Myrna Ficken

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  1. Loading A Quilt

    Loading A Quilt Free by Myrna Ficken A Quilter's Choice - APQS West I am happy to announce that I am starting videos on Vimeo . Click on the link below for the first one and FREE. Check it out. A huge THANK YOU to my friend Angela Hugli Clark for all of her help and getting me behind in gear to start this. I will be doing more in the near future on many subjects. When it comes up you need to CLICK ON THE BLUE BOX THAT SAYS Watch on Vimeo. https://vimeo.com/208875744
  2. Loading A Quilt

    Thank you Lisa
  3. Loading A Quilt

    I have several DVD's on my website to purchase. www.aquilterschoice.com I am working on getting them loaded onto Vimeo Thank yous so much Myrna
  4. Loading A Quilt

    Congratulations ! Yes I continue down as I go. Myrna
  5. Quilt path for sale, it is current on a 12 Bliss table. $7800.00 + shipping. Located at A Quilter's Choice - APQS West, Littleton Colorado. Contact myrnaf@q.com or call 435 414 2026. Still available.
  6. May 22 - 24 I'm excited to have Brenda Shreve returning to teach 3 days and 5 great classes on Quilt Path at A Quilter's Choice - APQS West in Littleton, Colorado. Students taking all five class get a $75 discount. Fees must be paid at sign up time. To register click on link. www.aquilterschoice.com May 22, 12:30 - 5pm Quilt Path Pantostacker EZ This class is the jump start you need to start quilting those quilt tops. Learn the basics of using QUILT PATH: Pantostacker EZ, import designs and making your very own designs. Explore your potential with QUILT PATH. Learn the basics of using Quilt Path software to get those quilt tops finished. This class is a comprehensive session of Pantostacker EZ, you will learn how to turn designs into pantograph so, make your very own pantos from designs as well as importing designs. Unlock the power of your new Quilt Path computerized system. Learn the sequencing needed to accomplish those edge to edge patterns that will help you turn quilt tops into quilts. Pantos are the Bread and Butter of long arm quilting, this class will give you the boost to get the job done. There will be hands on demos quilting with Quilt Path helping you gain the confidence needed today. class is 4-5 hours Fee: $185 May 23, 9am-12pm Quilt Path Pantostacker Basic/Advanced Want to learn more about the Pantostacker feature of your new Quilt Path computer system. This class brings you to the next level in Pantostacker world. Learning the differences in the three levels will expand your quilting ability. This class provides the tools for using the different levels in the Pantostacker portion of Quilt Path. Even if you are current using Pantostacker, come join us to get the most from your Quilt Path. Learn the ins and outs of each level of Pantostacker. Use Pantostacker to get those quilt tops done faster and better than ever before. Quilt Path will do the math, adjust the size of patterns and set the patterns just where you want them with ease. Use the Basic and Advanced levels to have more choices in placement as well as number of patterns used in your designs. Join Brenda for more Pantostacker fun. 3 hour class Class Fee:$110 May 23 1:30pm - 4:30pm Quilt Path Pattern Cad Intro Introduction to Quilt Paths Pattern Cad. Learn how to manipulate your favorite patterns, joining patterns,drawing your own designs and more. Join me to get hands on application demos, not just lecture. Get the most out of your Quilt Path by exploring the world of Pattern Cad. Learning resizing, redesigning, importing, drawing and merging will help discover the unlimited possibilities of your new computer system. This is just a quick jump start to the new world of quilting you have entered. You will also get hands on demos not just lectures. Come join me to get the most from your investment. Class Fee:$110 May 24, 9am - 12pm Quilt Path Pattern Cad 2 Take the next step in discovering the endless possibilities of Pattern Cad. Experience more in depth the features of mirroring, freehand drawing and manipulating designs. Pattern Cad 2 class will allow you to explore all that Quilt Path Pattern Cad has to offer. Join me and learn the ins and outs of Quilt Path in a fun and interactive way. You will discover how to use mirrors to transform design into endless combinations. Manipulating and editing designs is an easy way to make changes to fit your needs. Gaining detailed knowledge of the drawing features will enable you to create original designs and much much more. Make your investment work for you. Class Fee:$110 May 24, 1:30 - 4:30 Quilt Path Borders Can I use my Quilt Path to do borders? Good Question. In this class you will learn ways to put the power of Quilt Path to work for you. If you do Custom Borders now on your quilts then this class will be the next step to build on what you already know. If you want to quilt custom borders it will give the confidence to be a success. You can use these skills for sashings as well. Class Fee:$110
  7. Pantos Made Easy

