Marie0722

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  1. No, Anne, that is all the same thread. All those starts and stops were bad enough... changing threads all the time would probably have killed me I use Glide thread, and this is a light green. Probably Willow, maybe Celery, I don't remember exactly. It worked well with the background, and I thought it looked better than the usual neutral colours, and she liked it too, so we went with green.
  2. Should I own a longarm quilting machine?

    Christine, if you can afford it, go for it. It's so much easier than quilting on a domestic machine. I quilted everything - and that includes big bed quilts - on my DSM for years. It's definitely possible but hard on your shoulders and not as much fun as quilting on a stand up machine. I love my Millie, and I don't ever want to go back to quilting without her. If you are fairly confident about quilting on your DSM, then the transition to a stand up machine should be pretty smooth. It just takes a little practice to get used to moving the machine but in general I find quilting on Millie easier than on my DSM. It's like finally being able to move your pen again while writing instead of the paper!
  3. It took me sixteen hours to finish the quilt. I am not very patient and get bored by pantographs quickly but I loved doing the flowers. I was in some kind of zone and just kept doing them... no crossed eyes there Just the constant starts and stops were a little annoying.
  4. Aw, thank you Yes, that's all freehand. The quilt was huge... lots of petals to build some serious muscle memory.
  5. EQ 8

    Yes, you can upgrade from EQ6. EQ6 users don't pay the full price for the upgrade either but the discount is less than for EQ7 users.
  6. Looks like we don't have to worry about that anymore, Cagey... last night at the guild meeting the lady who sent her to me told me that she loves it so much that she has decided to keep it for herself for now and not give it to her daughter just yet.
  7. Lol, Cagey, I asked her about that... she said she started quilting in 1984, so has accumulated a lot of fabrics but her friends also raided their stashes, and she just needed one small piece for one hexagon each, so they all gave her some of all they fabrics they bought during those five years as well.
  8. EQ 8

    I have been using EQ for the past 18 years and I don't sew anything without it. I upgraded to the new version the day it came out, and I love it. Definitely worth the upgrade. I usually hate change for no reason, but they overhauled the whole worktable setup, and it is so much easier to use now. Lots of hidden new features, and what I love most is that it now shows you the measurements when you are in print mode and click on a block.
  9. Thank you, everyone, for all your nice words! It was a lot of fun quilting this one, and although it took a while, I was almost sorry when I was done. That has never happened before for sure Carol, that was a lucky accident. I was trying to figure out a way to do continuous leaves in the green background but couldn't come up with an idea that would work for turning the corners. Then I decided it would take long enough to do all the flowers individually and went with this. I was delighted when I realized it looked like an echo around the petals. Gail, yes, lots of starts and stops but I managed to do every flower in one continous line, and after finishing one row of flowers, all the green hexagons around them could be done without stopping, so it wasn't too bad. I was just worried that I'd miss a few hexagons, so I checked every single one before taking the quilt of the frame... and I had missed two. Boy, was I glad I took the time to do that. Cathy, yes, she already picked it up, and she loved it. She will give this to her daughter for Christmas. I really hope the daughter understands the amount of work that went into this quilt.
  10. Usually I am my own worst critic but I finished a quilt for a customer last week that I am really happy with. It is a king size Grandmother's Flower Garden, all hand pieced. Every flower is made up of seven different fabrics, and every fabric was only used once in the quilt. There are a few repeats in the green background but not in the flowers. She worked on it on and off for five years, and she must have collected every basic fabric out there for the last 20 years. It was so much fun quilting the flowers and looking at all the different fabrics, recognizing many of them. She asked me to "make the flowers look like flowers", and I think I did
  11. Batting tape

    Thank you, Jim, that's good to know! Before I bought my Millie, that's how I managed to quilt big quilts on my domestic machine... cut the batting into thirds and spray baste and quilt one third at a time starting in the centre of the quilt. I never taped or stitched the batting pieces together. People thought I was crazy but I have never had problems either. With Millie I have always dutifully stitched the pieces together with the largest zig zag settings on my machine, I thought I had to because there is no basting. I will definitely try it your way now... yes, I am lazy
  12. Trimming Question

    Lora, I don't think there is right and wrong in this case, it's more a matter of personal preference. For my personal quilts I trim to the edge. But there are lots of people out there who want extra fullness in the binding, that's why I always ask when they bring me the quilt how they want this handled.
  13. Thank you, Lora, I will look into it. I have been thinking I could probably use Electric Quilt for auditioning designs but haven't had the time to figure it out. Quilter's Lightbox sounds much easier though!
  14. Loyal customers. ???

    I have always believed (and still do) that quilting makes the quilt. And when I moved from Europe to Canada and started working at the local quilt shop, I was totally surprised when I found out that most people don't agree with that assessment, that in fact most quilters don't actually like to quilt at all. They just like making the tops. And the quilting is not important to them at all. I love to quilt, and that's why I eventually decided to buy a longarm machine and quilt for others. I would love to add a computer to do the pantos for me because I find them quite boring. But I know that no one would pay me for that, it would have to be a business investment for myself. I custom quilt all my own stuff, and that's what I show at the guild meetings, and that's what brings me customers because they are all in awe of my skills (which are far from perfect, especially compared to what you guys post here but if you can't quilt at all, you might look at things a little differently). But the majority of them stills wants pantographs because it's cheaper.