Daisy2018

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  1. This machine has been sold. It was a great experience and I think a very nice match with her new owners. Thanks so much for a great transaction.
  2. Dear Beckie: This machines is still available, but we packed it up over the last two days into it's original boxes. We are moving to Iowa on Monday and just couldn't wait any longer. I don't know if Intelliquilt software can be used with it, I'm sure the APQS people could tell you. I have discounted it by quite a lot, could wait for you to pick up before Mon. but can not set up again due to how much time we have before the movers arrive. I does a great job of quilting, I'll take it to Iowa and try to fit it into a downsized house (oh oh....) . If you have any questions please get back to me. Thank you, Pat
  3. Yes this is still available. We will finish packing Feb 21, so at that time I'll be taking it down and packing it up . Hope not to have to move it across the country though....Thank you for your interest. Pat
  4. Dear CBing: YES, this is stitch regulated and has a wonderful quality stitch. I've had great stitches whether going left to right or even backtracking to left to complete an area . It is a great deal for the features it has. Call me if you need anymore information, thank you, Pat
  5. It's almost time for our move! No room in the truck for my beloved Millie. I am forced to sell her as we are moving across the country. Only used on my personal quilts; very low hours. Its stitches have always been perfect! The machine has been kept in a climate-controlled room and has been well maintained. Picture her finishing all YOUR quilts for you! Serious offers considered. It is a great machine! I'll leave it up for a little while longer so that it can be "test driven " ! LOCATION: Georgia Features: 2008 Millennium Electronic Directional Locks Lower Thread Cutter 14-foot Table L bobbin Automatic Fabric Advance Turbo Bobbin Winder Hartley Fence M & M Wheels Instruction Manual Original Boxes Price: $9000 Reduced to $7,900 Located in Alpharetta, Georgia. Buyer must pick up, but we still have the original shipping boxes, including the long rail and roller boxes to protect it during transport to its new home! Questions? Email Pat at: irisrose125@aol.com or call 770-789-7532
  6. I like what Kat said...... Many years ago, I made things to sell at craft fairs in the Midwest. I had spent the winter crossstitching a quilt kit, many, many hours of work and more $ than I really had. I had displayed it at the fair, and a guy I knew from the fairs asked me if I would trade. Well , he had some really nice hand carved woodducks, I thought one would be perfect for my new husband on our first Christmas. I thought I was getting a woodduck, he thought a pine decoy (barely carved and not stained) was the "even" trade. SOOOO, the moral of the story, never not know exactly what you are trading AHEAD of time. That decoy is treasured, but only I know the real message. No one will value your work and time and even $ except yourself. Value yourself.... I hope you will get your courage up and tell her that you are really attached to this quilt, will need it for the ideas you have stitched into it, and that you hope to trade with her later in the year when you have a few more stitched and you can both choose something each of you regards as a good trade...... Pat
  7. Dear All: Read and reread this thread several times, lots of neat things to think about. I have the luxury of quilting without needing to make money at it....I wish everyone had the same.... With this said, I realize I quilt solely because I have an idea just wanting to be created in real fabric, so that the idea in my head can be seen by others, usually others that I really care for. That said, it means that I don't usually make something that's already been made, or that might be part of a fad. (I've never used a crystal...) The quilts that most appeal to me, both hand done, and machine done, say something powerful and unique to me. The clearer the message, the more I appreciate the quilter's expertise. Something simple and pure can have the same degree of WOW as something quite complicated. Something done in understated colors (think Japanese taupe) can be as forceful as something done in brights. Simple but well designed geometrics can knock your socks off. And yes, even simple crosshatching and original line designs can so make the quilt sing. When I look at a quilt show, I'm trying to see the real message the quilter has for me. If it is powerful and thought provoking it succeeds, if the message is lost in bling, brights, 100,000 yards of thread, then the artist perhaps has less of a message and more of a desire to wow for wow's sake, not what I, at least, am looking for. SOOO: I'm always hoping that quilts that really reach their audience with good design and a clear message are judged with the highest marks. Simple, elegant, quilts could win..... The older I get, the more pleasure I have looking at quilts that tell a story, of family, love, new babies, young going out into the world, lives lived well, stories of gentle spirit. Wrapped in soft, fluid quilt, worn, cuddled, comforted, at peace. but no matter what, keep smiling and quilt Pat
