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  1. ffq-lar

    Long Quilt help

    SueD has great advice and I agree that you will need to quilt sections separately and then join after quilting. I max out at about 120" on the rollersfor a quilt with cotton batting. Maybe make the sections 48"+ by 120" plus extra for attaching to the rollers and seaming together later. There are lots of tutorials pertaining to quilt-as-you-go that can help you decide which technique to use to butt the batting together and cover the joins on the back side. Plan it on graph paper, allowing extra fabric at the top and bottom of each section so joining is easier later. Assuming you are quilting the writing, mark the whole design on each section and mark exactly where the top and bottom joining seams will be so the writing looks natural. If you can find 120" muslin fabric for the backer (check Joanns on line), you will save money on fabric.
    2 points
  2. jimerickson

    Nikki knocking

    Don't know what you mean by "knocking", but if it's a kind of popping sound, could be a bad needle. If it's a metallic click, the hook could be hitting the needle too hard. A couple of thoughts for you. When you find the problem be sure to let us know. Might help someone else in the future. Good luck. Jim
    1 point
  3. SueD

    Fons and Porter video

    I don't know about a specific Fons & Porter video, but there are a lot of YouTube videos on loading quilts. There's one a lot of people recommend called "Loading Lori's way". Whirlsnswirls quilting also has a youtube channel and I'm pretty sure I saw a video on loading. She's an APQS dealer and has several hundred short videos posted stitching out various quilting designs. APQS has lots of articles https://www.apqs.com/category/education/quilt-prep-loading-tips/ They also have a youtube channel.
    1 point
  4. dbams

    Can't seem to get quilting

    Pamela, we are all pulling for you. You can do this! <3
    1 point
  5. Gail O

    quilting on batik Faric

    You could try using a smaller needle. I'm guessing that the batik fabric was not washed, prior to using in the quilt. Heavy dyes and tightly woven fabric, make it a bit harder for the needle to go between the fibers, so it's kinda punching through.
    1 point
  6. jimerickson

    Grammie

    Tammie: I think you will probably need to buy a Bliss rail and have it cut down and fitted to your 7' table. I doubt that APQS stocks 7' Bliss rails. Jim
    1 point
  7. Kueser

    Can't seem to get quilting

    I find figuring out what to do is the process that takes the longest, especially with a custom. You want it to look special. I agree, look at various sites and see what others of done that you feel you can accomplish, not something that is beyond your experience level that will cause more anxiety. Audition those ideas on plexie of on a paper picture of the quilt. Once you "see" the finished concept, you'll be inspired to hit it. Hang in there, if you've been ill, you may need more time to recover. Your customer will understand.
    1 point
  8. SueD

    Can't seem to get quilting

    Stuck as in you just can't get motivated to quilt? I make bargains with myself all the time. Just do "the thing I don't want to do" for 15 min or 20 or whatever, then I can do "the other thing I want to do" afterwards. It always seems like I want to be doing something other than what I should be doing. I have a quilt on my frame that I bought an estate sale. Thought it would be good practice. It was in decent shape - a few minor stains/discolorations but no holes. It's 7 blocks by 8 blocks. It's fan blocks and I'm doing ruler work and freehand feathers - same pattern in every block I'm over halfway through and it takes me almost 30 min to do each block. It seems like I've been working on it forever and I still have 21 blocks to go! Plus I think my feathers look sloppy. I don't know how people do detailed custom work for hire and meet customer deadlines. Or are you stuck meaning no idea what to quilt in the custom area? Pinterest, Instagram (which is down today along with facebook), quilting books, youtube. Start drawing on plastic/plexiglass over the quilt until something speaks to you.
    1 point
  9. Excellent points, thanks Sue. I will edit the post to include more detail. You're right about CT though, you can get from one end to the other in 2.5-3 hours.....lol.
    1 point
  10. SueD

