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  1. If you plan to do all SID first, start in the center. That's where the most fullness will live and where the eye focuses first, so it needs to be flat and symmetrical. The big issue with this is what happens to the rest of the quilt when you start in the middle. You'll need to float it, so secure the top edge of the top with pins (don't stitch it down because you may need to re-position it later). Then advance to the center, smoothing as you advance. When you reach the center, adjust so it's symmetrical then stitch baste or pin baste horizontally above and below the center. Then baste the entire top, stepping out from the center and keeping areas straight and flat. You will immediately see where else there is fullness and needing extra care. I've quilted over twenty Judy Niemeyer quilts as a pro, and none of them was flat---ever. With it fully basted, you can start anywhere you like, but I'd do the center first. Also, you aren't stuck with doing all the SID first if it involves a lot of thread color changes. You can SID and custom quilt a section at a time. The photo is my latest---Dinnerplate Dahlia. Good luck and have fun!
    7 points
  2. Caution *****It looks like Dave has re-registered on this site. This seller is Dave Jones, who has a bad reputation in the industry. He had a good gig buying and selling longarms and doing deliveries/set/up between buyers and sellers. But several deals went sour and caused a loss of reputation for him. Be very careful and make sure you pay AFTER delivery and not before.
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  4. Originally envisioned for the QUILT TULSA 2020 quilt show. Turned into my stay-at-home project. Took much longer than anticipated. Used left overs, class samples, rejects, cheater cloth, test blocks, random fabric, etc. Quilted in 6 parts on my APQS Millennium.
    3 points
  5. Well, after lots of thought, I went with my Circle Lord Jester boards. I really like how it looks, and so do my daughter and son-in-law!
    3 points
  6. BonnieJ

    Member

    Not sure how I did it or if I even need to fix it but realized I have two different memberships with this site. My original one was Bonnie in ok.
    3 points
  7. I call myself the 'cobbler with no shoes' because I quilt for everyone else except me! So my goal was to make a quilt for our new house, our new bed.... I wanted calm neutral colours reminding me of sand or pebbles.....I made this quilt using the pattern "Sweet Garden" from Carolina Patchworks. I was intending to make the entire king size with this pattern - and I did. Then I hated it, so I chopped 2/3s of the pattern off and added white for some neutral breathing space. Simple quilting in between the blocks. And then I got carried away in the white. [
    3 points
  8. Are you quilting a single piece back, or one you've seamed together? If you're using a pieced back, which way is the seam(s) mounted in relation to the rollers? If perpendicular, the seam allowance piles up, making the backing at the seam act like its shorter than the sides. Because of this, I almost always mount my pieced backs with the seams parallel to the rollers. That also allows me to pin the selvage to the leaders assuring me the back is square with the rollers. Jim
    3 points
  9. dbams

    Loyal customers. ???

    Spam reported
    2 points
  10. I have just inherited three antique quilts that an Aunt of mine quilted. Her Motherwho would be my Grandmother, was a quilter and apparently taught her to quilt at a young age. Both are deceased and I never met either one of them. A cousin of mine inherited them in a cedar chest from Aunt Vera. They lived in Iowa. Recently my cousin told me after hearing me talking about quilting that she had the quilts and thought they would be better off with me. Two were quilt tops and one was a completed quilt. One top is tumbling blocks and the completed quilt we are looking for the name of the design. I have a Grandmothers Flower Garden and that will be my first top to tackle. One flower was apparently chewed by mice while in storage. I spent 3 days creating a new flower. IT WORKED!!! Our guestimate would be that this quilt is 100 years old. I am also concerned about hand quilting it and what type of thread to use as the fabric seems so fragile in comparison to our cotton fabrics. The flowers are surrounded with white hexigons and I used an antique handkerchief to replace damaged pieces. Those hankies are fragile also and worked out beautifully. That will give you an idea of the texture of some of the fabrics in it. I read article after article about washing them and finally put them in the bathtub with some special detergent and Oxi Clean as suggested in an article. I took the chance and you would not believe how beautiful the colors are and how white the white is now. I dried them over the porch railing. If you could help me decide what thread to use I will soon be ready to sandwich Grandmothers Flower Garden and quilting. I think it will take me forever to quilt it but I am so thrilled to be taking care of it. I would appreciate any comments you have.
    2 points
  11. ffq-lar