  8. I'll add something that will horrify some people !!! I had some old aprons made and used a long time ago from feedsacks, and a little embroidery, rickrack, buttons. They were stained, and as I really couldn't see keeping them if they weren't looking CLEAN, I first tried many of the above things for vintage things, and then when nothing worked, soaked, and washed in original Tide.....They were almost bright....and very soft and nice. So you never can tell....Pat
  9. Dotty: I did exactly as Meg recommends, only it took 2 shows to nail it down for me. I ended up really liking the information and the people of APQS. I lived a long way away from any dealer, and when they said I would be able to handle the care of the machine and learning a bit independently, they were exactly right. Also I have this forum, any question you might have , the answer will be right here from really helpful people. The option of the height lift was made for you! Also, do talk to Myrna if you get the chance, she has many really helpful ideas, she ultimately helped me decide with lots of information. I have heard of quite a few on the forum that the used machines are an excellent way to go, and also know that the right fit is soooo important. Trust me, you will have that Ah Ha moment Pat Good hunting!
  10. First: Queenie I'm so very sorry your family experienced this Second: I know that the system for helping people in need , from natural disasters, to fires, etc. has changed quite a lot in the last years. In years past much of the aid was very , very , local. The local towns people knew their inhabitants and with need, helped out, through church or civic charities. Local charities, run by local people, who were "watched" by their neighbors. I personally think it kept most people very responsible and also kept donations to things that were really needed. Now days it is truly different. Charities are sometimes multi-million dollar entities, with no local ties. They have no idea what is needed, where it should go, and no one watching. Yes money is needed, but that too brings the risk of theft. In some areas, people mistakenly think donating clothing will help, huge problems washing, wrong sizes, wrong suitability, storage in clean places, and of course, some people think cleaning out their closet is OK because victims should be glad of anything.... Organizations can get too big, too prone to mismanagement.... I see positive things come from many sources, most of the time it really depends on WHO is out there being responsible for things, and of course, many more people might be more prepared for natural disasters...(have some savings, be a bit less dependent on others for help) .I feel strongly about local people helping local people. Food banks are some of the most helpful community charities ... To be truly helpful, I need to be involved , and listen to what is really needed. I do believe most people like to have the person helping them be someone they know or can relate to. I applaud any one helping in any capacity, but especially like the local volunteers who work all year, without public praise, just listening....and doing..... Pat
  11. I'm not very good at all the fine points of adjustment with Milli, If I had to worry about what others did to her, and not have the luxury of being able to step up to the machine and use it without a care, I wouldn't enjoy it at all. I like that my workplace is tidied up and the machine cleaned and oiled, so that when I am all excited about my next project I don't need to stress. So many people want to try longarming, mostly because they want to save the cost of having it done, not because they really want to quilt...so you become the place they really aren't happy, they don't do the quilting nearly as nicely as a pro, and they don't save as much as they thought they would, because of course, they are really looking for a deal that you as the owner of the machine can't afford to do because of the time. Unless you find those perfect matches in others with regard to cleanliness, work ethic, and care of machinery, I think you would find yourself doing more babysitting than it might be worth, and the costs of doing it would be hard to pass on to the customer. I haven't seen many set ups for renting working well, only a few because the owner liked people and the teaching aspects of it ( like Lucy!!) I really like that my Milli is all mine.... Pat
  12. Our turn tonight for low temps.....I have been caught, took 30+ large (100 lbs) pots out for the spring, will need to bring them all in again tonight...UGH luckily am between bulbs and azaleas +lilac, not yet roses, peonies and daylillies. Will need to cover just a few things. We have permanent plant covers (never use them for anything else), the weather is so very silly in GA... I can say that the orchids, clivia and lantana did look fabulous while they were out the last 2 weeks! I quilt year round, I garden most of the year, between the two, never a dull moment:cool: Pat
