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Digest for Thursday, September 30, 1999

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Sue T
From: gramma 
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 07:49:37 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Looking for penpals from all over!

I have really enjoyed reading KK every morning before starting my day.
I am  very new to the internet and would like to  create pen pals and
friends from around the world... My grandchildren come first (well the
wonderful DH is a tie!)  and quilting is next in line.  I"ve been
quilting  for 20 some years, but very seriously in  the last three.  Had
my own shop for a few months, but it just wasn't the right  time for
that.  Now I am cleaning my crafts and setting up so I can sew & quilt 
& sew all of the time.  I work also, and 
love my DH, Children, and Grandchildren.
Love to hear from you.
From: Bobba 
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 02:07:09 EDT
Subject: Friends

Hi KK's
Wow was it ever fun to check my mail and find 4 "E's" from the KK bunch. Now 
my question is..does this work like the BB or do I have to go to the daily 
archives and catch up. I can't seem to find a running chat thing for KK, but 
I think I remember stumbling into one before? Must be all the paint fumes 
I've inhaled these last two days. The living room is done and tomorrow I get 
to install the curtain rod and hang the new drapes. This isn't even remotely 
close to quilting and I'm going into serious withdrawal. I'm off for a much 
needed shower.
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From: "Judith  
Subject: New Member
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 21:30:11 +1200

Hello from the Fiji Islands in the South Pacific.  I am an Australian
living in Suva for the next three years.  Even though there are no
craft supplies to be had here (thank goodness for mail order) I belong
to a small craft group where there is more enthusiasm than expertise
but we have a great time sharing resources and fabric.  Some days we
even manage to put a few stitches in our latest project after we have
read the lastest magazine someone has just brought back from Australia.

Have only been on the list a few days but have already found lots of
useful information on the list.


From: "Vicki 
Subject: Angel crib quilt pattern Thanks!
Date: Wed, 29 Sep 1999 08:23:20 -0400

I just wanted to thank all of you that e-mailed me about this.  I've never seen such a sweet and helpful group of people.  Quilters are the best in my book.  Thanks again ladies.  My grandchild will have an angel quilt because of you.
                                                          Vicki   "Quilting is catching the threads of yesterday and sewing them into tomorrow."
From:  Susan 
Subject: applique and stuff
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 07:51:45 -0700

Hi all.  To those of you who have said you are getting tired of the applique, that may be because you are appliqu=E9ing the same shape over and over.  80 hearts would do me in for sure, and I am doing applique almost exclusively these days.  I do appliqued landscapes. Each piece is a different shape to sew, making the overall project NOT repetitious.  Much more fun if a bit more difficult to execute.  (Although those oak leaves with all the points can be a real bear to sew.)
    I like the "I finish what I start" affirmation.  I can use that one.  If I happen to expire before it all gets done - oh well!
    I LOVE the graph paper program. Thank you for passing that along.  I was so excited that I printed up some music paper for my two musicians.  At 7:00 am they were unimpressed...  Teenagers...
    About the quilting foot.  I purchased a generic one for $20 or so a long time ago to fit on my Viking.  It works really well, I just never use it.  I would not recommend you purchase one for 80 unless you plan on doing a lot of straight line quilting and have trouble controlling puckering.  When I do machine quilt, I use the darning foot, drop the feed dogs, and do the free motion stuff. 
    So today I get the honor of sewing together 18 stadium seat covers that are 20 feet long each for the band.  Covers the seats so that they don't get their uniforms dirty.  A great idea, only problem for me is that half of them are orange.  Who came up with orange as a school color?  Can you imagine seeing 100 orange teenagers marching down the street!  Luckily the director didn't like that idea, our uniforms are blue with white and orange trim.  Much more palatable.
    Enough rambling, have a great day!
From: CClothier 
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 11:40:55 EDT
Subject: Fwd: spin ruler

I have used the spin ruler in a class and also took a stack 'n whack 
 With the spin ruler you end up with a circle and the stack 'n whack is more 
 angular.  Both give you different designs from the same fabric and use 
 background fabric.  My opinion- I enjoyed the stack 'n whack and it was a 
lot  easier.
From: "sven  
Subject: lighthouse
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 11:07:53 -0700

     I am new to all this even typing.
    I am looking for any blocks or patterns to do with lighthouses and roses. Hope you recieve this......Thanks Barb
From: quiltingcarol 
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 12:25:15 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Books for beinging quilters.

