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  1. 11 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
  2. 10 points
    Quilta93

    Niece wanted to make a quilt

    My niece, Sydney, visited for a week from Minnesota, because she wanted to see us and wanted to learn to quilt. She'll be 14 next month. She saved her money and bought a sewing machine. The only sewing she's really done was in the class the place she bought her sewing machine offered for new machine owners. I've taught adults, but not kids. I told her to look through a book of blocks and choose the ones she liked. I vetoed all but the one in the pictures. I decided to make 18" inch blocks, so she only needed to make 6 blocks. It ended up looking too long and skinny, so we decided to make 3 more blocks. Sydney did most of the cutting and sewing. I did all the pinning. I had her practice drawing what she wanted to quilt, and then quilt it on some sheets I cut down, using my Millie. She decided to quilt feathers and swirls in the sashing, and I suggested meandering in the blocks. She did one block, and didn't like it at all, so we ripped it out. She ended up doing feathers in all the blocks. She did all the quilting. She had never even seen a longarm until she saw mine. I'm amazed at how well she did. She said she had no idea what making a quilt involved. With all the work she did in one week, she didn't get burned out. She wants to come back, and thinks she can go home and make a quilt using the churn dash block. Deb.
  3. 8 points
    qltnbe

    Gathering Baskets

    I finally put one of my own quilts on my Millie. I had been putting it off because I wanted to do custom and knowing that I wanted it just perfect for myself kept me from just jumping in. Doesn't matter that I can do custom on customer quilts. For some reason....that's different. I think I am pretty happy with what I have done.
  4. 8 points
    dlnewell

    Customer Christmas Quilt

    Here are a couple of pics of a recently quilted customer quilt. She did machine applique quilt monopoly thread. I thought it was a super cute quilt. It has one layer of Hobb's wool batting and was quilted with the Metro Pro Thread.
  5. 6 points
    Bonnie in Ok

    Kudos

    Just wanted to tell all I got great service from APQS factory on my Millie. Thanks for all you do for your customers.
  6. 5 points
    SWall

    This one was a Squeaker!!

    This baby quilt was done for a first time quilter. My customer made this for her very first grand-daughter who is due later this month. Unfortunately, she had not understood or forgotten that the LQS told her to leave extra fabric and batting on all edges of the quilt. Actually I think she simply followed instructions on how to prepare her quilt if she was quilting it on her domestic machine... She really wasn't quite sure but anyways... When she called me she told me that the quilt had been trimmed/basted and pinned and was ready for me! Yikes! Well, I said "bring it over and let's have a look and see what we can do". Thankfully she had left enough backing on the top and bottom so that I could add fabric to the backing to be able to load the quilt with my leader grips. There was barely enough extra on the sides and I was able to quilt it and keep it square without having to add extra fabric. I literally had about 1/2" of backing on each side... Had to watch QP VERY carefully as it quilted near the edges! It was quilted with Yipee Ki Yay panto by Patricia Ritter. Superior So Fine on top and Magna-Glide bobbin on bottom. Thanks for looking.
  7. 5 points
    T Row Studio

    Happy Haloween

    It has been a while since I have posted .....my life got crazy busy after the quilt show in April. I have taught over 300 people in 13 classes on how to do the collage technique and still have three more classes before the end of Nov. One of those being in Inuvik NWT so excited for sure I thought I wouls share one of the only pieced quilts I have done this summer and it is timely for today. I took this super cute paper pieced pattern added the cat and the bat to make it even cuter. Hope you all enjoy your Day
  8. 5 points
    judyday

    Christmas panel

    Here is the quilt.
  9. 4 points
    Mary Beth

    Houston Quilt Show

    Another show in the bag!! Wow, what a great show. I met Kwilter aka Cathy on Friday, along with her sister. It was so nice meeting her. Then I met Meg Fazio, who was on here years ago....we met for the first time, finally. Then I met up with LeeAnn Maduna, also from here years ago. Donna, aka Sam's Mom from this site years ago too, spent the day Saturday with me. Then in the afternoon Claudia Pfeil and her son Julian Bogan spent time with me. I was able to see her quilt Fractal up close and personal. I have made so many great friends, and I attribute it all to APQS, my machine, and this chat.
  10. 4 points
    Cagey

