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  1. I just put this one in the mail to my in-laws yesterday. It’s a Moda Bake Shop quilt pattern using a Jelly Roll, which gave me a little trouble and I ended up doing some creative piecing to get it finished. I used Superior Monopoly to ditch it, beside the ditch, as the seams are all pressed open, then completed the rest with a Glide 40wt. Lenni worked really well with the Monopoly, thank the quilting gods! ;-). It’s about 60” square after washing. And I need to give credit to Tracey Russell from Whirls n Swirls Quilting who came out with the background full video the day I put it on the frame!
  2. Wow! Those are awesome! They're going to love them!
  3. Tablerunners

    Looks pretty good from here! I'm a one direction ribbon candy quilter. It's a tough one to do in all directions for me. Practice practice I know...
  4. I was wondering if anyone has made the investment in the New* (I say New, because it came out shortly after I bought my Lenni machine last year) True 1/4" foot that APQS came out with in the last year? It is a pet peave of mine that the hopping foot that comes with the machines is not a true 1/4" foot, after having a Handi Quilter with one as standard equipment. I find it makes a difference most if you are trying to use a template, like a circle on the inside or another curved template, or any template really where you are travelling on the inside of it. Not to mention wanting to use the backside of the foot for just a straight edge. So if you have acquired one, how's it work for you? Worth the investment? Thanks Kathy
  5. 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.
  6. Tips For New Long Arm Owner?

    Congratulations!!! So exciting!!! You will love your machine and APQS is excellent in customer care, so don't fret! I wind my own bobbins so I bought a bunch to have on hand and they are pretty inexpensive as well as getting an extra bobbin case. I too made a sling for my batting from an old sheet and some rope and bungee cords. Only really need it for the big quilts though. A smallish (2"x10") straight edge ruler with 1/4" registration marks on it, is a great place to start of you have an interest in doing ruler work. The one that comes with the Hartley base expander is pretty big and unwieldy IMHO. You'll figure it out in time, and the forum is a great resource for those questions that come up. Enjoy your new machine!
  7. New* True 1/4 Foot

    Thanks for the feedback gkazee. Obviously, I'm not alone in this. I'm glad to hear you find it an improvement.
  8. That is one awesome quilt! What a treasure! Your quilting choices were spot on. Well done by both yourself and the customer. I wouldn't want to give that one away!!!!
  9. Very cute quilt and great quilting choices and execution!
  10. EQ 8

    There are some encouraging comments here! I have had EQ7 for sometime and never got the hang of it, but when EQ8 came out and the upgrade price was discounted, I bought it, hoping maybe I'd be able to get the hang of it! I haven't installed it yet, but it's on my list of things to learn this year. I am determined!! So much to do....
  11. Houston Quilt Show

    It was great to meet you too Mary Beth and so glad it worked out for us to connect! We only got to the show for that one day and we only saw a fraction of the quilts. We both ended up sick with rotten colds and one day is just not enough!! Next time!
  12. 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.
  13. That's a really pretty quilt. I love your colour combination. Looks pretty great from here!
  14. I've finally decided to let my Handi Quilter Sweet 16 go after going to a Lenni longarm this time last year. I've had this machine about 4 years and it has been well maintained. Comes with everything you need to get going, except the unfinished quilts! Table overlay, Bobbin winder, needles, bobbins, spare bobbin case, foot conversion kit, and set of couching feet. I've completed maybe 30-35 quilts on it, mostly small children's charity quilts and a few kings. Located in BC just north of Idaho. Hoping to find a local buyer to avoid shipping. $3,000 USD or $4,000 CDN. Please PM me if you are interested.
  15. Christmas panel

