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  1. 30 points

    Wish list

    The longarmers wish list. A wonderful, well-made and well-supported longarm. *check* A warm, dry, cheerful place to put this marvel. *check* A group of customers who are talented, creative, generous, and appreciative. *check* Another group of "sharers and carers" online who are accessible, giving, encouraging, and friendly. *check* Time enough to practice, experiment, and search for innovations. *check* A family who "gets it" and appreciates my efforts. *check* I guess I don't need anything for Christmas this year---I'm living the longarmers dream!
  2. 23 points
    Over the last year, these are the things I've learned ... I cannot sneeze and stipple at the same time. Backing loaded right side up does not look near as good on the back of a quilt as a backing loaded wrong side up. If you wear long sleeves, make sure your seam ripper or scissors are close to the head of the machine … just in case you sew your sleeve to the quilt while getting in those odd positions holding a ruler. A bug landing in spikey grey hair while FMQ can cause a 14” unwanted stitched line across a quilt that does not necessarily match the stitching pattern. Eyeballing a straight line does not mean the stitched line will be straight – use your channel locks. Changing a needle because you are having stitching and tension problems and putting the needle in backwards will not correct the stitching problems. Loading a quilt backing, batting and top on TOP of the leveler bar (instead of underneath it) will create stitching problems and tucks in your backing. QuiltPath does what you tell it to … not what you intend for it to do. When a customer says, “oh, just do what you want”, that’s not always what they mean. When a more experienced quilter tells you, “practice, practice, practice”… that IS what they mean! I have the best machine on the market today. APQS sales and service can’t be beat! This “family” on the forum is the greatest teacher I’ve found … no matter what question I have, someone is always ready with an answer. I learn so much reading your posts and seeing your pics. THANK YOU! I’m proud to be an APQS owner!
  3. 20 points
    This is the first time I'm on here since my surgery in February. I'm doing well - not 100% but getting there. After no risk factors, I was diagnosed with invasive lobular carcinoma in early January. My oncologist told me I shouldn't have gotten cancer - but I did. My breast cancer ended up being stage 2 and was hidden in the mammogram because of dense breast tissue. Thankfully I was sent for an ultrasound at the same time, which caught it because I couldn't feel anything! Know your breast density girls and it you have heterogeneously dense or extremely dense breasts , talk to your doctor for additional screening - it could save your life! It did mine!! Thankfully no chemo is in the future for me - but 10 years on hormone therapy. I also have 1 maybe 2 more surgeries to finish the reconstruction process. I actually sat at my sewing machine last week and sewed for the first time in months. This week I'm going to load one of my quilts on my long arm frame to quilt it to see how I can handle standing and working all day. I need to get back to work for something to do and also for the income! Thanks for all the prayers ! Support cancer research - there WILL be cures in the future!
  4. 17 points
    Just stopping in to share some progress as I'm so pleased with this so far! Don't you love quilts where every stitch has you thrilled and excited to move on to the next portion? It's so quiet around here as of late, where have all my quilting pals gone? 20151021_215011 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 20151021_232504 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr 20151021_232431 by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
  5. 17 points
    Quilting Heidi

    Maddie sewing

    It was my weekend with Madison and I had lots of sewing to do. Maddie was excited to get started on a quilt. We started it months and months ago but only got in an hour or two. I usually get it started and then let her sew the seam but I'm right by her side. Well what a difference a few months makes! This time I set up my 2nd machine, showed her once what to do, lowered the sewing speed and let her go. She was doing it all, lining up the 2 1/2" strips, starting, ending, the whole bit. She sewed 27 sets together and only had to unsew the last one. She begged to go back down to "our" sewing room after dinner so she could work more. When I told her it was time to stop she begged to be able to do one more! LOL Yes I think I've created a monster. It was wonderful that I could actually get my sewing done too but I had to share my pressing surface much quicker between units then I expected. LOL The goal is to make a chevron quilt so next step will be to cut the squares and sew them back together. She is a natural. She raised the sewing speed many times as it was "just too slow for her." LOL yup she is my niece.
  6. 16 points

