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  1. 16 points

    Antique Buttermold Quilt

    I finally finished one of my own during a slow time in my customer base......
  2. 14 points

    Fancy Forest Quilt

    Finished my Fancy Forest Quilt (design by Elizabeth Hartman) this morning. One problem I have is my grandchildren all want one What have I started?? It was so much fun to make!
  3. 13 points

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    My quilting has been hit or miss lately. Rather than try to make a quilt, I found this vintage table cloth and went to town. I miss spending time with my Millie! I do have to say that I love having quilts on the table. Now I need to find a Christmas poinsettia table cloth! I had no plan for this one other than, I needed to quilt some feathers, I knew it need checkerboard cross hatching and I just needed to do some crazy quilting!!! Just makes me want to do more! I put it on the frame and just got started. Used a little thread in the process. One layer of hobbs 80/20 batting, glide thread on top magna glide in the bobbin. Hand guided with a little ruler work.
  4. 12 points

    Zinnia Garden for my niece

    A recent finish for my great niece's 10th birthday. I've had the fabric for quite a few years thinking it would make a pretty girls quilt and when my niece asked me to make her a quilt I knew what I wanted to use. The pattern is called Zinnia Garden from American Patchwork & Quilting 2017 calendar. My niece loved it and apparently her bedroom is being painted to go with it! Cathy APQS Freedom w/Intelliquilter
  5. 12 points

    I finished my Twinkle Star

    Put this on the long arm this morning. I finished the binding after lunch. Love it!!
  6. 12 points

    My Tribute to Betty

    4 years ago today I lost my best friend and quilting buddy, Betty O'Leary. I just finished quilting this beautiful applique quilt top of hers as a tribute to her.
  7. 10 points

    Surf Song Bargello

    Just off my quilt frame this week, "Surf Song" bargello. From the book Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts by Eileen Wright. Needed a king size quilt for my bed and instead of adding borders to make a king sized "Surf Song" I kept building the bargello to the edges. I quilted it with IQ and the panto Ripples by Lorien Quilting. I will make coordinating batik pillowcases and of course still need to bind the beast!! Robin in MT
  8. 8 points

    In a pinch neat trick

    I am finishing a quilt and in order to get the right color for the accents I used two threads. Don't have a duel cone holder so used small spools of Mettler's poly sheen, used fabric tack glue and attached to cone holder. Worked like a charm. Hope this helps someone!
  9. 7 points
    T Row Studio

    Elephant quilt

    Here is my Customers Elephant quilt I am pleased with the way it has turned out . I love quilting these quilts. There is so much room to be creative. Thanks for looking
  10. 3 points

    Surf Song Bargello

    Thanks so much. The quilt is 114 x 100. I wanted it big enough to drape on the sides and also to allow a little for shrinkage when it gets washed. I did preshrink my Hobbs cotton batting but did not preshrink the batiks so we'll see how that goes someday... And Cagey, something that goes with my green walls was just what I was going for. The wall color is called pale opal and I love it, but it Is not the easiest color to find coordinates for, even with all the fabric out there in the world. Isn't it amazing how many colors of a color there are?? I love the movement on this quilt pattern, too. I live by a huge lake and I was thinking of water with a little sand and grass when choosing my colors. My husband's response when he saw it on the bed the first time was "it's crooked." See what I deal with in my life everyday? Gotta love'em. Robin in MT
  11. 2 points

    Millie without thread cutter question

    This may not help you if you are buying a Mille and own a Lenni. I have a Mille and my husband removed my thread cutter and my Hartley base still fits; however, he also created a small plastic insert to fill in the gap on top where the thread cutter cover mounted to the top; next to the throat plate. We left the housing in tact so the base would still fit. I don't have a picture of my base on the machine as I loaned it to a friend with a new Mille to play with; but I have attached a couple pics anyway. https://www.flickr.com/photos/callenderquilts/36303127980/in/dateposted-public/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/callenderquilts/36303118920/in/dateposted-public/
  12. 2 points

    Millie without thread cutter question

    Sharon, I've removed thread cutters on a couple of customers' Millies, but I don't have any photos handy. I think I can answer your questions, though. 1. The Hartley Base designed for Millie will NOT fit on a machine that has had the thread cutter removed, since it needs that cutter "box" to rest on. A Hartley Base designed for a non-thread-cutter machine (like your Lenni) WILL fit. 2. Once the cutter "box" is removed (four screws, accessed through the holes in the side of the box), there will be a couple of wires that extend out of a hole in the main head. I just strapped them to the head with painters tape, to keep them out of the way.
  13. 2 points

    timing the machine

    A happy George owner here writing in to reassure anyone who finds they have to re-time their machine. I lived through it. I had a bad needle break, and George jammed up and wouldn't hardly move even with the flywheel. APQS to the rescue sent me a video, and , holding my breath, I worked through it, with a little help from hubby. It was very scary, but if you just follow the video, step by step you take the bobbin/hook assembly apart, and put it back together... I discovered that a bunch of thread had wrapped around the shaft, thus preventing things from turning, which is obviously not good. So today, all put back together, sewing away... beautiful stitch. What a great machine ! And thanks to APQS for such great customer service.
  14. 2 points

    2014 Lucey For Sale REDUCED PRICE

    Five hours isn't that long. If you are having trouble following the lines on pantos, try quilting with a board. I rent time on a Millie and quilted the Baptist Fan pattern on a quilt using a pattern board. I think it looks great! You can do this, too, I just know you can!
  15. 2 points

