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  1. quiltedsunflower

    Retirement

    I can't believe it, but today is my last day of work. It's kinda bittersweet, but I'm so looking forward to catching up at home and catching up on quilting! Seems like there has been no time at all lately. Heck, maybe I can even figure out how to post a picture! I have to confess, I'm mostly looking forward to being Grandma to little Gloria! I interested to know what my new day will look like. Will I really have more time - or as many friends have told me, will I be busier then than I am now? At any rate, I'm gonna find out! SO EXCITED
    5 points
  2. Quilta93

    Albany roadshow

    Another bonus of going to the roadshow. I was playing with the machines and a couple people commented on how well I quilted. They only quilt on their DSM. I still need lots of practice and I didn't think my quilting was that great, but it made me feel good. So when I was quilting feathers today they were looking good and I was feeling pretty good about them. Then Hubris kicked in and I had some ripping out to do. Oh well. I am improving. Deb.
    3 points
  3. bttyboopette

    Nailed it!

    I believe it was Rita that pointed me to Jamie Wallens feathers video. Saved me! Everything clicked for me. Thank you!
    2 points
  4. sewingpup

    Retirement

    I got some good advice when I retired....the person told me to take it slow......and only slowly take on other things...it is easy to jump right in to stuff and find yourself really busier than you want to be. I have one "retired" friend that I have to book lunch with a month out because she is keeping herself so busy....If I wanted to be that busy, I would have kept on working...the pay is better. I think it took the better part of six months to start to find my pace and figure out how I really wanted to be in retirement. I enjoy reading, bird watching, quilting, spending time with my dog,
    2 points
  5. 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!!!
    1 point
  6. First time stitching on Silk,... wasn't too bad,.... My customer said she wanted feathers,..... the challenge was not being able to mark the spines,.... so I cut out the shape from paper and just laid on the quilt top,,, when I started stitching,... I would move paper and stitch in design,... worked well,.... and placement was pretty good,..... Used silk batting too.... Cotton backing,.... and Glide thread,....
    1 point
  7. dbams

    Printing on fabric

    Bonnie, I have used Bubble Jet Set to treat "regular" fabric that I want to use in my printer, and it has worked well for me. After I iron the fabric to the freezer paper, I zig zag across the top edge before loading it into the printer, because I had issues before with fraying and separating in the printer. The Bubble Jet Set makes the ink permanent. I haven't used it lately, so I don't remember the process real well, but I just followed the directions on the bottle. When white fabric works with my project, I use Printed Treasures.
    1 point
  8. Quilta93

    Albany roadshow

    I went to to the Albany roadshow today and it was great. I put $500 down on a Millennium, and now I have 6 months to decide if I can afford it or if I have to say no. Deb.
    1 point
  9. I took what you all said to heart and really thought about the size. Right now I am leaning towards the Lucey. My only concern is doing small scale work like micro stippling. It felt a little jerky with the regulator on but I'm sure there are techniques to improve this if I play with the stitch knob? My other choice would be to wait for a used Millie with Quilt Glide. For those with this feature: Do you used it often? Does it make a big difference?
    1 point
  10. We figured out the problem! Need to replace the circuit board so everything can communicate. Boy did I get that first panto done in a hurry running in manual mode! Hahaha!
    1 point
  11. Sheri, that is awesome! Another outlet for your creativity!
    1 point
  12. mlsa3

    Retirement

    Congratulations. I retired for the second time 2 years ago. My wife retired 5 years before I did. She never has enough time. I make time. I told her once I wasn't planning on staying as busy while retired as I was when I was working and I mean to do just that. Some days and weeks I'm extremely busy....other days not so much....I can live with that.
    1 point
  13. IBQLTN2

    Retirement

    congratulations on your retirement. I am counting the days to the end of this year when I am planning on retiring unless some unforeseen conditions occur and I have to work a little longer. At any rate. Yay and Hooray for you!!
    1 point
  14. qltnbe

    Retirement

    Well, let me know how it goes. I am two weeks behind you.
    1 point
  15. Quilting Heidi

    Albany roadshow

    Good for you Deb!
    1 point
  16. I, like Lisa, first used zippers. I now use red snappers attached to a piece of muslin that has 1/2 zipper on the other end of the muslin. This way if I need to quickly change out a quilt, I can just unzip. I use the red snappers on the backing top and bottom.
    1 point
  17. Congratulations! What an exciting opportunity!
    1 point
  18. This is a great machine and only 18 months old! This works great for a home or business quilter. I love this machine, but my travel schedule is unrelenting and she is just sitting here. I have quilted about 5 quilts. She needs to go to a good home. This glides very well and I do micro stippling with no problem. I'm not a "back-of-the-machine" quilter but I tried some pantographs and the laser is a dream. The table adjusts from 6'-12'. It is very stable and easy to manage. I would purchase again, when I'm not letting it collect dust. It comes with digital stitch regulator (runs ma
    1 point
  19. You could always check out a used Millie. I purchased a used Millie that was 4 years old at the time I purchased it. I absolutely love my Millie!! I have never had any problems with my machine at all. In fact I have owned 3 APQS Machines, all purchased used and never had any issues with them. My first was a non-stitch regulated Ultimate 2 (same throat size as the Lenni), I upgraded to a Ultimate 1 (same throat size of the Millie) with an add on stitch regulator and finally up graded to a Millie. After having my Millie it would be really hard to down grade to anything else.
    1 point
  20. I have a HQ for 3500.00 delivered to your home
    1 point