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Digest for Wednesday, September 29, 1999

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Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999 20:56:34 -0600 (MDT)
From: Anna Maria  
Subject: No motivation

>>I'm sure this sounds like whining, but how do
>any of you give  yourselves that kick in the butt to get sewing

The question for me would be: How do you give yourself that kick in the
butt to get CLEANING?  I'd rather sew.  But I also had months when I
didn't feel like sewing and one time I didn't quilt for almost a year.  I
didn't force myself.  You get burned out, sometimes, especially if you
think that you HAVE to finish a project. Then, one day, I saw something I
just had to try and it all started again.  Just take it easy for a while,
and perhaps try some different craft or just read some books.  
Good luck,

  Anna Maria
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 08:51:54 -0500
Subject: Quilt Computer program
From: Donna  

Hi Vivian,
I just bought Quilt Pro, mostley because the price was right. $78.95 at
the quilt show in PA this month. I have not had a chance to work with it
much, but it looks like fun. You really need to red the book and learn
how to use the program and get used to how the tool work. I have to keep
working with it. I have not tried Electric Quilt. so I don't know how
they differ. There is a demo on their web page. Try it and let us know
how you like it. 

Always Quilting
One Stitch at a Time
From: KSSparky 
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 09:59:55 EDT
Subject: Re: Kaffee-Klatsch for 9/27/1999

Good Morning Everyone;
     I am so impressed to hear everyone talk about their quilting projects 
and machines etc.  I am a beginner and don't even know where to begin. I do 
have some wooden quilting frames or do I quilt by machine or what?  I hear 
everyone talking qbt their quilting machines...help I'm alittle confused. 
Could someone take a minute and tell me abt material, needles, thread, and 
are those plastic quilt frames any good ?? Any information will be GREATLY 
APPRECIATED. Thanks you; Humbly, Sparky
From: "appliquer" 
Subject: Sure sign winter is coming
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 07:06:37 -0700

 We have had hard frosts the past couple of nights, so last night I put
quilts on the beds. Of course the QI's (feline quilt inspectors) promptly
jumped on them, in complete joy. Quilts on the beds is a sure sign in our
house that the winter season is approaching.
If you think you can, or think you can't, you are right!
From: "Marianne  
Subject: Viking Husqvarna
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:47:30 -0400

Just a thought for those concerned with the $$90. walking foot for the
Viking models. --I think you could try releasing the pressure on the
pressure foot a little when quilting through the thickness of a quilt.  On
most models, the screw on the top of the machine near the thread guides can
be adjusted for more or less down-pressure. Try a few samples and adjust it
until you get the forward movement of the feed dogs that you need.
The new Designer 1 is automatic and senses the depth or thickness of the
fabrics and no Walking Foot is needed. What a machine!!
Marianne ( who has the opportunity to try out all the models at the Dealers)
From: "virginia 
Subject: Re: John Flynn
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 20:52:15 -0600

Someone mentioned the wedding ring quilts and John Flynn. I saw him on "Simply Quilts" a couple of weeks ago and he had the neatest method for doing the rings. He has ads for his quilting frames in several quilting magazines. I know he had published a book on the wedding ring quilts - don't know if it is still available. If anyone needs his address, I could look it up for you.

Virginia i 
From: LIN 
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:53:21 EDT
Subject: Walking Foot for piecing

Hi all -- I've been reading the posts about using the walking foot to avoid 
shifting during piecing. I agree with the person who said hers was too big 
and clunky to use all the time. I wanted to offer a very low-tech alternative 
to try. Most of you are probably already doing this, but some may not have 
tried it. I always start off with what I call my "security blanket." It's 
just a small piece of fabric, folded, that I begin to sew on. Then, I start 
chain piecing right behind this piece. It seems to make things flow more 
smoothly through the machine. When I get to the end of my piecing. I put 
another little folded piece through, and leave it in place when I cut the 
pieced parts off so it's ready for the next time. I also use these little 
blankies to separate and mark different rows of piecing to keep things 
straight when I go to the ironing board. It saves me time. I keep a bunch of 
these little pieces near my machine, and they can be sewed over time after 
time. Just a thought...

Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 10:58:12 -0400
From: ChyMaen  
Subject: Welcome Back

So nice to have KK back;  thank you  for the lovely surprise in seeing its
pleasant return.

About UFO's - I almost always finish them -or suffer horrendous guilt next
time I want to purchase more "stash" supplies - however, there is a large
"thing" hanging on my design wall that's been there for almost 2 years
half-done, there are a multitude of baskets around the sewing room all with
half-done projects in them & I can't help it I keep starting new ones... a
losing battle.

Computer Quilt Programs;  everyone I've talked to & most reviews about them
I've read have pointed to a preference for EQ especially for ease of
navigation - about 4 years ago I downloaded some Test samples of a couple
others & I couldn't even get those simple samples to work, it seemed like a
waste of precious quilting time to huddle over the compute sweating thro
that so I just dropped the entire idea, but I do know some quilters who
really love their EQ programs.  I'm stuck with graph paper - feeling like a
misplaced dinosaur. 

Walking Feet:  I think everyone gets used to individual comfort levels in
their sewing so that what works great for my friend doesn't necessarily
work for me;  I don't do much machine quilting (mostly hand) but when I do
& it's straight lines  & then I couldn't do without my walking foot, & I
also use it for straight stitching of any "slippery" or stretchy type
fabrics since it has a Differential Feed aspect similar to our sergers that
prevents pushing and stretching of the top fabric, i.e. it "feeds" the
fabric from both top & bottom like sergers do & unlike other machine feet
that simply slide on the fabric without any grip leaving the "feeding" to
the feed dogs only.   You can purchase a generic Walking Foot that will fit
most all machines for half the price of the brand name one to fit your
machine - for the Bernina you will need an adaptor.  There's a terrific
little notions catalogue (free) available that, even if you don't buy stuff
it's great for learning what's out there - comes from Surrey BC Canada &
you can order it online at http://www.agreatnotion.com - for US customers
any purchases from Canada are, right now, very good deals given the
monetary exchange rate, almost 1 1/2 times so US folks can really "clean
up".... no affiliation there, just wanted to share that with you.

T-shirt stabilizing -- rather than use the more expensive purchased
stabilizers, I've used tissue paper strips under the seam lines with
reasonable success - cut a whole pile of strips about 2 inches wide & have
them handy at your side to slip 'neath the next seam line - smaller stitch
length makes removing the strips easy.

Barb - you're not the only "alone" quilter out there -- me too which is why
I'm so happy to see KK back.

Happy Quilting everyone,

Subject: graph paper/KC STar patterns
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 11:27:45 -0400

Thanks to everyone who posted the website for graphpaper.  

Those of you interested in Kansas City Star patterns, I have a new book coming out next month offering the complete collection in one volume.  Contact me for more information.  I'm trying to set up a website, but I'm really new to the internet and  have just encountered one problem after another in getting it up and running
From: "Richard  
Subject: this and that.
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 09:18:38 -0700

Ok, all done bragging about my 2yr old pfaff... 7510... yesterday tried to
move the needle to a different position and pushed the keys and nothing
happened so tried pushing a lot of key...opps.. something happened.. it only
does the 2.5 strait stitch now.. not even reverse...  can anyone tell me
what I did ,,, I don't want to hear that I killed it....

At the quilt show I asked the Viking dealer why Viking didn't come out with
a walking foot built in.. and his answer was it isn't needed.......So there
you are ...it's all in what you learn to drive... for thirty five years
never missed it....but I like it on the Phaff... 35 years ago (in the dark
ages) the Viking also did not have a stop for the bobbin winder... someone
at a show asked why not... and his comment was , the Swedish women are
pretty smart and they can see when the bobbin is full.........Never missed
that either....

