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  1. 8 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.
  2. 6 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
  3. 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.
  4. 3 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!
  5. 3 points
    LibbyG

    Starting Out

    This is my opinion only. There's so much information on you tube that I would spend my money on rulers. I love DeLoa Jones itty bitty for SID and her curved crosshatching rulers, the boomerangs. I use these for ruler work all the time. So many quilters are developing their own rulers, so I wouldn't go buying until you have an idea of the designs you'll love to use. Heidi Merrill posted a quilt with beautiful feather wreaths and I asked her how she got them so perfect. She said she uses stencils. So I bought feather wreath stencils and border stencils in all the different sizes they have. Even though I freehand the feathers, I like having the shapes to use as a guide. I use chalk and pounce them onto the quilt, only white, don't buy the blue chalk. I bought Darlene Epp's formal feather book and absolutely love it! All the designs are right there for me to see. I've also bought DVDs but you have to put them into a machine and watch them. So I wish I would've saved my money and bought the books I could flip through. Darlene retired but Barb Mayfield, APQS rep, bought the rest of her supply, so you might be able to get this book. DeLoa Jones has a longarm feather book and a border patrol book that I use constantly. Simple designs that make a quilt look beautiful. There's a FB site called longarm accessories for sale and you can get good deals on supplies that other longarmers no longer need. Practice drawing the same design 15 minutes a day for two weeks and it should then be in your muscle memory. When you start to use your machine, the designs should flow freely. If you use a practice muslin sheet, use light thread the first time, then use the same piece with darker thread, and finally add another top and keep practicing. Then you can donate it to a shelter. Good luck. I love my Millie.
  6. 3 points
    floyd6451

    Track lighting above long arm?

    I have a 4 foot LED shop light. I have another but so far one gives plenty of light. Attached with a swing arm on a redwood 4x4
  7. 2 points
    quiltmonkey

    Starting Out

    My best advice is to take classes from Myrna. She's the BEST teacher. In the mean time, I suggest scrolling through all of the posts here in this chat forum, and then go to the photos forum, and then go see the other chat forums here on the APQS site. There's a wealth of information and probably a century's worth of institutional knowledge combined on this site. Another thing to do is go on You Tube and just search around for beginner longarm quilting videos. Lots of great stuff out there.
  8. 2 points
    InesR

    Outstretched

    Struggled getting photos to load
  9. 2 points
    Karlyn08

    Brand new Lucey owner!

    Thank you Mark. It was funny, my husband came hom and looked at it, and that’s the first thing he did. Ay yi yi.
  10. 2 points
    jimerickson

    Track lighting above long arm?

    I use track lighting to illuminate both for my long arms, and the entire space of our quilting studio. Began years ago with halogen bulbs, which I've since replaced with LED's. I like track because of the flexibility it offers. If the original lighting plan is incorrect, or if your needs change, it is easy to move, add, or remove fixtures to better light your area. I've used both PAR 38, and PAR 30 narrow beam flood bulbs. Chose narrow beam because most of the light I need is task lighting. I've primarily bought 2700K or 3000K light color range, and 900-1200 lumen bulbs. Back in 2013 I paid over $35 per bulb, for the PAR 38's but the price has come down substantially since. As an example, I just replaced the florescent bulbs in my shop (screw in bulbs for track fixtures) a couple of weeks ago. I bought 40 PAR 30, 900 lumen, 25 degree floods for less than $100. Bought them off e-bay. I didn't like the florescent bulbs because they were slow to come to full illumination, especially when it's cold, and weren't focused at all. The electric consumption between the LED and the florescent bulbs were about the same. (the LED' are way less than the original halogens) I've managed to buy the the individual fixtures for about $10 each. ( over the years I've probably bought 150 fixtures to light both the house and work areas) When you flood the task areas with light, there doesn't seem much need for additional ambient light. Do yourself a favor and install track lighting over your quilting machine. Then if you need to move light around, it's easy to do. Jim
  11. 2 points
    Gator

    Track lighting above long arm?

