chuckster46

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  1. Barb, Thank you for filling me in on the details. I do remember back a few months ago reading about some animals that were "mangled" in some sort of attack. Now it is all starting to come together. Sort of a swap meet by mail. lol You all have so much fun and I enjoy the good times. Hello to Lynda Rech!!! Let us know what you get in that box. Chuck
  2. The trouble with being a guy in this chat room is that you have to appear stupid once in awhile. So, I love the animals floating around the country in a box and all of the great pictures of their activity. Please give me a hint what this is all about. I think it is simply fantastic that with all of the negative stuff in the world that you can laugh and have fun with UPS and a box of what ever it is you gals are shipping around. Thanks for the fun you bring in to the world. Chuckster
  3. Anne Bright has a book out, Simply Continuous Friends. In that book you will find "Crayon Scrbbles" that I think would be perfect for your quilt. She does a meander with loops and a very good replication of a crayon. Depending on how creative you are you can buy the book and copy and make a panto or you can free motion this. There is a boarder and crayon box pattern also in the book. I took quick pics of two pages. Sorry for the poor photography.. Chuckster
  4. I had a funny noise develop in my Millie last week. It was a strange rattling noise. I took the cover off of the motor and found that the tie block that holds the cable to the IR plug on the top back side of the machine and come loose. The connector in the cable was hitting the side of the machine causing the rattling noise. I took a piece of Gorila tape and taped the cable to the motor. The noise is gone and Millie is humming again. I hope this helps. Chuck
  5. And they say men will not stop and ask for directions. Well, I did after I made the trip. lol Thank you for all of your great ideas and suggestions. I will be saving all of this good information for future projects. The Chuckster
  6. Thanks Barb! I missed this post. I will be out looking for some lights for the side of my Millie. Chuck
  7. Hey Linda! I have an overhead light bar with lights that I can rotate. I turn them up to the reflect off the ceiling but I never did turn them off. I can see where the right light from the side could help. I will try this. It was good to see you again last week. I hope to be able to come up to your place for a visit and learn a few more of your tricks. I some times feel like I am reinventing the wheel. Take care and thank you for your suggestion. Chuck
  8. Heidi and Shana, Thank you for the ideas. I used chalk on the front but it would get lost in the gold. So much going on in the top material. Shana, I actually thought about quilting from the back side and did not go there. The part that I missed was your great idea of SID to set the "fences" and then turn the quilt. GREAT IDEA! Using stencils on the back would have been very easy with this twist. I should have posted the question before I started the project. I had this sitting around for a very long time as the owner was not in a hurry to get it back. The next time I have one of these I am going to attempt to follow your suggestions. I will let you know how it turns out. Thank you again, Chuck
  9. I attached photos of a wall hanging I just finished to generate some discussion of how to mark very busy and high contrast quilt tops. I made several attempts and making templates and using chaulk pencils, pounch bags and never really came up with anything that helped with this quilt. In the end I started quilting free motion and used chaulk to set "fences". I really just winged this but would like to be able to get results that are more symmetrical. I am looking for ideas short of CQ as some of the posts of CQ work just leave me in the dust. I appreciate the technical and artistic talent of this work. I really enjoy being one with Millie and doing hands on quilting. So please bring on your ideas. Chuck
  10. Linda R. Just give your customer an invoice with the cost of the quilting at the market price. Then discount it to the price you originally quoted. Call the discount "Artistic Licence" Not To Be Expected On Future Quilts. Your quilting is outstanding as always. I love the free flow and motion presented in the borders. Chuck
  11. OK, I have not posted in a very long time. So, here is my 2 cents worth. Janes Fabric Patch on the South end of Tillamook. More fabric in one little house than any of the "big" stores in the Portland area. Jane is the ownere and very nice to talk with. Janesfabricpatch.com The quilt shop in Port Townsend has closed. If you want to stay at a very nice B&B on the water in Port Townsend I recommend the Commander's Beach House. http://www.commandersbeachhouse.com/ Very romantic and beautiful views from the front porch. Jim and Gail Oldroyd are two of the nicest people you will ever want to meet. Have a great safe trip through the Northwest Chuck Portland Have a very safe and wonderful visit to the Northwest.
  12. Caron, Very beautiful work. Impresive symmetry from feather to feather. My patron for this quilt wanted "swirly and fun" on the boarders. She always likes "swirly and fun", puts the pressure on me for ideas. I started having so much fun doing these that they sort of grew on me, got bigger and bigger. lol They are fun to do. How about the rest of you? Show us your feathers!!! lol
  13. Patti Jo I just do not know how you can get any work done with those beautiful windows in your studio. I would be gazing outside all of the time. You have a wonderful studio. I always knew it would be that way with your "Hollywood" style. lol Great job with the studio design. I would like to come down and see it for myself and chat with you. Take care.
