LucyPrairie

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  1. I'm getting some strange behavior from Freddie when using QP. Yesterday I started a new quilt and quilted three rows successfully before my bobbin ran out and I needed to repair the pattern. Then it kept sending my needle to a completely different part of the quilt to repair the pattern-very out of character. Today, I try to start again and it's quilting along just fine when the whole QP motor almost seizes. I caught it in time so that the material wasn't torn and had to manually life the needle. I gave it a thorough cleaning & replaced the needle before starting this quilt and I can'
  2. I could sure use some encouragement today! A client brought in a southwestern, very intricately pieced quilt. She brought in the pattern book and said that she would like it quilted like the book, but that I could make some changes. OK. It looked simple enough so I agreed. I sketched dimensions, practiced, etc. When I'm ready to start working on it I notice that she hadn't caught all of her seams. I called her to let her know. She picked it up, along with the backing & batting and brought them back a few weeks later. Once again, I'm ready to go with it and this time I notice her b
  3. I'm culling my library and am selling the following items: Modern Quilting Designs by Bethany Pease $5 You Can Quilt it! by Deborah M. Poole $10 Machine Quilting for Beginners DVD by Kim Brunner $10 Beginning Long Arm Quilting DVD by Myrna Ficken $10 Price doesn't include shipping. I'll ship the least expensive way. Please message if you're interested.
  4. Mamu & Quilting Happy are correct. I work for USPS. When it comes to filing claims you have to have your paperwork in order. I keep receipts for each quilt so that when it comes time to mail it, I know the exact amount it cost me to make it. That way, in the event of a loss, I've got everything I need. It's been my experience that as long as your paperwork is in order and you have proof of the amount being claimed, you won't encounter any problems. And remember that the Hope diamond was sent via USPS. Given the volume of mail that's handled on a daily basis, it's pretty impressive t
  5. Yes, Barb, it was. I had no idea there was a FB forum for QP ! Where have I been hiding?
  6. I worked with Grace Co. this week to have them update QP to the newest version. However, when I went to use my machine today any purchased patterns that I'd downloaded are gone. Not only that, but when I attempted tried to connect my thumb drive to see if I could reinstall a pattern, my tablet won't recognize it. Anyone else ran across this problem?
  7. Oh, yes, Barb. I forgot to note a thorough cleaning! That was the first thing I tried. I usually only do it after each quilt, but this time I cleaned midway. I also have a habit of cleaning the casing/thread path when I change the bobbin out doing a quit. I don't see/feel any burrs Joanne. I haven't hit anything and the seams aren't anything extreme. They're actually all pressed open and lay very flat.
  8. I've got one row left on this quilt, but I've tried everything that I know to try and thought someone else might have some suggestions. QP pantograph, Beautiful tension. Glide top thread, Glide classics bobbin. Skipped stitches, thread breaks (frequently). In the last row, I had eight (8) thread breaks before I quit counting. Here's what I've tried: New needles Turned the position of the needle New bobbins Sewer's aid Re-threading Adjusting tension and wine, lots and lots of wine (just joking, but I would have if we had any) If this happens again, what else might I try?
  9. I've been using QP to work on a client's quilt. I've been doing each individual triangle. I am about 2/3 of the way finished with the quilt. However, after finishing the last wedge something happened and I don't know what. Here are the things I did differently: NOTHING.! I did not scroll the quilt. I didn't adjust the tension or change thread. I didn't close QP down or restart the machine. The first time I tried to do the next wedge in QP the needle wouldn't raise on its own and I had to manually raise it. Next time I tried to use QP the needle actually broke. At that point I po
  10. I've been using QP to work on a client's quilt. I've been doing each individual triangle. I am about 2/3 of the way finished with the quilt. However, after finishing the last wedge something happened and I don't know what. Here are the things I did differently: NOTHING.! I did not scroll the quilt. I didn't adjust the tension or change thread. I didn't close QP down or restart the machine. The first time I tried to do the next wedge in QP the needle wouldn't raise on its own and I had to manually raise it. Next time I tried to use QP the needle actually broke. At that point I po
  11. I'm looking for some digitized patterns for a Quilt of Valor. I've seen one or two that designers have provided for free, but there has to be more somewhere. Any suggestions?
  12. I have a UPS like what APQS recommends. I'm in a rural area where we have frequent brown outs. My machine was a huge investment and I didn't want the power fluctuations to affect its performance. Having UPS was the best decision . . .. I'm in awe and how often it'll make a noise because of power fluctuations. We lost power for a few hours the other night while i had a quilt on the machine and I was able to finish the row before shutting it down. Mine has a life of several hours without power.
  13. Anyone heard anything about Quilt Path having a no-sew zone feature yet? When do we know if there are software updates?
  14. It's the back of the quilt. On the end of the row. I ended up picking all the stitches that were in the fold, used QP to repair the pattern on one row. It didn't recognize the other row, so I'm going to have to go back in and freestyle that. Ugh.
  15. I'm so embarrassed that I did this. Is there a way to correct it without ripping it? I used QP to stitch the first three rows, but didn't notice it until I was about ready to scroll to mark the fourth row.
  16. This is a first for me. I have a customer who brought in a 91 x 91 top. The backing is not a good quality fabric, the grain isn't straight, and I'm having a devil of at time trying to square it up. She just usually purchases the yardage she needs and then brings it over. Which is usually fine, except that I think this came from the end of the bolt sale she found online. Does anyone have any suggestions that might help me?
  17. I managed to get it done. Loosening the quilt on the frame seemed to help-I don't have any Sewer's Aid, but I'll put some on my shopping list. I used So Fine! on top and Glide on the bottom. The back was pieced with batiks and hand-dyed fabrics. Oh well, at least this one's off my plate. Thanks to everyone for their helpful suggestions!
  18. Here's my disclosure upfront: I HATE batiks, I don't sew with them at all. The ladies in my guild even laugh at my aversion to them. I have a customer quilt on Freddie that's 95% batik. I'm using QP and the machine is skipping stitches occasionally. Is this just the nature of the beast with batiks,giving me one more reason to hate them or do batik quilts behave differently when being quilted? I've not experienced this problem before, even when using the same pattern in QP.
  19. Shirley, I'll look forward to hearing more from you tomorrow, thanks!
  20. I've done some pantos using QP and they've nested together very nicely, others . . . well, not so much. Any tips or tricks that I might be missing?
  21. Teresa, Good for you for sticking with your minimum bid! My friend was recently asked to make a quilt for a local chapter of a national organization. She meticulously made a quilt with a pattern she designed and quilted it herself. It ended up selling at their auction for only $88 and boy was she bitter! In hindsight, she said she should have set a minimum bid on it.
  22. I'm with the other member who recommended Jamie Wallen's YouTube video on tension. Everyone has their own method, but for me, his makes the most sense and I've found it to be the most helpful for the way my brain works.