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Digest for Monday, September 27, 1999

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From: "kgb" 
Subject: young boys quilt
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 19:38:34 -0400

Hi Stephanie
About that little 6 year old boy you want to make a quilt for.  First ask
his mom what he is interested in.  I would also suggest a "bugs in the bottle" quilt.  Or perhaps a quilt of pockets.  Pockets that zip, button, velcro, tie,etc.  Also the pockets could be decorative, such as a train theme, Circus train.  Animal theme (kangaroo pouches?) The more pockets the better.  Boys love pockets.
Hope this helps.
From: AEMRivera 
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 19:40:04 EDT
Subject: KK-posting

Hey everyone!!
I love to read my KK almost every day.  I thank God that you are back!!

To those of you who are machine-shopping, I thought I'd send in my 2 cents' 
worth.  I haven't noticed anyone mentioning New Homes.  I bought my first New 
Home sewing machine ten years ago when the pickiest woman I ever met had one 
and loved it.  I have not been disappointed at all.  I use it everything from 
jeans to shears, and anything quilt-related.  It sews like a dream and has 
only just been in for maint. once.  I say this is my first, because I'm sure 
another New Home is what will replace it someday!  (no affiliation, blah 
From: LFisher 
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 21:11:22 EDT
Subject: Thread for Machine Quilting

Linda writes that she has used quilting thread on top with  nylon thread in 
the bobbin and had threads to break.  The explaination for this happening is 
that the nylon thread is stronger than the cotton thread, hence will actually 
cut the cotton quilting thread when any stress or wear is applied.  I have 
watched with interest the comments about this because I know a lot of 
quilters who will not use the cotton and polyester thread in their hand 
quilting because the polyester is stronger that the cotton fabric and can cut 
the fabric.  Personally I do use the poly-cotton thread and have so far had 
no problem.  I like it primarily because I find it easier to work with and it 
doesn't tend to knot up etc. as much as the 100% cotton does.  Either way I 
always buy good thread as opposed to the bargain spools that are cheaper.  
Perhaps we could hear from some of the professional quilters out there. 

From: RamJVA 
Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 22:53:02 EDT
Subject: computer software for quilters

Hi everyone,

This is my first posting.  I am considering buying a quilting computer 
program.  Any suggestions on which one.  Please let me know at ramjva@aol.com.


From:  Sally  
Subject: Graph paper
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 10:16:37 +0100

I bookmarked  this graph paper site from another list but haven't been there
yet.  Hope its what you are looking for!



From: Auntyb 
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 06:58:17 EDT
Subject: lurking no more

Hi  I am so glad to see the page up and around again.  I live in Maine  have 
been quiting for 20 odd years  and some have been odder than others.  I do 
not belong to a guild except the big state one  so my sewing time is mostly 
my own.  I do about 25 cot size quilts a year for the local Homeless shelters 
and the Womens abuse Center  and also am involved i.P roject Linus.   What 
size do u reccomend for a crib quit as versus for a neborn?  Would enjoy 
hearing from another "loner quiter ' like myself.  Barbara in   where 
Fall is fast approaching  
From:  Pam" 
Subject: Graph Paper Site
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 07:57:23 -0500

Good Monday morning,
Here's the French Web site where I obtained the graphpap.exe program for
Hope this helps you out and that everyone has a great, quilty week!
::-) Pam  
From: Cathy  
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 09:28:57 -0400

Here is an address for free software for printing graph paper.  http://perso.easynet.fr/~philimar/graphpapeng.htm  If this does not help, let me know. I have 2 different types of graph paper that came with my computer I could scan and send you. Cathy 
From: Karen  
Subject: Re: Kaffee-Klatsch for 9/25/99
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 08:44:25 -0500

Go to a quilt show, or go look at patterns or material, or go through
the fabric stash I have, and old magazines.  But sometimes you just have
to rest and then that creative spark gets juiced up again.
Happy quilting
From:  Karen 
Subject: Re: Machines
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 09:11:19 -0500