  13. Dear Connie: I know your friend well (too well sometimes), take care of yourself . Perhaps buy a new quilting book, take it along, and when you have a small break , refresh and hydrate, look at the pictures, plan a new project, perhaps just for you. You mean so much to everyone, hope you can do the best you can for the people affected by this accident, but also for yourself. I've seen some new books on feathers that looked tempting.....love , Pat;)
  14. Dear Lib: I have used a variety of bobbin winders, while working with embroidery machines for a commercial embroiderer, and at a workshop with upholstery, and also with friends set ups, I'm so very glad I got the turbo winder from APQS, it is totally adjustable as to so many issues, and if I pay attention to what I'm doing winds perfectly every time. I'd try to get a used one or save a little more for a new one. I do know that when ever I've heard of a friend having lots of thread problems more times than not, she has a problem with bobbins if she winds her own. They absolutely have to have even stable tension to let the stitches flow evenly. Most of the problems in one friends case were in the first 1/3 of the bobbin winding, so you could stitch ok for the first 2/3, then it all fell apart for her. When I looked at the bobbin, the rest pulled off very badly. See if you could ask around for a used turbo, they are made to last, the most you might need to do is a little adjustment. Pat
  15. Few people ever saw a Sunbonnet block that hadn't been hand quilted, so they expect to see the type of quilting that would have been done by hand. That said, one of the reasons you see so much crosshatching on old blocks is: It was practical, first it could be marked easily, then it was on the diagonal to the threads and therefor easier to actually sew, the design filled up the entire space, so the batting wouldn't shift, and finally , it was easy for the quilter in that she didn't have to constantly change direction thus torturing her hands, fingers, or arms. Quite a few quilts were in frames, you always wanted to be sewing towards yourself and from right to left, if you were right handed.... So about your quilt, we are quilting in the present times, I say quilt FOR the person who will have the connection with the quilt, after all, the most important part of this quilt might be the fact that it isn't just another quilt, it's an emotional connection with a part of a life. just my humble op Pat
  16. Vicki: I didn't get to go to Paducah or any other shows this spring, BUT after the last several things you have posted and especially this quilt, thanks for really great views. Your choices in quilting and the colors of the applique are outstanding, a big Blue Ribbon award from the forum.... Pat
  17. I mix them often but there is one thing to watch out for. Batiks are notorious for bleeding, so make sure ahead of time, especially if you go for lots of contrast, also they don't shrink all the same amount, I 'd really recommend washing and testing for colorfast.... Pat
  18. I find the 14 foot nice for the room it gives me to move around, have rulers and tools off the side, clamp special shapes with headers down (big scallops) and just have a little elbow room between me and the ends of the rollers. My Milli prefers to sew in the middle sections..... Also, I'm one of the people who keeps a practice piece all the time to work on when just starting the day, or finalize tension (try not to do that on the real quilt!) I have the practice piece about 3 feet wide on the left, then the quilt I'm working on, and then on the right I have room to have the machine parked at when I'm not working, I have a mat on the floor to catch my " cleaning residue" and any oil I'm too blind to get to the right spot:D In short I like the extra room I usually have with the 14 foot, I'm spoiled.... Pat
  19. Shana, I've been looking for a binding systems for ten years, haven't seen any that inspired confidence, partly because I want to bind upholstery not just quilts. BUT when I've tried any they get hung up on the even feed foot, or really don't like the thickness of the quilt plus the double fold binding.... When I asked the sewing experts at my local Bernina about the system available they were not enthusiastic about the results I would have on quilts, also said that some of the Japanese "add to any machine" were not exact enough...So still looking. Now, with Marci's post, I just spent way too much time going thru the Sailrite site , looking, looking, and looking. The machine addresses the even feed problems (though I don't have any problems with my 25 year old Bernina) and it has binding attachments MEANT for thicker fabrics/applications. One swings away when not needed, and makes doing corners possible....Oh the sleep I'm going to lose on this.... I'm hoping that Joyce will try to write , photo , good directions for square corners, and I'm going to plan on a visit to Indiana (Sailrite location) this summer on the way to my Mother in Law's house ;) Marci, just a quick question: Is it possible for me to take care of the Sailrite machine, I can take care of the Milli, mostly, so far. But am hoping that the machine won't be high maintence...What is your opinion? Wow Pat
  20. Not only have you paid for it, you have also made a good profit,,,,if you should ever decide to sell, you'll make pretty nice resale, all more profit.
