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  1. 4 points
    InesR

    Tablerunners

    Though I would post a picture of a tablerunner. Nothing grand, but great practice without burning a lot of time. Ribbon candy is tough.
  2. 2 points
    Gator

    Hi-Tech Inbonded Quilting thread

    EmbroPoly, recommend you provide volunteer LongArm quilters with a few spools of thread for testing. Trust me these guys will be honest with their evaluations. We did this with another company a few years ago. The company was very gracious/generous with the quilter's who tested their threads. They would be representing themselves for endorsing your thread not the APQS Company.
  3. 2 points
    All good comments. I was just glad that I had my reading glasses on. I'm sure it was probably needle flex. I was doing a quilt with hexagons, lots of "y" seams, batting and minkee. IQ stopped for an obstruction which was probably the needle flexing/bending holding onto the fabric. I first thought it may have hit the bobbin thread cutter which sometimes sticks on me, but I would have noticed it by sound. I am aware that it sticks sometimes, heck it's 8 years old, in my hast to check a problem with my IQ tablet, I didn't check it too. I have 3 domestic machines, 2 10-needle embroidery machines and a serger, in other words lots and lots of needles with breaks over the years. I think most only broke into two pieces, this was the first one that shattered. I am so proud of my girl (Millie), she was born in 2008 and is running smooth, that needle breaking had to hurt. APQS quality is superb. I don't want to scare anyone, because needle breaks are part of our world, just be careful. For our "newbies" yep us "oldies" still gets the stuffing scared out of us when it happens because it totally catches you off guard and sounds a lot worse then it is.
  4. 1 point
    dbams

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Hello Everyone, Yesterday, I received a package from Himself (a.k.a. RitaR's husband, Roland). Imagine my surprise when I found a ribbon and evaluation form, along with a letter from Roland. Here is what he had to say: Dear Betsy, Pray you and your family had a joyful and present Thanksgiving. Mine was enjoyable, spent with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids. Our quilt guild was in need of more quilts for our quilt show, so decided to enter the one you gals made for Rita. I was using it on the bed. It won a ribbon, so I'll send it on to you. I'm enjoying looking at it and reading the writing on it. I thank you gals again for making the quilt. She enjoyed when she first saw it, and was wanting to see it again later, but just never got up the strength to do it. Pray you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Rita's quilt won second place! I had tears in my eyes when I saw the ribbon and read Roland's letter. Wasn't that nice of him to send that for all of us to see? I know this was a group project, but I hope no one minds if I keep the ribbon. I never expected to have a quilt with my work win anything, and this means a lot to me.
  5. 1 point
    KathyP

    Thread Delivery Tip to share

    When quilting a large quilt on George, I found that sometimes the quilt would push up against the thread cone, adding drag to the thread. Not good! So I searched the house for something to use as a shield or bumper, so the quilt couldn’t touch the cone. I ended up using this purple collapsible nylon bucket that I use for scraps at quilt retreats. It’s called The Gypsy Bitty Buddy from The Quilting Gypsy. The nylon is thin enough that the magnet on George’s thread stand still works. The magnet keeps the bucket locked in place, even when the quilt pushes up against it, and the thread comes off the spool uninterrupted. Just thought I’d share in case anyone else has the same problem.
  6. 1 point
    I have worked in an industrial environment most of my life (military). Safety was always the way of life. I always had safety glasses on but now I wear glasses because of age. I was doing a quilt over the weekend and all of a sudden my IQ said obstruction and stopped, grrrr but no problem. I was using minkee as my backing and the top had some thick seams. I have always used my bobbin thread cutter (had Millie's since 2007). Ok, to make a short story long, I thought I cleared everything and cleaned the wheels and table? I hit the start button and "BANG, BANG, BANG" the needle shattered, right, it didn't just break it shattered, pieces went everywhere! I'm only 5ft tall so a piece hit me in the face. Now you get my question, my reading glasses probably kept the piece from going into my eye. I was using a 4.0 machine needle, glad it wasn't titanium. When you think about using rulers, needles, etc with a fast moving machine, maybe we should take a minute to think about eye safety (fingers too). After settling my nerves and cleaning my pants, here's the good part: I have both eyes. The quilt wasn't ripped or damaged. I found 5 pieces of the needle including the eye (with thread in it), which looked like I got all of it. I blew out the bobbin housing and made sure I still had a hook. I changed the needle and proceeded with the quilt, guess what!!!! I love my APQS machine, the stitches were beautiful, whew no retiming required. The only thing that may have caused the needle to shatter, was my bobbin thread cutter knife gets stuck every now and then and maybe the needle hit it? I can't think of anything else that could have happened without destroying the hook? Any other ideas? I've been quilting since 2007 and never had a needle shatter, break yes but shatter no.
  7. 1 point
    I don't know what Jim uses his channel locks for but I use mine with every quilt. They are great for sewing straight lines. I float my quilts, so I run a straight basting line across the batting and line the top up on it to ensuring my top is straight. I also can use the vertical ones to check the sides to keep my top square. I have a computer on my machine so those that do manual quilting can give you more examples of their many uses.
  8. 1 point
    Connie, Thanks for posting this. You always have great information for us. So glad you and Millie are okay!
  9. 1 point
    T Row Studio

