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  1. 14 points
    A few months ago, my neighbor's 13 year old daughter asked me to help her make a quilt. How could I say no? Twist my arm? LOL! Anyway, this Christmas break, we got together, she picked a quilt pattern (The Road to Oklahoma) and then we went shopping for fabrics. Ultimately, I wanted her to be the decision maker for her fabrics, batting, backing, etc... I didn't want to say "NO" so I gave her some gentle guidance with fabric choices, and she chose a variety of pastel pinks, blues, grays and a tone on tone white for the background and we added a pretty light pink inner border fabric and outer border that had all of the colors of her quilt. We used the extra strips of pastel gray and pinks for the binding. She chose ultra high loft polyester batting and the backing was lusciously soft pink and white minkee. I told her to buy extra minkee backing to make sure we had plenty of backing and I told her if we had leftover minkee we could use it to make something else... And if you're curious what we did with the leftover minkee... I had enough to make two pillow cases (I surprised her with those!!) Can you imagine how soft that might be to lay your pretty little head? We also made a label and sewed it on the back "Made by Jacee, January 2018, North Pole Alaska" when it came to the quilting part, I showed her all sorts of adorable quilting designs she could pick from... but surprisingly, she wanted a meander. OK, girl... you got it! She is absolutely thrilled with this (she now realized how much work goes into making a quilt!). I told her the more you wash it the softer it will get and it will last many many years. So here she is cuddled inside her quilt. She's a beautiful girl. It felt good to share my love of quilting and inspire her to possibly do this again in the future. She's really into soccer (like serious stuff -- she could be an olympian...she's that good at soccer she plays in soccer tournaments all over the west coast!) I can imagine her bringing this quilt with her to the soccer tourneys, sleep-overs with school friends, etc... it will be loved and used for sure! A bonus to the story, her mom and dad are completely over the moon about this. In fact, Mom came over and helped us pin and lay out the quilt while Jacee sewed. When Mom and Jacee were out of state at a soccer tournament, her Daddy came over one day to sew the outer border on the quilt. So, it was a family project that all of them can take pride in. YAAY! Anyway, thought I'd share this sweet story. Happy quilting everyone!
  2. 11 points
    LibbyG

    String of Pearls

    Originally my customer wanted three designs for this quilt. One in the center, another one around that, and then a different one around that. However, because of the design ( four petals in one juncture, and eight in another) they were turning as I moved around the blocks, and they didn't look right. Then she said just to do Nemeshing. I knew that would be boring, so I asked Bethanne Nemesh for her help. In two minutes, you have to love creative geniuses, she sent me three designs. I actually chose the easiest one for me to quilt. At the 8 petals I rotated the Nemeshing off the center point. Then Bethanne suggested a basketweave for the other spaces. My customer didn't want me to mark the quilt with a blue marker, so I used a hera marker and a ruler and tried to eyeball the weave. I used one layer of wool batting and over one and 1/2 cones of bottom line. String of Pearls (2) by Libby G, on Flickr String of Pearls by Libby G, on Flickr String of Pearls (4) by Libby G, on Flickr
  3. 10 points
    So... with me taking some time off during the holidays, I had a "stay-cation" and I a few days ago, I finished another beauty. It's a pattern designed by Judy Niemeyer called Paradise in Bloom. This one is pieced by one of my most favorite customers. She is amazing. She's 80 years old, she lives in Castle Rock Colorado and she sends me all of her (absolutely impeccably pieced) quilts to finish for her. It truly is my honor and joy to be part of this project. She is in the hospital right now, so I am keeping her in my thoughts and prayers. Love and prayers to my special friend, Sonja ....
  4. 10 points
    clgtennis

    Metro Rings - finally finished!

