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  1. 7 points
    Dave-Jane

    Dave is home and doing well!!

    Thanks, again everyone. Now some rehab on the hand and he will be like new!!
  2. 6 points
    delld

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    Here it is another Thursday already! Where did the week go???? Well this is where mine went. Here is the Winter Wonderland. Finally finished. Just took her off Frannie Ann! I'll post some pictures here, but there are more on flickr if you would like to look! Thanks for looking! 010 by delld1964, on Flickr 024 by delld1964, on Flickr 023 by delld1964, on Flickr 011 by delld1964, on Flickr This is the site I found my inspiration! http://mqresource.com/forum/index.php?/topic/15525-winter-wonderland-quilt/?hl=%2Bwinter+%2Bwonderland
  3. 3 points
    Well Sylvia just so you don't feel so stupid....I confessed this to Angela Huffman when talking to her at the Hampton Quilt show, I too had one of those moments in the night when I woke up and was thinking about the quilt I was working on and suddenly it hit me... My quilt brake never seemed to hold well, it always seemed like my quilt always loosened up as I quilted and I have tried putting sandpaper where the velcro was on the brake, thought about replacing the brake and then...there it was...the answer...apparently there is an up and a down side on the brake and I had had it on upside down for the last 5 years...duh! Once I turned it around and locked it down on the backing bar it worked and now holds so well! Who knew? Sometimes there are the simplist answers to issues....
  4. 3 points
    oireachtas

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    I spent today at a road show and fell in love with the bliss frame.
  5. 3 points
    shirleyl

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    Pretty quilt. I spent all morning getting taxes ready and off to the accountant and spent an hour on the phone transferring satellite radio to my new car. Then attempted to figure out the radio bluetooth and navigation system. Where is a kid when you need them. My 8 year old granddaughter would have had it done in 5 minutes. Now to fix dinner and hopefully piece a top. Shirley
  6. 2 points
    My Freedom is on an older table but that is no problem. Lately she has been feeling a bit odd when I'd cross the center "line" of the table while quilting. I'd only notice it when doing E2E. I'd have to make adjustments to keep everything straight. It was just a PITA but still doable. Well, I checked the wheels - fine, the level of the table - fine, the distance between the rails - fine. What could it be? Keep in mind this has been going on for over a year! Then the other night around midnight I woke up with the answer (God works in strange ways)! The length of my end bars were different! I got up and measured and sure enough they were different by 3 inches exactly! Mike went in and adjusted and 10 minutes later the table was perfect! He just needed to loosen and then re-tighten one little screw! So sometimes when things are WRONG - it is us! This is just a message for newbes so they know we can all be stupid sometimes!
  7. 2 points
    I was using a green dry erase pen to try different ideas for a customers quilt. and yes I did the stupid thing of going off the edge of the plastic and onto the quilt top (of course on the white background). I've never done this before and I'm not really sure how to get it out. Brand new customer. Feeling stupid. TIA Update: It came out with Oxiclean Laundry stain remover. Had to treat it twice. Bottle says to leave it on for 10 minutes. I accidently left if for an hour the first time. It mostly came out then. The second time I left it for about 15 minutes. I can't see the mark anymore. It is drying and I hope it is gone once it is dry. I am going to go put tape around every bit of edge on the mylar I was using. It had tape spaced about every foot. Lesson learned. thank you for all the suggestions, lucky me I got it out with something I have here at the house already.
  8. 2 points
    Busy Quilting

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    My Tursday was spent completing the quilting of this quilt. Feathered cable in the border using a Glide thread that matches the fabric maybe too closely. Piano keys in the red border, and a fluttery background fill behind the butterflies. Now I am off to finish quilting a commercial quilt inside a customers Doona Cover, fortunately she undid the side seams so it is not going to bad.
  9. 2 points
    HeidiP

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    Claire, I had tried out other brands of longarms, but when I came home from a road show and told DH about the APQS Bliss system, his response was, "You should order one." For the next week he would come home from work, "Did you order it?" until I could tell him that it will be here in 2 weeks. #2 reason to buy is the customer service. APQS is an awesome company.
  10. 2 points
    chrisquilter