    Take A Vet To School Day Quilt

    As my daughter's school celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The History Channels, "Take A Vet To School Day" program. It is a program the media specialist brought to our school 10 years ago. Normally, we celebrate a day or so before Veterans Day, but with the school calendar, we brought about 100 veterans to the school to honor them for serving our country on 3 November. In honor of her service to our veterans, I made a quilt with messages of good will from the veterans celebrating with us last year. They signed on inkjet print fabric. I then heat set it a few weeks later. Below are some pictures of the quilt. She loved the quilt, and could not believe that I started working on this last year. The back was just a beige star covered fabric, and none of the quilting showed unless you are close up. I am rather happy with the way it turned out. Cagey Cagey
  11. 4 points
    dbams

    First quilt since Rita's

    Completed this in August. It was the first quilt I finished since doing Rita's quilt back in March. (It was a busy spring and summer.) Also my first time doing feathers. Not great, but not too bad. Free BOM from AQS from several years ago. Numerous errors in the pattern, so I guess I got what I paid for. Gave it to my aunt, and she was thrilled. All's well that ends well.
  12. 4 points
    MelissaNH

    Check Spring Not Moving

    I think it is fixed!! Oh my gosh I'm so excited! I finally got to the hardware store for the 5/64 Allen wrench. I just loosened the set screw, pulled the whole assembly out of the machine, turned it so the bottom of the little hook was at 10:00 and the straight part at 11:00 (sprung ahead an hour....lol) and when I pull the thread, the spring moves!!! So excited!! haven't powered up the machine yet. We got power back this evening but husband has other stuff plugged in where my machine usually plugs in. I'll have to try it out tomorrow night for a bit if I can squeeze it in. Thanks everyone for your help! Lol I didn't wreck it! what a relief. Now I'll have to wait until a week from Friday to really play with it as I'm going out of town to visit my Quilty buddies for some sewing and lots of laughing. Cagey, I would have to have the generator run AC. Lol I absolutely melt in the heat (and....apparently get cranky according to husby lol). I'd rather be cold. You can always put more on, but you can only take so much off lol. Thanks again for your help!!
  13. 3 points
    KathyP

    Quilt Suspension System

    I’m happy to report that the quilt suspension system behind George worked great! I was able to complete my first big quilt with no problems. I did a really dense allover freehand holly leaf design. My DIL started this quilt 10 years ago, and finally asked me to finish it for her, just to get it done. I was a little nervous about quilting an 84” x 84” quilt, but it was a good opportunity to practice. I’m amazed at how easy it was to work on this, with the suspension system in place. Although I have to be honest, there were times when I thought I’d never reach the end. I was quilting holly leaves in my sleep! It took 15 bobbins and and many hours. I didn’t keep track. Next up is 104” x 104”...
  14. 3 points
    Cagey

    Happy Veterans Day

    As Abraham Lincoln said, "Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country's cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves, as he best can, the same cause." I would like to thank all of you that have served your country in the defense of its freedoms and liberties, and as Lincoln so elegantly said the men and women who support the armed forces. It is all citizens coming together working as one, regardless of race, color, creed, or gender that makes our nation great. On the 11th hour of the 11th day and the 11th month, may all of you take a moment to remember the men and women that keep us free. As the percentage of the population that served in the military continues to decrease, it becomes more important to remind everyone the importance of protecting our liberty. Cagey
  15. 3 points
    EHonour

    Volunteer service work

    Been quilting again this past week. Our local Cumberland Valley Quilt Association has a backlog of quilts pieced up for giveaway to veterans, so I volunteered to quilt a couple of them. Quick and fun work using a couple of panto designs that I've picked up. But it feels good to know that they will each honor someone who did a much greater service.
  16. 3 points
    Cagey