    Moroccan Vibe-ish

    It must be picture day today! I just finished binding this quilt I finished quilting right before Christmas. Yesterday was finally dry enough with a little break through light in the clouds so ran outside for pictures. This quilt is a takeoff of the SKOW Moroccan Vibe, enlarged to fit our bed to 96”x 117. This was the quilt I asked so many questions here about double batting and hopping foot height etc. It was certainly a learning experience in so many ways. Quilted on Lenni.
  7. 16 points
    A new camera. My Millie will be returning to the mother ship in January for a check-up so I'm excited to re-do the studio. A gift to myself will be new windows, paint, deep-cleaned carpet, new leaders, rearranging storage, and sorting out stuff to donate. I may be selling some design books and will be culling my old quilting magazines. And I'm thinking of turning the frame around in the room. Wheee--my life is nothing but excitement!!!
  8. 15 points

    Surf Song Bargello

    Just off my quilt frame this week, "Surf Song" bargello. From the book Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts by Eileen Wright. Needed a king size quilt for my bed and instead of adding borders to make a king sized "Surf Song" I kept building the bargello to the edges. I quilted it with IQ and the panto Ripples by Lorien Quilting. I will make coordinating batik pillowcases and of course still need to bind the beast!! Robin in MT
  9. 15 points
    I'm always stressing to business owners to listen to their customers and find ways to stay within their budget while also providing pretty stitching. This customer said--don't do too much. That translated to me as one of these things-- the budget was limited/ she wasn't in love with the top and didn't want something extravagant on it/ it was a gift for an acquaintance/ or she has seen how I "go overboard" and wanted to avoid that! This is a medium-size wallhanging made with geese and lots of half-square triangles--all of a good size. The HSTs are 6 inches square. There is some applique where she plans to add 3D flowers. This was my approach. The HSTs were treated as squares with a CC design that had an added leaf and echo. The triangles and squares were marked into larger squares so a leafy-wreath fit, and five wreaths fit in an L-shape piecing area. The geese (which aren't shown) were also marked into squares so the same CC design could be stitched--they were all the same size. All the blocks were "super-sized" regarding stitching--stitching all the individual pieces would have been much more expensive so I ignored some of the seams while still honoring the piecing. Applique blocks had the background stippled, a narrow border split into two colors got small leaves on one and swirls on the second. She was thrilled with my "restraint" and loved the subtle stitching. And it wasn't very expensive. This can translate into a customer bringing you more tops. Just wanted to share the thought process and decision-making. Link to a photo. https://www.flickr.com/photos/larech/17147411905/
  10. 15 points

    New Quilt

    Took a while for me to switch longarm brands and feel confident. Loving every minute on my Millie now....this is the work that is in progress and almost done...
  11. 15 points

    Sampler quilt

    Here's a sampler quilt with alternate chains blocks just finished. She didn't want "regular feathers" so we opted for these scroll-y ones. She liked it a lot. Thanks for looking!
  12. 14 points
    Quilting Heidi

    NQR Madison story

    Hi All, Just got the news that BIL has finally been awarded custody of niece Madison! Many of you have been following this story for almost 6 years now. I don't know the details of the award yet. The lawyers office called to tell him he had won custody and they would be mailing the 30 pg document, with 8 pages of stipulations, most of them against the mother according to the secretary. She told him that it definitely didn't go in her mother's favor. Thank you all for your prayers over the years. She still needs them but I'm hopeful that her parents can move on and just help her grow into the best woman she can. I know that is probably naive but I'm hopeful! Thanks again for all your prayers!
  13. 14 points

    Christmas Alphabet panel

    I just finished something for myself!! Yay! It's a panel that's been hanging in my studio for several years and I finally found time to quilt it. It's Nancy Halvorsen's Christmas Alphabet. Just needs some binding and a place to hang. I outlined everything with BottomLine gold, used matching thread to stitch the fillers, and had a ball! Wool batting makes a huge difference. Here's the link---arrow right for detail shots and thanks for looking! https://www.flickr.com/photos/larech/15728531216/
  14. 14 points

