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  1. 4 points
    delld

    Been just a little busy

    This is Margaret's quilt. Used Glasswings by Patricia RItter and Magnifico thread! Loved this quilt!!!! 20160731_194708 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr Here is a close up!20160731_194721 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr This is Julie's quilt and it has Dew Drops in the garden also by Patricia Ritter and I used Filtech affinty Chartuses thread on it. 20160731_093920 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr Here is a close up 20160731_093953 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr The I did a raffle quilt .with Study in C with Filtech Afinty Khaki 20160801_195844 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr Then I did a charity quilt that Theresa made using demin and used Cowboy Boot panto with filten prema core thread 20160802_112835 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20160802_112840 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr Now working on a Quilt of Valor using Magnifco thread and Melonie Caldwell's fireworks dizitized by Patricia Ritter. Thanks for looking. There are more photos over on flickr. LOL 20160803_110847 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr
  2. 3 points
    bttyboopette

    50th anniversary quilt.

    Posting from my phone so the pics will probably be turned. Took me a few days to decide on the border. Didn't want any more curves after all those feathers. SID around the stars and half squares.
  3. 3 points
    Sometimes all a baby quilt needs is a little fast free hand. The balloon fabric inspired me to make up a new free hand. After a little practice on paper, I just did it! My client and I loved it. The other free hand of flowers, leaves, spirals, and feathers is a favorite free hand that I do a lot because it is just so pretty. .
  4. 3 points
    bttyboopette

    Needle up/down issue

    Wanted to let ya'll know...this was an adjustment to the mag collar. Piece of cake!
  5. 2 points
    delld

    Vintage Plate Quilt

    This is a quilt Patsy pieced using the vintage plates that were hand pieced. She added the centers, and the borders. I used several different digital patterns and freehand to quilt this, using Magnifico thread top and bottom. It took forever. She picked it up this morning and was so happy! ! ! So was I! Thanks for looking 20160729_104047 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20160729_104116 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20160729_104106 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20160729_104102 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr
  6. 2 points
    mlsa3

    My Quilt Guild-Oh My

    Went to my monthly quilt guild meeting last night. In the year and a half that I've been a member last night was the best. Still can not believe all the quilts and the beauty and work that went into these quilts. First, they had the "UFO" Show and Tell quilts....at the beginning of the year they had made lists of 12 UFO's and numbered them 1-12....then each month they draw a number and that's the UFO they work on. Absolutely beautiful and the smiles because they had finally finished them. I think a couple was from like 1976 or that old. Then came the regular "Show and Tell." They kept lining up and lining up....it was the longest line for Show and Tell that they've had since I've been going. Again....beautiful quilts that made your mouth water. Then our guest speaker was a lady who was one of the founding members of our club but had moved to Dallas several years ago but is still involved with our club and two others around the Dallas area. She must have showed around 30 quilts and told the stories behind them...some were quite funny. By then my mouth wasn't watering but my tongue was hanging out. I've only seen quilts like these in magazines. I've shown several of my quilts in the past but they are not in this catagory. Last month I had asked a lady what block pattern she used on a quilt she had shown and last night she brought me the pattern and gave it to me. What a nice lady and gesture. I'm so lucky.
  7. 2 points
    HeidiP

    Still having problems

    I have two commercial vintage sewing machines, a blind hemmer and a serger, that sew as awesome as they did when I bought them 40 years ago. APQS machines are commercial machines and build to be used and used and used. Some parts, with many hours of use, can wear and need to be replaced. You mentioned your machine is 21 years old and used a lot, there could be a worn part. Call the Service Department at 800-426-7233. Angie and Amy are amazing and will definitly help you troubleshoot. The call is free! They can look up your serial number and see what history they have on your machine. Just curious if the needle bar is loose. If you hold the needle bar between your thumb and fore finger, can you move it sideways, even just a little bit? Close your eyes and feel. I had the privilege of working on vintage APQS machines at the factory for a week and the needle bar was one of the worn parts we replaced. Angie and Amy would be able to tell you what your machine needs. There are times a machine needs to be sent back to the factory, but many of us, who are APQS Reps, have taken advanced training and can do much of the repair work previously done at the factory. APQS has wonderful instructions with pictures and videos, so you, as an owner, can also do much of the service on your machine! (I would rather have a problem with an APQS machine than my vacuum cleaner. The APQS Service Department will help you even if you weren't the original owner, and they do it with an awesome attitude!) Regarding the MagnaGlide bobbins, the purpose of the small magnet in the bobbin is to put a little drag on the spin of the bobbin so it doesn't over-rotate. Bobbin cases are inexpensive and many of us have one we use just for MagnaGlide, or other pre-wounds, so we don't have much adjustment when we replace a bobbin. Pre-wound bobbins are convenient! You have a machine capable of some awesome quilting. Let's get it working!
  8. 2 points
    David, I have placed clear vinyl over the boards and traced pattern onto vinyl. Then I lay the vinyl over quilt top to audition different patterns. This sometimes helps when trying to decide between a couple designs. Hope this helps!
  9. 1 point
  10. 1 point
    IQuiltToo

    Still having problems

    Instead of shipping your machine back east, you might try contacting a rep here in the So Cal area (Rancho Cucamonga). Here is the info. It is very near Ontario, CA. Certainly drivable from Santa Barbara. Hope this might help you and save lots of $$$ in shipping. Good luck! APQS California| Rancho Cucamonga 69 miles (111 kilometers) Dave Binnquist 9032 Archibald Ave Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730 909-758-8707 | 909-758-6607 Email More information
  11. 1 point
    Sue E.

