JSpeckert

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  1. I don't normally pipe-in, but I think I will here. It looks to me like this piecer sewed these quilt tops with a serger that has its differential feed set to gather. I'm thinking that the pucker problem is due more to a sewing machine problem than a piecer problem. Granted, the blocks are wonky, but a sewing machine with the tension (top & bottom) too tight, presser foot pressure too high, and so on, can also cause puckering.
  2. Shannon, I was having a lot of tension problems a while back and ended up discovering that some of my aluminium bobbins had burrs on the inside edges. Of course, I can\'t remember how the stitches looked, but that\'s something else to check. Hope you get it worked out soon. Jackie
  3. I don\'t normally post here, but I had to this time. Shana, Thanks for the joke. Life is so intense, I need to laugh more. Thank you. I enjoy reading your posts. You are a very nice, uplifting and encouraging person. I know you meant no harm to anyone. That\'s not what you do. Political Correctness is really political control. The attempt to control the thoughts and words of others. Don\'t let it master you. You are a wonderful person. Many people are blessed by you, and who you are. Thanks for being you. Jackie
  4. Shana, Provo Craft makes a setting tool that has three different tips that punch 1/16, 1/8, and 1/4 inch holes. It\'s called the Silent Setter. It\'s for putting eyelets in paper and plastic. I\'ve also used it for fabric. Jackie
  5. Kenna and Linda, You can find the preprinted panels at rgadesignquilts.com. I have the feather one. It uses many different methods to form feathers. You can go over the designs more than once useing a different color of thread each time. I don't have the book though. The fabric store didn't offer it. Jackie
  6. Marci Baker has developed a method for making GFG all sewn on a DSM. She has a program on quiltersnewsnetwork.com that shows how to do it. You can get the book and tools from aliciasattic.com. Click on Feature and scroll down to find the book and tool set, or you can buy the items separately. Her method is basicly sewing strips together, cutting the strip sets a particular way, and sewing those pieces together to form a pieced strip. Then you sew those strips together and you have a GFG quilt top. Of course, the hexogons have a seam through the middle, which may not be of interest. Although, these days I see seams in quilt blocks where they never were in days gone by. I haven't tried this method myself. Someday I would like to. It looks interesting. So many things to try, and so little time!
  7. Whatever machine a person likes best and buys is very much like buying a car. Everyone has their own reasons for making the decision they do. And always remember, there evidently were lot of people who liked Pintos, Gremlins and Vegas. :P Jackie
  8. Saracl, I have EQ6. There are a number of different flowers in their embroidery library. Their embroidery library designs are for designing quilts, you can't embroider with them. You have to buy them seperately from the company that sells them. They have designs from Cactus Punch, Pfaff & Viking. There are quite a few. I have yet to use any of them. Jackie
  9. Okay, So who first came up with the unbrewed coffee grounds solution? And how did they discover that it removed odors? I'll have to write this one down. Thanks for letting us know what worked. Jackie
  10. Vicki, You can find Kaleidoscope Kreator at: Kalcollections.com. It's a fun tool to use on your computer. It has different shaped Kaleidoscope wedges to choose from. You move your picture around under the shape to achieve the look you like. Then you can preview it, print it, save it or move on to something that you like better. Jackie
  11. Vicki, You should print the pictures out on fabric and design a quilt with them. You could even use "Kaleidoscope Kreator" to make some matching fabrlc. I bet it would be awesome! Jackie
  12. Cheryl, If you don't quit posting these I'm going to want a compuquilter!!!!!!!! You're scaring my husband! Really, I love the rose design. I just love looking at the quilting on quilts. Thanks for inspiring me. Jackie
  13. Wow! Danetta, What a fun quilt to look at! Very cheerful! I love the quilting. Are those beads in the flower centers? It really is a fun quilt. I love the colors and I find my eyes just dancing all over it following the movement of color and design. Thanks for sharing. What a delight! Jackie
  14. Cheryl, Very nice! I love the quilting. I see you have the roses in different sizes and rotations. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Jackie
  15. Cathey, There is a button at the base of the QNN view screen that you can click on to make it full size. The shows are on multiple times, so I can generally catch what I want to see at some point. They had a poll a while back about view on demand, so maybe they'll change to that one of these days. Jackie
  16. I don't know if any of you are aware of this or not, you may be, but QNN has 24/ 7 quilting programing. Simply Quilts is not there, but they have Fons and Porter, Quilt in a Day, Marti Michell, Quilting from the Heartland, Quilt Central, Linda Taylor and much, much more. It can be found at quiltersnewsnetwork.com. You can watch it for free, or become a member. Membership gives you free patterns every month. They are downloaded from the website. I've enjoyed watching it. Although, if you have dial-up internet service it may be difficult to watch. Jackie
  17. Sue, Congratulations! What fun! I share your anticipation/anxiety. My new Mille arrived last week and we just finished putting it together yesterday. I haven't gotten to play yet either. I was thinking last night, "Gee, I haven't even turned it on to see if it works!" I've been busy putting the room together (Having stuff piled all over my house was driving me nuts!). It was delivered before we finished remodeling to make a home for it. So, have a lot of fun! Georgene, We had to do the same thing you're doing. We removed the wall between two bedrooms, repainted, and put in new lighting and floors. We brought in the long items through one of the windows. The rails with the canvas are quite heavy. You'll want help. We left the big boxes in the garage and just pulled the stuff out and carried it up to the room. You don't need to carry any big boxes in. Jackie
  18. Well, we ordered a Millennium today! Oh, Boy!!!! Now to get the remodel done. My husband got sidelined with other stuff yesterday so I spent the day (among other tasks) ripping carpet and carpet pad out of two bedrooms and throwing it out of the upstairs windows into the driveway. What fun!! I wanted to get to tearing out the sheetrock today, but my DH is not to hot on me doing that. We'll see.
  19. Sherry, My mouth is still hanging open! What wonderful quilting. It makes one's heart skip a beat. I love to see such beautiful work. Thank you. Jackie
  20. Mary Beth, We're going to order it in the next couple of days. Right now we're in the process of turning what used to be my children's bedrooms into a studio for the machine. Jackie
  21. Brenda, Thank you for your input. It seems like everyone loves their APQS machine no matter what model it is. Unless they're wanting more bells and whistles. I have finally decided to go with the Millennium. Then I won't be wishing I had more bells and whistles. Jackie
  22. Linda, Thanks for your input. Test driving one of these machined is like test driving a car. Good illustration! Jackie
  23. Sue, Caron & Mary Beth, Thank you for your responses. Every bit of input helps me make a decision. Yes, Mary Beth, I have been reading everything I can here and learning a lot. This is such a wonderful site! It's very informative, and the people here are awesome and fun. Thanks again, Jackie
  24. Hi ladies and gents, My husband and I went to Oakland on Saturday to see and test-drive the APQS machines. My husband has told me that I can choose the one I want. Yippee! The problem is, I'm the queen of "hem and haw". I like the visibility and quilting space of the Millennium. But I absolutely love how the Liberty handles. I see that some of you love your Liberties, and some of you have traded up for Millies. So, I was wondering, do any of you ladies with a Liberty ever have visibility problems? The one that I tried, the table was too low for me and impaired the view, so it was kind of hard to tell what it would be like at the right height. Also, how do you like the verticle handles? Those of you who have upgraded to the Millennium, do you like the horizontal handles better? And did you find the view space of the Liberty limiting? I would love some help out of the valley of "acid indecision". Thanks for any help, Jackie