    Video on demand Pantos made easy by Myrna Ficken My new video is up online at the link below. Check out the trailer. Learn how to do a panto from a long time educator and longarm quilter. https://l.facebook.com/l.php…
  8. Quilt path has been sold. I don't have the photos of the exact machine but click on link and you will learn all about Lenni . This is what my customer is selling. It is a 2016 with a 12 ft bliss table. The machine is located in St. George UT. https://www.apqs.com/get-an-up-close-look-at-lenni-video/
  9. Still have space in Jodi's classes this weekend if you are in the area of Littleton, Colorado, A Quilter's Choice - APQS West Jodi Robinson has been a quilter for the past 22 years, and has been a professional longarm quilter for 20 years. She is a Gammill Quilt Artist, and has been teaching nationally at Quilting Shows for the past 12 years. Jodi has won numerous national awards for her machine quilting skills, including the award for Best Modern Quilt at multiple AQS Shows in 2014, and the Outstanding Modern Quilt Award at the 2015 Road to California show. In addition to teaching, Jodi designs pantograph designs, has self-published nine machine quilting design books, and provides professional longarm quilting services to her clients. Jodi’s books and classes focus on using quick and easy methods to create beautiful, freehand machine quilting designs that will personalize and make your quilting unique. You can visit her blog at: http://jrdesigns.wordpress.com 3 hours hands on classes $110.00 each, includes supplies other than listed below. The classes are for longarm AND domestic sewing machines. Longarms are provided but you must bring your own DSM. If you are taking both classes in one day lunch is included. Register for all 5 classes and save $50.00 Straight Line Quilting with a Modern Twist – 3hr. Hands On Class All levels Saturday, January 14th, 9:00 - 12:00 While you might love the look of straight line quilting, especially on modern quilts, you can become easily bored when doing it on a large quilt, or even a large area of a quilt. Jodi will show you some very simple ways that you can break things up a bit, by adding some bends and twists to your straight lines and a couple of tricks to create optical illusions within straight line quilting. You will also learn some neat ways to add small areas of interest using straight, wavy, and flowing curvy lines both alone, or together. These twists on the basic straight line are not just for modern quilts, and will work wonderfully on many styles of quilts. Please bring the following items to class: Notebook, pen/pencil, scissors or snips, fabric marking tool of your choice for use on both light and dark fabrics. Modern Simplicity – 3 hr. Hands On Class All levels Saturday, January 14, 1:30 - 4:30 Are you having difficulty trying to decide exactly what designs to use when quilting modern quilts? Whether you are making your own modern quilts, or have been receiving them from your customers, Jodi will show you some amazingly SIMPLE free-hand designs that are very adaptable, and effective, in achieving texture and movement in the often, irregular shaped piecing, and large areas of negative space found in many modern quilts. You will learn the basic designs, and then, how you can add to them to create more complex variations, depending on the look you want to achieve. These designs are not just for modern quilts, many can also be used on fun kids quilts, as well as quilts needing more masculine designs. You are going to be amazed by the adaptability of these very SIMPLE designs.Please bring the following items to class: Notebook, pen/pencil, scissors or snips Stencil Magic – 3 hr. Hands On Class (NEW) Confident beginner/All levels Sunday, January 15, 9:00 - 12:00 Let me show you how to use basic stencils to create extraordinary new designs that have an updated, more contemporary/modern feel. You will learn how to use stencils as a backbone to create new designs. I will show you how to create multiple designs from a single stencil; for backgrounds, blocks, and borders. You will also learn how to use the full stencils, as well as how you can utilize only pieces and parts of them. We will also discuss marking methods. You will go home and look at your stencils in a whole new way! Please bring the following items to class: Notebook, pen/pencil, scissors or snips, fabric marking tools of your choice for both light and dark fabrics. Bring your favorite ruler for stitching lines if you have one. Wonderful Woven Designs (NEW) January 15, 1:30- 4:30 Learn to stitch stunning woven background designs that are created using straight, angled and curved lines on a small scale. Each of the background fill designs does require marking, but the results are incredible! You are going to love the