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Digest for Thursday, September 23, 1999

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From: "Arlene  
Subject: international Stitch
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 21:01:32 -0500

This is my first time at kk and I'm really enjoy everyone I would like to
know what the international stitch is you can e-mail@  
From: "Karen 
Subject: Paper piece
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 08:57:16 -0500

does anyone have a pattern for a small paper pieced Dresden plate or Grandmothers fan.  I have a denim dress that I caught on something and tore the skirt. I think it would be nice to fix it with a patch that is quilt related. Or maybe a small log cabin.  Now I'm getting idea's. But will take all the idea's I can get.
From:  Barb  
Subject: Next Issue
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 19:17:26 -0400

Quilting for Cancer in Pahrump Nevada, needed UFO, unwanted and sewing & quilting remnants.  We will be having monthly workshops to make quilts for people with cancer.  This county near Las Vegas is a very poor county and needs help.  If you have anything usable please send to: Barb Johnston  1831 e Jeanne Pahrump, NV 89048  All donations tax deducible, we are a 501 C 3 charity, Victoria 's Quilts
From: "Deborah 
Subject: October is National Quilt Month
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 18:46:08 PDT

From  Deborah  

October is National Quilt Month, if you have a quilt you have a quilt you 
just don't know what to do with please help us to help cancer patients be 
we will then donate to a cancer patient or a treatment facility for a cancer 
patient. Send your quilt to the address below
Victoria's Quilts  http://home.att.net/~blimper/home.html
PO Box 3551, Redondo Beach, CA, 90277-3551
From: AKPaul 
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 01:21:30 EDT
Subject: Re: Tessellated Quilts

Hi Carol & All,

If you are interested in Tessellated Quilt designs try Jinny Beyer's site at
another interesting site which has free directions for a tessellated cat 
quilt and other interesting geometric designs is the Dutchman's Designs at

Glad to see Kaffee-Klatsch back, thanks Sue.

From: Penny 
Subject: Just saying hi
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 07:12:24 -0700

I enjoy starting my day reading the posts. thanks.
I am ready to quilt a wall hanging a friend of mine did. I of course have
many UFO's though they will have to wait as my grandson who was born 5 wks
early but is doing well is waiting for his quilt. Hope everyone has a great
From: "Pam  
Subject: Glad to be back
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 12:55:04 -0400

I'm so glad that K-K is back, it is one of the friendliest and nicest group
of online quilters.

About a month ago, my daughter bought some watercolor squares and
machine-sewed them into a pillow.  Both kids (DD and DS) went to a quilt
show with me last Sunday, and both bought a little fabric.  DS wants to
learn to sew, too, and DD spent about $50 on fabric!  She made some good
choices, too.  I haven't totalled up how much *I* spent.....

From: KSSparky 
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 09:45:03 EDT
Subject: Re: International Stitch

Hello my fellow quilters;
     Many of you have asked about the International stitch. It is very simple.
You just take your needle that is threaded with yarn and go down thru the 
fabric and up (like you are doing a running stitch) then you repeat, go down 
and up thru the SAME HOLES and presto you have an "International Stitch"
       Happy stitching.....Love Sparky
From: "Sandy   
Subject: Doreen's Obit
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 14:41:19 GMT

Hi all,  Doreen's obituary was in our paper,
the Wisconsin State Journal yesterday.  Here it

Doreen Kay Speckmann, age 48, passed away suddenly
on Saturday, September 18, 1999 in Ireland, while
leading a quilting tour.  Doreen was born on
October 18, 1950 in Monroe, Wisconsin, on a
beautiful fall day, the loving daughter of David
and Doris (Higbee) Punzell.  She graduated from
Beloit Memorial High School in 1968 and attended
the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.  On
November 27, 1971 she married Peter Speckmann.
Doreen worked for the Madison Public library for
several years.  Doreen created her first quilt
with the anticipation of the birth of her daughter
Megan.  From there she began a career in quilting which
included: authoring two books in quilting, teaching quilting
classes for thousands of people over the years
and gaining worldwide fame for her off beat sense
of humor and entertaining style. She led quilting tours and
cruises to all corners of the world, touching the
hearts and inspiring quilters along the way.  Doreen is
survived by her parents of Green Bay; her husband,
her daughter, Megan; three brothers, Dwight Punzell of
Castro Valley, California, Dennis Punzell of Fitchburg, WI,
Douglas Punzell of Green Bay, two sisters, Debra Falzone of
Alameda, California, and Diana Dreger of Manitowoc;
13 nieces and nephews; and many other friends and relatives.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, September 25, 1999
at Fitch-Lawrence-Sanfillippo-Cress Funeral Home, 6021
University Avenue, Madison at 12:00 p.m.  Friends may call
on the family from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the
service on Saturday.  The family requests memorials to be
made to the scholarship fund for Sievers School of Fiber Arts.

