LucyPrairie

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  1. I'm getting some strange behavior from Freddie when using QP. Yesterday I started a new quilt and quilted three rows successfully before my bobbin ran out and I needed to repair the pattern. Then it kept sending my needle to a completely different part of the quilt to repair the pattern-very out of character. Today, I try to start again and it's quilting along just fine when the whole QP motor almost seizes. I caught it in time so that the material wasn't torn and had to manually life the needle. I gave it a thorough cleaning & replaced the needle before starting this quilt and I can't understand why I'm having these problems only three rows into the project. It's a pattern I've used before without ever having difficulties. I'm obviously leery of starting it up again given it's crazy behavior. Anyone encounter this before? I'm planning on calling APQS in the morning, but thought it might be worth posting here as well . . .
  2. I could sure use some encouragement today! A client brought in a southwestern, very intricately pieced quilt. She brought in the pattern book and said that she would like it quilted like the book, but that I could make some changes. OK. It looked simple enough so I agreed. I sketched dimensions, practiced, etc. When I'm ready to start working on it I notice that she hadn't caught all of her seams. I called her to let her know. She picked it up, along with the backing & batting and brought them back a few weeks later. Once again, I'm ready to go with it and this time I notice her backing isn't pieced like it usually is. I call her again to double check to see if she wants me to piece the backing. Nope, she gave me the wrong backing. It comes back into the studio with the correct backing. So I've finally got this beast on the machine and I quilt the borders which look really great. But then I start to work on the body of the quilt and it's not looking so pretty. Her points look great, but when I start to quilt linear chevron lines to them as she requested, the imperfections begin to show. And it's a very pretty quilt!! Instead of doing custom, I'm pondering keeping the borders and then doing an overall panto in the body of the quilt. At what point do you just say, I'm in over my head? I don't know how to achieve the look that she wants in my time frame. Adding to my stress is my entry for QuiltCon waiting to be quilted that's staring at me every time I walk into the room. In the past when I've struggled with a design I've walked away for a length of time and came back ready to go. This time, that hasn't happened. I'm avoiding my studio like it's the plague. Any suggestions?
  3. I'm culling my library and am selling the following items: Modern Quilting Designs by Bethany Pease $5 You Can Quilt it! by Deborah M. Poole $10 Machine Quilting for Beginners DVD by Kim Brunner $10 Beginning Long Arm Quilting DVD by Myrna Ficken $10 Price doesn't include shipping. I'll ship the least expensive way. Please message if you're interested.
  4. Mamu & Quilting Happy are correct. I work for USPS. When it comes to filing claims you have to have your paperwork in order. I keep receipts for each quilt so that when it comes time to mail it, I know the exact amount it cost me to make it. That way, in the event of a loss, I've got everything I need. It's been my experience that as long as your paperwork is in order and you have proof of the amount being claimed, you won't encounter any problems. And remember that the Hope diamond was sent via USPS. Given the volume of mail that's handled on a daily basis, it's pretty impressive that the claim rate is as low as it is.
  5. LucyPrairie

    Quilt Path Upgrade

    Yes, Barb, it was. I had no idea there was a FB forum for QP ! Where have I been hiding?
  6. I worked with Grace Co. this week to have them update QP to the newest version. However, when I went to use my machine today any purchased patterns that I'd downloaded are gone. Not only that, but when I attempted tried to connect my thumb drive to see if I could reinstall a pattern, my tablet won't recognize it. Anyone else ran across this problem?
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    Skip Stitch & Thread breaks

