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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from Debbie S in Practicing   
    A "white" board became my best friend and I still use it today.  It is one of those white boards that you can keep wiping off the markers.  It is large enough that it barely fits in my lap.  I practiced drawing 15 - 20 minutes every night while listening to the news.  I practiced drawing leaves and feathers going every direction.  It saves a good deal of fabric.  DO NOT move the marker with your wrist, but rather move your arm like you will when you are moving your machine.  It is called "Muscle Memory".  I actually use this white board each day to "warm up" or practice a new design before I go to the actual quilt.  It allows me to "wrap my brain around" a new idea or to get a feel for the size of a pattern I want to do.  After I have decided the size or proportion of the design (especially on an all-over) I leave the white board sit on the end of my table/frame as a reference so I can keep comparing my stitching to the pattern on the marker board...am I getting smaller or larger as I travel down the quilt???
     
    Also, when you are practicing, you can keep changing thread color to a darker color (as mentioned in a post above) and stitching over the previous color.  Then you can just lay another piece of fabric over the top and start with a light colored thread again.  You don't have to keep using a new backing and batting.
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    o2b Quilting reacted to Quilting Heidi in NQR Twins are here - prayers please- update new picture pg 2   
    Well the twins decided they didn't want to wait until the 18th to come in the world and my daughter delivered them on July 13th.  I have to say I'm over the moon and so in love with these two.  Meet Landon Patrick, 6 lbs 13 oz and Scarlett Arwen 6 lbs 8 oz!  I can't believe my daughter carried over 13 lbs of baby!  She is doing very well and is already such an amazing mother.  I'm in complete awe of how well she has adjusted with all they have to deal with.  
     
    Twins are a lot but having a sick twin makes it even harder.  Our Landon has a very serious heart defect (not public on FB) but he is holding his own at this point.  He is still in the NICU.  He was expected to have low oxygen saturation but has surpassed all expectations and is at 99 - 100% almost all the time.  They originally thought he would have open heart surgery within 2 - 5 days but he hasn't gone into any cardiac crisis.  The dr's are on the fence as to what procedure to do on him so they are taking the wait and see approach.  They are waiting for the PDA, a hole in the heart that all have, to close.  This usually closes within the first day or two.  The original plan was to give him meds so it didn't close but he is doing better than expected and they want to see if his aorta can take the extra pressure.  He has a hole in his aorta, two valves are not formed correctly, the septum between the 4 chambers didn't form so he has 2 big chambers and he has a small left side of his heart.  He is surpassing all expectations on function at this point.  If you look at him you would never know he had such major problems.  He is completely pink and perfect in every way.  They took out his feeding tube and all other iv's and tubes.  He has not needed any oxygen since birth and he is an eating machine!  They will repeat his echo again tomorrow to see what has changed.  They may send him home until he starts to show signs of cardiac crisis.  
     
    Please keep our little guy, and girl in your prayers.  We are making sure somebody is with Landon around the clock because it is important to my daughter that he not be alone.  I know that will help her heal.  She had a c-section and went through a lot.  She has had high BP since delivery so of course we need to keep her relaxing and resting.  She will be ok if she knows somebody he knows is with him.  Like she said if we have to divide and Concur we will!  Keep them all in your prayers, it is a lot to go through.  


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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from Lorriequilts in ***SOLD*** 2012 White Lucey with Quilt Path for sale   
    ***SOLD****
     
     
    2012 APQS Lucey (white) with the curved ergonomic handles, bliss, 12' table with Quilt Path for sale.  $16,000.   This is a great system for starting your own business or for a second machine...have the computer do the work while you prepare the next quilt.  (Or better yet, let the computer do the quilting while you are piecing your next beautiful creation)
     
    All of the features of this Lucey and Quilt Path are available on the APQS website.
     
    Free Delivery and setup available within 200 miles of my location.  Free beginner's class here in my studio.
     
