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Digest for Saturday, September 25, 1999

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From:  Karen 
Subject: machine quilting responses
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 20:16:08 -0500

What a great group of people you all are!
Thanks so much for all the tips and advice on machine quilting.    I
bought Harriet Hargrave's Heirloom Machine Quilting, 10 yrs ago to teach
myself, but didn't want to use the nylon either.  So I tried quilting
thread, and the tension was awful but so was my cheap singer that I had
at that time.  I have since taken a class from Harriet, and got her
latest book on machine quilting which is worth the investment if you
plan to do this alot.  I learned some tips and I  do use the nylon, but
still would rather use cotton.  But...there are tips for those ends
poking out in the book or you can e mail me.
I really love hand quilting and hope when my kids are grown I will then
have time to enjoy it more fully.  But for the time being, 3 kids  7, 10
and 12.. and I work part time, I have too many quilts in my head...and
need to get them on the bed.  So for now machine quilting is the best
answer.   I have paid to have 3 of my quilts hand quilted,  because of
the pattern, or material or time it took, it was just a better finish.
BTW  the autumn leaf quilt I made and had quilted at the church got a
red ribbon at the Kansas State Fair last week!!!  Wow,  it was the first
time I ever entered a quilt, and had to be encouraged by my husband and
quilting friends, but what a cool reward for all that work!!! It was the
Autumn Splendor pattern from Quiltmaker magazine fall 93.  That was when
I started it, but made 2 of them, both queen size, for both my girls.
So it took a long time with it taking the back burner for making a
double wedding ring for my moms 80th birthday, and a quilt for my aunt
who died of cancer.  There were 2007 pieces in both quilts,  I was
afraid that would be the year they were finished.     Sorry for
From: Marsha  
Subject: Looking for Quilting Book
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 21:51:44 -0400

Am looking for a quilting book by Kari Pearson, title "Nature's Noel".  Does
anyone know where I can purchase this book?  In this book is a very cute
quilt of appliqued snowmen.  I saw this quilt on the net and fell in love
with it.  I collect snowmen of all kind.  Would love to make this quilt to
add to my collection.
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 23:35:31 -0400
From: Jean 
Subject: sewing machines

with all the talk of sewing machines I feel better now to actually know
there is another person who has a Kenmore.   May I ask what type???  I
am on my second Electronic and I love them, when they are working.  I
have had problems with both but still like the way they sew.   My dream
for someday is a bernina.  With so many swearing by them--they would
have to be good but for now my purse says Kenmore- and I'll be happy.
Just finished our county fair and of three quilting entries---I got a
2nd and a third place ribon.   Am trying to make enough quilts in my
lifetime for my 3 sisters-4 childre-11 grandchildren and have made on
for my Dad.   Guess I'd better live quite a few more years.  Like most
others though I am never content to be working on just one project.
Happy week-end everyone.   I have a two day craft show.         Jean
From:   Susan 
Subject: old tops
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 20:51:04 -0700

    I, like everyone else here, would Love your old tops.  I do have to agree however, that you should hang on to them and pass them down to your daughter.  Do you have any nieces or nephews? 
    I have two antique tops that I have bought.  They are actually too old now to quilt.  I enjoy them just as they are.  I take them out on occasion and display them over a quilt rack for a few weeks and then tuck them away again.  My aim is to preserve and enjoy, not to really use them. 
    If they are over 50 years old they are probably too fragile to quilt anyway.  The older the fabric is, the more chance you have of ripping holes in it as you quilt it.  The action of the quilting thread passing across the fabric can rip it if it is too old.
    So my recommendation would be to just enjoy them!
From: "Diana  
Subject: Margaret
Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 23:34:12 -0500

Another suggestion for your quilts is to donate them to a nursing home to auction off----many of them have auctions to raise money for the residents in their facilities who have no one to remember them at the holidays. Or any nurse could point you to different residents who have no family and would love to wake up to a bright quilt on their bed....I have seen this bring out both men and women who haven't responded to anything else...they will start reminiscing about their mothers/grandmothers quilting. Some donated quilts at our facility end up hanging on the walls in activity areas and brightening everyones day.  My parents were both artists(mother weaver and dad potter) and when they died we donated much of  their work  to the small local historical museum; some was put on display and some sold to help continue keeping the museum open. Or just choose good friends to give your work to--or your pastor's family or any favorite charity. My first quilt wraps my daughters English setter Buddy for eternity; it helped eased her grief over her best friends passing....I consider this an excellent use of my quilt as quilts mean comfort and love to me.
Date: Tue, 21 Sep 1999 12:07:24 -0400
From: nancy  
Subject: Big Stitch

It is just great that KK is back in the mailbox!  I always liked the
tone of voice from this group.

