Open Line Friday-Thread and Other Questions

Heart, Valentine's Day, Free Motion QuiltingGood Morning, Quilters!

Today is Open Line Friday…Any Questions?  Remember, EVERYONE ANSWERS!  We have a lot of knowledge out there.  Let’s all put our heads together…

First…about yesterday…I promised a post on tension…but I decided to postpone it.  The article just isn’t ready for “Prime Time”…I hope to have it ready by next Thursday…

This week, I received a few questions…

Mail, Free Motion quilting, flowers and lettersEMAIL ISSUES

We continue to have some e-mail subscription issues.  I have it on good authority that this is a problem with the subscribers e-mail service.  Some e-mail servers block WordPress as SPAM..of all the nerve!!!… Please try to solve this with your email company as there is nothing I can do on my end.  Or add The Inbox Jaunt to your bookmark list and click over to us every morning.  I really don’t know what else to do?  Anybody???


Several of you have suggested that I add a “search” function to the Motif Page–DONE!–You’ll find it on the right side bar over my mugshot portrait.


Even with the new search button, you will not be able to find the “stipple” tutorial…


Because I can’t stipple!  

My brain simply can’t make sense out of it…besides, who wants to quilt a worm when one can quilt a flower!  AND flowers and leaves are easier…Do you know WHY flowers are easier?  Because there are places to stop…with a worm, there’s no place to stop–it’s all smooth curves.  I  think it’s too bad that beginner quilters are told to “just stipple”.  There are easier patterns to stitch, like The Easiest Flower Ever and Straight Lines Variations.

What other motifs have YOU found to be easy for beginners?  We’d love to hear!

Free Motion Quilting, HeartsHOW TO STITCH CORNERS

Did you ever buy a border stencil?  Did you notice that you have to buy a separate stencil for the corner?

Corners can be tricky.  I often use the corner as a “design opportunity”.  First, see if you can doodle on paper a way to turn the corner easily.  If not, stop at the corners and add a complementary design element.  For example, if you are stitching a heart border, add Cupid’s arrows in the corners.    Alternatively, stitch your signature and date in the corners.  The border will be just as beautiful and no one will be the wiser.


This week in the Mystery Quilt-a-Long, we began looking more closely at Cotton thread labels.  It seems that each manufacturer has it’s own language.  I would like to compile a list of thread label terms and abbreviations to define.

Here’s the list I have so far:

Tex, ELS, Mako, Ne, 60/2, GR30, MT1000, Long Staple Cotton, Mercerized cotton, Art 104, Col No., Extra Long Staple Egyptian Cotton, Ply, Silk Finish

Do you have any other terms or abbreviations for me to research?  Please include the manufacture’s name as well.


What can we help YOU with this week?

Happy Stitching,


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