pumpkinpatchquilter

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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from anicatt in Day Three and Quilt Two   
    OH you smart girl you!! Good advice...so many things are on my mind because it is so new I didn't even think of that!!! DUH!!! I generally mark where I want my feathers when I'm quilting any other time on the domestic...hahahaha. It's kind of like driving for the first time..."seat belt, check! Rear view mirror adjust check! Keys...where's my keys...." THANK YOU!!
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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in Quilt Four and I'm Seeing Improvement! :)   
    I just finished this top - it's my fourth since getting my machine. I'm so excited! I can see such a huge improvement. Those feathers are still a struggle but these are worlds better and I think just forcing myself to do them even if they are ugly is the trick.
    I also need to plan where they start a little better. I'm getting there, thrilled to see the improvement!
    What would you do for your quilts - would you use a more blending thread for the feathers? I love the texture of this thread for the paisley but the feathers...ugh...would a different thread help? I used Isacord - I have two or three shades of So Fine! but nothing dark enough to really blend in...maybe I should have waited.



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    pumpkinpatchquilter reacted to dlnewell in Third Quilt Done!!!   
    Congratulations on your third quilt! I have some of that striped fabric in my stash too .
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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from Parm in Third Quilt Done!!!   
    Well - I've finished three quilts now and I've had my long arm for six days! Lol* Quilt number two wasn't the best - but it really helped me gain control of my machine. I'm feeling much better and you can already see the improvement. I LOVE THIS!!!


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    pumpkinpatchquilter reacted to iquiltit in Third Quilt Done!!!   
    on my 2006 millie there are four black knobs. unscrew those and gently pull the handles out and tighten those screws under the handles. reassemble and that should be it. Carol
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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from meg in Third Quilt Done!!!   
    Well - I've finished three quilts now and I've had my long arm for six days! Lol* Quilt number two wasn't the best - but it really helped me gain control of my machine. I'm feeling much better and you can already see the improvement. I LOVE THIS!!!


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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in First Quilt Done on My Long Arm   
    Just wanted to post a picture for some of the pals I've made on here so far to show my very first quilt done on my "new to me" Ultimate 1. Nothing fancy yet, but I'm thrilled to be quilting round circles instead of squares! I discovered why long armers want that additional backing fabric (I ran into the clips more than once!) and am learning to plan ahead because I don't have any stitch regulation. All in all, this was done the day after my long arm came home so I am ecstatic!!!
    Looks like my pictures are super big so I can only show one, but there are more on my blog if you'd like to see the stitches up close - pumpkinpatchquilter.blogspot.com
    Yay!

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    pumpkinpatchquilter reacted to JudithWashburnQuiltStudo in New Long Armer and First Customer Quilts   
    Pumpkinpatch,
    Thank you for the kind words. Remember - Dr. charge you to practice their knowledge all the time. See how much they charge. Then your knowledge should not be given away either. It takes a lot of PRACTICE and you have to charge for your knowledge.
    Happy Quilting!!!!!
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    pumpkinpatchquilter reacted to Ty quilter in Please Tell Me It Gets Better!!!   
    I also started on my DM machine. I just had to find a good rhythm. My longarm does not have a stitch regulator either. It does just take practice. If I am quilting in smaller spaces or it is a more intricate design, I slow down the speed. I have had people who have seen my quilting say that they can't believe I don't have a stitch regulator. Put a practice quilt on, have a glass of wine and go for it!
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    pumpkinpatchquilter reacted to jandcembroidery in Please Tell Me It Gets Better!!!   
    I installed a stitch regulator on my DM when I was using it. It only slowed and sped up as I moved, never came to a complete stop. My Freedom that I just got dosen't have a stitch regulator on it. I've been told by people that have used stitch regulator that they prefer without and had better results. Some even mentioned the faster their machine was set the better the flow they had. I plan to master without myself. The great work you did on the blog pictures prior to longarm, you will do awesome work.
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    pumpkinpatchquilter reacted to Quilting Heidi in Day Three and Quilt Two   
    Thank you!!! I truly appreciate this. I think the biggest hurdle to overcome for me is going to be planning ahead. I have no stitch regulation and I just need to know where I'm going before I go. I am so grateful for your help and everyone on this forum. I honestly might have passed on this particular long arm if there wasn't a place like this to come and ask questions and get inspiration!
    I often mark a chalk line just to show my path, use school chalk, and then the thinking is out of it for me.
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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from Heritage Keepsakes in First Quilt Done on My Long Arm   
    Just wanted to post a picture for some of the pals I've made on here so far to show my very first quilt done on my "new to me" Ultimate 1. Nothing fancy yet, but I'm thrilled to be quilting round circles instead of squares! I discovered why long armers want that additional backing fabric (I ran into the clips more than once!) and am learning to plan ahead because I don't have any stitch regulation. All in all, this was done the day after my long arm came home so I am ecstatic!!!
    Looks like my pictures are super big so I can only show one, but there are more on my blog if you'd like to see the stitches up close - pumpkinpatchquilter.blogspot.com
    Yay!

