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    Brenni reacted to whatever66 in OH YEAH   
    HI everyone, my LENNI has arrived 
    I have a very smaill studio, it took some effort to get it into the room.  The room is 10 by 12 and the table 12 feet
    I have to "crawl" through the closet to get into the room  but here it is.

    It looks like a bowling alley so I named her ALLEY CAT
    I added my second quilt that is on the frame

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    Brenni reacted to Corey in "Hi Quilt" from Quilty Magazine   
    My friend La Juana & I have this similar taste when it comes to pattern & fabrics. I bought the fabrics for myself & more for L J. So here is her finished quilt, mine is still fabrics waiting to be a quilt top very soon.
    She did not want to pay custom because she has so many quilt tops, most of her quilts are made as gifts for her & her DH's clan & their dear friends.
    IQ quilted, used Darlene Epps digitized pattern,
    60 x 78, Nov Dec issue 8 Quilty
    Fabrics by Glimma Collection, Windham
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    Brenni reacted to WW Quilter in Fair Best of Show   
    I hope these pictures show up!

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    Brenni reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in NQR - Baby Olivia is Here!   
    Just sharing with friends I have made here on the forum - our baby Olivia is here!  She went to NICU for her first few days after she was born as she needed a little help breathing and had a little hole in her heart - though we are blessed as it looks as though she will not need surgery - we go back in sixth months to be sure.  Just wanted to share!
    I was a little nervous how I'd manage quilting with a new baby and a sort of rough recovery from c-section, but I'm feeling pretty confident after the last few days.  I've been trying to get back in the groove of things, and though we're in a new routine, I think we're going to do well!    Hoping to turn on my long arm today for the first time in over a month - I'm excited!
    10156154_992445217435398_3669092887959211330_n by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
    11407027_995346993811887_8600579986495077281_n by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
    11148725_10153328819596280_8383794187401466208_n by Valerie Smith, on Flickr
    Looking forward to catching up with everyone!  
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    Brenni reacted to I dew quilting in Arboretum Quilt   
    Barbara asked me to quilt her quilt for the new Arboretum.  Barbara not only quilts but she is also a Master Gardener.  She made this quilt to hang in the entrance of the Arboretum.  The Poplar leaves are because the Poplar tree is the Tennessee State tree.  All the Master Gardeners that work on the Arboretum signed a leaf that she appliqued in the first border.  She request that I quilt the name, city, state and the year established.  You can see they have worked on it for awhile.  She said this would hang in the entrance for all of the visitors to see and enjoy.  What a honor for me.  The quilt is 55x55 and I used 2 layers of 80/20 batting, Glide and SoFine thread.  All quilting is freehand on my APQS Millie.

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    Brenni reacted to Primitive1 in Here it is....all finished!   
    This one is finally finished and on it's way back to it's took me about a month to quilt it but I had to stop a lot, and unplug the machine because of weather here in TX...but it is finally finished...
    This is one I asked for input on the border as you can see all of the little tiny 1 inch squares...I ended up SID with monopoly every two rows that matched the triangles and did cc's in the was enough to stabilize the border which was so busy I was pretty sure nothing would show up if I did more...but I did heavy quilting in the negative spaces and hope she will like it!
    Thanks for the input on what to do with this busy border!

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    Brenni reacted to I dew quilting in Cheryl's Wall hanging   
    I finished quilting Cheryl's wall hanging.  It is part of a Edyta Sitar pattern.  I just love it and now I have to make one.  I used 80/20 and Tuscany wool batting.  SoFine and Glide thread, both quilt like butter on my Millie. All quilting is freehand. 
    See more pictures on my blog

