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  1. Do you measure the quilt tops before loading? That would give you advance warning that there is a problem. If it is always the right side that is longer, I have to wonder if it is something you are doing as you advance the quilt, as Debbie mentioned above, or if your leaders are not quite square. Debbie gave good advice.
  2. Were you going over a thick seam when either needle broke? Also, the first break could have messed up something on your machine, causing the second needle break. I'm sure more knowledgeable people will chime in.
  3. You would want the patches to the "the star of the show" as far as the quilt is concerned. Maybe a "Trip Around the World" quilt, with the patches in various squares. As far as the quilting, I'm pretty sure it would have to be freehand, and not go through the patches, as they tend to be very thick. Please share pictures when it's done!
  4. Wool batting is also nice and warm. I love Quilter's Dream Wool.
  5. Are you using Quilt Path, or another program? There is a Quilt Path users group on Facebook, where you may get a faster answer.
  6. It sounds like you are comparing a fully-equipped Cadillac (Lucey) to a base-model Chevrolet. Yes, both Cadillac and Chevrolet make good vehicles, but the Bliss and upgrades on the Lucey will definitely raise the price over a base model from any manufacturer, including APQS. I do not think you can go wrong with APQS, especially since you made your deposit during the recent sale. Good luck with your decision making.
  7. Denise, it is the total number of inches of binding: W+L+W+L. If you have a quilt that is 60" wide and 80" long, that is 60+80+60+80=280. Multiply the total binding by your charge per inch to get the total price.
  8. Hoopie, it's very hard to predict how much your scraps will shrink, or if they will even shrink at all. If you plan your block with a slightly oversized border on the outside, you could trim the border after washing to get your block to the 12.5" you want.
  9. Cagey's suggestions are good. If you don't want the gnome to be too fluffy, since it is a placemat, you could stitch around the individual sections of the gnome, and quilt the rest of the placemat as densely as you wish. That will make the gnome stand out, but still give you a fairly flat placement.
  10. Nita, you may have better luck starting a new post asking for the items you want, rather than tagging on to a 6 year old thread.
  11. After you try the good suggestions above, I recommend calling APQS service if the problem persists.
  12. I have not used a lot of Hobbs batting, but I know Warm Company battings have "right" and "wrong" sides. Loading the "wrong" side up definitely makes pokies on the back of the quilt. Do any Hobbs fans know if those battings have right and wrong sides?