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  1. 12 points

    Baby gift

    Made this little quilt for baby shower gift for a coworker. I’m new to ruler work and am pleased with the result. Just needs binding
  2. 10 points

    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.
  3. 9 points
    Just a little peek of my Grandson's quilt and Neighbor's daughters quilt. I found my grandsons quilt pattern in the Fons and Porter Love of Quilting August 2013 Magazine, but changed the fabric up quite a bit to suit my grandson. The other quilt is a quilt pattern called Walk About designed by Ann Lauer and sold by Grizzly Gulch Gallery. Easy to make. I made the girls quilt out of Strawberry Shortcake fabric and Nemo fabric. I have no place to hang a quilt for good pictures, so please forgive me for the poor quality.
  4. 9 points

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Here's a picture of the quilt, for anyone who would like to see it.
  5. 8 points

    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.
  6. 6 points

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Hello Everyone, Yesterday, I received a package from Himself (a.k.a. RitaR's husband, Roland). Imagine my surprise when I found a ribbon and evaluation form, along with a letter from Roland. Here is what he had to say: Dear Betsy, Pray you and your family had a joyful and present Thanksgiving. Mine was enjoyable, spent with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids. Our quilt guild was in need of more quilts for our quilt show, so decided to enter the one you gals made for Rita. I was using it on the bed. It won a ribbon, so I'll send it on to you. I'm enjoying looking at it and reading the writing on it. I thank you gals again for making the quilt. She enjoyed when she first saw it, and was wanting to see it again later, but just never got up the strength to do it. Pray you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Rita's quilt won second place! I had tears in my eyes when I saw the ribbon and read Roland's letter. Wasn't that nice of him to send that for all of us to see? I know this was a group project, but I hope no one minds if I keep the ribbon. I never expected to have a quilt with my work win anything, and this means a lot to me.
  7. 6 points

    Superior Bottom Line

    Glad you discovered the problem. I think we are as bad at looking at the manuals as men are at asking for directions.
  8. 5 points


    Though I would post a picture of a tablerunner. Nothing grand, but great practice without burning a lot of time. Ribbon candy is tough.
  9. 5 points

    New* True 1/4 Foot

    I bought it and it works great. I tend to do a lot of ruler work. Before purchasing this foot, I would always need to compensate and plan how to do ruler work in order to be accurate. Even so, sometimes the lines would not be accurate. I have to say I bought the interchangeable set when it came out, thinking the ruler foot included in the set was a true 1/4" foot. It is not. Now I rarely use any of those feet. If I had to choose, I would definitely get the 1/4" foot. You may need to raise the hopping foot a tiny bit to accommodate the new foot.
  10. 5 points

