stitchin cricket

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About stitchin cricket

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    Gastonia, NC
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    Making quilt tops and quilting them, reading, crocheting afghans, spending time with my family, meeting and getting to know other quilters; I love going to the North Carolina Mountains with my husband. I hope to someday run my own quilt shop, teach quilting and become an APQS dealer.

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  1. Beautiful work from a great team. Hope to see more eye candy from you both. Happy Quilting
  2. I also had George (prior to my Millie), and I used to spray baste with no problems. I tried pin basting, but it wasn't my preferred method. After finishing a quilt on George, I would place a cloth under my foot in order to cover the plate, and clean the needle with a lightly damp lint free cloth or alcohol wipe. I never had any issues. I think you have to find what works best for you. You will love your George, he's a great machine. Happy Quilting,
  3. Great work, both piecing and quilting. I think I'd have to make this quilt more than once myself. I think I would like to make it using batiks!!! Hope to see more eye candy. Happy Quilting,
  4. Hey Nancy, I read an article a while back about the frixion Pens. What I found was that while heat will make the ink disappear, cold temperatures brings it back. I too wanted to use them on a quilt but decided not to after reading the article. I'm sorry I can't remember where I seen the article. I've also read about them on this forum from others. I did use them to mark seams when sewing half square triangles for example, but stopped doing that because I didn't want to take a chance that the ink would show up later. Happy Quilting,
  5. This quilt is stunningly beautiful!!! The replica of light behind the dragon flies makes their coloring even more prominent. Fantastic work Terry. Happy Quilting,
  6. Thank you Kathy for asking this question. I too wanted to know what the opinion was on this topic. I just purchased my Millie last month and wondered what method others used. I have been floating my tops, but have seen others using their quilt top roller. I wondered which method others preferred. I think Linda's right, it depends on what works best for you and the quilt you are working on at the time. Happy Quilting,
  7. Wow Linda, you're really friendly. I have to say though, you did a very nice job on the last "friendly" quilt so I'm confident you will do great!! I think I might have to charge extra for all the tucking and working in you're having to do, but I'm no where near being an expert quilter so I may be wrong. BTW, I responded to your email so I wanted to make sure you received it. Good luck with the quilting. Happy Quilting
  8. I periodically quilt for a little lady. She called me a few days ago asking me to quilt a small 4 block wall hanging. The only difference is she says it's dirty, and she wants it quilted before washing it. I'm not sure I want to quilt a dirty quilt on my brand new Millie. I haven't seen the quilt so I'm not sure how dirty it is yet. I would really appreciate some feedback from my APQS family on this issue. Should I quilt it as is or could it damage my Millie? Should I tell her that it must be washed before I can quilt it? What would you do if you were asked to quilt a dirty quilt? Your comments and suggests are welcome. Thanks for your advice. Happy Quilting,
  9. No Libby, that's okay. I can't imagine how it feels to experience all the snow that people have to deal with out west or up north. In my neck of the woods, we get just enough to make us happy. After the snow and ice as well as the frigid temperatures we have been experiencing since last Friday, this coming weekend is going to feel like spring with temperatures reaching the low to mid 70's. While we would like to experience a little more snow than we do, we really don't want to be snowed in for really long periods of time. Happy Quilting,
  10. Oh well, I was hoping I'd get a snow day from work tomorrow, but as always, the snow doesn't hang around here very long once it stops falling. Even though the temperature didn't get above 28 degrees today, the main roads are clear for the most part. The county government will be operating on a 2 hour delay tomorrow so I have to go to work, bummer!!!! Zeke, you may get to see the remaining remnants of our first winter storm, but we may get lucky and have another one between now and March. Our worst storms, when we have them, usually occur in February or early March. The most accumulation we've ever had in my lifetime is 18 inches of snow. The bad thing around here is we don't have the equipment to handle any major snow storm so when we do have a heavy snow, it basically cripples us. Our winters are usually mild so when we get any kind of accumulation, it's a big deal. Be safe during your travels and welcome to NC. Happy Quilting,
  11. Sounds great Linda!! It would be great to talk to someone who loves quilting as much as I do. I've been piecing quilts for over 16 years, but I've only been quilting them myself for approximately 3+ years, and a year of that was spent renovating our previous house in order to sell it because I had no space to expand my quilting. The time that I have been quilting was done on a HDM or the APQS George. I took the plunge a few weeks ago and purchased a Millie, and I still can't believe she's in my house. It's been a bit of a learning curve for me and I'm trying to adjust to moving the machine instead of the fabric as well as having stitch regulation. I have watched Angela Huffman on Fons & Porter, and I'm trying to take her advise to just pick a few designs to master then add more as your skills improve. She also said that slow and steady wins the race. My problem is 1. I've never been known for my patience, and 2. I get bored doing the same design over and over. I'm currently trying to break these two issues because I know that I must if I want to be able to quilt as beautifully as the quilts I've seen done by others on this forum. My DH tells me all the time that what he's seen me do gets better the more that I do it, and I need to stop being so hard on myself because there's no such thing as perfection in quilting. He says that's what makes every quilt special and unique because it's the quilter's signature touch that makes it so special. Anyway, email me at and we'll make arrangements. Happy Quilting, Carmen
  12. I thought I would share a rare occurrence in my neck of the woods SNOW!!! Here in NC, we rarely get snow and when we do, it usually doesn't hang around for more than 2 or 3 days. While our snows can't compete with the western or northern snows, their a big deal for us, and we love watching the snow fall. This snow fall just might hang around a little longer than normal because of the arctic blast that follows the snow. That just means more quilting time for me. The scene in these pics can be viewed from both my sewing room and Millie's room. I'll get to experience a quilting day with beautiful scenery. ENJOY!!!
  13. My favorite soup to make is homemade vegetable beef soup. I slow cook a sirloin or chuck roast overnight seasoned with spices. The next day, I take the broth and divide it between two slow cookers, add all the vegetables we like, tomato sauce and petite diced tomatoes. I pull the meat apart with a fork and add it to both slow cookers. Once all the ingredients are added, I let it slow cook for the remainder of the day for dinner. I always make homemade corn bread to go with it. This is my families favorite soup. Happy Quilting, Carmen New Millie owner
  14. Yes, I listed it under used machines and sold it to someone within 48 hours. I hope you are able to find a George because it is a wonderful machine. I did three years worth of research before deciding on the best brand of long arm machine, not just the quality of machine but the customer support and service. Hands down, APQS was by far the best for me. Best of luck!!! Happy Quilting,
  15. Merry Christmas to you as well Mary Beth. May God Bless and keep you and your family safe this Christmas season. Carmen Finger New APQS Millie owner