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  1. 11 points
    LibbyG

    HONOR ABIDES HERE

    The Bedford Historical Society asked our guild to make them a raffle quilt for 2017. I've always wanted to make this quilt since I saw it in McCalls Quilting Magazine a number of years ago. I used Hobbs 80/20 batting, So Fine on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin. I added an extra row to the top and side of the pattern so it would be queen size. It won 2 First Place Awards, a Second Place and best longarm machine quilting in 3 different area quilt shows. Only one judge said she saw shadowing. I did try to press seams open, but it was easier to sew nine patches ironing to one side. How do you try to prevent shadowing? Honor Abides Here (2) by Libby G, on Flickr Cumberland MD quilt show 097 by Libby G, on Flickr Honor Abides Here (5) by Libby G, on Flickr Honor Abides Here (3) by Libby G, on Flickr
  2. 11 points
    IBQLTN2

    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.
  3. 9 points
    lindasewsit

    Here's what some pixy dust did! :)

    Here's the trouble area of my quilt, quilted! I had to put a pleat in the blue sash, but I think it itturned out pretty good for as wonky as it was.
  4. 7 points
    jbnt9999

    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!
  5. 6 points
    SWall

    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!
  6. 6 points
    Cairns

    Help with quilt ideas

    Okay. Thanks for the thoughts. I'll audition them this weekend and get to work! i appreciate the advice, ladies. I finished this one. Lucey quilted out unbelievably bad piecing issues and the quilt will now last longer and s out of storage. I'm pretty happy. Thanks again for suggestions.
  7. 5 points
    LibbyG

    Beverly's Bouquet #2

    When one of my friends saw the post of the first Beverly's Bouquet quilt, she loved it so much she ordered the pattern. It really was challenging for her, but she's done a terrific job with it. Hobb's 80/20, So Fine on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin. Beverlys Bouquet by Libby G, on Flickr Beverlys Bouquet (2) by Libby G, on Flickr Beverlys Bouquet (3) by Libby G, on Flickr
  8. 5 points
    Cagey

    Bobbin Bits

    Myself, I run the bobbin out. I have found I have tension problems when I change bobbins, so why increase the number of possible tension changes. You will probably get a feel for how dense you can quilt and how many times you can go across a quilt top with a single bobbin. Keep notes, that way you can have a good idea when to change bobbins. I have found I like Cindy Needham's (really GiGi Kandler's) method of tying off thread ends and burying them in the quilt sandwich; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n34ggPYamjc Short tails are no problem with this method. Short tails are no problem with this method. Cagey
  9. 5 points
    Sew & Sow

    Help Please

    Thanks everyone. The consensus seemed to be to call my friend and that's what I did. Turned out to be not as bad as I thought it would be. I've taken off the borders and re-attached. The whole quilt had bias edges, no wonder there was so much stretching. Now the quilt is fairly square with a little puffiness within the blocks, but not too bad. Almost ready to start quilting.
  10. 4 points
    delld

    Four point star quilt

    This is Patsy's quilt. It's a hand pieced that she found on the internet. Sh asked me to quilt it. Thought you would like to see. She loved it today when she picked it up!!! 20170626_100418 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20170626_100441 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20170626_100447 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20170626_100458 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20170626_101728 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr
  11. 4 points
    lkl

    Tension control check spring

    Zeke I replaced the top tension check spring. It was quick and easy to do. I was having a few unexplained top thread breaks or snaps even though the tension looked great. I buffed for burrs, cleaned, checked the needle and hopping foot height, the timing and replaced the pigtails. I then replaced the thread, bobbin, bobbin case, needle and applied Sewers Aid, but still had the occasional break. Since replacing the worn tension check spring, all is good again. I just finished a quilt with no thread breakage. Excellent signs to watch for if you think the tension check spring is spent. Thank you. Leslie
  12. 3 points
    InesR

