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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from RitaR in Improv scrappy batik quilt   
    I've just finished a few client quilts that are improv pieced. This one came off the frame earlier today and I'm in love with the colors of it. Doesn't it just look like a lot of fun to make?!
    The panto is Modern Maze by Krista Withers. So Fine 50 wt Superior Threads in color Ferrari Green (my go to color for these multi color quilts.) The batting is Quilter's Dream Cotton Deluxe loft batting which added a nice heft to it for a wall-hanging. That gorgeous purple ombre' backing is a Marimekko fabric that my client found at the Crate 'n Barrel outlet in Berkeley, CA.
     

     
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from dbams in Missing quilts   
    I didn't know if you had heard, but the quilts have been found. They were misdirected and "lost" in the wrong warehouse somewhere.  
    http://www.sallygouldwright.blogspot.com/2015/10/found.html
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from gkazee in Missing quilts   
    I didn't know if you had heard, but the quilts have been found. They were misdirected and "lost" in the wrong warehouse somewhere.  
    http://www.sallygouldwright.blogspot.com/2015/10/found.html
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to mlsa3 in My Lucey Plans!!!!!!   
    I'm so sure of winning the Lucy this coming December that I think I'll go ahead and talk to Dawn at the Houston International Quilt Festival next week and setting up the shipping arrangements.  
     
    Dawn could still call me in December with the news and I could really act surprised.
     
    Guess I need to start rearranging my quilting garage to make room for the 12' table.
     
    David
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Yay, APQS was at PIQF this year!   
    I wanted to extend a big thank you to the APQS family for hosting a booth at PIQF in Santa Clara, CA this year. It was so wonderful to see our lovely machines there. Of course my highlight was being able to meet the wonderful quilt artist Marilyn Badger! She was a delight to chit chat with. It was also very nice to meet Dave Binnquist, the owner of the APQS showroom in Rancho Cucamonga. 
     
    The show was gorgeous and huge as usual. I went Thursday to see all the quilts, Friday to do some shopping and revisit some quilts and Saturday to be a white glove lady for one of my guilds. Sadly I was too tired on Sunday to battle the football stadium traffic to take one last look. But I came away with lots of inspiration!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Primitive1 in Help Help Help - my customer's quilt ran......   
    Well, no on the hairspray, so I ran down to the LQS and got some synthropol to try dabbing it .....I did talk to her and she was afraid that soaking the entire quilt with synthrpol would remove the crayon in all the blocks so we will try that, worse case scenario, she will re-do the  block and I will remove the bad one and appliqué it into the quilt and then requilt it....she was very gracious after she got over the shock and said she wouldn't loose any sleep over it but I said I would!  
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to 4laineyj in Introducing Myself   
    Hi everyone, I am a new APQS Millennium Owner and am in the middle of a three day LongArm Quilting Bootcamp with my APQS Rep. Tracey Gardner Russell. I am learning lots of new skills and am loving the Millie. I purchased the machine in May, took delivery at the end of June and never unpacked my boxes until the middle,of August as we moved from Southern Ontario to the Annapolis Valley in Nova Scotia.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Busy Quilting in Black fabrics   
    I have started giving a box of colour catchers with the quilt when I gift them to family members.
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Gail O in Freddie is Truly a Rockstar!   
    When my husband asked me to make a quilt for our niece's 21st birthday this past weekend, I wasn't sure if I could make it quick enough to mail it out before the holiday weekend. After a trip to JoAnns for some novelty licensed Spiderman quilting cotton and heavy fleece I cut out and pieced a Take 5 top with a 4" border. (Spiderman is our niece's favorite superhero.) So the piecing went quickly but I wasn't quite sure how well it was going to quilt up with such a heavy fleece backing. It's thicker than minkee which I've used in the past. It also doesn't have the same stretch. I loaded it with selvages on the leaders and started the quilt about an 1" away from the pins. This gave me about 5" of excess room at the bottom of the quilt. Yay! 
     
