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    Mrs.A got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in If You're Going to MQX!   
    Barbara Moran is my quilting student.  We worked on her quilt for almost 3 years.  It is a monster, measuring 120 x 120".  I did the color & fabric selection and changed up Kim McLean's pattern a bit.  Barbara did all the appliqué: fused and machine blanket stitched.  She finds the rhythm of the machine soothing hence the name Better Than Prozac.  Valerie did a wonderful job quilting it and really pushed it over the top!  Barbara and I did the binding together and then I blocked that sucker on my hands & knees     Anyway, MQX is a terrific show and I'm thrilled that Barbara's quilt took a blue ribbon in the Group category.
     
    Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Tuscon Arizona Quilt Fiesta 2015 - Anyone Go?   
    Sorry Val…trying to get a photo from Barbara.  You did a splendid job!
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Bekah in Ruler Work on the George   
    Great video, Patsy.  Thanks for the clear instruction & great camera work.  You are leading sit-down quilters into a whole new area of possibility!  So glad that George found his way to you.   Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Gma in GEORGE FOR SALE IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA   
    Selling my 2006 George sit-down quilting machine.  Unlike the new ones currently offered with a folding table, this machine is mounted in a sturdy wood & laminate cabinet with 4 drawers and two drop leaves.  It has been well maintained and was professionally serviced two years ago.  Because the cabinet is so heavy, this purchase makes sense only for those who can pick up the machine in Tucson, Arizona.  Included in the $5000 price will be interchangeable feet (closed toe, open toe & high profile for ruler work), size L bobbin cases and bobbins, TOWA bobbin tension gauge, printed manual & DVD, and an assortment of needles in different sizes.  I'd be happy to include a few lessons to familiarize you with the machine & get you started.  Please post questions here or email me directly.    Nancy in Tucson
     
     
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from harcathy in Using the Accuquilt Studio Fabric Cutter   
    I can't imagine turning the crank from a seated position, even with the shorter tray & smaller dies.  I do have to 'catch the tray' when using the long tray & strip dies.  I keep my cutter on a rolling metal kitchen cart from IKEA.  This way, I can scoot the whole thing up against the wall & out of the way when not in use.  I store my dies on the lower shelves in the cart and on wire racks (from Accuquilt) mounted on the wall above.   Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from klwheeler in GEORGE FOR SALE IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA   
    Truth?  I have had a great experience with George.  Using him helped me eliminate much of the shoulder strain I was feeling from quilting on my domestic machine.  I love the simplicity of the machine and the company support has been great too.  Now my quilts are competing at a higher level (just won my first ribbon at Houston) and I want to see what I can do with a stitch regulated machine.  I don't want to switch to a stand up machine so I have purchased a new machine from a different longarm company.  Their stationery machine has a stitch regulator that I'm convinced will work.  Selling dear George to make room for the new kid.  Will keep on visiting the forum…everyone here has been helpful and inspiring.    Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in GEORGE FOR SALE IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA   
    Selling my 2006 George sit-down quilting machine.  Unlike the new ones currently offered with a folding table, this machine is mounted in a sturdy wood & laminate cabinet with 4 drawers and two drop leaves.  It has been well maintained and was professionally serviced two years ago.  Because the cabinet is so heavy, this purchase makes sense only for those who can pick up the machine in Tucson, Arizona.  Included in the $5000 price will be interchangeable feet (closed toe, open toe & high profile for ruler work), size L bobbin cases and bobbins, TOWA bobbin tension gauge, printed manual & DVD, and an assortment of needles in different sizes.  I'd be happy to include a few lessons to familiarize you with the machine & get you started.  Please post questions here or email me directly.    Nancy in Tucson
     
     
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in GEORGE FOR SALE IN SOUTHERN ARIZONA   
    Truth?  I have had a great experience with George.  Using him helped me eliminate much of the shoulder strain I was feeling from quilting on my domestic machine.  I love the simplicity of the machine and the company support has been great too.  Now my quilts are competing at a higher level (just won my first ribbon at Houston) and I want to see what I can do with a stitch regulated machine.  I don't want to switch to a stand up machine so I have purchased a new machine from a different longarm company.  Their stationery machine has a stitch regulator that I'm convinced will work.  Selling dear George to make room for the new kid.  Will keep on visiting the forum…everyone here has been helpful and inspiring.    Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in APQS Forum Friends Going to Houston!   
    Congrats, Valerie, on your pattern being published and your sample hanging in the booth at Festival!  Your talents are many ;-)      Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Anyone Have Photos From MQX - Midwest?   
    No photos, Val, as I am in NY right now but you did such a spectacular job on Barbara's Roseville Album quilt and now CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RIBBON AT MQX!  I saw the photos of your stockings and they are just gorgeous!  You are a talented & dedicated quilter.  I'm so glad that your work has been recognized.  Plus a family vacation in FL...life is good!  So happy for you,  Nancy in Tucson  
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Anyone Have Photos From MQX - Midwest?   
    No photos, Val, as I am in NY right now but you did such a spectacular job on Barbara's Roseville Album quilt and now CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR RIBBON AT MQX!  I saw the photos of your stockings and they are just gorgeous!  You are a talented & dedicated quilter.  I'm so glad that your work has been recognized.  Plus a family vacation in FL...life is good!  So happy for you,  Nancy in Tucson  
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Lemon Tree Tami in Outside the box baby quilt   
    Just completed this baby quilt, commissioned for a rock/pop star celebrity's new baby.  Scully Friends consists of machine appliquéd sugar skull blocks.  Quilted on my APQS George machine with So Fine thread.  Nine different background fills based on the background fabrics in the blocks (circles, spirals, chevrons, leaves…you get the idea) and straight lines in outer border.  I cut the rick rack borders with my Accuquilt Studio cutter.
    Nancy in Tucson      
     
