stitchin cricket

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    Gastonia, NC
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    Making quilt tops and quilting them, reading, crocheting afghans, spending time with my family, meeting and getting to know other quilters; I love going to the North Carolina Mountains with my husband. I hope to someday run my own quilt shop, teach quilting and become an APQS dealer.

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  1. HELP!! Desparate for Superior Thread Color

    Thanks ladies!! Sharon, I called Sheridan and ordered the color I needed and several others today. If I had the time today, I would have traveled the hour and a half it takes me to get to her and picked it up today. I should be able to finish the customers quilt Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. I know I will make sure going forward that when a cone gets down to the half way mark, I'll be ordering another one, particularly one that I use a lot. It's so frustrating when you're on a roll only to be stopped because you run out of thread, a real bummer. Thanks again ladies, I appreciate your responses. Happy Quilting,
  2. I'm on the verge of completing a customer quilt on my Millie and I need another cone of Superior So Fine 50wt #403 Putty. I thought I had enough left on the cone to finish the quilt, but it turns out I was wrong. I've tried to find a similar color, but it just doesn't sit well with me to use anything other than what I started with. This quilt is going to be auctioned off at a local church in order to raise money to renovate their kitchen. I have donated my services for this cause and the lady I'm quilting it for is going to donate the amount I would normally charge to her church to go toward the renovations. A lot of people are going to see the quilting so I want to do it right. I'm trying to find a quilt shop that sales this thread locally in Charlotte, NC or a surrounding area of NC but no luck so far. If there are any long armers in this area and you would be willing to sell me a cone of this thread, I would be so grateful. If not, I'm going to have to order it and wait on it to come in. A lesson learned here for me is to always make sure you have enough thread color for the quilt your're working on. Happy Quilting,
  3. What size pantograph works best for you? I'm trying to pick out a few pantographs in order to offer my clients options, but I don't know what size would be to large. I have a Millie on a 12' frame, and the largest panto I have is 10 inches. The reason I'm asking is because I found one that is 14.5 inches, and I didn't want to buy it if it would be to large. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Happy Quilting,
  4. Customer Star Quilt

    Sue, I wish I knew, but the women I quilted this for bought the quilt top at an estate sale. She didn't know the name of it either. I've tried to find the pattern, but so far I haven't been successful. If I find it, I'll post the name of it here as well as who designed it. Thanks for looking!!!
  5. I recently finished this quilt for a customer, and she loved it. I usually do a basic puzzle meander for her, but I wanted to do something a little different which she gave me permission to do. I did an E2E pattern from Digitech Patterns called Fantasy Flame that came with my Millie. I love the way it gives the impression of fireworks going off all around the stars. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
  6. It's been a while since I've posted anything, but I thought I would post the completed quilt I did for my friend from work. I took everyone's advise and turned the quilt so that the batik blocks resemble flower pots. I also quilted flowers on it, but I decided to do an all over E2E pattern called Azalea I purchased from Urban Elementz, and I used Bottom Line 60 wt on top and glide magnetic bobbins on the bottom. Anne has two long haired Dachshunds that she and her husband adore so you can imagine my luck when I walked into my local quilt shop and found the batik fabric with paw prints on it to use as the backing. I was told by the person who delivered the quilt to Anne, that she usually didn't like blankets laid over her, but when she seen the quilt and all the messages on it, that she wouldn't let anyone remove it from her bed. She also could seem to stop rubbing her hands over the quilting, and she liked to hear the encouraging messaged read to her each day. Several weeks ago, Anne decided that she didn't want to go through anymore intensive treatment so she was transferred to the Hospice House. It is with a very sad heart that I must tell you that Anne went to be with the Lord at 6am this morning. I feel so blessed to have had the privilege of knowing and working with such a kind women, and I feel honored that the quilt brought her joy and comfort during her last days on this earth. I hope you enjoy the completed quilt, and please say a prayer for her husband Martin and their family as they deal with this sad loss in their lives.
  7. Do you quilt off of the edges of the quilt top?