Not quilt related but after breast cancer 2 years ago ... hot flashes have
been like the flood in the east.... Just got a new pill.  Called Bellergal-s
(ergotamine/) have to be careful what I take with the tomoxifin.....  Wow,
forgot what it was like to be spring time fresh all day long...... (don't
miss you mammograms!!!)  This is your mother speaking....

off for today.
Ruth Kadlec  
From: "mpkemk" 
Subject: Third posting
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 12:43:38 -1200

Happy Wednesday to all. I can't wait until this weekend-there is a very special quilt show at Orange Co. Comm College. It's called "A Century of Quilts" and it has quilts from all over Orange county, NY. My guild has a raffle quilt and we will be selling chances at the show.
>To Cindy-I have seen patterns for Tshirt quilts in Connecting Threads and I think in Quilts and Other comforts. Both these catalogues have a lot of patterns. From articles I've read, you back the shirt with interfacing to stabilize it. Hope this helps.
>To Stephanie-I've never heard of "The Artist's Way"; who wrote it? How did it help? Please let me know.
Can anyone tell me what Project Linus is? I've seen many postings about it, but I don't know what it is .
From:  Lavinia 
Subject: Stippling
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 12:51:33 -0400

This is going to sound dumb.  If you already know how to stipple why would
you need a machine quilting class?  Lavinia 
Date:	Wed, 29 Sep 1999 11:11:00 -0700
From:	Carolyn 
Subject: Re: Problems with QuiltPro 


Are you using the QuiltPro manual and doing the lessons one at a time? 
The program seemed impossible to use at first for me, it's definitely
not the most user-friendly software in the world!  

When I bought QuiltPro last year and was trying to get started on the
lessons, it really WAS impossible for me to use following the manual,
and after several frustrating hours I discovered that it had been
packaged wrong at the factory!  I had bought it in Calgary 500 miles
from home so couldn't return it easily, and although the box was marked
"PC version" it came with the manual for the Mac, no wonder the commands
didn't work on a PC!  I found out that the cd is interchangeable and
contains both versions of the program.  The QuiltPro company insisted
that the mistake was mine, that I must have stupidly bought the wrong
version, that they were not responsible, and their solution to correct
the problem was to offer to sell me the correct manual for PC's for
another $40 (plus $25 shipping and handling)!  I was absolutely furious!
They were extremely unhelpful even when I scanned the cover of the box,
which was clearly marked "PC version", and sent it to them.  Three
months later I did eventually get the correct manual for PC's from the
store where I had bought it in Calgary, and they absorbed the loss. 
They had on record on their sales log that I had indeed bought the PC
version, and I was told to just dispose of the other one.  

Long story short, I have a brand new and unused QuiltPro (for Mac!)
manual if anyone's interested. 
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 12:53:24 -0500
From: Peggy 
Subject: paducah lodging

       I would like to go to the AQS show in Paducah in April.  For
       those who are familiar with the area, what hotels are the most
       convenient to the Convention Center or the easiest to get to?
       Also, would anyone know if those would still have rooms left?
       I have a listing of the major motels - would need the phone# if
       it is a local business.

       I went last year on a bus trip but it didn't allow the
       flexibility to take any classes because we stayed in a nearby
       town.  thanks so much for any help.

From: Nancy  
Subject: Old tops
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 13:59:34 -0500

Hi all,
  Sure am glad that kaffe-klatsch is back!  I have a machine quilting business and specialize in old tops.  I had one of my own that was gauzey thin and it is much more durable and stabilized now that it is machine quilted.  Yes it does take the monetary value down but it is much better for the quilt to get it out of the attic and into the fresh air where you can enjoy them. I love all of the history in those old tops!  Have a great day everyone.
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 14:57:46 -0700
From: Pat  
Subject: Re: t-shirt quilt 

Hi fellow kaffee-klatschian(not sure this is a word) I am so glad to
have kaffee-klatsch every day.
to Cindy making a t-shirt quilt, I made one and put lightweight
iron on interfacing on the backs of the part to be cut out before
cutting to keep it from stretching.