    Bump bump or regular

    I have taken several classes from Deloa and Jamie and both of them encouraged us to learn how to do regular feathers in any direction. Kind of hard to describe, but you have to travel farther down the spine and then back up to make your feathers look good when coming down the spine. Learning how to do both sides of the feather spine really makes feather overalls easier. One real key is to not make your spine with too deep of a curve. It is much easier to come down a spine on a gentle curve. If I have really curly feathers in my overalls, I echo back down the feathers I just finished and then come up the other side so I can work into the deep curve.
  11. 1 point
    ................watching our 10 year old granddaughter swim in a Championship meet at University of Chicago. They have a live webcast and we can watch it on the computer ! She didn't place in the first event.....200 IM (individual medley), but did take 4 seconds off her best time and won her heat! 6 heats with 43 entrants. Next event in about 30 minutes is her best...........100 breastroke. DD texts me which lane she is in so we know where to look ~ She swims 3 more events tomorrow and 2 on Sunday. Makes me tired to think about it, but she loves it. This is hard on Grandmas !!!! :wacko: :wacko:
  12. 1 point
    Yep...rooting for her from nevada. Btw, it's stressful for us parents too!
  13. 1 point
    I'll be anxious to hear how you like the Sigma Threads.........I love threads..........so many pretty colors.........
  14. 1 point
    Merryjo2003

    Quilter's Dream Batting

    I use lots of quilter's dream products and love them. I also like Hobbs, Air Lite, Winline to name a few. I was using the Pellon Legacy because I could get it from a local distributor and save on shipping. I found a lot of inconsistencies in the product. I talked to a factory rep. at Road, and they are aware of the problems and dealing with it. I will give them another try. I liked the fact that I could get 10 yd "boards" of some of the batts I keep on hand, but don't get as many requests for as the storage issue was much better!
  15. 1 point
    Busy Quilting

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    Debbie, I have a few cable border stencils. USed one that filled the border and marked the centre and outside edges with chalk. took almost an hour, then freehand quilted the feathers and echoed them.
  16. 1 point
    cegates

    Studio in LQS vs home

    Sometimes if you just wait a little bit, the right answer reveals itself. After I got home tonight around 7:30, I had just enough time to finish the borders on a t-shirt quilt, cut the backing and get it all loaded so I can quilt it quickly tomorrow after work. I don't think I want to give up that kind of flexibility after all even though there were many reasons to consider the move. Thank you all so much for your information and thoughts on this, it really helped me process all the pros and cons and be at peace with my decision. Carol
  17. 1 point
    Quilting Heidi

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    Beautiful Dell!
  18. 1 point
    dianne

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    Wow!! some of my Thursday has been teaching myself digitizing so I can get my version of a Redwork Christmas quilt to look as beautiful as yours Dell (after I get it pieced!!!)
  19. 1 point
    nanbrug

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    Dell that if fabulous!!!! I don't know how all you ladies can come up with such great designs on the quilts. After these few years I still just stand there not knowing what to put on some of them. Had a good Thursday I can't do any quilting but did piece another baby blanket and then went baby shopping. That was fun but need money to fall from the skies to get all the baby stuff.
  20. 1 point
    Primitive1

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    Oh I forgot to mention since today was Fabulous Thursday...I finished a big quilt and loaded another and started on it but the best part about my day is that I became a new Great Auntie today - little Grantham was born at noon 8lbs 7 ozs....such a cutie!!!
  21. 1 point
    dlnewell