texture and depth that can be created with these designs. After determining the basic layout you want to use, I will show you multiple designs that can be used to fill in the areas. The beauty of these designs is the clean, precise finished look. You will see how versatile the designs are when you switch and swap different combinations of lines and fills, allowing you to create endless, unique designs of your own. Please bring the following items to class: Notebook, pen/pencil, scissor or snips, fabric marking tools of your choice for both light and dark fabrics (we will be marking with stencils to create our basic design layouts), your favorite ruler for stitching straight lines if you have one. Less Stress Feathers – 3hr. Hands On Class Beginner/Confident Beginner, Saturday, January 16, 9:00 - 12:00 Less Stress Feathers will allow you to stitch formal style feathers without the STRESS of backtracking. If you love the look of formal feathers, but have been struggling with the backtracking required to stitch them, or would like to stitch them in a contrasting thread color? Then these feathers are just what you are looking for. Elegant AND easy—what more could you ask for! We will also learn the many ways you can add more stitching to these feathers depending on the density of quilting you desire. We will begin class by stitching both longarm, and traditional formal feathers, before learning the Less Stress Feathers, so that you can experience the difference in the stitching paths. Please bring the following items to class: Notebook, pen/pencil, scissors or snips January classes with Myrna Ficken Myrna Ficken is a busy, outgoing artist with a passion for quilting and creating! Myrna is an exceptionally talented, award-winning quilter and a well-known educator in the longarm quilting industry. Myrna has traveled and taught at quilt shows and other quilting events all over the United States as well as at various international events. She has won many awards with her work over the years and was nominated for Teacher Of The Year in 2007. Her work has been published in books and magazines in the quilting trade. Myrna also has several longarm quilting DVDs available. She brings a fresh outlook to her classes and techniques and she encourages students to be progressive and innovative. Myrna is a generous and gracious educator who sincerely enjoys sharing her knowledge and experience with others. Myrna's enthusiasm for the art and her dynamic personality are contagious and bring a positive sense of energy to her classes and gives her students confidence. Myrna is the owner of A Quilter's Choice - APQS West in Littleton, Colorado. A longarm education center and APQS showroom. Learn to use and rent longarm machines to finish your own quilts or have them quilted for you. You will find many longarm supplies, a selection of beautiful quilting fabric and patterns. New things added all the time. Beginner Class for new machine owners, Saturday January 7, 10;30 - 4:00 Free to new APQS owners With the beginner class offered at APQS West, our goal is to teach you the skills you'll need to accomplish a typical quilting project on your new longarm machine. Whether you intend to start a business or just want to get your quilts done faster. We will discuss tension, threads, loading, pantos, basis maintenance This class is mostly "demonstration" so we can squeeze in as much information as possible. The class is free for students who purchased a quilting machine from APQS, APQS store, dealer. Tuition is $200 to students that just want to be educated on these. Perhaps you are considering purchasing a machine. Freehand Borders and Sashing with Myrna Ficken Friday, January 13, 10:00 - 1:00 Ready to step out and learn more freehand designs? Want to do simple custom border and sashings instead of an allover design? I will show you how to practice and then put your newly learned designs to work for you. Leaves, flowers, and geometric without turning your quilt for you side borders. Bring paper and pencils. Fabric, batting and threads are provided. Tuffet making 101, Saturday, January 21, Class states at 10:00 $175.00 includes pattern and kit. Supplies needed fabric, DSM and sewing supplies. Please bring you own iron. Pick up pattern before the class to choose your fabric. Can be made with a Jelly roll or create your own way. Myrna will give ideas when you pick up your pattern. Bring a lunch, all day class. Please check aquilterschoice.com class caender for other classes posted. To register call Myrna Ficken @ 435 414 2026. Spaces are limited for longarm students.
  10. 8 and 12 " straight edge French Curve Wave Ruler $5.00 for each or $10.00 for all four Wave has been sold