    Red snappers

    I have a Lenni and I got red snappers about a month ago. Wow, can you load and unload a quilt fast. I really like that part, but there is a trade off. They add weight, and the very end of you leaders want to sag because of the weight. But, I am going to live with it, because of the benefit I perceive. Love pulling a quilt off, I seemed to poke myself more when I was taking off and I don't miss that at all. Overall, I am glad I put them on.
  13. 3 points
    mlsa3

    HONOR ABIDES HERE

    2 first places, 1 second place and best longarming...ha....I wouldn't care if there were shadows all over the thing....it's absolutely beautiful. Just tell them you didn't charge extra for the shadowing.
  14. 3 points
    MaryQuiltsTx

    Bobbin Bits

    Yes there are so many. It's hard to know where to start. But since support was non existent with the old one, one of my main criteria for my new machine had to be customer support, preferably local. Then when I found APQS had lifetime warranties, I was sold.
  15. 2 points
    IBQLTN2

    Blissed Lenni table arrived

    Although the boxes were a bit beat up in their travels all seems to be intact inside. I will see this morning as we begin our assembly. Getting my coffee this morning, already read over the assembly instructions last night, and then let the fun begin. We should have pictures by this afternoon. I am an optimist. This is my retirement present to myself for 27 and a half years working as a full charge bookkeeper at a dredging company. I'm not out yet, but keeping my fingers crossed that my 2nd trainee will not quit before I can get out. Wish me luck!
  16. 2 points
    Gator

    Red snappers

    I have had my red snappers as long as they have been out. I love mine and have no problems with them. They are a little hard to push together at first but you want them tight. I tried the leader grips (I think that's what they were) but didn't like them. I have and I believe others have added a small zipper leader and put the channel in it. I had the zippers before all the other stuff came out (snappers, leader grips, etc). I used to be the queen of gadgets, LOL. The red snapper video is good, it will show you what to do. It isn't hard to do.
  17. 2 points
    Sheri Butler

    Batting Question - Warm and Natural

    I use Warm and Natural and Warm and White ALL THE TIME! If you get bearding on the back...1) you may need a new needle. 2) your backing fabric is "thin"...possibly not good quality quilting fabric.
  18. 2 points
    Sharon Deming

    Batting Question - Warm and Natural

    That "damage" must have been reported by an executive of another brand of batting! W&N does not cause damage to home sewing machines or longarms. What causes the most damage to a machine is user error or failure to clean/maintain the machine. Do NOT be concerned. I use W&N batting all of the time and love it. If you don't buy it wholesale - check JoAnn. They are often on at 50% off. Check craftsy.com as well. They have packages and rolls at good discounts. In the pic: left: W&N, right: Warm and Plush.
  19. 2 points
    Mary Beth

    Batting Question - Warm and Natural

    When I was in business I only used Quilter's Dream Bat and Hobbs. Back then I had a tax ID letter so bought it wholesale. Now that I am a regular citizen of the US of A, I buy those brands when I can get them on sale. I have used Warm and Natural and have not had any problem. It is not my favorite, but there are battings that I do not want in my house, let alone on my LA.
  20. 2 points
    Mary Beth

    Red snappers

    Yes, watch the You Tube video, it tells you so much info. Use your longarm to make the channel.
  21. 2 points
    Mary Beth

    Red snappers

    I have them on my Freedom. On my old machine, I pinned but was so tired of being stuck and bleeding. Then I installed the zippers. I loved them, but always felt like something was off center, or just not quite right. When I bought my Freedom, I bought the Red Snappers. I like them okay. My hands are kind of weak, so I have a hard time attaching the clipping part onto the leader part. That is the only thing I don't like, but for a normal person, they would be perfect.
  22. 2 points
    loraquilts

    Bobbin Bits

    I have several bobbins that just have a dab of thread on them --- wide range of colors. I don't want to throw them out, and don't want to waste them, so what I do is use them when I need to baste the quilt. It doesn't matter what color I use for basting because these stitches will either be covered up or pulled out later anyway.
  23. 2 points
    yankiequilter

