Busy Quilting

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  1. Your carriage and table should not be snug inside the groove of the wheel. It should appear that only the top section of the wheel is sitting lightly on the carriage.
  2. This is obviously one fabric where that border will need to pinned on in halves quarters and eighths etc then very gently sewn to the body of the quilt. Did she measure the centre in three places and average before cutting the border fabrics?
  3. If you have a complete new hopping foot shaft then you can cut the bottom of the old one out, that will give you enough wiggle room to remove it.
  4. Sad to hear you are still having problems. The bobbles on the back look like a top thread too fast feed thingie! (are you using the wonder tape on the Glide thread as a thread net). Think I have also said something about the tension spring resting at 11 and under tension at 9 O'clock. Do you have a Brand new genuine APQS bobbin case that you could try? Some of the Ebay ones might fit but they do not stitch perfectly. I am home tody and tomorrow if you want to try phone trouble shooting.
  5. If so, I'd love to get a picture of my quilt Featheration 2Blu with her ribbon
  6. Third Place at AQS Lancaster. Yippeeeee. An International Quilting Ribbon for my wall.
  7. Claudia couches by laying her thread in front of the foot and with a matching or invisible thread taking the tiniest of stitches off a straight line path. Haven't tried it yet but she made it look easy with a normal foot.
  8. If any readers are going to AQS Lancaster or AQS Paducah I would love to have a picture of Featheration2Blu hanging in the shows. Hubby and I were going but since my Mum's passing piecing and travelling overseas are not high on my agenda. I am just super stoked that it got accepted to the shows and feel that journey itself is honouring my mum. The fact she is also in the advertising for Paducah is a bonus.
  9. I think the advertising for this machine has been doing the rounds of FB again so that would be why the interest.
  10. Patty Jo Welcome Back......It is funny how a lot of us "ol Timers" are returning to the family. FB and Instagram are becoming too commercialised. The APQS forum just feels like sitting round the dining table at home with friends and a good cup of tea for a natter.
  11. I prefer to use pre wound Magna Glide Classics in the bobbin as my machine is L size and they have 120m of thread on them. When I self wound Bottomline I only got about 90 m of thread and it took over a minute of time. So costwise the prewounds win! Use a colour that blends with the backing and rarely change it to match the top thread changes. On the top I use anything and everything, I change up the thread path, as in the three hole thread guide above the tension disc, before I adjust my top tension. My thread wallS have Glide, Glide 60, Affinity, Essence, Cairo Quilt fro Filtec. So Fine 50, So Fine 40, Bottomline, Monopoly, King Tut, Omni from Superior. Invisifil And confetti and I have used Gutterman cotton.
  12. I make a pretty good banana bread made with coconut flour! Love my morning muesli but it is based on nuts, coconut and seeds. We try and eat organic as well so avoid anything GMO. No vegetable oils, soy products etc. Bacon, Eggs and butter make a great breakfast. Meat is grass fed as much as possible too.
  13. Mary Beth have you looked into what you eat. Cutting out all grains and processed foods is supposed to be helpful for autoimmune disease. I have been low carb healthy fatfor two years now and am feeling great.
  14. I float my quilts. Before I start quilting I usually choose a colour thread that is the most dominant in the quilt and I work from the top to the bottom quilting in that colour. I check each advance of the quilt that the blocks etc across the quilt are still straight with the channel locks. I keep the sides straight using markings I have on my front Quilt top roller. I pin every unquilted area with flat flower head pins every 4", as if I was basting the quilt. When there is about 3 rolls of the quilt left until the end I will advance to the very end and check the squareness of the bottom edge, baste it then go aback and complete the first colour of quilting. Once I get to the bottom I then use the next most used colour thread and work my way back to the top. The another colour to the bottom etc. This way I am repeating the same design in the same colour and not having to remember quite as much what I have already quilted.
  15. I started designing Limeberry Tart in June 2014, I completed it by 23rd July 2016, averaging about 3 hours every day in the intervening 760 days! She is to be my 0 birthday quilt for myself, designed to go on my King Size bed, so is LARGE 270cm x 285cm. All hand pieced and then Quilted on my Millenium She won Best Machine Quilting in her first show and has just won First Place Professional Pieced Quilt in our State Show. I am now debating if I bite the bullet and send her overseas to do a few shows next year.
  16. Heidi, The Grandfamily is growing and looking great. Keep enjoying them all they are our rewards for loving their parents!
  17. Jan I am a dealer for APQS in OZ but I have no knowledge of the CQ and I have not as yet done any service training. I am assuming you gave Millie a good clean, blew out the motor brushes, and oiled before you started reusing her after the storage stint. Does the same problem occur if you are freehanding and in Stitch regulated mode? Does it happen if you switch off the stitch regulator and stitch. Is it only happening when the CQ is engaged? Are the belts for the CQ all clean and free movement of the carriage along them? Is it only a certain area of the table? Obviously you need to isolate where the problem is happening. So that we can find a solution.
  18. Lora take off your left side cover and give everything a good clean and wipe out. Then only oil when the wicks are dry to the touch.
  19. Try using a thread net on the spool. Rainbows is a very slippery thread. It could also be one of the pigtail guides is worn. Test with some dental floss.
  20. Loosen the top tension. I often go down through the 1st hole of the 3 hole above the tension over and down into the 3rd hole skipping the 2nd hole.
  21. These are really interesting reads on the "show markets" of the USA. I have wishlist of shows I would like to attend and participate in classes as well as send one of my own quilts too. A very expensive exercise for the travel to get to the US from Australia - but I am still saving my dollars. Australia has only one major Machine Quilting Festival every two years. My first time attending I was disappointed that APQS was not represented, I had only become a dealer a few months before it. Two years ago I took my machine to represent APQS and have not received a sale from it. This year I am again taking my APQS machine so it has a representation. I am also vendoring my Glide threads. Vendor space is $3000. Vehicle Hire $2000 petrol for vehicle $1500. Return Distance to venue 2500 miles so 4 nights accommodation on the road with meals $1000. Five nights accommodation and meals at Festival $1250. So I am out of pocket at least $8750. I do not receive any funding from either APQS or Filtec whose products I am representing. My husband accompanies me so at least I can do some classes and he can do the heavy lifting. Will I do it again in two years time? Depends on the sales - it is a shame that this is the only Machine Quilting Festival in Australia and I know the organiser is also looking at the costs before committing to do it again.
  22. Definietly a straight. I use my 8" Quilters Apothecary one frequently. Arcs I have lots - Quilted Pineapples and Lisa Calles are the best!