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Friday, October 19, 2012

QuiltCam Time! Back to the Bow-Ties!

I am DETERMINED!  These bow-tie blocks are going to find themselves in a completed top ---and so --- that is my evening project, yet again.  
I'll be hanging around the machine for about the next hour or so.

Are you ready? Bring a project, come hang out!

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78 comments:

  1. Hi Bonnie,

    DId you ever say how much cheddar fabric you needed to make the quilt you are doing? I would like to make a cheddar quilt also and just wanted to make sure I purchase enough cheddar fabric.

    Michelle from Triangle, Virginia

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  2. Will there be a mystery quilt this year?

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  3. Oh Bonnie you are a lifesaver tonight! I have 8, 10yr old boys spending the night tonight and they are driving me up the wall. I am so nervous, I could almost cry. LOL! So I've grabbed the laptop, headed upstairs to my sewing room couch so that I can watch you and I've left my hubby downstairs to fend for himself! LOL!
    Kristie

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  4. I agree Bonnie. I like the mystery of where I am going next with a quilt.

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  5. Can's stay and watch. Husband has decided we need to go walking. When we get back I'll be 'deboning' the shirts I bought today that the thrift store. I've got enough now that I can make 10 more blocks on my quilt and go borderless.

    Pam in KC

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  6. Hey Bonnie! Been up in Smokey mtns, miss it....yes, have to have what i call "the puzzle efrect" with my quilts too, almost to a fault here though, cant finish things. Say hey to my friend Sherri, who is tuning in for the first time....after much talk from me and Gail. Xo

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  7. First time on your quilt cam. Yes, I don't like being bored, so I have many that I work on for a while and eventually they all get done. I love your ideas.

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  8. Hi Bonnie - we are watching from the Farmstead Inn in Shipshewana - wish you were here for the retreat this year - there's a Roll, Roll, Cotton Bole on one wall and an Orca Bay across the room!

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  9. I too took at nap this afternoon. It was raining here so perfect to do just that. Just finished adjusting the tension on my old Singer 206 after having her cleaned and oiled. Working on a simple drawstring bag to wrap a Christmas gift in for my dear mother who is also a quilter. I like to wrap her gifts in fabric that way she gets two gifts in one and I am not wasting money on paper that gets thrown away. :) We are celebrating Christmas early so Mom and Dad can head to Florida for the winter next weekend.

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  10. Hi Bonnie,
    We're getting the heavy rain you got last night. How big will the bow tie quilt end up when it's finished?

    Gail

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  11. I see nothing wrong with buying a few macnines,,,some people do shoes, some do bags, with less than 30 machines, you have a lot of catching up to do!

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  12. Did you ever count the total of your Bow Ties? I have over 400 now and still am deciding how to put them all together. I could sort them while I watch Quiltcam.

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  13. Hi Bonnie
    Gotta love the internet. I'll go and sleep now, it is 3.22 here in Rotterdam, Holland.
    Bestest, Annigje from Holland

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  14. Spent the whole day cleaning the office, one side finished 4 bags of shredded paper. Tomorrow the other side. Tonight deboning shirts while watching you. Lynda from Chicago

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  15. Big Hi from Montana. At quilt retreat with 12 buddies you are number 13. Thanks for quilt cam you are the best

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  16. Hey Bonnie!
    I'm tuning in for the first time tonight and I love it! I'm currently working on a quilt and I noticed some really bad OCD when it comes to matching colors. It's really hard for me to piece fabrics with non coordinating colors. I love, that you just go for it and the mismatched fabrics of yours ook great! :)
    Greetings from El Paso, TX (originally Germany)

    Julietta

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  17. Hi Bonnie, still working on sewing down the binding on my Floribunda, so fun to do it with Quiltcam

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  18. Hi from Austin TX! Love your pink machine. What kind is it? I have a pink Necchi that I'm restoring. My first time watching your Quiltcam. So fun

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  19. Bonnie where is the "dear Jane"?it is beautiful and I miss seeing it! Hope to do it one century from now!

