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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to shirleyl in HMQS classes ... which hands-on would be good for newbie?   
    Sally Terry, Deloa, and Kimmy Brunner are all good teachers for beginners. I took Kimmys beginner clas even after quilting for a couple years and still learned some things. Don't do like I did the first year I went, I had that dazed look by the end of the day from taking too many classes. Mybe do a hands on and a lecture demo a day, or swap one each day. You can overbook yourself then by the end of the show you pretty much wasted your money on your last few classes because your brain can't take in anymore.
    Take a little notebook with you to try out machines, the first day try them all. Go in with an idea of I think I want this option or that. Write down your first impressions. Later that evening write questions you wish you would have asked. Narrow the search to your top few machines. Narrow the search eCh day. By the end of the show there should be one or two machines you keep wanting to go play with. It's kind of like car shopping, everyone's machine is the best because it is best for them. What is good for Sue, Sally may not like.
    How I choose classes is I go thru the catalog and make a list of all the classes I would like to take, then wait a week or so and narrow it down by rereading. Sometimes it comes down to which one in a time spot is more beneficial for me. I struggled with feathers. So one year I focused on feather classes, everyone does them a bit different. By the end I could take bits and pieces from each class and do feathers. Hands on are great, but not all classroom machines are set up perfectly level, etc. the ones on the show room are set up with more attention to detail, so I would recommend drawing classes as well. Since you can practice anywhere and it is muscle memory, if you can draw it you can usually stitch it, once you get the feel for the machine.
    Sorry this was so long. Hope it helps.
    Shirley
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to LisaC in HMQS classes ... which hands-on would be good for newbie?   
    An after thought, too..........save time to demo machines in the vendor mall! Don't be afraid to really put them to the test and ask a lot of questions.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to chrisquilter in HMQS classes ... which hands-on would be good for newbie?   
    I agree wholeheartedly with Meg. Deloa Jones is the one who set me up for my quilting career.  She is all the things that Meg says.  Her thought process on how to begin free motion quilting is very easy to understand for a beginner. Deloas' beginner designs are easy to execute and will help you "see" how to look at a quilt and decide on a quilting design.   Jamie Wallen is another great teacher. Such a kind and gentle soul.  He knows just how to encourage a newbie!
     
    Taking classes from a seasoned teacher will give you the best value for your class fees.   Of all the classes I have taken, only one was a waste of time as far as I was concerned.  Happily, that teacher does not seem to teach so much anymore, so it is not likely you run in to her classes.  My friend and I would consider a class a success if at some point during our class we would turn to each other and laugh and say, "Well THAT was worth the price of admission"!  So be confident that whoever you choose, you will have your "price of admission moment."  
     
    Just as an aside, I am not fond of hands on classes and much prefer lecture demo classes.  But as you are still looking for a machine, then maybe hands on would be better for you.  Have a great time at the show!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to meg in HMQS classes ... which hands-on would be good for newbie?   
    Since you already have done some quilting, I wouldn't take any 'introduction to longarm quilting.'
    Those are usually about loading and stuff like that.
    I took a few classes from DeLoa...she is a great teacher, giving clear instruction, is very generous with her time and great for your confidence.
    I think she's perfect for beginners.
    I also echo the 'don't take too many sentiment'.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to LisaC in HMQS classes ... which hands-on would be good for newbie?   
    Sue is right; don't take too many classes or you won't have time to visit the vendor mall and the quilt show. I've done this in the past. We've commented to show staff that the vendor mall needs to be open later in the evening (at least one evening) but they say the vendors are resistive. A lot of the classes end after the vendor mall closes or at the same time. I haven't looked over the class list yet, but they do have a lot of good teachers every year.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to srichardson in HMQS classes ... which hands-on would be good for newbie?   
    I just checked the show info and I am surprised by how few hands on classes there are listed under the names I checked.  I have taken classes from Kimmy Brunner, Dawn Cavanaugh, Pam Clarke, Deloa Jones, Sue Patten and have enjoyed all of their classes.  I am looking forward to taking a class from Myrna at an upcoming show and would love to take a class with Claudia too. Don't worry that you haven't done too many quilts.  In the beginner classes there are usually people that haven't used a long arm before.  It is a great way to try out different machines too while you are deciding on what you would like to get.  I would be careful that you don't sign up for too many classes as it can become overwhelming.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Busy Quilting in HMQS classes ... which hands-on would be good for newbie?   
    IF ther is a class on background fills it would give you an idea of how to FMQ Edge to Edge designs from the front.
    Findout who the tutors are going to be, then go and check out their website and class lsiting and see if you like their style of quilting.
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Matt Sparrow in Upgrade or Go New - What Would You Do?   
    Valerie, I think that you'll be much happier if you save your pennies a little longer so that you can get your dream of a blissed Millie. You're already doing so well on the older Ult 1 that it won't be a hardship to wait another year or two.   Of course by then there may be more used blissed Millies on the market that would be perfect for you.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Never to buy a Gammil?  I would say APQS and Gammil are my top two choices in machines.  There are some things I like better about the APQS (I'm partial I guess because I own one) but I wouldn't balk at a Gammil...they are good machines!    Lovely quilting!!!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Darlene Epp in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    LOVE your quilt and I'm sure your nephew will too. I use my Studio Cutter Take 5 die for a lot of charity quilts and use up some of my stash quickly that way.
     
