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Introducing the 2013 TQS Block of the Month designed by Sue Nickels and Pat Holly! It's called "TWO OF US" and was created by the two of them. The quilt measures 79" x 79" and was completed just in time for Houston.

TOPIC: Month 4 question

Re: Month 4 question 05 Apr 2013 15:56 #100731

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I just placed an order for Aurifil 50 wt thread for the appliques. Since I'm not sure which of the fabrics we'll be using by the time we finish the borders, I ordered thread to match all the fabrics in the kit. I have a "real thread" card for Aurifil, so these matches should be reliable.

#5006 "aquabee" for the lt turq solid
#2810 "turquoise" for the dk turq solid
#1154 "orange" for the orange solid
#2870 "green" for the green solid
#2140 "autumn gold" for the yel/orange leaves
#2865 "green work" for the grn/lt grn leaves
#5005 "scarab" for the turq/lt turq fronds
#4026 "dark green" for the dk grn swirls
#5002 "atom red" for the red/orange swirls
#2892 "ivy" for the dk/lt green circles
#2260 "bright red work" for the red dots
#2810 "turquoise' for the turq dots


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Re: Month 4 question 05 Apr 2013 06:14 #100693

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beckyezra wrote:
small question margo,
when you use monofilm thread on the top, what do you use in the bobin?

Becky, I use any fine thread (50 or 60 weight, like MasterPiece or Aurifil) in the bobbin in a color that matches the applique shape. The MonoPoly is very slick, so I like to use the teeny-tiny stitches to secure the ends at both the beginning and the end. A cotton thread will "grab" the MonoPoly better than a slick one like Sew Fine, but I will use about anything that is a color match if it's not too thick.

I also select my bobbin thread more for VALUE than for color. For instance if my applique is a very light blue, I would use a white thread rather than a dark blue.


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Re: Month 4 question 05 Apr 2013 02:29 #100683

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small question margo,
when you use monofilm thread on the top, what do you use in the bobin?
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Re: Month 4 question 04 Apr 2013 20:30 #100673

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suehenyon wrote:
Margo, did you cut out any of the background fabrics?

No, I tend to prefer texture rather than flat applique, and I have added Stable Stuff to every layer to provide some puff, so my layers are very thick, but they will not be stiff after my quilt is washed. I think that the extra weight of the applique layers will be balanced with the weight of all the piecing in the sashing and arcs, so I'm OK with it.

And yes!! I will definitely wash my quilt after it is bound to get rid of all the starch and glue that I have added.
My quilt is intended to be used and laundered!


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Re: Month 4 question 04 Apr 2013 19:41 #100670

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Actually, most of my pokies with the CF Thread are from my lousy stitching, dark thread against a light background. Maybe it's not so bad after all! I just rinsed the sample and it's nice and soft.

Are we really going to wash this quilt???
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Re: Month 4 question 04 Apr 2013 19:33 #100668

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My Charlotte's fusible thread came today & I tried a flower from scrap fabrics to see how it would react to both a batik and a more loosely woven fabric. I have to say, that there are a few pokies here and there, tiny ones. Back when Sue Nickels did her first show and we got a free project, I did the applique her way. Although that project didn't get washed, there really were no pokies at all. I'm probably going to try another sample following the directions as written. With the Charlotte's fusible thread, we still have to carefully stitch on all the lines, then carefully cut. It wasn't as fast for me as the one gigantic heart on the Youtube promotional video.

The first thing I had to figure out was how to wind a bobbin with this thread. My bobbin winder (on my Bernina) did not like it at all. I ended up just holding the thread in the bobbin winder with two fingers; four tries and I got it.

I didn't use a stablizer. With the starch, it doesn't appear to me like it needs stabilizer. After the first layer of the flower, we are stitching through a couple of layers.

Margo, did you cut out any of the background fabrics?
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Re: Month 4 question 02 Apr 2013 19:49 #100490

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Ordered from Amazon, they should be here by the weekend. Yeah!
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Re: Month 4 question 02 Apr 2013 19:37 #100488

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AND they have a lifetime warranty! I had a pair that I had used for years that broke and Fiskars replaced them - no problems at all in the replacement. And they were very prompt. Bev
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Re: Month 4 question 02 Apr 2013 17:37 #100484

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They're great...especially if one has hand /wrist issues. :D :D :D
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Re: Month 4 question 02 Apr 2013 16:20 #100468

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suehenyon wrote:
Margo, what scissors are you using? It looks like they are spring loaded & thumbs don't go in holes. My thumb is worn out cutting templates.

Susan, mine are really old, but are similar to this pair of Fiskars:

http://www.officedepot.com/a/products/982603/Fiskars-Softouch-Spring-Action-Multipurpose-Micro/

I'm embarrassed to say how many different pairs of scissors I own, but I really like the spring loaded Fiskars, both these small ones as well as the larger ones:

http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Fiskars-Softouch-Spring-Action-10-inch-Scissors/3127630/product.html?cid=202290&kid=9553000357392&track=pspla&ef_id=BPpNSnXIAQAARYc:20130402211915:s


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Re: Month 4 question 02 Apr 2013 15:56 #100465

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Margo wrote:
OESD Polymesh cut away stabilizer.

I have a gigantic roll of that. I got it and wondered why? An accident, maybe? At least I can use it now :D
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Re: Month 4 question 02 Apr 2013 15:18 #100459

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Margo, what scissors are you using? It looks like they are spring loaded & thumbs don't go in holes. My thumb is worn out cutting templates.
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Re: Month 4 question 02 Apr 2013 14:37 #100454

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I just got this info from Josh at Superior Threads about the stabilizer used with the fusible thread in the video with Heather and Annie.


Margo,

The stabilizer that was used for the Charlotte's Fusible applique video was OESD Polymesh cut away stabilizer. Heather said you should be able to find it at any Bernina store. Call before you go. We also know it is sold online. It is a product we don't carry at the moment, but may in the future.


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Re: Month 4 question 02 Apr 2013 11:07 #100437

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Thanks JoJo! I luv seeing all the different color combinations on the TQS BOMs. It is just amazing how totally different the quilts can look depending on the fabric choices.


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