smockingRN

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  1. HI, I am feeling sorry to bother anyone with this, but it reduced me to tears yesterday and I need help. I have 2007 Millenium, bought new, have been quilting part time x 7 years. I have quilted lots of quilts, for customers and myself, but am not able to do what I really want to do...Nice freehand feathers, etc. I have bought the Circle Lord stuff, and LOVE it all, bought grooved pattern boards and love them, too. Bought tons of rulers and books, etc. My problem is that when I try to do curves or feathers free hand, I cannot control my machine to make smooth curves...OH, also, bought Edgerider wheels, with very small amount of improvement, and now have M and M wheels, with minimal improvement. I am muscling my machine for nearly all freehand work, except with rulers. MY husband has tried adjusting the wheels...minimal, if any improvement. I went to the APQS booth at the Houston Quilt Show a couple of weeks ago...Quilted on a new Millennium, and Wonder of Wonders...I could quilt feathers easily! So, it is not all my lack of talent, skill, practice, prayer or whatever I am not doing right. I spoke to a very nice APQS man at the show...Explained the problem, and he recommended a Bliss system...$3000 that I do not have just now. Any advice? I am so sorry about this whine...But truly do need help...No dealer anywhere near me here in NE Louisiana.
  2. My Favorite kind of quilt! I love your quilting and colors, thanks for sharing! Karen in La.
  3. Thanks to all for the kind comments! The jacket fit with just a little room to grow and she wore it for hours! Happy Grandma! CathyH, I think I found those at the local Hancock's. The colors were perfect! Karen in La.
  4. It is gorgeous! I love your quilting. I started a quilt with this pattern...I'm going to dig it out...TY for the inspiration! Karen in la.
  5. OH MY! That is beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Karen in La.
  6. TY to all for the kind comments. Sylvia, it was so much fun and only took about 4 hours to construct. It really FEELS good, kind of cozy. It's nice to make something quick and easy now and then. ;-) Karen in La.
  7. TY, LeeAnn. I used a pattern from stash Vogue 8060. I made a few changes, eliminating the front facing, and all the hem allowances since it was to be finished with bias binding. I drafted the round collar, and the patch pockets. Probably any jacket with a simple, boxy shape could be used. This one was good because the sleeve was not set in and had no gathers in the sleeve head. I want to make another...Maybe with patchwork! Karen in La.
  8. I've been wanting to try making a jacket like this for awhile. It was so much fun...This is a size 4. I quilted 1.5 yards of 2 harmonizing fabrics, with Hobbs 80/20, in a simple meander. The edges and seams are all bound. I hope my DGD likes it...Most little girls say they love pink and purple! Karen in La.
  9. I do LOVE this pattern...Surf Song from the book "Twist and Turn Bargello Quilts" by Eileen Wright. Quilted with CL Swirls in lime green thread. Karen in Columbia, La.
  10. I am so sorry to hear about your back and hope you will be feeling better, soon. I can't come with Carolyn today, but I know you will like her, she is a very special lady! She is very excited about owning a longarm. Thank you for the kind compliment re the quilts. I have a new bargello to photograph this a.m. Why is it that when one quilt is finally finished we can't wait to jump in and start another? I guess it's addictive! Hugs, Karen in Columbia, La.
  11. Hi Becky, My name is karen Simons and think I may have met you at a class given by Deloa Jones in Zachary, la. a couple of years ago? I have a friend who is very interested in buying a Millenium. Her name is Carolyn Moore. She is planning on driving to Deridder to see the machine soon and I was thinking you might be the seller. I am so excited that she may be able to get her own longarm! Hope everything is going well for you, Karen Simons in Columbia, la,.
  12. OMG! What a project! Very exciting to look at! Karen in La.
  13. Oh My! I LOVE your quilt! I've wanted to make an Amazon Star....Are they hard to piece? thanks for sharing. Karen in La.
  14. This is always an interesting topic. I think you ladies are the best, sweetest and most thoughtful people I have ever heard of, and I'm so proud to be part of this group. But... sometimes, we might be TOO nice. I've always tried to make my sewing hobby pay for itself, especially when I was doing alot of smocking and heirloom sewing for the public. I, too, always thought I could not use a purchased pattern to make articles to sell. I was leary of using even a McCall's or Simplicity pattern for this purpose. I was SO HAPPY to find the Tabberone website and read of this lady's experiences. Now I buy alot of patterns, make and sell what I like and don't worry. I do try and always give credit to designers. How sad that some pattern designers and manufacturers will try prevent the sale of articles WE have made. Copyright protects the actual printed pattern, not the articles made from the pattern. Karen in La.