I just wanted those of you who have Vikings, and love them, to have this
piece of information I just learned.   I didn't know you should use the
walking foot for piecing!! Do any of you do that?
I went and talked to the guy at the Viking store and he said that is
what I was supposed to be doing.  I thought the walking foot was just
for doing the quilting, not piecing.
From:  Susan
Subject: Walking Foot
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 07:24:15 -0700

Karen, I have heard of people using the walking foot for piecing, although
that is not the standard.  Maybe that is Viking's answer to the expanded
feed dogs?  Seems like a good compromise.  However, I don't like the walking
foot because it is so big that it interferes with my line of site on the
fabric.  I don't use it to machine quilt either.  I usually do free motion
with the darning foot.  (On those rare occasions I actually do machine

I was working on creating a will the other day and started thinking about
what specific things I might want to leave to my children.  The 2 antique
sewing machines are around the top of my list for staying in the family.
However, I think the quilts will top the list.  Made me think of how many
quilt tops I have made as class samples that will probably never get
quilted.  More importantly however it made me think about how I want to be
remembered - the quilter who never layered a quilt?  Are there any of you
out there that actually finish everything you start?  Please say no, it will
make me feel much better.

From:  Susan 
Subject: Stippling
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 07:32:43 -0700

Judy - John Flynn has GREAT material on stippling.  He has written a book and has all the tools necessary for stippling and trapunto.  I think he advertises in the quilters mags.  He stipples in different patterns which takes the guess work out of it.
    Traditionally stippling is sewing in random patterns 1/8" apart without crossing lines.  For machine quilting I stipple three humps going up and down, and three side to side, three up and down, three side to side etc.  Finding some type of pattern to follow makes it much easier.
From: "mpkemk"  
Subject: Thank you
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 11:22:23 -1200

Thanks to the quilters who gave suggestions for my burnout. I found a very small project to hand quilt and think I will just take my time and do that for now.
>Stephanie-as much as I can't stand the darn things-POKEMON is really big right now. The only problem might be that it will probably become dated soon. But kids love them.
>To Lyn  -I will get the pattern asap. I will let you know how and where we can "get together".
I am thrilled that my DH finally got me a table to sew on permanently. I've been using a folding table for the last 6 months. Now I don't have to disassemble everything every time anyone needs my table.
Hope everyone is having a great day. Again, thank you.
From: LIN1322 
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 11:49:28 EDT
Subject: Quilt for a 6 year old boy

Stephanie -- have you thought of one of the Bugs In A Bottle Quilts? I've 
just started to swap these with a couple of friends. My daughter is 8, and 
she thinks "bugs are cool"! You could also pick another thing to "bottle," 
such as sports stuff, cars and trucks, wild animals, etc. I think a cuddly 
quilt for a six year old, when there's a new baby, is a perfect gift. 

Date: Sun, 26 Sep 1999 09:08:31 -0700
From: cc 
Subject: Spin Ruler

Has anyone heard of or know where I could find the "spin ruler" acrylic
template? Went to a quilt show which had several quilts with this
design.  Asked around, some thought it might of been out several years
ago but can't find it or the manufacturer.  The pattern is a circle
divided into 12 sections, each section was wide at the outside of the
circle, slightly curved and narrow at the end (center of circle), the
"spin ruler" is the template for 1 section of the circle.  Also heard
their was a book or pattern  that accompanied the template.  Appreciate
any help, thanks,
From:  Karen  
Subject: Re: Walking Foot
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 11:34:30 -0500

Hi Susan
One of the other great tips from Harriet Hargrave was to shave off
theinside of the toes of the walking foot to make it easier to see what
you are doing, and also to shave off the inside back feed dogs, so you
can move fabric easier.     You can have this done by dremel tool if you
have one or know some one who has one.
It really helps a great deal  esp. for those of us with 40+ yr old

If you don't have access to those, you can send them to her shop in
Colorado  for $12   she can have it done.  IF you want more info, e mail
me or call Colorado directory assistance  1-303-555-1212- ask for
Harriet's Treadle Arts  in Wheat Ridge  on W 44th Ave.
She also sell the 100% cotton silk finish mettler thread for piecing and
Happy Quilting
From:  Karen  
Subject: acrylic templates
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 11:43:58 -0500

Does anyone have a number to order the acrylic templates for double
wedding ring  I think from  Charlene Jorgensen?
Thanks Karen
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 13:38:14 EDT
Subject: doreen speckman

i can't find the post from the other day that had the address for the doreen 
speckman donations.

can someone please post it again for me?  thanks very much!