    Take A Vet To School Day Quilt

    Nancy; Yes, it was for the media specialist, what we used to call the librarian. While a non-veteran, she brought the program to the school when The History Channel first implemented the program. She has grown it from about 30 veterans to our largest number of 140 veterans last year. The program has become so large, that we have to two presentation programs in the cafeteria, to comply with the maximum seating capacity. She has the Air Force base police bring their working dogs, she has a traveling Vietnam War museum, the Vietnam Helicopter Association brings their mini bird, we have WWII vets up to the youngest active duty military member of today to speak with the kids, and for the last two years she has had a flyby of a privately owned AH-1 Cobra Gunship. She has truly educated hundreds of students on the importance of honoring and remembering the sacrifices of the military and their family members. Most of the time, there is not a dry eye in the cafeteria following the presentation of remembrance by the students. We have veterans pass up the larger local Veterans Day programs to attend ours, simply because of what it has grown into. I for one love seeing all the veterans I have gotten to know over the years. Though it is sad to see the WWII and the Korean War Vets number dwindle as the years have progressed. For this reason, I made the quilt to honor her for her dedication to our veterans and our country. Cagey
  17. 3 points
    Cagey

    First quilt since Rita's

    Betsy; Thank you for the update. I guess I will have to watch for the pattern/designer, and be careful of any purchase. I for one do not like poorly written instructions, as I make enough on my own. Especially if I have to buy more fabric because of their error and not mine. In the end, you made it turn out lovely. I am sure I would not have been that lucky. Cagey
  18. 3 points
    RunningThreads

    Check Spring Not Moving

    Melissa Before you take anything apart. Push the spring down with your finger, does it snap back? If so there is nothing wrong there. I reread your original post and you mentioned adjusting tension, if you have the tension backed way off that spring won’t deflect much if at all when pulling the thread through it. Try tightening about half a turn and see what happens. Fyi the purpose of that spring is to take the slack out of the thread when the needle is out of the fabric so the thread doesn’t get tangled around the needle. It actually doesn’t have much if any effect on the tension. Nigel
  19. 3 points
    tootsquilts

    First quilt since Rita's

    Betsy, what a lovely quilt, your quilting and feathers look really nice, and I think it looks great. The colors are really beautiful. Another really beautiful thing is the two ladies in the picture. Which one is you?
  20. 3 points
    Kwiltr

    First quilt since Rita's

    That's a really pretty quilt. I love your colour combination. Looks pretty great from here!
  21. 3 points
    Cagey

    First quilt since Rita's

    Betsy; I am not sure what errors you speak of, but the quilt looks absolutely lovely to me. Great job!!! Thank you for sharing. Cagey
  22. 3 points
    Cagey

    Check Spring Not Moving

    Just use your phone or tablet to take lots of pictures or even video tape when you loosen the tension nut and start taking it apart. That way you can put it back together in the proper order. Be sure to hold the nut that you rotate to tighten a loosen the tension, as there is a small spring that you can see behind it that will push it off the threaded post. It is not going to go flying off feet away, but I wanted to be sure you were ready for it to push off from the threaded post. Something probably just got stuck in there and is binding the tension spring. It is only about 5 parts, and it is not that hard to put together. I am sure your tension will be much better once the spring can move freely. It is another thing to add to your checklist of things to look for when you thread your machine each time. Here are a few old thread discussing changing the spring. http://forum.apqs.com/topic/25582-tension-spring-replacement-worried/ http://forum.apqs.com/topic/40337-check-spring/?tab=comments#comment-529691 I have to wonder why APQS just does not have a video like Gammill does? Also, here is a link to the actual part so you can see the sides, and discover what parts you will expect to hold in your hand. http://shop.apqs.com/Tension-Control-Complete-Assembly_p_78.html The check spring itself; http://shop.apqs.com/Tension-Control-Check-Spring_p_77.html You will do just fine taking it apart and putting it back together. If you have problems, just let the forum folks know, and I am sure someone can help you out, or give APQS a call. Cagey
  23. 3 points
    Cagey

    Heart or reputation?