    HONOR ABIDES HERE

    Gorgeous, Libby, the quilt is stunning. To reduce shadowing I will trim the dark fabric in the seam so it lies below the light fabric.
  24. 2 points
    Plumpurple

    HONOR ABIDES HERE

    Libby, it's so beautiful! I love it. Sharon
  25. 2 points
    MaryQuiltsTx

    Bobbin Bits

    Duh, you did say top thread, right there in black and white! I think I will do that. Seems to be the easiest way to use it and keep on eye on how much is there. Thanks. I am so happy not to have to rely on my own brain sometimes. I swear that thing goes on vacation without me sometimes.
  26. 2 points
    quilterkp

    Shout Out About Sheridan Kay Quilting

    I just wanted to post praising Sheridan Kay Quilting. She is a very customer-oriented lady and does something that no other LA vender has offered to me. She allowed me to meander a small quilt to see how I liked the machines and the process of LA quilting. She didn't charge me for this. However, after the quilt was completed, I signed up for a certification class. She will be seeing more of me. Not everyone has as long as wait as I will for their longarm so may just do quick doodling on a sample at various shops. Doing a small quilt is actually better BECAUSE you see right away how certain repetitive processes work. By actually quilting a small quilt, I now KNOW that I want electronic channel locks. This is knowledge I would not have gained from just doodling. She also walked me through the maintenance process prior to quilting, which is pretty pain free. If anyone near Hendersonville, NC plans on buying a longarm, I highly recommend checking out Sheridan's shop. I also got the opportunity to meet the fabulous Sharon Denning! We had lunch and chatted a bit. She is lots of fun and full of great information.
  27. 2 points
    Lynn1234

    Help with my Lenni

    Yeah!!! My honey worked with me this morning and we have my Lenni back up and running! After a thorough cleaning and oiling, my honey found that one of my encoder cables had a broken wire. Luckily when I first got my used machine we had trouble setting it up and called APQS for help. We asked what extra parts we should have on hand and they recommended we have 2 cables. Thanks APQS....I can now get my quilts completed!
  28. 1 point
    Quilting Heidi

    HONOR ABIDES HERE

    Its just beautiful Libby. I love that feather border.
  29. 1 point
    Liam

    Beverly's Bouquet #2

    Beautiful quilt and awesome quilting!!!
  30. 1 point
    yankiequilter

    Beverly's Bouquet #2

    Libby, you have turned this quilt into spectacular!!!!!
  31. 1 point
    MaryQuiltsTx

    Batting Question - Warm and Natural

    I use warm and natural all the time too. I have never had any problems with it. I can buy it with a coupon, by the roll, from Hobby Lobby so it is fairly convenient. Nerve racking when you read stuff like this and it causes worry about our machines.
  32. 1 point
    LibbyG

    Four point star quilt

    Awesome as usual, Dell.
  33. 1 point
    quilterkp

    Beverly's Bouquet #2

    That is stunning!
  34. 1 point
    SWall

    Beverly's Bouquet #2

    Beautiful!
  35. 1 point
    KarenH

    HONOR ABIDES HERE

    Libby the quilt it beautiful!!!
  36. 1 point
    Quilta93

    M bobbins

    F Because of what Jim had to say about using both the L and the M bobbin, I got the M bobbin, and I have not regretted it. I have not had any tension issues. I use the aluminum bobbins. I ordered them from eBay. There are different types, so I looked carefully at the pictures and compared them with the ones that came with my machine. Deb.
  37. 1 point
    I had to get a special end for mine when I changed over to bliss I think we finally took a picture of the the ends and they sent me a jump cable that hooked them together. Good luck...
  38. 1 point
    Tellabella

    HONOR ABIDES HERE

    It is absolutely beautiful with exquisite quilting? What issue of McCalls has the pattern?
  39. 1 point
    RunningThreads

    What's a good bobbin winder?

