Shannon M. Hicks

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  1. Have you found that they obscure the light from the LED lights, or am I doing something wrong? (I have a 2012 Freedom) It is really bad when I have them flipped up between uses--a real pain when I plan to use them on certain areas of the quilt and not others--I hate to have to take them off all the time.
  2. Thank you for the feedback. I was really hoping someone had already figured out how to resolve the issue I am having! I have hydraulic lifts on this machine, as I've had on my other machines, which is a wonderful convenience and I use a lot, but it does not really affect the reach situation. I understand that the reach of the head is limited by the throat space--this is why I was questioning table modification to possibly remove the wasted space that having the bars stick out as far as they do creates. I have thought about moving the backing roller directing under the top roller, but I do understand there will be some issues with that... I will keep thinking and hopefully come up with something. When I do, I'll be sure and post what I come up with!!
  3. I have stretched a long piece of bungee cord between the legs of my machine that I use to hold back the quilt top and batting when I float my quilts. There are several different weights at your hardware store--go for a medium to heavier weight so that it keeps it held back. If it's too light weight the weight of the fabric/batting will flex it too much. It will never be quite as smooth as the pipes, but its worked for me for years and is very inexpensive!! can work around the stuff you have under your machine.
  4. I love my new Freedom, but after having owned several different machines, I really dislike that the distance between the edge of my quilting space and by body is a full 8.5-9" due to the placement of the backing roller. If the backing rollers sat immediately below the "top" roller, that amount would be reduced by a full 4", which is a lot when you consider the area of work space you have the greatest amount of physical control of your machine for detail work. My question--has anyone repositioned their backing roller, or, alternatively, swapped the backing roller with the top roller, eliminating the existing backing roller? (I'm not sure that would even work due to elevation.) I don't want to just remove the top roller to float my top--I want to eliminate the wasted space to get closer to my work. I would prefer to keep both rollers, because I like the resistance the top roller provides, even when I don't pin to it. If so, what have you used for a brake?
  5. Ahhhh, the Banana Belt! The driest spot in Western Washington, I think... gotta love a rain shadow! Your yurt sounds like a fun studio space, and your back porch sounds amazing. No wonder you are excited!!
  6. Dory, I think I just put 2 and two together. Are you Lisa N's friend? If so, I met you at MQXW!
  7. It's lovely! Is it in eastern Washington, or the west side? The grasses in the foreground makes me think you might be coming to my side of the mountain! I live near Lake Chelan. Welcome to God's country! VBG
  8. Beautiful, Corey!!! Those classes were great! I learned some tricks that are going to save me tons of time, and had a couple of great Ah Ha moments about features that have been there a long time, but I didn't know about. Like the Start/End...I knew it could reverse the direction, but I didn't know I could move it to wherever I wanted it! I love those light bulb moments! Great job!
  9. Shana's right, there are no rules! What does your gut say? I'm not sure I really understand what you mean by the feathers' flare... My favorite feather borders are built on an undulating line, with feathers on both sides of the line. I make sure that the corner curves out around like you are quilting around a circle--I usually do this by actually placing a few marks on my quilt I mark my corner spine, the center curve, which will be a hump to the outside, and then I decide if I need to add more marks or if I can visualize my line. Our eyes are naturally drawn to the centers and the corners, so if you get those right, minor discrepancies won't matter. If you question is about feather scallops, I prefer to have the curve of the scallop to the outside. It can create a great guideline for actually making that a curved border for your customer to trim and bind. I hope I answered your question, if not, please clarify what you mean by the flare.
  10. P.S. I am also seriously interested in getting an APQS after trying one on the Bliss system. I had a very nice visit with Mark at MQXW. It would finish my circuit--I will have owned each of the 4 major brands of machines in 15 years of quilting! I've learned to "never say never". I believe in always seeking out the best tools for me to do what I want to do, and those needs have continued to change over the years. My first machine didn't even have a needle positioner/single stitch button!!! Those were the "olden days", but not so golden in the world of longarm quilting! Shannon Hicks Piece and Joy Quilting, LLC "Perfectly Imperfect digitized designs for the discerning quilter" IntelliQuilter dealers/installers Longarm, IQ and digitizing workshops (509)687-0359 shannonmhicks at live dot com
  11. Hitomi, I think my hubby Brian had the privilege of visiting with you at MQX West in the IQ Booth! He mentioned a lovely lady from Hawaii! Of course I'm very biased, but I love my IQ. Before I got my IQ, I had ran a machine with a Statler Stitcher for several years. The IQ is so much more intuitive and user friendly that I immediately started doing the majority of my quilting on the IQ machine, and eventually sold the Statler. I haven't regretted it for a minute! I have been a longarm quilter since 1996, so I've done a LOT of freehand quilting. I still LOVE to freehand quilt, but there are some things that the IQ just does better, or times the IQ can do the quilting while I'm working on something else. One of the things that really sets the IQ apart is how easily you can switch from computer guided to hand guiding your machine. Just a touch of a button and the motors are raised and you are ready to go. On a custom quilt I am switching back and forth all the time--something I wouldn't have even considered with my other system. There are some really great resources available to you while you are making your decision about an IQ. There are many videos listed on the IntelliQuilter website, it's a great way to see many of the great features. Some of the videos are older, done on earlier software revisions, but they are still informative. has some how-to articles and "boosters" (step by step instructions for doing a particular thing), and another training website at Connie is right, the best resource for you will likely be the Yahoo IQ group at If you have any questions or want to just chat with me from the user side of things, don't hesitate to call me or send me an email. Shannon Hicks Piece and Joy Quilting, LLC "Perfectly Imperfect digitized designs for the discerning quilter" IntelliQuilter dealers/installers Longarm, IQ and digitizing workshops (509)687-0359 shannonmhicks at live dot com