    I guess that I could have quilted this without any batting but I wanted the puff factor. So I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and kept my go to thread loaded (Superior Threads So Fine 50 weight for top and bottom). It only took a few minutes of futzing around with the top tension which needed to be loosened quite a bit to accommodate the thickness of the quilt. But then it quilted up wonderfully. No problems at all. Freddie is marvelous!!!
     
    The quilting panto is Gossamer by Hermione Agee found on Urban Elementz website. It's about 10" row height with a 13" or so pattern height. All with the assistance of Freddie's sidekick, IntelliQuilter.
     
    Thank you APQS!
     

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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Enchanted Quilting in Freddie is Truly a Rockstar!   
    When my husband asked me to make a quilt for our niece's 21st birthday this past weekend, I wasn't sure if I could make it quick enough to mail it out before the holiday weekend. After a trip to JoAnns for some novelty licensed Spiderman quilting cotton and heavy fleece I cut out and pieced a Take 5 top with a 4" border. (Spiderman is our niece's favorite superhero.) So the piecing went quickly but I wasn't quite sure how well it was going to quilt up with such a heavy fleece backing. It's thicker than minkee which I've used in the past. It also doesn't have the same stretch. I loaded it with selvages on the leaders and started the quilt about an 1" away from the pins. This gave me about 5" of excess room at the bottom of the quilt. Yay! 
     
    I guess that I could have quilted this without any batting but I wanted the puff factor. So I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and kept my go to thread loaded (Superior Threads So Fine 50 weight for top and bottom). It only took a few minutes of futzing around with the top tension which needed to be loosened quite a bit to accommodate the thickness of the quilt. But then it quilted up wonderfully. No problems at all. Freddie is marvelous!!!
     
    The quilting panto is Gossamer by Hermione Agee found on Urban Elementz website. It's about 10" row height with a 13" or so pattern height. All with the assistance of Freddie's sidekick, IntelliQuilter.
     
    Thank you APQS!
     

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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from dbams in Freddie is Truly a Rockstar!   
    When my husband asked me to make a quilt for our niece's 21st birthday this past weekend, I wasn't sure if I could make it quick enough to mail it out before the holiday weekend. After a trip to JoAnns for some novelty licensed Spiderman quilting cotton and heavy fleece I cut out and pieced a Take 5 top with a 4" border. (Spiderman is our niece's favorite superhero.) So the piecing went quickly but I wasn't quite sure how well it was going to quilt up with such a heavy fleece backing. It's thicker than minkee which I've used in the past. It also doesn't have the same stretch. I loaded it with selvages on the leaders and started the quilt about an 1" away from the pins. This gave me about 5" of excess room at the bottom of the quilt. Yay! 
     
    I guess that I could have quilted this without any batting but I wanted the puff factor. So I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and kept my go to thread loaded (Superior Threads So Fine 50 weight for top and bottom). It only took a few minutes of futzing around with the top tension which needed to be loosened quite a bit to accommodate the thickness of the quilt. But then it quilted up wonderfully. No problems at all. Freddie is marvelous!!!
     
    The quilting panto is Gossamer by Hermione Agee found on Urban Elementz website. It's about 10" row height with a 13" or so pattern height. All with the assistance of Freddie's sidekick, IntelliQuilter.
     
    Thank you APQS!
     

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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from o2b Quilting in Freddie is Truly a Rockstar!   
    When my husband asked me to make a quilt for our niece's 21st birthday this past weekend, I wasn't sure if I could make it quick enough to mail it out before the holiday weekend. After a trip to JoAnns for some novelty licensed Spiderman quilting cotton and heavy fleece I cut out and pieced a Take 5 top with a 4" border. (Spiderman is our niece's favorite superhero.) So the piecing went quickly but I wasn't quite sure how well it was going to quilt up with such a heavy fleece backing. It's thicker than minkee which I've used in the past. It also doesn't have the same stretch. I loaded it with selvages on the leaders and started the quilt about an 1" away from the pins. This gave me about 5" of excess room at the bottom of the quilt. Yay! 
     
    I guess that I could have quilted this without any batting but I wanted the puff factor. So I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and kept my go to thread loaded (Superior Threads So Fine 50 weight for top and bottom). It only took a few minutes of futzing around with the top tension which needed to be loosened quite a bit to accommodate the thickness of the quilt. But then it quilted up wonderfully. No problems at all. Freddie is marvelous!!!
     