  11. Hello everyone. I have not been on the forum for awhile. You may know I have relocated A Quilter's Choice- APQS West to Littleton, CO. I am posting my March class list. It would be great to have you come for classes and or visit the store. I still have my website and it is going through a change over since Websites sold out. If you have any issues with this is taking place let me know. Happy Quilting Myrna Ficken, Owner & Quilt Artist Neat Idea’s Workshop March 11, 2016 5:00—8:00 PM How Do I Quilt This? Has this ever crossed your mind? What am I going to do on this quilt? Bring your tops that have you stumped and at a loss. Myrna Ficken, award winning quilter will share ideas for quilting them. You will be amazed once you see it through different eyes and get your creativity rolling. You’ve seen quilts hanging at shows and said, “I would have never thought of that or what a great way to do this.” But you just can’t see it when you are standing in front of the quilt you have to do NOW! Bring those tops; Myrna has so many ideas to energize your imagination. Bring paper, pencil, camera welcome Workshop Fee: $10.00 Machine Rental Certification Class March 1, 2016, 4-8:00 PM or March 2, 2016 10-2:00 PM Isn’t it time you learn to quilt your own quilts? In the renters’ certification class, you will learn all about using our machines. How to operate the longarm, threading, bobbins and tension. How to prepare your quilt for the longarm and load a quilt to the frame perfectly. Setting up a pantograph pattern and advance your quilt. Eve- rything you need will be provided in class. Get your confident on. This class qualifies you to rent time on our top of the line APQS machines! Class Fee: $130.00 includes everything needed Fill It Up Class March 8, 2016 10:00—2:00 PM Looking for background fills? Myrna will teach you many background de- signs that you can use on your quilts. Many tips on where to put them, mix- ing them together and size. Learn how easy it is to transition in and out of an area. This is a fun, fast paced class. Bring paper and pencil. Class Fee: $100.00 Silk Fibers Scarf March 5 or 12, 2016 10:00—5:00 PM This is a fun, creative and unique longarm class (can be done on DSM as well). You’ll be creating something beautiful to wear, a summer silk fiber scarf. Class Fee: $135.00(includes Kit fee ) optional items available for purchase Finish It Up Friday March 25, 2016 Noon—8 PM Girls time out! Bring your unfinished projects, your sewing machine and sewing supplies. Enjoy finishing up those projects with other friends or make new ones.. Limited space so register early if you want to join us. Bring a lunch or snacks. $10.00 Fee Intro to Pantostacker; Class taught by Brenda Shreve, Owner-Operator at Red Barn Quilting / APQS Oklahoma March 21, 2016 (morning session) Start Time: 9:00—12:00 PM (Afternoon session) same class Start Time: 1:30—4:30 PM This class provides the tools for using the Pantostacker portion of Quilt Path. Even if you are current using Pan- tostacker, come join us to get the most from your Quilt Path. Learn the ins and outs of each level of Panto- stacker. Use Pantostacker to get those quilt tops done faster and better than ever before. Quilt Path will do the math, adjust the size of patterns and set the patterns just where you want them with ease. Learn the se- quencing needed to accomplish those edge to edge patterns that will help you turn quilt tops into quilts. Pantos are the Bread and Butter of longarm quilting, this class will give you the boost to get the job done. There will be hands on demos quilting with Quilt Path helping you gain the confidence needed today. Class Fee:$150. Per Student PATTERN CAD Part 1,Class taught by Brenda Shreve, Owner-Operator at Red Barn Quilting / APQS Oklahoma March 22, 2016 9:00—12:00 PM Get the most out of your Quilt Path by exploring the world of Pattern Cad. Learning re- sizing, redesigning, importing, drawing and merging will help discover the unlimited possibilities of your new computer system. This is just a quick jump start to the new world of quilting you have entered. You will also get hands on demos not just lec- tures. Come join me to get the most from your investment. Class Fee $150.00 Per Student PATTERN CAD Part 2, Class taught by Brenda Shreve, Owner-Operator at Red Barn Quilting / APQS Oklahoma March 22, 2016 1:30—4:30 PM Pattern Cad 2 class will allow you to explore all that Quilt Path Pattern Cad has to offer. Join me and learn the ins and outs of Quilt Path in a fun and interactive way. You will discover how to use mirrors to transform design into endless combi- nations. Manipulating and editing designs is an easy way to make changes to fit your needs. Gaining detailed knowledge of the drawing features will enable you to create original designs and much much more. Make your investment work for you. Class Fee $150.00 Per Student
  12. APQS West March class list