    Fantastic Thursday 3/7/2013

    Dell, that turned out great! What thread did you use?
  22. 1 point
    Hello Jim, Thank you for alerting me to a potential problem. I will look into it right away! I apologize that you had to struggle so much with the needle bar. I will have our production team check out the needle bars immediately. They come from our machinist, who uses a CNC machine to manufacture and clean the needle bars. We'll amend our processes to be sure we check each one going forward. Regarding your previous experience removing the hook assembly, I'm sure that was frustrating! Unfortunately, the burr you encountered when you attempted to remove your hook is something we fully expect to happen. Our hook replacement instructions and video include information about how to get the hook past those burrs without incident. I apologize if you didn't receive those instructions with your hook assembly to help you with the replacement. I'm sure it would have made things much easier! From the time I bought my APQS machine in 1994 (when the instruction and service manual you received was about 15 pages long--and mostly electrical schematics) to now, we've gotten better at providing clear, written instructions for maintenance and repair. But we always can improve and still have a ways to go. You're right about APQS using a softer metal for the hook shaft. We do that precisely so that the hook assembly mounting screws can "bite" into the shaft and hold it firmly in place. As soon as we tighten those screws at the factory, it displaces some of that softer metal, which then creates ridges or burrs at each screw contact point. However, that "bite" is exactly what prevents the hook from slipping or twisting during operation, and it's why owners of other brands are often retiming their machines frequently. (Other manufacturers use a hardened steel shaft, which prevents the hook screws from really firmly grabbing the shaft. Eventually the screws simply allow the hook to slide on that shaft since they're only held in place with pressure contact and not displacement.) Those burrs make it a bit more difficult to remove the hook assembly if and when it needs replacement, that's for sure. However, the advantages of having them actually penetrate the hook shaft slightly (in regard to stitch quality and timing security) outweigh the disadvantage of working a little harder to remove the hook. Obviously we didn't do a good job of providing instructions when you received your hook assembly back then, and I apologize that it turned into so much work for you. The good news is that we're getting better at that, thanks in no small part to customers like you who share their experiences so that we can improve our customer service and support and make it even better. I know it's too late now to help you with that hook assembly struggle, but since our Forum is well read by other quilters, I'm attaching our timing instructions (these are included in each manual now) and a link to the timing video in case others need help at some point. Both of these support documents show tips on how to get that hook off the shaft past those displacement burrs by using the hook collar for leverage, and how to smooth the shaft down for hook reinstallation. I'm sorry you had to struggle and learn that on your own, Jim! Thanks for the heads up about the needle bar! You are spot on regarding checking each one we receive. I'll investigate right away. TIMING INSTRUCTIONS-April 2010.pdf
  23. 1 point
    witha'K'quilting

    Dueling Lizards

    Vicki...the background is freehand...no locks. The piece is only 20"square. Anne...no color. Going to be a throw pillow once I find a button down shirt to use for the back. I started one with frogs too...but won't finish it til saturday. Headed to slc today for appointments with the kids. Thanks for all the great comments. Sometimes you gotta play! I had been dying to try a background like this. It gives a great effect.
  24. 1 point
    I apologize for not being here more.....and because of that I just heard. Please know that I will be adding you to my prayers, and if you need anything please call.
  25. 1 point
    I use the Metro thread a lot and never have a problem. But I can run ANY thread in my Millie. I've even run it with upholstery thread in the bobbin. Remember if your thread is shredding it's probably because the needle is too small. I always (almost always) use a size 4 needle. I remember Sue Patten telling us she has used WIRE in her bobbin! YIKES! She said "yea, the techs just love to service my machine!" haha
  26. 1 point
    I just finished the binding on this Mystery Quilt. I used Superior's Twist thread on top (black/gold), magnetic bobbin from Fil ted and Hobbs PolyDown batting. I am pleased with the outcome. My Grandsons will beg me to give this to them..........Sorry boys.........this stays with Grandma for a while. Their beds are too small anyway....... Black and Gold are our Iowa Hawkeye colors........This is on a queen size bed. I keep forgetting to change the date on my camera !!!!!
  27. 1 point
    Here is what I've done. I haven't changed the flourescent light but added two (of a five pack) under-cabinet Xenon puck lights using heavy duty outdoor double stick tape and clips for the wire. I've run the plug in wire along with my other wiring and plug it in to a circuit breaker type extension cord (what they are really called escapes me... . If natural lighting seems low I use both, otherwise I use these alone. They are so bright and do not get hot at all. Love them.