I have done big stitch quilting on flannel quilts and it turns out
stunning.  I use DMC perle and a chenille needle; stitches are about 1/4
to 3/8 long.  It goes so FAST!!  I made a flannel quilt for a very
elderly male friend (he was 91) a couple of years ago; the flannel was
dark green, navy blue, and red, a lot of different patterns.  Big stitch
quilted it in navy DMC and it turned out great.  Kept him warm that last
winter of his life; I often thought that if I'd tried to do something
other than the big stitch, I wouldn't have finished it in time.

Date: Fri, 24 Sep 1999 23:53:28 -0600
From: Betty  
Subject: Bernina 930

To Deborah who is looking for a Bernina - I have a 930 Bernina that I
dearly love, even tho it doesn't have a needle up/down function. Please
be aware that not all 930s have that function (which works by a tap on
the foot control I've heard). So if that is a 'must have' please do
check! Another Betty
From:  Lavinia 
Subject: Bankruptcy
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 05:29:51 -0400

There was a message posted on the worldwide bb about the Singer bankruptcy,
explaining that the form of bankruptcy they have chosen only serves to
restructure the company's assets and liabilities and financial dealings.  It
is not a bankruptcy where the companies simply are going down the drain.
Hope that helps. Forgive my simplified explanation, I couldn't find the
other post to copy.

Would any one that has emailed me lately please write again, my husband had
to take the computer down and thought he had copied the address book to a
disk, but it didn't "take" so all addresses are lost.   Thanks. Lavinia in
East  , where the weather is gorgeous and the leaves are turning on
those trees that still have them....
From: "mpkemk"  
Subject: Can anyone identify with this
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 09:54:44 -1200

Hi, everyone. I think I'm an old member but feel like a new one. I have not posted for a very long time. Sometimes I don't go online for weeks at a time. Then, I have to read lots of postings all at once. Anyway, I am glad KK is back.
My question is: do any of you ever get "applique burnout"? I feel like if I see another leaf in the near future I will scream. I want to piece and quilt, but it seems that I can't get going. I'm sure this sounds like whining, but how do any of you give  yourselves that kick in the butt to get sewing?
From: "mpkemk"  
Subject: I forgot to addd
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 10:13:59 -1200

Going back to some of the charities that guilds do, I belong to Country Quilters in Pine Bush, NY. We make lap quilts and "cancer caps" for patients going thru chemo. These are ongoing projects.
>To the quilter in England with the Gammill machine-are you going into business or did you get the machine for personal use?
I forgot to tell you- this is eileen 
From: "kgb"
Subject: Fw: quilt stands for quilt shows
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 10:24:34 -0400

Hi Pam

A couple of years ago I designed and made quilt stands for our quilt guild.
The previous stands we had were large, heavy, difficult to transport and took
up a lot of storage space for the kind person who agreed to store them.
They were also made of wood and were starting to warp. 

Hence 3 design problems. 
Easy to store,
Easy to transport & set up
NO warping. 
costs is always a consideration. 

For the VERTICAL upright pieces, I  went to the lumber yard and bought  1 1/2" square white plastic (hollow) tubing, (it comes in 8' lengths)  I found this in the fencing department.  We can get this in the US but I am not sure about S. Africa.  You may have to improvise. 
Next I inserted a foot long section of wood into each end of the hollow plastic piece.
I secured the wood with a small screw so that it would not 'slip' down into the tube. 
The wood gave me the rigidity to drill holes though the piece and hold the conduit (horizontal pieces) securly in place. 
            (these holes would receive 1/2 ID (interior demension) light 
weight metal conduit. Purchased from the local electrical supply store.  These come in 10 foot lengths, which I cut down to 8 feet for our personal needs.  Eight foot lenghts are also easier to store and transport. )
In the TOP of each upright I drilled 4 holes,       2 runing from left to right and 2 runing from back to front. 
In th BOTTOM of each upright I drilled 2 holes,   1 runing from left to right and 1 runing from back to front.

NOTE:  You cannot use a 1/2" drill bit, it will be too small.  You also cannot use a 3/4" drill bit,it will be too large.  My DH helped out by taking a 3/4" drill bit and grinding it down to the proper size to fit the outside diameter of the 1/2" conduit.  This special drill bit is now painted red so that I know it is not truely a 3/4" bit.  It is essential that the conduit fit snuggly into the hole.  Too much slop and you will loose the self-supporting rigidity of the system.

