quilterkp reacted to Marie0722 in Zoe the Zebra
The recent discussion about Facebook and the forum has reminded me that I have been meaning to post more quilt pictures here. Have you met Zoe the Zebra? This quilt pattern was featured in Quiltmaker magazine, and when my friend and customer Salli sent me a picture of her version and asked if I would like to quilt it for her, I was delighted. This is such a cute quilt with the three-dimensional details, and all that negative space is a longarm quilter's dream. I knew right away that I wanted to add more flowers, and when Salli dropped off the top this was the only thing she knew she wanted... some shadow flowers in the background. Great minds think alike. I felt that an odd number of flowers worked better, so I only added two more and filled the remaining space with a butterfly. I quilted the background with random fillers. The outer border fabric is very busy, and the quilting doesn't really show, it looks better in the pictures than in reality, so I just repeated one of the background fillers and turned it into a border design.
quilterkp reacted to PennyQuilts2 in My quilt is at the “Road to California” quilt show.
My quilt made it as a finalist at the “Road to California” quilt show. It was not awarded a ribbon but wow what an honor to be at this show.
quilterkp reacted to SWall in Luminary
Finished my ‘alison glass sew Luminary quilt kit by Jamie Swanson’ 42” x55”. I had to chuckle when I showed my son the quilt... he wanted to know where the rest of the quilt was
it was an interesting project as the star is created by cutting fabric strips of varying widths, sewing these together in color ways and then cutting those strips into random widths - diagonally and straight, sewing those together and then cutting diamonds and finally sewing the diamonds together. And then hoping you made the correct color selections etc to make sure you got the rainbow effect.
it was a fun project
quilterkp reacted to ruttho in Make Your Own Bobbin Winder
My husband decided to take on the "make your own bobbin winder challenge" based on your valuable information.
Here's a couple pictures. He used an old coffee grinder motor and a router variable speed control that he had laying around. He made a motor housing cover (he wanted to work on his welding skills). He also added an auto shut off by adding a micro-switch which gets depressed when the bobbin is moved to the fill position, and it pops off the power when the bobbin is in the full position. And, he hard wired everything in so I wouldn't have cords going everywhere.
Thanks for posting this topic. I love my "new" bobbin winder. It's super fast and winds really nice tight consistent bobbins.
quilterkp reacted to Cagey in Make Your Own Bobbin Winder
After getting my George in January, I asked a great number of questions about getting the tension just right. A number of discussions addressed the deficiencies of the SideWinder bobbin winder. Many warned me about the inconsistent thread quilting tension I could expect from using it. For this reason, I went about ordering a bobbin winder along with my friend that had just gotten a Gammill Charm. As she owns a business, we were going to get two bobbin winders at cost. In the end, the winder order was held up. During that time, I decide I could make the bobbin winders for each of us for no more than $40 each.
Below I have provided a list all items needed, along with the costs of the supplies including sales tax, and the place I purchased them. While the actual winder is long 12 inches, I but the wood to 15 inches to ensure it did not
Wood(red oak) Home Depot $ 7.03 4.40/linear foot
Bobbin Winder $ 9.75
(Cutex Sewing Supplies.com)
Motor (local sewing repair) $10.00
Thread Stand (local quilt store) $ 8.63
Power Box(Home Depot) $ 2.76 3-hole ½ inch
Switch dimmer (Walmart) $ 3.87(Lutron Qoto 600W single pole)
Switch Plate Cover(Home Depot) $ 0.30
Power Cord (Walmart) $ 3.54 (2 plug 15-feet long)
Screws/rubber grommet “spinner” $ 3.05
Corner brackets/motor mount (HD) $ 1.42 (2.67 for four)
Rubber Feet (Home Depot) $ 1.59
I did go a little above my cost projection, but I am satisfied with the results, as is my friend.
While the actual bobbin winder is 12 inches long, I chose to cut the wood 15 inches long, so the bobbin winder would not hang over the side edges if it needed adjustment. I also spray painted all the parts so they would match the actual bobbin winder, as the motors were different colors. If you spray paint the motors, be sure to stuff paper towels down into the cooling vents, so no over spray gets into the internal parts. Remove all the paper towels prior to assembly. You do not want to burn up the motors.
Both of the motors I purchased came with hubs for sewing machine belts. I took the hub with me to Ace Hardware, and purchase a rubber grommet that fit over the hub and would not spin. You can put a rubber grommet directly on the motor shaft, but the bobbin winder will spin slightly slower. The larger size hub, allows the maximum motor speed to be transferred to the bobbin winder.
Online, the Lutron switch stated is was motor rated, the actual packing material stated it was not. I figure that the switch will be energized so little while motoring the bobbin winder it will not damage the switch or the motor. If you do not want a speed control, you could use a normal ON/OFF switch that would lower the total cost about 3 dollars. I wanted to be able to wind invisible thread slowly, so I went with the dimmer switch. You could also go with poplar wood to lower the cost of the wood.
