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  1. Thank you all for your lovely comments! I did have a couple needle breakage issues, but then determined that I had re-timed my machine previous to this quilt incorrectly. I had some help from an AWESOME APQS sales rep with re-timing the machine correctly, and after that it quilted like butter!
  2. Ok FINALLY finished it! Photos on my blog! http://quiltiste.blogspot.com/2010/08/delicious-daiwabo.html
  3. Just wanted to quickly let everyone know that I am willing to travel to as far as Seattle. I go back there monthly to visit family, and can deliver anywhere along I-90 on the way to Seattle, and/or the greater Seattle area. Thanks! -Brandi
  4. I quilt as a business but have recently decided to sell due to financial and family circumstances. I have had a very successful quilting business and am very sad to part with my machine, but a gal's gotta do what she's gotta do! Ok, so here are the machine details: -Machine purchased in early 2007, used lightly 2007-2009, then used more regularly 2009-2010 -Excellent shape, sent back for full comprehensive service 1/2010. Cleaned, oiled and maintained regularly. -12 foot table -Separate bobbin winder -Stitch regulator -Laser -Excellent working condition; only problems I've ever had have been user error, not machine! Problems have been quickly resolved with a call to APQS service department. -Brand new canvas and zippered leaders (not yet attached) What's included: -18 extra bobbins -2 extra bobbin cases -3 extra fuses -Thread cones and prewound bobbins (see photo) -Owner's manual and two free motion quilting books -8 foot ergonomic mat ($200 value) -Adjustable rolling chair ($100 value) -Base extender -Original box for machine Asking price $11,500 *Purchased for $17,500 in 2007. Please see my Picasa photo page for photos. http://picasaweb.google.com/brandithequilterlady/2006APQSMillenium# If buyer is local, I will travel to set up machine and give a beginner's class and quilting business consulting if the buyer is purchasing for that reason (up to 8 hours total including set up). I did have a profitable business and am happy to share my secrets! I am located in Coeur d'Alene, ID. Optional: I am also selling my fabric and notion inventory which I had for backings and fabric/notion sales. I have approx. 392 yards of fabric for sale on the bolt, and most of it was purchased for $4.50 wholesale. I am willing to sell it for $2.50/yard, but buyer must take the whole thing. That would be a total of $980 for the fabric. If you buy the whole thing, I'll throw the notions (see Picasa link) in with the deal! Thanks, you can email me with questions at brandi@quiltiste.com or call at 206-334-8320.
  5. Thanks for the tips on CC! All good tips...now I am just going to think on it for a couple days and I am sure just the right design will come to me. Funny how these quilts talk sometimes and tell you just what they want!
  6. Can you take a photo? I am kind of a fabric nut, so you never know--I might be able to identify it. You don't have any leftover fabric with the selvage still on it? The fabric company, designer, and collection should be listed there.
  7. Wow, fabulous tips! Thank you all! I feel much more confident now...I guess I am a little cautious after my last needle-breaking experience . Thanks, and I'll be sure to post photos when I'm done!
  8. Thank you Dell! Oh how I wish I could do that fancy cc-ing. I sure do love it but I don't have any fancy tools to do it right. I am pretty limited to free motion quilting...sorry I should have mentioned that. I am just worried about my needle breaking most of all. I just replaced my hook assembly from a needle break a couple months back and it was a pain and cost me $80. I am wondering if anyone thinks it will be a problem on this quilt. I asked the customer to give me a sample of leftover 1" squares to practice on to see how it quilts...so maybe that will help. I am just trying to brainstorm designs that will avoid those seams yet quilt it down nice and flat.
  9. Have you tried www.quiltshops.com. You can search for any fabric collection there and it will give you a list of where it can be found. Do you know the name of the collection?
  10. Hello there...this customer was referred to me by another longarm quilter in the area who was afraid to attempt quilting this quilt...and silly me I said "SURE I'LL DO IT!". Hehehe...the other quilter's concern was about the little 1 inch squares, and the possibility of skipped stitches and/or needle breaking. Any thoughts on what sort of quilting you'd do on the borders and any other tips on needle size, thread, or anything else that might help minimize the chance of skipped stitches and needle breakage? Sorry, for some reason the images wouldn't upload, but here are the links to the photos of the quilt: http://picasaweb.google.com/brandithequilterlady/Quiltiste02#5493463716170341794 http://picasaweb.google.com/brandithequilterlady/Quiltiste02#5493463714531806562 http://picasaweb.google.com/brandithequilterlady/Quiltiste02#5493463718845686322 Thanks for looking!
  11. Beautiful job, I am sure they will treasure it for many years to come! Fabulous!
  12. Thank you for all of the comments, my hard work is paying off since you all like it!!!!!!!!!!
  13. Well, it's pretty stiff, but the customer likes really dense stitching. It will be used as a sample for trunk shows and display, so it will show better quilted down nice and dense like that. It's not mine, it's for Blue Underground--the pattern design company. The pattern is Mod Squads. I did use Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly so it's not as stiff as it would have been had I used 100% cotton. Thanks for taking a look!
  14. Hi there, I thought I'd post some pics of my latest project--this was quite the challenge! It ended up being a 12 hour quilt!! Thanks for looking!