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  1. 3 points
    InesR

    Rail Fence

    Quick rail fence for a gift. I stewed and stewed on the dark, really thought it would show the "rails"..., but no, the light won out. The whole color/contrast thing still stumps/surprises me. Stipple and machine binding.
  2. 3 points
    SWall

    Finished!!

    Completed this queen size quilt this week! Thanks for looking!
  3. 2 points
    LibbyG

    12 Days of Christmas -applique

    I just finished this quilt. She didn't want any quilting in the applique and McT around it. I used Dream select and Dream Wool, So Fine on top and BL in the bottom. 12 Days of Christmas by LibbyG7, on Flickr 12 days drum by LibbyG7, on Flickr 12 days geese by LibbyG7, on Flickr 12 birds by LibbyG7, on Flickr 12 Days back by LibbyG7, on Flickr
  4. 2 points
    Go to your local hardware or kitchen store and buy a couple of OXO bag clamps. The red ones that are about 4 inches wide and have a hole in the handle part. They are much lighter that the steel ones that come with the machine, and the wider "mouth" makes a better hold. Cut the elastic off the old clamps, tie or sew it through the hole of the new clamps . . . done.
  5. 2 points
    ffq-lar

    Looking at a used Millie

    What year was it made? The serial number is inside the harp and will tell the date of manufacture. If there is a letter at the beginning of the #, the machine has been worked on after the sale by APQS. Is she the original owner? Millies depreciate about $1000 per year. Does she have any service records? Has she ever re-timed or replaced the bobbin assembly? I'd be more concerned about "only doing 4 quilts" than some heavy use. Sitting idle for potentially years doesn't do the innards a lot of good. Since this is maybe 10 years old, take off the left side and see if it's gunked up from old oil and that the rocker assembly has no rust and works as it should---it runs the hopping foot. Check that the wicks are saturated with oil. Leave off the left panel and run the machine. How does it sound? Test-stitch, using different stitch-lengths in SR and different speeds in manual. Make a circle and inspect the stitches. Check that the wheels are good by pushing in all directions and seeing if there are clunks from flat spots, which can happen when it sits un-used for a long time. Eyeball the rollers from the ends to see if they're straight. Make sure the advance works. If you can, check the fuse drawer and see if there's still an extra fuse in there---it's in a pop-out panel near the power switch at the back. If it's there, that will mean she probably hasn't blown a fuse. Which isn't a big deal, but will tell you if she really only quilted a few times on it. Finding a few issues means you have wiggle-room to negotiate a price---but nothing mentioned here actually hurts the machine. Plus, she will think you're an expert! These heavy-duty workhorses last for decades and are easy to repair---my 2004 Millie is a trooper and helps me finish many custom quilts per year. Best advice, find a local dealer/rep and pay them to inspect it for you. If you buy, they will be a valuable contact for help and lessons. Good luck!
  6. 1 point
    I do a lot of ruler work and it seems I fight my side clamps constantly. I use a curtain rod to elevate them, but they still cause havoc and it's just because they are heavy and hang down too low. I don't want to tighten them too much as they exert uneven pressure on the backing and can throw the quilt out of alignment. Has anyone switched to either EZ Grip Side Clamps or Red E Edge Side Clamps? Input and recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
  7. 1 point
    I did the same thing as Gail O but if you take the screw out of the clamps, they will go right through the hole in the OXO bag clamps. I also use Sharon (can't remember last name right now) method of making a leader with a dowel rod that you can pin to the sides and then use the curtain rod and it works great.
  8. 1 point
    Gail O

    Rail Fence

    Love the colours. Beauty!
  9. 1 point
    NHDeb

    Rail Fence

    What a lovely gift! I love that pattern for it's simplicity and timelessnes.
  10. 1 point
    tootsquilts

    Rail Fence

    Love those colors you used. Really turned out nice. Good job.
  11. 1 point
    ffq-lar

    Looking at a used Millie

    If you're on Facebook, look at the "longarm & accessories 4 sale" group. Lots of different brands, locations, and prices. Longarm University has a machines-for-sale page as well. I'd be concerned about the seller you contacted. Sounds shady to me if she changed the price. I can understand the cash-only part. Good luck with your search.
  12. 1 point
    byfrantoo