   Two books that I found helpful for reference on starting to quilt are
Quilters Complete Guide by Fons and Porter and MY First Quilt  book.
If there is a quilt guild in your area check them out and join a crice.
Ask questions at the circle meetings.  I have found most quilters will
gladly share their knowledge.                    Warning Quilting can b
very addictive                           Carol
From: "Diane 
Subject: Japanese Prints
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 16:27:22 -0400

It is great to have the KK list back on line.  I didn't realize how much I missed it until it was gone.  Is anyone out there collecting Japanese prints?  I have a stash of them and I would like to know what people are making with them.  If anyone reads the Australian Quilting and Patchwork magazine, the newest one has a quilt called "_________ & Whattles".  I have finished the top using my Japanese prints.  Looks entirely different than the picture.  This is a great quilting magazine.  It is sometimes hard to find but is well worth the search.

Happy Quilting
From: "Sehoy
Subject: walking foot
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 15:16:13 -0500

>> 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...

Lin - you have me confused. We've always taught using a "starter" for folks
whose machines "eat" the first bit of fabric. But could you explain how that
helps with shifting further down in the quilt? Maybe we're not talking about the same thing. A walking foot, or the Pfaff even feed, will eliminate shifting
of the layers.

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From: quiltingcarol 
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 12:19:57 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Tying Quilts

   A circle that I belong to does Charity quilts. We used to tie them,
But discovered that it was faster and easier to tack the quilt with
thread. On my Viking I have a stop button. I push that on and it allows
my machine to tack in that spot. then I move to the next spot. 
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 18:31:37 -0400
From: "Gary  
Subject: Am I addicted or what?

Can't help sticking my nose in about the quilt software.  I bought
QuiltPro last year because of price and at the time it was the only
thing out there for windows.  Since a new version of ECQ has come out
for windows and a newer version of QuiltPro.

I found the manual to be inadequate as well and I suggest not hesitating
to call tech support, like I did many times.  I was dissapointed with
the block library, a lot of common blocks were not in it.  I still am
not good with designing sampler quilts and working on borders is
frustrating.  Also my version does not allow for any curves when
designing blocks or quilts and the quilt size is limited.  I cannot do a
6 block  X 8 block, twelve inch block quilt.  It says it can't go that
large.  So much for estimating fabric yardage.

Wonder how many quilters got flooded out and lost everything in the
Hurricane Floyd flooding?  We only got much needed rain here in the
Charlotte area but when the Neuse River, eastern NC, flooded it set a
record and with continued rain it has only risen.  Hundreds, maybe
thousands are homeless or contents are a total loss.  Local charities
are trucking donated supplies over there daily.  The newspaper photos
and TV show houses totally submurged except roof peaks, mobile homes -
forget about it!  Shelters are overcrowded and it is a mess!

I am sure the quilters on the bulletin board will respond if they hear
of quilters stranded without supplies.  Maybe even donate a few quilts
for comfort.  Keep reading the BB for info and help if you can.  

From: CCondra 
Date: Thu, 30 Sep 1999 19:13:07 EDT
Subject: (no subject)

Hi, KKers.  Sue, it's so nice to see KK again.  I've been looking through the 
digest for 9/28 and noticed the thread about the quilt design programs.  
Thought I'd through in my two cents.  I have both EQ3 and EQ4.  I never 
really got the hang of EQ3. The manual was difficult to work through.  
However, I went ahead and ungraded to EQ4.  To me, this program is too cool 
for words!  The manual is divided into two books.  The first is the basic 
"getting started" type stuff.  The second is the Design Cookbook.  You only 
have to use it if you want or need some help with a particular thing.  
However, I sat down one day and played through the "recipes" in Part 9.  Had 
the best time.  No quilting that day!!
They also have a new forum on the Electric Quilt web site that is a great 
help.  In case you can't tell, I love this new program.  (No, I don't work 
for them or anything like that.)

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