    Tami, can I ask what you pay to rent time on the machine? It's something I've been considering, AFTER looking into the insurance aspect of it.
     
    BTW, one of the differences between the Gammill and the APQS machines, is that I think our hopping foot must hop just a bit higher. I've quilted a lot of pieced denim quilts and have never had a problem with getting over the heavy seam intersections. I've heard so many comments about this problem with other brands, I'm thinking it must be in the "hop" of the foot.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to cmkeindl1 in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    That looks great - p.s. I love the back as much as the front!
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from meg in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Yesterday I drove to Fort Collins, CO and quilted my 4th quilt using the hand-guided Gammill at Jukebox Quilts. (I still don't understand why so many people say not to buy one since I haven't had any problems using it. The people who own them seem to be happy.) Once again I used the popcorn panto but this time I think it turned out much better. The quilt was almost completely square until I got to the bottom right corner. Turns out that even though I had measured the quilt and used the average for cutting out borders that I forgot to make sure that the quilt center itself was also square. It was off by about 3/4" so not too bad. But now I'll know what to look for.
     
    The backing is pieced so I took it slow over those sections. I only had two thread breaks but I did hear how the machine made a thunk, thunk noise when going over all those seams. The quilt is for my nephew and the blocks spell out his name. From top to bottom they are: Double hourglass, Harry's Star or Henry of the West, Attic windows, Night and day, and Indian hatchets. I was able to borrow a copy of Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns from the library. Boy do I wish I could buy a copy of it but they're out of print and I don't want to spend $100 on ebay for one.
     
    My nephew is a tween so I'm hoping that he'll get a kick out of the quilt. It's so hard figuring out what young boys will like. I'm not sure what I'll bind it with. Maybe a red polka dot or mini stripe. Or perhaps I should go with something turquoise? What do you think?
     



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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Upgrade or Go New - What Would You Do?   
    Valerie, I think that you'll be much happier if you save your pennies a little longer so that you can get your dream of a blissed Millie. You're already doing so well on the older Ult 1 that it won't be a hardship to wait another year or two.   Of course by then there may be more used blissed Millies on the market that would be perfect for you.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to CindyT in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Nice!  Wise choice to put the plain partial blocks on both ends of the pieced blocks on the backing, too! 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JeannieB in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Yesterday I drove to Fort Collins, CO and quilted my 4th quilt using the hand-guided Gammill at Jukebox Quilts. (I still don't understand why so many people say not to buy one since I haven't had any problems using it. The people who own them seem to be happy.) Once again I used the popcorn panto but this time I think it turned out much better. The quilt was almost completely square until I got to the bottom right corner. Turns out that even though I had measured the quilt and used the average for cutting out borders that I forgot to make sure that the quilt center itself was also square. It was off by about 3/4" so not too bad. But now I'll know what to look for.
     
    The backing is pieced so I took it slow over those sections. I only had two thread breaks but I did hear how the machine made a thunk, thunk noise when going over all those seams. The quilt is for my nephew and the blocks spell out his name. From top to bottom they are: Double hourglass, Harry's Star or Henry of the West, Attic windows, Night and day, and Indian hatchets. I was able to borrow a copy of Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns from the library. Boy do I wish I could buy a copy of it but they're out of print and I don't want to spend $100 on ebay for one.
     