    Looking at a used Millie

    I did find those numbers, one is in HIghlands Ranch, very near where the machine is. Now I have to wait for the seller to get in touch with me. From what I can gather it has been just sitting for several years. A tech will be a lifesaver at this point. Keep posting if you have any other info--I need all the help I can get. I currently have a Block Rockit on a Grace frame so this would be a HUGE upgrade, not to mention expense for me so I am very happy to hear from all of you APQS owners. This would be my dream machine and used is probably the only way I can get one unless I get to win the Millie (planning on that ya know!)
  13. 1 point
    I have a 2014 Lucey with stitch regulator and bliss and 10 foot table for sale. Great condition. I live in Texas. Unable to ship. $8500. Manual, needles, bobbin winder, assorted pantographs also included. Email me at msjeannie@live.com if you’re interested or have questions.
  14. 1 point
    Catherine50

    Quilting advice needed

    I just finished piecing this quilt. It is English Paper Pieced and will be the cover quilt for a new pattern for this quilt. I am looking for advice on how to quilt it. I want more than a pantograph and more than continuous lines, but am drawing a blank. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. I have a hand driven millie.
  15. 1 point
    NHDeb

    Quilting advice needed

    Maybe some sort of celtic link motif in the centers to play off the linked rings? It's lovely!
  16. 1 point
    LibbyG

    Quilting advice needed

    I usually google the name of the quilt and hope some quilters have posted pictures of their finished work. I always like the look of quilting 1/4 of an inch around the piece to set them off. Maybe you could put a piece of plastic over it and try that, then something may pop into your mind.
  17. 1 point
    T Row Studio

    Mommy and me Baby Quilts

    I was very fortunate to be able to pay on a Baby Quilt . I wanted to work on grid designs the fabric in the light area was a white on white 1" grid so What better place to play. then the customer brought me another one so here are both of them together the same but different also.
  18. 1 point
    Irene Graber

    Bears

    I made this quilt and quilted with a pantograph for my new grandson who has not arrived yet. I have to put binding on it but I had so much fun quilting it.
  19. 1 point
    T Row Studio

    sunflower quilt

    I have been doing a ton of collaging this is my latest collage quilt it is a vase of Sunflowers i did custom quilting on this, I Just Love Sun Flowers I have included front and back images. Thanks for looking and enjoy your Holiday week end. .
  20. 1 point
    It's been a while since I posted. Here are some customer quilts I had the privilege to work on. The Hawaiian quilt is one that I made for a guild program I came up with "Faux Hawaiian Quilts". Unfortunately I put a couple in twice and can't figure out how to delete from the post. If you go to my flickr account you can see a few more pics of customer quilts. I had removed most of my photos several months ago when I'd read that flickr had been taken over by someone else and we wouldn't "Own" our photos anymore. Well, I just uploaded to flickr a few of what I've quilted recently. Hope you enjoy the eye candy. Thankfully I'm a better quilter than photographer. this is a memory quilt I made for a friend from some of her mother's clothing https://www.flickr.com/photos/foreverdesigning/30522708758/in/dateposted-public/
  21. 1 point
    SWall

    Farmer's Wife Quilt

    Our local quilt guild is hosting their 30th Annual Quilt show this weekend. I was asked if I would like to participate in a 'Bed Turning' event. My daughter and I will be doing a 'generational' display starting with a quilt my mother (her grandmother) made for me when I was about 5 or 6 years old. My mother was a seamstress and made all my clothes and this quilt was made from scraps of fabrics from blouses, dresses, skirts, etc.. that she had made for me. I used to love looking at it and remembering all those outfits. My daughter 'stole' this quilt from me when she moved out as it has special meaning to her as well. When she was little and staying over night at Grandma's, she got to use this quilt and even when it got too small for her (the quilt was designed for a youth bed so it was shorter than a regular twin) she would insist on that quilt! Now her children love the quilt and it's starting to fall apart but isn't that what quilts are for. To be loved and used... Following this quilt will be her first quilt, my first quilt done on my APQS - (this quilt top was completed in 1994 for my daughter and when I had finished piecing she didn't like navy and pink anymore so this top sat as a UFO until 2011). We will move on to various quilts we have both done and have significance to us. We will finish the bed turning with my Farmer's Wife Quilt which I just completed. My daughter had bought the book, I stole it from her... used the fabric she gave me for Christmas one year... so as you can see this is really a joint show for the two of us! Thanks for looking!
  22. 1 point
    Primitive1