To Assemble;  Take 3 vertical pieces and put them at each of the 3 corners of a "L" shape.  In one length of the "L" insert an 8' length of conduit into the lowest 2 bottom holes. I use a wooden hammer to help pound the conduit through.  T;he conduit should extend 1/4" thru the other end of the vertical piece.  On the other end of the (bottom) "L" insert another piece of conduit in the upper hole.   You will have the letter "L" in conduit on the floor and 3, eight foot tall verticals standing upright.  Now do the same thing on the upper part of the "L".  When this framework is completed the system will stand alone, without 
and additional corner or base bracing.  Yes, it is a little shaky with only 2 sections put together, but as you add additional sections it becomes more and more stable.  These sections may be assembled in a zig-zag shape,  in "U" shapes,  in box shapes or in "X" shapes.  Great versitility even if you change show sites. 

NOTE;  At our guild show we threaded the top piece of conduit through the sleeve of a white drapery.   This served as a backdrop for the quilts, or you could pin a number of smaller wall hangings directly to it.  Since the system is free standing we were able to hang quilts on both sides of the white drapery.  HOWEVER, we found it very adventageous to make a sort of double "S" hook.
The center part of the curve hung over the conduit with the drapery on it. On each side of the drape, the lower edge of the hook had a curve to support another lenght of conduit.  Conduit was simply threaded though the sleeve of each quilt and hung from the double "S" hook on each side of the drape.  The added advantage of this system is that you can easily move quilts from one location to another if you are not happy about something. 

It is highly recommended that you have the following tools to work with.
A table saw  OR radial arm saw.
A drill press
A power drill
A metal cutting band saw (preferably with a horizontal blade)
A grinder,  (for grinding off the burrs on the cunduit after it is cut.  If you grind down both ends just slightly it makes putting the concuit into the holes of the vertical pieces a lot easier) 

I hope I have made this clear.  If you have any questions feel free to contact me 

Good luck
From: "Loretta 
Subject: Looking for peacock applique pattern
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 10:37:07 -0400

I'm searching for a peacock applique pattern that evidently has been discontinued.  In the Holmes County OH Amish area, I saw several quilts for sale using this pattern, but it is no longer on the market.  The pattern has two peacocks facing each other & floral applique as well.  I will pay the asking price for a copy or swap fabric if anyone has the pattern.  Thanks so much for your assistance.  Loretta 
From: "Michele
Subject: Pfaff
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 10:36:11 -0400

A woman in our quilt guild is a quilt shop owner and Pfaff dealer.  Someone
asked about the bankruptcy and she explained that it was a very complicated
deal, which she had been following through her reps for several weeks.
Basically the end result was that Pfaff was splitting from the parent
company and not folding. I guess there are several types of bankruptcy
(chapter 13, chapter 11, etc.).

The Pfaff company is strong and the split will free them to grow further
without the hindrance of the other parts of the company that are not doing
as well.  She does not forsee them ending production of their machines.  The
only thing that will be affected is the delivery date for their new model
which was due out this fall. The factory will not be able to retool as
quickly, so the new machine will not some out until at least next spring.
Hope I interrupted what she said correctly.

Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 10:50:20 -0400
From: Gotterbarn 
Subject: Madisonville

Would the person from Madisonville please contact me again.  I was saving
your message along with some others that I needed to respond to and they
have disappeared,here one minute and gone the next.


Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 11:56:25 -0400
From: Stephanie
Subject: What to do for a 6yo boy?

One of my friends in another state is having a new baby. They also have
a son who's 6 and not especially excited about the little miracle's
impending arrival. I don't have any experience with boys that age (all
my friends' kids are much younger) and I need some advice. I want to do
something special for the older child, but would a kid that age like a
quilt -- or maybe a quillow? and if so, what are little boys into these
days? Are dinosaurs or race cars always a good bet? Help!
Date: Sat, 25 Sep 1999 21:01:22 -0400
From: joan s
Subject: quilt shops in Cleveland area

Hello fellow quilters!  
I am taking my teenage son to a hockey tournament in Cleveland next
weekend.  And, of course, I would like to scour the area for a quilt
shop, although I do get anxious about driving when I don't know where
I'm going, but quilting IS IMPORTANT.  Anyway, I will be a little south
and southeast of Cleveland at various hockey rinks.  If anyone knows of
quilt shops or unique fabric stores in the area, please let me know.  I
am new to the kaffee klatsch but love it!  I have had major problems
over the past few weeks with carpal tunnel and tendonitis symptoms and
have been unable to sew anything!  It seems to be getting better and
hope to be back at my machine soon.  Thanks, Joan S.

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