Wannabelongarm

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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from delld in NQR - Asking for Prayers   
    I am so sorry.  I hope they will get foot and hand prints and pictures.  Some hospitals have beautiful gowns to dress the baby in, and I hope they get lots of time to hold and cherish.  
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Joanne
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    Wannabelongarm reacted to Little House Creations in another Mexican Star . . .   
    Finally got my Mexican Star back on Freeda and finished.  Double batt - wool/quilter's dream; So Fine thread.  Couldn't have done it without Lisa Calle's classes at Sparrow Studioz in July.




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    Wannabelongarm reacted to ffq-lar in Need a little bit of encouragement   
    Send her a kind and carefully-worded message, explaining what your plan was and what obstacles are present that make you want to change your quilting plan. Include some photos and ask her how she'd like you to proceed. Unload her quilt and load your QuiltCon entry. Let her know you'll work with her but have a deadline quilt that you need to start and after she (and you) decide what the plan will be, you can re-load and finish her quilt. Not to be too cruel (or cause you to lose a customer), but she doesn't own your time---you do. Even if she was given an estimated finish date, the delays caused by her errors have pushed other projects back and you're allowed to pop her out of line for a finish later. Hope it all works out happily for both of you.
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    Wannabelongarm reacted to ffq-lar in top thread breaking   
    Completely unthread the top thread and start from scratch. Sometimes the thread gets a double-wrap around a guide. I somehow got mine wrapped twice around the tension spindle and it took me half a day to find it.
     
    Another hint is when the thread breaks, hold the end and turn the fly wheel to raise the take-up lever. Bring the thread end towards the needle and check where it broke. If it's at or before the needle eye, your problem is on top. Look at your guides for roughness and check that the thread doesn't break easily because of age or defect. Check to see if the thread is flailing out and catching on a something. Put on a thread sock, use all the holes in the three-hole guide above the tensioner, and tighten the top thread a bit if you are experiencing "flailing".
     
    If it breaks below the needle plate hole, you'll be looking for roughness in the needle hole, on the hook, or the hook retaining finger position.
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from WW Quilter in Help needed on quilting ideas, please   
    Even just echoing the Celtic appliqué would be effective.  Love the idea of the ghost quilting in the plain white blocks.  Why don't you take the shape of the appliqué going around the edge and put it in the coloured shapes, with the centre block put an orange peel from the centre.  I think cross hatching or piano key border would set off the quilt.
     
    It is very pretty - I look forward to seeing what you do!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Canada - Sales and Education
    (780) 913-3982
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from judyday in Help needed on quilting ideas, please   
    Even just echoing the Celtic appliqué would be effective.  Love the idea of the ghost quilting in the plain white blocks.  Why don't you take the shape of the appliqué going around the edge and put it in the coloured shapes, with the centre block put an orange peel from the centre.  I think cross hatching or piano key border would set off the quilt.
     
    It is very pretty - I look forward to seeing what you do!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Canada - Sales and Education
    (780) 913-3982
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    Wannabelongarm reacted to Myrna Ficken in APQS West Is coming to   
    *************A Quilter's Choice / APQS WEST IS RELOCATING to 5787 South Gallup St. Littleton CO on November 7th*****************
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from Little House Creations in Quilt Path Pictures   
    I have had my Quilt Path for over a year and am enjoying is so much.  Here are three very similar quilts with three different patterns.
     
    Thanks for looking!  
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Canada-Sales and Education
    (780) 913-3982








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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from CrazyAboutQuilting in Quilt Path Pictures   
    I have had my Quilt Path for over a year and am enjoying is so much.  Here are three very similar quilts with three different patterns.
     
    Thanks for looking!  
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Canada-Sales and Education
    (780) 913-3982








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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from Oma in Quilt Path Pictures   
    I have had my Quilt Path for over a year and am enjoying is so much.  Here are three very similar quilts with three different patterns.
     
    Thanks for looking!  
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Canada-Sales and Education
    (780) 913-3982








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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from jandcembroidery in Quilt Path Pictures   
    I have had my Quilt Path for over a year and am enjoying is so much.  Here are three very similar quilts with three different patterns.
     
    Thanks for looking!  
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Canada-Sales and Education
    (780) 913-3982








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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from Gail O in Quilt Path Pictures   
    I have had my Quilt Path for over a year and am enjoying is so much.  Here are three very similar quilts with three different patterns.
     
    Thanks for looking!  
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Canada-Sales and Education
    (780) 913-3982








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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from Sharond in Quilt Path Pictures   
    I have had my Quilt Path for over a year and am enjoying is so much.  Here are three very similar quilts with three different patterns.
     
    Thanks for looking!  
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Canada-Sales and Education
    (780) 913-3982








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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from Heirloom Quilter in French Braid Quilt   
    Very nice!  Great job!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Sales and Education - Canada
    www.artisticquiltdesign.com
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from dbams in First quilts with Circle Lord boards   
    I love the boards too!  Our renters love how wonderful their efforts look.
     
    Your quilts look great!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Sales and Education - Canada
    www.artisticquiltdesign.com
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    Wannabelongarm reacted to RoseCity Quilter in Where to start?   
    Hey Linda,
    I am thinking of trying this on a Judy Niemeyer quilt I am about to load, a Fire Island Hosta. I want to build the design from the Center out. I also think it might help with keeping the Center flatter. What do you think? Since I have never approached a quilt this way I am a little nervous....
    How far apart do you put your pins?
    What do you mean by stitch basting?
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in How perfect does it have to be...( a bit of a rant)   
    I find when I wind the thread guides in the opposite direction the thread comes off the cone (i.e. clockwise or counter clockwise) , I have less kinks and tension runs beautifully.
     