    Coming to APQS West Littleton, Colorado 435-414-2026 Myrnaf@q.com A Reminder Intro to Pantostacker , Class taught by Brenda Shreve / Owner-Operator at Red Barn Quilting / APQS Oklahoma March 21, 2016 (morning session) Start Time: 9:00—12:00 PM (Afternoon session) same class Start Time: 1:30—4:30 PM This class provides the tools for using the Pantostacker portion of Quilt Path. Even if you are current using Pan- tostacker, come join us to get the most from your Quilt Path. Learn the ins and outs of each level of Panto- stacker. Use Pantostacker to get those quilt tops done faster and better than ever before. Quilt Path will do the math, adjust the size of patterns and set the patterns just where you want them with ease. Learn the se- quencing needed to accomplish those edge to edge patterns that will help you turn quilt tops into quilts. Pantos are the Bread and Butter of longarm quilting, this class will give you the boost to get the job done. There will be hands on demos quilting with Quilt Path helping you gain the confidence needed today. Class Fee:$150. Per Student PATTERN CAD Part 1 Class taught by Brenda Shreve / Owner-Operator at Red Barn /Quilting / APQS Oklahoma March 22, 2016 9:00—12:00 PM Get the most out of your Quilt Path by exploring the world of Pattern Cad. Learning re-sizing, redesigning, importing, drawing and merging will help discover the unlimited possibilities of your new computer system. This is just a quick jump start to the new world of quilting you have entered. You will also get hands on demos not just lectures. Come join me to get the most from your investment. Class Fee $150.00 Per Student PATTERN CAD Part 2 Class taught by Brenda Shreve Owner-Operator at Red Barn Quilting / APQS Oklahoma March 22, 2016 1:30—4:30 PM Pattern Cad 2 class will allow you to explore all that Quilt Path Pattern Cad has to offer. Join me and learn the ins and outs of Quilt Path in a fun and interactive way. You will discover how to use mirrors to transform design into endless combinations. Manipulating and editing designs is an easy way to make changes to fit your needs. Gaining detailed knowledge of the drawing features will enable you to create original designs and much much more. Make your investment work for you. Class Fee $150.00 Per Student d
  13. If you are still considering which way to go, I strongly suggest you find a rep or APQS store near you and try them to see how they compare. Where are you located?
  14. Feathers

