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  1. 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
    7 points
  2. A few years ago (actually 2012) I went to Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton, Alberta to take some classes from the amazing Claudia Pfeil. One of the classes was stencilling out a whole cloth on a 40 x 40 piece of muslin . . . I had never done that kind of thing before. As often happens, I got home from the classes with all good intentions, but the beginning of this wall hanging got folded ever so neatly and placed in the "bin" - you know, the one we all have of projects to get to later . . . This spring, I was inspired by seeing a few other quilters work, and pulled out that piece of muslin, finis
    5 points
  3. ffq-lar

    Quilting Applique

    In an ideal world, just like your applique stitch, the outlining stitching should be invisible. It's hard to get right up against the applique---sometimes the applique has several layers with some bulk to it and stitching up against it is difficult. And be careful because your hopping foot (half on the applique and half on the background) will beat up the applique a bit, sometimes leaving shadows or crush marks. Use the thinnest matching thread you can find, or invisible. You all know I'm a big fan of invisible thread. Go slow with a template in your hand to steady the stitching. I have
    4 points
  4. I apologize for friends on the forum who also follow me on Facebook - I'm just sharing the quilting I'm working on now and I'm really happy with the progress. I can't express how much of an advantage that stitch regulation has given me...having the ability to slow down has really allowed me to add more creative detail to my work. I'm loving my "new to me" Millie. Here's the one I'm working on... 10306383_971826629497257_7676406576916908435_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr 11010560_971705159509404_1530574830649790335_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    3 points
  5. Thank you, Linda! I am using invisible thread and a template to help guide the hopping foot. I did not consider that the foot would beat up the applique and I probably have a bad combination with batiks along with 80/20 on the bottom and polydown on top of it to give the applique loft after the background is stitched. So far the fabric does not show wear. I would not go so far as to call this fun, but at least I am not hating it!
    2 points
  6. Super happy with how this one turned out! I was channeling Judi Madsen with her wonderful geometric lines and fills. Of course not to the degree as most of her pieces, but I am really thrilled with the look! 22316_971315146215072_1412969465615237459_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr 11097998_971315476215039_8232632037635003107_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr 11150653_971315352881718_5009834204732707675_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    2 points
  7. Well after 3 weeks I finally moved into my quilting/sewing garage, room, studio (whatever). It's nothing fancy but I have so much more room. Wife was so happy to get the quilting machine and frame out of the living room. I still have to put the trim around the ceiling and two side doors plus paint the door that the a/c sits in. I don't have a lot of storage yet but will get that next. Wife asked me today if I was going to get all of my stash out of the house and I said eventually. Where my sewing machine sat in the small bedroom of our house was a chore trying to get it moved to se
    1 point
  8. My new Led lighting system from Mike Ferris is awsome Here is a link to his web page- http://www.mcautomationinc.com/led2 I am thrilled with the added visability it gives me and look forward to doing more quilting from the front of the machine. PS- my husband and I installed it in about 30 min. My husband was quite pleased with the workmanship and design of the retro fitted lights, made for a professional looking system Thanks Mike
    1 point
  9. I'm always stressing to business owners to listen to their customers and find ways to stay within their budget while also providing pretty stitching. This customer said--don't do too much. That translated to me as one of these things-- the budget was limited/ she wasn't in love with the top and didn't want something extravagant on it/ it was a gift for an acquaintance/ or she has seen how I "go overboard" and wanted to avoid that! This is a medium-size wallhanging made with geese and lots of half-square triangles--all of a good size. The HSTs are 6 inches square. There is some app
    1 point
  10. A lady at work handed me a pattern and said can you make this for me and make it look like this? I said sure, for $40 She said yes, so here it is. I tried it on my new machine to take the picture, but it is made for a smaller machine. Pieced and quilted by me. Ditched the log cabins, freehand flowers in the purple section.
    1 point
  11. After using Freddie with the IQ to do pantos, I thought that it was time to try out some FMQ. This little baby quilt is one of the charity quilts that my quilt guild gave me to quilt for them. The sashings and borders are still done with the IQ but the long flying geese strips were FMQ using Kim Stotsenberg's tutorial on her blog. I have to say that it was awesome being able to switch from computer to all Freddie, who's Blissed, at the touch of a button. Of course the hand guided bits took a long time compared to the computer guided parts but it was fun to do. It's not great but some little ba
    1 point
  12. It would be fun to meet some of the forum members. Sometimes groups agree to wear something on their name tag or put a poster on a table to leave notes on. Of course we could try to go our to eat too!
    1 point
  13. Maybe we should plan a meet up!
    1 point
  14. I'm going -- have registered for some classes and reserved accommodation. I'm really looking forward to it, as I haven't been there since it was in Springfield some years ago, when I was just starting long-arming. The two years I went were the first -- and probably the best -- shows I've attended. Living so far west, I have gone to all the Innovations (now defunct) Tacoma shows and two MQXs (Portland OR). Aside from learning a lot, I find that I feed off others' enthusiasm and come back home rarin' to go!
    1 point
  15. 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.
    1 point
  16. WOW! I've had my machine since Nov. 2014 and quilted MANY a quilts on it and today is my first day of "uh oh, that doesn't look right" on my vertical stitches while going in upward motion away from me. Before even troubleshooting myself, I check this FABULOUS FORUM and ta dah! My answer. Needle needed to be slightly adjusted to be exactly at 6:30 and problem solved. I'm talking in a matter of less than 90 seconds! Can I just say one more time how much I love APQS and their customer service! Thank you, Dawn Cavanaugh!!!
    1 point
  17. I am spoiled by my wonderful husband who made me a set of quarter sawn oak supports. I used yard sticks for a long time and hated the metal curtain rods. Les Clamp Support by Callender Quilts, on Flickr
    1 point
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