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    tfor1 reacted to Debbie Voigt in String Quilting   
    I took a String Quilting class from Ami Simms at Mid-Atlantic Quilt Festival in Hampton, VA back in 2012. This quilt is the result, finihsed at long last! I entitled it "Coming Up For Air" after I uneathered the perfect backing fabric from the very bottom of a stack in the stash closet, it is a pale blue sky print and I had exactly enough.


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    tfor1 reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Reach for the Stars   
    This is a BOM from Quilter's Newsletter called Reach for the Stars.  Charlotte took the quilt to the next level by using these bright Kaffe fabrics along with batiks (the quilt is brighter than my pictures.).  I used 8 colors of thread on the top, but was able to use BL Oatmeal throughout as the bobbin color.  She had a challenge with the outer border (part of step 12) as the directions were off (fabric had been purchased and cut 11 months earlier).  She did the best that she could and I used some creativity in the corners to make it look good.  There are more pictures on Flickr.
     
    Charlotte R's BOM by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr
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    tfor1 reacted to WW Quilter in My first J N quilt-Amazon Star!   
    My friend, Rose, made this Amazon Star quilt and I got to quilt it. It was 104"x 104" and I felt pretty intimidated at first. I borrowed largely from posts by Linda Rech and Rose City Quilter for design ideas. (What to quilt is still the hardest part for me!). Thank you for the inspiration.
    Rose was happy with the results. Thank you for looking!
    image by huckleberryjo, on Flickr
    image by huckleberryjo, on Flickr
    image by huckleberryjo, on Flickr
    image by huckleberryjo, on Flickr
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    tfor1 reacted to carolinequilts in Finished Vintage Applique Quilt   
    I just finished this quilt which was purchased by my customer at the Mennonite Relief auction for only $45!! 
     
    I used Circle Lord curved cross hatching board for the centre of the floral wreaths and Circle Lord piano keys board for the borders.  I hope I didn't overdo the filler quilting.  I'm still teaching myself about custom quilting and it's all about design choices isn't it?  This is only my 3rd 'custom' job - but I have done tons of edge to edge.



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    tfor1 reacted to LaurieTigner in 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...

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    tfor1 reacted to chickenscratch in Just finished this one   
    This is a group quilt made for a lady who was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Everybody made a block, sent them all to one member for sashing and borders, then on to me for quilting.  Now it will go to another member for binding and a label.
     
     
    Circle Lord Cosmos long board, washable wool over Warm and Natural, pink poly thread on top, lavender poly thread on the back.


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    tfor1 reacted to Tamarack in Metro Medallion Quilt   
    Well the snow hasn't stopped falling all weekend and into the week so it has been a good few days to quilt this beauty that my client Yvonne brought me.  The pattern is called Metro Medallion by Sew Kind of Wonderful, I love their patterns. Yvonne asked for custom quilting so I spent the last 4 days working hard to get it done.  Took me awhile to come up with the quilting plan but with lots of inspiration from the SKW blog I soon had that figured out.    Lots of pictures on my blog and I even chat about all the rulers I used if your interested.
     




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    tfor1 reacted to b.glass in Microdrive Handles   
    I often wondered about them, but the cost makes me think twice.  I can understand being sure about the purchase.  It seems to me a micro handle rental service might be the ticket.
     
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    tfor1 reacted to o2b Quilting in Quilt Path Cross Hatching   
    We do not yet have the "no sew zone" feature.  They are working on that feature for us...hopefully soon we will be able to do what you are describing.
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    tfor1 reacted to Lauras in Quilt Path Cross Hatching   
    Can you do cross hatching with the Quilt Path?  And can the cross hatching be programmed to work around a design in the block?  Thanks.
     
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    tfor1 reacted to Jess in Wrap around Corners & Borders info   
    I have a few screen shots that I made that describe how I've been able to set up wrap around borders and corners using Quilt Path. The sample uses a border and corner from one of the grouping of patterns from One Song Needle Arts that we carry on our website, but I've tried with a few different border & corner combinations and it works the same way with some modification to the block/border sizes to accommodate different sized patterns. The attachments  are below but may be out of order. 
     
