Mindy Skinner

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Mindy Skinner last won the day on January 21 2013

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  1. Mindy Skinner

    Fabric advance not working right

    I didn't know it was the loop side of Velcro, I think I have some. I did clean it good, used Goo gone and then alcohol. I always loosen the clamp when I advance or reverse the quilt. It is only happening on the top clamp on the quilt top side. The bottom clamp is fine and the top clamp lower portion on the backing bar is fine. Is it normal for the clamps to sort of twist cattywompas when you advance the quilt? I am trying to sort of hold them straight because if I don't then they get sort of torqued. If that is normal then I won't worry about it. The were also sort of sliding close and smooshing up against my canvas leaders. I thought that may be causing the Velcro to come off so I make sure they don't touch the canvas anytime I roll the bar.
  2. I have two machines, a Millie with a hand advance and a Freedom with an Auto Advance. I have only had the Freedom a couple of months. I currently HATE the auto advance and I hope you can tell me what to do to make it actually work correctly. The problem is that the felt, or whatever it is glued to the under side of the white clamp keeps coming off, getting the roller all gooey and then not working. The first time it happened I took it apart, cleaned everything, put it back together and then watched it closely but...it still happened again. The second time I took it apart and showed my handy man husband. He taped it with something that would "hold anything", put it all back together and...it happened again. Now I'm about to pull my hair out. How do you keep that felt from coming off the clamp? I have tried loosening the clamp more but that didn't help. I don't like the clamp so loose that the rollers move when I'm quilting. Mindy
  3. Mindy Skinner

    14' table with the square legs for sale

    I need to correct my post already, I will keep the poles since they are not included in the Bliss upgrade, no need for me to buy new ones.
  4. I'm going to upgrade to the Bliss system. I have a 14' table from 2001 that has the square style frame. The Bliss comes with a new carriage so I will have a carriage to sell too. I guess I will have everything EXCEPT my Millie sewing head. I don't know what to ask for the table, I'll check with APQS when they call me about the Bliss set up. In the mean time, if you need a good table, I have one. I'm in Wisconsin, just north of Madison. Mindy
  5. Mindy Skinner

    Millie got tattoo's

    Has anyone with a Cricut found a cartridge that has quilt blocks? I want to cut out some quilt blocks on the adhesive vinyl and put them on the risers of my stairs. I've seen lots of painted stairs with stickers on the risers and they look pretty cool. I want quilt blocks on mine.
  6. Mindy Skinner

    New thread shelves

    Bonnie, the shelves are level. The thread is just sitting on a flat shelf, not tilted or anything. The dowels are 2 1/2 in long, 1/2 on hammered in to the side of the shef and 2" sticking out to slide the bobbin on to. My DH set everything up in his shop to make sure the holes were perfectly straight so every dowel would be perfect.
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    New thread shelves

    When I was putting all of it on the shelves my DH said "holy sh!&, you do have a lot of thread". I knew I needed that many shelves. I love it
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    New thread shelves

    Just wanted to show everyone my new thread shelves. They were very inexpensive, $5.49 per shelf plus about 50 cents for the dowels to hold the bobbins. Each shelf holds 16 cones across, two deep. I added tiny dowels in front of each cone to hold the extra bobbins. I could, and may, put the shelves a little closer together and add a 6th shelf. I painted them red to match my new painted stairs. So far I love them.. I had the cone storage racks but always had to be very careful taking the cones off so I wouldn't knock off other cones. These are the before and after photos
  9. Mindy Skinner

    New thread shelves

    Just wanted to show everyone my new thread shelves. They were very inexpensive, $5.49 per shelf plus about 50 cents for the dowels to hold the bobbins. Each shelf holds 16 cones across, two deep. I added tiny dowels in front of each cone to hold the extra bobbins. I could, and may, put the shelves a little closer together and add a 6th shelf. I painted them red to match my new painted stairs. So far I love them.. I had the cone storage racks but always had to be very careful taking the cones off so I wouldn't knock off other cones.
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    Painted quilt blocks

    Well, I have already found a place to get vinyl decals printed in color of whatever image I want, vistaprint.com don't know why I didn't find them earlier. Now I can use my EQ and create a quilt with just one block, color it however I want, export it as a bmp and load it in to the vistaprint website. then just place the order. This is going to be soooo cool!
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    Painted quilt blocks

    Marcie, I never thought of having custom vinyl stickers made but I love the idea, if I can afford it. Now my very limited creative juices are flowing. I have a red/black/white DWR quilt I made and placed third at Paducah with. Since I'm painting the faux runner red, if I had mini vinyl images of that block on every other riser I think it would look awesome. Just counted and I would only have to decorate 8 risers, either one centered block or 2 per riser, one on each side of the faux runner. I'm going to start calling around to see who could do it and how much it would cost. Thanks again for the idea. When I get all this done I'll post before and after pix. Hope it will be soon. Mindy
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    Painted quilt blocks

    I thought of that but the stencils I was finding were more of the quilting line type stencils. I want a full block where all pieces are filled in. Seems like all those companies out there that make vinyl decals are missing a big marketing potential by not making quilt related decals.
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    Painted quilt blocks

    I want to paint my stairs to freshen things up. I'm thinking of doing the risers white and the steps deep red/paprika. Maybe a faux runner look. What I was thinking would look nice would be a tiny, very simple, quilt block on every other riser. I don't really want to take the time to paint these so I was hoping to find a sticker or vinyl decal. Anyone know where I could get a quilt block sticker or decal? Mindy
  14. Mindy Skinner

    Batting storage?

    Well, that little picture I tried to add looks side ways. My batting is not stored on it, it is horizontal. I think I'd you open the pic then it looks correct Mindy
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    Batting storage?

    This is what my batting storage looks like. It is AWESOME if you have the space. I went to a one week retreat and when I returned my DH had made this. It holds 8 full rolls, they are on wooden dowels. The slot on the left is like a holder the dowel fits in to and on the right it is a slot so I can load new rolls myself by just putting the dowel in the left and then sliding the right side down in to the slot. I store the most common batting in the front and the less used in the back, it is two rolls deep. There is a movable PVC piece that I use as a straight cutting line. I pull the batting out over the white PVC, use a measuring tape to pull out the right amount, the cut off.