    Death by quilting

    This one has been on the frame for way too long. I pushed myself to finish it last night and am so relieved it's finally done. The border was done using IQ - this pattern was a bear to line up. I'll give it back to my client at guild on Thursday and she'll have it ready for the guild show Oct 3-4. No ribbons at our show, and I don't think it's really ribbon-worthy elsewhere, except, perhaps for the appliqué quality. I hope my client likes it. I'm exhausted.
  15. 14 points
    10325230_791666954179893_8694798302638438359_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr Just Sharing an in progress photo of the client quilt I'm working on now - this is just a small snippet - but I'm thrilled with it! The quilt is 120" x 120" so we're talking a postage stamp portion of the quilt - but I am just tickled to death so I had to share. Hope all of our Mothers on the board are having a wonderful Mother's Day!
  16. 14 points

    Quilting is a Funny Business

    Last year was a bomb as far as quilting for others is concerned. I think I told you I had not one surgery but two! Well, now my phone is ringing off the wall. I am also teaching classes! Isn't that wonderful. If you have been praying for me I want to thank you so much. God is good, Family is good, Friends are good, Life is good, I love you guys!
  17. 13 points

    Where are you Linda Rech?

    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
  18. 13 points

    How much do I love my APQS?

    While dropping off tax stuff today, we got to talking about longarm machines. My tax lady and her assistant are both quilters. Assistant mentions that a mutual friend has purchased another brand of machine, and that she has yet another brand. Assistant ask me about the warranty on APQS machines. Such fun to watch her jaw drop when I told her that our machines have a lifetime warranty. Gotta love APQS!
  19. 13 points
    I pulled the last quilt off of Edna today (happy dance). I am way behind on sharing pictures, but here are a few I thought you might enjoy. This is a musical throw. Customer wanted some additional musical motifs. I used Glide to keep the gold going in the fabrics. Betty's musical throw by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr This is an eye spy quilt I made for my grandson's second birthday. I spy by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr And...a tree skirt. I put way too much work into it for the money, but like how it turned out. Judy's Tree Skirt by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr Thanks for looking.
  20. 13 points
    Congratulations to all those ladies who sent me a block for this swap in January 2012. I had made my quilt into a top in 2013 during a quilt retreat and put it away as the theme for my Queensland Quilters Inc show this year was "One Block". I quilted the quilt in January this year and entered into our state Royal Agricultural Show. It came second in its category but has taken out the Best Machine Quilting Award. My very first Best of Award. So thank you to all the participants for helping me to make this happen.
  21. 13 points
    After two months of non-stop interruptions and holiday travel fun... I've finally turned our 12x24 shed into "Studio Q ...for Quilting" As you can see I had quite the challenge and still don't have a clue where to put all this stuff. ...but Michelle said, it's not going in here!!! Today the Millennium gets put together and we're spending our Rockin' NYE right here practicing.
  22. 13 points
    I was admiring a blue-ribbon winning quilt with the artist present, and congratulated Tomoko Endo for her talent and winning ribbon. She speaks no English and simply smiled and bowed. I was touched that she came so far to get such a great award for her untold hours of work. I wondered about her life--how she planned her quilts, what her family was like and if they appreciated her efforts and didn't begrudge her the time she spent on her art. Then I noticed about 15 feet away a man standing against a light pole and watching her intently across the space. His name-tag identified him as her husband, I assumed. I watched him as he watched her. There was no expression on his face--just calm. Then, as a crowd gathered around her, he took out his camera and began taking photos of her and her admirers. I couldn't resist taking a photo of him--the calm man proudly taking pictures of his dear wife. Isn't that great? http://www.flickr.com/photos/larech/10679899913/
  23. 13 points

    What a surprise!

