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  1. ***Rules to live by on the forum (my perspective only and not sanctioned by APQS or any other governing body. )*** If you post a photo and ask for quilting design help, and no one replies--don't be discouraged. People are busy. People miss posts. People might have no helpful advice. Princesses might decide they don't want to monopolize the board and allow others to give their advice. You may be a princess yourself and everyone knows you'll figure it out better than they could anyway. Or finally, all one's ideas have been expressed by someone else and all you can do is nod and agree. I
    43 points
  2. ffq-lar

    Wish list

    The longarmers wish list. A wonderful, well-made and well-supported longarm. *check* A warm, dry, cheerful place to put this marvel. *check* A group of customers who are talented, creative, generous, and appreciative. *check* Another group of "sharers and carers" online who are accessible, giving, encouraging, and friendly. *check* Time enough to practice, experiment, and search for innovations. *check* A family who "gets it" and appreciates my efforts. *check* I guess I don't need anything for Christmas this year---I'm living the longarmers dream!
    30 points
  3. Hi Everyone, APQS loves all quilters, regardless of age, race, sex, or even machine brand. Unlike the restricted forums of some other companies, we welcome everyone here--even those who do not own an APQS machine (and those who wish to sell a non-APQS machine). Often we are even the ones listing the item for sale for that very customer. Most of the time that person has found such camaraderie, support, and great advice on this very forum that she has decided joining the APQS family is the right move for her. Sometimes a life-changing event has forced someone to sell a machine with no in
    28 points
  4. I'll try to make this short. Over ten years ago Dennis (who makes and sells plans for a machine that grinds mirrors for telescopes) was contacted by a young man from Trujillo, Peru who ordered plans so he could make a mirror and then his own telescope. Jorge was poor, a student, and eager to learn. Over time they became email buddies and friends. When Jorge couldn't find a mirror blank (a thick piece of glass which can be ground and polished to use in a telescope) Den found one and sent it to Peru. The corrupt officials need bribes to deliver any items, especially from outside the count
    26 points
  5. I posted that I was back, and buying a used machine. So excited to get back in the groove. I made a statement that I wanted to start slow, and just wanted to get a couple of rulers, then start practicing. I received a personal message from Connie, "Gator", telling me that she now has a computer on her machine, and doesn't really use some of her rulers so she asked for my address. She said that I had helped her so much when she first started quilting, and she wanted to help me. Wow, first of all, I didn't think I really helped anyone. I know I asked a ton of questions, and laughed at myself a l
    25 points
  6. Here's the latest finish. The odd spaces required some stand-and-stare. Feathers on the border and on the light fabrics. Scrolls and leaves on the darks. A spot of CCs inside the center HStriangles. So Fine putty color and purple thread on top. She provided W&N cotton batting. Her backer was unbleached muslin. This one, with the thin batting and high contrast in top thread colors required me to use tan bobbins with the light top thread and dark gray with the purple. I still had some trouble balancing the stitches. I'll add a photo of the back later so you can see. This one partially fi
    25 points
  7. I was contacted by a company to design quilting templates for long-arm, mid-arm and short-arm machines. It is in the pre-planning stages, but, if all goes...I will let all you template users here, have first shot at some new designs!!! I am shooting for Very Reasonably Priced templates, with top grade plastic,.. and they've agreed to the lowest shipping rates with no extra fees! Fingers crossed! Being Centrally located in the U.S. will help everyone with shipping costs too!!!
    24 points
  8. I sit here with my coffee on the first day of my retirement from my day job. The feeling is wonderful! My calendar for the next few months is full of fun---a trip to Disneyland with my sister, guild volunteering, Moxies at my house, the local Arts Walk, the list goes on. On the business side, for the first time in six months I will be caught up on my monthly quilt quota. I try for 6 quilts a month and I've been one quilt behind every month for a while! I'm busier than ever and need to get better organized--as usual--so I can pencil in some piecing and retreats! I was treated to a tear
    23 points
  9. Over the last year, these are the things I've learned ... I cannot sneeze and stipple at the same time. Backing loaded right side up does not look near as good on the back of a quilt as a backing loaded wrong side up. If you wear long sleeves, make sure your seam ripper or scissors are close to the head of the machine … just in case you sew your sleeve to the quilt while getting in those odd positions holding a ruler. A bug landing in spikey grey hair while FMQ can cause a 14” unwanted stitched line across a quilt that does not necessarily match the stitching pattern. Eyeba
    23 points
  10. As a young child, I remember Christmas eve setting out cookies and milk and awakening Christmas day to find them gone and my stocking full of surprises as well as gifts under the tree. Then when I'd lose a tooth, the next morning there would be some jingle under my pillow. Last night, I loaded my quilt and this morning it was in the same condition as I had left it. I have come to the realization, that there is no such thing as a "Quilt Fairy".
    22 points
  11. I've noticed an increase in posts involving non-APQS machines for sale. It bothers me quite a lot that the APQS sponsored and maintained forum is used by people with no interest in our forum who are selling items that are in direct competition with the company that sponsors the site. I'm all for being friendly and welcoming, but come on! Think about it. I bet anyone from the home office who reads the for-sale posts for a competing machine just cringe. They are in the business of selling APQS products and every machine that sells off this site may be one less that could have been an APQS.
    22 points
  12. My wonderful husband really gave me a great gift I was having problems with my Ultimate 1 and called Amy and ordered all new parts that were worn then had to leave to see my parents since my dad has terminal cancer on return my hubby completely went through my machine and replaced parts, timed machine, and even added new led lights on the head itself. he spent about 8 hours doing everything and it purrs beautifully now. I have to say that was a great Mother's Day present! Hope everyone had a wonderful Mother's Day! Sandy
    22 points
  13. This was an orphaned project by a customer. All of a sudden she was committed to getting it finished. As you can see in the before picture there were waves and serious cupping. You can't see it, but there was also a slash almost dead center of the piece...hence the center design. I used bottomline thread and really quilted the snot out of it to get it to lay flat. Silk Rose - before by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr Missy's embroidered wreath by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr
    21 points
  14. ffq-lar

