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  1. And I just sent you one back . K
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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!
  5. 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!
  6. 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 .

    Hi Mary Beth! Yes we plan to attend on November 3rd with the 4th as an additional day option. Not signed up for any classes or anything, simply there to take it all in as my sister isn't a rabid quilter like myself , but I'm thrilled to have someone to wander the show with in her! What are you planning to do there? Classes, shopping, drooling? Lol!

    I'm off to the Houston quilt show in a couple of weeks, my first time there, with my sister, her first time to a quilt show. I've been to several different ones over the past few years, but there are so many! I've been to the NW Quilting Expo in Portland, Oregon several times, it's always good. HMQS (a different name now) in Salt Lake City, Utah, fantastic show, runs in May, PIQE in Santa Clara, Calif, runs in October, and hope to maybe get to Road 2 California this January. Paducah is still on my list!!
  9. For the waves/clamshells, could you not chalk a grid and then freehand it to get the look of your upside down clamshells, if you did say a 2" grid, it would be doable. Of course you'd want to outline the appliqué first and accentuate them. Hard to get the scale from the picture, so 2" might be to much or too little. For the rest of it you could outline the features/appliqué and free hand a spiky fill (thinking grassy) or McTavishing? Just a couple thoughts off the top of my head... I will be interested in seeing what u come up with!
  10. So I am working on my Morrocan Vibe quilt with 2 layers of batting, Hobbs 80/20 on the bottom, Hobbs wool on top. I worked through the quilt from top to bottom essentially ditching the main features of the quilt and pin basting. I've found that if I'm not extremely careful and even when I am, I can end up with a small pleat of excess fabric at the end of a line of stitching maybe 6-8 inches, with a ruler, when it meets up with a ditched feature, like the fabric is being pushed. I've been trying to counteract that by not stitching the grid all in one direction, but varying it so it doesn't do that, but while it looks ok in the end, I feel that it is being distorted a bit. In an open area of fairly dense quilting, I'll get a small pleat when I close up an area. I've been reading older posts on hopping foot height and it appears that 2 business cards is the max height, which is where I'm at now. Any suggestions on how to prevent this tiny pleating I'm getting, if I can't raise my hopping foot any further? Can I raise my hopping foot a fraction yet? Thanks for your insight on this .
  11. Small Pleats in Top

    Thanks Jim. Was going to try skill to learn as I'm a 2 handed driver. Also trying to change my motif choices to accommodate that in certain areas and to try and avoid the piling up.
  12. I've been working on stabilizing my quilt (112"x96") with 2 layers of batting, Hobbs 80/20 on bottom, Hobbs wool on top. Both are King sized Battings 120"x120". I'm down to the last 30" of the quilt and if I'm lucky I have 31" of wool batting left, about 12-16" more than that of the 80/20. All along while advancing the quilt, I gently tugged both layers of batting and checked to make sure I wasn't getting any folds or wrinkles anywhere I could see. I have been hyper vigilant in this process, as it is a new thing for me to use 2 battings. Is this a normal thing to happen? When I loaded the quilt I loaded it with the 112" across the frame and at the time found the wool batting a bit short of 120" wide and chalked it up to having spritzed it a put it in the dryer for 10-15 minutes to get the wrinkles out. Figured it may have shrunk a little. It was about the same width as the top going across the frames, so not big enough. So I rotated it, thinking it was still lots to go 96" down the length. It's going to be nip and tuck! Well I guess I got all worried for nothing! I had about 3" to spare on one side and maybe 6" on the other
  13. It just goes to show you that it doesn't need to be complex to be beautiful! Great quilt and quilting!
  14. Pink Halloween Quilt

    What a fun quilt to make and to quilt! Absolutely over the top in every way! Well done!
  15. Bedford Springs

    Such a gorgeous quilt in every way! Love that pattern and the added touches! Fantastic job by all!
  16. Thank you ladies! There is some comfort in knowing it's probably not something I missed when rolling on and this sucking up batting can happen. Betsy, you mentioned the puffing up factor, and now that you mention it, I remember thinking when I took it out of the package that it was way thinner than I expected. However, it was so badly wrinkled, I first hung it over my longarm frame to relax and spritzed it with water. After two days it was still pretty wrinkled (and no thicker), so I spritzed it again and popped it in the dryer on Extra Low for no more than 15 minutes and poof! It was thick and like I mentioned, was shorter in the one direction, not that I thought to measure it previous to that, but assumed it was as advertised on the package. So that may very well be where the length went, in the poof. So, you have to wonder if when its prepared for market and is so thin when we get it if it is stretch out to size? I'm not afraid of adding at the end if I must, but was more afraid of a wad of batting somewhere in the sandwich that is too late to fix! Another learning experience!
  17. Thanks everybody for your support and suggestions for help on my end of day sharing session . Thanks Gail O for your method on keeping the batting sorted out. I've done the same thing for a single layer, but wondered if there was more to it with two. You are absolutely right Missy, it's the anxiety of fumbling through it talking! I do celebrate my successes when they happen, but I'm afraid I am a Type A personality with a bit of perfectionist thrown to have a plan, know all the steps and get it done! I need to chill. It's so much fun when I can just quilt! I like to be challenged, but I need to enjoy the process of working through it. For others who mentioned the orientation session with the Dealer, I did that back in December, but it was very basic and most of which I had figured out already, having done a one day tryout with a machine at my dealer's before purchasing. My pointed questions were a bit "glossed over" during the orientation, I think because they were outside the lesson plan made for that day. I'm about five hours drive to the closest dealer here and about 7 hours to Kamloops, so not really handy. I found the Terri Watson class for the Fundamentals of Longarming. It's on, for anyone else who may be interested. It appears to be very basic as well, and surprisingly, many of the comments about it are about looking for a more advanced class from her, which would be more of what I'm looking for. I can free motion quilt and have taken many classes on that either online or in person. It's more of the specific challenges encountered when learning the longarm method when going beyond a basic quilt, basic single layer batting, basic e2e or panto quilting, etc. Thanks for the heads up Debbie on the ruler work with the added puff and mentioning the quilt top being mounted. Anyway, thanks again! You've all been very patient with my rambling! I love my Lenni too and shall keeping pushing him til we get it all figured out .
  18. Dog gone cute

    Awesome little quilt! I agree with the rest, that bone border is great!
  19. Picnic Quilt

    Very pretty! Love the pattern and the quilting! Great job!
  20. mommy and me

    So cute! Nice job all round!
  21. Great quilt! I love the movement it radiates!
  22. Iris quilt

    It's beautiful Sharon! Nice job on the quilting. What a shame it would have been to leave that quilt in storage. How awesome for you and your friend to have each other to share your quilting passion.
  23. I have directional tension issues without IQ (I don't have IQ) and it drives me crazy. I mostly give up, but someday, I'd really like to get to the bottom of it, because it really isn't acceptable . Good luck with your situation, I can only commiserate.