    Here's more info taken from an email that I used to send instructions. This was written before I discovered being able to merge some of the blocks in the Select & Sew section where the quilt layout is. 
    I used the Design & Create portion of the software to layout a template of the quilt borders ( a couple of rectangles with the offset rectangles that represented how far away from the edge and the interior of the quilt that I wanted to be) then put in 1 corner and scaled it visually to the size that I figured would be close to what I needed.  Copied and rotated the corner and placed it in the upper right, merging & swapping layers as needed in order to add the 2nd pattern and making it work independently, not as a mirror.  I literally saved the corner at the size I needed, then opened/imported it into the same Design & Create page as the first. This way they worked independent of each other.   Then I pulled in the border segment and measured the distance between the start & end points, dividing the approximate space that I had left by the length btw the start & end point.  This gave me a repeat that was close if not exactly the size that I needed to fit between the corners I had on the screen already.  So I saved that repeat as a new pattern file, naming it appropriately with “top repeat” in the name.  Now I brought in as many as I needed to fit the span.  I connected all of these repeats and saved the entire top border & corners as 1 file.   It’s important that I saved the single “adjusted top repeat” because I will use it as something close to start with when I layout the sides. I then took that single repeat and turned it so that it would run down the sides.  I also made a copy of the top bnc section and rotated it so that it could be placed at the bottom of the quilt.  This gave me the distance that I needed between the top & bottom border sections.  I did a little math to see how many repeats that I sort of should need by dividing the distance between top and bottom sections where the corners endpoints are located.  
     
    I had discovered that each box in the grid in the Design & Create section represents an inch, and that a pattern will come in to the sewing portion of the program at the same scale if given enough room to do so.  So I worked on this premise for my estimates on how many side repeats I would need.  I brought in the adjusted repeat from the top, then rotated it to start fitting that side. I squished the repeat a bit to fit.  If the overage of repeats is less than ½ of a single repeat I tend to squish the repeats, and if they are more than ½ over then I tend to take out 1 repeat and then stretch the remaining repeats to fit.
     
    I didn’t want to have to turn the quilt, so I left the side repeats as individuals and adjusted the size so that they fit perfectly.  Then I saved 1 individual side repeat that had been adjusted as such “side repeat”.  I actually labeled the single side and single top repeats as the “master repeats” because I will keep a copy of them in their master state even if I make further adjustments as I layout and definitely as I would physically quilt.  This is because you want to have a “master” that you can go back to instead of trying to recreate a master from tweaked repeats that you might need to actually accommodate a quilt, since not all the sides may be the same as the measurement used for laying out the bnc patterns. (Reminder that "master files"  refers to files that I sent to a customer to make sure that it would work with the pattern that She was using.)   It’s important to delete the rectangle “guides” before saving or you’ll get them saved as part of the pattern since QP doesn’t have the ability to give you pull down guides from a floating ruler feature, which would be really helpful in all of this.
     
    So once I saved everything I needed as far as parts in the GPF format at “true size”. I brought them into the Select & Sew section.  I then entered the outside dimension of the quilt and I gave myself blocks that would let me get close to the right measurement for the borders.  I would recommend ending up with a block size that is slightly smaller than the actual border depth, if you can’t get everything to divide out perfectly. In this case the quilt had 6” borders  with an outside quilt measurement of 56 w x 52 ht, so the closest that I could for an evenly divisible number of blocks was to go with 10 & 9 block respectively because I felt that it’s more important to preserve the outside dimensions of the quilt, rather than block size. This landed me with block sizes that were just under 6”.  This told me that as long as I stayed inside those blocks with the pattern that it shouldn’t  quilt into the interior of the quilt and still sort of preserve my buffer zone that I created in Design & Create.  With the outside measurement of the quilt preserved and with a layout grid showing I selected the top/bottom border and corner pattern . It came in fitting into the block, of course, but  because I had correct outside quilt dimensions on the grid I was able to enlarge that pattern so that it both fit
    The width with the border section still fitting within the top “row”, corners wrapping down into the first and last columns.
    Now I selected a side block and pulled in the side pattern. Since it was “pre-adjusted” you can bring the number of them that you need and do the majority of the rescaling at the same time. This allows for the pattern repeats to be the same and less adjustment needed later.  I used the zoom feature to nudge the first side repeat so that the end of the side repeat touches the end of the top bnc segment, ends touching, or as close as possible. Then I did the same with each of the other repeats needed to go down the side.  Whenever I made a further adjustment of size I did it to all of the repeats, knowing that they should fit perfectly because they did in Design & Create.  Movements I did individually. I moved them while zoomed in. I just had to make sure that I remembered which blocks the repeats were originally placed into because if I had more than one block selected for zoom then any movement or sizing affected all the patterns that were in zoom.  (If I'd know about the merge block I'd have used it so that I could zoom into 1 block space).
     
    Once I had all of one side completely fitted to the space. I took the repeat and copied it to the other side.  Knowing that I needed to copy to the other side is one of the reasons that any sizing that I did on the side repeat was done on all of them at the same time.  This way I  knew that if one size fit, then they all would fit on the other side border.  I rotated the pieces so that they continued around on the right hand side.  Then I save the entire border as a “quilt” layout (QLT format).
     