    Thanks Zeke and Lora for the tip on basting your quilt with wiggly Lines, it has helped me tremendously. Another good tip I use came from Dawn Cavanaugh regarding how to make sure your quilt top is lined up straight. I use my channel locks and stitch a straight line across the top basting the batting and backing. Once complete, I line my quilt top up with that line before basting it down. I'm a self taught quilter and, I've learned so much from this forum, and I'm truly thankful for all the advice. Happy Quilting
  8. There's Sparrow Quit Co. and Whirls & Swirls. I've never been to Canada so I'm not sure if either one is near you, but they are both APQS dealers. Hope this helps. Happy Quilting,
  9. My dear hubby has been researching the best way to create a lighting system for me so that I can see better when quilting on Millie. He's come up with a great idea to create a light bar for me, so I wanted to know what your opinions were on the best type of lighting to use (LED, Halogen, Incandescent). He says that Halogen would throw off to much heat especially since my room doesn't have high ceilings and is 13 X 15 in size I think (Millie is on a 12 ft. frame and fits nicely with plenty of room on three sides). He thinks incandescent wouldn't be bright enough so that leaves LED. My main concern is the LEDs throwing off a glare making it difficult to see where I have or haven't stitched. I wear glasses and the lighting in my room makes it difficult for me to see sometimes especially if the thread blends really well with the fabric. I can't use the light bar from APQS because of my ceiling fan/ceiling height so that's out unfortunately. What type of lighting do you use over your long arm machine? Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas. Happy Quilting,
  10. Cross Quilt Finished

    Thanks everyone for your nice comments. Believe it or not, that's my first time doing feathers on a quilt. I've practiced on paper but never seemed to be able to master them. I just finally told myself "this is a practice quilt so just go for it!!" The swirl hook pattern is one that Angela Walters does so I wanted to try it too. I love working from the front of the machine doing free hand quilting. I have several pantographs, and I'm learning them but I feel confined/limited when doing them. Until I can buy Intelliquilter, I'll have to get past my issues and learn them. Libby, I love looking at the quilts that everyone posts, and I hope to be that good. Libby, your quilting has been inspiring me since the first time I seen one of your quilts posted here. When I get frustrated with myself, I just hop on the forum and look at all the beautiful quilts and let them work their magic at building my confidence. Thanks again for your comments and please continue to inspire me with your work. Happy Quilting,
  11. I just finished this cross quilt on my Millie. My MIL made it several years ago and gave it to me to practice on. The fabric is not a quality fabric so it was a challenge not to tear it while quilting. I used Superior Bottom line on the top and magna glid bobbins. I am still building my skills and improving everyday. It has been a challenge to go from sitting down at George to standing up to quilt on my Millie, but I'm getting the hang of it. I want to start my own business so building my skills is a must. Hope you enjoy looking. Happy Quilting,
  12. It has ARRIVED.

    Congratulations on your Millie!!! You are going to love her. I purchased mine last Christmas, and I still can't believe I have her. You are going to have so much fun!!!! Happy Quilting,
  13. Shout Out About Sheridan Kay Quilting

    I can honestly second everything quilterkp is saying. I found and met Sheridan 4 years or so ago. She was kind, knowledgeable and patient with all my questions. Buying a LA is not something you do on a whim, and I'm so very thankful that I found her. When I first met Sheridan, I knew that I wanted an APQS Millie, but I couldn't afford one nor did I have the space at the time. She recommended that I test drive George because up to that point most of my quilting had been done on a HDM. I fell in love with George and purchased him through Sheridan in June of 2015. To make a long story short, my husband and I decided to sell our home in order to purchase a larger home in order for me to start a home based quilting business. I sold George and bought Millie in December of 2016. I am now in the process of starting my own business "Stitchin Cricket Quilt Designs." Without Sheridan's knowledge and patience, I don't think my dream would have been realized this soon. Thank you APQS for having such a wonderful representative as Sheridan, and thank you Sheridan for being such a wonderful individual whose love for quilting not only shows in your work, but also in your kindness toward those of us who continue to learn and advance in our LA quilting journey. Happy Quilting, '
  14. Breaking the rules

    Is the E2E pattern one that can be purchased? It looks great on the quilt and with SID around the stars, they stand out. A perfect combination for this quilt. Thanks for sharing. Happy quilting,
  15. Thanks everyone for your comments and suggestions. I have decided to take your suggestion Debbie and think of the batik color blocks as flower pots and have everyone sign in those blocks. I'm probably going to add some flower appliques to some of the white blocks and quilt those blocks with a matching white thread color as Mary Beth suggested. I plan to do all the quilting freehand so I don't want the mistakes to show up. I may use a variegated thread in the color blocks though. The lady that I'm doing the quilt for is back in ICU at the hospital and they won't allow the quilt in with her so when I finish quilting it, I'll probably have to give it to her husband and their kids. We're all praying that she takes a turn for the better soon. Every time we think she's moving toward recovery, she has a set back. We all believe in the power of prayer so please pray that she (Anne) begins her road to recovery soon. We know she'll never be as she once was, but we really hope and pray it's God's will that she recover and remains with us for a long time. As soon as I finish the quilt, I'll post pictures. Happy Quilting,