    Memory Lane

    Another beauty! You did a wonderful job and aren't those row by row quilts fun!
  23. 1 point
    NHDeb

    Wool Bearding through the quilt

    I thought I'd share my experience and the response I rec'd from Quilters Dream regarding the wool batting bearding through the lion quilt I made for my son. I used black fabric and a darker red and the bearding was DREADFUL on both front and back of the quilt after washing/drying. I was devastated and emailed the company with the photos. I purchased one of those sweater shaver things and used that over the entire quilt - front and back. It helped quite a bit, but it will never be the same as when I made it I'm sure. :-( There was no bearding on any of the gold fabrics. Below the photos is the copy/pasted response from QD Customer Service. "We have found that many high quality fabric manufacturers use a sulfur-based chemical in their dyeing process (especially when dying dark and vivid colors like reds and dark blues). The sulfur is very good for fabrics because the sulfur molecule is five-sided, which causes a strong bond and makes the colors very color-fast. The disadvantage to the “attraction” created by having 5 sides is that more surfaces promote static electricity. (When you wear dark colors or a very vivid print, have you noticed that pet hairs and fuzz balls seem to stick to you? It isn’t your imagination – the sulfur has caused a static charge making everything stick.) In quilting, the combination of motion, handling, and weather (especially dry climates, machine dryers, or dry winter heating) will increase the static, causing the fibers of batting to ‘stand up’ like the hair on our arms and be drawn to the fabric. The solution is to break the static charge. You can use an anti-static spray, such as Static Guard both on finished and unfinished quilts. If you don’t have an anti-static spray, put a few anti-static dryer sheets in a spray bottle with water and sprits both the fabric and the batting (or the finished quilt). This will not cause the fibers to pull back in, but it will prevent more from bearding through. You can use a sweater shaver or lint roller to remove the batting "balls" from the surface once you have thoroughly sprayed the quilt with anti-static spray. When you wash your quilt, use fabric softeners in the washer and anti-static sheets in the dryer. It is also helpful to remove the quilt from the dryer before it is totally dry and hang it. Do not store the finished quilt or your quilts-in-progress in regular plastic bags as this really promotes static electricity. Using a humidifier in the workplace not only cuts down on static, but is great for your skin! The anti-static spray really works well in my own experience - a dark purple quilt that I had problems with completely stopped bearding after I sprayed it. I hope this information is helpful and that you will not run across this problem ever again – it is truly the exception."
  24. 1 point
    Hello everyone! By now you may have heard the exciting news that a major upgrade of Quilt Path is fast approaching! We’re in the final stages of testing and writing documentation so that we can get the new features to you soon. These include fast and simple border and corner placement, placing blocks using real size measurements, additional design templates, more free designs, design skew and more! You have also probably heard about Windows 10 and have been wondering if you should upgrade your Quilt Path tablet to this new operating system. After much research and consideration about how the upgrade might affect Quilt Path operation, APQS is recommending that Quilt Path users do take advantage of the free upgrade offer Microsoft has presented. The deadline for the free upgrade is next Friday, July 29. The attached document answers important questions about upgrading including the benefits of upgrading, how to upgrade, changes to settings on your tablet and Quilt Path and more. It also provides instructions and links to help you make the upgrade as quick and painless as possible. However, the upgrade will take several hours to complete, so we encourage you to plan accordingly. Rest assured that you are not required to upgrade to Windows 10 to continue using Quilt Path. However, upgrading now will ensure that your tablet stays current and will help us with troubleshooting issues going forward. If you have questions feel free to contact me. In addition, if you are on Facebook but are not already a member of the private Facebook Quilt Path Users Group, please let me know so that we can invite you to join. This active and helpful group for APQS Quilt Path owners all share tips, quilting ideas, troubleshooting tips, design suggestions and more—and we’d love to have you as a member! Just send me an email letting me know you’d like to join. (You will need to be on Facebook to join, however.) We’re anxious to get the finishing touches on the new Quilt Path upgrade and will get that out to you as soon as possible! Happy Quilting!
  25. 1 point
    I like that suggestion. It seems that about half the quilts I have gotten in the last few months have all been very difficult quilts. I need to buy stock in starch and probably soon a new iron, at the rate I am going. That's a nice way to word what comes to my mind, as I refer to it as a PITA fee, but would not call it that on my invoice.