    I can't believe this one but it sure did make me feel good about a quilt. I did a custom quilt and wasn't sure if the customer would like it and she picked it up Saturday and they were so pleased with it they gave me $100.00 tip!!! Can you belive it? The money is very nice but I was more happy that she liked it. It was a hard one to do had 8" too much in one border and 5" in another but yah it's done. Sorry I am still in the sky but I had to share it really boosted my day. Thanks for listening.
  24. 13 points
    Finished this one a while ago, Just had trouble posting pictures to the forum. Let's see if I can post now,....... WhooHooo!!!!! Look what I did!!! (Thank you APQS for making this easier!!) This quilt was a Joy to work on. Meticulously pieced and lots of room to Play. The best part was, She said, "...do what you want, It's for show and I trust you...." This was the first time I had quilted for her!!!! I used Quilters Dream Wool on top with a layer of Dream Blend on the bottom. Glide Threads on the Top and Magna Classics on the Back! When I work on a quilt like this, I like to just load and go. This one was a bit differant. I used Renea's Rays to Mark the Arcs. I loaded the quilt and decided what to do from there. When it came to stitching out the arcs, My Hands could not hold the Rulers, So I went to my GO TO Tool. I pulled out the Hartley Fence and Easily made the Arcs. (I really love the Hartley Fence) I was a bit stumped for what to do in the Outer Turquoise Sashing, So I left it til the end. I used my Itty Bitty ruler and marked off the Triangle Sections, went back and filled in with Feathers on one side Then on the other side, did simple CC's in the remaining Sections!!!! She Loved it!!! Thanks for Looking
  25. 12 points
    Well my version of Wild and Goosey is off the frame and ready for the binding. I have not counted the pieces yet but there is a S....t load. I love how the black and white helps showcase all the different colors .I was able to make a border using the same block and changing some colors. I am very happy with the final quilt. Thanks for looking Here is a close up it is hard to take pictures on the black.
  26. 12 points
    Ann Wight

    Clothesline Quilt

    I just took this little orphan block quilt off the frame and bound it. I was given several bags of stash and blocks from a lady that passed away several years ago. Her daughter is an acquaintance of mine and recently her husband was killed in an boating accident. I made this for her from the last of her Mom's orphan blocks. More of the story and photos on my blog. http://bunkhousequilts.blogspot.com/2017/07/clothesline-quilt-is-done.html
  27. 12 points
    Wow!!! I just LOVE this Customer Quilt!!!! It is a smaller wallhanging,... but boy does it pack a Punch!!! The COLOR! {my Favorite} The Embroidery {Wow! Just Wow!!} I used a double layer of Quilters Dream Wool to give it a nice loft. Then of Course,... Glide Thread in Prickly Pear and Cerulean,.... I kinda plan as I go,... so let this one just speak to me. I knew I wanted to break up the space to really add some texture Of course,... I had to throw in some featherwork! Continuous Curve in the Turquoise squares,.... Pebbling,.. Stippling, and McTavishing,... Oh,... and continuous straight line work in the outer border to frame out the whole piece!!! Will be shipping this one back home to Florida,... Like they say on Flip or Flop,.... Time to start a new project!!!!
  28. 12 points
    T Row Studio

    I won.....

    My 365 houses quilt won the top prize at our local Quilt show this week-end. I am so excited I have never won a ribbon for my quilts. I got a second in the medium quilt category then won Viewers Choice for that same quilt. I also was recognized for the quilting on another quilt that won first place ribbon in the medium quilt category. This is all very exciting for me. Thank-you for listening to me Ramble...Maybe a glass of wine is in order...LOL
  29. 12 points
    Little House Creations

    Vintage Hankie Quilt

    This is a different quilt - made with a selection of Vintage Hankies . . . my customer had most of them, and shared a few stories about some of them. She is adding vintage buttons to the flap of each hankie, and in the center of the pinwheels. This quilt is going to be a gift to her granddaughter when she graduates next year. Quilting was freehand swirls and flowers in the sashings and border, cross-hatching in the hankies and swirls around the hankies.
  30. 12 points
    RoseCity Quilter

    Gooseberry Garden Quilt

    I finished this little quilt today. It was pieced by my hubby, Roger. I did the appliqué. Pattern is a discontinued Judy Niemeyer pattern called Gooseberry Garden. Gooseberry Garden by -RoseCity Quilter- Gooseberry Garden by -RoseCity Quilter- Gooseberry Garden by -RoseCity Quilter- Gooseberry Garden by -RoseCity Quilter-
  31. 12 points