From:  Pam  
Subject: Re: graph paper printer
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 13:44:11 -0400

I have a graph paper program, but I don't know if it is the same one you
had.  It is a free download at  http://perso.easynet.fr/~philimar/ according
to the "about" line.

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 17:18:47 EDT
Subject: Re:Patterns

Just love this little morning posting, new at this so bare with me.
I am looking for some patterns of dogs and not Cats.  I'm a dog lover
and can't seem to find anything with Man's best friend. Can e-mail
me.  Thanks and keep up the wonderful work.

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 17:45:49 EDT
Subject: Hallowe'en Costumes

To Debbie, the YoYoQueen:  I have 5 grandchildren; the youngest three are 
girls.  The boys usually want to be sports figures or gruesome creatures, so 
last year I made a princess costume for the eldest of the three girls.  This 
year was Abigail's turn, and since she was vacillating from being someone 
evil like Cruella deVill to being someone lovely like a fairy, her Mommy 
suggested I look at patterns for ideas of what I'd like to make.
When I went to JoAnn Fabrics, I couldn't believe my eyes!  All the major 
pattern manufacturers have complete books of Hallowe'en costumes!  Seems like 
only yesterday that the costumes section was 3 or 4 pages in the back of each 
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 15:54:49 -0700 (PDT)
From: Kyle 
Subject: Looking for a website

Hi Ladies,

I'm not sure if I saw it here or where I did...but
someone a few weeks back posted a website that has
volumes of the Kansas City Star quilt patterns that
were published in their newspaper during the
depression era. Whoever you are...would you please
post it again. I lost my address. Thanks.

To the person asking about the Bernina 930...I have
one and I love it. Although as of Saturday it is no
longer my "main" machine...I splurged and bought a new
Viking Designer1 and I am WAY in over my head at this
moment. But, back to my Bernina. That will still stay
up and I will use it when I am embroidering on my
Viking as I have really come to like the Bernina alot.
It is an oldy and a real workhorse and has taken more
abuse that any normal sewer would and could dish out.
It has been bounced off of a hardwood floor on several
occasions by my dog who likes to get it hooked on his
collar. Can't decide if the machine is actually that
durable or if I have a machine repair-man that is that
good.  Anyway, if you have the opportunity to get one
and it does all that you need it to do, I would
recommend getting it. If you have any other questions
about it feel free to contact me.

Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 19:20:58 -0400
From: Bear and Pet  
Subject: stippling

Hi Judy

The key to stippling is don't be a perfectionist.  Free easy and curved
motion.  It will never turn out to be perfect and it is not meant too. 
At first lines might cross, don't worry to much about it.  Take a
practice piece out first and try it.

You will have to drop your feed dogs and very important, drop your
presser foot down.  You should use a darning foot or something similar. 
That would be just a foot with a round circle.  You are guiding the
fabric not the machine.  I have made the mistake of not dropping the
presser foot, and had a mess under the work.  Not fun to remove.

Just have fun and enjoy the free motion of the work.

Nice to be on this list again, it has been a couple of years, since I
have been here.  Hopefully as time progresses I will see a few from
days  gone by.

good luck

From: Edna  
Subject: posting
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 1999 18:16:52 -0500

Having never posted before I hope I am doing this properly.  I do enjoy KK it keeps me in touch.  I read of a 930 Bernina owner saying that not all have the needle down option.  True - but you can find out if yours has it by taping your heel on the foot feed not your toe and the needle down just may be there.  Hope this is helpful.  I sure enjoy my 930 and wouldn't trade for the world.  I also have a Janome 9000.  Each has it's own use and love them both but if I had to give up one it would be the 9000 as there is just no comparison to the dependable mechanical 930.  Edna  

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