    Been just a little busy

    They are all great. I really like panto on the QOV. I have to add this to my every-growing list of designs I need to get!
  12. 1 point
    bttyboopette

    Needle up/down issue

    Well....I had to take off the back cover. Remove a small computer board on the lower part to expose what looks like a fly wheel. A round ring with a magnet...had to realign the magnet at the 3 o'clock mark...the ring was completely loose which explained the needle not knowing where up and down was. Chalk that up to it just loosening over time. Sorry, I can't post the document now as I don't have it on my phone.
  13. 1 point
    Gator

    Acceptable payments

    Protect yourself whether buying or selling. Betsy and Cagey both gave great advice.
  14. 1 point
    Gator

    Still having problems

    I understand shipping charges etc. Heidi Patterson is giving you some great things to think about or check. I never heard of a bobbin type or thread causing a needle to break (not doubting you, just saying). Are you using items provided by the original owner? Were the bobbin cases purchased from APQS? You can get bobbin cases from vendors that look and fit like APQS cases but may be slightly different. What type of quilting fabric are you using, type of batting, etc. How fast do you move the machine. These affect needle flex. Did Dave re-time your machine, especially if parts were removed or changed. Heidi, had a good point about where the needles came from and the sizes. A few years ago a couple companies advertised "long arm machine" needles and several bought them but the specs were slightly off producing broken needles and timing problems. I know this is frustrating but we'll keep trying to help.
  15. 1 point
    dbams

    Been just a little busy

    Wow, Dell, these all look beautiful! Do you ever sleep???
  16. 1 point
    HeidiP

    Still having problems

    Thanks for the update! So if I understand, if it's going to get fixed you want to do it without sending it in to save money. We can check a few more things out to see if it's something you or a local rep can fix. I have a few more questions... How is your tension? Does it seem like the upper and lower threads are meeting in the center of your quilt? Is your bobbin thread a different color than the top thread? Mine usually is. What size needle are you using? Are the needles ones you purchased from APQS? The machines are timed with a commercial MR 4.0 needle, which means you can use an MR 3.5 to MR 4.5 needle. An MR 4.5 for heavy threads and an MR 3.5 for by fine threads. MR 4.0 is the most commonly used needle. Do you know what adjustments were made when your machine was serviced? Were any parts replaced? You mentioned breaking needles. When a needle breaks it often hits the needle plate and/or hook assembly where it makes a little scratch or burr somewhere. (Sometimes a heavy seam can cause enough needle flex to cause a burr without breaking the needle.) Whenever a needle breaks, always look for that burr and buffed it out! A piece of pantyhose rubbed against the hook assembly and needle plate will often help you find the spot. Emery cloth is the preferred buffing tool. If you don't have any, you can pick it up at an auto parts store or from the APQS Store. You will want to use fine, 400 grit, emery cloth. When you find the burr on the hook assembly, use the hand wheel to rotate the hook assembly so the burr is facing the floor. Gently buff it out. When you find a burr on the needle plate, remove the front screws attaching the needle plate and loosen the back screw. Gently rotate the needle plate away from the machine and tighten the back screw. Support the needle plate with your hand when buffing out the burr. I'll do some research and try to figure out why you would break a needle when using a magna glide bobbin. Initially, it makes no sense to me because magna glides are just consistently wound bobbins with a little magnet. I'm thinking something else is causing the needle breakage.
  17. 1 point
    lisae

    Vintage Plate Quilt

    Very pretty, Dell! That is an unusual setting but you made the most of it. Good job!
  18. 1 point
    LibbyG

    Vintage Plate Quilt

    Dell, You're getting so creative with your designs. This quilt is beautiful.
  19. 1 point
    Quilta93

    Vintage Plate Quilt

    Great job with all the quilting. Deb.
  20. 1 point
    Liam

    Vintage Plate Quilt

    Love the quilting Dell!!! Fantastic!!!
  21. 1 point
    Cagey

    Vintage Plate Quilt

    Dell The small medallions you work in around the red blocks look outstanding. I am guessing those are computer made. Nevertheless, they make the quilt top pop. Outstanding work. Cagey
  22. 1 point
    Sue E.

    Vintage Plate Quilt

    Dell, your quilting is wonderful. Great job!
  23. 1 point
    GMALKB

    Still having problems

    A friend has had an Ultimate II machine for almosst 20 years and only had the timing adjusted once.............she has quilted hundreds of quilts...........your machine definitely has problems.............Did you buy it privately from an individual? Maybe that's why THEY sold it............
  24. 1 point
    I let the quilt speak to me. If you hang it and look at it while you are working on one quilt, it will tell you what it wants. Also, Baptist Fan, Clam Shells, Crosshatch, traditional quilts. Swirls, Crosshatch, more contemporary. I think more squarish quilts, like Turning 20, Disappearing 9 Patch, etc, call for curvy lines, so swirls, or pantos with curvy vines, or if you freehand, then that.