    The quilting panto is Gossamer by Hermione Agee found on Urban Elementz website. It's about 10" row height with a 13" or so pattern height. All with the assistance of Freddie's sidekick, IntelliQuilter.
     
    Thank you APQS!
     

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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to RoseCity Quilter in Cactus Rose Quilt   
    Finished this quilt for customer Carol Yarmchuck. Pattern is Cactus Rose from Judy Niemeyer. Carol is a student of my husband. more photos on my blog.....
    https://rosecityquilter.wordpress.com/2015/08/22/carols-cactus-rose-quilt/

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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to mamu in Cactus Rose Quilt   
    Wonderful ... holly molly that's alot of cross hatching start and stops!  really lovely and would never of thought to do this design for this quilt...really, really like it!!              
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from carriebehlke in Help ... top thread constantly shredding -- UPDATE   
    Hi Carrie,
    The only thing that I could figure out is that there's something very fine on the bottom corner of the machine head near the light fixture that's causing the thread to shred when I go from right to left. I need to buff out everything to see if I can find it. But my work around is to attach a safety pin to the lower thread guide so that the thread is further away from the machine head when it sews. I was able to sew the long curvy line without any shredding of the thread. So from that I really was confident that nothing is wrong with the timing or needle flex. (I'm using a size 4.0 needle.)
     
    https://instagram.com/p/3U9VGApmN1/?taken-by=lemontreetami (Here's an IG picture of what I did for the short term work around.)
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Jess in Shopping for computer system   
    Both IQ & QP have good features. I've had, CQ, two IQ's, and QP.   I think that QP can do more than a lot of people give it credit for, but personally I did find that for more advanced features QP took longer and was more fiddly to set up than IQ. I do think that a big part of what a person is happy with is ultimately what they get use to and what they are willing to put into learning a system.  I love both my IQ BasiQ+ and my IQ ClassiQ.  If you are into doing a lot of manipulation and like all kinds of features then I'd say go with the IQ ClassiQ.  If you primarily do more traditional quilting, such as pantos, and filling a block or triangle or other standard shape, then an IQ BasiQ+ might be a good choice.  Some of the features that you will find on the ClassiQ are tasks that you can use some work-arounds that might take a extra step or two in order complete when using the BasiQ+ .  of
     
    I've found the support for both systems to be good. Marie & Nathan at Grace & Dawn at APQS have both answered questions whenever I had questions about the QP.  Everyone at IQ  has been great whenever we have questions.  We liked the IQ so much that I became a dealer for them, just as I like APQS so much that I became a dealer for them. 
     
    Overall, I used my IQ more for my own quilts because I tend to like to do more artsy type quilts and IQ allows me a lot of flexibility when it comes to artistic needs that I have for a computerized quilting system. But I'd have to say that IQ thinks more similar to the way that I do naturally.  I could  make QP do a lot of things also, but I did have to stretch a few more mental muscles in terms of planning ahead vs. being able to change my mind on the fly.
     
