Setting up quilt on Next Generation Frame

This post is for my friends on the Pfaff Hobby Grand Quilter (Yahoo) group who are setting their quilt up for the first time on a Next Generation Frame (or something similar).

Hope this makes sense:

  1. I have my quilt top pinned to the leader on the quilt top rail with straight pins.
  2. I do the same thing with the backing and leader on that rail.
  3. I use the tube and groove to secure my batting in place.
  4. I then pull the backing up over the frame and secure it with pins to the take up rail.
  5. Next, I pull the batting up over the frame and lay it on top of the backing fabric. I make sure it is lined up straight about 1/2 inch down from where the backing and leader are pinned together. I DON’T pin the batting at this point.
  6. The next step is to pull the quilt top over the frame and smooth it over the top of the backing at about 1 inch down from where the batting is. I make sure it is on straight and line everything up square. I use straight pins at about every 3-4 inches perpendicular to the take up rail.
  7. I use my machine to run a line of stitching about 1/4 inch from the top of the quilt. This secures the three layers of the quilt sandwich together. The quick sketch here might help you understand. Click on it to enlarge it.

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Happy Birthday, Dad!

Yesterday my Dad turned 86 years old. Hard to believe…
He’s in great health, very active physically, and has lived by himself since Mom passed away in April of 2007. Dad is spending the warm weathers here in Michigan, and in late October goes to Arizona where my brother is. How much longer he can keep doing that is up to God. I pray it is for many more years.
Happy Birthday, Dad!

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And The Winner Is…

About two and a half years ago, I got an urge to make a quilt in the “Japanese Taupe” style. I collected fabrics myself, and participated in a Birthday FQ Swap on the Delphi Quilting Arts Forum. I ended up with some authentic Japanese fabrics, and some wannabe’s. I filled in with more wannabe’s to come up with enough fabrics to put together this wall quilt called…
Paper Lanterns

I’ve been fascinated by paper lanterns. How do they keep from catching fire? They come in all colors now, but it used to be that I would only see them in white or lighter beige colors. Here are some that I found online… If you click here it will take you to the website of Shoji De’cor where you can find paper lanterns in wide variety of styles and colors.

I had a contest to see if anyone could come up with the theme for my newest quilt. I didn’t give too many clues – hey come on, you have to do SOME work to win a prize! Here’s a photo of the finished quilt top, “Paper Lanterns.” Can you see them? Photo to the left without the outer borders.

The contest winner is JoAnne who said…
“Is it something oriental?” That comes as close as anything! JoAnne, email your mailing address to me and I’ll put your prize in the mail!

I’ll post “Paper Lanterns” again after I have it quilted. Photo right shows the final borders on the finished quilt top.

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Dear Jane, Take Two

Still plugging away at my Dear Jane quilt…

This is block F5 – Parcheesi. For those of you who don’t know Parcheesi is an old game. I remember my grandparents playing it!

The second block is F1- Big Top. An easily pieced block, just be careful with all the bias edges.

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Turtle Power!

Sometimes you can spot an artist by the stroke of their brush. Others by their particular medium, style, sense of humor… or palette. My husband says he could spot my work a mile away by the way I blend my colors. I seem to (usually) prefer muted tones, steering away from bright “shock me” colors. Maybe that’s why my latest creation is giving me a giggle. The colors are WAY out of my realm. Or, maybe it’s why I have an ear worm that won’t go away. Or, maybe it’s the sense of history repeating itself. I dunno.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles first appeared in 1984 in a comic book. On December 14, 1987, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ first cartoon series began. At that time, my boys were 11 and 7. If you visited our house, you could find a ninja sword somewhere… and a ninja mask was probably not far away!

Grandson Jacob is getting a new bedroom soon, along with his daddy’s twin-size bed from when daddy was a TMNT fan. Jacob’s room has been painted “asparagus green,” although Jake calls it “Ninja Turtle and Hulk green.” Whatever. He needs a quilt for his new bed. What better to sew up than a… YOU GUESSED IT – Ninja Turtle quilt.

What you see above is the middle portion of the quilt, based on two TMNJ panels I bought online. It’s pretty hard to find TMNJ themed fabric, though the turtles are very popular again. So, to tie the turtles in with his green room, I found this cool batik fabric. Seems pretty turtley to me!
The main problem with this quilt? The Turtle song will NOT leave my brain while I’m sewing!!!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,
Turtles in a half-shell…
Turtle Power!
Oh come on, sing with me! It’s Ninja-Time!

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