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    dbams reacted to Irene Graber in Just got my Lenni   
    Hi everyone,   I’m new to this forum.  I just got my Lenni all set up and I did my first practice on it with a pantograph.  Didn’t do too bad for my first attempt.  

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    dbams reacted to LibbyG in Two wallhangings   
    These were made by my reproduction customer.  She just chose two blocks she liked for the wall hangings and put them together.  She wanted her "Indigo in Baskets" customed. This was the first time I used a light thread in a feather wreath on a dark background.  It took me forever because I wanted the backtracks to be spot on.  (Most were!)  Then when I decided to put feathers in the baskets, I used matching thread as it went way faster!.
    Her "Flocks and Baskets" was so busy we just used a pantograph to give it movement.  So Fine and Bottom Line.  She provided warm and natural batting.
    Indigo in Baskets by Libby G, on Flickr
    Indigo in Baskets (2) by Libby G, on Flickr
    Indigo in Baskets (3) by Libby G, on Flickr
    Flocks and Baskets (2) by Libby G, on Flickr
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    dbams reacted to LibbyG in 93 Year old's Last quilt   
    That really is a pretty quilt.  Looks like the points all match.
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    dbams reacted to PamelaG in 93 Year old's Last quilt   
    A lady called me to do a quilt. The back story was shared. Her friend, a 93 y/o lady told her this was her very last quilt. She wanted to give it to her daughter to remember her by. Her friend offered to get it quilted and finish it so she could. It has lots of oddball fabrics, some squares are appliquéd on. Wonky piecing. But beautiful non the less. Simple giant meander pattern, on my Millie and Quiltpath, 100% cotton batting. 
    Pamela Golliet
    Sonoran Sky Quilting
    Tucson, AZ

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    dbams reacted to LeannM in "Flight Path" is finally done!   
    Millie and I finally finished this queen size quilt for OUR bed!  Completely free motion without the use of computers is how I work.....I've dubbed it "Flight Path" because of all those flying geese!!!!  Sew happy!

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    dbams reacted to Cascading Quilts in APQS Batting Bar Install   
    I received and assembled my new APQS Lucey w/Quilt Path and had ordered the optional batting bar.  It did not come with any instructions, so I made some up for anyone else who may run into this.

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    dbams reacted to mamu in Help - what causes the tiny wrinkles, ripples   
    I think it might be the fabric choice and not your machine, also batting can make this happen.  Looks pretty normal to me... I really don't see a problem.
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    dbams reacted to mlsa3 in Learning to Adapt and Overcome   
    For the past 15 or so years, I've always went to the Texas State Mountain and Dulcimer Championships in Glenrose Texas.  My wife and I both play the dulcimer and autoharps.  This festival is in it's 37th year and is held at an RV park.  They have a huge stage and have performers on stage from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday.  They also have workshops and of course the contests to choose the state champions.
    The RV Park was full and the music was plentiful.  Everybody just brings their fold up chairs and sit on the grass under the trees and listens to music.  Over the years for some of us it's not as much the music as it is just the fellowship.  Some of us have known each other for 30 years or so.  Several of us are also quilters....SOOOO...I arrive at the RV park Wednesday about 10:00 am and by noon the camper is set up and I have 3 of my quilting girlfriends loaded in my car and we hit the quilt shops.  Had a blast and did more laughing than buying although each of us did purchase some fabric.
    One of my quilting friends, Kate, and her husband have a 45' toy hauler...she sets her quilting machine up in the garage part and quilts all week so this year I decided I needed to bring my machine and do some quilting when it got too hot to stay outside....Now my camper is no where near as large as her camper and I don't have a garage to set up in but I didn't let that stop me.  I set my machine up and all my friends came by to see my Campers "Quilting Studio."  They were impressed...actually had some women I didn't know stop by and wanted to see my quilting studio and my camper.  Got quite a bit accomplished....made some blocks for a quilt....did a lot of reading....listen to some music...played some music...did a lot of visiting...and just relaxed and thanked God for all his blessings.
    So here is a pic of my Campers Quilting Studio.  Small but very doable.  Still trying to figure out how to get my longarm in this small camper.  LOL.   Next is view from front of my camper where I sat each morning and rocked with my coffee and read my Bible and thanked God for His blessings.  The third pic is of everyone sitting around listening to the music...at night the place was packed out.

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    dbams reacted to mamu in Thread occasionally jumping out of pigtail guides on Ult.ll   
    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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    dbams reacted to Smweinbeck in 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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    dbams reacted to Smweinbeck in Need help getting started   
    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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    dbams reacted to jimerickson in 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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    dbams reacted to qltnbe in 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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    dbams reacted to ffq-lar in 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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    dbams reacted to Primitive1 in ----SOLD-----Machine Quilting Magazines 2015/June 2016   
    Thanks Cathy!  He is such a little cutie!!!