    I know that there might be some minor adjustments as it’s actually stitched out to accommodate any variation in piecing, but this was a way to get the entire border and corners represented at true size, so that any adjustment would be minor and could be sort of done on the fly. 







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    tfor1 reacted to qltnbe in My first attempt at custom quilting   
    My daughter handed me this quilt to practice on.  It is far from perfect, but I found walking away from it for a day or two it got to looking better and better to me.  There's lots of room for  improvement, but I thought I would share it here....or at least a halfway decent picture of it.  I am getting pantos down, but this one just seemed to call for custom.  I still have quite a few loose threads to weave in and chalk marks to remove.  After that, it will be heading home to her house. 

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    tfor1 reacted to delld in It was a week!!!   
    This little Perfect Ten quilt took me a week with stitching and frogging!!!!
     
    I started with Black thread. she asked for it but it just didn't work!
     
    So I call here and sent her two pictures with the black and the varigated multicolor! 
     
    I used Glide thread and Filtec bobbins.
     
    QZ for the crosses and freehand the variation of TT's.  I did pumpkin seed in the border but you can;t see it and quarter inch in side of the sashing.  I'm so glad it is finished. 
     
    005 by delld1964, on Flickr
     
    006 by delld1964, on Flickr
     
    Thanks for looking and hope you are having a great day!!!
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    tfor1 reacted to qltnbe in What would you do? A sticky situation   
    I agree with Lisa, put your $100 on it as it is going to look much richer than the one they bought.  People know quality...and if they don't, they wouldn't bid on it anyways.
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    tfor1 reacted to LisaC in What would you do? A sticky situation   
    Most people go to those types of events with a certain dollar amount in their mind they will spend before they get there. I would put the minimum bid of $100 just as you have planned. Your handmade beauty will certainly outshine the other quilt. Remember why you made the quilt and the good cause and forget the rest! God Bless you, Teresa!
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    tfor1 got a reaction from JeannieB in changing from Quilt Path to IQ?   
    Hi everyone,  
     
    I have been very busy quilting up a few long overdue things. I seemed to have  worked out a few kinks in my Quilt Path.  I am now convinced that a lot of the issues i was having was because of a faulty USB Hub.  Here on the forum another lady was experiencing almost identical issues as i was.  She decided to take the hub off and plug the tablet directly to the head of the machine.  So far no serious problems have come back to haunt me.  I am still having a few little things happening but nothing i have not been to fix or workaround.  I hope things will just keep getting better.  Again i thank you all for your help and comments.
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    tfor1 got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in changing from Quilt Path to IQ?   
    Hi everyone,  
     
    I have been very busy quilting up a few long overdue things. I seemed to have  worked out a few kinks in my Quilt Path.  I am now convinced that a lot of the issues i was having was because of a faulty USB Hub.  Here on the forum another lady was experiencing almost identical issues as i was.  She decided to take the hub off and plug the tablet directly to the head of the machine.  So far no serious problems have come back to haunt me.  I am still having a few little things happening but nothing i have not been to fix or workaround.  I hope things will just keep getting better.  Again i thank you all for your help and comments.
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    tfor1 reacted to Georgene in The Novelty of Quilt Path   
    Once I write down the steps I'll see if some of the experienced QP users will look it over to make sure I don't lead anyone astray.
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    tfor1 reacted to Georgene in The Novelty of Quilt Path   
    I thought I was going to save time using Quilt Path and be able to piece a top while "Tutu" was stitching away. But all I do is watch it sew. It's so amazing to me that it's moving all by itself. I just can't get over the novelty of it.
    Well, I got QP to save my back and body, but I might get a stiff neck from watching.
    Did I say how much fun I'm having. I think I've figured out the pantograph sewing. Blocks are so easy, but I've only done those for play. But I think it's all play, although I had some panicky times when I didn't know what to do next. So I watched the video again and it helped. I plan to create a 123 step by step checklist for pantographs so I won't forget. When I get it done I will share it with you in case it can help someone else.
    I sent an email to all my customers yesterday telling them about my new purchase and sent a picture of "Tutu". I announced an introductory special on any quilt I receive during the month of March: All e2e designs priced the same (.02) so we can experiment with all the designs without worrying about the price. I normally charge more for dense designs and will in the future as well. But for now I just want to play with all the designs.
    Several customers are sending or bringing me quilts they said I could feel free to experiment with. "Do whatever." Some are bringing quilts they've been hanging onto for awhile. And two are trying to finish up their quilts to get them here soon.
    Maybe I better get that checklist done right away.