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Ann Wight in Outside the box baby quilt   
    Just completed this baby quilt, commissioned for a rock/pop star celebrity's new baby.  Scully Friends consists of machine appliquéd sugar skull blocks.  Quilted on my APQS George machine with So Fine thread.  Nine different background fills based on the background fabrics in the blocks (circles, spirals, chevrons, leaves…you get the idea) and straight lines in outer border.  I cut the rick rack borders with my Accuquilt Studio cutter.
    Nancy in Tucson      
     
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from dbams in Outside the box baby quilt   
    Just completed this baby quilt, commissioned for a rock/pop star celebrity's new baby.  Scully Friends consists of machine appliquéd sugar skull blocks.  Quilted on my APQS George machine with So Fine thread.  Nine different background fills based on the background fabrics in the blocks (circles, spirals, chevrons, leaves…you get the idea) and straight lines in outer border.  I cut the rick rack borders with my Accuquilt Studio cutter.
    Nancy in Tucson      
     
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Brenni in Outside the box baby quilt   
    Just completed this baby quilt, commissioned for a rock/pop star celebrity's new baby.  Scully Friends consists of machine appliquéd sugar skull blocks.  Quilted on my APQS George machine with So Fine thread.  Nine different background fills based on the background fabrics in the blocks (circles, spirals, chevrons, leaves…you get the idea) and straight lines in outer border.  I cut the rick rack borders with my Accuquilt Studio cutter.
    Nancy in Tucson      
     
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Oma in Outside the box baby quilt   
    Just completed this baby quilt, commissioned for a rock/pop star celebrity's new baby.  Scully Friends consists of machine appliquéd sugar skull blocks.  Quilted on my APQS George machine with So Fine thread.  Nine different background fills based on the background fabrics in the blocks (circles, spirals, chevrons, leaves…you get the idea) and straight lines in outer border.  I cut the rick rack borders with my Accuquilt Studio cutter.
    Nancy in Tucson      
     
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from maggienoella in Monofilament question   
    Some people find monofilament in the bobbin problematic.  If you decide to try it, wind the bobbin slowly and only half full.
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Neher-in-law5 in Is it me or my backing   
    Oh, sorry to hear about your issues with George.  Please try not to get discouraged…it is not unusual for there to be a learning curve when switching from a DSM to an 'industrial' style machine like George.  I completely get your disappointment.  I struggled a lot early on (that was 7 years ago) especially with thread breakage/tension issues  but persevered and I love this machine so much that I now rep it for APQS.
     
    To address your specific issues:  The polyester thread IS more forgiving than cotton threads.  That may be one reason your sample sandwiches were easier than your current quilt w/Aurifil cotton. You may want to continue using poly thread until you & the machine really get in a groove.  Personally, I prefer the look of cotton thread for most of my quilting so I began with So Fine…a polyester thread from Superior which has a matte finish so it looks like cotton thread (in 50, 40 and 30 weights) but runs great on George even for beginners.  I always give a cone to my customers…it's the best thread for the learning curve.  
     
    Compared to a domestic machine, there is a lot of fiddling with tensions when you use George but you WILL be able to sew with almost every thread once you get the hang of it.  Needle size is important as is the exact position of the needle (another difference from the DSM with a flat-sided needle).  Try a larger needle and/or try adjusting the needle position a tiny increment left or right.
     
    Batik fabrics are more tightly woven but George can handle it just fine.  If yours is particularly stiff, you could try pre-washing it but that is likely not the issue.  What batting are you using?
     
    Most importantly, don't get discouraged.  You have to give yourself a little time for experimenting and fine tuning, OK?  We are all here to support you!  Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in Question about SID   
    Everything looks better and remains more square when ditched.  I agree with what Cindy Needham says: ESS = every stinking seam  ;-)    Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A reacted to LindaSteller in Question about SID   
    I always ditch also. I know so many who think it's unnecessary, but when I see photos posted with beautiful quilting and then little poofs where the seams are, I can't help but think how awful that looks.  I suppose it depends on whether that bothers you or not, but I know it bothers me!  
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Kwilt-n-Deb in Question about SID   
    Everything looks better and remains more square when ditched.  I agree with what Cindy Needham says: ESS = every stinking seam  ;-)    Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from anniemueller in Jackson Hole Quilt Festival 2014 Registration Open   
    Looks like some great talent teaching there, Annie.  Which hotel is the best place for out-of-towners to stay?  Jackson Hole is on DH's bucket list.
    Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Accuquilt or Sizzix? Pro's/Con's?   
    Bonnie:
    I agree with Sharon that the dies cut more thoroughly (with less stray connecting threads) when you cut more layers.  When I have only a few layers to cut, I put a piece or two of construction paper between the fabric and the plastic.  That seems to help push the fabric layers onto the die & gives me a better cut.  (And lots of fun paper shapes for the grandkids ;-)
    Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in Accuquilt or Sizzix? Pro's/Con's?   
    Bonnie:
    I agree with Sharon that the dies cut more thoroughly (with less stray connecting threads) when you cut more layers.  When I have only a few layers to cut, I put a piece or two of construction paper between the fabric and the plastic.  That seems to help push the fabric layers onto the die & gives me a better cut.  (And lots of fun paper shapes for the grandkids ;-)
    Nancy in Tucson
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    Mrs.A got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Tip on free motion   
    I quilt sitting down so I have no business posting here but I've seen some Sharon Schamber videos showing how to weigh down the machine with bags of rice to increase the quilter's control.  Maybe you should take a look at YouTube for them? 
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