LindaSteller

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    LindaSteller reacted to Bliss Quilter in Holes from requilting. HELP!   
    Linda,  I read this on your post years ago and have used it ever since - works wonder on batiks.  
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from dbams in Holes from requilting. HELP!   
    My favorite tip on this is one I came up with myself.  Buy one of those cheapie electric toothbrushes from the Dollar Store, preferably with soft bristles.  Dip it in a glass of water, shake off the excess, and then turn the brush on and gently brush your quilt with it.  That electric sonic motion is pretty effective in closing up the holes.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from Gail O in Holes from requilting. HELP!   
    My favorite tip on this is one I came up with myself.  Buy one of those cheapie electric toothbrushes from the Dollar Store, preferably with soft bristles.  Dip it in a glass of water, shake off the excess, and then turn the brush on and gently brush your quilt with it.  That electric sonic motion is pretty effective in closing up the holes.
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    LindaSteller reacted to Katydids in IntelliQuilter Training in Texas   
    I have just listed a new 2 day IQ workshop on my website. I will be traveling to teach in West Central TX at Donna Thomas' Studio in San Angelo. Workshop will be Jan. 11th & 12th. There is room for 10 students. You can find all the information on my website. http://www.katydids.net/classes.html
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from dbams in Letter from Himself (RitaR's husband)   
    Oh wow.  I guess I haven't checked in here in many moons.  I didn't know of Rita's passing.  She will be missed.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from debraquilts in Intelliquilter vs Quilt Path   
    IQ rocks.  The possibilities are virtually endless with it.  Resizing and tweaking designs to exactly fit your clients' wonky blocks is a breeze, and the customer service is beyond compare.  Worth every single penny.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from aktbone in Intelliquilter vs Quilt Path   
    IQ rocks.  The possibilities are virtually endless with it.  Resizing and tweaking designs to exactly fit your clients' wonky blocks is a breeze, and the customer service is beyond compare.  Worth every single penny.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from TracyeQ in encoder connection   
    Leslie - recheck all the wires and connections.  Then, you might want to check out this video on the main APQS page:  http://apqs.com/instructional-videos/?vid=LlpYU52NGMA  I had trouble with my SR about six month back.  I think that, over time (my machine is ten years old), my encoder wheel had worn down.  Even with a new encoder wheel, I wasn't able to get it seated well into the carriage wheel and was having trouble with side-to-side stitches.  I ended up having to take a rasp and make the groove provided for wheel adjustment just a little larger (with guidance from Amy!).  I got it fixed just fine.  We are fortunate to have these great videos available for us.  If, after watching the video and checking everything over, it still doesn't work, give APQS a call.  They'll help you get it right.  
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from mskazooli in 2002 Millennium with 14 ft. table, never used   
    I'm sure you had your reasons.  That's a wonderful machine and a great price!  I hope you find a buyer soon.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Rainbow Modern Dear Jane   
    Cool quilt!  Really nice quilting.  It's a stunning quilt.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from LibbyG in Mary's Shop Hop Quilt   
    Very beautiful.  Nicely done.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Sew Spooky in Progress   
    That's coming along nicely.  I love Halloween quilts.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from Sheagatzi in Brake on Millennium frame   
    I've had my machine for 11 years.  I put a new brake on it about four years ago.  I have to retighten that screw probably once every other week.  I think it's just the way it is.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from Sheagatzi in eyesight   
    I was essentially legally blind without corrective lenses - 20/1450 in one eye and 20/1600 in the other.  I had lasik surgery about 15 years ago and now I just wear reading glasses.  Generally, I just use a +2 for reading my computer screen or the paper.  I use those for quilting too, unless I'm doing really detailed stuff or need to pick stitches out.  Then I have a pair of +3 that I will use, but only for short periods of time.  My vision without lenses is 20/15 in both eyes.  Lasik was the best thing I ever did.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in New Feathers and Applique Quilt in Progress   
    It looks beautiful!
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from WandaGerdes in Which threads do you have a love/hate relationship with?   
    I use Glide almost exclusively.  And, you'll never catch me winding a bobbin.  Magna Glide or Magna Quilt, all the way.  I do use Essence (clear) for SID a lot, and I occasionally use Cairo Quilt, So Fine, or solid King Tut, but 99.9% of the time, it's Glide.
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in Cattails in the Meadow   
    Beautiful, Ardelle!
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from ffq-lar in Big blue and gray quilt finished   
    Really pretty!
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    LindaSteller reacted to ffq-lar in My new written policy re: donation quilting   
    I'll just share that I will be sending a registered letter tomorrow to a "friend" who did something creative with a quilt I had expected to be in a charity silent auction. The letter contains the words "misrepresentation", "misappropriation of funds", and "small claims court". If I see any cash, I'll donate to the charity it was originally meant to benefit.
    "Don't mess with me, I'm somebody's mother. I've taken on much tougher than you." Lyrics from one of my favorite songs!
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    LindaSteller reacted to ffq-lar in My new written policy re: donation quilting   
    I've been burned recently concerning donation quilting.
    Here is my new policy sheet for donation quilting.
    "Donation of quilting services cannot be used by the quilter as a business tax deduction--per state and federal law.
    Since this offering is a true donation, my name as the quilter must be included on the label of the quilt.
    Any media/print/internet advertisement that mentions the maker(s) of the quilt by name must also include my name as the quilter.
    Any monies or objects of value collected for this quilt through raffle, auction, outright sale, or barter must go to a verifiable non-profit group.
    The possible tax deduction taken by the donor of the quilt must not include the value of the quilting.
    Please sign and date below."
    Big trouble in Linda-land---but it won't happen again!!:mad:
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from Sheagatzi in How perfect does it have to be...( a bit of a rant)   
    I would have pulled them out and re-quilted them also.  This is why I buy magna glide bobbins.  I no longer have to get down on my hands and knees and pray to my machine that it should behave.  I have no need to pull out tons of stitches.  The stress and frustration those bobbins save me is worth a lot more than those bobbins cost!
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from dyequilter in EQ7 - frustrated!   
    Have you watched the videos that come with EQ?  Up in the main menu bar at the top, there's one that says videos, and I found those very helpful when I was first learning.  Also, in the menu bar, is Help, and it has PDFs of lessons to learning EQ.  I've been using EQ since version 5 and I really like 7.  Whenever I haven't used it in a while and want a bit of a refresher, I just watch the videos and I'm good to go again.  I'm especially happy now that they have it for Mac.  No having to go sit at the old Windows desktop anymore!
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Advice on a new longarm machine   
    Give them the chance to fix it.  My APQS Liberty failed soon after I had gotten it.  I had to send it back and yes, I did have to pay the freight.  It turned out to be something wrong with the motherboard and they fixed that at no charge, but I was out the $75 to ship it.  While the freight didn't make me happy, having a machine that worked properly did.
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    LindaSteller reacted to mlsa3 in I Really Don't See What You Get Out Of Quilting   
    I have a friend who is probably the finest woodworker I've ever personally known.  He's an engineer by trade.  He's a perfectionist.  He has a woodworking shop woodworkers would dream about.  He has all commercial grade equipment.  He has a CNC router for inlay work.  He built musical instruments (mountain dulcimers) if you know what that is.  His waiting list to get one of his instruments was over 2 years.
     