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  20. What do you attribute your high energy level to? I am JUST watching tonight with NO excuses! It is just my 11yo son and I here tonight (the other kids and Daddy at a lock-in for church!), and I'm just loving rest! I wish I felt quilty, but I feel guilty!

    Lucy~

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  21. Hi, Jennifer! Welcome to Shipshewana. I was there today at Yoder's Dept. Store. I am sure I saw some of you there. I live about 30 minutes away in North Webster. I hope you ladies are enjoying your retreat. :)

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  22. Hi Bonnie, what thread do you like for piecing? Hi from Leeanne in New Zealand!

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  23. I buy 1/2 yard more than pattern says.

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  24. Always give myself at least 1/2 yd extra. If the fabric is one that I fall in love with and know that I will use it again and again then I will buy at least 2 yds extra. Stash is a good thing!

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  25. Definitely add a little extra yardage in your mystery quilt measurements. Leftovers are never a bad thing!
    Linda in Southern Illinois

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  26. I like the yardage for a pattern to be relatively accurate, and then I can add a cushion for error or shrinkage.

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  27. Hi Bonnie!
    Finished deconstructing the UFO I tried to deconstruct yesterday, earlier this afternoon, and am reconstructing it with you tonight. Used your favorite tool, the "Easy Angle" to trim everything down to a smaller size, and re checked my seam allowance and am just breezing right along. Loving how it is going together. Had a friend offer me 2 sewing machines if I will come and pick them up. He describes one as "an old basic ugly thing from the 60's", and the other as "an antique like the ones that you used a foot pedal for, only its electric". Thought of you as soon as he started speaking. Cant wait to go get them and see what they are. Thanks for QuiltCam! I am actually getting some stuff accomplished for a change!

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  28. Hey Bonnie, Just wanted to let you know I tried your method of linking everything together so you can just join the rows together in the end and it works well. I had to remember to start at the top to get the right order but I will be doing it more often now that I have figured it out. Thanks for the tips and tricks.

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  29. Bonnie - you are a "bad" influence. Today I found (And bought) an old Anker Machine. Runs nicely. Zig Zag, feed dog drop, even an extra bobbin case. But I can find out very little about it. Happy sewing. Thanks for all you share

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  30. If it is my focus fabric, I may go up to 1/3 yd more. Can always make something else with it. If it is some small area 1/4 yd over. Better more than midnight run to who knows where. Walmart doesn't have fabric anymore. LOL!

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  31. how do you keep the foot pedal from trqveling out of range

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  32. No left over fabric? I don't understand that concept! At the very least, I would want one or two strips extra for good measure, 1/4 to 1/2 yard extra is better!

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  33. Seems to me that you prefer 9 " blocks for the center of the block. Small but mot too small. I was use to 12.5 in blocks. I think I like the 9.5 better. More room to play but more work.

    Aileen form FL

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  34. I usually buy an extra yard or two, as a smudge factor when I'm working on a quilt. Yea I don't cut to straight at times.. lol..
    besides I need the extra fabric for other quilts.. ;-)

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  35. I like to add 20cm which would be a quarter yard in your measurements. I'd post the fabric requirements are exact and tell people to add extra if they want to themselves.

    I use a free Robert Kaufman app on my phone to figure what fabric I need. It's also lets you put the size of fabric you have into the calculator and then it will tell you how many pieces you can cut from it.

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  36. Always like the extra quarter yard. It saves you if there are any oops on my part when I cut. Sometimes the fabric store has a bad (crooked) end that costs you yardage too.

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  37. Hi Bonnie. Jane here in Liberty Lake Washington. Just got home from work after a crazy week. Loving that I can tune in for quilt cam. Going to work on hand quilting while you're sewing your bow ties tonight.

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  38. I like at least 1/4 yd. extra when I buy a specific fabric for a quilt but I like scraps!!! So I don't buy much yardage anymore, Bonnie--not since I took a Bonnie class last March!!