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    Brenni reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Catch Me If You Can   
    This is a pattern by Jacqueline De Jong and paper pieced by my customer. Not all of the areas fit together nice and flat and there were a few pleats. My customer bought the variegated thread in Paducah...I was relieved when I saw it was So Fine... 40 wt, but would have preferred a lighter weight. In the body of the quilt, I used Nemeshing for the first time in the black areas. No quilting shows whatsover in the black and silver area, so a good spot to try this out.
    Lots of pix on Flickr if you are interested.
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    Brenni reacted to I dew quilting in A Second Baby Quilt   
    Finished another baby quilt for Cheryl.  There was very little color, no sashing, very plain.  I thought I needed to define the design area, so I framed to make blocks.  That looked good but plain, so I quilted the swirls and that did it.  Didn't want to quilt heavy because Cheryl says she is going to use it with her grandchild.  Quilted on my APQS Mille all freehand and ruler work with SoFine thread and 2 layers of Hobbs 80/20.


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    Brenni got a reaction from Michelle Baker in Thread catching on pigtail guide screw   
    I had this problem too.  I put tape around the screw gap and problem solved. I also readjusted the batting at the top of the cone so that too much thread would not be pulled.  It would get caught in the screw gap when too much thread was getting through and I slowed down.  As long as I was going full speed, it did not happen.  When I slowed down the thread would get slack and get caught in the screw.
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    Brenni reacted to I dew quilting in candle wicking baby quilt   
    I quilted this baby quilt for a customer.  Didn't know what to quilt at first.  I wanted to framed the candle wicking since there was no sashing separating the blocks. Then a secondary patterned showed up and I just had to add feathers.  I wanted to add background fill and smaller stippling but I didn't want to make it stiff since it is a baby quilt.

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    Brenni reacted to WW Quilter in Fair Best of Show   
    My friend, Rose's, Amazon Star won the Best of Show Overall at the San Bernardino County Fair! I am thrilled that I was able to do the quilting on it. I posted pictures on the Forum a couple of months ago. Another quilt I quilted got a blue ribbon.
    My own "Over the River" got a blue ribbon too. A little catus wall hanging I did got a second. This is the first time items with my longarm quilting was entered in anything, so I am surprised and grateful for the ribbons! Love my Lenni!
    There are pictures on Flickr.
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    Brenni reacted to Quilting Heidi in Finally done with my Bedroom quilt...well all except the binding.   
    Hi All,
    I can finally say the quilting is done on this quilt.  It has been on the frame since the end of Jan!  Way tooo long but finding enough time for this amount of detail is difficult.  This quilt will be in my bedroom eventually.  It will debut at the VT quilt show next month and I'm hoping to get it in a few more shows.  I need to figure out what shows and when deadlines are...I'm horrible at that!  I'm thrilled with this quilt and there isn't too much I'd change about it.  I used Metro thread for the green stitching of the feathers and blue chain blocks.  I used cream so-fine for the background work.  My goal was to use a cream on the border fabric so that the feather area would appear to be a darker color and pop more.  I think that was pretty successful.  I did the entire area of quilting before rolling so that when I got to the end it was done.  My sequence was to SID the chain blocks, stitch the feather motifs, stitch the curved cross hatching, lines, pebbles and then do the chain blocks.  Those little squares in the chain blocks are 1" and I did Terry twists and then the feathered heart.  It was a fun quilt to do.  Thanks for looking.

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    Brenni reacted to chickenscratch in 32 bobbins in 9 hours   
    This is the one I had to finish before I left on my trip. Pulled it off the frame at one this afternoon. Hand painted blocks with batiks. Invisafil white, blue and purple king tut, moss green isacord on top and brown per wounds on back. Double layers of polyester batting. All freehand.