    Between work and the holidays I was finally able to get this quilt on and off my frame. It's a commission quilt for a co-worker/friend and thankfully she was not in a hurry. I used quilt designs from House of Creations (they stitched beautifully!) and my Freedom with Intelliquilter. Just need to add the label and off it will go. Cathy
  5. 10 points
    PennyQuilts2

    For His Service

    It is finally finished and will be judged next week at the “Road to California” quilt shop I am so proud of this quilt. I paper pieced it using Harboured Lighthouse pattern by Quiltworx It was made to thank my husband for his years of service in the United States Coast Guard I machine quilted it using my new Millennium and was hand guided. I do not have a computer on my long arm.
  6. 8 points
    Kwiltr

    Moroccan Vibe-ish

    It must be picture day today! I just finished binding this quilt I finished quilting right before Christmas. Yesterday was finally dry enough with a little break through light in the clouds so ran outside for pictures. This quilt is a takeoff of the SKOW Moroccan Vibe, enlarged to fit our bed to 96”x 117. This was the quilt I asked so many questions here about double batting and hopping foot height etc. It was certainly a learning experience in so many ways. Quilted on Lenni.
  7. 8 points
    Kwiltr

    Christmas Quilting

    Just a few projects completed for Christmas. The table runners are from a Sew Kind of Wonderful free pattern on their website and the tree skirt inspiration came from Pinterest at the request of our son who wanted a "cabin themed" tree skirt. The three tree'd runner was my first project off my new Lucey! I'm loving the extra room already! Kathy
  8. 7 points
    My quilt made it as a finalist at the “Road to California” quilt show. It was not awarded a ribbon but wow what an honor to be at this show.
  9. 7 points
    Amy676

    Coming back!

    Hello! I am finally finding my way back here after a long hiatus! I joined after getting my Millie in January 2014. But in June 2014, my 4 month old nephew Isaac was diagnosed with SMA 1-a terminal, genetic disorder. It is the #1 genetic killer of children under the age of two. At the time, my sister and BIL were told to take him home and love him and he probably only had 6-8 months. Well, due to intense care by my sister, BIL, in home nurses, constant prayer and support of people from around the world and now one year of a miracle drug called Spinraza, Isaac will turn four in February! He uses Bipap to breathe, is fed through a g-tube, and can only move his thumbs, shrug his shoulders and move his head slightly side to side, but he is showing small gains each month. I have run a GoFundMe account for the family since his diagnosis which has helped immensely as my sister has only recently been able to return to work and my BIL stays at home with Isaac and his older sister. If you are still reading-thank you! And I am happy to be back here! I am looking to improve my free motion skills as well as ruler work. Here are a few of the quilts I have done. Violet Craft’s Lion for my nephew-we’ve called him Our Little Lion since birth. I used channel locks and did straight lines every 1/4”-1/2” Quilt for our school auction. Kids drew the blocks, I pieced and quilted. t-shirt quilt for a customer. Pieced and quilted pieced and quilted for a family member-channel locks again-approximately every 1”
  10. 6 points
    SWall

    Luminary

    Finished my ‘alison glass sew Luminary quilt kit by Jamie Swanson’ 42” x55”. I had to chuckle when I showed my son the quilt... he wanted to know where the rest of the quilt was it was an interesting project as the star is created by cutting fabric strips of varying widths, sewing these together in color ways and then cutting those strips into random widths - diagonally and straight, sewing those together and then cutting diamonds and finally sewing the diamonds together. And then hoping you made the correct color selections etc to make sure you got the rainbow effect. it was a fun project
  11. 5 points
    Mydlw

    Santa is buying me a LAQ

    I live in eastern TN. Looking to buy an APQS reasonably priced. Thank you.
  12. 5 points
    EHonour

    Christmas runner

    I've been pretty busy for the last couple of months - but not so much with quilting. Beth and I spent a full month on a trip to Australia and NZ, then came home to family for the holidays. But I did have a chance to quilt a Christmas runner that Beth had pieced some years ago, and we gave it to our daughter.
  13. 5 points
    Donna TKO

    Flatlining

    Sharon, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! The article had great information, thank you for that also. I purchased a used Lennie and this was pretty much my first quilt on it, except for practice pieces. The front looked great and I while I looked at the back, obviously I didn't look at it close enough and I about fainted when I noticed those spots. Since this was the back of the quilt, I will try tightening the top tension a little. I used Superior Omni Thread, 40 wt on the front and back. I used a Panto; not near ready to try free motion! The panto is from Urban Elementz and it's called Vintage. I attached a couple more pictures, my first try at flying geese - they were really fun to make! Thanks again Sharon, it means a lot just to hear someone say "it's okay"! Donna
  14. 5 points
    Sharon Deming

