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. 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,
  2. 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,
  3. 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,
  4. 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,
  5. 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,
  6. 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, '
  7. 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,
  8. 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,
  9. I made this quilt for a lady I work with who suffered a bad stroke on Valentines day. This wonderful lady, who has been in the field of helping others is now the one needing help. I can't even begin to imagine how that feels. She will most likely never improve enough to return to work & she has been feeling depressed about her situation. I wanted to do something special for her so I made this signature quilt that everyone at work can add a positive message to. I need some ideas on what to quilt in the color block. The only thing I plan to do in the white blocks is maybe stitch 1/4" from the seams. Anyway, your thoughts are welcome. Happy quilting,
  10. Fantastic work from both of you Linda. Wish I could have made it to the Charlotte Quilt Guild Show and seen it in person. I hope my quilting looks that good someday. I love the color combination your friend used in the quilt too. Makes me long for summer days. Congratulations to you both on a job very well done!!!!!!! Happy Quilting,
  11. Thanks to both you and your friend. Between piecing quilts and learning to quilt standing up instead of sitting down, a few weeks will be okay with me. I just hope that my quilting will be as beautiful as all the experienced quilters on this forum. Thanks again Libby. Happy Quilting,
  12. Wow Libby, the quilt and your quilting is stunning!! I love 1930's fabric. Do you happen to know the name of the pattern and who created it? I would love to make one for my MIL. I always enjoy seeing your work, it inspires me to be a better quilter. Thanks for sharing the eye candy. Happy Quilting,
  13. Welcome to the APQS Family Donna!!!!! You're gonna love your Millie. I purchased mine in December of last year, and I'm having a blast. Happy Quilting,
  14. Roseann, glad to hear you're on the road to recovery. Cancer has taken the lives of both my grandfather and my father so I know how important it is to take life one day at a time. Quilting is my outlet from the day to day stress of life, and it helps me appreciate the beauty of life when the ugly starts to interfere. I wish you all the best with your recovery as well as rebuilding your quilting to the point that makes you happy. Prayers and best wishes to you. Happy Quilting,
  15. Hey Linda, I would be interested in seeing what Pantos you have available, and we wouldn't even have to worry about shipping since we live so close to each other. You can email me at cdfinger@att.net when you find them. BTW, glad your back on the forum, and I hope the move went well. Happy Quilting