    Big Judy N Amazon Star

    This one is 115" square with wool batting destined for her bed. I've just about converted all my customers to wool for bed quilts! It was on the frame for 10 days, using 12 pre-wound bobbins and eight thread color changes. Sorry for the glare --it's so big it drags on the floor! Thanks for looking!
    21 points
  15. You may remember, I posted about my Drop in and Drop Off Party when I got back from Arizona for the winter...one customer brought seven quilts that day and told me she had three or four more. Mind you, this lady is in her 80's! I asked if she was chained to her machine all winter! She is not frail but was in a horrible auto accident in 1980. Her pelvis, hip and most other bones were not just broke big shattered. She had to be cut out of the car. She was told she could never walk again, she proved all the doctors wrong but she is a little unsteady on her feet and walks with a cane that h
    21 points
  16. Look what I got to quilt! It's a pink themed Halloween quilt, to display at our local hospital during the month of October. Pink because it's breast cancer awareness month. The Jackson Hole Quilt Guild rotates a quilt display every month at our local hospital. The nurses and patients really appreciate it. We've had a hard time in years past trying to find a pink quilt for the October display. So we had the bright idea to make a quilt just for that. Different people made the applique blocks, others sewed them together with sashing and border. I quilted it, and just handed it off to anot
    20 points
  17. This is the first time I'm on here since my surgery in February. I'm doing well - not 100% but getting there. After no risk factors, I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma in early January. My oncologist told me I shouldn't have gotten cancer - but I did. My breast cancer ended up being stage 2 and was hidden in the mammogram because of dense breast tissue. Thankfully I was sent for an ultrasound at the same time, which caught it because I couldn't feel anything! Know your breast density girls and it you have heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breasts , talk to your doc
    20 points
  18. "There is always more to be gained from sharing knowledge than from hoarding it. Don't worry about people stealing your work. Worry about the moment they stop. Whenever people want what you have, regardless of the circumstances, you're doing it right." Marc Chernoff I love this!
    20 points
  19. You ladies talking about your 7 and 9 year old granddaughters sewing their very first pillow case is really embarrassing me. When I decided I wanted to learn to sew and quilt, I bought a used Brother machine...(wife was stingy and wouldn't let me use hers...actually she was using it at the time and I'm pretty impatient)...of course the machine didn't work right so I had to put it in the shop but it worked great after that. My wife says I should start with making a pillow case since it would be simple and can get used to sewing a straight seam. Bought fabric...planned it out....starte
    20 points
  20. I finally put my Swoon quilt (Thimble Blossoms) on Freeda - my most ambitious quilting to date Continuous Curves in the swoon block; Curved crosshatching and feathers in white areas . . . I used the leftovers from making all those HSTs to make a pinwheel border. I used two layers of batting - Hobbs Wool on top; Hobbs 80/20 underneath; Glide thread; Lisa Calle's ProEcho Rulers.
    19 points
  21. Its been a while since I have been here and youve probably all forgotten me, I have been busy quilting full time now, but thought you might like to see a couple of photos, i have also been playing around with bindings too lately. This is a pattern using the quickcurve ruler
    19 points
  22. Tamarack