    Juki long arms

    Hi Sandy. Welcome to the APQS forum! If I am not mistaken, both of the machines you mention are primarily sewing machines and have limited quilting space. Only 9" for the TL 2000, and I couldn't find any info on the other one, just a picture. They appear to be decent machines for domestic machine quilting. If you plan to do any quilting for other people, please hold out for a "big girl" longarm (as Cindy Roth) calls them, with at least 18" to 20" of throat space, and a good stitch regulator. Wait for a top quality longarm, too. My sewing machine repair guy services all kinds of sewing machines, longarms, etc., as well as the big commercial machines of all sorts. He knows everything. When I was deciding on a brand, I asked him what brand he would select for himself if he were in the market. APQS is at the top of the list. He said "they are very easy to service, and, besides, they never break down." The other brand that is on his very short list (of 2) is Innova. Whatever brand you are checking out, look for reviews online from people who bought them - and not on the manufacturer's website. Oh, there is a longarms for sale group on facebook. Check them out, too. Buying a longarm is very personal , of course. And there is more to consider than just price, especially if you want to quilt for others at some point. You don't want to just "make do" with a machine that was handy to get and affordable, but constantly gives you trouble or is inadequate for what you want it to do. Look for high quality stitches, a stitch regulator, adequate throat depth, and reliability. Equally as important: the availability of good customer service. When you find a nice longarm you are interested in, talk to the manufacturer or a dealer to see if they would be willing to answer questions and help you with any issues that come up. APQS is happy to provide excellent customer service to any APQS owner. You may have a great sewing machine repair service that also handles a variety of longarm machines. Just be sure you will have support when you need it. So, keep digging into information and reviews - and be patient, don't settle. Determine the maximum you can afford and go for as much longarm as you can. You will know the right machine when you see it. Feel free to message me if you have other questions.
  15. 5 points
    Kat quilts

    Ready to bind!

    Finally finished quilting my sister’s Christmas present! Now to trim, label, and bind and I’ll be ready for Christmas. Hope she likes it. She’s a big gardener and she cans a lot. I don’t recommend a lot of color changes when you’re in a hurry. Newbie mistake I’m sure. Merry Christmas everyone!
  16. 4 points
    quiltmonkey

    Squaring Up Wonky Quilt

  17. 4 points
    AnnP

    Christmas Present

    Last Year I got my Lucey as an early Christmas present. This year my husband asked me what I wanted and I told him a small Heavy duty sewing machine that could sew up to 6 layers of denim, leather and vinyl. So he got me that. Then 1 week later without asking I got a brand new Nissan Rouge. What a wonderful giver my husband is. Just wanted to brag on him a little. My Lucey of course is my favorite gift of all!
  18. 3 points
    SWall

    Christmas Quilt Project

    My sister took on an ambitious project in 2017. She made quilts for each of her 8 grandchildren for Christmas and I got to do the quilting for her!! Their ages range from 3 - 24 years of age. (Some of them were similar so I didn't post all the pictures - she did two of the zigzag (quake quilts) It was fun project to do with her and since they were Christmas gifts I couldn't post them till now. Her grandchildren were quite excited to receive them and I'm sure will be treasured for many years to come!
  19. 3 points
    quiltmonkey

    My Dilemma

    OK I will be brutally honest and say this: There are lots of great quilting machine brands out there. But, if I were you, I'd strongly suggest you spend a little extra money and get the quality product that will last forever, is easy to use, isn't fussy, is sturdy and built to work, a product that is world renown for its quality and service and many many years of excellent reputation. So, that said, there are lots of great machines out there. But you know what? You are guaranteed to be happy with an APQS product. There are some things you shouldn't skimp. Get the best you can afford, even used. I know many people who have bought APQS and are so very very happy with the choice they made.
  20. 3 points
    RunningThreads

    My Dilemma

    Welcome Gail In my opinion I think the better deal would be a used professional quality machine like an APQS. If you find you don’t want to quilt after a couple of years the used APQS machine will be easier to sell and will depreciate less. The factory has wonderful support and encourages you to service the machine yourself. They will send detailed instructions with excellent pictures should you ever have to make repairs. Let the BC dealers and Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton know what you are looking for as they may hear of someone wanting to sell or upgrade to a newer machine. If you are patient a deal will come along. There is one for sale right now in Surrey but let it sit for a while, I don’t think it will sell for anywhere near the current asking price. Nigel
  21. 3 points
    Neher-in-law5

