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  1. 5 points
    This is the second of three Dinner Plate Dahlia’s that I have quilted. This one I tried to keep the quilting contemporary. There is no feathering on this quilt. Unlike the Summer in Cabo quilt with many thread changes. This quilt I only used the one color of thread. It was a blue/grey and perfect for this quilt. Again, there is about 56 hours into the quilting.
  2. 4 points
    T Row Studio

    Sizzling Summer quilt

    front view of the quilt Lighting was not great but the close-ups are better. Pattern is by Sew Colorful and the pattern is Sizzling Summer. I use 80/20 cotton/wool for the batting and backing is a plush Costco Blanket in bright hot Pink. an allover freehand quilting motifs to add texture and interest I just love my new quilt. Thanks for looking and have a great Monday Part of the back it is a Costco Fleece Blanket with 80/20 cotton Wool batting supper warm quilt Picture on my millie framehere are pictures before quilting
  3. 3 points
    PamelaG

    Baby Quilt

    I really like how this baby quilt came out.
  4. 3 points
    T Row Studio

    Mommy and Me x3

    I was fortunate to be able to quilt Three of these baby Quilts for the same customer. She Used the Pattern Mommy and Me. She used a white on White Fabric That had a 1" diamond grid printed on it for the Background in the center area as soon as I saw that that I wanted to practice some grid work . I just went for it what do you think do you practice on customers quilts? Hope you have a great Day.
  5. 3 points
    ValerieJ

    Finally installed zippers

    YOU GUYS!!! I finally did it! After staring at them for 3 months and viewing video after video and reading and re-reading instructions, and just generally procrastinating, I FINALLY bit the bullet and attached my zippers to my leaders!!! It was pretty easy. I cannot believe I put it off so long. I know you all will understand, so I just had to share. Also, since I was fiddling around with my leaders anyway, and mine have always sagged in the center, even after I bought and installed new leaders, and rolling back and forth with the leaders zipped together didn't really improve the sag much, I decided to work on that as well. With the leaders zipped together, pulled taut with the zipper centered, I spritzed lightly with water, then skimmed the surface with a hot iron to dry it. Still sagging, so I spritzed again, turned on the ceiling fan and walked away. I did that about 4 times and they are almost completely sag free! I think I may roll the zipper to each bar and do the same technique further in on the leader on each side to see if I can get it completely taut all the way across. Still need to mark inches along the edges. Tomorrow I will get the other parts of the zippers attached to canvas tabs about 5-6 inches wide so I don't have to worry about running into zippers while quilting. I also need to get grosgrain ribbon (I guess cheap bias tape or hem tape, anything like that should work, too) in different colors. I recall seeing a hint somewhere that some smart person sewed a different color ribbon on the top of each leader and then the same color ribbon on the top side of the matching half of the zipper to make it easier to get it right when pinning/stapling/stitching the quilt parts to the zippers. I think I'll appreciate all the help I can get, because I really don't want to waste my valuable quilting time removing and re-attaching a quilt back I attached wrong. You can barely see the last little bit of sag near the center mark. (Picture was taken before I stitched the last couple inches of leader to zipper by hand...) Would love to know if you see anything that should be or could be changed or any handy hints or tips.
  6. 3 points
    Marie0722

    Sea Breeze

    I recently finished this quilt for a customer who usually does her own quilting on her domestic machine but thought that this one was too big for her to handle. Aren't the colours just beautiful? She had already drafted most of the feather design for the background, I just added the centre part as it was too much space to be left unquilted and chose the design for the circles. We are both very happy with the way it turned out.
  7. 2 points
    Plumpurple

    Mommy and Me x3

    Wow oh Wow, you are soooooooo talented. It is always a treat when you show your quilting, thank you for taking the time to post. Viewing your art gives me a mental boost. Sharon
  8. 2 points
    Finished the first of Three Dinner Plate Dahlia’s. This color way is called “Summer in Cabo”. Although it takes almost 56 hours to quilt they are amazing. I don’t have a computer on my Millie so they are hand guided Enjoy the photos. I will post the second of the three in another post.
  9. 2 points
    fbaldwin

    Happy Morhers Day Everyone

    Just want to wish you all a wonderful Mothers Day to all of you on this forum and to the staff at APQS.
  10. 1 point
    The price, where it is located, why you are selling, email address, and if you are willing to ship the items will be helpful to interested parties. Best of luck with selling your machine.
  11. 1 point
    Bonnie in Ok

    Daughter bag

    Here is a bag I made for my daughters birthday. She is a music teacher so think she will like it. Thanks for looking. first pic is turned wrong way and don't know how to turn on post, second pic is the inside on bag.
  12. 1 point
    IQuiltToo

    Sizzling Summer quilt

    Wozers - is this quilt and quilting just gorgeous! I love it. Looks fabulous on both the front and back! Beautiful!
  13. 1 point
    Gator

    Mommy and Me x3

    Beautiful quilting, love the modified cross hatch.
  14. 1 point
    tootsquilts

    Mommy and Me x3

    Terry, this is another quilt showing your wonderful work. I love what you did with this one.. I love how your practice quilting turns out. Lovely, really lovely. I have never seen anything you have quilted that didn't turn out beautiful. Thanks for the eye candy.
  15. 1 point
    IQuiltToo

    Mommy and Me x3

    Beautiful quilting on all of them!
  16. 1 point
    NHDeb

    Mommy and Me x3

    Just gorgeous work!
  17. 1 point
    Gail O

    Mommy and Me x3

    Love the grid work Terry. Nailed it!
  18. 1 point
    Athina

    My first custom!