    Which ever way you go, get the LED lights. They are more expensive than the others but well worth it in the long run. Fluorescent gives lots of folks headaches and sometimes casts shadows. Halogen and regular light bulbs give off to much heat to stand under?
  12. 2 points
    NHDeb

    Track lighting above long arm?

    My husband installed 2 lengths of track over my 12' frame for my Lenni - see photo. It's LED and wonderful! I do wish I had one more section, but the way the ceiling was built didn't allow it. He also put flat panel LED fixtures above my sewing machine and my cutting table. My windows are now a bit darker because I have direct Southern exposure and covered them with a UV film to keep things from fading.
  13. 2 points
    LibbyG

    Dresden Plate

    Here's a close up the the quilting in the diamond. 001 by Libby G, on Flickr
  14. 1 point
    I am looking for a new home for my 2017 Innova 22" with Lightning Stitch. It's on a 12' Pro-Frame with canvas leaders. I just purchased this machine brand new in June, and have only done 9 quilts on it, so the stitch count is very, very low. It's an absolutely fantastic machine- my dream machine!- and if life circumstances had not taken an unexpected turn, I would not be getting rid of it. As mentioned, it has Lightning Stitch, the upgraded Spectre LED light, and horizontal and vertical channel lock. It includes: - Bobbin winder - M size bobbins - Towa tension gauge - Machine Oil - Manual - Red Snappers - Extended base for ruler work Additionally, because I am closing down my business, I am including: - Two bolts of Quilter's Dream batting (White Cotton Select and Dream Poly blend) - Tons of cones of threads - Needles - Scissors - Ruler for ruler work - Etc. I'm asking $15,000 OBO, and I'm in Springfield, Ohio. Purchaser is responsible for pick-up, and we'd be happy to help you load everything. If you're interested or have any questions, shoot me an email at: thequiltingchamp@gmail.com.
  15. 1 point
    NHDeb

    Outstretched

    That's really striking! Nice job!
  16. 1 point
    srichardson

    Outstretched

    Love it!
  17. 1 point
    LibbyG

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

    You did a great job with the lettering. When I retired from school, I kept my bulletin board letters and use them. If I need a different size I print them from the computer, paste them on file folders and save them.
  18. 1 point
    Gail O

    Memory Lane

    Beautiful! Your work is always such a pleasure to see. Thank you for sharing Libby!
  19. 1 point
    Gail O

    Outstretched

    Beauty! Nice work on the woodgrain.
  20. 1 point
    IBQLTN2

    Dresden Plate

    Beautiful.
  21. 1 point
    Battynurse

    Leader Grips SOLD

    Leader grips I purchased for my Ult II. I used them for a while but never loved them. I know there are some who like them though. They’re for a 10 foot table. The website says they are $89 (I’m pretty sure I paid more). If someone wants them I’d sell for $25 plus shipping.
  22. 1 point
    RunningThreads

    Track lighting above long arm?

    Matt Sparrow posted an inexpensive light system many years ago. I would use led shop light instead of the fluorescent lamps as they are only slightly more money. On the set I made for the Millie I also used a wireless outlet switch and velcroed the remote to the power advance switch box. When I got it to my liking I took the pipe outside and sprayed it flat black to match the table. https://manquilter.wordpress.com/2009/09/23/new-lighting-for-2009-apqs-millennium/ Nigel
  23. 1 point
    Alie

    2014 Lucey with 12 ft Blissed Table

    Hi. Can you please give a reason why on this ad you say that you're not particularly interested in longarm quilting and would prefer to do woodworking, as well, you are moving south (paraphrasing) while on an Innova 22 ad on this forum you say that you want to sell your Lucey so you can buy an Innova 22. These comments contradict each other. Are you unhappy with the performance of the Lucey? Why do you want an Innova 22 when you say you don't really like longarm quilting?
  24. 1 point
  25. 1 point
    ffq-lar

    What is taxable??

    Laws vary from state to state, so Janette gives great advice. I charge state sales tax for everything, including labor.