    Labyrinth quilt

    A customer quilt from 2019. I did a combo of feathers, CCs, and freehand swirls. Every area/border was stitched differently-but-similar.
    2 points
  12. SueD is correct. You didn't quilt her quilt, she rented your machine and did it herself and that is what she will tell her friends and family...she did it ALL. This in no way reflects badly on you. Quite the opposite, she will tell them how much you helped her. For being in business of quilting for others, you need to take the bad tops with the good tops. You start picking and choosing what tops you will quilt and what you won't you WILL get a very bad reputation! I do agree that quilt instructors need to properly teach finish techniques, which most do not. I quilt for others and will 'fix' a wavy border on the first quilt. I do tell the owner the problems with the quilt and instruct on how to correct that in the future. Should I get more quilts from this person with the same problems, then I charge more money and tell them why the cost went up. It doesn't take too many of the increase in fees for them to do their quilts properly!! I have Never refused to quilt for a person because their quilt wasn't up to my person standards!
    2 points
  13. ffq-lar

    Bobbin case

    You won't want to force it, but can you rock the hand wheel at all? Remove the needle in case that's part of the problem. Spray some WD-40 all over the case and remove the needle plate to spray from the top, to ease things along. If it's a thread snarl stopping things, a soak overnight might help soften things up. Last solution---remove the bobbin assembly completely. That will require retiming, but may be the last resort. The jammed bobbin case will be much easier to work on outside the machine. Good luck!
    2 points
  14. BonnieJ

    Quilt wolf

    Here is one I did with scraps had and made up design.
    2 points
  15. This often happens to me so I’m pleased I’m not alone. Mine is the right side when facing machine......I have tried numerous methods. Currently, if quilt does not have a straight line of horizontal seams, I mark my tops every 12” or so on each side before I load quilt, then use horizontal channel lock every time I roll to check the marks are in line. I also use the horizontal channel lock to run along the horizontal seam lines as I roll quilt. This has helped ......
    2 points
  16. i found a stack of over 50 vintage hankies for $10 this am wow, when I sorted through them there is enough to make three nice size quilts in three colorways. That said, a few of the light ones need stain removal. Does anyone know the name of the product ypunuse to soak vintage linens. i cannot remember it.
    2 points
  17. SueD

    cleaned with alcohol

    Previous reply reported as spam
    2 points
  18. It is my next project I will post when I get it done! I am so happy to see you too!!!
    2 points
  19. Here's a quilt with many National Park patches that travels with the couple in their RV. She sewed them down (I think she said she used a Featherweight) and I couldn't stitch on them with my Millie, but I echoed them once. If it will be a wallhanging, use a heavyweight double-sided fusible to attach them if they're too thick to stitch down.
    2 points
  20. dbams

    double batting

    Wool batting is also nice and warm. I love Quilter's Dream Wool.
    2 points
  21. Linda I bought that product and soaked the handkerchiefs. Absolutely amazing. Every single Stain came out. Thank you so much for the referral. Now on to making the quilt.
    2 points
  22. Thank you Linda. I will check it out. And find a source for the cleaning product. You are always so knowledgeable. I appreciate it. I see a handkerchief Quilt in my near future.
    2 points
  23. Hi Nancy Jo! Use Retro Clean to soak the hankies. It's not expensive and easy to find. It takes hot water and if there are heavy stains, more than one treatment. Works like a charm! If you haven't seen (Quilting Vintage) on Facebook, join to see lots of projects and advice for backing and stabilizing the hankies for use in quilts. Fun!
    2 points
  24. Just straighten the eye holding the bearing so it's at a right angle to the shaft, put a drop of oil on it, and you should be ready to go. Jim
    2 points
  25. Long day, completely forgot to check the carriage fuse! All is well, no damage. Thank you.
    2 points
  26. ffq-lar