    Help! thread shredding

    I was able to finish the quilt---King Tut to the rescue! I flipped the pigtails (had used emery on them too) and checked the screw heads with nylon and emery. I may have had the sandwich too tight, but was able to do the whole quilt with King Tut without any breaks, just a funny catch when the magna bobbin was getting low. I figure the sandwich tightness and winter humidity is probably the culprit this time. Thanks for the help.
  22. 3 points
    LibbyG

    Squaring Up Wonky Quilt

    I've had similar situations happen to me. When it happens again, measure it while they're there. I find that piecers don't always believe their work isn't good. You could always give them your cutting board and rotary cutter and tell them to do it. Many longarmers do not trim for their customers. I do, but I tell them to be sure to square their corners before they bind. It isn't my job to make sure their quilt is square. As a longarmer I try to keep a quilt square, but there's only so much you can do with poor piecing. Write everything down and have them sign it. That way you're covered. When I first started quilting, I actually took off borders and never said anything because I didn't want my quilting to look bad. Now I just tell them, you're going to have pleats.
  23. 3 points
    Sharon Deming

    Flatlining

    Hi Donna. First, you are being too hard on yourself! The quilting is quite acceptable. If you have used a high quality thread - all will be well as the quilt is used and when it is washed. First, is the quilting in your picture on the top or the back of the quilt? There is an article on this website about railroading on the bobbin side: https://www.apqs.com/what-causes-railroad-tracks/ When there is railroading on top, I check the following: Is there an issue in the thread path - anything in the wrong place or getting caught on something? Or, try loosening the top tension. Or, if you are racing across your quilt, slow down. You can out run your needle and its ability to make good stitches. Or, try loosening the tension on the quilt. It should be loose enough that the machine throat plate area forms a little "mole-hill" as it moves across the quilt. Tension was my biggest learning curve when I got my first machine. Can't tell you how many times I called my dealer for advice! As you are learning, I suggest checking out your tension and speed on a practice sandwich before you load a quilt. Eventually, you will know what works for you. So, go easy on yourself. You are doing a great job! By the way, I really like the quilting design. Is it free motion or panto? What is the name of the panto?
  24. 3 points
    anita

    Quilting advice for Tumbler type design

    Hello All! This is a wall hanging that I’m hoping to enter into a local guild show. To date, I’ve done very limited all over quilting or pantos or Hartley Fence circles or straight lines on my own quilts. What I plan to do on this is to use straight lines following the direction of each block side...Hope that makes sense. I’ve planned out the path to have fewer starts and stops, beginning with stitching in the ditch and then the blocks. Before I do, because I realize this is going to be time consuming (glad it’s not that big), have you quilted something similar and if so, can you share what you did...with a picture if you have one? Even if you haven’t, I’d love suggestions. Thanks! Anita
  25. 3 points
    fbaldwin

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    Wishing everyone a very wonderful Merry Christmas ! Laugh love and be thankful during this holiday season.
  26. 2 points
    lpawlak

    Make Your Own Bobbin Winder

    I love it, I love it. You clever people. Wish I were more mechanical inclined to make my own. I have ideas a plenty but no way to put them to work without someone helping me. Because I injured my hands awhile ago I had trouble rolling the backing unto the bottom roller. I figured a way to attach a handle/crank to my roller but needed to do some welding, so... I got a friend to do the welding, Now I have no problem cranking that roller to keep my backing taut, yeah.... Great job people. When there is a will there is a way!!!!
  27. 2 points
    LibbyG

    Luminary

    That's really cute. When I was reading the description, my thoughts were that you must be nuts, but the finished project is beautiful.
  28. 2 points
    LisaC

    My Dilemma

    I bought a 5 year old used Mille that I have now owned for 8 years. I only quilt for myself, too. I have never regretted purchasing a quality top of the line machine rather than a less price new machine. APQS machines are easy to work on yourself and they have a lot of guides, videos and help.
  29. 2 points
    Neher-in-law5