    Personally, I think that it's really important for all prospective computerized system customers to do the following:
    1) Try out the system - longer than the 5 minutes you might spend in a booth at a show.  Spend at least a good 30 minutes - 1 hour minimum wherever you try them out.  I don't care if you are at a show, spend the time. Most people wouldn't walk into a car dealer and drop $9-12K after spending 5 minutes just looking.  
    2) I will probably get in trouble with dealers for saying this, but ask the dealer to at least show you all the features that you think are important. Not just tell you, show you when you are trying out the system. Then you can see how much it takes to perform certain tasks personally by an expert.  If the expert struggles, then how will they help you when you need help.  That's not to say that they'd be a bad dealer to go with, it just means that maybe they aren't very familiar with the system and could make it tough for them to help you from a distance, say on the phone, etc. I can say that I would consider myself somewhat of an expert with computerized systems and even with that it is tough to try to help over the phone sometimes.  It really helps if the system is fairly intuitive, meaning intuitive to that particular customer.  I've helped people with almost every system on the market, but for the purpose of this discussion, let's just say I've helped both QP & IQ users that were easy to help, as well as those that were really a challenge to help via email, phone, & even in person.  A lot of what determines whether the helping & training goes well depends on whether the system is a good fit for that particular person. If they don't think somewhat similarly to the way the system operates, it's going to be an uphill battle no matter what system they have.
    3) Make sure that you are good with the amount of support & the type of support & training that you will be receiving.  You might need very little. You might need a lot. You might love working from videos, you might not.  It doesn't matter. What matters is that you understand what's available and that you are comfortable with that for the system, that you choose. 
    4) I can not stress enough how important it is to have a good relationship with your dealer and feel comfortable with whether they will go to bat for your needs. If possible, pick a dealer that you want to "deal" with for more than the time it takes to try out the system and have them deliver & set it up. Working with a customer on getting use to a computerized system is a lot more of a relationship than buying the longarm it will go on, but that's just my opinion. Let's face it, the longarm itself is a large sewing machine with some extras. Hopefully, everyone looking at a computerized system will have at least some sewing experience, so learning to sew with their longarm is relatively easy, compared to the time you need to invest in learning a computerized system - any computerized system. 
    5) DO NOT BE DAZZLED BY THE SMOKE & MIRRORS / DOG & PONY SHOW!!!!!!  I mean, just because a system is advertised to have a bazillion patterns doesn't mean it's the best one.  Should I repeat that?    First, you are always going to end up needing patterns you don't have included.  Second, there are several systems on the market that have tons of patterns that you will NEVER use.  I have never had a call to use Wilber the Weiner Dog Pantograph that consisted of the dog, a straight line from front foot of one dog repeat to the back leg of the next repeat.  I will take 50 basic, super useful patterns all day long over 1000 patterns that I will rarely, if ever use and I'm a pattern designer, who wouldn't mind if everyone bought every pattern that I ever made. But the reality is that some patterns are just not as useful as others, so the number of patterns included in a system means nothing. Look for & compare the number of useful patterns.  Third, most dealers are good salespeople. It's their job! Most get paid on commission. They have a vested interested in closing the deal!  They can make things look easy, convince you that you need all kinds of things.  Now, you might need or want those things. That's great if you do! I'm just saying know what's important to you as far as features that you want & why they are important to you.  That way you are less likely to get caught up in the excitement and choose something that you either don't need or don't really want, sometimes even regret.
    5) Make sure that you somewhat understand the following before heading into any computerized system.  Know what a folder is, know what a file is, know the difference between the two. Know what a format / file extension is.  Know how to attach a file or picture to an email (this will help your support person figure out what is going on if you run  into trouble.  Know what a zip file is.  Your dealer will/should show you how to work with these things, but it will help a lot if you know some of the terminology ahead of time. It will also help me and my staff, since at some point you might want to buy patterns from my company, but that's besides the point. It will make the learning curve a lot easier if you know a little bit of the terminology because it will make it much easier to communicate with anyone and much easier for you to learn whatever system you choose. 
     
    In summary,  make a list of features that you want,  have the dealer or a friend who has the system show you how the most important features to you work so you can tell if you like how that works, get a little terminology under your belt if you don't have it already and pick a system that is a good fit FOR YOU, not your friends, not just because it's popular, because it's right for you. 
     
    Best of luck & if you have any questions feel free to email me, jessica@digitechpatterns.com 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Jess in Shopping for computer system   
    When I was shopping around I too had it down to a Freddie with either the Quilt Path or the Intelliquilter. Ultimately while I thought that the UI (user interface) on the Quilt Path was outstanding and extremely intuitive, I really really wanted to have a no-sew zone type of feature. My husband told me that when it comes to tech that you can't always count on a feature coming out in a timely fashion and if something is important to you to get the product that already has that feature. Thank goodness because I've already used the no-sew zone on the IQ and it was fantastic! The videos, articles and online forum group are wonderful sources of information. As for support, Zoltan and my dealer bent over backwards to make sure that my IQ was installed properly and that I received a full day of instruction. The wrong part was sent to my house so the first bit of installation wasn't completed. Zoltan flew out my dealer again on IQ's dime to make sure that it was done right once the correct part was shipped out. Excellent customer service!
     