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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from meg in First Quilt Done on My Long Arm   
    Just wanted to post a picture for some of the pals I've made on here so far to show my very first quilt done on my "new to me" Ultimate 1. Nothing fancy yet, but I'm thrilled to be quilting round circles instead of squares! I discovered why long armers want that additional backing fabric (I ran into the clips more than once!) and am learning to plan ahead because I don't have any stitch regulation. All in all, this was done the day after my long arm came home so I am ecstatic!!!
    Looks like my pictures are super big so I can only show one, but there are more on my blog if you'd like to see the stitches up close - pumpkinpatchquilter.blogspot.com
    Yay!

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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from jandcembroidery in Smooth fluid motion???   
    So glad you posted this! My Ultimate I came home yesterday and I've been playing nonstop trying to get that elusive free flowing movement. I had very boxy square circles too. I was really discouraged at first thinking "crap, I spent thousands of dollars on this and my free motion looks a million times better on my domestic!" It's getting better and I'm feeling a lot more confident today as I've made a few changes that have helped. Mine came on a 14 ft. frame with a plexi table - I found when I removed the plexiglass I had a HUGE improvement. Mine came also with Edgerider wheels but I think a couple of them may be on too tight. My Dad is headed over tomorrow with some tools. I was fortunate enough to get the original DVD that came with my 14 year old machine and even with reading up on here I learned quite a bit from that.
    I'll be keeping up with your progress and what you learn...I think we're kind of in the same boat with having "new to us" used machines!!!
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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in New Long Armer and First Customer Quilts   
    Thank you so much, I truly appreciate the advice.
    Judith I love your ideas and I think you are absolutely right on about giving her an invoice showing what it would have cost. This is totally where I was coming from with not wanting to get in this habit of quilting for free even though I'm a new long armer. While I may be new to my long arm I have been quilting for many years and put a lot of time and effort into my chosen art and I think that's worth something. I get where people see me as a newcomer compared to the other established long armers in the area and I don't want to right off the bat be associated with cheaper or lower quality work.
    I can't thank you enough for your advice - this has really eased my worries a bit and I think it's a great approach.
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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from Sharonarooni in New Long Armer and First Customer Quilts   
    Thank you so much, I truly appreciate the advice.
    Judith I love your ideas and I think you are absolutely right on about giving her an invoice showing what it would have cost. This is totally where I was coming from with not wanting to get in this habit of quilting for free even though I'm a new long armer. While I may be new to my long arm I have been quilting for many years and put a lot of time and effort into my chosen art and I think that's worth something. I get where people see me as a newcomer compared to the other established long armers in the area and I don't want to right off the bat be associated with cheaper or lower quality work.
    I can't thank you enough for your advice - this has really eased my worries a bit and I think it's a great approach.
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    pumpkinpatchquilter reacted to Bobbette in SOLD!!!! YAY!!! FOR SALE: APQS ULTIMATE 1   
    SOLD!!! YAY! BEING PICKED UP SUNDAY!
    Hi everybody! I've been here, but with the new forum I couldn't sign on! I've been quilting a LOT! And it's time for my new machine! SO, it's time for my next step in my quilting journey!
    FOR SALE! Fabulous APQS Ultimate 1, 14 ft table, non-stitch regulated, power advance, new leaders, extended base, Linda Rech’s awesome crosshatch rulers, black light, ergonomic handles, smooth sailin’ edgrider wheels, 2 bobbin cases, bobbins, bobbin winder, Dawn’s DVD! Buyer responsible for shipping and/or moving machine. I’ve quilted many Blue Ribbon quilts on this great machine - it’s a workhorse!
    Asking $5,500. Uniontown, OH Contact: me@bobbettes.com
    Thanks!



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    pumpkinpatchquilter reacted to whitepinesquilter in Looking to Purchase APQS Ultimate 1 or Similar Machine   
    I have an Ulti I with the added Intellistitch - me and Mabel have finally bonded. Good luck with it, and enjoy yourself!
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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from Callie_Grace in Looking to Purchase APQS Ultimate 1 or Similar Machine   
    Thank you all so much for your kind replies - all is in place to pick up my "new to me" APQS Ultimate 1 on Sunday!!! I appreciate so very much your help!!
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    pumpkinpatchquilter got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Looking to Purchase APQS Ultimate 1 or Similar Machine   
    Thank you all so much for your kind replies - all is in place to pick up my "new to me" APQS Ultimate 1 on Sunday!!! I appreciate so very much your help!!