Parm

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    Parm reacted to Quilting Heidi in Just saying "Hi"   
    Hi Everybody!  Just wanted to say hi to everybody!  I haven't gotten much quilting done lately, in fact I've gotten zero quilting done but I do check in.  The babies are growing and doing so good.  They are both very happy and such good babies.  They are now smiling and oh boy do they light up the room.  Landon is doing really well and gaining weight.  They are both over 10 lbs!  I can't believe how much they have grown and that 2 1/2 months have flown by.  Landon's heart is doing very well and the dr's are pleased with his progress and also amazed.  Every time we see the pediatrician she says, "I can't believe this baby has hypo plastic left side."  We are so thankful for the miracle of prayer.  I truly believe that all of the prayers said for our little guy has made a difference!  Keep it up!!!!!  Not sure when surgery will be yet but we keep praying that he keeps doing as well as he is.  Oh and any of you wondering if twins are really double the work... YES!  In fact some days I feel like it is 3 or 4 times the work.  LOL or I'm just getting older.  The hardest part is they are on different schedules.  We're still having to force feed Landon so we have to wake him every 3 hours whether he wants to or not.  Scarlett eats every 4 - 5 hours and can drain a 4 oz bottle in about 4 mins!  LOL she has a very healthy appetite.  Of course I just can't resist sharing some beautiful smiles.  That's my update.  I hope you are all doing well.  


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    Parm reacted to qltnbe in Matchstick quilting   
    Parm, it's like the hairpin turns on a mountain pass....tight curvy, back and forth.  It's what I have sewn in my sashing in the above picture. 
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    Parm reacted to Scraphappyquilting in Gammill owner   
    Is it okay that I'm a Gammill owner on here? This forum is incredible and I'm hoping there are other Gammill owners on here!
    Kim
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    Parm reacted to Mary Beth in I am retiring too   
    Since Heidi has announced her retirement, I will announce mine too. 
     
    In February, Garmin will be closing the call center I work in. We can keep our jobs and drive to the other call center, however, it is on the Kansas side of the state line, and it is about 35 miles one way. Now, 35 miles does not sound bad, but it is the opposite side of Kansas City from me, diagonally across the city, in rush hour traffic, both ways. I am too old for this!! If the drive isn't bad enough, taxes are different on that side of the line, and we have been directed to talk with our CPA to find out what we need to do about filing our taxes, Ick!!!
     
    My dad passed away on July 7th of this year. I have been going to their home to help my mom with the sale of their home and personal belongings, so she can move to Independence, MO with my brother. This means she will be closer to me, only about 20 miles away. I am thinking this job move/my retirement, is coming at a good time, so I can spend more time with my mom. She just turned 86 and is not in the best health. 
     
    Hopefully, I can get reacquainted with my quilting room in the next few weeks. May need to start quilting for business someday. 
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    Parm reacted to Cagey in thread breaking   
    I suggest you read these blogs
     
    http://www.apqs.com/thread-breakage/
     
    http://www.apqs.com/why-is-my-thread-breaking/
     
    Hopefully they will help you find your issue.
     
    Cagey
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    Parm reacted to Merryjo2003 in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Parm reacted to Sheri Butler in A NEW VENTURE IS UNDER WAY FOR ME.....   
    I was contacted by a company to design quilting templates for long-arm, mid-arm and short-arm machines.
     
    It is in the pre-planning stages, but, if all goes...I will let all you template users here, have first shot at some new designs!!!
     
    I am shooting for Very Reasonably Priced templates, with top grade plastic,.. and they've agreed to the lowest shipping rates with no extra fees!
     
    Fingers crossed!
     
    Being Centrally located in the U.S. will help everyone with shipping costs too!!!
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    Parm reacted to meg in Heidi won a ribbon at MQX   
    Let's all congratulate Heidi.
    She so generous with sharing here on the forum and she got a well deserved ribbon at MQX.
    Hopefully she'll post a picture soon!
    You go Girl!
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    Parm reacted to Quilting Heidi in Heidi won a ribbon at MQX   
    Thanks Meg!  Thanks everybody else.  It was a great night.  I was so blessed to have so many of my friends with me last night cheering me on.  It was my Luminous star quilt that won 2nd place.  Curved Bliss didn't place but she is showing so wonderful at this show!  The lighting is perfect to pic up all the quilting!  Thanks for all the support!!!!