Hi Linda  , I was in a signature block exchange with you last
year. What did you ever do with the ones you received? 

From: "Marianne" 
Subject: Darnng foot for Viking 100
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 17:43:53 -0400

Hello everyone!

I have enjoyed the discussion on using the walking foot, for piecing and
for machine quilting.  I have an aging Viking, a basic model about 12 years
old, and use the walking foot successfully for machine quilting and for
putting on bindings.  It is really too clunky to piece with, IMHO, because
you can't see exactly what you're doing with it on.  I do find it helps
keep the puckers down when quilting.

My question today is this:  has anyone with such an aged Viking used the
darning foot successfully?  I have tried everything:  feed dogs up/down,
no/little/just a bit of tension, cotton/poly thread, long/medium/tiny
stitches.  And nothing I do makes any difference:  the top thread keeps
breaking after just a few stitches.   Your advice would be greatly

From:  Lisa 
Subject: Joann web site
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 16:06:39 -0500

Jenny, here is Joann's webb site http://www.joann.com .

From:  Dawn  
Subject: walking feet
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 18:25:41 -0400

I don't understand why they cost so much, I got my walking foot and
stippling foot at the same time for a standard singer, ( my 20 some
machines are mostly from the 30s through the 50s ) and it cost around
twenty bucks for both. YES the walking foot makes a big big difference when
quilting, especially if you decide to machine bind the edging.  I now
prefer doing this by hand, looks much better and is much more fun.  To date
I still have not had the courage or inspiration to try the stippling or
darning foot.  dont know why! I don't sew clothes, or do any fancy
stitching, so the old machines are my choice, suits my needs, and brings a
certain "peace" from the past to my sewing room, and some times I muse
about who used to use the machines....... As far as UFOs go, I always
finish one project while the next is in the design stage, but this will
change, as suddenly I have nothing to hand quilt.  I like to sit with my
family in the evening and watch/listen to the TV, but I like to be hand
stitching. now I am finishing a    top for charity, then am on to piecing
one for the guest room, which is done in inherited forties furniture, (the
room , not the quilt ) so I thought to do a 3-d  bow tie quilt out of 40's
style fabric would fit right in.  That will be my winter hand quilting
project. Got to go! Dawn
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 18:35:36 -0400
From: Gary 
Subject: UFO's?

I am so glad to find that I am not the only one that not only has more
than one project going at a time, (two, three, four?) but a lot of UFO's
and some stashed away.  

I have heard that "finished is better than perfect".  But, being a
perfectionist that is a tough one for me.  I also heard that
perfectionists never finish anything because as long as it is
unfinished, it can't be critiqued!  Maybe that's my problem?

So many quilt projects - so little time!  Also Fibromyalgia between the
shoulders limits sewing time!

Regarding boys quilts:  Team sports have made a big hit in my family. 
My nephews love baseball and both their favorite teams liscense their
logos to fabric companies.  My 15 year old is an ACC College sports fan
- NC State specifically.  No shortage of those around this area either. 
Also misc. sampler blocks in school colors.  I just finished an orange
and black sampler for high school swim team fund raiser.  My son wants
to win!!

Thanks for including me!  I appreciate fellow quilters to "chat" with as
I live in an all make household (except my feline daughter and canine

From: Minna 
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 19:45:43 EDT
Subject: Posting

You are all invited to attend a great judged quilt show sponsored by the 
Cocheco Quilters Guild of Dover, NH.