    Baste a quilt

    I do this about twice a year--mostly for my hand-quilting friends. I charge a half-cent per square inch with a $50 minimum for this. But if you want, you can charge her by the hour. It may take you longer to load it than to stitch it, but you still need to be paid for your time. A moderate-sized quilt may take 2 hours total, so the $50 minimum is fair. No way is it a 10 minute job. Attached is a diagram of my quilting path for basting. It's a grid without long verticals and is very fast. Use a heavier, contrasting poly and a long stitch-length for ease of stitch-removal. Don't cross at the corners so the fabric can be manipulated by the quilter if necessary. Don't let your friend make the decisions ---she doesn't know what's involved. This technique and attaching binding on the longarm are services you can advertise. Not everyone offers them.
    2 points
  27. PattyJo

    A baby quilt

    This small quilt is a gift for a new mom to be's baby shower next weekend. I've known this lady for about 25 years since she was about 12. It took her a long time to meet Mr Right and now they are expecting their first - a little boy. This pattern is a MSQC and is in the tutorials. 2 charm packs used with poly blend batt and glide threads.
    2 points
  28. You are doing the right thing. Douse it again with WD-40 and let it sit for a while. That will soften the thread even more. Continue to pull out the visible threads with tweezers and try to rock the assembly manually. If necessary, douse again and let it sit overnight, keep working, and you should be able to loosen things up. When the assembly turns, start it at a slow speed to twirl out any thread that's left. Make sure you haven't blown a fuse with the jam. Wipe out and re-oil well with machine oil. Good luck, Jacque.
    2 points
  29. This is one I just finished for a friend. She pieced the quilt and I quilted it. I thought it turned out really well. I used Quilter's Dream Batting, and light gray thread on top with white on bottom.
    2 points
  30. Gator

    Batting storage

    Have you tried searching this forum? There have been many storage ideas throughout the years. Here's my favorite, easy to move and fairly cheap to make:
    2 points
  31. jimerickson

    M&m wheels

    Monika: The table you have will determine what wheel options that are available. Can you post photos? A picture of the table, and a picture of the wheels on your Lenni will help. Jim
    1 point
  32. ffq-lar

    Glide track system

    Hi Deb. I will assume you mean the Bliss system instead of Glide tracks. Some newer APQS machines have "Quilt Glide", but it has nothing to do with the wheels. So---Bliss is a ball-bearing pod set on a stainless steel rod that runs the length of the frame at the front and the back. It eases the horizontal movement. The vertical movement is on M&M wheels and regular rails on the carriage, which are the best wheels available on APQS longarms. One set of four wheels on the carriage and the ball-bearing pods on the table. They are fabulous. I believe you can retro-fit Bliss for about $3000 if it's on an APQS frame. That seems like a lot when you're getting a deal on the machine, so you'll need to decide. If there's a dealer near you, try out the Bliss system versus a regular wheel system. As for being "necessary"? Absolutely not, but comparing the two (and your stamina and physical ability added to the mix) will guide you to whether it's an attractive add-on or a must-have. Good luck and have fun!
    1 point
  33. In my mind no don’t scrap it parts are readily available and I don’t think the new ones really sew much better. Do you know the manufacturer of the stitch regulator and the computer? The most common aftermarket one was Intellistitch and Intelliquilter. If that is the case there is lots of support available. Let us know what you have or post a picture and we can probably send you in the right direction. My old Ultimate 1 is still going strong daily in someone else’s business, not bad for a twenty five year old piece of equipment. Nigel
    1 point
  34. Never mind, figured it out. Had cleaned the machine and lost one of the gold washers under the stitch plate. Replaced it and it works now.
    1 point
  35. Sue E.

