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  1. 9 points
    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/
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    New Art Quilt

    This is a new art quilt I just finished. It is headed to a show, but I wanted to share photos with all of you. More details about construction and tons of detail photos on blog. Eye Candy in Fabric art quilt blog article
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    Jack's Story Town

    My customer makes these quilts for her grandchildren. You may remember LUKE , ETHANBURG and MAGGIE TOWN. Jack loves books so she's cut out characters from material. So Fine on top, Bottom Line in the bobbin. Hobbs 80/20. Jack's Story Town by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (2) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (3) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (4) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (5) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (6) by Libby G, on Flickr
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    Quilts for my Sisters

    I finished two quilts at the end of May so I could take them to 2 of my sisters in central Canada while visiting this summer on our cross country trip to visit Newfoundland for the first time. What a great trip we had! The pattern is Angela Walter’s “Coral”, available free on her website. Both quilts are the same, except the first one I used a slightly contrasting thread (to the background) because I thought it blended a bit better with the print segments and the second quilt I used a matching thread. In the end, I thought the second one came out better as I had figured out the quilting execution by the time I got there! I’ve only attached the front and back pictures of one quilt here.
  5. 2 points

    Dresden Plate

    My customer pieced this using scraps from her stash. She gave me a quilting design she found online. I'd give credit to the quilter, if I knew who designed it. The borders weren't showing so I used feathers and beadboard. She used a 1/4 inch inner border and asked me to keep it straight. Fortunately it was only a lap quilt. I used So Fine and Bottom Line, my favorite threads when custom quilting. And Hobbs 80/20. DeLoa Jones' boomerang really came in handy to circle around the dresden plates. dresden plate by Libby G, on Flickr dresden plate (2) by Libby G, on Flickr dresden plate (3) by Libby G, on Flickr
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    Well, thought I was going to have to scrap my CQ last week. Finally had time to get it all set up and when I turned it on, nothing. Monitor went right to power down mode and no CQ. Tried everything I could think of. Even tried another computer. Still nothing. Then I tried a laptop and sha- bang. Shut it down and rebooked up the CQ. Success, back in business. Now I have to re-train myself on the system. It's been a while since I've used the CQ. I've been getting withdrawals as of late and now I'm ready to go again. Now I'm going to have to find a computer whiz to make me a new tower as a back up. Zeke.
  7. 2 points

    Quilts for my Sisters

    A couple close ups...
  8. 1 point
    I have recently moved and need to sell my 2014 APQS Lucy with bliss track with 12 foot table. It is in great condition, I just don't have the space for it in the new home. Low hour usage. PRICE LOWERED to $9,500!!! Picture is from my previous home when she was set up. She is in storage at this time.
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    Resilient Quilter

    APQS Freedom for Sale

    Hi All, I'm putting my APQS Freedom up for sale. It runs great! Stitch regulated, has new white table that is Bliss compatible. Offering 5 Pantographs and 5 spools of thread with the machine. Has the mushroom handles. I contacted APQS as to what price is fair market value. I was told $9500 to $10,000, so I've just reduced the price to $9,500.00. She is ready for a new home.
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    I had seen this book awhile ago and just thought oh... but then I happened to catch Natalia Bonner on a Sewing with Nancy show and they had this quilt on the show. I loved it. Year and 1/2 later ) maybe 2) I finally completed it. I quilted same as she had done. Always been afraid of woodgrain, but no longer. Put a bluish batik on the back. Pretty stinking happy. PS going to bind in same yellow.
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    Loading quilt - which side of canvas?

    Does this help?
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    I'm not certain, but I think the viscosity is either 1 or 2. Hope this helps. Jim
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    I am..but not limited to helping others in my community and beyond. I simply believe. Our recent camping trip. Our family dog gave us all a laugh when she couldn’t find a place to rest but found a pile of blankets ready to put away.
  14. 1 point
    Turns out i connected the rear cable to the wrong space, its working now!
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    Wool Bearding through the quilt

    http://quiltersdreambatting.blogspot.com/2012/04/bearding-and-pokies-bane-of-quilting.html Bearding: If you have ever had a quilt beard, you know how frustrating and heart-wrenching it can be. Once that soft, wonderful batting is in the quilt, the last thing you want is to see little bits of it appear on the top. Bearding gets its name because back when poly fiber was stiff and horrible (think leisure suit) the fibers would poke through the fabric and then grow like an old man’s scruffy beard. Today’s Quilters Dream Batting fibers, even the poly fibers, are fine, thin, long, and soft, and naturally resist bearding. However, on the rare occasion given the wrong conditions, even the highest quality batting can sometimes beard. 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 (sewing), handling, and atmospheric conditions, especially dry climates or the dry winter heating, will cause 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). 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! Pokies: You know what the pokies are – when the batting fibers pull through the fabric with your thread. I don’t know what the technical term is, but everyone seems to know about pokies. This is a different problem from bearding, but has the same result – seeing batting where you shouldn’t be seeing batting, on the outside of the quilt. The first thing to try when you have the pokies is to change the needle. It could be that your needle isn’t sharp enough or that there are barbs on your needle (even if you can’t feel them). A customer gave me a good suggestion, which is to take the needle and jab it through the layered quilt a few times before putting it in the machine, just to make sure it glides through and there are no barbs. She discovered that a couple of her needles had barbs that she could not even feel that were causing pokies on the back of her quilt. If you are using cotton thread, cotton fibers are curly and will grab the batting fibers if given the chance, so use a mercerized or coated thread. If you are using dark thread or fabric, give your thread a shot of anti-static spray as well as your fabric and batting. I will leave the benefits of using a high quality thread to the thread manufacturers’ sales teams, but you have been advised: use a quality thread and avoid a lot of headaches. If you have never had these problems, I pray that you never will! For the rest of you, I feel your pain and can sympathize. I hope this blog has helped!
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    Grace Start Right clips

    Handi Quilter also has them here: https://handiquilter.me/?s=quilt+clamp&post_type=product
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    Grace Start Right clips

    You can make your own with pvc piping!!
  18. 1 point

    Wool Bearding through the quilt

    I have an entire roll of QD Wool and haven't experienced this problem; I do wash my quilts in washer and toss them in the dryer, but do not dry them fully. I use a mixture of fabrics; but none of mine were totally of the darker, rich colors like yours. I am so sorry you experienced this; and I appreciate you sharing. I will certainly do some testing on my scraps of batting to avoid this on a quilt. I would think QD would put some sort of warning somewhere in all their information about battings.
  19. 1 point

    Quilts for my Sisters

    Beautiful quilt and quilting! Did you do that freehand? It’s lovely.
  20. 1 point

    Wool Bearding through the quilt

    Deb, so sorry you had this problem, but really appreciate you sharing this information with the rest of us. Hope your son's quilt looks good enough that it doesn't bug you every time you look at it, especially since you did such a nice job on it. Betsy
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    Disappearing Stitches

    Thanks everyone! I’m very comfortable with edge to edge. Now onto custom quilting.
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    Dresden Plate

    Fabulous quilt and quilting!
  23. 1 point

    Memory Lane

    Cute quilt and perfect quilting!
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    Struggled getting photos to load
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    Irene Graber

    Just got my Lenni

    Hi everyone, I’m new to this forum. I just got my Lenni all set up and I did my first practice on it with a pantograph. Didn’t do too bad for my first attempt.