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    Brenni reacted to Quilting Heidi in NQR Madison story   
    Hi All,
    Just got the news that BIL has finally been awarded custody of niece Madison!  Many of you have been following this story for almost 6 years now.  I don't know the details of the award yet.  The lawyers office called to tell him he had won custody and they would be mailing the 30 pg document, with 8 pages of stipulations, most of them against the mother according to the secretary.  She told him that it definitely didn't go in her mother's favor.  Thank you all for your prayers over the years.  She still needs them but I'm hopeful that her parents can move on and just help her grow into the best woman she can.  I know that is probably naive but I'm hopeful!  Thanks again for all your prayers!
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    Brenni reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in "Feels Like Spring" Finished! :)   
    11193308_979407065405880_2013062092705198944_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    11182050_979412915405295_2453840311643898174_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    11141169_979406905405896_2435682208094255822_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    11037084_979407345405852_7035906379085889096_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    10411727_979407178739202_460523162195370543_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    Oh my goodness I am so happy to be finished with this one!  I posted several photos of the "in progress" so I won't totally inundate you with pictures...there are more in Flickr if you missed it the first couple posts.  I'm finally FINISHED!  This was the last quilt before baby so now I'll just relax and work on my own things.  Looking forward to a nice relaxing month or two of my own fun projects!  
    For inquiring minds - the pattern is called Feels Like Spring by Smith Street Designs (Darlene Gerber is the owner and top maker) - and it was quilted using a layer of Hobbs 80/20 with Hobbs Tuscany Wool over top - quilted entirely with Bottom Line thread from Superior Threads.
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    Brenni reacted to delld in Debbie's Perfect Ten   
    This is my SIL  Debbie's Perfect ten. I love her fabrics!!! Quilted it with Quilt Path and uised Modern Greek Key with 2003 Metro thread and Filtec bobbins with 80/20 batting. 
    While Frannie Ann and QP was quilting I worked on a long star. I'll show you that next week. I have only the borders to add to the quilt and go buy the back fabric in the morning.
    20150507_203455 by delld1964, on Flickr
    20150507_203502 by delld1964, on Flickr
    Thanks for looking!
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    Brenni reacted to LibbyG in Autumn Glory   
    I pieced this quilt five years ago.  It's from DeLoa Jones book SCRAPS ORGANIZED TO PERFECTION.  I took it with me to Camp Mowana where DeLoa, Jamie Wallen and Irena Bluhm were teaching.  Jamie suggested using gold metallic thread in the printed border, but I knew I wouldn't do that.  It would show too much.  Irena suggested feathers around the stars.  Actually that was my original plan.  When I realized a local quilt show was in April, I remembered Autumn Glory and decided I would enter it.  
    Two years ago at the Lancaster, PA, quilt show, I saw this design around a red, white and blue quilt, which won 3rd place. (I left off the 4,000 crystals.)  I would give credit to the quilter, but I can't remember her name.  It was a gorgeous quilt.
    Originally I wanted to do curved crosshatch in the triangles, but I didn't have a tool big enough.  So I was "talking" to Linda Rech and she suggested I find some way to get the diamonds in.  The small sashing stars are part of the border so I wanted a design that would go around them. I decided to use Kim Brunner's "whirly, twirly, feathers" and add diamonds, then stipple to separate them.  When it came time to do the small green border, I opened LInda Rech's sashing book and picked something to match.
    I only used one layer of Dream wool because I have trouble using rulers when the batting is so thick.  I used maybe six colors of Superior Threads, So Fine and Bottom Line, on the quilt.
    Also, thank you to Heidi and Vickie for answering many questions.  As you can see, it took first place in its category.
    Autumn Glory (2) by LibbyG7, on Flickr
    Autumn Glory (4) by LibbyG7, on Flickr
    Autumn Glory (11) by LibbyG7, on Flickr
    Autumn Glory (5) by LibbyG7, on Flickr
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    Brenni reacted to mlsa3 in From Woodworking To Quilting!!   
    I mentioned when I first joined this wonderful forum that before quilting I was a woodworker.  Had planned on doing that when I retired but health problems decided differently and that's when I chose quilting.  I get the same satisfaction from working with fabric as I did working with wood but I do still miss my woodworking.
    Thought ya'll might allow me to post some of my instruments that I made over the years.  I mainly made musical instruments.  Had a pretty good part time job going to dulcimer festivals teaching autoharp workshops and selling my autoharps and dulcimers.
    The last picture is a picture of my wife playing her custom dulcimer to our new grandson that was spending the night at our house in his new swinging crib I made him.