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  39. I always buy extra fabric. I am more concerned about not having enough than having some leftover. I buy at least 1/2 yard, sometimes more, depends on where I am using it.
    I am hoping to have some time tomorrow to kit up some spool blocks.
    Grace
    gmp505@aol.com

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  40. Hi Bonnie,
    We love Culvers too. My husband and I go often. Wanted to let you know I love your scrappies.
    from the state of the Detroit Tigers
    Dale

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  41. Hi Bonnie, warm amd sunny here on a spring day in Australia - I should be outside tackling the weeding, but it is much nicer in here watching you work!
    Mary-anne

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  42. I am thinking this might be the perfect block for the shirts I have been collecting and cutting apart. Did you just use shirting or do you dig into your stash too? I love the cheddar - looks like I need to go shopping for consistent color to use.

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  43. Wanted to add that i bought a Longerberger basket at Goodwill today for 2.99, as well as some great Hawaiian shirts. Folks shpuld not give up on finding deals, they are out there and the $ goes on to create jobs,etc.

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  44. Hi Bonnie,
    Loving sewing along with you and 488 quilting friends on my Birthday. great way to spend some time.
    Thanks so much,
    Kerry In Melbourne Australia.

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  45. Oh wow thanks for showing the 'webbing', I never really got that!

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  46. If you're in the basement and Dave is away, who's keeping Sadie company? You know me, always thinking about the puppies :)

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  47. You explained webbing to us last night and it was the greatest tip you could have shared as far as I'm concerned. This morning I sew a bunch of 2 in half-square triangles, then put them all together in a diamond pattern to make a small doll quilt. It was so easy to put together using the webbing technique. Thanks for sharing!

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  48. Hey Miss Bonnie... greetings from PA.... is that Spin Cycle back there??? Love it.

    Can't wait to see you in the spring (if not before)

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  49. Hi Bonnie, I answer to your question about yardage, I always like to get at least 1/4 yard extra. If I don't need the extra, I can always use it in a future project. I'm really looking foward to the new Mystery! Cindy In SC

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  50. Do you have duplicates or did you go for just making one of each?

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  51. Oh since I just joined, have to say I love the cheddar.
    Have to tell you about my new find. I just found a Feather weight for a small price. Am excited to start piecing.

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  52. Love the quilt hanging behind you, I have my copy of the magazine marked as I plan to make it later this winter. I notice that you do not press your rows before stitching the blocks together after linking them. Do you find this makes a difference? I have always been told to press between attaching pieces in rows and attaching rows.
    I have tons of scraps and am trying to organize my strips like you so that I can use them, instead of looking at the drawers and saying "I need to organize them so I can use them."

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  53. Hi Bonnie, I am busy cutting 2 inch squares from my scrap basket while you are sewing. Great way to pass the time and listen to all the comments.

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  54. Hi Bonnie
    I did the Orca quilt last year (in pinks and purples. I followed your suggestion of making as many units as I could each week and at the reveal I had enough to make a large lap quilt but I still continue to make units as I want this beautiful quilt for our bed :-). So many projects on the go, AND I will finish it - but not before I start your new mystery. Thank you, thank you.
    P.S - a hot 35 degrees C (95F) here almost midday. A good day to stay inside inn Air-con and quilt.

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  55. Hi Bonnie..Sorry. missed you last nite.us4 pieceful heart Quilters went to Quilt expo Duluth,GA yesterday. Had to take. 3 naps today didn't know shopping could be so tiring. !!!! Enjoy your. Quilt. Cam

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  56. If you end up with blues in the end, it would make a cute baby quilt!

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  57. I am enjoying being with you on the webcam - I need to get out my Cheddar bowtie project! You have inspired me. AND....by the way, I love the winter music as well. BABY IT'S COLD OUTSIDE....tra la la!

    LOVE YA!
    sao in Midltohian, VA

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  58. Hi Bonnie! Do you think you would ever do quiltcam while working on the longarm? I just got a longarm in May after wanting one for years and am looking for tips and tricks.