    My Dilemma

    Shana and the others have given good advise. The only thing I would add is to consider getting the quality machine that you can have in case you need to start earning home income due to business changes. I got my 2015 Lucey in June 2015, and was able to pay it off while working at another income job (we are self-employed). This summer our distributor pulled the product I was making and we ended up without any income to maintain our home and life. Because I already had Lucey I am now in the process of starting a quilting business while hubby works away from home. There are some issues that make it wise for me to be the one working from the home and him being the one going out. So get the right one for you but look to the benefits that you might need in the changes in the future.
  30. 2 points
    Neher-in-law5

    Help! thread shredding

    Thanks for all the encouragement and support. I was able to hand the quilt off to one sister to deliver to Japan in a week when we took the previous quilt down to FL to celebrate another sister (early birthday, 6 months early!) with the quilt we made for her. I will need to post the pictures when I get on the other devices.
  31. 2 points
    Kwiltr

    Moroccan Vibe-ish

    Thanks Libby! Coming from you that's high praise indeed . I don't keep track of my hours, I'm not that disciplined, but I had it on the frame for over two months. I'm really slow at it and I don't get to quilt everyday, but tried to keep a it, as I knew if I didn't, I'd never get it off! I think it takes me longer to decide what I'm going to do, as doing it when it comes to all aspects of my quilting .
  32. 2 points
    ruttho

    Make Your Own Bobbin Winder

    My husband decided to take on the "make your own bobbin winder challenge" based on your valuable information. Here's a couple pictures. He used an old coffee grinder motor and a router variable speed control that he had laying around. He made a motor housing cover (he wanted to work on his welding skills). He also added an auto shut off by adding a micro-switch which gets depressed when the bobbin is moved to the fill position, and it pops off the power when the bobbin is in the full position. And, he hard wired everything in so I wouldn't have cords going everywhere. Thanks for posting this topic. I love my "new" bobbin winder. It's super fast and winds really nice tight consistent bobbins. ruth
  33. 2 points
    jimerickson

    Long Arm reviews

    Bing: If you think you will quilt professionally, do yourself a favor, and only consider the following manufactures: A-1 Elite, APQS, Gammill, Innova, Nolting, or Prodigy. They are industrial quality, and all offer good product support. As far as repairs go, you probably won't need any. I don't know too much about the Innova or the Prodigy, but the others are pretty simple and straight forward so most of the service needed you can do yourself. Jim
  34. 2 points
    jimerickson

    My Dilemma

    Gail: I echo what Nigel said. I had 2 lesser machines before I got my APQS Ult 2, and my Gammill Classic (both used BTW). My regret is that I bothered with the lesser machines to begin with, and that I wasted a lot of money on them. The first line long arms are industrial machines that just don't wear out, so you can be confident with the purchase of a used one. Jim
  35. 2 points
    Kwiltr

    Christmas Quilting

    Thanks for your kind comments! The tree skirt was a fun project. I wasn't able to source ready made ribbon trim, we don't have a local shop in town that sells that sort of thing, so I ordered a yard of the buffalo plaid and figured out how my rolled hem foot worked for the first time . It worked so well for this, I was thrilled! I love when I have those little victories! The table runners, I figured I'd have those whipped up in no time...of course it took me a lot longer and only just made the deadline! Seems every year I have the same talk with myself to get at it earlier in the year. Happy Quilting!
  36. 2 points
    Marie0722

    Grandmother's Flower Garden

    Usually I am my own worst critic but I finished a quilt for a customer last week that I am really happy with. It is a king size Grandmother's Flower Garden, all hand pieced. Every flower is made up of seven different fabrics, and every fabric was only used once in the quilt. There are a few repeats in the green background but not in the flowers. She worked on it on and off for five years, and she must have collected every basic fabric out there for the last 20 years. It was so much fun quilting the flowers and looking at all the different fabrics, recognizing many of them. She asked me to "make the flowers look like flowers", and I think I did
  37. 2 points
    EHonour