    My nephew is a tween so I'm hoping that he'll get a kick out of the quilt. It's so hard figuring out what young boys will like. I'm not sure what I'll bind it with. Maybe a red polka dot or mini stripe. Or perhaps I should go with something turquoise? What do you think?
     



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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Fun quilt.  He will really enjoy it!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to delld in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Great job. I love your back too.  For the binding I would the orange to make the quilt pop!!!!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to GrandmaLKB in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Nice job........love the back !
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to chrisquilter in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    looks great,  Nice smooth curves!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Quilting Heidi in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    You did well.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to qltnbe in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Nice job.   I like the popcorn panto, too. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JustSewSimple in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Yesterday I drove to Fort Collins, CO and quilted my 4th quilt using the hand-guided Gammill at Jukebox Quilts. (I still don't understand why so many people say not to buy one since I haven't had any problems using it. The people who own them seem to be happy.) Once again I used the popcorn panto but this time I think it turned out much better. The quilt was almost completely square until I got to the bottom right corner. Turns out that even though I had measured the quilt and used the average for cutting out borders that I forgot to make sure that the quilt center itself was also square. It was off by about 3/4" so not too bad. But now I'll know what to look for.
     
    The backing is pieced so I took it slow over those sections. I only had two thread breaks but I did hear how the machine made a thunk, thunk noise when going over all those seams. The quilt is for my nephew and the blocks spell out his name. From top to bottom they are: Double hourglass, Harry's Star or Henry of the West, Attic windows, Night and day, and Indian hatchets. I was able to borrow a copy of Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns from the library. Boy do I wish I could buy a copy of it but they're out of print and I don't want to spend $100 on ebay for one.
     
    My nephew is a tween so I'm hoping that he'll get a kick out of the quilt. It's so hard figuring out what young boys will like. I'm not sure what I'll bind it with. Maybe a red polka dot or mini stripe. Or perhaps I should go with something turquoise? What do you think?
     



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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from gardenslug in Take 5 Quilt done ... 4th longarm quilt   
    Yesterday I drove to Fort Collins, CO and quilted my 4th quilt using the hand-guided Gammill at Jukebox Quilts. (I still don't understand why so many people say not to buy one since I haven't had any problems using it. The people who own them seem to be happy.) Once again I used the popcorn panto but this time I think it turned out much better. The quilt was almost completely square until I got to the bottom right corner. Turns out that even though I had measured the quilt and used the average for cutting out borders that I forgot to make sure that the quilt center itself was also square. It was off by about 3/4" so not too bad. But now I'll know what to look for.
     
    The backing is pieced so I took it slow over those sections. I only had two thread breaks but I did hear how the machine made a thunk, thunk noise when going over all those seams. The quilt is for my nephew and the blocks spell out his name. From top to bottom they are: Double hourglass, Harry's Star or Henry of the West, Attic windows, Night and day, and Indian hatchets. I was able to borrow a copy of Barbara Brackman's Encyclopedia of Pieced Quilt Patterns from the library. Boy do I wish I could buy a copy of it but they're out of print and I don't want to spend $100 on ebay for one.
     
    My nephew is a tween so I'm hoping that he'll get a kick out of the quilt. It's so hard figuring out what young boys will like. I'm not sure what I'll bind it with. Maybe a red polka dot or mini stripe. Or perhaps I should go with something turquoise? What do you think?
     



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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Sheagatzi in Ap-kwiss   
    I just have to share. My 8 year old is pretty obsessed/excited/interested about the fact that I started a longarm quilting business.    Since the beginning, he calls APQS ap-kwiss.   He asks me questions like :  do you work for apkwiss?   does apkwiss pay you to put that sticker on your blog ?    did apkwiss tell you to quilt it like that?      apkwiss is really nice that they called you to help you fix your milllie.  
    He's told his teacher that I have my own business called Urban Quiltworks but I work with apkwiss sometimes.  
     
    today's   -  do you always take the advice from apkwiss?  (from out of nowhere-  we were driving to the airport!)
     
    every time he says it I just giggle.  And then he gets mad at me.   And then I start laughing more because he gets mad at me.   I'm so bad!
     
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to chickenscratch in Is anybody up for a swap?   
    This is Nevaeh all of your blocks are nice,bright and pretty. I like bright colors.I had 2 that didn't fit on the quilt so I will make a pillow out of them.I did the Nevaeh Watever pattern it was just looping and going up and down and side to side.It's easy.
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