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  1. 12 points
    T Row Studio

    Mommy and me Baby Quilts

    I was very fortunate to be able to pay on a Baby Quilt . I wanted to work on grid designs the fabric in the light area was a white on white 1" grid so What better place to play. then the customer brought me another one so here are both of them together the same but different also.
  2. 10 points
    It's been a while since I posted. Here are some customer quilts I had the privilege to work on. The Hawaiian quilt is one that I made for a guild program I came up with "Faux Hawaiian Quilts". Unfortunately I put a couple in twice and can't figure out how to delete from the post. If you go to my flickr account you can see a few more pics of customer quilts. I had removed most of my photos several months ago when I'd read that flickr had been taken over by someone else and we wouldn't "Own" our photos anymore. Well, I just uploaded to flickr a few of what I've quilted recently. Hope you enjoy the eye candy. Thankfully I'm a better quilter than photographer. this is a memory quilt I made for a friend from some of her mother's clothing https://www.flickr.com/photos/foreverdesigning/30522708758/in/dateposted-public/
  3. 10 points
    NHDeb

    A Lion-size Dream

    Posting here for those not part of the facebook group. Not a really great picture - but it's finally done and gifted to my son for his move-in at school next month.Applique center pattern "Majesty" by Gina Reddin Designs, borders are created with 'curved braid' by Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Quilted on my Lenni with SoFine and Aurifil threads, Quilters Dream Wool Batting. All hand-guided - freehand faux McTavishing and some rulers. I've been pantograph quilting for almost 5 years and only started FMQ this year.This project stretched me in a LOT of ways - especially as it was for my youngest child as he leaves (1,000+miles) for college!
  4. 9 points
    InesR

    Outstretched

    I had seen this book awhile ago and just thought oh... but then I happened to catch Natalia Bonner on a Sewing with Nancy show and they had this quilt on the show. I loved it. Year and 1/2 later ) maybe 2) I finally completed it. I quilted same as she had done. Always been afraid of woodgrain, but no longer. Put a bluish batik on the back. Pretty stinking happy. PS going to bind in same yellow.
  5. 9 points
    Kwiltr

    Quilts for my Sisters

    A couple close ups...
  6. 8 points
    SWall

    Finished!!

    Completed this queen size quilt this week! Thanks for looking!
  7. 8 points
    delld

    Art Quilt by Mike

    This was created by Mike. This is the third art quilt she has asked me to quilt. The last one won viewer's choice at our quilt show. She picked up this morning and was pleased. Now she gets to add the rest her magic to it. Yep, she said I could share! 20180802_133216 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20180802_133223 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr
  8. 7 points
    Athina

    My first custom!

    I got Millie in September and did two small quilts with a meander stitch. This one I went all out and did my first custom work with rulers and free motion. So thrilled with the turnout. Each stripe has a different pattern( stripes, plaid, cross hatch, meander, loops). The first border is wishbones and the outer border is piano keys. @quiltedjoy
  9. 7 points
    dbams

    My biggest quilt yet!

    Here's my latest finish. California king, for us. So glad I get to keep it! Stopped at Renee's House of Quilting, in Williamsburg, MI, yesterday, to show Renee, since she helped me to choose the fabrics, and she took this picture. A special thanks to Kathy Schwartz (Tamarack Shack) for the border quilting idea and tutorial. It was perfect! So Fine! top and bottom thread, Quilter's Dream wool batting.
  10. 7 points
    My most recent pieced quilt and quilted on my Millenium. I used IQ and panto Earth wind & fire(I think?) by Darlene Epp. Pattern is by Kathy Doughty.
  11. 7 points
    Here is a photo of a quilt I designed on graph paper with a Frank Lloyd Wright theme for a relative. I love his houses and designs.
  12. 7 points
    tyquilter

    Strip quilt

    This is what I have been working on. Had a HUGE bag of scrap fabric that was driving me nuts seeing it sit there. Organized it and cut into strips. The block is called Diamonds are Forever. I have all the blocks ready, just need to sew them all together
  13. 7 points
    Gail O

    Pricing question on quilt

    Let it go. If you quilted what was requested in the price range you quoted, then you did nothing wrong. (Lovely quilting, by the way) There could be a boatload of reasons that she has moved on to another quilter; the most likely being that she wants custom quilting for pantograph pricing. Your business plan should not include financing others hobbies. Do not underestimate or undervalue your worth or skills!
  14. 7 points
    LibbyG