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    dbams reacted to EHonour in Three New Quilts   
    Been doing some small, simple stuff that I thought I'd share.  This first one is a charity quilt kit that Beth got from an organization, to return for their distribution.  I like the bold colors in it.  It's been sitting around waaaaay too long, so I popped it onto Lucius to play a bit.  I did a nice "falling leaves" pantograph in the center and then a free-hand cable-like pattern in the borders.  Fun to just create a border!  Now to finally send it back...

    Two years ago, right after getting Lucius, I did a panel baby quilt like this for a friend.  Now another friend has just had twins, and I discovered that my resourceful wife had actually bought FOUR of these panels for her stash!  So we pulled out two more of them and did contrasting backing and border flanges for the twins.  I was also really sneaky and loaded both baby quilts onto Lucius at the same time!  The panto is one that I created for that first quilt, so I lengthened it and just ran it all the way across both quilts.  (Well, I had to adjust the laser between the quilts to keep the lions and elephants from being cut by the edges.)  More fun.

    Keep stitching, everyone!
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    dbams reacted to Noni in Woohoo   
    Finally finished quilting a quilt without too many hiccups!! No eyelashes!  Just a few thread breaks.
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    dbams reacted to ffq-lar in Basting a Customer Quilt   
    Hi Dory! Attached is the spacing and pathway I use for basting for hand-quilters. It would work fine for DSM quilting as well. I use a long stitch length and thick, slippery, contrasting thread for ease of removal. This path requires no long vertical stitching but you still end up with a grid. The customer can remove the stitching as she goes or save it until the end. I charge a half-cent per square inch and usually do only one a year.  

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    dbams reacted to bartolli in Quilting help for a newbie   
    Thank you, Lin, I'll loose it up a try it out.
    I did follow your suggestion loosing my quilt a little bit and that works, it did not bounce like before.  Thank you so much.
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    dbams reacted to sewingpup in Quilting help for a newbie   
    I would try loosening the quilt sandwich a bit.....I do believe you want it so all three layers are flat....but you can still see the base of the machine moving ...kinda of like a little mole crawling under there....I usually like it so the top of the quilt looks flat.....but not snug so there is little stretch on the actual fabric...there are some tips on this board and on the APQS website....I would look under "loading the quilt"...for ideas on how snug you want it.....as usually...more experts will probably chime in....Lin
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    dbams reacted to bartolli in Should I own a longarm quilting machine?   
    Hello Ladies,
    I would like to update some news for you - I purchased a Freddie machine! Yes, I did.  I purchased it in Feb. during my visit to APQS' Road Show, received the beginner's lesson in late March and now I have completed two quilts.  I like it, really happy that I no longer need to baste my quilts.  I have the L bobbin, sometimes I am thinking it might be a mistake, should have the M bobbin so I don't need to change bobbins too often, but it is not a big deal.  Do you guys have L or M bobbin? If you have L bobbin, are you happy with it?
    Cheers and y'all have a great day.
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    dbams reacted to Gator in Yurt Quilt Auction - April 16-30   
    Lizzy's first YURT, by her and APQS quilters.

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    dbams reacted to chickenscratch in Carolina Lily work in progress   
    Update- finished. Can’t post pictures. Go to www.facebook.com/sweettsquilting. This is a customer quilt I am working on.  It is twin sized. Carolina Lily is the pattern. Custom quilting all over. Black Omni, Pink Glide, and off white So Fine thread on top.  Bobbin is white magenetic bobbins.  Lots of marking and ruler/template work.  I hope to have it finished by Wednesday

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    dbams reacted to chickenscratch in A Pattern I created and Published   
    I have been working hard to make quilting and quilt related items a full time job.  One of those projects was to publish my own patterns- something I had dreamed about doing for years and years.
    I have quilted wholecloth designs for clients before, and for promotional items for a few dye artists.  Everybody raved about wanting to learn to do it, so I decided to create a line of patterns that would teach people.
    My Choose Your Own Adventure patterns let you create over 200 different quilts from a single paper pattern, by mixing and matching various design options.  They also teach techniques for filling spaces, free motion quilting, and ruler work.
    Here is a picture of two quilts created from the first pattern.  Cindy Rich, of Twisted Sister Quilting, also quilted one. I don't have a picture of hers to share, but she has it on Facebook.
    To learn more about it, go to my blog   www.sweettsquilting.blogspot.com  or the store pages.

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    dbams reacted to InesR in T-shirt quilt   
    Congratulations on your new Lucy. You are going to love your machine.  Assuming the t-shirts have a stabilizer on them, remember to go a little slower over them. Also if any screen printing on them, slower there as well.  Lucy can handle it, just being kind. ")