tracyv

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  1. Hi! Local Quilt Shop owner here. Row by Row patterns are free, but only one pattern per person and you must physically visit the shop. The organizers are working hard to make sure that participating shops stick to those rules. However, most shops also have kits of their rows available for purchase, and you can purchase as many kits (which include the free pattern) as you wish, but again only in person. The Shop Hop runs through September 8. From then until November 1, no patterns or kits can be sold or handed out, to give hoppers the opportunity to complete their row quilts and turn them in for prizes. Most shops also have License Plates for sale, and those can be mailed out. Prices vary from area to area. Check www.rowbyrowexperience.com for a list and maps of participating shops. There are shops from all 50 states! Most states also have Facebook pages where you can see the rows. We did this last year, and it was lots of fun. Hope that helps to clarify... have fun collecting.
  2. I drape the quilt backing over the rollers of my machine, and spritz the backing with distilled water. Use a cheap Wal-Mart spray bottle, and concentrate on the tough wrinkles. Let it sit about 15 minutes, and magically pretty much all but the very toughest wrinkles are gone. (sometimes you can also see the backing tighten up ever so slightly) Doesn't leave spots or residue, and it is even cheaper than the wrinkle remover. I too hate to iron!! LOL
  3. Love my Baby Lock!!!! Great machines, backed by great training and warranties. Currently in love with the Aria.
  4. Haven't quilted in several weeks on this machine (luck me, I have two Millenniums!) Have been super busy, and just decided to wait until I had the time to spend to get the timing perfect. Sooooooo..... yesterday, loaded some fabric for practice, got out the tools, and not a single skipped stitch!!! Did an entire quilt with not a single problem. Apparently, the quilt fairies were as busy as I was! Go figure. Will see what today brings.
  5. Heidi --- on the second new needle (trying different sizes and brands) and the top is on the loose side.
  6. Hi! Have been quilting happily along, and I am suddenly getting skipped stitches. I was using IQ when I initially saw the problem, but in manual mode, it stitches toward me perfectly, the stitches are only skipping going AWAY from me. Seems to be getting worse. I have checked, and the timing looks good. I have cleaned, oiled, changed the needle and rethreaded, of course. Other suggestions of what I should check? Thanks all!
  7. I stitch my binding completely on my DSM, but the exact opposite from Imeimann. I stitch it to the front first, then wrap it to the back and stitch in the ditch from the front. The key is finding the correct width for binding that fits the look that you want, and allows for just enough space to catch on the back. I like narrow bindings, so cut my original binding 2 1/8" wide, then apply and miter just like I was going to hand stitch, using a 1/4" seam. Fold and miter the binding and pin as close to the corner as possible, start stitching with tiny stitches from the front, then lengthen stitches as you go. I use invisible thread in the top, and a color that matches the binding in the back. I do not pin, but you could pin in the ditch as well for extra security while you stitch, taking the pins out as you come to them. From the front, it looks hand stitched, from the back, just one fine line of stitching. Oh, and several years of practice, practice, practice! (Actually, it is pretty easy to get a good product, but it does indeed require some fiddling to get it just right for your style of stitching.)
  8. I own a LQS in cold, cold Minnesota, and spent quite a bit of time sticking fabric that I had marked and pressed in the freezer to determine whether the markings would return, so that we could advise our customers. Seems to me that the markings are never really totally gone, they will return if the temperature is low enough. I agree with previous comments, there always seems to be a faint line, even after washing. That said, we usually use them to mark a point here and there, not heavy lines, and our customers seem to be fine with them, tho' they appreciate (and seem to be amused by) our experiments.
  9. Just when I thought I was getting the hang of this, and have nailed the process for for "wavy borders", I was thrown a curve ball. Did a quilt with a center that looked quite a bit like a circus tent. The borders were much smaller than the center, so there was no place to go with the excess fabric. It was touch and go, but lots of steam and starch later and a really big feather, I got all the extra tucked in, but not sure if there is a better way to handle this. (The quilt was set on point, and am thinking that this contributed to the excess fabric). What could I have done to anticipate this? The borders actually measured even, and rolled on the frame straight, but it was obvious from the start that the center was a mess. Suggestions for next time???
  10. 80/20 batting. I have done many t-shirt quilts freehand, and have never had skipped stitches. Bottom line in the bobbin, variegated cotton on top. Tension was fine otherwise. I do think that I probably had the backing a bit tighter than I usually do, I have read that IQ runs well that way. Maybe I am wrong? Skipped stitches were in the t-shirt areas. Talked to another machine quilter in our area, and she suggested using a smaller needle --- but I didn't have any, so I stuck with 4.0. Next time I will try a larger one. And luckily, none of the skipped stitches were in the "paint" areas.
  11. Just finished a king sized t-shirt quilt on my Millie with IQ. The t-shirts were backed with French Fuse tricot interfacing. When I started I got quite a few skipped stitches. Blew everything out, oiled, re-threaded, changed the needle (using a 4.0), and rotated the needle slightly. Also slowed down IQ quite a bit. Helped, but there were probably 10 spots where there were a few sporadic skipped stitches. Nothing that I couldn't fix, but I am wondering if a different needle size might have made a difference. This was my first t-shirt quilt with IQ, I might just be paranoid! Suggestions?
  12. Can you give us any hints as to Quilt Path's features? I am anxious to purchase a system, and was looking at the BasIQ, but wonder if I should wait till there is info about the new system???
  13. I would love to do this as well. After Christmas would be great.... keep us all posted.
  14. Thanks for the advice! Checked the cables, and it works perfectly now! Can't believe I couldn't figure it out on my own! Duh!
  15. Have been crazy busy and haven't quilted in a month. Got my quilt all loaded, and was happily stitching away, but the stitch regulator kept cutting out. Would take 3-4 really big stitches, and then stop. It probably did it 20 times in the last 10" of the quilt. Suggestions of what the problem is and what I should try first?