Fitch-Lawrence-Sanfillippo-Cress Funeral Home (608) 238=8406
From: LIN 
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 11:05:05 EDT
Subject: Re: Kaffee-Klatsch for 9/20/1999

Linda   - The Halloween pattern you seek may be by Susan Garman. It has 
trick or treaters around the outside edge, as you describe. There is also a 
very cute quilt that is similar in this month's Quiltmaker Magazine.

From: LIN 
Date: Wed, 22 Sep 1999 10:47:42 EDT
Subject: Re: Kaffee-Klatsch for 9/19/1999

Re: removing dye from quilt -- What a shame! Since you do have the "test 
piece", which was a great idea, you could try Rit Dye Remover as a last ditch 
effort. it is specifically made for this purpose, and I have used it with 
success on clothing. I would NEVER recommend something like this for a quilt, 
but you could try it on your test piece. It is available at most grocery 
stores, in the detergent section along with their dyes. While I know some 
quilters are determined to never prewash their fabric, and are even 
encouraged by some famous teachers in this practice, I make it a point to 
always mention this when involved in an exchange. It is so easy to just wash 
the fabric and be done with it! One can always use starch or sizing to 
restore body and crispness, but removing bleeding dye is difficult if not 
impossible, and can ruin a lot of hard work that has been done by everyone 

It's great to have KK back! 

Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 08:48:11 -0700
From: Betty  
Subject: This and That

Hi, quilting friends,
Karen  was asking about quilting with different threads.  I've
used rayon in the needle (ordinary cotton thread in the bobbin) and the
results were great - adds a sheen, even when I stitch in the ditch. 
Remember to adjust the top tension according to your sewing machine
manual.  I have a Bernina 170 and have no difficulties with tension
adjustments, or fabric shifting.  I always use a walking foot for
machine quilting;  I haven't learned free motion quilting yet.
On a denim quilt with a fairly heavy flannel backing, I used #12 perle
cotton in the bobbin and ordinary cotton in the needle.  I had to adjust
both bobbin and needle tension, and use a large (#16) needle to get the
effect I wanted.  I bought a second bobbin case for this purpose, as I
didn't want to fool around with the bobbin case tension for ordinary
sewing.  If you do use heavier thread in the bobbin, you may have to
wind it on by hand.
I've been told not to use monofilament/nylon thread in the bobbin -
probably something to do with the tension.
April    - have you a pattern for your NASCAR quilt?  If so, would you
be willing to share?  My niece and her husband love NASCAR racing so
much, they were married on the race track in Charlotte, NC!  They have
been almost flooded out because of Hurricane Floyd, and I'd like to make
something to cheer them up - a NASCAR quilt would be perfect.
Edith - what fun to be getting a new sewing machine!  I wouldn't trade
my Bernina for anything.  However, my sister swears by her Husquavarna,
and she used to use an Elna for many years, for both dressmaking and
Linda   - what is the rosette pattern?  Don't think I've ever seen
Rene   - how about Liberty cotton while you're in England?  It's
beautiful - and really expensive in Canada, but your exchange rate will
be better than ours!
My local guild held its first meeting on Tuesday.  Most members had been
busy over the summer with quilt-related projects.  There were some
preemie quilts for "show and tell", as well as the two completed 
"heart" quilts for the transition house.  One member is hand-piecing
tumbling blocks - I admire her patience!
Has anyone tried the "Square in a Square" (SnS) technique, as developed
by Jodi Barrows?  She has three or four books published on this
technique, as well as a special ruler.  I bought the first book and the
ruler (I'm a sucker for anything quilt-related), but you can use an
ordinary ruler as long as it's marked with 30-, 45- and 60-degree
angles.  I went to an SnS class yesterday.  This technique really speeds
up piecing.  There are many different "options" one can use.  I've
finished the first (and simplest) top (a small wall hanging) and will
start a "Storm at Sea" wall hanging next.
Alene - I used ceiling tiles (about 2'x4') and covered them with
needlepunch.  Lucky you to have a whole wall to use!  My "design boards"
sit on chairs in my dining room, which, unfortunately, is what I have
for my "studio" at the moment!
Betty (Delta, BC, where it's raining - good for quilting!)
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 09:53:21 -0600 (MDT)
From: Anna Maria 
Subject: Machines

