Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Midweek Makers #163

Welcome to Midweek Makers - time to share! I'll go first, if that's ok with you, with a quilting video to share. This one shows how to stitch an adorable curlicue background fill.

                                                   Curlicue Quilt Fill 

The secret to this design is to curl in the opposite direction of the last curl, otherwise the design looks odd when all the curls go in the same direction. Try practicing on paper first, to get the flow of the curls, varying their size and amount of curl to the inside. Don't stress too much about the backtracking - that will come with practice. Just have fun with it! There will be more to see on Thursday.
                                
As for last week, there were several pretties that were quite striking. Check out these:

from The Madd Quilter,

                            

from For the Love of Geese,

                                 

and from Twiggy and Opal.

                                

I also would like to let you know that as I suspected, this linky party format is going to be retired, and probably soon. We tried the new format back in January, with mixed results. So first, I'd like to hear from others who have Inlinkz linky parties what their experience is with the new format, and then I'd like to hear from participants. I'll try to keep the old format as long as I can, but just know, the change is coming.

Now on to the party!
  • Please link directly to your specific post, not your main blog page.
  • Visit and leave a comment to two links: the one before and the one after your own. Everyone loves visitors, comments, and encouragement!
  • Bring a friend! Invite your fellow bloggers to the party by spreading the word! 
  • Please link to www.QuiltFabrication.com in your post or on your sidebar with the Midweek Makers badge
Enjoy!



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19 comments:

  1. I did watch your curlique video; you make it look so simple. As to the linky party change, it threw me for a bit when I first encountered it. I didn't like signing up through Google or Facebook, so I set up an account so I could just sign in. It's one more step, so that's a bit of a pain, but I'm okay with it.

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    1. I'll agree that having to log in to join the linky party is a pain. But when I think about it, the step of providing an email address (aka logging in) is moved to the first step, versus deeper in the linking up process. Over time, everyone will get used to it. I'm thinking of making the permanent change sometime around June.

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  2. Your quilting is absolutely lovely! The tip about switching direction every time makes perfect sense. I would love to know how you're mounting your camera to the machine. The video is so smooth!

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    1. Thanks Bobbi - I'm glad you liked the video and hope it helps your quilting.
      As for mounting the camera, it's on a firm, bendable cable that has clips on both ends, one to go on the handle, and one for the phone. Then I can position it to where I need it.

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  3. I have both facebook and google so the new link ups have been ok with me, it took a minute or so to figure it out but it goes smoothly and I think the thumbnail photos open more quickly for me to choose which I want to use compared to the older version that takes longer on my computer to open for some reason

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  4. I am truly honored Susan, thank you so much. Being a new to longarm quilting I appreciated you tip on the culicues. My machine doesn't have a stitch regulator, it's all handguided. After watching your video I see I am really missing something.
    Wish I could offer advice on Inklinkz, its still a mystery to me.

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  5. thanks for the heads up!
    so, I did a bit of experimenting on my blog today...
    there is a different linky party that Confessions of a Fabric Addict uses...
    and I put two different linkies in my post today...
    http://www.sillymamaquilts.com/hungry-caterpillar-wip-linky-party-giveaway/

    good luck!

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  6. Hi Susan! Thank you so much for the video of those cute little swirly curlicues. Yes, I would definitely need to practice this on paper first. Just watching your video I could never guess which direction the next curly was going to go. Maybe I'm curly challenged. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    1. Just think of it as making ram's horns - they curl in opposite directions. Over time, you'll get it!

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  7. Susan, I have had no problem with this linky format. I rather like it over some others I've seen. Love your curlicue video! I love swirls and curls, as I call the. My only problem is backtracking...sometimes I get off!! Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Brenda - good to hear no link up problems. As for backtracking, mine isn't perfect either. But this isn't a big show quilt, so I'm not to worried about it!

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  8. Susan, I prefer the format that I used today to link in. It seemed like the OLD format??? Very easy.

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    1. Yah, I know, the old format is easier. Most likely cause that's what we're used to. The new format has it's pluses too though.

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  9. As a host and as a participant I am so disappointed with the new format - the old one is just so easy for everyone, no matter if they are social media savvy or not. I am actually pretty sorely tempted to change linky companies....

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    1. The new format has its pluses and minuses, as does the old. But we'll get used to it.

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  10. I love watching the videos. That is a great fill. Seems like everything changes for the worst these days.

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  11. It's too bad that they are forcing people to have an account and log in so they can link up. I suspect link ups will decrease because it requires extra steps. :(

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    1. Yep, I know, but it seems everything is now tied to some social media outlet and hard to avoid. Just think of logging in as providing your email address in the old format.

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