    I loved the samples of Magnifico the customers were getting with their new machines and I did try it.  For 3 hours . . . . .and decided I was not going to carry that brand.  I had a lot of fraying.  Changed needles, my second machine was brand new at that time, so the thread guides were brand new, no grooves, etc.  Played with tension, and decided this brand wasn't for me.
     
    You have that piece of batting in the first thread guide above the cone?  Such a sophisticated fix to bouncing thread.
     
    I am a fan of magna glides, I also usually use an 80/20 batt.  A very flat batt with give you more challenges, so usually a 100% cotton batt is flat and can pose more challenges.  If you wind your own, (and I do with silk) the tension should result in a firmly wound bobbin.  No 'squishiness' when you press on the the wound thread.
     
    Direction of stitches, speed, also affect the quality of your stitch.  
     
    Lots to learn, but I have made the choice to work with about 4 types of thread and don't give my customer choices if they want a different thread.  I just know what runs on my machine the best to give them the best stitch quality.
     
    I always go back to Dawn's article on tension . . . can't bang that drum enough!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Sales and Education - Canada
    www.artisticquiltdesign.com
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from Sheagatzi in How perfect does it have to be...( a bit of a rant)   
    I find when I wind the thread guides in the opposite direction the thread comes off the cone (i.e. clockwise or counter clockwise) , I have less kinks and tension runs beautifully.
     
    I loved the samples of Magnifico the customers were getting with their new machines and I did try it.  For 3 hours . . . . .and decided I was not going to carry that brand.  I had a lot of fraying.  Changed needles, my second machine was brand new at that time, so the thread guides were brand new, no grooves, etc.  Played with tension, and decided this brand wasn't for me.
     
    You have that piece of batting in the first thread guide above the cone?  Such a sophisticated fix to bouncing thread.
     
    I am a fan of magna glides, I also usually use an 80/20 batt.  A very flat batt with give you more challenges, so usually a 100% cotton batt is flat and can pose more challenges.  If you wind your own, (and I do with silk) the tension should result in a firmly wound bobbin.  No 'squishiness' when you press on the the wound thread.
     
    Direction of stitches, speed, also affect the quality of your stitch.  
     
    Lots to learn, but I have made the choice to work with about 4 types of thread and don't give my customer choices if they want a different thread.  I just know what runs on my machine the best to give them the best stitch quality.
     
    I always go back to Dawn's article on tension . . . can't bang that drum enough!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Sales and Education - Canada
    www.artisticquiltdesign.com
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in Cattails in the Meadow   
    Ardelle,
     
    I SOOOO enjoyed seeing his quilt (and you, Roger and Kathleen of course!) yesterday at the show.  
     
    You are an inspiration!
     
    See you at Claudia's classes!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Sales and Education - Canada
    www.artisticquiltdesign.com
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    Wannabelongarm reacted to BethDurand in How much do I love my APQS?   
    While dropping off tax stuff today, we got to talking about longarm machines.  My tax lady and her assistant are both quilters.  Assistant mentions that a mutual friend has purchased another brand of machine, and that she has yet another brand.  Assistant ask me about the warranty on APQS machines.  Such fun to watch her jaw drop when I told her that our machines have a lifetime warranty. 
    Gotta love APQS!
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    Wannabelongarm reacted to Bonnie H in Batik Shredding   
    This is just my own personal opinion, but I feel batiks are so tightly woven that once you stick a big needle through it, as in quilting with a longarm, it definitely is weakening the fabric. Every single batik backing I have ever quilted has had it's problems, some worse than others. It looks like the needle doesn't slide between the fibers or through them neatly but rather punches through and leaves a bit of a shredded look to the hole in the fabric. Batiks definitely behave differently than regular cottons and I hate to quilt them as backings. They aren't really my favorite utilitarian-type quilt top either!!
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Looking for a used Longarm near Charlotte NC   
    You might check with Angela Clark at the Raleigh APQS Store, she may know of used machines in the area, or owners who want to sell their machine to upgrade.
     
    Good Luck!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Sales and Education - Canada
    www.artisticquiltdesign.com
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    Wannabelongarm reacted to Busy Quilting in MQS show...which instructors for my first classes?   
    If  Dawn Cavanaugh is there then take one of hers for sure.
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from Jetgirl in Quilting My Foothills Mystery Quilt   
    Hey, Jetgirl, way to 'take off!'
     
    Great to meet you in Austin, and I will look forward to more quilts to come!
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Sales and Education - Canada
    www.artisticquiltdesign.com
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    Wannabelongarm got a reaction from Primitive1 in Circle Lord help please? Help...   
    Hi Quilterbee1,
     
    Hope these suggestions will help:
     
    1.  Use a light touch when guiding the stylus, and 'ride' one side of the groove or the other.  On some boards I hold the bracket and guide with one hand, and push on one handle with the other hand.  It is more of a guiding movement rather than pushing movement.
    2.  Slow down going into corners and tight spaces, glide to a stop rather than bounce off the board.
    3.  Not sure about the R&S stylus with the CL boards, I love the stylus from CL as you can turn it when you pull is up and the little pin keeps it up.
     
    Good luck, you will get used to them and use them a lot!  I did before I purchased Quilt Path.
     
    Joanne Flamand
    APQS Sales and Education - Canada
    www.artisticquiltdesign.com