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From: Karen  
Subject: quilting
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 1999 09:56:14 -0500

To Susan,
Wow, I got goose bumps, reading your e mail about going to Australia.
How exciting, just wanted to congratulate you and your family.

To Evelyn
I know of a small little book that has a pattern for the straight edge
border, by Laura Nownes, entitled Double Wedding ring,   The Classic
Quilt Series #1.
But if you are comfortable with drawing, you could make one to fit the
pattern you are working on, probably more successfully, because not all
DWR are the same size and arch shape.  The directions, which has a very
simple pattern,  has a seam at each point where the posts come together,
and at the bottom edge of the arc.    So basically it is straigt on
three sides, the bottom, and two seams on the sides, and then draft your
arch following YOUR outside arch pattern. And just remember to add the
1/4 seam allowance.  If you use a big window, and put your pattern on
the window, and a sheet of paper over the pattern, just trace the
outside arch, then a ruler for the other edges, then add the seam
Happy drafting and quilting.

Thanks to all of you who responded about machine quilting with cotton
thread.  I have been having great success on my daughters Canada Goose
Quilt by Country Threads.  I am changing between dark beige and black so
the thread doesn't stand out *too* much.  And also alternating between
the walking foot and darning foot.  I got a small darning foot from (I
think) the bernina attachments, because it is round and small, instead
of the Viking oval darning foot, which is harder to use as an echo
quilting spacer, if you get what I mean.  In other words, I use the
outside edge of the foot as the spacing between quilting lines.

From: "M.  
Subject: Computer programmes.
Date: Fri, 1 Oct 1999 18:42:50 +0100

Hi everyone,

Can't resist joining in the chat about the various computer programmes for

One of my sons bought me EQ3 a couple of years ago, and I must admit I
didn't get on too well with it. Though I worked my way through the
instruction book, chapter by chapter - there were such big gaps between
sessions, that I had already forgotten the bits I had already done!

Then the chance came to upgrade to EQ4 which they promised was more user
friendly.  It really is - I love it.  I have designed a couple of quilts,
played for hours with all the fabric samples, and find it dead easy now to
"import " them to the sketchbook etc.  You can even scan your own fabrics
into special libraries, so that you can try out patterns and colours before
commiting yourself to cutting anything.  Well at least I will be able to do
that once I have mastered my scanner.

The only downside to all of this is that you can get stuck playing with EQ4
rather than actually making quilts, it really is great - give it a try.

Maureen   where its suddenly become Autumn.
From:  Pam  
Subject: Re: double wedding ring
Date: Mon, 4 Oct 1999 14:51:23 -0400

Someone asked about a buying pattern to even out the outer edges of a double
wedding ring quilt so that straight borders could be added.  Couldn't you
draft your own?  It would be based on half of the weird-pointy background
piece (as opposed to the melon-shaped background piece) and part of the ends
of the arcs, and whatever you need to fill this in.

Using your templates, draw out an arc on paper then subtract seam
allowances, do the same with the corner pieces.  Trim off the seam
allowances, then lay out two arcs and the corner pieces between, as the
quilt would look when pieced together.  Put this on top of another piece of
paper.  Trace the edge of the arc and corner pieces, then add a seam
allowance on the other side.  You'll probably find you want the widthof this
piece to be about half as wide as the width of the weird-shaped background

OR....just applique' the edge onto a wide straight border, then trim off the
weirdness on the wrong side.  ;-)  That would be a much easier way to
accomplish the same thing!

Then you can add more straight borders, bind, or do whatever you wish.  I
hope this helps!  My own DWR is in the planning stages -- I've bought the
fabric, but haven't gotten started on it yet.

Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 17:55:05 -0700
From: sheila  
Subject: Buying a long arm sewing machine

I do so many quilts, I have been having an Amish friend hand stitch them
for me.  Now I see that had I purchased a long arm sewing machine at the
start I would have saved enough to have it more than 1/2 paid for.  Is
there a source to find used machines.  I would like to be reasonable
with this hobby of mine.  I know a new Gammermill costs in excess of
I have a Bernina, that has been working along for 25 years.  My first
Bernina is 40 years old and my daughter has it.  LOL she was offered
$1000 for it by a dealer in the Twin Cities.  She kept it, guess he
wanted to show just how good Bernina's are.

Sheila, where we had 2 inches of snow(a 4 letter word) the other night.
From: shannon  
Subject: Raw cotton
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 17:10:10 PDT

Dear Link:
All I have is a jar of cotton seeds that my neighbor gave me entitled "quilt 
starter".  Isn't that cute?  I'd be willing to send some, or ask her where 
she got it (commercially).

From: "shannon  
Subject: lost fabrics
Date: Mon, 04 Oct 1999 17:07:00 PDT

Hello Down Under:
Try http://www.missingfabrics.com/ for hard to find fabrics. It's great, 
lost fabrics, gallery of things from found fabrics. What a wonderful service 
to quilters & crafters.


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