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    tfor1 got a reaction from o2b Quilting in changing from Quilt Path to IQ?   
    Hi everyone,  
     
    I have been very busy quilting up a few long overdue things. I seemed to have  worked out a few kinks in my Quilt Path.  I am now convinced that a lot of the issues i was having was because of a faulty USB Hub.  Here on the forum another lady was experiencing almost identical issues as i was.  She decided to take the hub off and plug the tablet directly to the head of the machine.  So far no serious problems have come back to haunt me.  I am still having a few little things happening but nothing i have not been to fix or workaround.  I hope things will just keep getting better.  Again i thank you all for your help and comments.
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    tfor1 reacted to Georgene in changing from Quilt Path to IQ?   
    Terry, the main thing in life is to be healthy and happy. If your current situation is interfering with that then a change is probably in order.
    I debated with myself over QP vs. IQ. I knew IQ was much more sophisticated than QP. But I've always enjoyed being in on the ground floor of things. And I figured that QP could do most of what I needed it to do initially and that I could grow with it.
    I wish you happy quilting days ahead.
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    tfor1 reacted to klwheeler in tension issues   
    I cleaned my bobbin area with WD40 very well and found a bit of lint that I couldn't find before. I also had a small wad of thread on top of the bobbin finger. I re-oiled and my machine is now stitching perfectly.
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    tfor1 reacted to LLA in Looking for a Master Longarm Quilter to finish a portrait quilt   
    Hello, I was suggested to look for a longarm quilter to finish my quilt.This quilt top is my first quilt I've ever made. I wanted to do a photorealistic portrait of Tom Hiddleston (the actor who plays Loki in the Thor movies) so after a year of hard work and lots of cutting I finished it. This quilt measures 100 x 100 inches (king size) and is made up of 40,000 1-inch squares which are 1/2" finished. I used 250+ different fabrics of mostly semi-solids and fine patterns in my palette.

    However, because this is my first quilt, and the piecework is so dense, I have no idea how to finish it. It's difficult to show through photographs, but the quilt is extremely heavy, and stretches under its own weight when held up. It's unstable while unfinished, so it needs some sort of support.

    I've heard suggestions of long-arm quilting, and also not quilting it at all and just stabilizing it and hanging it. Any advice is very welcome.
     

     

     

    If you have any questions about my process, I would be happy to answer them. Although I must warn you, I am self-taught, so I sort of made up words for the terms that everyone else seems to know.
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    tfor1 reacted to CattyWampus in changing from Quilt Path to IQ?   
    I have had so many problems with QP and I just got it in Nov. I have been updated to 3.05.05; but still goofy stuff happens. I am on the phone to Utah a lt, and they fix it and they are really helpful, but it seems to be buggy all the time. I too thought it would be great to get in on the ground floor and have given the system the benefit of the doubt. >But when you are trying to build a business its hard to justify all the delays to a customer. The other problem I have with this is there is no real training. I have watched ALL the videos that are available; I have looked at everything on the QP stick too. But nothing is better than having someone there to guide you especially in the beginning. I have experience with machine embroidery and software which is somewhat similar, but it would be nice to have someone to see if I am ding something wrong or ??? My dealer is an awesome person and I like her; but she does not have QP and does not even use the IQ that she does have, she does all freehand custom work. I have had to figure it out as I go, I wish I had done the research better before buying QP, as I somehow missed that it was made by Grace ; I have not had a good experience with my previous purchase from them of my frame and stitch regulator they made. That was an expensive failure for me. I love my Millie; just not in love with this QP right now. I also think the IQ has the ability to do more at this point and by now they more than likely have all the bugs worked out. If it works for you that is great, but I'm still struggling to get it right. I live in Michigan in the Thumb; I am hoping to go down to that studio in Kentucky and take some classes this summer on the computer if she offers them, as well as freehand quilting because I can't really count on this computer, if I don't pull out the rest of my hair by then.   I know I bought the right machine; APQS has gone the extra mile for me on this and they are the best company ever. Just hoping for better days
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    tfor1 got a reaction from CattyWampus in changing from Quilt Path to IQ?   
    Georgene,  I am so glad you are loving your QP.  I too am curious about changing out QP for IQ.  My QP is fairly new as i just got it about november 2013. I don't what kinks that they may have worked out of the system but I myself still have quite a few issues i am still working through. I think i have a lemon.  I have read hundreds of posts on this forum and although there are lots with issues like me there are a lot of people like yourself that loves their QP. Unfortunately  I have not had a totally trouble free quilt session to date. 
     
    Happy Quilting 
    Terry
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