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Thank you for sharing this. The group here are amazing I am proud to be part of it. Thank-you everybody who took part in this project. It turned out beautiful. Great job putting it together Betsy. Display the ribbon proudly.
  10. 1 point
    Gator

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Betsy, thank you for sharing the ribbon and Roland's note. I'm in tears once again but good tears knowing the quilt not only made Rita smile but "himself", Roland is getting comfort from this quilt. It's amazing he entered it in the show, I agree Rita was behind his thoughts saying do it! I get the feeling that's it's her way of saying thank you, smile. I forgot how beautiful the quilt was, thank you for posting the picture again. I love running across old posts that still have Rita's comments on them, she will always be with us. Betsy, I think you deserve the ribbon. You volunteered without hesitating to gather the blocks, arrange them, add sashing and quilt it. You also got it done in a hast, enabling us to get it to Rita who was gravely ill at the time. Please be sure Dawn gets a copy of the letter, picture of the ribbon and quilt. She would love to post it on the blog and probably the APQS Facebook site too. PS: The ribbon is adorable!
  11. 1 point
    dbams

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Here's a picture of the quilt, for anyone who would like to see it.
  12. 1 point
    Gator

    Superior Bottom Line

    Glad you discovered the problem. I think we are as bad at looking at the manuals as men are at asking for directions.
  13. 1 point
    piecrust

    Cutting Strips for piecing/binding

    Rulers are getting so expensive. Have you seen the cost of those Bloc_loc rulers for flying geese? Anyway, when I watched a demo on the Stripology Squared Ruler, the ruler looked very similar to the "Square It Up" ruler I already had. Using the same techniques, I was able to use my existing ruler to achieve the same great results.
  14. 1 point
    CyndiC

    SOLD 2013 Lenni

    I am selling my 2013 Lenni with Bliss system and 12 foot frame. This machine is white and is in excellent condition. $6000 If interested please email clifton.cyndi@att.net or text 931-231-9350 or call and leave a message on my vm and I will call you back.
  15. 1 point
    yankiequilter

    Cutting Strips for piecing/binding

    I use the 2-1/4" Accuquilt die for binding, seldom use the 2-1/2" die any more. I also have the 1", 1-1/4", 1-1/2", 1-3/4", and 2" dies and use them for cutting strips for string quilts and inner borders for quilts. I recently used the 1-1/2" die to cut strips for a queen size log cabin quilt. After cutting the strips I cross cut to the exact length that I needed the pieces and it worked great. This is the first time that I have tried cross cutting and it was not a problem. If you do it, remember to line up the fabric straight or perpendicular to the knives so that the pieces are square/rectangular as you require.
  16. 1 point
    qltnbe

    Channel Locks and Basting

    I stitch my edges down say about 1/8 of from the edge (very close) just to prevent the foot from grabbing it when stitching and not looking. I use my channel locks to stitch a straight row at the top of my quilt, line my quilt top along that straight stitch and it gives me a good starting point. Yes, you can use the vertical channel locks to make sure your quilt is staying square, but the pointi of stitching the edges is primarily to prevent your foot from getting under the quilt and ripping your quilt.
  17. 1 point
    Mary Beth

    APQS Ruler Mate for sale

    Be sure to list if it is for a machine with or without a thread cutter, and the price. I love my Ruler Mate.
  18. 1 point
    okgigi

    George APQS quilter

    How old is George, what year was he made. Any issues with the machine? We'd appreciate any additional information and a photo please. Thank you
  19. 1 point
    I have no idea what it's called. I have a quilt with a clamshell/sashiko design, and in certain areas are some appliqué circles that I have to either 'hop' over to the other side or stop, lock stitches, tie off/bury threads, restart on other side of appliqué shape. Have you locked stitches and then just hopped over without cutting threads? (cut later?) How do you approach this kind of thing? Is there some kind of youtube/tutorial that you know of that I can watch it done in action? I saw on green fairy quilts youtube video (she did a diamond pattern) where she did this kind of hopping..but it was so quick, I could quite get it. How many tiny stitches do you take before you are confident that they will stay in place before 'hopping' to the next spot. I've done a practice of it and my 6 tiny stitches in place still don't seem very secure. - when I trim the top threads and then flip to the backing side and trim - there seems to be a bit of stitching coming undone. When you trim locked stitches, do you snip the thread above the little knot that sometimes comes up, or below the knot?
  20. 1 point
    I can not wait to see what the wizards of stitchery say about this! I have often had the same question!!!!