    Memory Lane

    Memory Lane is a pattern by Deborah Borsos and Leslee Price. It was pieced for a grandaughter. She had 60 yoyos so she wanted a light custom. I did "funky hearts" because perfect ones were too difficult. So Fine on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin. Hobbs 80/20. Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr Memory Lane by Libby G, on Flickr
  15. 7 points
    LibbyG

    Jack's Story Town

    My customer makes these quilts for her grandchildren. You may remember LUKE , ETHANBURG and MAGGIE TOWN. Jack loves books so she's cut out characters from material. So Fine on top, Bottom Line in the bobbin. Hobbs 80/20. Jack's Story Town by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (2) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (3) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (4) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (5) by Libby G, on Flickr Jack's Story Town (6) by Libby G, on Flickr
  16. 7 points
    QuiltGuy

    Love APQS Customer Service!

    I haven't been around here for a few years, life got really busy, but we are planning to move our 2013 Millie (14' table) to Tucson (eventually) with a stay in storage for a while. I called to ask some questions about moving the machine and got a rapid call back and great help (and answers to other questions as well). I know we all know how great APQS customer service is, but I know when I was deciding on a machine I read the forums here and looked for reports regarding customer service so I wanted to make a newer post for others to find. This company is really great! Thanks Mark and APQS!
  17. 6 points
    My personal Dinner Plate Dahlia is off the long arm. I don’t have a computer on my long arm so this was all hand guided. I am thrilled with the finished quilt
  18. 6 points
    T Row Studio

    Sizzling Summer quilt

    front view of the quilt Lighting was not great but the close-ups are better. Pattern is by Sew Colorful and the pattern is Sizzling Summer. I use 80/20 cotton/wool for the batting and backing is a plush Costco Blanket in bright hot Pink. an allover freehand quilting motifs to add texture and interest I just love my new quilt. Thanks for looking and have a great Monday Part of the back it is a Costco Fleece Blanket with 80/20 cotton Wool batting supper warm quilt Picture on my millie framehere are pictures before quilting
  19. 6 points
    This is the second of three Dinner Plate Dahlia’s that I have quilted. This one I tried to keep the quilting contemporary. There is no feathering on this quilt. Unlike the Summer in Cabo quilt with many thread changes. This quilt I only used the one color of thread. It was a blue/grey and perfect for this quilt. Again, there is about 56 hours into the quilting.
  20. 6 points
    Marie0722

    Sea Breeze

    I recently finished this quilt for a customer who usually does her own quilting on her domestic machine but thought that this one was too big for her to handle. Aren't the colours just beautiful? She had already drafted most of the feather design for the background, I just added the centre part as it was too much space to be left unquilted and chose the design for the circles. We are both very happy with the way it turned out.
  21. 6 points
    T Row Studio

    sunflower quilt

    I have been doing a ton of collaging this is my latest collage quilt it is a vase of Sunflowers i did custom quilting on this, I Just Love Sun Flowers I have included front and back images. Thanks for looking and enjoy your Holiday week end. .
  22. 6 points
    Primitive1

    semi custom

    Eileenfast, funny I just finished quilting one of those but I did end up doing custom on it...here are some pics....
  23. 5 points
    T Row Studio

    butterfly qult

    This is a small version of the butterfly quilt pattern drafted by Sherrie I love orange and I am making most of my quilts this year with orange in them. anybody have a killer name for this quilt....it is always funto play with one of your own quilts.... I hope you enjoy , many of the designs I have not done before but have found a couple I will do again for sure back of the quilt close ups of the background this one I have named bubble wrap rulers and freemotion oops I see a thread.... more thread that will get cleaned up
  24. 5 points
    ffq-lar

    R&S Design boards

    Yes, Ron and Sharon are transferring ownership to Patricia Ritter. Ron is still making the boards but has stepped away from order fulfillment personally. The owners of Miracle Chalk have also sold their business to her. She is a force of nature and deserves all the success she has achieved. Surprisingly, both R&S and Miracle Chalk owners are here in Olympia---and members of my quilt guild. I'm rubbing shoulders with quilt legends!
  25. 5 points
    T Row Studio

    Mommy and Me x3

    I was fortunate to be able to quilt Three of these baby Quilts for the same customer. She Used the Pattern Mommy and Me. She used a white on White Fabric That had a 1" diamond grid printed on it for the Background in the center area as soon as I saw that that I wanted to practice some grid work . I just went for it what do you think do you practice on customers quilts? Hope you have a great Day.
  26. 5 points
    FloridaMissy

    Thank You!