Here are some photos of the two final bobbin winders. They work great. The only problem I notice is the rubber stopper leave black marks on the flywheel. You need to add a drop of oil to the flywheel shaft ever now and again, to keep it lubricated.
On a final note, I e-mailed Bob Purcell (Thread Doctor) at Superior Threads concerning how to best wind bobbins. His reply is below.
“Professionally wound bobbins are wound quite hard in order to get as much thread as possible on the bobbins. Stretching isn't an issue for cotton (very little stretch) and quality polyester (slight stretch). Nylon or cheap polyester could be a problem. I recommend winding at the fastest speed that allows a smooth wind with a moderately tight tension setting. Too much tension will cause breakage while winding.”
I hope this helps you know how to make your own bobbin winder, and how to wind your threads as needed.
quilterkp reacted to quiltmonkey in tension with Dream Blend batting
Hi. I really don’t think it’s the batting. When was the last time you thoroughly cleaned your machine with WD 40?
My suggestion is the following Things to try:
1) first thoroughly clean the machine. remove needle. Remove Thread, needle bar plate. Blow out. Then WD40 and oil treatment in bobbin assembly.
2) remove top thread completely. Unscrew top tension knob out enough to get a q-tip in there and dip in rubbing alcohol to clean discs.
3) Change to larger needle.
4) rethread using a different thread in top and a new bobbin. Maybe even a new bobbin case.
5) readjust bobbin tension
6) readjust top thread ( try a polyester like So Fine in top and bottom.
follow these steps and see if that fixes it
quilterkp reacted to Kwiltr in Moroccan Vibe-ish
It must be picture day today! I just finished binding this quilt I finished quilting right before Christmas. Yesterday was finally dry enough with a little break through light in the clouds so ran outside for pictures. This quilt is a takeoff of the SKOW Moroccan Vibe, enlarged to fit our bed to 96”x 117. This was the quilt I asked so many questions here about double batting and hopping foot height etc. It was certainly a learning experience in so many ways. Quilted on Lenni.
quilterkp reacted to clgtennis in Metro Rings - finally finished!
Between work and the holidays I was finally able to get this quilt on and off my frame. It's a commission quilt for a co-worker/friend and thankfully she was not in a hurry. I used quilt designs from House of Creations (they stitched beautifully!) and my Freedom with Intelliquilter. Just need to add the label and off it will go.
quilterkp reacted to LibbyG in String of Pearls
Originally my customer wanted three designs for this quilt. One in the center, another one around that, and then a different one around that. However, because of the design ( four petals in one juncture, and eight in another) they were turning as I moved around the blocks, and they didn't look right. Then she said just to do Nemeshing. I knew that would be boring, so I asked Bethanne Nemesh for her help. In two minutes, you have to love creative geniuses, she sent me three designs. I actually chose the easiest one for me to quilt. At the 8 petals I rotated the Nemeshing off the center point. Then Bethanne suggested a basketweave for the other spaces. My customer didn't want me to mark the quilt with a blue marker, so I used a hera marker and a ruler and tried to eyeball the weave.
I used one layer of wool batting and over one and 1/2 cones of bottom line.
String of Pearls (2) by Libby G, on Flickr
String of Pearls by Libby G, on Flickr
String of Pearls (4) by Libby G, on Flickr
quilterkp reacted to jbnt9999 in Quilting with Minky or Cuddle Backing
It has been awhile but I didn't have any problems. I did use a batting. I think a low loft poly batting. Make sure you don't stretch the Minky when loading. Load with the lengthwise grain against the leaders. I adjusted tension as usual. Good luck
quilterkp reacted to jimerickson in Long Arm reviews
Bing: If you think you will quilt professionally, do yourself a favor, and only consider the following manufactures: A-1 Elite, APQS, Gammill, Innova, Nolting, or Prodigy. They are industrial quality, and all offer good product support. As far as repairs go, you probably won't need any. I don't know too much about the Innova or the Prodigy, but the others are pretty simple and straight forward so most of the service needed you can do yourself. Jim
quilterkp reacted to RunningThreads in My Dilemma
In my opinion I think the better deal would be a used professional quality machine like an APQS. If you find you don’t want to quilt after a couple of years the used APQS machine will be easier to sell and will depreciate less. The factory has wonderful support and encourages you to service the machine yourself. They will send detailed instructions with excellent pictures should you ever have to make repairs. Let the BC dealers and Sparrow Studioz in Edmonton know what you are looking for as they may hear of someone wanting to sell or upgrade to a newer machine. If you are patient a deal will come along. There is one for sale right now in Surrey but let it sit for a while, I don’t think it will sell for anywhere near the current asking price.