  21. I do a full float mostly, even on really big quilts. I keep the sides square by using a large carpenter square (metal) then like Della, I mark the sides on the top roller with pins. I check for squareness at every single advance, line up with the horizontal channel lock when possible. I use pins to keep things right until I get to them with the first quilting lines. The last 12-15 inches of quilting are the most important. I work backwards pining until all is right with the outside edge and the first border. I find that the border draws the eye to say it's square, not the edge.... If you don't use the top roller, you can mark along its length the critical sash markings for the vertical sashing with pins, and be very sure they will be straight. Knock on wood, I've had really good results doing this. One quilt was expertly pieced and when I finished I measured it diagonally and it was only off 1/4 " in 120" square quilt....Yeah... Pat
  22. Congratulations::: couple of years ago had the chance to go at the last minute, found a great , cheap room in Metropolis , ILL, just across the river, not far to drive at all. some of the search engines don't include ILL because it's not KY. Have fun, wear comfortable shoes, everything is spread out, take photos for us Pat
  23. Robin: I felt exactly like you for awhile after I bought Milli, bought a few things, took a few classes, read ALL the books, It didn't really feel comfortable until I took classes from Dawn. She said she had an older model at home, quilted a lot on it and proceeded to show us exactly how, with only the minimum of "stuff" you could do great work. One of the things she said, stayed with me, everyone starts off not having ever done it, all have to practice. I personally think a few people have just a little more upstairs than I when it comes to planning the quilt;) but that means I just need to keep at it. Regarding computer, I don't have it, but don't see it as a problem, I have minimum stuff, but that's just me. I am saving up for Bliss, I think my body may appreciate it in the long run, and I'd just love to have really round feathers:P Quilting should be about what is right for you. I sometimes get in a funk and remind myself, I do really great medium meandering......AND I finish my quillts. Quilting shouldn't be a contest, who has the most gadgets, who gets the most done, who makes the most money, or even who wins the most awards, I think I like it best when a quilter has a great big smile on her face, when she has completed a quilt she is soooo pleased with. I'm lucky , I really appreciate a lot of styles and types of quilting, and I've met so many neat quilters by being open to computer, LA, machine and even hand work....I like to smile while I quilt, Pat PS Thank you Dawn for those classes, you gave me the best advise . I still "hear" your voice...!
  24. Marilyn: I so remember the pain you have experienced, it made me sick for several days, hope you are doing better now. 29 years ago I made a hand appliqued , hand quilted quilt for a customer. It had little navy birds in a border of startling white background, hand quilted in 1/4" crosshatching. Well, one of the navy colors ran, produced a perfect reversed bird on the back (all white...) I embroidered and made it into a label....BUT lesson learned. .... I wash all fabrics, and go the extra step to note whether the color ever stopped running by using the color of the catchers to go by. ( I used to use white flannel piece before color catchers!) If it won't stop, I won't use it in a quilt:o I only make quilts for people to use... As a side benefit, I don't have any "fix" chemicals in my stash leaching into the air I breathe for many hours a day, everything is preshrunk, and because I iron it nice, it's almost ready to go (depending on how long it sits in the stash!!) Also, some pieces are lighter or a slightly different color after washing, so I sometimes have a better idea of the finished color. Painless washing for me is done when I'm too tired to do anything else, I pick similar colors, synthopol if needed, color catcher, wash, 2 rinses, and then iron during my favorite TV shows sitting down....Keep up with purchases as best as can. Sounds like a lot of work, but becomes a routine...AND makes me double think purchases!! Lucy, I give a box or two of color catchers, and explain a little about fabric, dyes, and leaving wet quilts sitting...Then it's up to the owner. Happy quilting, Pat