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From:  Carole  
Subject: Paducah...
Date: Tue, 12 Oct 1999 23:06:25 -0500

Hi I have been to Houston and to Paducah. Paducah is really nice because it
is not so huge and there are things going on all over the city. The museum
is beautiful and I hope I will be able to go again. I really am enjoying
Kaffee-Klatsch. Carole  
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 09:32:58 -0400
From: cyndy 
Subject: One-block Quilt

Dear KKer's,
   Sparky asked me for directions for my One-block Quilt, and I thought
I would share the directions with ya'll.  I did the Courthouse Steps
block with LARGE strips, using red and white calico fabric. I would love
to have feeback from anyone who makes one.

Dear Sparky,
   Sorry it took me so long to get back to you.  Have been busy!!
Well, the one block quilt got started when I saw an article in a quilt
magazine where the person "stretched" a block to make a place mat.  I
took it one step farther, using the Courthouse Steps block.

   You will need 2 - 3 yards of light and dark fabric (depending on the
size of your quilt and if you want enough fabric to make a small lap
quilt).  Wash, iron and use spray starch.  Iron all seams towards the
dark fabric. It would help if you sewed several lights and darks strips
to each other for when the quilt top is wider/longer than your strip of

*   Cut your dark fabric into 5 1/2" strips
*   Cut one strip of light fabric 5 1/2".  Cut ONE 5 1/2" square, trim
remaining strip to 4 1/2".
*   Cut your light fabric into 4 1/2" strips.
*   Cut two 5 1/2" squares from dark fabric strip.

*   Sew a dark square above and below the light (5 1/2") square.  This
is your center strip.
*   Sew a light strip to each side of the center (dark/light/dark)
strip.  Trim. 
*   Sew a dark strip to the top and bottom of your light/center/light. 

*   Continue sewing light and dark strips to the sides and top until the
quilt is as large as you want.
*   Place top and backing right sides together on top of batting. Pin
*   Sew around the edges, leaving an opening for turning.  Trim the
corners before turning.  Sew opening closed.
*   I used a flannel sheet as backing (the quilt doesn't slide off the
bed), and used #20 cotton thread for tying.

    Total time:  about 8 - 10 hours.
From: AEMRivera 
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 11:26:43 EDT
Subject: long arm quilting machines

I have responded to most everyone who wrote me directly, but in case I missed 
anyone interested in the less expensive machine, here's the news;  My friend 
finally got back to me to tell me that the guy who sold her the machine has 
moved to KY.  She will send me his new address as soon as she gets it.  I 
will pass it on then.

Also, thanks to those of you who wrote me about my quilt shop frustration.  I 
found that I wasn't the only one who had this type of encounter with her.  
Several people I know locally won't go there anymore.  She does, however, 
keep very alive with mail order, as she is a fairly well-advertised name, 
goes to allthe big shows, etc.  There are so many wonderfully encouraging 
people like all of you, that don't care if my corners aren't perfect, and my 
borders are pieced, that I don't exactly lay awake at night worrying about 
the few that missed what quilting is really all about.  Their loss.
Life's too short to be perfect!! LOL
Love to all, Amy
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 11:45:52 EDT
Subject: Check out Quilt Poems and Sayings

 This has a several cute poems and sayings.  The first one has a really cute 
poem for a baby--a'You can drool on your quilt" is the title I think.
Click here: Quilt Poems and 
-Click here: 
Quilters Online Resource-quilt labels
Click here: WELCOME TO 
SUSIE'S -poems
Some quilty sayings that came from another list:

Hope these help.
From: Calypsew 
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 15:21:21 EDT
Subject: Encouragement

JoAnna, Amy and anybody else who wants a little encouragement...

Once a quilt is ***completed*** the mistakes become MUCH harder to find!  
Even quilts that has lost their charm in the process of their creation, 
regained it when that binding went on.  Try it...Finish that quilt, Amy!  
Carry on, JoAnna!  Just get it done and it will become so much more 
wonderful...  You see a whole that is better than its pieces!

BTW, the two things that did the most to build my skills were taking classes 
and rediscovering my old Singer 221.

(Old straight stitch machines have many advantages over newer Zig-Zag capable 
machines...Most of them involving the action of the feed dogs on your seam 
allowances. )

Good luck!
From: Lavinia
Subject: Lost email addresses
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 16:40:45 -0400

Hi. Would anyone I have been corresponding with via email please drop me a
line? I have lost all the email addresses in our book when the computer was
down. Would the lady in Ireland who is moving to North Carolina please email
me again?  Thanks.  Lavinia 
From:  Susan 
Subject: 1/4" seams
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 14:42:15 -0700

I use a special seam guide on my machines to maintain a good 1/4" seam.  
    First you go buy some MoleFOAM not the skin at the pharmacy.
    Cut it into 1" by 1/4" pieces with a rotary cutter with an old blade in it.
    Put a C-Thru type ruler under the needle at the 1/4" mark.
    Drop the feed dogs onto the ruler making sure a cross line is even with the edge of the machine so that you know the ruler is in straight.
    Peel the backing off
    Stick the molefoam right next to the ruler edge.
    you have a perfect 1/4" seam guide for less than a penny.

Taught to me by Sharon Craig.
From:  Lavinia  
Subject: Add a Quarter
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 18:32:11 -0400

The Add-A-Quarter (TM) I have says it is made by CM Designs, 10669
Singleleaf Court, Parker, CO 80134.  Phone 303-841-5920.  It is a clear
yellow ruler with a quarter inch "lip", can be used for many things, good
for foundation piecing too.  Lavinia 
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 19:20:55 -0500
From: william 
Subject: The Featherweight

To Barb  . . . sounds like a good deal.  Buy it!  I've had mine since 1950 and still going strong with very little maintenance. I use it for all piecing and then hand quilt because I just like to sit in a comfortable recliner with my feet up and do the quilting, but there is a walking foot attachment that can be used if you want to machine quilt.  Good Luck.  Peggy from hot, sunny, and dry  . Wish we could get some of your RAIN!
From:  Sheri 
Date: Wed, 13 Oct 1999 21:24:30 -0500

Howdy to all.  
I want to personally thank all of you that have responded to JoAnna.  We have all been where she is and on occassion, we are all there again/still. What a wonderful group to provide the helpful hints and fellowship to all.  Sometimes this is the place to come when I need positive reinforcement...and not always quilt related.  Just nice to know you're all out there.
I own a New Home 8000 and I LOVE it.  It doesn't appear that many other quilters have chosen this brand since  I rarely hear talk about it.  My only regret I have is that they have since discontinued that particular model and therefore will not be making the catridges for it forever.  I also own a Centinnial year Featherweight.  It has been one the best purchases I have ever made.  It goes with me to every class and retreat I attend. 
I quilt for my own pleasure and to give a gift of love to my loved ones.  Although I always try my best at every thing I do, nothing is perfect; especially not my quilts. That certainly does not diminish the love that goes into them.

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