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    Parm reacted to craftysuzy98 in thread   
    I have a 2005 gammill classic plus. I'm new to long arm quilting. Bought it used. Works great but trying to find thread that will work and look best. I don't do fancy stuff just want a nice look on top and bottom. What thread would u recommend?
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    Parm reacted to LeeAnn in thread   
    I also have a Gammill and I can run most any thread in it.  But I haven't tried metallic or the invisible thread.  I have used Connecting Threads "Essential Pro", So-Fine, Perma core, Floriani, Metro emb thread, and Wonderfil.  The Essential Pro is my favorite just because of the price.  If price were not a concern I like So-fine, less lint.  Hope that helps.
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    Parm got a reaction from Mary Beth in I am the proud owner of......   
    Mary Beth is back, woooohoooooo!!!!           
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    Parm reacted to Norah in Pattern in Quiltmaker   
    Hi All,
    Northcott used my pattern in their ad that was placed in the March/April edition of Quiltmakers. 
    I have been designing patterns for Northcott for the past 4 years and love seeing them in the magazines.
    I have the patterns and kits for sale on my website - www.sewlittletime.info 
    I have the quilt on my long arm and hopefully will get quilted today. 


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    Parm reacted to Tamarack in Metro Medallion Quilt   
    Well the snow hasn't stopped falling all weekend and into the week so it has been a good few days to quilt this beauty that my client Yvonne brought me.  The pattern is called Metro Medallion by Sew Kind of Wonderful, I love their patterns. Yvonne asked for custom quilting so I spent the last 4 days working hard to get it done.  Took me awhile to come up with the quilting plan but with lots of inspiration from the SKW blog I soon had that figured out.    Lots of pictures on my blog and I even chat about all the rulers I used if your interested.
     




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    Parm reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in I'm Finally Upgrading - to a Millennium! Eep!   
    Just sharing with all of you who have offered me SO much support and help over this wonderful quilting journey of mine - I think it's safe now as the order is complete and payment has been made...our good friend on the forums Joyce Coburn has helped me get set up with the machine upgrade I have been dreaming about for SO long!  In around a week or so a "new to me" Certified Used APQS Millennium is headed to me!  I am just over the moon!  
     
    It will be a significant upgrade from what I currently am quilting on (an Ultimate 1) and I'm thrilled that things worked out so I could get my stitch regulation AND stay with APQS since they have not only been amazing in regards to customer support...but now that I can pull one apart and put it back together I'd like to stay with what I know!!!!  LOL!
     
    I just had to share with folks that I know will understand what a HUGE impact this will have on my quilting and truly my life!  I'm so excited!  
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    Parm got a reaction from Myrna Ficken in Maybe this isn't for me? Update   
    Hi Joan, I'm a forever beginner longarmer quilter! I don't have much time to practice as I would like, but when I do quilt I always doodle on paper first. (I doodle whenever I can)., The more I doodle on paper the better I get on the lonagarm. And as always, whenever I complete a quilt, I never want to give it away!!! Lately my quilts have been baby quilts for gifts. Oh I do not like pantographs. I enjoy quilting from front always. Enjoy, and PPP. You will get better!!!  
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    Parm got a reaction from maggienoella in Maybe this isn't for me? Update   
    Hi Joan, I'm a forever beginner longarmer quilter! I don't have much time to practice as I would like, but when I do quilt I always doodle on paper first. (I doodle whenever I can)., The more I doodle on paper the better I get on the lonagarm. And as always, whenever I complete a quilt, I never want to give it away!!! Lately my quilts have been baby quilts for gifts. Oh I do not like pantographs. I enjoy quilting from front always. Enjoy, and PPP. You will get better!!!  
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    Parm reacted to barbm in Long Arm take in form????   
    Janet, welcome to the world of longarming for hire!!  Yes, it can be scary - and frustrating - but overall, I have enjoyed the ride!  I will try to attach a pdf of my Work Order form and my Quilt Prep Guidelines - use whatever is on them, since they are cribbed from many, many forms and sites all over the internet.
    Quilt Work Order 12-13.pdf
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    Parm reacted to LeannM in Fans Meet Feathers, Amish Revisited   
    Finally finished the quilting.........jury duty all week..on to the binding!   After a week of jury duty I came home at night to find myself wanting to stand up and no more sitting!!! So, I quilted! I used Quilter's Dream 100% washable wool batting, and So Fine 60 weight polyester matching thread on the top with Bottom Line ecru thread in the bobbin. I have now trimmed it up to be ready to be bound. I had thought I was going to use bias strips from the backing but feel now it would be too distracting from the border. I am going to try to find a close match for the pink background to use for binding.

