Sue E.

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  1. I don't know of any "not so expensive auto quilting system" but I have an IntelliQuilter and I love it. I originally had a CompuQuilter for over 10 years and loved it. I then purchased a QuiltPath and I found it difficult to use and it couldn't do many of the things I wanted it to do. I never liked it and found it not suitable for me. I then purchased the IQ and wouldn't consider any other brand. They have the panto only version and the Classic version. I have the Classic and love all the features including no-sew zones, echoing, line path, and lots and lots more. Check them out.
  2. Trudie, there is a facebook group - Friends Using IQ (IntelliQuilter) - that is extremely helpful. Someone there should be able to help you out. There is also a new site (not facebook) - http://iq-machine-quilting-academy.heysummit.com which is wonderful. Check them out.
  3. @Heywyre , take a look at some of these quilts. They might give you an idea of what to do. https://www.google.com/search?q=mexican+stars+quilt&client=safari&rls=en&sxsrf=ALeKk02HiodTqFLGH_we7GG7sLFqkK8NDA:1597454402972&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=GlDSQsu0uvu4XM%2CHRPER0cY3UtCBM%2C_&vet=1&usg=AI4_-kRn_wwHZaqA8FDyXsKmLonN0UThmQ&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjPoe-xhZzrAhUTO30KHcNtA2oQ9QEwAHoECAQQIA&biw=1753&bih=1256#imgrc=GlDSQsu0uvu4XM
  4. Definitely do something more challenging. This quilt has some great open spaces that are shouting for fun quilting. Do a google search to see how others have quilted this quilt. I love your colors and your piecing.
  5. Get in touch with Zoltan at IntelliQuilter.com They are now supporting the CompuQuilter.
  6. Are you talking about using the Intelliquilter computer? If so, it sounds like when you set up your layout, you didn't tell it to stop and tie off at the end of the row so you can realign, etc.. This sounds like it is set to continuous which will automatically sew a straight line to the start of the next row. When you go to the sew screen and you select your rows to quilt, you should get a screen asking how you want the transition to be set.
  7. Yes, that is correct. You can get an IQ for your Millie. I have an IQ with my Millie and love it!
  8. Trudie, I'm not sure why you need a magnetic release system. When I had my CompuQuilter, there was a button on the screen you could set to bring the carriage to you to change the bobbin. When you were finished changing the bobbin, you would hit it again and it would return the carriage to the location where it was when you stopped it. I haven't had my CQ for quite a few years now, but I didn't have to release the cable for each new row/bobbin change. Maybe someone who has used the CQ more recently can chime in here.
  9. Wow! Your quilting is fantastic. I love orange. This entire butterfly quilt is gorgeous.
  10. Barb, I was talking directly to Dawn Cavanaugh who was talking with the Grace Company to get the answers for me. Yes, she mentioned that the hardware would be supported but that was basically it. When I had the QP, there were many hardware problems that were not getting fixed. Also, when the people in the group, tell you to send your design to the "sew page" and then go get a cup of coffee while the system works, I found this system to be far from useful. As I mentioned, I was one of the early owners and I would hope things have been fixed by now. I was also very discouraged when it was sugges
  11. This is only my experience and opinion. Please do your own research. I had one of the older Quilt Paths with the older Surface Pro tablets installed on my Millie. I bought the QP from a dealer who used it as a demo. (I originally owned a CompuQuilter for about 9-10 years and was happy with it until the company went out of business). I found the QP was extremely slow and crashed constantly. If any dust or lint got onto the drive belts, the system wouldn't track accurately and I would spend more time trying to realign and ripping out stitches. Even though I was told by the dealer I wouldn'
  12. Terry, I am very much a traditional-type quilting gal. However, I think this piece is fantastic. Your quilting is absolutely amazing. Congratulations on being juried into the show. This piece is simply amazing!
  13. Here's a link to their website. This might help you. I had this software years ago and loved it. I upgraded to Art and Stitch which is easier to use and offers more features but it is more expensive. https://pre-designstudio.com
  14. Wow! Your quilting is fantastic. I don't think you need to practice - you nailed it! Yes, you can practice on customer quilts anytime.
  15. Trudie, do you have the Art and Stitch software program ( http://artandstitch.com ). If you do, you can convert the designs there. If not, it is a process. It has been years since I've had my CompuQuilter, but I would have to take the dxf file into a cad software program (I think it was AutoSketch or AutoDesk or something like that). Also, I believe Ellen Munnich's software, ProQ Designer ( http://pqdesigner.com/index.htm ) could convert the dxf files into cqp files. Good luck!
  16. Great team. Great quilt. Great quilting. What is the name of the panto. I think I need this for my QOVs!
  17. The IQ does the stitch regulation. You set the stitch speed/length. I have a Millie and I have to be sure my stitch regulator is turned off - machine is not beeping. Kueser, I think you are referring to the IQ asking you to set the speed when you first start the sewing process. ORNurse56, I would think that most computerized systems would take care of the stitch regulation, but it would be best to check with the company that manufactures the computer system that you are interested in.
  18. Pamela, you will lose several inches when rolling such a large quilt. When I decide what size to make my panto, I look at the design in "true size" and measure it. You can then determine how it will look on the quilt - measure the quilt and see if you like the size. I probably would size the panto at 12" or less. Also, check your density. Also, "puff" batting will take up more space on the take-up roller than a thinner batting such as Warm and Natural or Hobbs 80/20.
  19. I originally had a 2005 Millie and table. In 2008, APQS came out with a new light and a better location for their on/off switch. I upgraded my head and kept my 2005 table. I don't know about the newest machines, but I assume the head would fit on any table. My system is not blissed as I am computerized and don't do any free-motion quilting and decided I didn't need to spend the money to get the bliss rails. I still have my 2005 table and my 2008 Millie head.
  20. In addition to what Charmaine stated, also be aware of how big the quilt itself is. As you roll the quilt onto the take-up roller, you will lose a little quilting space. Make sure you give yourself enough room to complete the last couple of rows. I decide what size panto I want to do by the quilt itself. Some sizes are just too big for the piecing and will not look just right. Conversely, you don't want to make a panto too small either.
  21. Wow! These are so cute but your quilting is absolutely fantastic. Great job!