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Finish Long Arm Quilt Biddies.jpg 

I finished long arm quilting Biddies and Growd Ones queen size quilt. 

Its so busy with the biddies of scraps I used . . . so busy I hardly see the sashing and corner stones.  It is always a surprise to me when building scrappy quilts.  I never know how they are going to turn out until the end. 

3 Old Guys Rule.jpg Above: added the binding around the perimeter.  Turned and hand stitched binding.  I do a hidden back stitch after each forward stitch, and I knot every sixth stitch.  

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It took me some time to finish this quilt, because I was waiting for inspiration fabric for the backing.  And, when I saw it--I knew it was the one! 

Reading the salvage label the backing fabric is called "Old Guys Rule" by Robert Kaufman.  Oh, how cool is that?  Maybe I will rename this quilt?  I like the name . . . Old Guys Rule.

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I'd been constructing purses all week and needed a break from that.

Saturday I finished piecing the fish fabric backing--added two scrappy art panels.  Got the quilt loaded on the quilt frame Sunday and quilted the snot out of it with free style edge to edge "Feathers and Swirls".

Here's a photo of the quilt squished in a pile on the dining room table while I photographed it.  I like to look at the quilt from this position--as it might look on a bed after a good night's sleep.   Speaking of that . . . its 3:30a, too early . . . I'm going back to bed.2 bg.jpg 
Thank you for looking at my work. 


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Hurray on another great finish!  That's going to keep someone cozy and warm.
Scrappy quilts all look so different because of the different colors used.  I'm working pn a Tennessee Waltz quilt right now, and before starting, I searched the internet for phots of this pattern.  All looked so different, I could hardly believe it was the same pattern.  I'll try to get a photo posted when it's finished.  It's under the mid arm machine now.

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 I do a hidden back stitch after each forward stitch, and I knot every sixth stitch. 


Is that something your machine does for you?  It sounds like it would be incredibly tedious to do manually!

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I think this quilt will launch your 2019 season, Linda! Very nice!
I agree re: stitching the binding. You fly through that binding already, and with the extra stitching, you are supersonic.

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Hurray on another great finish!  That's going to keep someone cozy and warm.
Scrappy quilts all look so different because of the different colors used.  I'm working pn a Tennessee Waltz quilt right now, and before starting, I searched the internet for phots of this pattern.  All looked so different, I could hardly believe it was the same pattern.  I'll try to get a photo posted when it's finished.  It's under the mid arm machine now.


Hi Mavis.  I hope you'll share your photos of the Tennessee Waltz quilt.  I don't think I've ever seen one.  Love the name.

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Is that something your machine does for you?  It sounds like it would be incredibly tedious to do manually!



Hi pgf!  Answering your question: hmmmmm . . .what can I say?  I'm just a peasant with old traditional sewing habits.  It is a hand-stitch technique I learned from my sister who is a theater costumer on the east coast.  Stitches that cannot be seen, and will not come un-done.  

Machine stitched binding experiments I tried on potholders don't have the finish I hope for.  So I hem potholders too with the same one stitch forward, followed by a hidden back stitch and knot every 6th stitch.  For me, it isn't slow work.  I'm quite fast as it.  I like the hand work finish as much as any step in building a quilt.

What I really wish for: to acquire the "experience and know how" YOU HAVE . . . to do sewing machine restoration.  I'm a newbie, and cannot tell you in so many words how much I appreciate VSF members who share their knowledge and help me dig out of a jam (most of the time).  I struggle with every vintage/antique sewing machine I've purchased, and it seems like I am learning as fast as a finger nail grows.


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I think this quilt will launch your 2019 season, Linda! Very nice!
I agree re: stitching the binding. You fly through that binding already, and with the extra stitching, you are supersonic.


Hello there Miss Lori [wave]  You're so good at everything you touch.  I'm a fan.

Thank you for encouraging me (buying old machines), (buying more old machines) and learning how to get them up and running.  

Looking forward to summer shows, and more fast and furious stitching.  Thank you for your kind words, always.  

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Heh, I missed where you said "hand stitched", right there, and probably wouldn't have believed it if I had.  :-)   I have very little patience for repetitive manual tasks, so I'm hugely impressed by people that find them either fun, or therapeutic, or both.  Give me a power tool any day!

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