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  59. Hello Bonnie. I just woke up here in Denmark - it is 4 o'clock in the morning and when I turn on the pc, I see YOU!! Good to see you again.....I couldnt sleep anymore anyway....Inge-Lise from Denmark

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  60. Hi Bonnie....Glad I was able to catch the "quilt cam". I was wondering how much fabric you buy when you find a great background fabric..........for example your cheddar color you love so much.

    Mary Ann
    Grand Fork,ND

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  61. You just reminded about using a sharp blade... what is your opinion of blade sharpeners?

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  62. Quilt cam tomorrow? If so what time? Trying to make my Saturday plans.

    Love, love, love to sew along with you but tonight, I am knitting booties to go with a baby quilt.

    Cathy / CO

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  63. Dallas is watching, he is the "Project Linus" GUY who can "out crochet and quilt all of us gals.
    Heading to bed. Goodnight. Keep on seiwng... XOOkay Bonnie, you've once again worn me out.

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  64. I just finished making what seemed like a bazillion pumpkin pendants, and thought I was ready to go to bed. But...saw that you are working on bow ties, so I was inspired to get mine out! Thanks for getting me in gear on these!

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  65. I am getting to really like the cheddar in the bowties...is that "new" fabric or where is it from....how much do you hsve?
    Cold and wet here in Ohio...

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  66. Okay, I have a question for you about using multiple machines. I recently got to use my featherweight for a week while my main machine was in the shop. As you undoubtably know well, all sewing machine feet are not the same.

    How do you keep your seam allowance consistent as you move from machine to machine? Or do you do each project all the way through on the same machine? What about when you travel?

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  67. Bonnie, do you suppose Dave is missing you while he's gone and is watching you on webcam tonight??:)

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  68. I had the same experience with the manual blade sharpener that you did: not very good. I have had a better result by paying the extra for the titanium blades. They last at least three times as long as the "standard" steel ones.

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  69. Dont care for any of the sharpeners, but Alto Cutters have the best blades,last for a long time.
    Sandy from East Texas

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  70. Hello all, I was late joining in this, we had to go out of town to an appt, and didn't get back until late. I said looks like I'll be late to watch quilt cam, and hubby says Why didn't you set it to record? (What he knows about computers will fit in this dot.! Carol, in Arkansas

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    1. Bonnie, I didn't intend to sound mean, just makes me laugh when he asks questions about the computer, he says he asks so he can learn about it, but never tries it, hard to get him to even come and look at something. But his addiction is to TV (politics!) Guess it's OK for me to be a sewing, old machines, and computer addict! And probably why we were late getting back was because I went to Joanne's and Hancock's since we went to Fayetteville, where they are located (closest to us) I had some coupons and needed stuff! Then comes Home Depot for the last stop - he builds things while I sew things. 'Night, Carol

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  71. I am working on what I hope will be my last cheddar bow tie row. I have mine all together like the inspiration quilt..I tried to do it as a charm quilt (it was a pain) and I am sure I will find at least one that got put in their twice! Thanks for a great night!

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  72. Good-night, I have felt like I know you just because of blog and facebook for the past couple years... It is so much fun to see & hear you. The last couple days are my first experience of cam time because we have been traveling in our camper and not had much internet. Thank you so much for being you!

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  73. Hi Bonnie, Thanks for having quiltcam tonight. I really needed the extra motivation. A friend challenged me to a very intricate applique project with tiny pieces. I want to hand applique it so am preparing the pieces using the starch method. I worked much longer with your company than I would have by myself. Have a great night.
    Shanon from Ohio

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  74. Thank you for quilt cam. I sewed circles in the quilt as you sew=method. I made a small table topper in Christmas fabrics. The hum macine, your talking and show and tell made me feel I was at a quilting workshop. Sonia

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  76. Just called my quilter daughter and turned her on to you. She likes you. Say Hi to Danyle please.

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  77. Its better now than earlier. What book is moth in the window in, please..?

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