    Please email me directly at lucy@acegroup.cc with your contact information and I will give you a call. 
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    o2b Quilting reacted to Wonderwoman16 in Lucey   
    Hello,
    I am a proud new owner of a Lucey!  My husband and I have set her up and I have watched my first video on getting started.  Here I go!  Wish me luck!
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    o2b Quilting reacted to ThreadWaggle in Quilt Path Video Tutorials   
    Regina,
     
    Not really a secret brother/sisterhood, but there is the Facebook group for Quilt Path.  We do keep it private so that we can control access to the group.  It is for Quilt Path owners and APQS dealers.  That group is what drove my Tech Sunday posts.   
     
    A lot of getting comfortable with PatternCAD is just playing with the software.  The helps system does a great job in explaining the different button in the software and what they do.  
     
    I don't know what the plans are for future APQS channel videos.  So far the ones that I am working on for my channel  they are about how to place things, that are not easy to place, like a hexie, or half hexie.   I am working on editing videos this week, but it may take me a while to get them done.   
     
    There is a small group of people that are doing very advanced work with Quilt Path.    The ones that I know of are all on the Facebook group and post pictures of their work and are actively posting answers to questions there too.    
     
     I have not driven home for a couple years, but when I do, I go right past LaGrange.  
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    o2b Quilting reacted to shirleyl in Custom done using Quilt Path   
    The only part not done with Quilt Path was the ditch work.



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    o2b Quilting reacted to Quilting Heidi in Arrived at destination...."end of my rope" asking for help   
    That shouldn't happen.  Here are a few things I'd try:
    1.  Did you try a different bobbin case?
    2.  Have you tried holding the thread tails when you start?  I always hold my threads until I stitch about 7 or 8 stitches
     
    Since it starts only at the beginning I'm inclined to believe that it has something to do with how it feeds at the start.  
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    o2b Quilting reacted to RoseCity Quilter in Not everything I quilt is Judy Niemeyer.....   
    Surprise, i do quilt other things than Judy quilts! This one is one I pieced myself from an Elizabeth Hartman pattern....
    Allie Owlie by -RoseCity Quilter-
    Allie Owlie by -RoseCity Quilter-
    Allie Owlie by -RoseCity Quilter-
    More pictures and info on my blog....
    https://rosecityquilter.wordpress.com/2015/10/21/my-allie-owlie/
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from HeidiP in Practicing   
    A "white" board became my best friend and I still use it today.  It is one of those white boards that you can keep wiping off the markers.  It is large enough that it barely fits in my lap.  I practiced drawing 15 - 20 minutes every night while listening to the news.  I practiced drawing leaves and feathers going every direction.  It saves a good deal of fabric.  DO NOT move the marker with your wrist, but rather move your arm like you will when you are moving your machine.  It is called "Muscle Memory".  I actually use this white board each day to "warm up" or practice a new design before I go to the actual quilt.  It allows me to "wrap my brain around" a new idea or to get a feel for the size of a pattern I want to do.  After I have decided the size or proportion of the design (especially on an all-over) I leave the white board sit on the end of my table/frame as a reference so I can keep comparing my stitching to the pattern on the marker board...am I getting smaller or larger as I travel down the quilt???
     
    Also, when you are practicing, you can keep changing thread color to a darker color (as mentioned in a post above) and stitching over the previous color.  Then you can just lay another piece of fabric over the top and start with a light colored thread again.  You don't have to keep using a new backing and batting.
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from judyday in Practicing   
    A "white" board became my best friend and I still use it today.  It is one of those white boards that you can keep wiping off the markers.  It is large enough that it barely fits in my lap.  I practiced drawing 15 - 20 minutes every night while listening to the news.  I practiced drawing leaves and feathers going every direction.  It saves a good deal of fabric.  DO NOT move the marker with your wrist, but rather move your arm like you will when you are moving your machine.  It is called "Muscle Memory".  I actually use this white board each day to "warm up" or practice a new design before I go to the actual quilt.  It allows me to "wrap my brain around" a new idea or to get a feel for the size of a pattern I want to do.  After I have decided the size or proportion of the design (especially on an all-over) I leave the white board sit on the end of my table/frame as a reference so I can keep comparing my stitching to the pattern on the marker board...am I getting smaller or larger as I travel down the quilt???
     