    Metro Medallion Quilt

    Well the snow hasn't stopped falling all weekend and into the week so it has been a good few days to quilt this beauty that my client Yvonne brought me. The pattern is called Metro Medallion by Sew Kind of Wonderful, I love their patterns. Yvonne asked for custom quilting so I spent the last 4 days working hard to get it done. Took me awhile to come up with the quilting plan but with lots of inspiration from the SKW blog I soon had that figured out. Lots of pictures on my blog and I even chat about all the rulers I used if your interested.
    19 points
  23. ffq-lar

    Spare time?

    My Millie is slowing wending her way home from a visit to Iowa. I haven't quilted since Jan 3rd. Did I have withdrawals? Yes. What have I been doing?---remember I retired recently so my time is now my own... I cleaned the studio. That took a week and I brought so much cr*p into the sewing room in my house that now I need to clean that! Made jewelry. I'm making vintage button earrings and rings to sell at my guild quilt show in October. Felted a bunch of thrift store wool sweaters. Made two purses out of some of those felted sweaters. That was a blast! Spent too much time on-line looking at
    19 points
  24. I try to call my customers the month before their quilt is scheduled as a reminder and to set up the intake appointment. Last month was hectic and I didn't get that task done, figuring I'd see two of them at a meeting last night. One wasn't there and responded to my inquiring email that she didn't have a quilt ready and for me to schedule her again "some time in the future". The second answered at the meeting that she'd forgotten and would see if she had anything at home that she could bring me, but she "doubted it". I realize that I need to be more proactive contacting customers and setting
    19 points
  25. Although I did not know Elmer, I have been honored to have the opportunity to work on this quilt. I hope it does justice to his memory. Thank you Cheri for allowing me to do this for you. Assorted fabrics for the top, Kona white cotton on back. 17 top thread colors, white Fil-tec bobbins, Tuscany wool batting. https://www.flickr.com/photos/jtconcessions/sets/72157645495994175/
    19 points
  26. Here's the latest off the frame. It's a big blue and white quilt destined for a bed. The large white blocks were 16" square which is a challenge, especially on-point. I used designs I learned in a class at MQX taught by Sue Heinz. If you ever see her name, jump on the opportunity to take a class from her. We (another Moxie and I) are working with a well-known LQS to host her for classes. If this happens, I will post details here. I followed the cathedral window design in the border fabric and it worked well. Sometimes the fabric does the work for you! My customer was very happy. Arrow when y
    19 points
  27. ... but my heart soars with pride! I was honored when one of my longarm quilting customers (a local politician) called me to ask if I would donate my services to quilt some quilts for a newly constructed homeless shelter in our community for youth and teens. I said of course! Fifteen hand made quilts were given to me to help finish. These beautiful, colorful quilts will be draping across the beds in the shelter. It makes me so proud that I am able to contribute to the greater good in my community and play a small part in helping those young kids who need a safe, warm place to sleep, and p
    19 points
  28. Will now attempt to load photos of my new quilt: The Quilt with the Dragon Tattoo from the Tucson Quilt Fiesta last weekend. My record with adding photos is not too good…hope this will work. When my husband became obsessed with THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO books & movies, I collaborated with tattoo artist Stephanie Davis to include my favorite quilting motifs (feathers, spirals, dots) into an original drawing of a Chinese dragon. Then I turned the black & white drawing into this quilt. It is machine appliquéd and was quilted on my APQS George machine with feathers, several tr
    18 points
  29. Just sharing with friends I have made here on the forum - our baby Olivia is here! She went to NICU for her first few days after she was born as she needed a little help breathing and had a little hole in her heart - though we are blessed as it looks as though she will not need surgery - we go back in sixth months to be sure. Just wanted to share! I was a little nervous how I'd manage quilting with a new baby and a sort of rough recovery from c-section, but I'm feeling pretty confident after the last few days. I've been trying to get back in the groove of things, and though we're in a n
    18 points
  30. This one was a biggie 83 x 104 and I was pretty intimidated at first. Thankfully she came to me because she wanted more a modern style than traditional, so I took a deep breath and started. There are more photos on my blog...just wanted to share. I'm pretty proud of how much I have learned and progressed!
    18 points
  31. Just finished newest quilt on Gertie, (my Millie)...have had so much fun and have learned a lot....entered it into MQX Manchester in the spring.....
    18 points
  32. RoseCity Quilter