    I just wanted to send a big thank you to everyone on this forum who takes the time to post answers to questions. I'm guilty of not posting very often. When I'm having issues with my Millie I know I can search this forum and get great answers. I send out a challenge to everyone to try and post once a week and get our forum content back to where it used to be. Anyone else accept the challenge?
  27. 5 points
    tyquilter

    Friend

    Over five years ago a wonderful lady on this forum replied to one of my posts on this forum. She complimented me on the quilt I made and use as my profile picture. She wanted to know if I would share the pattern with her. We ended up being friends on Facebook and texted and called each other. She lived about 12 hours away from me. We had so much in common we could have been sisters. We were modern day pen pals so to speak. We always planned to meet in person, but something always got in the way. My dear friend passed away last month from cancer after being diagnosed late last fall. Even though we never met in person, I considered her my dearest friend. I never did find the pattern to the quilt that started our friendship so I sent her the actual quilt. I wish I had sent it years ago to her. Don’t minimize the friendships made here. They truly make a difference in people’s lives. Until we meet in heaven Diana
  28. 5 points
    Hello all, I relocated to Idaho and am in the process of building a home. I could not wait until a house was built to start quilting so I had a shed built. We finished the inside and this is now my very happy place. Jamie Bennett Quilts & Clay
  29. 5 points
    rlkrezer

    New Lucey

    I've gotten my new Lucey up and running. All I have to say is that either my husband needs to learn how to cook, or I'm cooking once a month. I can stay in my studio all day as long as I have my coffee machine.
  30. 5 points
    InesR

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    Had a hurry up birthday gift. All over stipple, first time to try lettering. Not perfect but for a 5 yr old, will be fine. Great skill builder.
  31. 5 points
    Kwiltr

    Quilts for my Sisters

    I finished two quilts at the end of May so I could take them to 2 of my sisters in central Canada while visiting this summer on our cross country trip to visit Newfoundland for the first time. What a great trip we had! The pattern is Angela Walter’s “Coral”, available free on her website. Both quilts are the same, except the first one I used a slightly contrasting thread (to the background) because I thought it blended a bit better with the print segments and the second quilt I used a matching thread. In the end, I thought the second one came out better as I had figured out the quilting execution by the time I got there! I’ve only attached the front and back pictures of one quilt here.
  32. 5 points
    chickenscratch

    New Art Quilt

    This is a new art quilt I just finished. It is headed to a show, but I wanted to share photos with all of you. More details about construction and tons of detail photos on blog. Eye Candy in Fabric art quilt blog article
  33. 5 points
    SWall

    Weekend with my daugh

    My daughter and I had a great time this weekend finishing up a quilt she started 7 years ago. This was one of her first quilt tops she made. She is planning on giving it to a friend who will be starting dialysis in the next couple of weeks. I completed all the feathers earlier in the week and she did the rest of the quilting. She has only done a couple of quilts before on my Freddie. She did an awesome job! If you notice one corner... I forgot to do a feather... noticed this as we were taking pictures of the quilt. I said I would reload it and add it but she insisted we consider it a ‘design feature’. She will add her quilt label to this area so it worked out just fine
  34. 5 points
  35. 4 points
    PamelaG

    Baby Quilt

    I really like how this baby quilt came out.
  36. 4 points
    T Row Studio

    Picasso's Girl

    I did a little experiment at a retreat doing some improv curved piecing. I was using scraps from a fellow retreater they were cast off from a judy niemeyer quilt so odd shaped triangles mostly. I made four main clusters of curved pieces then added the putty fabcic to pull the pieces together Once they were sewn together the face emerged. A pleasant surprise. I then quilted it with a contrasting 40 weight thread. This piece was juried into the Canadian NJS that is in Ottawa this week. I did not win a ribbon but I have my quilt hanging with some very impressive quilts. I do not do this kind of quilts and stretched myself artistically to make it. I am pleased with the overall project. This piece is 20" x 20"
  37. 4 points
    T Row Studio

    dream big Panel with an add on

    I made this collage Butterfly and did not know where I was going to use as a back ground then remembered I had a dream big panel...and the rest is history . I would like to see your Dream Big panels you quilted. Please
  38. 4 points
    InesR