    Also, when you are practicing, you can keep changing thread color to a darker color (as mentioned in a post above) and stitching over the previous color.  Then you can just lay another piece of fabric over the top and start with a light colored thread again.  You don't have to keep using a new backing and batting.
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from Sheila S. in Practicing   
    A "white" board became my best friend and I still use it today.  It is one of those white boards that you can keep wiping off the markers.  It is large enough that it barely fits in my lap.  I practiced drawing 15 - 20 minutes every night while listening to the news.  I practiced drawing leaves and feathers going every direction.  It saves a good deal of fabric.  DO NOT move the marker with your wrist, but rather move your arm like you will when you are moving your machine.  It is called "Muscle Memory".  I actually use this white board each day to "warm up" or practice a new design before I go to the actual quilt.  It allows me to "wrap my brain around" a new idea or to get a feel for the size of a pattern I want to do.  After I have decided the size or proportion of the design (especially on an all-over) I leave the white board sit on the end of my table/frame as a reference so I can keep comparing my stitching to the pattern on the marker board...am I getting smaller or larger as I travel down the quilt???
     
    Also, when you are practicing, you can keep changing thread color to a darker color (as mentioned in a post above) and stitching over the previous color.  Then you can just lay another piece of fabric over the top and start with a light colored thread again.  You don't have to keep using a new backing and batting.
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from T Row Studio in Practicing   
    A "white" board became my best friend and I still use it today.  It is one of those white boards that you can keep wiping off the markers.  It is large enough that it barely fits in my lap.  I practiced drawing 15 - 20 minutes every night while listening to the news.  I practiced drawing leaves and feathers going every direction.  It saves a good deal of fabric.  DO NOT move the marker with your wrist, but rather move your arm like you will when you are moving your machine.  It is called "Muscle Memory".  I actually use this white board each day to "warm up" or practice a new design before I go to the actual quilt.  It allows me to "wrap my brain around" a new idea or to get a feel for the size of a pattern I want to do.  After I have decided the size or proportion of the design (especially on an all-over) I leave the white board sit on the end of my table/frame as a reference so I can keep comparing my stitching to the pattern on the marker board...am I getting smaller or larger as I travel down the quilt???
     
    Also, when you are practicing, you can keep changing thread color to a darker color (as mentioned in a post above) and stitching over the previous color.  Then you can just lay another piece of fabric over the top and start with a light colored thread again.  You don't have to keep using a new backing and batting.
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Practicing   
    A "white" board became my best friend and I still use it today.  It is one of those white boards that you can keep wiping off the markers.  It is large enough that it barely fits in my lap.  I practiced drawing 15 - 20 minutes every night while listening to the news.  I practiced drawing leaves and feathers going every direction.  It saves a good deal of fabric.  DO NOT move the marker with your wrist, but rather move your arm like you will when you are moving your machine.  It is called "Muscle Memory".  I actually use this white board each day to "warm up" or practice a new design before I go to the actual quilt.  It allows me to "wrap my brain around" a new idea or to get a feel for the size of a pattern I want to do.  After I have decided the size or proportion of the design (especially on an all-over) I leave the white board sit on the end of my table/frame as a reference so I can keep comparing my stitching to the pattern on the marker board...am I getting smaller or larger as I travel down the quilt???
     