>>I got a Viking 500 Computer Sewing machine,  and have
had trouble piecing with it.  It seems to want to shift the top material
to the left of the bottom piece and I have to really watch the fabric
closely, and stop often and reajust.>>

It sounds to me like the feed dogs are not pulling evenly.  Could it be
that one side doesn't go up as far as the other?  It would be worth to
have a tecnician look at it.

  Anna Maria
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 17:07:17 +0200
From: Lynnwood 
Subject: Quilt Stands/Racks

Does anyone know if there is anywhere on the net where you can find a
drawing to make quilt stands.  We need some for our shows, and no one here
has a clue.

From: Carol 
Subject: re: machine quilting
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 13:08:15 -0700

>Has anyone ever successfully tried machine quilting with quilting thread on the top and bottom or just the top and something other than nylon thread on
either one?    >>

Karen  ,
I use Mettler 50 wt. cotton top and bottom for a beautiful look.  If you're
using actual quilting thread it may be too heavy a look and buildup of thread
for you.  The Mettler is a silk finished thread, very smooth, and easy to work
with top and bottom and comes in a myriad of colors.  I personally don't use
nylon but if you wish to you can use a cotton on the bottom.  I like Sulky's
Invisible polyester thread which looks just like nylon but is much easier to
use.  Try samples of your quilt sandwich to experiment on, using different
threads and tension settings etc.  Mark your settings right on the samples with
pen so you can remember what you did and what you don't want to do.  An
excellent book is Harriet Hargrave's "Heirloom Machine Quilting".  Also try a
quilting needle which is sharp to go through all those layers.  All those
things together make a big difference.  I use a longer length stitch as it is
taken up by the thickness.  Are you using a thick or thin batting?

From:  Susan 
Subject: machine quilting
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 11:15:52 -0700

Karen,  I am a hand quilter at heart, so you will have to take this with a grain of salt.  I never use the nylon thread to machine quilt.  I had heard from someone in Florida that the nylon threads were popping with the heat and humidity there.  Living in San Diego, I did not want to take a chance on the threads not holding up over time.  I also hate the thread ends poking into my cheek, as they are so sharp.  So, I decided several years ago not to use the threads.  I have machine quilted with regular sewing thread in a colors to match the top and back (two different colors usually).  The disadvantage is that I do have to change the thread colors on the top on occasion, but the advantages of not using the nylon make that not so bad.  I am eternally disappointed when I get up close to a quilt thinking it is hand done to find that it has been quilted using the nylon on top and having the back thread pull to the front.  If you want to hand quilt, hand quilt.  Otherwise add the machine quilted thread line into your design decisions and make that an integral part of your quilt.
    I know many of you will disagree...  I am very old fashioned in my technique and totally contemporary in design.

Wow on Pfaff/Singer's bankruptcy!  Pfaff's were such an excellent machine before they made the switch.  I worry about things like that because society these days seems to be too rushed to take the time to do quality handwork.  I worry that with each fabric store and sewing machine company that closes, we are closer to loosing our great quilting heritage.  I think we should all take a moment to grieve Pfaff and go out and buy some fabric from our local quilt stores just to keep them open and healthy!  We could also find a kid and teach them how to sew...
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 1999 19:07:05 -0400
From: msas 
Subject: Old quilting frames

Is anyone out there interested in purchasing a quilting frame which is
about 50 years old?  If so please send me an e-mail.  Also any
suggestions what to do with about quilts about the same age which need
quilted?  I don't remember what to do to them and don't know what to do
with them after I would have them quilted.  I only have one unmarried
daughter which is the end of our family.  I hate to see them lay in my
Cedar Chest. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks Margaret

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