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    barbm got a reaction from love2qlt4u in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Well, it's time to divvy up the squares, ladies!  Not sure how long that will take.....

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    barbm got a reaction from quiltingjoyful51 in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Well, it's time to divvy up the squares, ladies!  Not sure how long that will take.....

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    barbm reacted to WandaGerdes in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    The hubby just asked me today when he brought in the mail, where the squares were. It seems he is excited to see an eye spy quilt as much as me lol. I can't wait to be able to work on it.
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    barbm reacted to quiltedsunflower in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    I've never done an exchange before.  I'm so excited to get my package!   It will be like Christmas!!!!! !!!!!!
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    barbm got a reaction from HeidiP in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Well, it's time to divvy up the squares, ladies!  Not sure how long that will take.....

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    barbm reacted to HeidiP in quilt path   
    There should be a clamp with a red handle that secures the horizontal belt, on the front of the carriage, and also one to secure the vertical belt, located on the left of the carriage. Hope that works. I'm having fun getting to know Quilt Path too!
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    barbm reacted to ffq-lar in Answering a call for help   
    Yesterday I received a call from a woman who I met a long time ago when she purchased a Lenni and I bought a Millie. We live a few miles apart but surprisingly never saw each other again. She has a quilting business and we are members of different guilds. She had broken a needle and needed some help. In ten years she had never had to time her machine. I was shocked! I have replaced my bobbin assembly at least six times in ten years. Amy walked her through re-timing and it still wouldn't stitch. She called and I went over yesterday afternoon to see if I could help. She had her needle in backwards. Luckily that was the first thing I looked at and she was stitching in a matter of minutes.
    I guess the reason I'm posting this is to remind myself (and others )--
    To check the easiest thing first.
    That we all are so overwhelmed with a problem at times that we need another set of eyes or ears to see through to a solution.
    And that helping feels great.
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    barbm reacted to lbarnes2 in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Hopefully they will respond. Thank you again for organizing this and doing all the work involved. It's been fun hearing about all of the different fabric squares coming in and knowing that we will be getting them soon! It's like Christmas! 
     
    ~Lisa
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    barbm got a reaction from WandaGerdes in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Cowboy boots and cowboy hats have arrived from Laura in Texas (appropriate!) and monkeys and candy from Wanda in Iowa.  Only two packages still to arrive, but I haven't heard from either phx515 or cherylannie since they signed up.  We'll give them until next week to make contact - they I'll fill their slots with some cute stuff from my own stash.
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    barbm got a reaction from quiltingjoyful51 in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    If her squares don't arrive next week, then I can cover her slots - I've got lots of appropriate fabrics! But thanks for asking, Oma!
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    barbm got a reaction from Oma in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    If her squares don't arrive next week, then I can cover her slots - I've got lots of appropriate fabrics! But thanks for asking, Oma!
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    barbm reacted to BethDurand in How much do I love my APQS?   
    While dropping off tax stuff today, we got to talking about longarm machines.  My tax lady and her assistant are both quilters.  Assistant mentions that a mutual friend has purchased another brand of machine, and that she has yet another brand.  Assistant ask me about the warranty on APQS machines.  Such fun to watch her jaw drop when I told her that our machines have a lifetime warranty. 
    Gotta love APQS!
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    barbm reacted to Sheagatzi in You know when you feel really stupid after you learn a new trick?   
    Well, if I didn't know about this, then I'm sure there MUST be someone who didn't know about this too.  I feel so stupid yet so full of glee that I spent the last hour taming my cones of thread. LOL 
     
    Okay - this works for taming thread on thread cones when storing them.   Metro,  Sigma, Glide, aurifil.   This won't work for superior because they have that little 'slit' at the base of the cone to trap your loose thread.
     
    At the base of your cone of thread there is a little 'lip'.   pull it down.   see how there is now a little concave area where you can wrap your thread around?  Pull the entire circumference down - it will click into place.   Now, wrap your loose thread in there, but leave a little tail.   Then,  push that 'lip'  back into place.  Voila.  your cone of thread is now secure.
     
    You're welcome!                
     
     
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    barbm got a reaction from Oma in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Three more packages arrived yesterday: alpacas (yay!) and rubber duckies from Oma, frogs/tadpoles/dragonflies from Mary Beth, and baseballs and balloons from Lisa.  Nine more packages and they'll all be here!!
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    barbm reacted to mikeferris in Retrofit for Millie machine light?   
    Here is a solution for the fluorescent machines.  I made one for my wife and others have requested so I've made it available for sale.  
     
    http://www.mcautomationinc.com/led2
     
    Here is a thread with some answers to questions.
    http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/35098-led-light-systems-for-apqs-longarms/
    Thanks,
    Mike
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    barbm got a reaction from quiltingjoyful51 in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Submarines and seashells, umbrellas and fried eggs - it amazes me that there are no two fabrics alike in all of these packets!  Not even similar..... Here's a photo of what I've got so far - looking forward to the rest, but there's no rush, as we have until the end of the month (officially).

