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TTMT #287 – jewells68 – November 16, 2018 – Festival Swag

In which I talk a bit about Fall Quilt Festival in Houston, and show off what I bought there. I can’t express my emotions as I walked through all the quilt exhibits. Just… surreal!

12 thoughts on “TTMT #287 – jewells68 – November 16, 2018 – Festival Swag

    1. My project room is a disaster area. Had to get the emissions testing done on both mine and Ken’s vehicles this morning before tackling our regular errands because it’s required for our license plate tags and we both expire at the end of this month. Also more leaf raking. I’m glad we only have the one big tree in the front! After that just vegging out on the couch.

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  1. It sounds like a good idea dropping the size back down for the frame – it’s probably easier to make it bigger on the rare occasion you do a larger quilt than to keep it large and block your should-be-usable spaces from use.

    Looks like fun stuff from Houston! I’m looking forward to seeing what you do with the planets – should be cute. Glad you had so much fun!

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    1. Let me just say it is not easy to go back and forth. It took me half a day to take it apart and put it together at 5′. It would take at least the same to go the other direction. I think I can quilt up to 56 inches max, if I don’t do a lot of quilting right near the edge, that’s certainly enough for all my linus quilts. I’m going to try to come up with a way to maybe do bigger ones without making it bigger, like doing a 100% float, like you do on the brother dream frame or the HQ little foot frame. I figure it’s certainly worth experimenting. Meanwhile I can certainly get all my current tops quilted at the current size.

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      1. That’s too bad it’s so difficult to adjust… I’ve never actually used one, I just assumed it would be easier than that! I’d be interested to know if it did work like the dream frame is supposed to — I tried searching for videos showing anyone actually using one with a larger quilt and mostly found people claiming it works but never actually doing it (or they’d show it being quilted in the first section and then changing it off camera so you never actually see the process).

        I feel like you have the Craftsy class with the lady who has a bunch of methods for splitting up quilt tops (I think her name is Ann Peterson maybe?)… I wonder if you could do a split top version where you’d quilt it in two separate sections and then join them after. I’d be afraid to experiment with a “good” quilt but it could be interesting to try with something you didn’t care so much about so that if it were a failure it wouldn’t be such a big loss.

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        1. Kristel that is something I had been thinking about too. I have a class that talks about quilting in sections, medallion style, where you quilt the center and then keep adding borders. She also demonstrates splitting the batting so it fits in your regular machine better, but not splitting the quilt itself I don’t think.

          I have seen the same as you with the dream frame and handi quilter, you never see anyone doing big quilts in videos, no matter what they say. You still have to baste them, which defeats the purpose.

          You have to take it almost completely apart to change the size, and there are a LOT of pieces. I had thought of maybe dividing the top batting and back into 3 columns, and then quilting each column separately then joining them the same way you would a QAYG quilt. But I will worry about that when I am going to have a bigger quilt. As of now they are all small enough, if just barely.

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          1. It’s a while since I watched the class, but I think it’s a similar idea for joining (like QAYG). Basically say you had a 5×6 quilt, if you can’t fit it in either direction, but you could fit a 3×5 quilt, then you’d leave it in two halves like that (including borders – just have a seam at the centre point). If I remember right, you quilt each half it so that there’s at least an inch or so unquilted at the joining point (although she may have quilted it right up to the quarter inch) then sew together the tops (holding aside the batting/backing), then I *think* she trimmed the batting so that they’d butt up against one another without having to overlap or seam them together. (Or she maybe sewed the top and the batting at the time time and just trimmed off all the overhang so it just left the seam without any allowance. It’s been too long…) Then I think the backing she smoothed one side down flat, then folded the other piece so that it would look like a smooth seam and then probably hand sewed it down like you would hand-sew binding. (Or you could machine sew if you were okay with the straight line showing up on the front.) She did everything on a domestic machine, but at that point, you’d just throw it under the domestic machine and finish the little bit of quilting left in the centre, so that the two halves looked smoothly joined.

            That seems really complicated as I’m typing it and it gets longer and longer…

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