    Blue Delft Quilt

    Finished this one on Friday. It is one of my own. Patchwork blocks are from our store's Saterday Sampler program using patterns by From my Heart to your Hands. Flowers are machine embroidery using designs from Secrets of embroidery. Two layers of batting used, Hobbs 80/20 and Hobbs Washable Wool.
    18 points
  33. LibbyG

    Log Cabin

    A new customer wanted this done for a wedding gift for a relative. I put the heart design in the corner border and the center. I thought it would look adorable in all the pink blocks, but she said her grand daughter was marrying a surgeon and she thought it would be too much. Hey, he could end up being a cardiologist! Hobbs 80/20 and So Fine and BL. I have to thank Heidi and Charlotte for the quilting design. Normally I would have just feathered all the colors. But when Charlotte took Heidi's idea and quilted the lines, I loved it. What a wonderful forum we have! Log Cabin
    18 points
  34. Just off the frame--another two-week quilt! Last year, my guild challenge was a border-of-the-month. Starting with a center focus block, borders were added each month and shared at guild. This is a large bed-size medallion quilt. She wanted heavy custom so she can enter it in state-wide shows. She pulled fabrics from her stash a la Bonnie Hunter--only for color, not for content or era. There was the romantic toile (her focus fabric and the entire backer), some stripes and plaids, Jenny Beyer, calicoes, modern, etc. Her final one-inch piano key border was interesting with added squares at alte
    18 points
  35. My customer wanted this to be customed. It was really hard for me because the lines were two feet long in some of the blocks. I had trouble keeping the line straight as I used DeLoa Jones CASTLE ruler. I would do each of the ends first and then the middle was loose, so when I stopped to reposition the ruler, the quilt wanted to bounce. Of course, this could have been operator error. Heidi suggested the dark lines be horizontal and vertical. I placed horizontal lines on the borders, so the binding wouldn't interfere. Then if another dark color was next, I would make those lines ve
    18 points
  36. caryas

    Rhapsody Quilt Finished

    Hi all, I just finished this quilt for a customer and wanted to share some pictures with people what know what went into this one! I used two layers of batting, cotton and wool and all Glide silk thread. I think it turned out just beautiful! Janet
    18 points
  37. SWall

    Fancy Forest Quilt

    Finished my Fancy Forest Quilt (design by Elizabeth Hartman) this morning. One problem I have is my grandchildren all want one What have I started?? It was so much fun to make!
    17 points
  38. I finally finished one of my own during a slow time in my customer base......
    17 points
  39. T Row Studio

    4 Point star quilt

    Here is the last Custom quilt I did. It was a challenging quilt to do. The quilt is 100"x 100" and the large 4 point star was huge every thing was on angles and on the diagonal. I rolled the quilt forward and back a lot. I stared at this quilt for several month not knowing how to design the quilting. I finally divided up the areas and started filling them in. I used two different colors of thread. I am pleased with how it turned out. Thanks for looking.
    17 points
  40. Well today is a big day for me. I have formally resigned from my job and will retire as of Sept. 30th. I actually only have 12.87 days to work, 102.96 hrs but whose counting. In about 2 min. I'll only have 95.96 minutes :-) the remaining time I will have to use my vacation time because we can no longer be paid out. I will be keeping the twins full time when my daughter goes back to work. On that note they are growing and doing well. Landon is now up to 8.4 lbs! We are doing out best to fatten him up. They are so precious, lots of work but precious. I've taken on the 8 pm and 11 pm fee
    17 points
  41. Quilting Heidi

