread rather than a quilt, whatever I use for batting will be very light.

I've also been a little wary of the spray glue gumming up the machine. I think two things come to mind after the first experiment. Give the sandwich time to set or "dry" before quilting and the obvious one that comes to all our minds:  spray lightly! I had no problems at all with that first one that I did, other than the buik issues. I used  the Therm-o-Web Spray n Bond.

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Comment by Teckla Buller on April 16, 2013 at 11:52am
Hi, Sandy. I'm still learning how to find my way around this site and find things, too. On the home page, I'm shown in the featured quilters with the icon pic of a Lone Star quilt. If you click on that pic it should take you to my place where you can scroll down and see the pics I've posted. You can also scroll down through all the comments on the home page until you find mine from Sunday 4/7, but it is quite a ways back now. There may be easier ways that I haven't learned yet. I've though about using my ironing board, but my sewing cabinet is rather small, so even with the two together, it wouldn't be nearly enough to support a queen size top even all rolled up. That's why I'm thinking I might try my sister's dining table. It's wide and with both leaves in, long. I can take my machine over there if her machine wouldn't do the job. I hope you find the pics; I'd love to hear your input. I have so much to learn and everyone has such great ideas!
Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on April 16, 2013 at 11:45am
hi sandy...click on teckla's quilt avatar in upper left corner here. that will take you to her personal member page. go down list on left side of her page just below her avatar. click on photos, that takes you to her photos page. then just click on any photo, then hit "next" to look at the next. it is the same for every members page, evenyours... which is where i am going next :)). ....
Comment by Sandy Banks on April 16, 2013 at 11:19am

You might try setting ironing board at table height to help with the weight and size of the quilt. Most of them have adjustable heights and can easily be moved around as needed I don't know how to find your pictures of the quilts, but I will keep trying. Would love to see them.

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on April 15, 2013 at 1:27pm
i just posted this link on the group page for fmq on domestic machine. nothing here within my capabilities, but certainly gives idea of what a seriously talented beginner can achieve on a domestic machine. these are amazing. enjoy the show!

Comment by rogue quilter Queen of the WIVSP on April 14, 2013 at 2:44pm
....sigh! this got really long. but i know this is going to ne a first "serious" effort at fmq on home machine on your sisters quilt. i wish i had had all the help available on the web from friends as well as expertx like leah day wheni first started so many years ago. my beloved book by hargrave is still my primary resource. and while i have reviewed books in stores, doesn't hurt to be open to upgrade or newer thoughts, my thought is that no e of them are as good as hargraves books. do wish i could get the series by she and her daughter. oh well... anyway, i ended up writing a lot of thoughts and tips here...more than planned...and i am sure others will add here also. all little things to help you in your adventure in fmq on your home machine. biggest thing?? ..relax and enjoy.

and share your thoughts and insights ...we are all still learning here.

need to go look at the pics...will cast my votes there. when i asked for help w border decisions on my chicken quilt here at mqp...it was the first time ever, that i had asked for advice, assistance or input on a quilt design issue here or elsewhere in real life or the web. wow....such great help from the few who checked in. resulted in a quilt that has recieved rave reviews in it's little tours around here locally before finally arriving in it's new home where it went on "tour" again. so...i hope we do more of this type of thing here at mqp. it's fun and helps us all in thinking a out our design decisions, to read others thoughts about design issues.

i agree w you, the spray glue is great tool...and use lightly. and i will continue w the dritz brand of odor free. i liked it. it worked. and tho nothing is odorless, this was muted to the point i could use it comfortably inside home well sealed against near zero outside temps. i haven't tried it on a large quilt. not making many of those anymore. don't know why..just not. so, my only concern is this, knowing the amount of manipulation required w doing a large quilt on domestic machine, been there done that...LOT of moving the whole unit around..rolling and gently pushing bulk thru as work area is changed - not sure how well the glue will hold up under the stresses. that said..the problems i had w my new to me machine and tension, stitch removing multiple times etc etc in and out in and out of the machine -- when i undid the rolled borders to trim and apply the binding, i was surprised at how well glued and stable the outer edges had remained. i had not sprayed the glue any differently on edges as i moved across, spraying and hand smoothing the sandwich. but after all the manipulation in and out of machine, then switching to smaller machine while larger in at repair.. i found it interesting how well my light glue job had held up. will be interested in hearing your experience with large quilt on domestic machine with just glue basting. so don't forget to let us all know how this goes.

work surface - i have seen those wonderful set-up of domestic machines recessed into the table/work surface. wow! would be nice. not in my future, however nice it would be. i did my first large quilt at my dining table on the same low priced necchi that i am still using for gen'l sewing, on the same 100+ year old oak monster that i am using to sew on now. it works just fine. my sewing table, which is still disassembled in my garage as it is too big to fit in any room of my current house of cubicles, has a lot more surface square footage to support the bulk of quilt not being stitched on as i focused in on the area of work right in front of me in the machine. i am back to quilting on the dining table some, but mostly on the kitchen counter. back issues - sitting not fun...in fact downright painful. :(( my sewing table dh built for my height. it was perfect. kitchen counter a little too high..but at least i can stand while i work. and as it is an isthmus or sorta island type thing w drop in stove top it works well. i cover w plastic table cloth held in place w binder clips. nice large clean surface for bulk of quilt while i work. when i am working on a large or large throw size quilt, i gather it up around the needle area. bunch it up in front of me, to the side and of course rolled tubular to push thru the machine throat/harp whatever current preferred vernacular is. basically, figure out a way that works for you - goal -- keep weight of quilt negative, so that there is NO tension or pull on the area of the quilt that you are working on. if there is tugging, even a little bit, by any weight on your immediate work area, when you start to stitch that split second between needle up and down to stitch - the fabric is pulled sideways ...ask me how i know! lollol even when i think i have everything ready...doesn't take much pull of quilt at all. :((. ...just one of the things to keep in mind while you work. i love quilting on a domestic machine. love the challenge :)) love the longarms too, play on them at quilt shows and dealers ...so much less effort entailed. so much more freedom to do elaborate quilting. but if harriet hargrave could could teach herself to do heirloom quilting years ago on a domestic machine, then any of us can. with practice practice practice. i have a friend who has a mid arm..two friends in fact. the only thing they do w these lovely & expensive machines is large meander. all i did was channel and cross hatch and accent w my chicken quilt and one of these friends looked...looked again..and exclaimed "you did that? on a regular machine?" i haven't tried meander yet, except when testing my tension before starting my quilt. and that's another thing...make a test sandwich of fabrics and SAME wt batt as your quilt. test your stitch length and tension. practice free motion..straight lines hardest, in the ditch almost as hard...mine flood more often than i like :((. curves are easy, just go slow. curves and backwards, ot changes the direction of thread pull on the bobbin and affects how the thread feeds from it..at least that is my thought logic. at anyrate fast equals ...looooonnng eyelashes on back. slow...nice even stitches, back and front.

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