    I believe the heart replaced the reputation, since having a reputation can be a double edged sword. Cagey
  24. 3 points
    judyday

    Christmas panel

    Georgia and i have been working on Christmas. I finished this panel for my Granddaughters birthday this week. I purchased the panel at a great quilt shop in Laramie WY during our summer travels. Used Glide thread on top in brown. Pleased with the blending. Had a lot of fun with my GEORGE named Georgia.
  25. 3 points
    jimerickson

    Birds nest on back - help please

    I have both an APQS Ult 2, and a Gammill Classic machine that are Intellistitch equipped. Part of Intellistitch's system is a baste feature. You can select either a 1/2 inch or 1 inch setting so when you move the machine a stitch is fired at the appropriate interval. When I used this feature I would get exactly the problem results mentioned here. Birds nests every once in a while. It was discouraging enough that I didn't use the feature often. In the regular stitches per inch mode, if I used the 6 per inch setting I would also occasionally have that problem. I thought on this long and hard, and eventually it came to me: stitch length affects tension. The longer the stitch, the looser a given tension setting would produce, the shorter, the tighter. To solve the problem, all I had to do was increase the tension when I basted. Now I do exactly that. After I complete the baste, I loosen the tension to sew at 10 or 12 stitches per inch I usually quilt at. Because of this experience, I'm pretty sure the problem you're having is a tension issue. I think tightening the tension will solve it. Good luck. Jim
  26. 3 points
    loraquilts

    Choosing designs for custom quilting

    Another program that I use to organize and categorize my designs is Evernote. There is a free version, but I'm using the paid version. Anywhoo, you can add tags to each photo of your quilt designs. That way if a customer says she only wants to spend a certain amount, I can search for designs that are in that budget and let the customer decide what they like from a shorter list. This has served me well also.
  27. 2 points
    Can’t wait for it to arrive!!!
  28. 2 points
    Marie0722

    Grandmother's Flower Garden

    Lol, Cagey, I asked her about that... she said she started quilting in 1984, so has accumulated a lot of fabrics but her friends also raided their stashes, and she just needed one small piece for one hexagon each, so they all gave her some of all they fabrics they bought during those five years as well.
  29. 2 points
    Cagey

    MQS was disappointing

    Unfortunately; online it is difficult to place your fabric or quilt block beside or on top of a fabric your are testing, walk away, and then look at it from a distance/new angle to decide if it truly looks good. It is rather rotten to do this at your local quilt store and then buy the fabric online after testing in the store to save a few bucks a yard. While I may be an inventor of wire by fighting over a penny with another quilter, I do try to support my local stores. Otherwise, they will not be there to support in the future. Plus, I have learned to trust a few of the fabric store ladies to an extent, that I may not love a color fabric combination, but once it is pieced I know it truly turned out gorgeous. Cagey
  30. 2 points
    Marie0722

    Grandmother's Flower Garden

    Thank you, everyone, for all your nice words! It was a lot of fun quilting this one, and although it took a while, I was almost sorry when I was done. That has never happened before for sure Carol, that was a lucky accident. I was trying to figure out a way to do continuous leaves in the green background but couldn't come up with an idea that would work for turning the corners. Then I decided it would take long enough to do all the flowers individually and went with this. I was delighted when I realized it looked like an echo around the petals. Gail, yes, lots of starts and stops but I managed to do every flower in one continous line, and after finishing one row of flowers, all the green hexagons around them could be done without stopping, so it wasn't too bad. I was just worried that I'd miss a few hexagons, so I checked every single one before taking the quilt of the frame... and I had missed two. Boy, was I glad I took the time to do that. Cathy, yes, she already picked it up, and she loved it. She will give this to her daughter for Christmas. I really hope the daughter understands the amount of work that went into this quilt.
  31. 2 points
    Gator