    Maddie sewing

    It was my weekend with Madison and I had lots of sewing to do. Maddie was excited to get started on a quilt. We started it months and months ago but only got in an hour or two. I usually get it started and then let her sew the seam but I'm right by her side. Well what a difference a few months makes! This time I set up my 2nd machine, showed her once what to do, lowered the sewing speed and let her go. She was doing it all, lining up the 2 1/2" strips, starting, ending, the whole bit. She sewed 27 sets together and only had to unsew the last one. She begged to go back down to "our" sew
    17 points
  42. Hi everybody. I just got home from work. The doctor did call today and let me know that the biopsy shows no cancer. The lump is still there, but doctor thinks it is just a fibroid mass. I have an appointment with him next Monday so he can remove my two stitches and discuss what to do about the mass. thanks to everybody for praying I appreciate it more than you will ever know
    17 points
  43. Every month I do the Fab Shop Hop, finding the little bunnies and visiting the websites. Every month I hope to win the grand prize, but I haven't won up until now. I just got an email saying I had won a prize pack of goodies from the first place sponsors..... worth $175. I can't wait to see what is in the package. I'm hoping it is full of batiks, rulers, and patterns. I just had to share because it's cool that I won.
    17 points
  44. chickenscratch

    1000 likes

    For me this is a big deal, so I'm going to share with all of you- my best friends My facebook page for Sweet T's Custom Quilting now has over 1000 likes. Even better, I have had six potential customers contact me in the last two weeks. Another new customer mailed a quilt today from Louisiana. It's a good thing, too; because my loyal local customer who gives me 5 or 6 a year has not been able to piece because of her arthritis and things going on with her family. :P :D
    17 points
  45. Debbie Voigt

    It's The Journey

    I am having so much fun quilting in all the shapes provided by this "border challenge" wallhanging, entitled "It's The Journey". The piece itself took six months to create; I learned along the way that it was the journey, not the destination, to be celebrated... the joy associated with quilting this one has enhanced that journey all the more! I love my new-this-year Millie on Bliss rails with Quilt Glide more and more each day!
    17 points
  46. delld

    A Happy Quilt

    This quilt was started by a dear frien, Faye, in her 90's. She had started to try to use up her stash. This was her last quilt and not finished. Sharon completed the blocks and I had the pleasure to quilt it this week end and finished the quilting today. We lost Faye in May and now this will be given to her daughter Cindy. I think it is a very special treasure! 20141103_161628 by delld1964, on Flickr 20141103_161640 by delld1964, on Flickr Thanks for looking!
    17 points
  47. Here is a quilt I recently worked on. I loved the green with teal together. So different. The solids were very dense tight fabrics to work with - worse than batik. You can see in one of the straight lines, I have to steam out the holes from where I restitched a line. I used my channel locks for the first time as straight line quilting. I always use them to straighten and square things up, but for quilting, I found out how extremely precise things have to be!
    17 points
  48. Boy, all I can say is I wish that I had the Bliss rail system Sigh, maybe when I grow up. I saw a quilt on Pinterst quilted in a similar manner and knew it was a good place to do my practicing on circles and straight lines since this is my quilt. It is going into the Guild show anyway, wiggly lines and all. I need to do some more PPP..... When I made this quilt, I sort of OVER estimated the amount of fabric I would need. This was going to be a wall hanging LOL. It fits my queen size bed! And, I have enough leftover blocks to make a twin size. Geesh! IMG_20140421_122042 by chrisquilt0
    17 points
  49. Primitive1

    So Excited!

    I was so excited to open my new issue of MQU and see my quilt on page 46! Thanks to Mary Kerr for giving me the opportunity to quilt for her!!!
    17 points