    Also, when you are practicing, you can keep changing thread color to a darker color (as mentioned in a post above) and stitching over the previous color.  Then you can just lay another piece of fabric over the top and start with a light colored thread again.  You don't have to keep using a new backing and batting.
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    o2b Quilting reacted to Cagey in Bobbin Thread hard to pull   
    To help ensure you bobbin stays in shape after a few falls, you can use bobbin dewarper;  http://quiltersapothecary.com/tools/longarm-tools.html
     
    Cagey
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from Sheila S. in New Lenni   
    Congratulations on your new Lenni and welcome to the APQS family.  You have many hours of enjoyment ahead of you.  Remember to post pictures of your projects and also remember that this forum is a wealth of knowledge.  We were all new beginners at one time so no question is a "dumb" question...many of us have already asked them and are more than happy to answer them.  Any mistakes you might make have likely already been made by many of us and soon you will know the joys and feelings of great accomplishment that we have all come to know as we became acquainted with our machines and developed our own style of quilting.  ENJOY!!!!
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from Quilting Grammy in Help how do I pack up for moving????   
    I have taken down and moved several machines.  If you don't have the original boxes for the rollers and table rails it is ok.  I found that if I wrap the rollers together in shipping blankets or old quilts, etc and put plenty of string or shipping tape around the wrapped rollers and then transport them flat on the floor of the trailer they do fine.  The table can be transported carefully with the cross tubes and the rails still assembled.  Just take the table ends off.  If you need the space in the transport vehicle then you can take the table completely apart.   I make sure that everything is padded/wrapped and transported flat.  It is important that the rails do not get bent or dented.
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    o2b Quilting reacted to SkyQuilter in Many Many Thanks to APQS!   
    Many Thanks to Amy & crew for helping diagnose my Lenni Problem!
     I don't get to quilt much but when I do I try to spend at least a half day working on my projects.  I was quilting along when all of a sudden Lenni decided to stop.  Everything but the green button worked.  Amy was great as I am not that mechanically inclined & I don't like messing with electrical  stuff,  but she talked me through it & it looks like Lenni's circuit board decided to malfunction.  A new on is on it's way.  So glad it wasn't something I did as that is always my concern.  Can't beat the APQS crew & their customer Support!  You Guys Rock!!!!!
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    o2b Quilting reacted to RoseCity Quilter in Paradise in Blooms   
    Finished quilting this Paradise in Blooms, pieced by Anne Hall, a Certified Judy Niemeyer instructor. Pattern by Judy and Brad Niemeyer. More info on my blog: https://rosecityquilter.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/its-all-about-texture-annes-paradise-in-blooms/
    All Photos-1006 by -RoseCity Quilter-
    All Photos-1003 by -RoseCity Quilter-
    All Photos-999 by -RoseCity Quilter-
    All Photos-997 by -RoseCity Quilter-
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    o2b Quilting reacted to Deb34285 in Quilting Blog / tutorials using George   
    Hi All,
    I have been reading in some posts about people looking for more information/ tutorials/videos on the George. I just wanted to throw it out there that I started a blog about my quilting journey, primarily on the George. I know APQS has posted a few of my blog post, but for those of you who haven't found me, my website is www.TheQuiltJournal.com . I have done some videos using different rulers and often write about products or things that have helped me. I have several George owners that join in and I have to say , I have learned as much form them(or more  ) as they from me, often suggesting new things to try . Having said that- nothing is better than the APQS Forum for putting your questions out there. We have such a wealth of knowledge in our members who are always willing to help. I know I certainly have come to the forum many, many times!
    Anyway please check out my blog if you are looking for more information about quilting on a sit down longarm or just some more quilting camaraderie! 
    Debbie
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    o2b Quilting reacted to Laura Farnham in Embroidered Christmas Quilt,...   
    Pulled this ones off the frame late last night,...
    I couldn't wait to work on this one,....  the embroidery work is so pretty,...
    Like most of my custom work,... I started with really no plan,...
    but I knew I wanted to really bring out all the detail,....
    I used Quilters Dream Puff Batting. 
    The embroidery work was already backed with batting so I did not have to add an additional layer,...
    This is my first attempt at Curved Crosshatching,...and I am pretty pleased with the way it came out,... 
    I love free flowing feathers in borders and the pebbles gave it the extra pop. 
    I used Glide thread in both Linen and Aloe to match the fabric,...
    I love adding different layers of texture to add interest to each piece,... 
    and one of my favorite backfills is the straightline work,....  My Milli quilts them with ease,..
    no rulers needed,... stitched in manual mode,..
    I also like to play with stippling into pebbles,.... it draws the eye in and compliments each other nicely,.... 
    Thanks for looking,....
     