    MQS was disappointing

    I agree, all the shows have scaled down. I went to AQS in Grand Rapids last year and thought it was a small but a decent show however, I was disappointed this year. I miss the gotta have 3 days,a credit card and a trolley bag shows of the past. I wonder what the real cause of the smaller shows (or no show at all) is? I can think of several, cost to rent venue, cost of booths, Amazon, low attendance, cost to attend a show (travel, hotels, etc.), lack of interest, availability of cheap retail quilts, oh my? I think the number of quilt shops is reducing fast too. I love quilting and embroidery and will continue as long as I can afford it but not sure how long that will be with rising fabric, thread and gadget costs. Has the quilting industry caught up with other greedy retail industries, hum something to ponder? Heck there isn't even a quilt guild where I now live
  32. 2 points
    A few words from someone who has done local and regional quilt shows (as an APQS Representative): As Madelyn said, APQS Corporate is stretched thin with the national shows (AQS, PIQF, Road to CA, etc.) and the cost to truck in a booth full of equipment, literature, quilts, racks & stands and other booth trappings is enormous. APQS depends on its local Reps or Stores to participate (or not) as vendors at smaller shows, but even then, the cost is often prohibitive. Not all Reps have enough equipment to participate effectively as a vendor and find it difficult to justify renting additional machines/tables from APQS in Iowa. And not everyone is interested in interacting with the quilting public at a show. Another issue: my local Rusty Barn shows aren't limited to quilting-related interests. In fact, more than half of their classes (and vendors) are either garment or fiber related (knitting, embellishment, etc.), which means the attendees are less likely to be quilters. The cost of being a vendor, including the booth fee (which can run several thousand dollars), has to be weighed against the possibility of sales at that show. I agree that it would be awesome to have an APQS booth, with all the machines, at every Quilt Show! Is that likely to happen? I'm afraid not...
  33. 2 points
    sewingpup

    Happy Veterans Day

    yeppers....my dad served in the army during WWII. He was in the second wave that hit Normandy Beach. By the end....he saw most of his group killed in action....he was one of about eight that survived....He was wounded.....he got a purple heart....never talked much about his experiences over there......I found a letter he had written to my mom after both had past away...he wrote of how he hoped to see her again.....and asked her to pray for me that he would come home.......she must have......
  34. 2 points
    PamelaG

    Happy Veterans Day

    Thank you. Multiple veterans in my immediate family. Including my husband, mother, sister, brother, father, father in law, brother's father, step father, etc.
  35. 2 points
    Cagey

    Crosshatch

    I am not sure how all of you bury threads, but after taking Cindy Needham's class, this is one of the easiest methods I know of, and it does not require any special needles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n34ggPYamjc If you do it another way, maybe this will help you. You may it even easier if you barrow a short piece of low test "braided fishing line" from your husbands. The thread while thin as sewing thread is much stiffer and holds it form, thus does not slip of the needle all that easy.
  36. 2 points
    FabricRecycles

    2015 Lucey Floor Model

    I am closing my store and need to find a new home for my 2015 Lucey floor model. It is on a 10' standard bliss table. $11,425 or best offer Located near Kansas City.
  37. 2 points
    The more info you can give us the better for someone to help you. How old is the machine or how many quilts have been done on it? Have you run this combination before successfully or is this the first time? Are you having the problem stitch regulated or manual, computerized or hand guided? Now both of our machines are old so the first thing we check when top thread shreds and breaks is the pig tail guides. Grab the thread above and below each guide and drag it around the inside of the guide and see if you can feel it catch where it might be wearing a groove into the guide. If you feel the groove loosen the screw and rotate the guide so it is upside down and tighten the screw back up. That will last for months and you can order some new guides. (Get extras as that is the most common wear item). The check spring can also get a groove worn into it but that usually takes a number of years of good use. Let us know how you make out. Nigel
  38. 2 points
    Kwiltr

    Batting tape

    I’ve started using really light fusible interfacing I buy by the yard. I cut it into strips about 2.5” wide for joining batting pieces. It’s a bit more economical than the tape and easier than stitching. If you just butt join batting without anything, I’d worry about the batting sagging or folding and whatnot in the quilt sandwich if the quilting isn’t close enough to stop it where the batting edges are, if you know what I mean.
  39. 2 points
    fbaldwin

    First quilt since Rita's

    I love it! You did a wonderful job. I dont see anything wrong with your quilting. We are our worst critic when it comes to how we do our quilting. Beautiful picture of the two of you.
  40. 2 points
    MaryQuiltsTx

    Batting tape

    I have used it on both sides and so have had it facing both the front and the back of the quilt and haven't noticed any difference at all. I use it quite often.
  41. 2 points
    jimerickson

