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    Aloha, ladies. Thank you so much for your response. You gave mee 3 different perspectives on 3 different machines, not much help in making my decision, LOL! The common 'thread' is APQS is a solid, top-of-the line maker of QUALITY machines. Having had the Freedom for almost 10 years, I can definitely vouch for their customer services and 5 star equipment! Sewing Pup, I am leaning towards the Lucey on a 10 foot table, only because of the extra throat space. I like the idea of even though, she is more basic, the area of the quilting is similar to my Freedom. Cagey, George is a sit-down an
  2. It has been a while - feels like eons ago. This year I adopted out my 2007 Freedom to a quilting sister, Elaine. Freedom got shipped over the ocean and across the country to Florida. She got it set up in September and 14 quilts later, Freedom is still going strong. I miss "her". So here is my question: I NEED a replacement with a smaller "footprint". I do not do large quilts, lap to mini is my niche. Lucey, Larry or Lenni on a 10 foot table. I have done the comparisons online at the APQS website. However, would like to hear real life testimonies on why you chose and how it is working
  3. Terry, you should teach this class. I am SURE you would get a lot of takers on learning this technique on the longarm.
  4. Shirley, one of my favorite CL longboards!! Except I use it to make Hawaiian Rainbows. "A rose by any other name".... Baptist Fans = Hawaiian Rainbows!
  5. You ladies are wonderful "tonic" and encouragement for me. Continue to hold me accountable so that those "birdies" don't overstay their welcome on my Freedom! Cathy, I am using Tulip Fabric Markers. I was thinking of using Derwent pencils (I have a whole stash), but I would have had to use a fixative, to make the color permanent. Hopefully the Tulips will maintain their colorfastness since they are for fabric. Will post when the birds are ready to fly!!! Aloha, Barb
  6. I have been MIA for a couple of months, not just on this forum, but in my quilting room, my DH has been diagnosed with throat cancer and we have a new normal in our lives, that has taken me out of my quilting circles. However, a couple of days ago, I loaded up my Freedom and decided to try out my newest CL Boards. This pattern flows and is fairly simple and open. The quilting using the Birdie boards on a larger than lap size quilt took about an hour and a half. Easy Peasy. But stepping it up, I decided to color my birds, leaving the quilt on the frame and using fabric markers. T
  7. One of my customers recently moved from Hawaii to Arizona. I told her that I would look for a longarm quilter close to where she lives that she could maybe connect with. She has tops that need to be quilted in the near future. She is not looking for fancy, the quilts that I have finished up for her, used CL quilting designs and she was extremely satisfied with the way the quilts came out. She is also looking for possible binding work done. If you are interested, go ahead and respond with how she can contact you and I will forward info along to her. Thank you!!! Barbara
  8. Ahhh, great choice! Still in love with my "FREEDOM"! (2007) 5 years+ and going strong!
  9. From what I observed, the leaders were rolled up, the backing laid on top of the leader and then clipped. I fully float my tops and batting, so the only concern would be the stability of the backing. I did contact Calico Kitten, who had a booth at MQX and she said that Jamie Whalen may carry them.
  10. Thanks, again, Sue. What is the diameter of the PVC and do they pretty much snug the backing on the bar when you snap them in place? My husband is a landscaper, so there is certainly no shortage of PVC pipe around our home!
  11. Thank you, Sue. That is exactly what they looked like. Have you tried out the ones you have for the loading purposes? I will check with the Calico Kitten.
  12. At several of my MQX classes with Claudia Pfeil, she used some type of "grip" that looked like white PVC pipe that was split and snapped onto the back bar. Each piece was about 4 - 6 inches long and there were about six pieces. It took her way less than a minute to attach the backing. I've done a google search but find nothing. The classroom machine looked like a Gammill. Can anyone here point me in the right direction? Who makes these (or were they homemade?) Aloha, Barbara
  13. Okay, I'm in for the ebook, but where does this happen and how do I pay?????
  14. Thanks, Heidi!!! Your step by step instructions for posting pictures off of Flicker were right on!
  15. Claudia is an amazing teacher - her show quilts just "sparkle" with crystals. This was such a fun technique to learn! Crystal Quarry Class Sampler by bjlral2000, on Flickr Crystal Quarry class taught by Claudia Pfeil at MQX West at Portland. This silk sampler (provided by Claudia) was only 12x12 inches, hotfixed with over 250 swarovski crystals and still needs more! Very sparkly! It was so much fun to learn this technique and not hard at alll! Last year, I took 1 class by Claudia. This year I took 5. She is a wonderful teacher!
  16. Ahhh, Dharma Trading.... dangerous territory! LOL!
  17. Prayers coming your way from Hawaii!! Speedy recovery so you can be up quilting in no time!
  18. Linda, you definitely should be teaching a class at MQX/MQS!!!!!
  19. Thought this was truly a "spa" treatment (as in massage). LOL. Was going to order it up, but unfortanately am not bringing my machine (from Hawaii). All you mainlanders are fortunate to have Dave as your traveling technician. We have to wait on Barb to schedule her dive trips, in order to get "spa" treatment in Hawaii!
  20. Nothing on the frame. But am busy "stripping" down (fabric). Feels totally freeing!! Anyone on vacationing on Oahu this weekend... "My name is Barbara and I am an addict (fabric). I have been a "rogue" quilter for over ten years. My passion for piecing has transformed into fabric dyeing and longarm quilting during the past 5 years. So you can imagine the huge "elephant" of quilt related items, that I would like to clear out. I will be holding a garage sale, this weekend: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m. Saturday the 15th & Sunday the 16th to "destash" my stash. Am simplifying and clearing out i
  21. Here in Hawaii, we pay taxes on net income (total income less expenses) but we have to pay a 4.5% general excise tax on gross revenue. It almost seems that small business is in the business of paying taxes here on the islands.
  22. Beautiful and perfect quilting for those quilts, Debbie! You are truly a longarm artist!
  23. All are wonderful, but I especially love your squiggley piano key in the border of the first quilt! Great job!