    In a past life a few years ago I was a woodworker.  My 2 car garage was filled with woodworking equipment.  I had the best  woodworking tools available (not commercial grade).  I also made musical instruments (mountain dulcimers).  I was good but nothing compared to him.  I had a pretty good part time business selling custom instruments.
     
     
    His wife is a quilter.  Another perfectionist.  Has a beautiful quilting studio.  When I saw that I probably wouldn't get to do a lot of woodworking when I retired I took up quilting.  When we got together I talked woodworking with him and quilting with her.
     
    One day he told me, "I just don't see what you get out of quilting."
     
    So I told him.  "It's just like woodworking.  They are both expensive hobbies.  The initial purchase of equipment is expensive.  Then you start adding all of the extra's and you pay even more.  You have a computer operated CNC router to help make perfect inlays.....quilting machines can have a computer operated system to help make perfect designs.  You spend time planning and laying out your designs.  Quilters do too.  You go to lumber yards to choose only the perfect boards for your instruments.  Quilters go to fabric stores to purchase the perfect fabric for their designs.  You cut out the woodworking using precise measurements so that everything fits together perfectly.  Quilters do the same.  You glue up the boards so well that you can barely see a joint.  Quilters piece their fabric so that the seams are perfect.  Once built you have to sand, stain and put a durable finish on it.  Once the quilt top is completed it has to be quilted to make it last.  The end result:  Something you created that you can be proud of the design, the craftsmanship that went into it.  So woodworkers and quilters are just alike...one uses wood and one uses fabric."
     
     
    His wife was sitting back grinning and agreeing.  He finally said, "I had never thought about it like that.  I guess you are right."
     
    David
     
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    LindaSteller got a reaction from T Row Studio in Finally got my Bliss installed YA!!! look at my first quilt that is blissed   
    Cool!  It looks really nice.