    Bottom line is that you have to test both systems out and find out what's important to you. As more people use Quilt Path there will be more how-to articles and videos. I haven't been able to go, but there are IQ classes at the longarm quilting shows back east. For me I've been switching back and forth between manual and IQ mode. At the push of a button the drive wheels lift up/lower in seconds as opposed to having to walk around to the back of the machine and unclip belts. I love that feature!
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JeannieB in How do I start/stop my ends so that I can cut the threads?   
    Thank you Linda! You always come to the rescue with solutions. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from ffq-lar in How do I start/stop my ends so that I can cut the threads?   
    Thank you Linda! You always come to the rescue with solutions. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in How do I start/stop my ends so that I can cut the threads?   
    You can do the same as IQ. Stop your stitches (in a seam if possible), use your needle positioner to take three tiny stitches a thread apart. Down once more to pull up the bobbin thread. Hold all threads to put some tension on them and cut carefully. Another option is to leave in SR mode and do three or four jiggle stitches at the end. Just jog the handles enough to make the stitches. You can do either routine at the start as well as the end.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to jandcembroidery in So Disappointed This Morning   
    As a young child, I remember Christmas eve setting out cookies and milk and awakening Christmas day to find them gone and my stocking full of surprises as well as gifts under the tree. Then when I'd lose a tooth, the next morning there would be some jingle under my pillow. Last night, I loaded my quilt and this morning it was in the same condition as I had left it. I have come to the realization, that there is no such thing as a "Quilt Fairy".
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to BethDurand in Dumb question.....   
    True story.   A customer of mine was explaining to a friend who was to receive the quilt that I was quilting that it wasn't ready for the recipient yet because "It's at the longarmer's."  Recipient replies "Isn't it nice that she's using her disability to her advantage?"  I think she thought that my arms were so long they dragged on the ground. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in NQR - Baby Olivia is Here!   
    Just sharing with friends I have made here on the forum - our baby Olivia is here!  She went to NICU for her first few days after she was born as she needed a little help breathing and had a little hole in her heart - though we are blessed as it looks as though she will not need surgery - we go back in sixth months to be sure.  Just wanted to share!
     
    I was a little nervous how I'd manage quilting with a new baby and a sort of rough recovery from c-section, but I'm feeling pretty confident after the last few days.  I've been trying to get back in the groove of things, and though we're in a new routine, I think we're going to do well!    Hoping to turn on my long arm today for the first time in over a month - I'm excited!
     
    10156154_992445217435398_3669092887959211330_n by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
     
    11407027_995346993811887_8600579986495077281_n by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
     
    11148725_10153328819596280_8383794187401466208_n by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
     
    Looking forward to catching up with everyone!  
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to dbams in This would be a dream!   
    LOL!!!
     

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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to mlsa3 in Going To My First Guild Meeting   
    Oh My.....just got back from MY new guild meeting.  It was almost like a mini-Houston Quilt Festival.  Between 75-100 people showed up....3 men including myself showed up.  Twenty-eight ladies showed their quilts in the first part of Show And Tell and approximately 10 more showed their quilts on the second part of it.  From beginners quilts to Oh My Goodness Quilts.
     
    I knew two of the ladies....they go to my church and I've taught them in their Sunday School classes when I filled in as a substitute teacher.  Everybody was very nice.  One lady who was sitting beside me asked if men were that loud when they got together.  haha.
     
    The lady was showing me around and introducing me to some of the volunteers and as soon as I got to the woman who was over the "service quilts" she asked me if I quilted.  I said yes.  She asked if I quilted my own quilts.  I said yes.  She asked what type of machine I had.  I told her.  She said you can help us if you would like to volunteer to quilt some of these quilts.  LOL.  I told her I would be glad to if I joined....I did join by the way.
     
    I can't say enough about the quilts and quilting.  It was like looking at the pictures you folks post except that I get to see them in person.
     
    Guess you can see I'm a bit excited.
     
    David
     
     
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