    You go girl
  15. Is you table level? Make sure no thread got under the axle
  16. Tracey set your bobbin to drop about an inch and reset your to tension. This should take care of your problem. Also make sure there is no link under the "finger" where you pull your thread through the bobbin case.
  17. Where to purchase Hartley products?

    I still carry Hartley products including the Hartley Fence and Perfect Circle. aquilterschoice.com
  18. Hartley Fence for Sale - Make perfect circles easily!

    Yes Marilyn is doing it.
  19. Hartley Perfect Circle

    If you change to a Bliss Table you have to have you Hartley Fence upgraded to fit the Bliss table. You can contact me to get the info. myrnaf@q.com
  20. Classes @ APQS West

    Renters Certification Saturday , January 9, January 30th and February 18th, 2016 Location:5787 South Gallup St, Littleton Colorado, 80120 US Time: 10:30 am - 2 pm $130 Isn’t it time you learn to quilt your own quilts? Or perhaps considering purchasing machine. In the renters certification class you will learn all about using the machines. How to operate the Longarm, threading, bobbins and tension. How to prepare your quilt for the Longarm. Load a quilt to the frame perfectly. Setting up a pantograph pattern and advance your quilt. Everything you need will be provided in class. Get your confidence on. This class qualifies you to rent time on our top of the line APQS machines! WhirlybirdClass taught by Kate Colleran January 28, 2016 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM $40. This will be fun! This class is designed to be a project class which means we will be putting the pedal to the metal and see how far we get! We will talk shop: I will show you how to make the blocks, how to get a good ¼” seam, show ways to press your seams to get the block to lay flat, talk color options and other fun stuff! Grab your favorite fabrics and let’s play! Fabulous Feathers Class taught by Myrna Ficken January 27, 2016 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM $100.Would you like to perfect your feather? Beginner and intermediate class in a relaxed environment to learn and practice you new skills. Feathers are fun to quilt and beautiful to look at. You will learn how to do basic longarm feathers and how to fancy them up. Freehand edge to edge, and blocks. Myrna will teach you how to fill the space fast and beautifully with no stress of getting in and out of areas. Lets get a boost in confidence and step out of your box. Expressive Unmarked Free Motion QuiltingClass taught by Robbi Eklow $100. Robbi Eklow, the author of Free Expression: The Art and Confessions of a Contemporary Quilter shares her award winning, time saving techniques to fill your quilts with lavish designs. It's fun and easy. We'll be practicing on inexpensive felt rectangles in the morning (DSM) , switching to muslin sandwiches in the afternoon. Longarm will be practicing on muslin quilt sandwich all day. Beginner / Intermediate levels. (DSM ONLY) Materials List: Twenty precut 9" x 12" felt rectangles, any color. Two 18" x 18" practice quilt sandwiches, muslin for bread, cotton or wool batting for the "meat." Don't Baste! 40 weight machine embroidery thread, either polyester, cotton or rayon - one spool solid color, one spool variegated. Tools - SEWING MACHINE IN GOOD WORKING ORDER and with which you are FAMILIAR. It is assumed you will know how to set up your machine for darning. Sewing machine MANUAL. Free motion or darning foot for your machine. Extension cord Schmetz machine needles - size 75, 80 or 90, scissors to clip threads, tweezers to remove thread if necessary, small paint brush to clean lint out of machine, pen and paper to take notes and practice drawing quilt patterns; I highly recommend glasses to protect your eyes in case you break a needle and it flies.Robbi had a two part article covering her techniques in Quilting Arts Magazine Issue #11 and #12. Note: A $20.00 kit fee will be added to Longarm students for, thread, batting, fabric http://www.aquilterschoice.com/shop/category/classes-workshops/
  21. Grand opening

    UPDATED Join us at A Quilter's Choice -APQS West Grand Opening, 5787 S Gallup St., Littleton, Colorado 80120. Dec 11th and 12th 11:00 - 3:00 Schedule of event just to name a few, plus gift drawings on both days along with one Grand Prize drawing Saturday afternoon. Friday December 11th 11:00 - 12:00 Kate Colleran, Book signing, Smash Your Precut Stash 12:15 - 1:00 Attaching zippers 1:15 - 2:00 Attaching Leadergrip demo 2:15 - 3:00 Quilt Path Demo, Easy, Pantos, Blocks Saturday 12th 11:00 - 12:00 Kate Colleran, Book signing, Smash Your Precut Stash 12:15 - 1:00 Quilt Path Demo, Easy, Pantos, Blocks 1:15 - 2:00 Freehand quilting demo. We will see what else we can get into And don't forget to register for the Road Show the 10th and get all the information on our wonderful machines. A Quilter's Choice - APQS West has relocated to the Denver area. Soft opening on November 16th. Grand Opening December 9 - 12 located at 5787 South Gallup St. Littleton, Colorado 80120. Watch my website aquilterschoice.com and A Quilter's Choice - APQS West Facebook page for events that we will be doing. Questions, email myrnaf@q.com or call 435 229 2703
  22. Grand opening

    Judy Congrats on your new baby, George!
  23. Classes at APQS West

    Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and have recovered from all that yummy food and shopping. I want to invite everyone to keep checking on what new events are going on at APQS West Colorado. I have classes coming up in January and will keep adding new event. Robbi Joy Eklow will be teaching a freehand design class on George, DSM and yes on longarms too. It's all designs, no matter your method of applying them. Limited number on longarm machines. I will be posting it on my website tonight or tomorrow. Also, in January Kate Colleran teaching (piecing) Whirlybird from her new book, Smash Your Precut Stash. Fun for all levels. aquilterschoice.com
  24. Batting for practice

    I save scraps for classes if I can. It's practice and save wasting them. I don't even sew them together. I usually purchas King roll so I get some good size scraps. Other than that just get inexpensive batting from Joanns.