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    barbm got a reaction from dbams in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Submarines and seashells, umbrellas and fried eggs - it amazes me that there are no two fabrics alike in all of these packets!  Not even similar..... Here's a photo of what I've got so far - looking forward to the rest, but there's no rush, as we have until the end of the month (officially).

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    barbm got a reaction from Oma in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Submarines and seashells, umbrellas and fried eggs - it amazes me that there are no two fabrics alike in all of these packets!  Not even similar..... Here's a photo of what I've got so far - looking forward to the rest, but there's no rush, as we have until the end of the month (officially).

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    barbm reacted to dbams in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Dinosaurs roaming to Washington now!
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    barbm got a reaction from quiltingjoyful51 in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Hello Kitty!  Yup, we have little kitties, snakes and woodland creatures from Sylvia, and frogs & dogs from Joyce.  We're almost halfway there!!
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    barbm reacted to Wannabelongarm in How to test-drive a longarm   
    Our APQS rental programs are great for allowing people to learn how to quilt a quilt using a panto and they get to try the machine and actually quilt for several hours while they get one of their quilts finished in the process.  There are starting to be more APQS rental programs across both Canada and the US.  
     
    We are also running 'pop-up' rentals now, too and they are a blast.  Quilters love seeing the APQS Sprinter in their city or town!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Sales and Education - Canada
    www.artisticquiltdesign.com
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    barbm reacted to ffq-lar in How to test-drive a longarm   
    I put this checklist together recently, when asked how to tell which machine to buy. 
     
    When going to test-drive a longarm at a show or a dealer, bring paper for taking notes and a small ruler.
    After the salesperson shows you the specifics of the machine, ask if you can be left alone so you can get an impression of the machine without pressure. Take someone with you to keep the dealer occupied with questions about price, shipping, and add-ons so you can get some alone time.
     
    Check--
      The frame. Is it solid? Is there an easy way to adjust the height? Is there a lift system available? Are the handles easy to hold and are the controls intuitive? How is the lighting? Are the lights LED? Is there an auto-advance for the rollers? If you have arm/shoulder/back weakness or arthritis, is the manual advance easy and comfortable? Some frames have four rollers, with a bare leveler roller that means the quilt is always at the proper level without adjustment. If the frame has three rollers, is the roller adjustment system easy to access and adjust?
     
      The machine. Listen to the motor in both manual and stitch-regulated mode. Is it extra loud? You'll be living with that for a long time--all of them are growly-loud. Just make sure it's not too loud for you. With the machine off, see how far a push will send the head of the machine--front to back and side to side. Think about the force it takes to start and stop the head. See if you can push it diagonally easily. Diagonals require some strength and concentration since the x/y axis of the rails make it want to naturally travel horizontally and vertically.
     
      The stitching. How intuitive are the controls? Try stitching in both manual and SR mode. Listen to the motor as you speed up and slow down. Does it sound labored or whiney/growly? Set your stitches-per-inch at 10 and stitch a square in SR mode. Use the ruler to count the stitches in one inch on all four sides for accuracy. Try to stitch a circle (it's hard to freehand) and see if the stitches are a consistent length all around the circle. This will show you how well the SR works and if you can count on consistent stitch length. With the machine started in SR mode, close your eyes and stitch around--no design or pattern. How does it feel? Is it rough or smooth? Does it "complain" when you speed up? Is there a lot of vibration? Then do some eyes-open stitching for fun!
     
      Service--A lot has been said about after-sale service. Don't ask the dealer--go on-line and look for real reviews and complaints (or kudos) from actual owners. Go to the various chats and throw out specific brands and get some real-people feedback. You know how we all feel about APQS!
     
      Add-ons. Make a list of must-haves and wanna-haves. See what's standard, what's available and for how much.
     
    Write down notes as soon as you can. Highlight the things that impressed (or didn't impress) you. If you test-drive a bunch of machines at a show, go back a second time when you feel you've narrowed down the field. And rest assured that the one you decide on will be the best for you. You did your homework!
     
    Enjoy!
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    barbm reacted to Oma in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Just came back from post office.  Alpacas and baby ducks headed your way.  Should get there by Thursday.
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    barbm reacted to quiltedsunflower in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    I'm off to the post office.  Frogs are hopping your way!
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    barbm got a reaction from T Row Studio in "Eye Spy" Fabric Exchange - Updated - LAST DAY!   
    Yup, found all the goodies inside! Thanks, Terry!
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