    Rail Fence

    Quick rail fence for a gift. I stewed and stewed on the dark, really thought it would show the "rails"..., but no, the light won out. The whole color/contrast thing still stumps/surprises me. Stipple and machine binding.
  39. 4 points
    delld

    QUilt for Hospice

    I haven't been sharing for a while. Here is a quilt Sharon W pieced and I quilted for our local hospice. I shared with Sharon a photo off of Facebook of a quilt made like this one and she made her own pattern. The two of us are a team and make 3 or more quilts each week 20190404_115445 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr 20190404_115451 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr
  40. 4 points
    Cagey

    Take A Vet To School Day Quilt

    As my daughter's school celebrated the 10th Anniversary of The History Channels, "Take A Vet To School Day" program. It is a program the media specialist brought to our school 10 years ago. Normally, we celebrate a day or so before Veterans Day, but with the school calendar, we brought about 100 veterans to the school to honor them for serving our country on 3 November. In honor of her service to our veterans, I made a quilt with messages of good will from the veterans celebrating with us last year. They signed on inkjet print fabric. I then heat set it a few weeks later. Below are some pictures of the quilt. She loved the quilt, and could not believe that I started working on this last year. The back was just a beige star covered fabric, and none of the quilting showed unless you are close up. I am rather happy with the way it turned out. Cagey Cagey
  41. 4 points
    ffq-lar

    Pattern samples for customers

    To teach a class on overall designs, I used length of good white fabric as the backer (about 1 1/2 yards), some poly batting to show off the quilting, and a pale pastel batik on the top. I used my channel locks to divide an area and filled each with a different overall design. I used lots of different thread types, weights, and colors for options, both top and bobbin. Now I had a sampler of my personal stitching, what threads looked like on white and colored fabric, how colored thread looks when used in the bobbin, how density affects the feel of the quilt, etc. It was fun to make and when I suggest "something leafy" or "maybe geometric" I hang it up for my customer to look at. For the leafy meander, I showed many kinds and shapes of leaves. And sometimes changed the pattern to another similar one within the area.
  42. 4 points
    Hi. These are really good questions. There are lots of ways to skin a cat, and lots of ways to quilt a quilt. For your specific situation with the border designs, this is what I do (in this order). As a note, I'm not sure if you fully float your tops or partially float. I have always been a partial floater because it gives me a little more control when I'm rolling and starting out to stabilize, etc. Because you are doing the special borders, I would quilt the middle section first and the borders last. That stated, load the fabrics on the frame as you normally would. Instead of basting down the top edge (because you are doing borders) pin the top edges and the sides. During the quilting process, the fabrics shrink up a little. That's why I quilt the middle first and then the outer borders. So the order of quilting is this: 1. Stabilize the top edge and outer borders by pinning -- not sewing/basting. 2. Roll down and pin the borders/sides. Quilt the center. Repeat these steps pinning the outer borders and quilting the center section until you get to the bottom. 3. Since you are at the bottom, you can quilt the bottom border first. When you are ready to quilt the outer borders, you want to arrange your designs from the corners first and work the design toward the center / middle. It's way easier to fudge the center section of the border design than try to fudge a design into a corner. Corners and out is the easiest way. You can draw out/mark your design before you load the top onto the frame, or you can mark it while it's on the frame. I usually use white chalk or blue water soluble markers. Because the sides of the quilt are rolled up, I usually quilt the bottom and top borders first. Then I go back and sew baste down the side borders that I pinned and get ready to quilt the sides. If you don't have enough length on your frame to turn the quilt, you will have to mark your designs on the side borders and quilt and roll. Your corner sections will already be quilted, so you only have mark the designs and fudge in the side border designs toward the center part of the side borders. Anyway, that's how I normally do it when I have a special border design that I want to fit in. Best wishes and have fun. Share a photo when you're done! Shana
  43. 4 points
    Sharon Deming

    Lost my mojo

    Pamela, It's okay for your mojo to just sit down for a while. It is not required to "be productive" all of the time. You have just come off of the holidays, coping with your husband's surgery and recovery, and whatever else may be going on, and your energy and coping reservoir have been drained. It's okay to rest. When I complete a quilt or have no customer quilts staring at me, I sometimes feel a little lost. I have been known to just go into my studio, sit down at the sewing machine, talk to Miss Margie (Millie), or just look around. Usually, there is something to put away or to read or to touch or something, and my interest begins to be renewed. If you really want to get moving - invite a quilting buddy (someone you don't have to clean house for) to come and spend the day sewing. You will enjoy the company while you get to play with fabric. Blessings!
  44. 4 points
    ffq-lar