DATE:  Saturday Oct. 23rd & Sunday Oct. 24th
Time:    10 Am to 5 PM, Saturday  - 10 to 4 PM on Sunday
Place:    Rochester Community Center, Rt. 125 (also called Wakefield Street)  
Rochester, NH
From 95 S, take Spaulding Turnpike (sign says to White Mts & lakes) in 
Portsmouth, NH . Take 125 exit off  Spaulding Turnpike  
From the north, take Rt 16 south, which becomes the Spaulding, take Rt 125 
Hourly door prizes - demos -  raffle quilt - penny sale - bazaar table with 
beautiful handmade gifts, etc.  MANY VENDORS!
Refreshments (hot and cold) are available onsite .
From: Ann 
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 19:59:33 EDT
Subject: DWR templates

You can order the DWR templates from Sharlene Jorgensen, Quilting From the
Heartland: 1-800-637-2541.  Templates are QS1; but I don't know if you have 
to order the book and templates or if you can order only the templates.   The 
web site is www.qheartland.com.  I met Shar and her daughters at the Houston 
Quilt Fest three years ago; very delightful people.
Happy Quilting,
From: Hwoodquilt
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 20:08:28 EDT
Subject: pocket quilts

Dear Friends-
    I feel as though you are all my friends.  Keep all the comments and good 
ideas coming.  It would be too much to comment on all the good that is coming 
from kk for me.  Good ideas.  Teach a kid to sew!  Encouragement like 
quilting is a continuous learning experience.  I'm inspired with great ideas 
like the pocket quilt.  Are there any pocket quilt patterns already in 
existence?  I've been thinking about how I could make a crazy quilt into a 
pocket quilt. I'm also a "loner quilter".   Local groups meet in homes and 
are filled to capacity with a waiting list.  My children (grown and married) 
don't seem to fully appreciate my quilting now so I am putting notes with my 
quilts and quilts from their grandmother and perhaps some day they will 
cherish these items. I also enjoy looking at all the e-mail addresses.  Some 
clever ones.  My husbands and mine: wood for him, quilt for me.  My hubby 
very interested in my hobby and I in his.  Keep kk coming.  Thanks Sue Mom.   
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 21:56:05 -0400
From: Susan  
Subject: hi

Hello everybody,
I'm really enjoying all the postings. I forward the kk to my work email
Mon-Fri and read it at odd moments thru-out the day.  Thinking about my
quilt guild, really low pressure. We have a monthly meeting with a
speaker who either does a demo or a trunk show. We have refreshments and
show-and-tell. We might make one group quilt per year. What does
everyone else do?
From: "taucar
Subject: dog patterns
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 09:39:13 +0800

It is great to have KK back again.

The following site has a couple of items  listed about dog patterns  (even
though they predominantly cover all things cat related).  The site also has
a link to Keepsake Quilting witch was mentioned by "anglique price-jenkins"
Date: Tue, 28 Sep 1999.


Some of the listed books may be of use:

1) It's Raining Cats & Dogs : Paper-Pieced Quilts for Pet Lovers
by Janet Kime

2) The Cat's meow by Janet Kime has one pattern of dogs and fire hydrants or
a mixture of cats and dogs and umbrellas (raining cats and dogs)

The list also mentions (about halfway down) Cat & Dog patches patterns -
they look cute - just faces.

Colleen :-)
From: "shannon 
Subject: Tying a Quilt
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 18:47:31 PDT

Hi gang,
I've got a top i'd like to tie.  What should I use?  Thread or yarn, and 
what kind?  Any suggestions?

Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 20:54:51 -0500
From: ccarter 
Subject: Shar's Double Wedding Ring Templates

Hi Everyone,

I found that Pinetree Quiltworks carries Shar's Double Wedding Ring
Templates and accompanying book.  Their price is 20% less than what is
listed on the Quilting from the Heartland website.  Pinetree's website
URL is www.quiltworks.com.  You won't find the templates listed, however
they are listed in their paper catalog.  I've ordered many items from
them and have been pleased with the service and speedy delivery time. 
Most items are 20% less that what you will find in your local quilt

Tonight I heard Eleanor Burns speak at a local guild.  What a treat! 
She entertained us, made us laugh and wowed us with her speedy quilting
techniques for over an hour and a half.  It was a thoroughly enjoyable
evening.  Carmen.

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