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  1. 9 points

    Two wallhangings

    These were made by my reproduction customer. She just chose two blocks she liked for the wall hangings and put them together. She wanted her "Indigo in Baskets" customed. This was the first time I used a light thread in a feather wreath on a dark background. It took me forever because I wanted the backtracks to be spot on. (Most were!) Then when I decided to put feathers in the baskets, I used matching thread as it went way faster!. Her "Flocks and Baskets" was so busy we just used a pantograph to give it movement. So Fine and Bottom Line. She provided warm and natural batting. Indigo in Baskets by Libby G, on Flickr Indigo in Baskets (2) by Libby G, on Flickr Indigo in Baskets (3) by Libby G, on Flickr Flocks and Baskets (2) by Libby G, on Flickr
  2. 4 points

    APQS Holiday Schedule

    Holiday Announcement: APQS will close at NOON on July 3 and will reopen at 8 a.m. July 5th. Celebrate Independence Day wisely and well!
  3. 3 points
    Irene Graber


    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.
  4. 3 points
    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.
  5. 2 points

    "Flight Path" is finally done!

    Millie and I finally finished this queen size quilt for OUR bed! Completely free motion without the use of computers is how I work.....I've dubbed it "Flight Path" because of all those flying geese!!!! Sew happy!
  6. 2 points
    Sharon Deming

    Innova or Millie?

    When I was looking for a longarm a few years ago, I wound up narrowing my list to APQS and Innova. So I talked to my super-guru of a sewing machine service guy. He services every sort of longarm, sewing machine, serger, embroidery machine -both domestic and commercial in a region that includes 4 state. He knows everything. I asked him "If you were going to buy a longarm machine for yourself or a family member, what brand would you choose?" Without hesitating he said there were only 2 brand on his list. #1 is APQS and #2 in Innova. I asked him why he put APQS ahead of Innova. He said that APQS is very easy to service - everything you need to access is right up front. "And besides", he said, "APQS never breaks down." Customer service is the best in the business. They will stay with you as long as you need to get an answer to even the dumbest question. Every dealer I have met has been happy, professional, knowledgeable, and accessible. When I checked in your area, there are 3 dealers near Atlanta. My own treasured dealer is Sheridan Carter in Hendersonville, NC.(828) 286-2390. She is hosting a Roadshow on July 21, starting at 1:00 pm. Check the APQS roadshow schedule to see when there is one in your area. A roadshow is a great way to play with all of the machines and get all of your questions answered. Here's the link: https://www.apqs.com/events/?tribe_eventcategory=296.
  7. 2 points
    A dealer I talked with said she used to take some tiny stitches, but they ended up working their way out, so she knots and burys her threads. I decided that wasn’t for me. I do not do show quilts. I take a few stitches in one direction then back over the stitches when I start and finish. Deb.
  8. 2 points

    “Locking” or “anchor” stitches

    I think if you pull your threads to the top, hold them for a second or two when you take your first stitches, then take 2-8 stiches backward and then forward, you won't have any nesting problems on the back. You will be able to tell from the top if you are taking too many stitches from the build up of threads too. Go with what looks pleasing.
  9. 1 point

    93 Year old's Last quilt

    A lady called me to do a quilt. The back story was shared. Her friend, a 93 y/o lady told her this was her very last quilt. She wanted to give it to her daughter to remember her by. Her friend offered to get it quilted and finish it so she could. It has lots of oddball fabrics, some squares are appliquéd on. Wonky piecing. But beautiful non the less. Simple giant meander pattern, on my Millie and Quiltpath, 100% cotton batting. Pamela Golliet Sonoran Sky Quilting Tucson, AZ
  10. 1 point

    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!
  11. 1 point

    Two wallhangings

    Libby, beautiful quilting as always!
  12. 1 point

    Base extender drag

    Is your drag specific toward the leveler bar or does it drag all over? I found mine had more drag toward the leveler bar and raised it a bit to have more clearance and all was well.
  13. 1 point
    Irene Graber


    Hello everyone, Thank you for all the kind words. I was nervous doing the quilting because this was my first quilt to do on my Lenni with a bliss track. I enjoyed quilting it. I want to see the pictures when you are done with the grunge bear quilt please and thank you.
  14. 1 point
    stitchin cricket