     
     
     

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    o2b Quilting reacted to Lemon Tree Tami in Freddie is Truly a Rockstar!   
    When my husband asked me to make a quilt for our niece's 21st birthday this past weekend, I wasn't sure if I could make it quick enough to mail it out before the holiday weekend. After a trip to JoAnns for some novelty licensed Spiderman quilting cotton and heavy fleece I cut out and pieced a Take 5 top with a 4" border. (Spiderman is our niece's favorite superhero.) So the piecing went quickly but I wasn't quite sure how well it was going to quilt up with such a heavy fleece backing. It's thicker than minkee which I've used in the past. It also doesn't have the same stretch. I loaded it with selvages on the leaders and started the quilt about an 1" away from the pins. This gave me about 5" of excess room at the bottom of the quilt. Yay! 
     
    I guess that I could have quilted this without any batting but I wanted the puff factor. So I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and kept my go to thread loaded (Superior Threads So Fine 50 weight for top and bottom). It only took a few minutes of futzing around with the top tension which needed to be loosened quite a bit to accommodate the thickness of the quilt. But then it quilted up wonderfully. No problems at all. Freddie is marvelous!!!
     
    The quilting panto is Gossamer by Hermione Agee found on Urban Elementz website. It's about 10" row height with a 13" or so pattern height. All with the assistance of Freddie's sidekick, IntelliQuilter.
     
    Thank you APQS!
     

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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from CrazyAboutQuilting in Latest Customer Quilt - Feels Like Spring   
    I love what you and Lenni do as a team!! 
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from Battynurse in 1st finished quilt   
    There are lots of great youtube videos of loading quilts using the various types of machines and specialty items like the leader grips.  I found these very helpful when I was a beginner and I encourage my customers to watch them....new ones are posted all the time too.  You don't say what type of machine you have so I am not sure what kind of pointers to give you to help keep your backing from getting the creases.  I f the creases are on the top of the quilt there are also some really good videos of how to heal with "wavy" or "friendly" borders and "D cup" or blocks that are too full.
     
    As far as practicing....get a couple of twin flat sheets from walmart (their brand that comes in a cloth draw string bag is cheapest) and load them with some cheap batting.  Start out with light colored thread and then when the area is full of stitching, change to a little darker thread and practice some more.  Continue going over the same area with progressively darker or different color thread.  you will be able to see your progress and it saves a lot of money.   Keep this piece and reload it whenever you want to try something new before loading you "good" quilt.  You can keep layering a new sheet or piece of fabric on top of this practice piece without having to add a new back or batting.
    Have fun and welcome to the wonderful world of longarming.
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in 1st finished quilt   
    There are lots of great youtube videos of loading quilts using the various types of machines and specialty items like the leader grips.  I found these very helpful when I was a beginner and I encourage my customers to watch them....new ones are posted all the time too.  You don't say what type of machine you have so I am not sure what kind of pointers to give you to help keep your backing from getting the creases.  I f the creases are on the top of the quilt there are also some really good videos of how to heal with "wavy" or "friendly" borders and "D cup" or blocks that are too full.
     
    As far as practicing....get a couple of twin flat sheets from walmart (their brand that comes in a cloth draw string bag is cheapest) and load them with some cheap batting.  Start out with light colored thread and then when the area is full of stitching, change to a little darker thread and practice some more.  Continue going over the same area with progressively darker or different color thread.  you will be able to see your progress and it saves a lot of money.   Keep this piece and reload it whenever you want to try something new before loading you "good" quilt.  You can keep layering a new sheet or piece of fabric on top of this practice piece without having to add a new back or batting.
    Have fun and welcome to the wonderful world of longarming.
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    o2b Quilting got a reaction from Neher-in-law5 in Want to Buy Sit Down Quilter   
    I have a 2007 APQS George and brand new table.  The lady in the posting above traded it in on a new APQS Lucey.