    Volunteer service work

    Had to add a codicil to this one. After turning in these two quilts, our local CVQA QOV person gave them to veterans on Veteran's Day. Our local guild meeting was that same week, and she surprised me by also giving a QOV to me for my service as a Navy pilot many years ago. I was touched.
  38. 2 points
    barbm

    moving long arm - any advise

    Put furniture sliders under your table legs. Two people should be able to move it easily!
  39. 2 points
    Gator

    Juki long arms

    Hi Sandy welcome to the forum. Sharon has given you very good advice. I don't know where you are located but I highly recommend you go to one or more of the shows and test drive different longarm machines. If there's no shows near try joining a guild or just ask around if anyone would demonstrate their longarm for you (maybe even let you do a test drive). Check our dealer/retailer locator on this website, you may have one near you. All the APQS dealers will let you test drive their machines and offer info to you. A longarm is a big investment, so get something you love and meets your requirements. As Sharon, specified there is a huge difference between a domestic sewing machine sitting on a carrier and frame than a longarm. Check out the used machines listed on this website and do lots of homework. Please feel welcome to come hear and ask questions, it's a great group of quilters who will give you their honest opinions.
  40. 2 points
    Pepsi Girl

    Coming back!

    Wow that loin is very striking! I too love the simplicity of the straight line quilting. Thanks for sharing all your quilts each one has its own charm. Sad to hear of your family health issues wonderful to hear life is improving! I will be praying for health, strength and courage for the whole family!
  41. 2 points
    I mostly quilt for myself and almost exclusively do custom quilting, ditching all blocks, sashing and borders. In the past I used monopoly however earlier this year switched to Wonderfil's Invisifil and Superior's Micro Quilter and I believe both of these threads are 100wt poly. They are extremely fine, blend very well, and I can see it a lot better than the monopoly so it is easier to find the thread and thread the needle. I have used the Invisifil and Micro Quilter for stitching around applique as well as background quilting. For all over quilting I do as posted by fbaldwin.
  42. 2 points
    Quilting Heidi

    Just saying hi!

    Hi All, It has been so long since I've been on the forum. I don't get much computer time these days. I keep my daughter's twins who are now 16 months old!!!! No idea where that time went. For all my old friends that followed Landon's story, he is doing great! It has now been 1 year since he had his open heart surgery and he is thriving. He is such a little charmer. He will probably still need more surgery but for now we are so thankful for how well he is doing. Scarlett is doing wonderfully too. They both have brought so much joy to our family. Most days I'm crazy busy chasing them around. We finally moved into our new home 11 months ago and my studio is set up. I haven't gotten a ton of quilting time in but hoping in the new year I will be able to get at it again. We just built a baby cave for the babies and they can play while I sew and quilt. I've had it up just over a month and oh it is a little bit of heaven for them and for me! Once the craziness that surrounds the Christmas season I'll have time to focus on my quilting again. I hope all of you are doing well. Just wanted to say hi.
  43. 2 points
    Thank you, Sharon, I am so excited because I've registered to go to a APQS Road Show in Atlanta area in early Feb. 2018, I might just get one there. Wish me luck Christine
  44. 2 points
    Neher-in-law5

    Just saying hi!

    What a good update on her. Your involvement with her has been so positive for her. Thanks for the update.
  45. 2 points
    AnnP

    Ready to bind!

    We made about 15 of these for charity quilts for our Guild. They are so cute, Love yours too! Our blocks were donated to us!
  46. 2 points
    NHDeb

    Merry Christmas Everyone!

    Merry Christmas!
  47. 2 points
    Quilting Heidi

    Just saying hi!

    Madelyn, Maddie is doing really well. She came to stay with me last weekend, it had been a while. I couldn't believe how much she grew, now almost 5' tall! She is just as sweet as always and is such an easy kid. It was the first time she actually talked to me about her mother and the whole situation. I know she loves her mom but she also knows that it wasn't her fault. She told me that mommy "made bad choices." She knows it wasn't daddy or I trying to keep her from her mom too. It is amazing she is such a good kid. Hopefully I'll see her more now.
  48. 1 point
    Perfect beautiful not a problem. I’ve quilted minkee many times!
  49. 1 point
    Sharon Deming

    Flatlining

    Beautiful quilt, Donna! Happy quilting!
  50. 1 point
    Gail O

    Finished customer quilt finally.

    Great design choices, and executed beautifully.