    Grammie

    You should probably contact APQS or a local dealer to see if bliss is available in that size and the costs. I thought standard table/rail sizes were 10', 12' and 14'.
    1 point
  11. Thank you for your reply and great advice. I was contemplating minimal echo quilting using invisible thread in the facial area, as per the 80/20 requirements. I think I would be quilting it differently if it were my own, as in a lot of heavy quilting. Where it is not my quilt I feel differently about it. Apprehensive is the word. I have quilted Unstrung Hero by Man Sewing. It is a similar piece. I also did echo, SID and background quilting. Turned out perfect. This is more of a portrait art quilt that I have never done before. A little out of my comfort zone. I will give it a go and give updates. Thanks again for the great advice! Nicolle
    1 point
  12. On a picture quilt with numerous pictures, I would suggest quilting minimally in the pictures so the batting does not come apart in the sandwich, and to not quilt over faces if possible. Quilt more heavily in the borders or area around the pictures. As it is a portrait quilt, presumably one large picture where the sandwich must be stabilized, I would suggest using invisible thread. Matching the fabric/picture color with the thread may be a better option depending on the portrait and area in the portrait. Start stabilizing the portrait as a whole. You probably can quilt more in the individuals hair without it being as visible. Then you can try quilting in the areas of light to dark on the face, shadows in the face around eyes and eye brows. Start with a little quilting as possible. Step on a ladder and decide how the overall image looks. It is easier to add quilting then to remove it. Take a picture and ask what the customer thinks/wants. It may be a quilt that you have to remove from the rollers and hang on the wall a few times before it is finished. I am a sit-down quilter, so this is easier for me. In the end it is going to come down what the maximum allowed distance between quilt lines per the batting manufacturer's specifications and what you/the customer think looks best. Here are some examples with tight quilt lines and some with whole areas open; https://artsychickquilts.blogspot.com/2012/08/portraits-101-class-at-wisconsin-quilt.html https://burdenbearer.blogspot.com/2011/03/portrait-quilts.html https://artsbusinessinstitute.org/artists/artist-profile-sandra-bruce/ https://www.terryaskeartquilts.com/Studio/tips-tutorials-and-more/create-a-portrait-pattern-from-a-photo/ You can also search for thread painting which might expand your examples. As you are painting with thread, it is an art. I am sure it will turn out great when you are finished. Please share your masterpiece when you are done, so we can enjoy your work, and learn from it. As it is a portrait of a customer, maybe just an eye or part of the face so their anonymity is preserved if they do not want the entire quilt top shared. Cagey
    1 point
  13. SueD

    Long Quilt help

    How about adding the writing with a marking tool (erasable marker or chalk) to all the pieces before you start? Or even just horizontal lines where the writing goes, like lined paper. You could also keep a reference paper with the writing size next to you when you quilt. I’m not sure I could keep consistent size whether it’s one piece or several pieces anyway.
    1 point
  14. ffq-lar

    Lucey sewing very slow

    The first question is, have you set your stitches per inch above the minimum? In S/R mode, it won't stitch unless the spi is advanced above the minimum. Hoping it's this easy fix. You'll do fine!
    1 point
  15. Maribeth: I don't have a computerized system, and my experience is limited to nearly a decade of reading posts, but I think the IQ is a better choice. I believe Quilt Path is a Grace product, and of course Grace makes all sorts of quilting products. Intelliquilter is made by Kasa Engineering, who make only the Intellistitch stitch regulator, and the Intelliquilter. A lot narrower focus. I've had experience with Kasa since I had two older long arms fitted with the Intellistitch regulators. Besides being one of the best stitch regulators on the market, they are very responsive to any problem you might have. They really do stand behind their product. From simply looking at the two systems, the Intellistitch seems to be better engineered. Their drive motors seem to be a better design choice than the belt drive system of the Quilt Path. APQS is a great company, so they won't sell you a poor product, so Quilt Path must be good, but if I were buying a full featured robotic system, it would be the Intelliquilter. It seems like folks with experience with both products prefer the IQ. I hope my thoughts are helpful. Jim
    1 point
  16. I have used/owned 3 different systems on my Millie- the CompuQuilter, which is no longer made; the QuiltPath; and the IQ. I would definitely recommend the IQ. For me it is a better fit than the QuiltPath as the IQ "thinks" more like I do. I had nothing but problems with the QuiltPath as it was very slow and could not do everything I wanted it to do. Some people are creating absolutely stunning quilts using their QuiltPath systems, but I was not one of them. I fought with it! Check out both systems, try them out, see how they work before you make your purchase. My purchase of the QuiltPath was a very costly mistake for me. There are lots of IQ users in CA and I'm sure you can locate someone to let you try it out. There are also several wonderful IQ groups - both on FaceBook (Friends Using IQ is a great group) and on Yahoo (IntelliQuilter - you don't need to own the system before you can join so you can check out what people are talking about and you can ask questions). There is also a great IntelliQuilter site that has lots of tutorials and demos (iqdemos.com that anyone can visit whether you own the system or not). QuiltPath also has a Facebook site, but you have to already own your system before you can ask or be asked to join. If I had been able to check out this site before I purchased my system, I wouldn't have made my costly mistake because I would have seen that this system and I would not get along. The best advice I can give you is ... DO YOUR OWN HOMEWORK! (And yes, I am shouting this out to everyone!)
    1 point
  17. Do your homework. See if you can watch someone work on the two programs. I'm sorry to say I am very disappointed in the fact the "promised" updates to Quilt Path have yet to be received after two years of waiting. I love my Quilt Path but would like it to do the things that the update is suppose to do that IQ does.
    1 point
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