    Looking at a used Millie

    What year was it made? The serial number is inside the harp and will tell the date of manufacture. If there is a letter at the beginning of the #, the machine has been worked on after the sale by APQS. Is she the original owner? Millies depreciate about $1000 per year. Does she have any service records? Has she ever re-timed or replaced the bobbin assembly? I'd be more concerned about "only doing 4 quilts" than some heavy use. Sitting idle for potentially years doesn't do the innards a lot of good. Since this is maybe 10 years old, take off the left side and see if it's gunked up from old oil and that the rocker assembly has no rust and works as it should---it runs the hopping foot. Check that the wicks are saturated with oil. Leave off the left panel and run the machine. How does it sound? Test-stitch, using different stitch-lengths in SR and different speeds in manual. Make a circle and inspect the stitches. Check that the wheels are good by pushing in all directions and seeing if there are clunks from flat spots, which can happen when it sits un-used for a long time. Eyeball the rollers from the ends to see if they're straight. Make sure the advance works. If you can, check the fuse drawer and see if there's still an extra fuse in there---it's in a pop-out panel near the power switch at the back. If it's there, that will mean she probably hasn't blown a fuse. Which isn't a big deal, but will tell you if she really only quilted a few times on it. Finding a few issues means you have wiggle-room to negotiate a price---but nothing mentioned here actually hurts the machine. Plus, she will think you're an expert! These heavy-duty workhorses last for decades and are easy to repair---my 2004 Millie is a trooper and helps me finish many custom quilts per year. Best advice, find a local dealer/rep and pay them to inspect it for you. If you buy, they will be a valuable contact for help and lessons. Good luck!
  45. 4 points
    If you are looking for an excellent longarm machine, APQS is the one. If you are looking for support for the APQS you'll never find a more professionally knowledgeable, fun, committed, patient APQS representative then Connie Keller. Her classes are excellent. When you rent a machine she, Anne and Jed provide the support and direction you need to learn and feel confident. It is obvious that the three of them all love their work and the people they serve with passion and caring. Your search for quality in the machine and support is over. Connie helped me find the perfect machine for me. She and Jed set it up in my home and provided ongoing support. I can't thank you enough, Ms. Connie!! Anne!! And Jed!!
  46. 4 points
    T Row Studio

    Butterfly Dreams

    This is a Collage piece I designed and then quilted on one of the Big Dream panels. these panels are a lot of fun to quilt
  47. 4 points
    LibbyG

    Dresden Plate

    My customer pieced this using scraps from her stash. She gave me a quilting design she found online. I'd give credit to the quilter, if I knew who designed it. The borders weren't showing so I used feathers and beadboard. She used a 1/4 inch inner border and asked me to keep it straight. Fortunately it was only a lap quilt. I used So Fine and Bottom Line, my favorite threads when custom quilting. And Hobbs 80/20. DeLoa Jones' boomerang really came in handy to circle around the dresden plates. dresden plate by Libby G, on Flickr dresden plate (2) by Libby G, on Flickr dresden plate (3) by Libby G, on Flickr
  48. 4 points
    ffq-lar

    Disappearing Stitches

    It's the nature of the beast, SewingDiva. Puffy batting will hide stitches. Plush fabrics like flannels will hide stitches. Using a thin thread like 50 wt will hide stitches. If you want the stitching to show on flannel, use a heavier weight and a contrasting color---and lengthen your stitch length a bit. Don't mess with the tension. Good luck!
  49. 4 points
    LibbyG

    Dresden Plate

    Here's a close up the the quilting in the diamond. 001 by Libby G, on Flickr
  50. 3 points
    quiltmonkey

    Longarming a pillowcased quilt

    Hi Judy. I've successfully quilted many pillow cased quilts without any issues. Most of them are not too big, though... baby and lap size. What is the size of this quilt? If you are nervous about the rolling and maybe getting pleats, I suggest that you pin baste it every five inches... (doesn't need to be safety pins... corsage pins are fine)... and then roll it on the frame and unpin as you quilt. It should quilt just fine... don't pull or tug too much tension while it's on the frame. I've actually been brave enough to pillow case a baby quilt made of minkee on both sides (yes call me crazy) and I quilted several of these. Talk about hugging a cloud! Good luck!