    Oh Irene, I love it. You did a great job. I'm making this same quilt for a lady I work with who just had her first child. I made it in grunge fabric. How did you like all those tiny pieces? The pantograph you used was perfect for it. Have you seen the penguin pattern she has designed as well? Thank you for sharing. Happy Quilting, Carmen
  15. 1 point


    This is adorable! You used the perfect pantograph on it.
  16. 1 point
    Gail O


    Beauty! It will be well loved.
  17. 1 point
    Deb- I don’t do show quilts either, so your method works for me! Thanks!
  18. 1 point

    Quilt path vs Intelliquilter

    Mercedes: I think you need to start by deciding how you want the computerized system to help you quilt. Once you have a list of all the things you hope it will do for you, then begin asking if the system you're researching does that, and how it does it. You need to think of the system as a tool that assists you to quilt, rather than some sort of stand alone thing. Start with the tasks you like least doing manually, and work from there. Jim
  19. 1 point

    93 Year old's Last quilt

    Great job. The meander is a good choice for a quilt mixture. I would have done anything to get it quilted for her too, I to pray that I'm still quilting at 93. The quilt just says "love".
  20. 1 point

    93 Year old's Last quilt

    That really is a pretty quilt. Looks like the points all match.
  21. 1 point

    leaders not straight

    Before you do any drastic trimming, make sure your rollers are exactly parallel, both with each other and the floor. The eye bolts of the back roller determine the height from the floor and must all have the same number of threads showing. Ditto with the threads of the bolts of the front roller---those one stick out towards the front and if one side is farther out it will make your backer sag on one side, making you suspect the leaders and not the rollers. Your photo looks more like sag than uneven leaders. If it was set up by a dealer, this should have all been checked. If you set it up, it's not stressed enough in the instructions how crucial this step is to good results. Good luck!
  22. 1 point

    “Locking” or “anchor” stitches

  23. 1 point

    Learning to Adapt and Overcome

    For the past 15 or so years, I've always went to the Texas State Mountain and Dulcimer Championships in Glenrose Texas. My wife and I both play the dulcimer and autoharps. This festival is in it's 37th year and is held at an RV park. They have a huge stage and have performers on stage from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm on Friday and Saturday. They also have workshops and of course the contests to choose the state champions. The RV Park was full and the music was plentiful. Everybody just brings their fold up chairs and sit on the grass under the trees and listens to music. Over the years for some of us it's not as much the music as it is just the fellowship. Some of us have known each other for 30 years or so. Several of us are also quilters....SOOOO...I arrive at the RV park Wednesday about 10:00 am and by noon the camper is set up and I have 3 of my quilting girlfriends loaded in my car and we hit the quilt shops. Had a blast and did more laughing than buying although each of us did purchase some fabric. One of my quilting friends, Kate, and her husband have a 45' toy hauler...she sets her quilting machine up in the garage part and quilts all week so this year I decided I needed to bring my machine and do some quilting when it got too hot to stay outside....Now my camper is no where near as large as her camper and I don't have a garage to set up in but I didn't let that stop me. I set my machine up and all my friends came by to see my Campers "Quilting Studio." They were impressed...actually had some women I didn't know stop by and wanted to see my quilting studio and my camper. Got quite a bit accomplished....made some blocks for a quilt....did a lot of reading....listen to some music...played some music...did a lot of visiting...and just relaxed and thanked God for all his blessings. So here is a pic of my Campers Quilting Studio. Small but very doable. Still trying to figure out how to get my longarm in this small camper. LOL. Next is view from front of my camper where I sat each morning and rocked with my coffee and read my Bible and thanked God for His blessings. The third pic is of everyone sitting around listening to the music...at night the place was packed out.
  24. 1 point

    Thread color question

    What about a silvery gray thread that would cover the whole quilt? Of course, it would help to see the quilt for us to make a better suggestion.
  25. 1 point
    Beachside Quilter

    New APQS Scoop Foot

    Just received my new Scoop foot! Can I say how cool it is that APQS engineers keep making our machines better and better? This new foot is the bomb; glides right over wavey quilt edges, stray threads, "creatively pieced" blocks with pleats , etc. Love, love, my new foot; got one for each machine, Millie and Lucey. Check out the new foot on the APQS online store. New shoes for my babies for the New Year!