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Just wanted to give best prayers to all quilters for a great Thanksgiving! May the Peace of God be with you and your families!! Im so thankful for all of you and your advice!
  11. 4 points
    Thanks ladies!! Sharon, I called Sheridan and ordered the color I needed and several others today. If I had the time today, I would have traveled the hour and a half it takes me to get to her and picked it up today. I should be able to finish the customers quilt Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. I know I will make sure going forward that when a cone gets down to the half way mark, I'll be ordering another one, particularly one that I use a lot. It's so frustrating when you're on a roll only to be stopped because you run out of thread, a real bummer. Thanks again ladies, I appreciate your responses. Happy Quilting,
  12. 4 points
    I have worked in an industrial environment most of my life (military). Safety was always the way of life. I always had safety glasses on but now I wear glasses because of age. I was doing a quilt over the weekend and all of a sudden my IQ said obstruction and stopped, grrrr but no problem. I was using minkee as my backing and the top had some thick seams. I have always used my bobbin thread cutter (had Millie's since 2007). Ok, to make a short story long, I thought I cleared everything and cleaned the wheels and table? I hit the start button and "BANG, BANG, BANG" the needle shattered, right, it didn't just break it shattered, pieces went everywhere! I'm only 5ft tall so a piece hit me in the face. Now you get my question, my reading glasses probably kept the piece from going into my eye. I was using a 4.0 machine needle, glad it wasn't titanium. When you think about using rulers, needles, etc with a fast moving machine, maybe we should take a minute to think about eye safety (fingers too). After settling my nerves and cleaning my pants, here's the good part: I have both eyes. The quilt wasn't ripped or damaged. I found 5 pieces of the needle including the eye (with thread in it), which looked like I got all of it. I blew out the bobbin housing and made sure I still had a hook. I changed the needle and proceeded with the quilt, guess what!!!! I love my APQS machine, the stitches were beautiful, whew no retiming required. The only thing that may have caused the needle to shatter, was my bobbin thread cutter knife gets stuck every now and then and maybe the needle hit it? I can't think of anything else that could have happened without destroying the hook? Any other ideas? I've been quilting since 2007 and never had a needle shatter, break yes but shatter no.
  13. 4 points
    All good comments. I was just glad that I had my reading glasses on. I'm sure it was probably needle flex. I was doing a quilt with hexagons, lots of "y" seams, batting and minkee. IQ stopped for an obstruction which was probably the needle flexing/bending holding onto the fabric. I first thought it may have hit the bobbin thread cutter which sometimes sticks on me, but I would have noticed it by sound. I am aware that it sticks sometimes, heck it's 8 years old, in my hast to check a problem with my IQ tablet, I didn't check it too. I have 3 domestic machines, 2 10-needle embroidery machines and a serger, in other words lots and lots of needles with breaks over the years. I think most only broke into two pieces, this was the first one that shattered. I am so proud of my girl (Millie), she was born in 2008 and is running smooth, that needle breaking had to hurt. APQS quality is superb. I don't want to scare anyone, because needle breaks are part of our world, just be careful. For our "newbies" yep us "oldies" still gets the stuffing scared out of us when it happens because it totally catches you off guard and sounds a lot worse then it is.
  14. 4 points
    Thanks for your help and advice. The request was to use black since that is part of their corporate colors. I looked at the EQ printable and it had the same problem as Printed Treasures- it is not a true white. I found a 08 micron pigma pen and gave it a shot, thanks Neher-in-law5 and Lisa C. That looked good and after washing, it still looked good. I also took a crack at what Cagey recommended. I took a larger piece of fabric, anchored it to the freezer paper, and then taped the corners to a piece of foam core. (Freezer paper was rolling up.) I used a blue erasable and drew lines giving each a 1 1/2" x 3 1/2" area to use, (but you and I know it will actually be 2" x 4") and added additional space between to accommodate the 1/4" seams. Everyone will be told to "stay inside the lines" and I have several helpers who will be watching. I've made each sheet to accommodate 20 signatures/sentiments. My thought was that if I had all those small pieces, I was sure to drop one and loose it. Tomorrow it's off to the art store for a dozen pens and more foam core. Thanks to all of you, I have a plan.
  15. 3 points

    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
  16. 3 points

    Hi-Tech Inbonded Quilting thread

    EmbroPoly, recommend you provide volunteer LongArm quilters with a few spools of thread for testing. Trust me these guys will be honest with their evaluations. We did this with another company a few years ago. The company was very gracious/generous with the quilter's who tested their threads. They would be representing themselves for endorsing your thread not the APQS Company.
  17. 3 points

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Betsy, thank you for sharing the ribbon and Roland's note. I'm in tears once again but good tears knowing the quilt not only made Rita smile but "himself", Roland is getting comfort from this quilt. It's amazing he entered it in the show, I agree Rita was behind his thoughts saying do it! I get the feeling that's it's her way of saying thank you, smile. I forgot how beautiful the quilt was, thank you for posting the picture again. I love running across old posts that still have Rita's comments on them, she will always be with us. Betsy, I think you deserve the ribbon. You volunteered without hesitating to gather the blocks, arrange them, add sashing and quilt it. You also got it done in a hast, enabling us to get it to Rita who was gravely ill at the time. Please be sure Dawn gets a copy of the letter, picture of the ribbon and quilt. She would love to post it on the blog and probably the APQS Facebook site too. PS: The ribbon is adorable!
  18. 3 points
    Gail O

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    You absolutely deserve to keep that ribbon!
  19. 3 points

    New* True 1/4 Foot

    When I had my HQ Sweet 16, I had several different feet for it and found I really only used the ruler foot, as to switch feet was impractical as I always use my ruler in pretty much every quilt I quilt at some point.
  20. 3 points
    I have never used the Stripology Ruler, but I DO fold my fabric twice to cut strips. The ruler has less of a chance to shift, so the results are more accurate for me.
  21. 3 points

    Millie has a mind of her own

    Thanks for the advice. I did talk to Angie today and we think we fixed it. The table needed adjusting.
  22. 3 points

    Tips For New Long Arm Owner?