    Stitch Count

    I've had my Millie since 2005 and I've never seen a stitch count. I believe that APQS machines don't track stitches. If I am wrong, I hope someone corrects me and tells me how to find the count. I've never seen anything or heard anything about a stitch count on an APQS machine.
    1 point
  36. Husqvarna Viking Mega Quilter w/ Inspira Quilting Frame. The quilting Frame can be set up at 5 foot or 10 foot. Fame is long enough to quilt King Size Quilts. The Mega Quilter Machine can be used off the frame and its a straight stitch only machine and stitches 1,600 per minute. It has a 9 inch throat plate and has a knee lift option. The machine has been serviced since last use (hence why it is not on the frame in the pictures but is super easy to set back up). I have the additional bar for batting and some accessories not pictured (including a stitch regulator addon that Ive never tried out). I purchased from a owner of a quilt store that went out of business. It is a great starting out quilting machine frame. I am upgrading to a larger machine. Available for pickup only in Athens, GA.
    1 point
  37. Lots of stops and starts with concentric circles. But it would look cool. Have fun, whatever you choose to do
    1 point
  38. Hi Stevi. Yes my machine is still available. (The other interested person was looking for a computerized machine.) I apologize for the delayed response. I've been out of town since last Friday and this is the first opportunity I've had to open my computer. My husband is undergoing some medical testing with his lung specialist in Denver. We will head home on Thursday, 3/25. Did you have other questions for me?
    1 point
  39. SueD

    Heavy batting?

    100% cotton will be heaviest. Poly and wool battings are both lighter weight. Check here for more info about battings: https://www.hobbsbatting.com/resources/for-quilters/faqs/ https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5lQYaFAMueAVUE0QUE4TUt2STA/view Quilters Dream
    1 point
  40. Spam reported
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  41. Get the delux. Better to have more than you need than to need more than you have. Jim
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  42. I will point out that this is a "green Millennium" which is a kind of hybrid that was developed by APQS. They would take a traded-in Ultimate machine, strip it and rebuild with the same components as a regular Millennium, selling them for about $3000 less than a new Millie. Old components that were the same as the new Millies were kept, but electronics and SR added. The Ultimates were prior to 2000 and the Millennium after 2000. Not that it matters, since you have it priced attractively, but you don't want a buyer to claim that the year of manufacture was incorrect if you don't point out the history or maybe weren't aware of it. I believe APQS was doing this starting in 2005 but I may be wrong. Good luck with your sale---great price and someone will be so happy to get this! Here's a link to answers from 2005. https://forum.apqs.com/topic/999-green-milli-and-freedom-sr/
    1 point
  43. Janice H

    Baste a quilt

    Thank you, Linda, for your answer. It is very helpful. I like the drawing. I will use it. I talked with the friend this a.m.. She picked up a quilt. She is a lovely person and a good friend. I am happy I can help her. Thanks
    1 point
  44. Thread Waggle

    New at Quilt Path

    Wanita, Most of the QP information is on Facebook. If you have a Facebook account, we can get you into a private Quilt Path group. There is also a Facebook group called We Love APQS that is more machine based. If you don't do Facebook, my suggestion would be to check out my website. http://www.threadwaggle.com/p/quilt-path.html Which has written tutorials on how to use Quilt Path. I also have a YouTube channel with some QP videos on it. If you did the QP updated to version 4 you should also have the beginnings of the Resource Manual it was on the website with the update instructions and all the new designs. Angela Clark
    1 point
  45. Heywyre

    Heywyre

    Thanks for the compliment Sue. This is the second one I have done but I kept it REAL simple - basically stitch in the ditch and nothing more - as far as the quilting in the first one The first thing I thought about was try and find others that had done this quilt but I really haven't been successful in that regard to give me any ideas. I know there are some great spaces and before my mind starts wondering off too much, I really don't want to take away from the "stars" either so perhaps do some quilting in a white thread in those blocks or perhaps a very light blue so as not to distract?
    1 point
  46. I finally did finish it. And Shana is right; it was the backing because it was homespun loose woven stuff. But I changed to Quilters Dream BLACK poly so all went great after that. On a side note, I used it on a set of placemats and the backing was RJR Thimbleberries from a long time ago. I had the same problem!
    1 point
  47. To make-do until a more elegant solution comes along, elevate the front part of the rod/yardstick by the width of your roller, which is 2". Glue up layers of cardboard or cut a piece of wood into a block that is 2" high. Make two and fasten them (glue, tape, whatever) to the underside of the front part of the rod. Position so the blocks sit right on top of the front roller. If you want to get fancy, line them with rubberized shelf liner or a cut-up rubber glove so they are less likely to slip. Good luck!
    1 point
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