    Oh, yes, Barb. I forgot to note a thorough cleaning! That was the first thing I tried. I usually only do it after each quilt, but this time I cleaned midway. I also have a habit of cleaning the casing/thread path when I change the bobbin out doing a quit. I don't see/feel any burrs Joanne. I haven't hit anything and the seams aren't anything extreme. They're actually all pressed open and lay very flat.
  8. I've got one row left on this quilt, but I've tried everything that I know to try and thought someone else might have some suggestions. QP pantograph, Beautiful tension. Glide top thread, Glide classics bobbin. Skipped stitches, thread breaks (frequently). In the last row, I had eight (8) thread breaks before I quit counting. Here's what I've tried: New needles Turned the position of the needle New bobbins Sewer's aid Re-threading Adjusting tension and wine, lots and lots of wine (just joking, but I would have if we had any) If this happens again, what else might I try?
  9. I've been using QP to work on a client's quilt. I've been doing each individual triangle. I am about 2/3 of the way finished with the quilt. However, after finishing the last wedge something happened and I don't know what. Here are the things I did differently: NOTHING.! I did not scroll the quilt. I didn't adjust the tension or change thread. I didn't close QP down or restart the machine. The first time I tried to do the next wedge in QP the needle wouldn't raise on its own and I had to manually raise it. Next time I tried to use QP the needle actually broke. At that point I powered everything down, replaced the needle, cleaned, checked the bobbin case to make sure everything looked good. Tried again with QP. This time the needle bar wouldn't raise again and QP wouldn't respond to any stop command which almost resulted in ripping a gigantic hole in the top of a client's quilt. So I started to think it was QP. Once again, I powered everything off and checked things out. Ran the machine without a needle to see if there was a problem and things looked good. Inserted a needle and tried to stitch a swatch on the side of the quilt and all heck broke loose. Here's what I've got: The first is what it looked like when I tried to stitch the swatch. The second is what it looks like on the bottom side. What is really throwing me for a loop is that I didn't do anything different. Anyone know what happened or how to fix it? I'm running a Freddie with all the bells and whistles. Glide is in the top and Glide Magna Classic is in the bottom. I've got to get it figured out because I'm at capacity. I'm having to turn business away because I'm so backed up.
  10. I've been using QP to work on a client's quilt. I've been doing each individual triangle. I am about 2/3 of the way finished with the quilt. However, after finishing the last wedge something happened and I don't know what. Here are the things I did differently: NOTHING.! I did not scroll the quilt. I didn't adjust the tension or change thread. I didn't close QP down or restart the machine. The first time I tried to do the next wedge in QP the needle wouldn't raise on its own and I had to manually raise it. Next time I tried to use QP the needle actually broke. At that point I powered everything down, replaced the needle, cleaned, checked the bobbin case to make sure everything looked good. Tried again with QP. This time the needle bar wouldn't raise again and QP wouldn't respond to any stop command which almost resulted in ripping a gigantic hole in the top of a client's quilt. So I started to think it was QP. Once again, I powered everything off and checked things out. Ran the machine without a needle to see if there was a problem and things looked good. Inserted a needle and tried to stitch a swatch on the side of the quilt and all heck broke loose. Here's what I've got: The first is what it looked like when I tried to stitch the swatch. The second is what it looks like on the bottom side. What is really throwing me for a loop is that I didn't do anything different. Anyone know what happened or how to fix it? I'm running a Freddie with all the bells and whistles. Glide is in the top and Glide Magna Classic is in the bottom. I've got to get it figured out because I'm at capacity. I'm having to turn business away because I'm so backed up.
  11. I'm looking for some digitized patterns for a Quilt of Valor. I've seen one or two that designers have provided for free, but there has to be more somewhere. Any suggestions?
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    Surge protecter?

    I have a UPS like what APQS recommends. I'm in a rural area where we have frequent brown outs. My machine was a huge investment and I didn't want the power fluctuations to affect its performance. Having UPS was the best decision . . .. I'm in awe and how often it'll make a noise because of power fluctuations. We lost power for a few hours the other night while i had a quilt on the machine and I was able to finish the row before shutting it down. Mine has a life of several hours without power.
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    Quilt Path updates & no-sew feature

    Barb- Any word from your recent Rep call?
  14. Anyone heard anything about Quilt Path having a no-sew zone feature yet? When do we know if there are software updates?
  15. LucyPrairie

    Quilt Police

    It's beautiful, Joyce!