    Pati: You can relax. APQS customer support is great. They'll help you with anything that might come up. The machines themselves are quite simple and easy to service yourself. Before you get involved with buying all sorts of gadgets, your probably should get used to the machine. Then you'll have a better idea of what you need to change, and what's OK for you. I am with qltnbe on the extended base however, you'll want one to do ruler work. Exactly which one to get will require a little research. Good luck. Jim
  23. 3 points

    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”...
  24. 2 points

    BOM quilt pic

    Missy; A picture is worth a thousand words. That may get you more input, and suggestions. Cagey
  25. 2 points


    Hi, Don't know if you have had a long arm before....but I would encourage you to go slow with purchasing rulers until you have a chance to use your wonderful machine a bit.....if you absolutely have to get something.....I would make sure I get the ruler base that attaches to Millie......this is used to support the rulers you use on top. I would also get a small straight ruler that is comfortable for you to use when you stitch in the ditch.....that would be a good place to start...and then add slowly...I don't have many rulers....but I only use one or two of them on occasion....More people will chime in I am sure.....Lin
  26. 2 points
    Can’t wait for it to arrive!!!
  27. 2 points

    Newbie Questions

    I'm right handed so left to right in the front feels natural. You can go either way. I have a computer on my machine and it quilts in both directions with no problems not even thread breakage. I think what sewingpup has hit the nail on the head, moving the machine smoothly in both directions should work fine. If you thread breaks going right to left, slow down a tad to reduce needle flex. I use a neutral thread on quilts with a lot of colors (unless it's super custom), usually gray, linen or mossy green.
  28. 2 points

    Thread Delivery Tip to share

    When quilting a large quilt on George, I found that sometimes the quilt would push up against the thread cone, adding drag to the thread. Not good! So I searched the house for something to use as a shield or bumper, so the quilt couldn’t touch the cone. I ended up using this purple collapsible nylon bucket that I use for scraps at quilt retreats. It’s called The Gypsy Bitty Buddy from The Quilting Gypsy. The nylon is thin enough that the magnet on George’s thread stand still works. The magnet keeps the bucket locked in place, even when the quilt pushes up against it, and the thread comes off the spool uninterrupted. Just thought I’d share in case anyone else has the same problem.
  29. 2 points
    T Row Studio

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Thank you for sharing this. The group here are amazing I am proud to be part of it. Thank-you everybody who took part in this project. It turned out beautiful. Great job putting it together Betsy. Display the ribbon proudly.
  30. 2 points

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    I believe the best thing from this win, is that we all are reminded that while Rita may no longer be with us in body, she continues to live among us in spirit and her words of wisdom on the forum. I find the ribbon to be a tangible reminder to Roland just how special his bride was, and how many lives she touched during her time with him. Congratulations to Rita, Roland, and all those who brought about this wonderful reminder of love and caring. Cagey
  31. 2 points
    If you use the micron pens, try to get a .08 or even larger size point. The .05 and .005 have tips that are so sharp they catch on the fibers and are hard to write smoothly. the .08 or larger have a rounder tip and move across the fabric smoothly.
  32. 2 points
    Sharpie makes a really nice permanent "fabric dye" medium point marker. You can find them with the other fabric pens at JoAnns, Michaels, and other craft stores. Basically any permanent ink will work but test to make sure they don't bleed (smear).
  33. 2 points

    Superior Bottom Line

    Thank you everybody for your help and advice - the problem was with the turbo bobbin winder ` which has now been solved. It was only when I read the manual and it said put "slight tension" on the thread tail that I realised I had been holding it "too tightly". Problem solved!!
  34. 2 points

    Cutting Strips for piecing/binding

    I have also folded my fabric twice to cut strips....just like folding it in half....you have to make sure the folding is at right angles to the ruler so you don't get those angles in the stripe...but it is very doable....just take care when making both folds......I now use my accuquilt Go to cut most of my stripes....goes so fast.....The was a hefty investment too but great for me as I am aging.....
  35. 2 points

    New* True 1/4 Foot

    HI Cagey, since I switched to the 1/4" foot, I haven't had the need to use any of the other feet. I did have to adjust the hopping foot height slightly for the 1/4" foot.
  36. 2 points

    Happy Thanksgiving

    Happy Thanksgiving. No turkey here. Brisket, Sepahardic fresh salmon, mushroom risotto, roasted vegetables, Greek salad, collard greens, and rolls. Pumpkin cheesecake and pecan pie with ice cream for dessert.
  37. 2 points
    Marci, the laser will stay on when the machine is powered on. If you don't want it shining, just pull the plug! Happy Thanksgiving!
  38. 2 points

    Channel Locks and Basting

    I stitch my edges down say about 1/8 of from the edge (very close) just to prevent the foot from grabbing it when stitching and not looking. I use my channel locks to stitch a straight row at the top of my quilt, line my quilt top along that straight stitch and it gives me a good starting point. Yes, you can use the vertical channel locks to make sure your quilt is staying square, but the pointi of stitching the edges is primarily to prevent your foot from getting under the quilt and ripping your quilt.
  39. 2 points

