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Everything posted by qltnbe

  1. Just finished this quilt for a customer who wanted minimal quilting on it as it is "folk art". She chose McTavishing for the background, so I did just enough stitching on the qpplique to hold it down. I had to work on this quilt in the dark with a side light just so that I could see where I was going and where I had been using So Fine Pearl on top and Cream Fil-Tec on the bottom.
  2. Thank you Libby. I worked with her trying to figure out if we were on the same page when it came to "minimal", "simple" quilting. That means different things to each of us. I think her main goal was not to have too much quilting on her applique. I agree, McTavishing isn't what I would consider minimal quilting, but then what is on a quilt like this?
  3. Here's a close up of one of the blocks.
  4. Baby quilt

    That's going to be one lucky baby boy!
  5. Black light

    Feel for a switch right behind your LED lights, you can either turn off the lights, turn it on, or turn it to black light. What year is your Lucey? The website says the black light is on ALL new machines.
  6. Contact BobKat Quilts. She teaches EQ8.
  7. Wow.....all I can say is "wow". That is so impressive.
  8. After just suffering through a flooded basement, this would be a perfect solution to keep batt dry; and easy to roll off and cut, too.
  9. Looks great. I am about to work on an applique quilt. Did you outline your sunbonnet sue's?
  10. I had this quilt on the machine and then took it off for Christmas quilts that needed doing. There was no rush on this quilt, but I am sure glad it is done now. Too slow going with all the diagonal quilting that needed to be done. Ruler work and feathers. Thanks for all the advice that everyone gave me on this one.
  11. When you are working on a quilt and you use a color thread that closely matches the top, there are times I feel totally blind. I can't see where I am going or where I have been. I have resorted to working in the dark with Jamie Wallen's side light resting on my bars to cast shadows. Are there any other suggestions? This is very tiring on the eyes when you are straining to see. I just did a baby quilt and thank goodness it wasn't any bigger.
  12. When you break a needle, does your retaining finger usually break, too? I have broken two needles in the four years that I have had my machine and both times the "straight" retaining finger turns into an "L" shape. I am posting pictures of my two new retaining fingers in comparison with the one that bent after (or possibly before?) breaking a needle.
  13. I actually had a harder time seeing the cream thread on the green fabric that had squiggles in the design, than I had with the cream thread on the cream fabric. Makes me not want to use the same color thread on a quilt.
  14. Angie had me run my machine for 15 minutes and then check for any play in the needle bar. There was none in any direction. So I am still in a quandry as to why this happened.
  15. As of tonight, I am back up and running; but I sure would like to know just what I did to bend this retaining finger.
  16. I've had to wait a week to get these spares. The first time it happened to me about 4 years ago, my husband heated the metal and straightened, but since it has happened again (and I am now thinking the metal is weak), I have ordered two so that I DO have a spare if it happens again.
  17. No, please take a look at my pictures. I am not talking about the normal "hook" that holds the finger in place. I am talking about a definite bend in the "whole" finger.
  18. M Bobbin Installation

    APQS makes everything very do-able.
  19. The first thing you need to check is your #8 screw. If you have your manual, you can read up on it. A small adjustment can help with the needle taking more stitches than it is supposed to. If that doesn't work, then I think you need to contact maintenance and they can help you from there.
  20. All I can say is "Wow!!!".
  21. hopes and dreams als

    I voted. Thank you. I just lost my cousin to this on New Year's Eve. It's an awful illness.
  22. Help! thread shredding

    Glad you worked it out.