    This is a Jackie Robinson quilt done for a customer. I used Hobbs 80/20 and So Fine thread. A big THANK YOU to CINDY THOMPSON who posted her finished Eureka that was my inspiration for the quilting designs. I didn't use the cross hatching, because of the cost. But I loved the design in the white space she created. Eureka by LibbyG7, on Flickr Eureka (6) by LibbyG7, on Flickr Eureka (5) by LibbyG7, on Flickr Eureka (3) by LibbyG7, on Flickr
  32. 12 points
    K. Szymaszek

    wall hanger

    Here is a recent finish. I had tried to chaulk and free hand the woven area, but quickly decided it needed to be better than I could do. I started looking for a wave template, then remembered Linda Rech mentioned that her DH Dennis could make up templates. They were both great. Dennis made me up a sample, then his laser went out. He then sent me that one so I could finish my project. When I got my template, it had my name on it. So cool. Thanks to both. Thanks also to those who gave me suggestions for the quilting. This quilt has QD Request supplied by customer with 1/2 thickness od QD Wool and So-Fine thread. Thanks for looking, K
  33. 12 points

    Please learn from my mistakes.

    So, it's nearing the end of the day, you are getting tired, but are SO close to finishing this quilt that has been on your machine for way too long. "Come on baby. Just a little bit more." So the thread broke, we can finish this tonight. I'm not that tired. One thing leads to another, and then you've done something really stupid, like trying to stitch with the needle threaded, but no bobbin thread. Then it gets ugly. I get that mess cleaned up, and my first thought is "Well heck. Got that taken care of, let's finish this after all!" Even though you've been telling yourself and your machine that you're going to quit as soon as you get things back together. I was able to talk myself out of that idea, and instead am upstairs working on finishing another easy project. Let me tell you though, if I screw this up, I'm going to have a nap!
  34. 12 points

    Owl quilt

    Daughter wanted a nested owl quilt by Adornit. Only problem it was a baby quilt pattern and she wanted it for a queen size bed. So this is what she is getting.
  35. 11 points

    Letter from Himself (RitaR's husband)

    Rita and Roland visiting Dennis and me in 2009.
  36. 11 points

    Ideas anyone?

    Thanks for all of the ideas, they really helped. Here is the finished quilt.
  37. 11 points

    Scrap Quilt

    Marjorie, an 88 year old, pieced this quilt last year. She wanted me to quilt it with feathers. Since she didn't use cornerstones, it was hard for her to keep the blocks straight and in line. So Fine on top and Bottom Line in the bobbin. Hobb 80/20. scrap (4) by Libby G, on Flickr scrap by Libby G, on Flickr scrap (2) by Libby G, on Flickr scrap (5) by Libby G, on Flickr
  38. 11 points
    Mary Beth

    Had to race for home after work

    I have been watching the tracking on some Circle Lord templates, because they are coming in on a "need to know" status. My husband doesn't need to know About 2:20 pm I get a text message telling me that he is going to try to get off work at 3:00 PM today. WHY? WHY?? WHY???? Ugh!!! I get off at 3 pm too. I was sweating bullets for about 45 minutes. I checked the tracking....yep....delivered!!! As I was walking to my car, I sent him a quick text....So, ya getting off work early? Waiting.....waiting....running to the car.....Then the message comes in....No, something came up....I have to stay at work. Whew.....See, I don't need to go to the gym, my heart rate goes up quite fast.
  39. 11 points
    Our charity group paper pieced this and all the fabric was given to to us with Superior Fantastico number 5003 using Jessica Schirk's Curly Feathers with Quilt Path. 20160416_100445 by Dell Dunman, on Flickr There are more photos over on Flickr. Thanks for lookinig.
  40. 11 points

    exhibition piece

    Here is one I finished that will become part of a vendor booth at Dallas Quilt show next weekend.
  41. 11 points
    Anne from Guam

    Hunter's Star in Aqua

    Here is a customer quilt I finished last week. It was really fun! Her Aqua fabric is Fairy Frost by Michael Miller and it is Aqua and pale purple.
  42. 11 points

