Gayl Glover shared what she learned aobut Invisifil thread, a 100 weight polyester thread that Vikki Pignatelli uses instead of monofilament thread for her blind stitch machine applique. Invisifil is softer and stronger than monofilament, and it doesn't melt with heat. It is less expensive than silk thread, and comes in packs of six spools for $16.20 (many color combos available), available from Soft Expressions.com
Thanks Gayl for your information
Connie spoke about tips that Augusta Cole gave at her luncheon/lecture - how she buys primarily only fat quarters, then cuts her scraps into strips of 4-1/2, 2-1/2, 2 and 1 inches; then cuts squares from those. Uses the blocks as "leaders/enders" to sew pairs of blocks, which she eventually sews into 4-patch blocks.
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Connie also talked about her silly tale about the steamer/Iron that was on sale for a much cheaper price than the other ones at the show that she and her friend each bought separately and on different days of the show that did not work. The company did make good by sending them new ones that work... and actualy work quite well. Yvoone (another member) said she bought 2 and they didn't work either!!. The company also made good for her also.
Thanks Connie for sharing your experience also.
Marilyn raved about a new pair of Fiskars she found at the show that she purchased and really likes. They are geared to people who has problems using a regular pair of scissors.
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Marilyn had an appointment with Phyllis Twig Hatcher, a certified appraiset to look at the 38 Sunbonnet Sue blocks a friend had given me. Marilyn was interested in the value as well as information regarding making a quilt with them. She then spoke to Judy Rothermel of Schoolhouse Designs about fabric for sashing and since have purchased that fabric.
Thanks Marilyn for sharing this information...
Cindy chose Augusta Cole's class "Confetti" because she thought it was kind cool and she wanted to use up some thimble Berry fabric. She was not happy with the border so she changed the pattern a little. What did she learn? Augusta showed a way to pin the blocks together so that the corners came out perftect.
Thanks Cindy for your information.
Poppe's "Black, White and Hot Pink" quilt was from Augusta Coles' Curved Log Cabin workshop. althought the quilt looks as if it has curved pieces, it is an optical illusion formed when the light colored "logs" are narrower that the dark color "logs" that are sewn together into the quilt top.
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The seascape Helen showed was in the 2 day class taught by Marjan Kleupfel. She bought her set of fish patterns and used them in her pieces that she showed. The piect was created with hand dyed fabric, fused applique, and non tradtional fabrics to form the sea flora and coral.
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This was Helen's piece that she did free motion quilting from the Beginning Free Motion Quilting taught by Robbie Joy Eckols. Practice squares of double layer felt is used to get comfortable with stitching using an embroidery foot and lowered feed dogs. Various free form shapes of curved and straight lines are made, concentrating on smooth lines without too much concern for perfectly consistent stitch lenght.
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Earlene showed JoAnn's project...... "Star Fusion" taught by Janna Thomas using a set of her Bloc Loc rulers.
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