    I got Millie in September and did two small quilts with a meander stitch. This one I went all out and did my first custom work with rulers and free motion. So thrilled with the turnout. Each stripe has a different pattern( stripes, plaid, cross hatch, meander, loops). The first border is wishbones and the outer border is piano keys. @quiltedjoy
  19. 1 point
    I am so sorry to hear that your mother has passed away. Mother's are our lifeline to reality, sometimes. You will be okay. I am praying for you and your family. About her longarm: My suggestion is to locate the serial number on the machine head and call customer service at the A-1 company. They can tell you how old the machine is and possibly a resale value. From the dust on the machine, it may have not been used for several years (?), so be sure to tell buyers that. Don't try to run it without servicing it. Check with longarm dealers or sewing machine dealers for people in the area who could come to service it. If you are in NE Tenn, I know just the right guy. Here is a link to the A-1 contact info: http://www.a1quiltingmachines.com/contact.php. When you are ready to let people know about it and the other quilting supplies, contact the local quilting guilds. The members are always looking for a good deal on supplies! Just google "quilting guilds near me"
  20. 1 point
    Contact the manufacturer. There is probably a serial # on the machine. With that info, they will tell you the age of the machine and possibly have a downloadable manual that you could access. They could also possibly give you a resale value. Just Google A-1 Quilting.
  21. 1 point
    Gator

    Need Quilt Pattern Name

    Beautiful but have no idea what pattern it is.
  22. 1 point
    Cheeky Cognoscenti

    Finally installed zippers

    Valerie, CONGRATULATIONS and thanks for posting. I ordered a set of zippers for my Millie two years ago when I bought my machine, and I STILL have not gotten up the courage to try attaching them to my leaders! I just keep pinning and telling myself I'll get around to sewing those zippers on some other day that never comes. I know I'm a total dork but there are so many other things I'm still learning; didn't want to throw a new variable into the mix and have to wonder if maybe I put the zippers on wrong and that was causing me trouble. Would you mind posting a link to the video tutorial that was helpful to you? All I know is that you use your longarm machine to sew the zipper to your canvas edge, but I don't get how you make sure the zipper is perfectly centered and aligned and straight all the way down as you're sewing it down. Rebecca Grace
  23. 1 point
    Is there a batting bar available for the Millie as well? I hate that my batting is down on the floor where there is always, always dog fur no matter how often I vacuum... :-) Rebecca Grace www.CheekyCognoscenti.blogspot.com 2013 Millennium
  24. 1 point
    tootsquilts

    Sea Breeze

    Absolutely beautiful, both the quilt and the quilting.
  25. 1 point
    dancing bear

    Show Competition

    "Separate professional quilters" ... I've often thought that quilt shows should employ the golf standard .... Have a Masters category ... Those wonderful Master quilters would then have their own category or show
  26. 1 point
    Quilta93

    Sea Breeze

    You did a great job! Beautiful! Deb.
  27. 1 point
    quilterkp

    The new Millie

    I had the pleasure of quilting on one of the new Millie's today at Sheridan Kay's quilting studio. Very nice machine! They made an improvement to the channel locks and they hold tighter than they used to.
  28. 1 point
    Gigi59

    Creases in my backing fabric

    Thanks again to everyone. I’ve taken out what little basting I had on the bottom2/3 of my quilt, pinning lots as I go now and trying the floating. It’s looking much better!
  29. 1 point
    jimerickson

    Creases in my backing fabric

    Safety pins work fine. The one benefit they offer is that they don'e accidentally come out. Use whatever you like. The point being that you must stabilize the quilt before you roll. Jim
  30. 1 point
    Gator

    Creases in my backing fabric

    Sorry, I missed your post earlier. I do a ton of quilting around embroidery and applique. I machine baste the sides then use pins around the areas I'm working on and remove them as I finish the area. I float my quilts, so I also have pvc clamps to hold the bottom of my sandwich firm on the roller it's draping. However, it sounds like your not floating the quilt. Sorry Jim, I never heard of using safety pins on our longarms, not to say it wouldn't work. I would think small safety pins would roll fine. Amy (APQS educator) suggests using the flower pins, they are very flexible but be careful of getting stabbed by them.
  31. 1 point
    Gator

    Finally installed zippers

    Great job and explanation of what you accomplished!!!
  32. 1 point
    Gail O

    Creases in my backing fabric

    Generally when pinning for longarm quilting, you use straight pins not safety pins. The pins should be a hands width or less apart. You will be pinning all of the unquilted areas, leaving the pins in until you are ready to quilt that area. Some do all of the SID on a quilt, pinning the rest; some do all of one colour thread, pinning the rest. Make sense?
  33. 1 point
    I dew quilting

    Sea Breeze

    Beautiful
  34. 1 point
    quilterkp

    Sea Breeze

    That is gorgeous!
  35. 1 point
    NHDeb

    Sea Breeze

    Stunning work by both of yoU!
  36. 1 point
    cegates

    Sea Breeze

    Gorgeous! You make a great team! Carol
  37. 1 point
    Allison S.

    Baseball quilt

    That's very creative. Thanks for sharing!
  38. 1 point
    I have mine plugged into a power strip. I push the switch on the bobbin winder into the on position, hang onto the thread and then turn the power strip on. It works like a charm. I struggled with using the winder before I thought of the power strip.
  39. 1 point
    Gator

    APQS Batting Bar Install

    Great job! It looks a lot easier than the old table's batting bar.
  40. 1 point
    NHDeb

    APQS Batting Bar Install

    Awesome! What a cool set up!
  41. 1 point
    ffq-lar

    graduation gown for binding fabric?

    If you think adding a touch of the graduation gown fabric would be meaningful, perhaps stabilize a long narrow strip to add as a flange as you add the binding. To make it easier to handle, stabilize the gown fabric with an appropriate fusible.