    I could call this "Transformation" and leave it at that!
     
     I'll be happy to be done with this big project.


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    Parm reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Doodling Practice - High Contrast Thread   
    I did this on the Juki but I'd like to attempt it on the long arm.  I am still saving up for and lusting after a Lucey.  I was counting on winning that Millie giveaway darnit!  LOL  In any case this was my play yesterday.  Just wanted to share.  
     
    20150126_214047 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
     
    20150126_214105 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
     
    20150126_214009 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
     
    20150126_214019 by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
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    Parm reacted to anniemueller in Vintage Valentine is Done and Delivered   
    At long last, the Vintage Valentine is done.  I think it was 9 years in the making.  I made it for a dear friend in Texas.  She received it today and was crying happy tears :-))
     
    It's got wool batting.  I used Presencia cotton thread for the larger quilting.  Invisifil for the micro fillers.
     

     
    Some details:
     
     

     

     

     

     
    Thanks for looking!

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    Parm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Maybe this isn't for me? Update   
    Hi Joan, I'm a forever beginner longarmer quilter! I don't have much time to practice as I would like, but when I do quilt I always doodle on paper first. (I doodle whenever I can)., The more I doodle on paper the better I get on the lonagarm. And as always, whenever I complete a quilt, I never want to give it away!!! Lately my quilts have been baby quilts for gifts. Oh I do not like pantographs. I enjoy quilting from front always. Enjoy, and PPP. You will get better!!!  
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    Parm reacted to ffq-lar in Maybe this isn't for me? Update   
    Hi my friend.
    I don't know what to tell you about how long it takes to know if this is for you. 
    If you're lonesome in the quilting room, remind your hubby to come get you after two hours. Have him sit and talk for a while or both go outside for a walk around the yard to get some air. He might be missing you too! If you're in the groove, ask him to come back in a half hour.
    Make the quilting room as inviting as possible. Have your iced tea or coffee out there--going to the kitchen to get a refill or more ice can be a nice break.
    Noise (TV, music, audio books) is a nice way to feel not so alone. Call an understanding quilting buddy to get some moral support.
     
    Now here's my take on this  --I think you're not happy with your progress. You have to suck at something before you can be good at something. It's a rule.    Give yourself permission to be not perfect and find some comfort that every stitch you make gets you closer to where you want to be. Piece something goofy like a panel with borders and go with the flow. Try things and challenge yourself. I think you'll find some parts of it you'll love and others not so much. When you unload it, take the scissors to it and cut out the great quilting and throw the rest away. Hang the pieces in the quilting room to remind yourself that you'll get ever better.
     
    If you reach a decision that this isn't for you, please don't feel guilty about it. Just know that you tried and it didn't work. If you need a kick in the butt--give me a holler!
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    Parm reacted to mlsa3 in Maybe this isn't for me? Update   
    I'm one of those people that likes doing it all.  I didn't want to just make quilt tops and send them off to let someone else quilt it.  I wanted to quilt my own.  One of my other (many) hobbies is wood working so I knew I would like working with some type of machinery. 
     
    Being new to quilting on a frame I do get frustrated, of course, at times but it's all in the learning experience.  I remember when I first started woodworking, I felt the same way but I persisted and years later my woodworking skills improved 500% at least.  I could do all sorts of inlay and fancy things but it took lots and lots of practice.  Same with quilting. 
     
    Once I'm doing something I get lost in it so I don't miss my wife not being around or if she does come around while I'm quilting I just stop and talk and then start back when she leaves.
     
    I hope if you stick with it you can learn to enjoy it.  I usually don't stick with things very long if I don't enjoy it.  That's the reason I quilt....I enjoy it.
     
    David
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    Parm reacted to Bliss Quilter in Picking up my first longarm machine SATURDAY!! SO EXCITED!!!   
    Don't apologize, enjoy the ride, we all started somewhere. My first was an table top Handy Quilter then Bernina/Grace table with Jenome 1600P DBX; then  2 notltings and then with an blessed this past year with an opportunitiy to purhase a Millie. Did you know Jamie Wallen of Quilters Apothacary and Judi Madisn of Green Fairies Quilter has A-1.  Look at the fabulous work they put out.  There is a lady in our guild that does the most fabulous work on a 9" domestic for others.  So Enjoy the ride and shoot for the stars.  And most f all keep visiting thi forum, we all have related desires in this quilting world!  Hope to see some of your work very soon.