    It Just Made Me Feel Good

    A little background first. I have some of the nicest neighbors. There are 3 of us that retired the same year. One is a few years younger than I am and one is a few years older than I am. A couple of times a week we meet in the middle of the street and solve the worlds problems. Last year when I had my heart attack and open heart surgery, I couldn't mow the grass and my two neighbors wouldn't let me hire someone to do it for me. They mowed my grass every week for about 2 months until the doctors said I was able to do it again. Since I wasn't allowed to pick up more than 5 lbs (everything weighs more than 5 lbs) Mike would come over and take out my garbage, change the litter box and do any lifting that needed to be done. My wife has had 4 shoulder surgeries and can't pick up much since her shoulder is in such bad shape. So one day last week Mike and his wife Suzi came over to see my new quilting garage. I've slowly been moving things in and decorating. I'm now in the process of putting up shelves and organizing my stash. Suzi saw some of the quilts I've done and especially liked the memory quilt I made for my wife. I had scanned pictures she chose and made the quilt using an Ohio Star pattern. She also designed the designs she wanted quilted. So Suzi asked me if I would make her a memory quilt like that. Mike asked how much. Will $500 take care of it? I said, "$500 for what?" He said to make her a quilt like that. As I said they have been so good to us so I said, "I'll tell you what".....before I could say anything else Mike says, "Now don't start that....we will pay you for the quilt...just tell me how much." I said, "Just pay for all of the supplies and let's just go from there." I would really like to do a quilt for them to pay them back for their goodness and it would give me more practice on my machine without costing me anything. Mike said again, "you are not doing it for free." It just made me feel good that they thought my piecing and quilting was good enough that they would pay me to make one for them. David
  43. 11 points

    my new toy

    My new sewing machine finally arrived. I swear I've been going through withdrawal for a week. It is a cadillac among machines. Needle threader, thread cutter, knee lift, built in monogramming, 21 quilting stitches, 38 decorative stitches, free motion quilting and embroidery stitches, and 15 buttonholes (I have no idea why). Also came with a huge quilting base, which will not fit on my table. I guess i need a new table now.
  44. 11 points

    carpenter's quilt

    Thought I would add a photo of what I have been doing. I have the Ult 11, and this is my first quilt with the hartley fence. Have not clipped threads, or bound yet. King size, glide thread and prewound bobbins. poly batting. Thanks for looking. Shirley
  45. 11 points
    Quilting Heidi

    Fantastic Thursday

    I'm surprised to see nobody has started this thread. For once I have something to share. This is next up on my frame, I just finished piecing it tonight. This is a baby quilt for a new grand-nephew (how does that happen) due in July. I'm excited to get it quilted. I'm more excited that tomorrow if Friday!!!! I have had a very rough couple of weeks at the day job and I'm ready for the weekend.
  46. 11 points

    Mary's Pineapple Quilt

    This is Mary's quilt and has taken me a WHOLE week to quilt! All freehand and using Lisa Calle's ruler for the diamonds and 1/4 inch crosshatching. There are a bunch of pictures on flickr. 019 by delld1964, on Flickr Dream Cotton batting and metro thread matching top and bottom! Thanks for looking and have a great day and stay WARM!!!! Our high here in FLA will be 39!!!! 026 by delld1964, on Flickr
  47. 11 points

    Reference to UFO Quilt

    With all the wonderful comments and encouragement, I am embarking on a new endeavor. My quilt and pattern (design) has been sold to a well know publishing company. I want to thank all of you for inspiring me to start this new quilting chapter.
  48. 11 points

    Quilt with the swirly star

    This pretty quilt just went home to it's mother yesterday. I can't remember where I saw this star done, Jamie Wallen maybe? Whoever it was, I thank them for posting so I could learn how to do this. I started with a terry twist all around and then went around again with the swirl. Click on the picture to go to flicker. DSCN1512 by chrisquilt00, on Flickr DSCN1508 by chrisquilt00, on Flickr DSCN1507 by chrisquilt00, on Flickr
  49. 11 points
    90x90. Was the start of Doodlebug (shannon's) 30's block swap, but she didnt get it done in time. So, she encorporated her 1930's ladies she embroidered and colored in. Enjoy! I DID IT!!!!! Posted altogether!
  50. 11 points
    This is a customer quilt that was hard to let go back to the owner! She did a wonderful job of machine applique. I was honored to have been able to quilt it for her. She said she made red velvet pillows to go with it on her 100 year old bed. Every day I worked on it, it made me smile.