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    Thanks Cathy! He is such a little cutie!!!
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    How to do this

    The quilt will need to be completely marked before an attempt is made. The marker-on-a-string method works well, or a long (longlonglong) piece of template plastic with holes punched in even increments to mark through---with a blue wash-away marker so the marks stay through the process. Either method needs to have you anchor the center pivot well, so the top needs to be well-secured to the marking surface. On a domestic with the feed dogs up and an even-feed foot, follow the lines. On a longarm, stitched with a guide/template to keep on the line and obviously, one quilting field at a time. Each circle can be stitched entirely by advancing and rolling back. Or each circle-segment stitched as you fill an area, with lots of starts and stops. In either case, you will get distortion (as you can see in the photos--it will never hang straight but is lovely draped) caused by the pushing and pulling of the foot on diagonals. That is accentuated if you stitch all in the same direction every time. It's a beautiful look that's hard to pull off, but well-loved by modern quilters. Perhaps using fusible batting might stabilize it enough to pull it off without as much distortion.
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    Stitching Problem

    If your tension is tight on top, and the bobbin tension is moderate, and you're still getting flat lines on the back, your quilt sandwich might be too tight, or your hopping foot may be too low. It could also be that your leveling roller is set too low, causing the quilt sandwich to forcefully drag on the needle plate. Check them out as well. Jim
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    Congratulations on your new grandbaby. So glad he is home and doing well.
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    Thread color question

    What about a silvery gray thread that would cover the whole quilt? Of course, it would help to see the quilt for us to make a better suggestion.
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    Need help getting started

    Thanks for the ideas! After some test-runs, I’ve decided I will use registration marks to keep on track with the wavy lines as Gail suggested, and will use a pre-drawn motif and the lazer, as Jim mentioned, for inside the large triangles. Both great ideas!
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    Welcome to the forum. I haven't used a lawn fabric in quilts. I think it might be a little on the lightweight side and may not hold up in the long term. I wouldn't be too concerned about the needle ripping the fabric. You can indeed use a smaller needle. Try a sample and see what happens.
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    I have an ULT11, sometimes my thread would leave the thread guides...so I got some fishing rod guides (the circle things that you thread the fish line through on the rod) and glued them in several places on my machine to help keep the thread in proper line. I no longer have my thread jump out of the guides. Another thought.. check your needle shaft...if there is any play in the shaft then it needs to be replaced. Also, what Jim said...make sure your timing isn't off on your machine.
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    Need help getting started

    Gail- Thank you! Your post is very helpful. I think I will SID the triangles as I come to them. There are no piecing lines that would be useful as a guide for the horizontal curvy lines. I do like the idea of making registration marks - I think that should be enough to keep me on track. I’m nervous, but feel it’s time to dive in! I appreciate your help!
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    Laser problem

    No better time than now to take control of your machine. Follow the instructions, pull the hook, install the gasket, re-time and feel like you're really in control. You really need to know how to pull the hook, and put it back together. Being able to do that will empower you to deal with the issues that challenge all of us, and take fear and dread away from your quilting. Good luck. You can do it! Jim
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    Over 50 pieces in the anchors ,micro stippling around anchors trying to make them pop,only thing I did not make are the three small pillows ,.....oh this was just also just a test run adding pics since I have been away from here in awhile .....................still no regrets on my purchase of my used milli,first longarm ever!!!
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    I trace on the outside, but it is a permanent marker, and dries quite quickly, I have had no issues... I originally posted this some time ago. Not sure how it came up again, but just for the record, I still am using this system and still am very pleased with how it works. My customers really like it......
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    Batting storage?

    Hi Bonnie--since your batting roll is stored on a bar, have you tried pulling the end up through the rollers and standing while cutting your length? I use a flexible measuring tape to step out the amount needed, mark with blue marker where to cut, and use the roller to eyeball a straight cut. No crawling on the floor!