    Well done! Pretty quilt!
  16. Wow! That's impressive! The benefit of fear and quicker learning ability ;). Good for her and great job by yourself getting her going!
  17. Sometimes Eric, it seems to be just how you hold your mouth as to whether you get puckering . I'm working on a Sew Kind of Wonderful quilt with some bias stretch happening I think. I thought I had it all solved until the other day when I got a pucker in my feather half way through it! I took out the stitching, wet it down to encourage it to shrink back to "normal", completed the other seven feathers in the exact same piecing arrangement without a hitch while the unstitched area dried. Went back and tried with a slightly different approach to the stitching order and it still puckered in the exact same spot. I pleated it and sewed it down and called it good! I wasn't going to rip it out again. I only quilt for myself, so I've decided I'll have to live with it! 7 of 8 done without a pucker is not a bad ratio .
  18. Still pretty green at the longarm game and working my way through various challenges. Right now I have just finished loading the biggest quilt yet for me to quilt with my Lenni. As if the size isn't enough challenge, I also wanted to have a go at using two layers of batting. It is something I've admired in quilts done by others, and something I tried to do on my Sweet 16 Sitdown and gave up on. It was one of the selling points for me to go to a longarm set up. Now reality hits, and I am trying to figure out all the little ins and outs of that decision. So my quilt top is 112" by 96". I have a Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting on the bottom layer against the backing and a Hobbs Wool batting on top. When I first took them out of their bags, I thought, "oh, no problem, they're both really thin!" But the wool puffed up after spritzing with water and a quick trip in the dryer to get the wrinkles out! I made a sling to hold my batting so it doesn't drag on the floor till I get it rolled on a bit...I'm not a quick quilter, and I didn't want it getting stepped on and collect threads, at the least, from my carpeted floor. Loading the quilt, before the batting portion, took me several hours, then I just spent a few more getting the batting loaded and basting my top edges down to start. I would starve at this if I was trying to make a living at it! I measured and remeasured and pinned, just to try and get it basted down square and straight, dealing with the extra fullness of the batting. One layer of cotton is a picnic compared to this. So here is my question, thought I'd never get to it right?! For those of you who have worked with two layers of batting, how do you ensure that when you advance the quilt, the two batting layers feed in unison and straight and you don't get one of the layers with a fold or pucker in it? Just a side note, I loaded my quilt top on the quilt top roller as I gives me a feeling of security having it under control on the roller when it's so ungainly in size. i actually have a second question as well. Getting into longarm quilting has been a series of challenges and revelations to me. I only quilt for myself, so it's not the business side of things I'm talking about. It's the how's and why's of it that seem to have eluded me when deciding I would really like to get a longarm. It's probably just me, not asking the right questions, but I think it's also, not knowing what questions to ask. Having gone theough a learning curve when I got into FMQ on a domestic machine and then later a Sitdown midarm, it was relatively easy to find resources for a multitude of nuances involved with Sitdown quilting. However, what I've found with getting into a longarm, apart from reading through forums, there just isn't the same kind of information out there. So my question here is, how did you all get so knowledgeable on all the little tricks and how to's to longarming? Was it just a trial and error experience, or is there a resource out there I haven't found where you can go get a lesson on some of the more in depth questions? Have a good friend who has it all figured out? In the past, almost year, that I've had my machine, I've wished there was someone I could go to and just spend a day, picking their brain with all the questions I've come across, and end up muddling through. I'm sure there are easier ways for me to do things, more efficient, more exacting, whatever. Sorry to go on and on here, but I just have to think I'm not the only one out there trying the hard way to figure all this stuff out. There ought to be a big book of knowledge for this! . And no luck finding all of my answers on YouTube!
  19. And I just sent you one back . K
  20. I'm not in the business of quilting for others, but I have volunteered to quilt for a local group that make Quilts 4 Kids that go to the Sick Kids Hospitals in our area. I donate my time and thread and spray basting if I do it on my Sweet 16. I also make quilt tops, that I finish with their batting and backing and my quilting and binding for the cause. I don't have any concerns with these quilts not ending up where they're supposed to. If I did, that would be the end of that relationship.
  21. That would be awesome LibbyG! I'd buy it! No, there isn't much convenient to me here, so online resources have been a godsend. In fact, just today I stumbled upon a thread that Dawn Cavanaugh had posted about raising the hopping foot to accommodate thick battings, of up to 3 or 4 business cards and equates one business card to the equivalent thickness of 4 pieces of a sticky note paper! Now that was enlightening! So I raised my hopping foot a bit more and voila, no more puckers! Thanks for your tips!
  22. Loading A Quilt

    Thanks for this Myrna! I really like the way you add in the bits of info along the way, explaining the why of it and what to watch for and concern or not concern yourself with. I would be so pleased if you continued with other videos because this one was awesome! I've had my Lenni just about one year now and any little tips and tricks I can get to ease the process are so appreciated. I only wish I could come visit you in Colorado!
  23. Thanks Eric for your tips! I would love to be able to take an advanced class from Angela Huffman! I get the trial and error process. I don't know if you noticed my other post more recently about getting tiny puckers on my quilt top, from the fabric being pushed, a result of the thickness factor. Do you have any thoughts on that? I was at the Quilt Expo in Portland recently so asked a few longarmers about it and they all said to raise my hopping foot a bit. I've only just returned home, but thought I would do that and see how it goes. I can always lower it back down. I'm talking another half or sol business car thickness. Business card thickness if such an arbitrary measurement?, how thick is a business card? Know what I mean .