    North Carolina humidity

    Winter static from dry air is the reason I use a humidifier in the winter. I hate getting zapped!!! I need it for my respiratory system too.
  16. 2 points

    Rollers won't stay tight on Lenni

    Liz Now that you know how to adjust the brake get some blue loctite loosen the bolt apply one or two drops of loctite on the threads and tighten back up. You brake will not come loose again. Nigel
  17. 1 point

    Quilt Path vs. Intelliquilter

    Another thing to think about is support. With Quilt Path it's one call and you get help with your machine and Quilt Path.
  18. 1 point

    Lenni for sale

    It will help prospective buyers if you post your location and if you have the original boxes.
  19. 1 point
    dancing bear

    ISO Undeniably Crazy by Buggy Barn

    thanks to all. Forum member has graciously lent me her copy.
  20. 1 point

    Machine Sale Notice

    Thank you
  21. 1 point


    I also made mini-leaders using duck cloth (canvas type). My mini-leaders are around 12 to 18 inches long and 10ft wide (10ft table). I did the pocket for my red snappers and marked the center so I would always know where it is on the leaders. This gives me the option to use my snappers or zippers. I have not had any problems with making the minis using the duck cloth as you said "straight of grain/parallel to the selvage". I posted a pic a long time ago but couldn't find it.
  22. 1 point
    Bonnie in Ok


    I put my red snappers on extra fabric that is sewn to an extra set of zippers. I can change out the zipper with the red snapper or zip on just another zipper.
  23. 1 point

    Surf Song Bargello

    Thanks again everybody. Just a note, the quilt was actually 114 1/4 x 100 before quilting and after quilting it is 112 x 98 1/2. I figured it would shrink up a bit with the quilting. The "Ripples" panto was a medium to large density pattern. 100% cotton batting (preshrunk). Now that I have made it king sized the hard way, I know how I could have done it a lot easier, so Betsy if you need to make a king size and don't want to do it by adding borders, give me a holler.
  24. 1 point
    Bliss Quilter

    Millie delayed. Rats

    Pamela, Now that you have had you Millie for some time now, are you having fun! I have had mine 3 years and I fall Deeper in Love every day. Except the cleaning part - but it must be done to keep her singing and not grawling
  25. 1 point

    Millie without thread cutter question

    You can also just zip tie them to the front axle if it's close enough. Zeke.
  26. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    I just watched some videos on this with hankies. They make lovely pillows. Beautiful job!
  27. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    That is stunning! And what a great idea!
  28. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

  29. 1 point
    The best way to fix this is to remove the outer borders. Then measure the inside length and cut the outer borders to fit the length. Sew the two side borders on by PINNING and easing and sewing very carefully not to stretch. After sewing the borders on the length, measure the width and cut the top and bottom borders to fit. Repeat by sewing the two top and bottom borders on by PINNING and easing and sewing very carefully not to stretch. VIOLA. Problem solved and quilt lays flat and ready for quilting.
  30. 1 point
    Sue E.

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    Gorgeous! Your quilting is wonderful.
  31. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    Wow is that pretty! You have opened a new door for me. I would never have thought of quilting a table cloth. Can't wait to find one! What an inspiration!
  32. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    Absolutely beautiful!
  33. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    Sue; You transformed a basic table cloth into a work of art. The crosshatching and the feathers are outstanding. Great job. Cagey
  34. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    Simply beautiful!
  35. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    I love it! I have several of my Mother's and Grandmother's tablecloths to quilt! Right now they are on my bucket list but you have inspired me to get them moved up on the list! Your work is beautiful!
  36. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    That turned out beautiful.
  37. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

  38. 1 point
    Gail O

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    You took that tablecloth from ordinary to gorgeous! Beautiful quilting.
  39. 1 point

    Quilted Vintage Table Linen

    Beautiful work! And what a great idea using a vintage piece.
  40. 1 point

    Freddie is drifting

    I purchased a longer cord for my machine for this very reason. It helped tremendously. I also have the power bar mounted on the underside of the table in the center. Bliss makes the machine so sensitive to any kind of pull or movement.
  41. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    Freddie is drifting

    My machine does this too. I think it is the bliss rails that make the machine move so easily. It could be the cord that causes it. When I am doing something that I need the machine out of the way, I just use my side clamps, clip them on the base, and shorten the elastic strap.
  42. 1 point
    The borders are being stretched on slightly (or maybe a little more than slightly). I would take off those borders. Since this is going to her grandson, it is probably not a "competing show quilt". Starting with the quilt top on a flat surface pin on the first red border. I think she will find that it is several inches too short as is. After sewing it on make sure it lays perfectly flat and don't even worry about it laying square. Proceed in the same manner with each additional border. In my experience, I've found it's much easier to deal with a border that's too big rather than one that's too small. If your customer is completely out of border fabric, she may have to cut off the outer edge of the body of the quilt to make those borders fit.
  43. 1 point
    Following this one as I have not seen this happen, curious to see how it goes....
  44. 1 point
    It does look like those red borders might be cut on a bit of the bias and are somehow stretching or gathering as they are being sewn on the center or as the outer borders are being added. Is your customer measuring the quilt and cutting the borders to length, then pinning them on? And I can't tell from the photos whether the corners are mitered - that could be mucking things up, too.