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  1. Tips For New Long Arm Owner?

    Jim is right about getting used to your machine before buying a lot of gadgets. In addition to the ruler base, I would highly recommend the Towa bobbin tension gauge. Easy to use and totally worth the investment!
  2. Quilt Suspension System

    Love both the quilt and the quilting. You finished it at just the right time of year, too!
  3. Very fun! Love the quilting design.
  4. Quilt Path learning curve

    Cheryl, is your friend on Facebook? I know there is a QP group there that is very helpful. I do not have either system, and have heard pros and cons about both, but your dealer experience is certainly a consideration.
  5. What a beautiful quilt! You and your customer work well together.
  6. Very cute! Good job making it work for your customer. I bet she never forgets the lesson she learned about leaving extra fabric for the long-arm quilter.
  7. Good job, Eric! Thanks for doing this for our veterans.
  8. Completed this in August. It was the first quilt I finished since doing Rita's quilt back in March. (It was a busy spring and summer.) Also my first time doing feathers. Not great, but not too bad. Free BOM from AQS from several years ago. Numerous errors in the pattern, so I guess I got what I paid for. Gave it to my aunt, and she was thrilled. All's well that ends well.
  9. Beautiful quilt, Cagey! Thanks for sharing, and for doing this project for our vets. ETA: I do realize this is for the media specialist, but this honors her honoring our veterans, which is why I said Cagey's project was for our vets.
  10. When using the iron-on batting tape (which I love!) to join two pieces of batting, do you attach it to the right or wrong side of the batting? And in the case of wool batting, do you load the batting with the tape side up or down? I mostly use batting off the roll, and have been making a lot of smaller quilts lately, so I have some good sized batting leftovers to combine for use. Thanks in advance!
  11. Connie, glad to hear you were able to solve the problem! Aren't APQS machines great??
  12. batting costs

    Jeannette and Madelyn, I'm guessing that it is packaged batting that costs more per square inch in the smaller sized than the large sizes? Although there is less material in the smaller batts, there is basically the same amount of labor for the cutting and packaging, regardless of the size of the batting, which drives up the cost of the smaller sizes, on a square inch basis. If you are using the large rolls of batting, and cutting it yourself, your price per square inch will be the same no matter the size of the quilt.
  13. Thanks, Cagey! I believe I corrected for all the errors in the pattern. They were things like not cutting enough pieces, not saying to trim HSTs to the correct size, etc.. I did not make the quilt until a year or more after the full pattern had been revealed, and when I contacted the designer to ask for corrections/updates, she was very dismissive. No apology for the inaccuracies, essentially just the pattern is going to be published so I can't give you that information, you'll figure it out. I really think she was using AQS members to beta test the pattern. She is a well-know designer, with many patterns and books, but needless to say, she has lost the opportunity for my business.
  14. Thanks, Cathy! I am on the left, my aunt is on the right. By a happy coincidence, her clothes matched the quilt that day.
  15. First, let me start off by apologizing for not posting this sooner. I received a thank you letter from Rita's husband, Roland (a.k.a Himself) at the end of June. I want to thank you and all the gals on the APQS forum. I know Rita really enjoyed talking to you all. I want to thank you for the lovely quilt you all made for Rita. I finally put it on our bed last week. It lightens up the room. I still stop and read some of the comments that you all wrote. I believe my daughter. Val, let you all know of Rita's passing on Mother's Day. I had met her on the Wednesday before Mother's Day in 1957, Val was born on the Saturday before Mother's Day of 1966, and she passes on Mother's Day. Roland then wrote of a number of times he and Rita met up with people from the forum while they were traveling, and how much they enjoyed that. He concluded by saying, Still stay in touch. It's by phone for me, I'm not a computer whiz. Tell all the gals on the forum hello for me. I've enjoyed the people from APQS and the visit we had there in '09. It's only 60 miles from my home town of Mapleton. If you would like Roland's phone number or mailing address, please PM me, and I will get that to you. It's not something I am comfortable posting publicly on the forum. Sorry again for the delay in sharing this letter. I tucked it in my computer bag with the intention of posting it while I was up north at our cottage, but then forgot all about it. You know what they say about good intentions . . .
  16. Connie, I just PM'd you the address.
  17. Thank you, Ellen! They did love it, and he teared up when he read the label. Unfortunately, too many of our Vietnam vets have not been thanked for their service.
  18. I made this from a Fons & Porter Easy Quilts pattern. In the magazine, it was made with baseball fabric, but I obviously went a different route. This was a wedding gift for friends. He served in the Navy during the Vietnam War, and I used blue and white anchor fabric on the back. Not technically a QOV, but I included a thank you for his service on the label.
  19. Oma, thank you for sharing these lovely pictures. Not enough dignity in the world these days. Sorry to hear you've been having such a hard time health-wise. Hope you continue to improve, and feel better very soon.
  20. I'm about to be BLISSED

    Woot woot! Congratulations!
  21. Great picture, Linda! Thanks for sharing.
  22. Lavender Rose 2

    Beautiful work! Your granddaughter is very lucky. Thanks for sharing your process.
  23. Batting

    I agree with Gail. Quilter's Dream wool will give you all the qualities you want for your beautiful quilt.
  24. Thanks Jim, I hadn't considered that the wool batting might be stretching as I unroll it. I have taken to cutting it longer than I do cotton, but it's nice to have a good explanation as to why I need to do that.
  25. WOW!! Great work by both of you. I love the added inner border and cornerstones, and your quilting is superb.