quilterkp reacted to jimerickson in My Dilemma
Gail: I echo what Nigel said. I had 2 lesser machines before I got my APQS Ult 2, and my Gammill Classic (both used BTW). My regret is that I bothered with the lesser machines to begin with, and that I wasted a lot of money on them. The first line long arms are industrial machines that just don't wear out, so you can be confident with the purchase of a used one. Jim
quilterkp reacted to quiltmonkey in My Dilemma
OK I will be brutally honest and say this: There are lots of great quilting machine brands out there. But, if I were you, I'd strongly suggest you spend a little extra money and get the quality product that will last forever, is easy to use, isn't fussy, is sturdy and built to work, a product that is world renown for its quality and service and many many years of excellent reputation. So, that said, there are lots of great machines out there. But you know what? You are guaranteed to be happy with an APQS product. There are some things you shouldn't skimp. Get the best you can afford, even used. I know many people who have bought APQS and are so very very happy with the choice they made.
quilterkp reacted to quiltmonkey in This is what it's all about.......
A few months ago, my neighbor's 13 year old daughter asked me to help her make a quilt. How could I say no? Twist my arm? LOL!
Anyway, this Christmas break, we got together, she picked a quilt pattern (The Road to Oklahoma) and then we went shopping for fabrics. Ultimately, I wanted her to be the decision maker for her fabrics, batting, backing, etc... I didn't want to say "NO" so I gave her some gentle guidance with fabric choices, and she chose a variety of pastel pinks, blues, grays and a tone on tone white for the background and we added a pretty light pink inner border fabric and outer border that had all of the colors of her quilt. We used the extra strips of pastel gray and pinks for the binding. She chose ultra high loft polyester batting and the backing was lusciously soft pink and white minkee. I told her to buy extra minkee backing to make sure we had plenty of backing and I told her if we had leftover minkee we could use it to make something else... And if you're curious what we did with the leftover minkee... I had enough to make two pillow cases (I surprised her with those!!) Can you imagine how soft that might be to lay your pretty little head? We also made a label and sewed it on the back "Made by Jacee, January 2018, North Pole Alaska" when it came to the quilting part, I showed her all sorts of adorable quilting designs she could pick from... but surprisingly, she wanted a meander. OK, girl... you got it!
She is absolutely thrilled with this (she now realized how much work goes into making a quilt!). I told her the more you wash it the softer it will get and it will last many many years. So here she is cuddled inside her quilt. She's a beautiful girl. It felt good to share my love of quilting and inspire her to possibly do this again in the future. She's really into soccer (like serious stuff -- she could be an olympian...she's that good at soccer she plays in soccer tournaments all over the west coast!) I can imagine her bringing this quilt with her to the soccer tourneys, sleep-overs with school friends, etc... it will be loved and used for sure! A bonus to the story, her mom and dad are completely over the moon about this. In fact, Mom came over and helped us pin and lay out the quilt while Jacee sewed. When Mom and Jacee were out of state at a soccer tournament, her Daddy came over one day to sew the outer border on the quilt. So, it was a family project that all of them can take pride in. YAAY!
Anyway, thought I'd share this sweet story. Happy quilting everyone!
quilterkp reacted to PennyQuilts2 in For His Service
It is finally finished and will be judged next week at the “Road to California” quilt shop
I am so proud of this quilt. I paper pieced it using Harboured Lighthouse pattern by Quiltworx
It was made to thank my husband for his years of service in the United States Coast Guard
I machine quilted it using my new Millennium and was hand guided. I do not have a computer on my long arm.
quilterkp reacted to SWall in Christmas Quilt Project
My sister took on an ambitious project in 2017. She made quilts for each of her 8 grandchildren for Christmas and I got to do the quilting for her!! Their ages range from 3 - 24 years of age. (Some of them were similar so I didn't post all the pictures - she did two of the zigzag (quake quilts)
It was fun project to do with her and since they were Christmas gifts I couldn't post them till now. Her grandchildren were quite excited to receive them and I'm sure will be treasured for many years to come!
quilterkp reacted to Donna TKO in Flatlining
Sharon, thank you so much for taking the time to answer my questions! The article had great information, thank you for that also.
I purchased a used Lennie and this was pretty much my first quilt on it, except for practice pieces. The front looked great and I while I looked at the back, obviously I didn't look at it close enough and I about fainted when I noticed those spots. Since this was the back of the quilt, I will try tightening the top tension a little.
I used Superior Omni Thread, 40 wt on the front and back. I used a Panto; not near ready to try free motion! The panto is from Urban Elementz and it's called Vintage. I attached a couple more pictures, my first try at flying geese - they were really fun to make!
Thanks again Sharon, it means a lot just to hear someone say "it's okay"!