    New* True 1/4 Foot

    I recently purchased one just for those reasons. I have a quilt coming up that is going to require me to use a circle template a lot. I haven't as yet put it on my machine, but I am glad to hear that it works well.
  40. 2 points
    I know most of you probably already heard Nancy Zieman lost her battle with cancer and is now with our father in heaven. I never met her but felt like she was a friend. I learnt so much from her online show and looked so forward to watching it. In fact, I have 30 something shows on my DVR and her latest Nancy's Notions catalog in my brief case today. She was on the air since 1982, retired 2 years ago but still was involved in the show and her other businesses. I especially loved her anniversary show and her book "Seams Unlikely". Let's all pray for her family and all her fans, she is missed.
  41. 2 points

    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.
  42. 2 points

    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
  43. 1 point

    Pantos on a Millie 30

    You're correct that the fewer advances, the less time you spend on a quilt, as that's a more efficient way to work. How much time that actually saves may not be a huge amount, but it all adds up. That being said, it also depends on the density of the design you are quilting. Same is true if you're hand-guided. I've done pantos that take maybe 8-10 minutes across a quilt and some that take almost an hour, both freehand or computer. That's why all pantos are not the same price and are also priced by sq/inch. I've quilted some dense pantos were it's taken a very long day to finish one queen quilt, other days I may get 3-5 small ones finished in a day. I also use the zipper system and have lots of sets, so as one quilt is running, I can sit and pin the next 4 quilts. Then I zip one off, zip the next one on and get it started. Then I'm back to unpinning the first and pinning another on the zippers I just took off. Very efficient way to work and save time. I think this is one of the greatest advantages of having a computerized system. I can even sit and piece when I run out of zippers, lol. The nice thing about digital designs vs. paper is that you're able to scale most designs. That's great in my opinion. After years of paper pantos, I've found that sometimes you have the perfect design for a quilt, but the scale is to large or small for the quilt. Computers definitely solve that problem. If it were me and I could afford the new Millie 30 and a computer system (I have a Millie 26 w/Quilt Path), I would go for it! If I were free handing, I would stick to the 26 as the extra space would be wasted as my arms aren't long enough and I couldn't see all the way back to the rail!
  44. 1 point

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Thanks, Libby! I did post it on the We Love APQS page when I posted it here, since it seems many Forum members have switched to that venue.
  45. 1 point
    I am looking for a new home for my 2017 Innova 22" with Lightning Stitch. It's on a 12' Pro-Frame with canvas leaders. I just purchased this machine brand new in June, and have only done 9 quilts on it, so the stitch count is very, very low. It's an absolutely fantastic machine- my dream machine!- and if life circumstances had not taken an unexpected turn, I would not be getting rid of it. As mentioned, it has Lightning Stitch, the upgraded Spectre LED light, and horizontal and vertical channel lock. It includes: - Bobbin winder - M size bobbins - Towa tension gauge - Machine Oil - Manual - Red Snappers - Extended base for ruler work Additionally, because I am closing down my business, I am including: - Two bolts of Quilter's Dream batting (White Cotton Select and Dream Poly blend) - Tons of cones of threads - Needles - Scissors - Ruler for ruler work - Etc. I'm asking $15,000 OBO, and I'm in Springfield, Ohio. Purchaser is responsible for pick-up, and we'd be happy to help you load everything. If you're interested or have any questions, shoot me an email at: thequiltingchamp@gmail.com.
  46. 1 point

    Tips For New Long Arm Owner?

    Jim is right about getting used to your machine before buying a lot of gadgets. In addition to the ruler base, I would highly recommend the Towa bobbin tension gauge. Easy to use and totally worth the investment!
  47. 1 point

    Quilt Suspension System

    Kathy; It turned out gorgeous. You had better share with your DIL that she truly is quilt worthy with all that tight quilting. Great job, and thank you for sharing. Cagey
  48. 1 point

    Dog gone cute

    Thank you so much for wonderful advice. I was too far along to try trupunto, great suggestion, but I think the doggies pop because I used 2 layers of batting. It does feel heavy somewhat, but fine. I was asked to share pictures! I am pleased with how it turned out.
  49. 1 point
    You could always try "Constitutional Quilting Company" with the tag line "We believe in the right to bear longarms!"
  50. 1 point
    Home Groan Quilting Cotton Pickin Patches Pinned to Perfection Or Empty Spools but it is already taken! Lyn