  14. I have not jumped in for a long time. I have to on this one just to see if anyone feels the same as I do about the "plastic" for the panto table. I took my "plastic" cover that came with the Milli off of the machine about a month after I got the machine. I never like the glare/second laser dot on the surface of the plastic. I put a patch of Scotch tape on the panto in serveral places where I want to hold it down. Then I use painters blue masking tape to hold the panto down. The Scotch tape protects the panto. To line up the panto I set my edge distance at one end with tape. Then I lock the travel on the sewing head with the laser on an alignment line or center cross. Then move the head to the opposite side of the panto and set it with a piece of tape. As I float all of my tops using the sewing head to align the top my tops and pantos are alway matched. I have one more little quirky thing. I took the cap off of the lazer and put a small piece of masking tape inside the cap and cover the hole. Then I use a pin and put a very small hole in the tape. This makes a much smaller lazer dot on the panto. If you do this and still use the plastic cover it will really reduce the glare from the lazer. What ever makes life easy. Happy quilting.
  15. Now that is what I call inspirational quilting. I like all of the detail from the extended circles to the little swirl in the hearts. Great design and quilting.
  16. Patty, Very nice work. I am impressed with all of the different detail work that you put in to the quilting. Did you just load this up and go for it or lay it out before you started? Hope to see you later this week. Chuck
  17. Very nice work. You have plenty of good ideas for you "how would you quilt this. I like the "Aurora Borealis" waves very much. I think that this might be something you could work into the other quilt. This is similar to what I was thinking with the large swirly ferns. Great work, Chuck
  18. I see fens in some of the blocks. Large swirly ferns. Or continuous tear drops. Free and flowing. Peanut Gallery
  19. I am planning to attend. Just keep me in on the details. Looking forward to seeing all of you again. Chuck
  20. Thank you all for the very kind comments. My inspriation comes from all of you in this chat room. Every day I quilt I learn something new. Every time I open this chat room I learn from all of you. For all of the Northwesterners we reall do need to have another get together. It was good to hear from all of you. Take care and happy quilting. Chuck
  21. Hey Beth! Free hand and ruler. I drew about 50 poinsetia on the white board and then went to work.
  22. This quilt has a story, long so I will shoot to the moral. Always, Always measure top, batting, and backing. I took this quilt in from a regular client. She told me that she had a "Christmas Quilt" she need done for an auction. The back was a 108 wide panel and just do something swirly. She had washed all of the material. I measured the top at 83" by 105". The back was 104" by 104". The washing must have shrunk the back. I cut a section of the back made the back fit the top. I never measured the batting. Dumb! The batting was bulk. I got to the end of the quilt and had about 2 inches of extra batting on one the left side and short about 1" on the right. Pulled the quilt off of the Milli trimed the sides to get the batting I needed and sewed it on the end. Reloaded the quilt and finished it up. The quilt would have been a lot of fun except for the extra work. MEASURE EVERYTHING!! Bottom line, the customer was so happy when I presented the quilt to her she teared up and said, " I love the back better than the front". See me with pride all over my face.... The quilt:
  23. The customer came by today and picked up the quilt. She loved it. So, again a big thank you to all who provided input on staying traditional. I have a second quilt of equal age to do for this lady and she told me to just go with what ever I thought was best. I think this one will be clam shell just to provide a little varity.
  24. Some time ago I asked for advise about working on a very old quilt. As usual many of you offered very good advise. Thank you all! I managed to convince the customer that it would be best to stay very traditional with the quilting. The results: Used the HF. I have a 10 foot machine so I had to move the fence to the other side of the Milli at the end of each row as the quilt was 87 inches wide. I back tracked on the previous fans and did a continuous stich form side to side. Happy quilting to all, Chuck
  25. OK, you have dragged me out. I have the Edge Rider wheels on my Milli that came with the new black wheels. I have had them for over a year. I like them very much. I can not really qualify the difference in that it is difficult to make a side by side comparison. I know that when I made the change I was happy that I had spend the money. It may just be the "Tim the Toolman" effect. I like the design of the bearings on the Edge Rider wheels. Signifcant, it is all in the feel of the operator. I can tell you that the early design of the Edge Rider wheel had an issue in that the material would take a set and the wheels would develop a "bump" spot if you let the machine set in one spot for a period of time. I have not had this problem with my Edge Riders. I would put this in the perspective of judging fine wine or the differenct between the feel of a Mercdes and a BMW. If you have the old brown wheels I would tell you to make a call and get either the new APQS black wheels of the Edge Rider. You will like either of these. Chuck