    You could try Ray at Quilt Tech. I know a few have purchased winders from him and I haven't heard any complaints. I have one like it that came with my U1. https://quilttech.com/product/bobbin-winder-l-bobbins-with-speed-control/ Or if you are really on a budget look on Craigslist and find a vintage sewing machine for about 20 dollars and use the bobbin winder on that. Nigel
  40. 1 point
    IBQLTN2

    New Millie to be delivered Wednesday :)

    Congratulations. It is so exciting isn't it. I got my Lenni 8 years ago and now I have ordered the new blissed table. I am really excited as well. It was supposed to be delivered today. Tracking now says thursday. At least in time for playing on the weekend. Have a great time getting to know your machine. And welcome to the APQS family.
  41. 1 point
    Cagey

    HQ sixteen & Grace Frame

    Lyme; This may help; "The machine is in our store in Holiday Fl. You can test machine in the store. Store phone number 727-232-6718." Cagey
  42. 1 point
    Hi Mary Beth Thanks for this information I will have a look Tracey
  43. 1 point
    I saw this and thought you might be interested in this. I do not know if it is still available but you could check with her and see. If I could afford it right now I would have it myself. It is beautiful.this was from longarmuniversity.com. Good luck on the hunt. Machine: Bernina Q20 sit down machine Location: Fort Worth, TX Price: $8,200 Contact: quiltnovice77@gmail.com This very gently and seldom used, low-stitch count machine. The Q20 is Bernina’s sit-down version of a longarm machine. It has a large throat space of 20 inches. The Q20 is perfect for small spaces, with a table footprint of 36 inches deep and 45 inches wide. You have the choice of using one or two of the 16 inch table leaves to increase the table width to 77 inches making it easy to handle big quilts. There are two stitch length regulated modes, a manual mode, as well as a very useful adjustable basting stitch mode. For photos Click Here The large M size bobbins equals fewer bobbin changes. There is a handy magnetized table shelf for things like scissors and pins and plenty of built in under the table top storage. A special foot for ruler work (#96), the Martelli 12 inch hoop, as well as extra bobbins will be included. For more information visit the Bernina website by Clicking Here I am the original and only owner. Purchaser is responsible for take down, pickup, transportation, re-assembly and all associated costs. Posted 5-27-17 to be removed 9-27-17
  44. 1 point
    How much for that tiara and where are you located
  45. 1 point
    I have Babylock Tiara 16 inch sit down quilting machine,table with extension, bobbin winder, only used on 2 quilts, stitch count is 306816. Please contact me if interested, leesinms@ yahoo.com
  46. 1 point
    rhondav

    Panto Vision

    Is it possible to have the Innova Panto Vision put on a 2012 Freedom?
  47. 1 point
    Cagey

    APQS Ultimate II

    Batty: I spoke with Dave, and his "spa treatment" is $250. Though I am sure if it needs parts, they are more. You could check with him, to see if he will be in CA and could stop by to fix your issues. You would be putting more money into you problem child, but he might be able to fix it and keep you in the quilting game. Cagey
  48. 1 point
    klwheeler

    Which Size Bobbin to Get

    I'm so glad to have the new M size!
  49. 1 point
    Bonnie H

    Which Size Bobbin to Get

    I don't have an APQS but do have an M bobbin. I love the extra thread on the M bobbin. I wind all of my own and use a TOWA with every bobbin. A few big name machines have an M bobbin: A-1 and Innova's do, along with the already mentioned Gammill. I'm glad to see APQS has one now, too. If it only costs $250 to change it an L if you are unhappy with the M, why not go with the M to start if you are comfortable possibly spending $250 more down the road?
  50. 1 point
    sllieske

    Which Size Bobbin to Get

    I just set up my new Freedom this weekend with the M bobbin. I hope I won't be sorry! I did get a bunch of samples of the pre- wound magnetic bobbins and some Glide thread so I will try those. I have been practicing with some bobbins I wound and my stitch quality does look great. I am used to checking for lint after every row anyway so I will continue that practice.