    Batting tape

    Betsy: I don't know about tape and sides, but here's what I do. I just lay pieces of batting together and quilt them down inside the quilt. I don't tape or sew the batting pieces together at all. I haven't had any problems with the batting pulling apart or any kind of quilt failure. The batting pretty much sticks to the quilt fabrics so it isn't difficult to properly place it in the quilt. Of course the quilting stitches it in place. Just another thought about using batting pieces. Jim
  42. 2 points
    jimerickson

    Check Spring Not Moving

    Melissa: If you haven't solved this issue yet, my guess is that the check spring is either broken, or out of place (more likely broken). Remove the tension assembly (there's a set screw at the back of the sewing head that holds the entire assembly in place) and examine it. There is a small "tail" at the inside end of the take up spring. It should rest in a slot in the body of the tension assembly. I think it's broken off, or out of place. If so buy yourself a new one, take the assembly apart replace the spring, and reassemble. You can adjust the strength of the spring by turning it before you clamp it down. Good luck. Jim
  43. 2 points
    LibbyG

    First quilt since Rita's

    Nice to see that your quilting again. Love the colors in the quilt and I'm sure the feathers are just fine.
  44. 2 points
    Neher-in-law5

    Heart or reputation?

    Cute statement. Thanks to both of you for the education!
  45. 2 points
    Cagey

    Heart or reputation?

    Clicking the heart means you like the post. After an individual has clicked the heart, you can hold the curser over the heart and see the others that liked the post. Everyone gets a heart after all their posts, others just have to click on them if the desire. I am not sure if you can un-click a heart post. Have fun. Cagey
  46. 2 points
    quiltmonkey

    Trimming Question

    For clarification, Lora, I trim down to 1/2 inch and sew my binding on and THEN I trim off the excess batting and backing before folding binding over.
  47. 2 points
    jimerickson

    Trimming Question

    Cagey: I've both sewn down the outer edge, and left it unsewn. I pretty much leave it unsewn now. The problem I've encountered sewing it down is that as I quilt, the top seems to get bigger. I've speculated that this is because the piecing is not pressed tight to the seams, and as you quilt that extra fabric migrates to the pieces and makes them bigger than they first appeared to be. At any rate as I approach the sewn line at the edge I end up with a "wave" of extra fabric. In order to avoid the puckers associated with this technique, I have to cut out the edge stitching anyway. So now I avoid this by just not bothering to sew the edge down until the quilting is done. Since you're only dealing with a six inch border, that I assume isn't pieced, theoretically there isn't any extra fabric hiding in the seams to move out, so you'd be OK doing this. Now my entire experience is limited to frame mounted machines, so I don't have any experienced with cabinet mounted ones, and that sewing down the edge might not result in the same problem. Just my thoughts. My experience with trimming is that many quilt judges will knock off for not filling the binding with batting. They look down their noses at unfilled or quilt top filled, binding. BTW, I like Linda, never trim a quilt for a customer. I'll cut excess batting away, leaving a generous allowance for finishing. Jim
  48. 2 points
    Cagey

    Niece wanted to make a quilt

    Deb; She did a wonderful job. The feathers look outstanding. I hazard to guess she will soon be free motion quilting on her DSM. You might want to get her some Craftsy classes for Christmas from Leah Day, Angela Walters, Cindy Needham, etc. to build her sit down quilting skills. Then next visit to your place you better watch out. Tell her she did an exceptional job piecing and quilting from everyone her on the forum. Thank you for sharing. Cagey
  49. 2 points
    loraquilts

    Choosing designs for custom quilting

    I found a very reasonable software program for just this purpose and it works great and is easy to use. It's called Quilter's Lightbox. You take a picture of the quilt and load it into the program. Then you can bring in pictures of your quilting designs and overlay them on the picture of the quilt. You can select thread colors, size the designs, and play play play. I think it only cost around $25, so very reasonable.
  50. 2 points
    quiltmonkey

    Trimming Question

    I used to trim down to 1/2" for my customers but I don't do that anymore. The only time I trim is when I need to ship a quilt back in a box. Trimming reduces the bulk in the packaging.