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    Brenni reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Science Fair table runner   
    After quilting 3 Science Fair throws, I put a bright jelly roll to work and made a 96" table runner for our dining room table. Fun to piece and quilt. The only slight hiccup is that all seams are pressed open and I felt I needed/wanted to stitch between each pieced hexagon...more of an edge stitch than a SID. It's for me, so it's OK.
    Science Fair table runner by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr
    Science Fair table runner by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr
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    Brenni 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
                (item 719931220754)
    Bobbin Winder                                                $  9.75
                (Cutex Sewing
    Motor (local sewing repair)                               $10.00
    Thread Stand (local quilt store)                         $  8.63
    Power Box(Home Depot)                                 $  2.76    3-hole ½ inch
                (item 042269650282)
    Switch dimmer (Walmart)                                $  3.87(Lutron Qoto 600W single pole)
    Switch Plate    Cover(Home Depot)                   $  0.30
                (item 078477461655)
    Power Cord (Walmart)                                     $  3.54 (2 plug 15-feet long)
    Screws/rubber grommet “spinner”                      $  3.05
                (Ace Hardware)
    Corner brackets/motor mount (HD)                    $  1.42  (2.67 for four)
                (item 030699153046)
    Rubber Feet (Home Depot)                                $  1.59
                (item 039003495650)
    Total                                                               $51.94
    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. 

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    Brenni reacted to Cagey in Constructive Criticism 1   
    I took my first free motion quilting class at the end of January 2014.  It was primarily a stencil class.  That is to say, using a stencil we drew a design on our quilt, then stitched the lines.  I bought my first real DSM in February.  In October, I took a class with Claudia Pfeil.  She taught us how to draw the stems of the feather, and then quilt the feathers.  I completed the class on my DSM, while the other participants did it on the longarm.  Since then, I have been practicing drawing designs on paper, and getting to know my George.  
    This is a NICU quilt that I have been working on my George.  I did not piece it, I just quilted it.  I made Jamie Wallen feathers around the hearts on the quilt, and did two different types of feathers in the borders.  I am looking for some constructive criticism, so I can improve my results.  
    I will start out by saying, that on the double hump vine feathers, I should have drawn some register lines to ensure my vines were all equal in size. Instead, I just went for it, and did my best to keep them the same size.  The other feathers, I chalk lined the stem and stitched them out.  Overall, I am happy with results, but I want to know how to make it better.  Should I leave the stem feathers as they are, or fill them in more before I put on the binding?
    Thank you in advance for the inputs.

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    Brenni reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Kaleidescope Quilted With Pebbles and Lines   
    Super happy with how this one turned out!  I was channeling Judi Madsen with her wonderful geometric lines and fills.  Of course not to the degree as most of her pieces, but I am really thrilled with the look!
    22316_971315146215072_1412969465615237459_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    11097998_971315476215039_8232632037635003107_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
    11150653_971315352881718_5009834204732707675_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
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    Brenni reacted to Lemon Tree Tami in Freddie moves so well   
    After using Freddie with the IQ to do pantos, I thought that it was time to try out some FMQ. This little baby quilt is one of the charity quilts that my quilt guild gave me to quilt for them. The sashings and borders are still done with the IQ but the long flying geese strips were FMQ using Kim Stotsenberg's tutorial on her blog. I have to say that it was awesome being able to switch from computer to all Freddie, who's Blissed, at the touch of a button. Of course the hand guided bits took a long time compared to the computer guided parts but it was fun to do. It's not great but some little baby will be warm in it. More practice is on the to-do list. But maybe next time I'll put on Freddie's ruler base and try the SID with a ruler. My stitches decided to go walkabout from the ditch at times.
    From the first pink polka dot triangle to the last one there was a bit of a difference.


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    Brenni reacted to Janette in Hello again, photos too..   
    Its been a while since I have been here and youve probably all forgotten me, I have been busy quilting full time now, but thought you might like to see a couple of photos, i have also been playing around with bindings too lately.
    This is a pattern using the quickcurve ruler