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Everything posted by gkazee

  1. When I'm doing edge to edge designs I baste the both sides and across the top as close to the edge as I can, then I stitch the first pass, roll the quilt, smooth and baste each side then stitch the design. When I'm doing custom quilting I baste and/or stitch in the ditch the entire quilt before going back and placing designs where I want them.
  2. To make the piano key border I would probably sew half strips together. It's easier for me to keep my seam more consistent with the half strip than it is the full width strips. Also if you are doing a random color look you would have more variations with the half strips. As for the one book, I really can't point to just one. I have a bunch of books. LOL.......they are like Lays potato chips for me.
  3. I have a Millie with Intelliquilter. The IQ doesn't add much weight to the machine. The difference between quilt path and IQ begins with quilt path operates on a belt system and IQ operates on a motor system. Quilt path is a windows based operating system and IQ is not windows based. At the time I purchased IQ had capabilities that quilt path didn't such as setting up a no sew zone but that may have changed now as they were working on a upgrade. The two systems "think" differently so if you could find somewhere to watch both systems in action it might help you see which one works better with h
  4. I have an Uninterrupted Power Source for my Millie. It protects from power surges and in case of power outages will run your machine long enough to shut down safely. The size recommended by APQS was a little over $300 from Amazon.
  5. After a lot of research, and a six month delay because I chickened out, I purchased my Millie and had the Intelliquilter system installed. My only regret was the six months I lost out on using this wonderful machine with IQ by being anxious about spending the money! I love my IQ and wouldn't trade it for any other system!
  6. LOL. The computerized designs took almost no time. Just the crosshatching took lots and lots of hours!
  7. Crosshatching with a computerized system is tough because of fabric draw up and matching each point across the quilt after each roll. I haven't crosshatched an entire quilt but did crosshatching on a custom quilt surrounding all the blocks. I used a ruler from quilters apothecary made for crosshatching.
  8. I forgot to answer the part of your question about the color of the batting. For quilts that are primarily white I used the white Hobbs 80/20 on my own quilts. It seems as though the white is dull after washing if I use the natural.
  9. I have not yet tried to use a double batting on my longarm but I think the difference between a domestic walking foot and the longarm hopping foot would make for a better outcome on the longarm. There is no "give" in the needle bar of the domestic walking foot when you lower the presser foot so it would push the double layers of batting. With the longarm the foot hops and if it still pushed the layers you can change the height of the needle bar......or at least you can on the Millie's. Perhaps someone who has quilted with double battings will chime it on this issue.
  10. Sometimes I will get an obstruction message when IQ has to change directions on certain patterns. I have learned that if I slow down the stitching speed just a little it no longer gives these obstruction messages.
  11. I usually pick up and drop off at a local quilt shop.
  12. I have IQ on my Millie and love it. For edge to edge designs I set it up, start the stitching and walk away to do other things. IQ stops and beeps if it breaks a thread, runs in to an obstruction or reaches the end of the row. I think it would be very feasible for you if you have enough business to support a second machine. I would love to have a second machine that I could use for custom work!
  13. I know why you are getting all the untamed quilts........because you do such a wonderful job of taming them! I want lessons on how you do that!
  14. I haven't pinned a quilt top to the quilt top bar since the 2nd or 3rd quilt I did that didn't belong to me when, after pinning to the take up bar, I could roll the top up evenly because there was so much fullness in the sides. I unpinned and floated working the side fullness in as I went. Since that worked out well for me I have continued floating the tops. I haven't removed the top take up bar however because it seems to put some tension on the layers so I don't have to use any clamps on the backing bar to hold the layers together. I also use blue painters tape on the quilt top bar to mark w
  15. Perhaps it's something in your settings? I can go back and re-read a topic that I have already read.
  16. Loosing your Mom, especially that quickly, had to be devastating for you. Conflict with your siblings makes it even tougher. If your Mom willed the stove to you and you want it for the memories then by all means take it. Have you filed the estate for probate or does that not apply there? I'm not a lawyer but seems to me that if the trust specifically states control of the house is to move from the trust to the three heirs upon the death of both your parents then your sister cannot prevent that from occurring but you may have to hire an attorney to accomplish it.
  17. I think your throat depth would be limited by the space between the rails on your current frame. Measuring that space should help you determine if you can go bigger than an 18" throat. You might also be limited by the width of the carriage your current machine rides on so check that out too when looking at machines.
  18. I bought my Millie as a demo model. I wouldn't worry much about the warranty. These machines are built to last and if you are buying from APQS they check over the used machines throughly. I wouldn't go with the smaller throat space of the Lenny if you have room for the Lucey. When you quilt a larger quilt you loose some space as the quilt rolls up. Do you have room for a 12 foot table? The leaders are several inches shorter than the length of the table. I went with the M bobbin and while I had some tension issues at first it had nothing to do with the bobbin size........it was operator error..
  19. They look great! Will they work on a table that has an IQ attached to the table?
  20. If I were going to startling just one, knowing what I know now, I would purchase Jamie Wallens Mystical 45 first. The medium one will crosshatch up to a 12" block without moving the ruler. He has smaller and larger ones but I decided the medium was big enough without being too big. I use it for stitching in the ditch or 1/4"!from the ditch as well as crosshatching. I have several their straight edge rulers but this one is the one I use the most. I like the markings and the handle to help me hold it. It allowed me to do the crosshatching for this quilt and keep it fairly straight and consisten
  21. I have leader grips. I had a queen size quilt on the frame and only had maybe 30" quilted when I needed to take it off. I didn't pin or baste the remaining quilt, just marked my centers of the backing, popped it off, and when I put it back on I just laid the whole thing over the frame, attached the backing with the leader grips in the front of the table and carefully rolled the backing with the batting and top carefully folded up until I could attach the whole thing to the take up roller. Then I pulled the batting and top underneath the belly bar and lined everything back up. I float my top an
  22. I don't SID when I do all over designs but I am self taught.
  23. I have the IQ system. I love the no sew zone, mark on quilt to help size block patterns easily and adjust patterns to fit odd angles, ease of realignment of rows for edge to edge designs, the operating system it uses, and the effort Zoltan puts into creating updates that make the system even more user friendly. I haven't found any dislikes yet and I've owned my system for over a year. I looked at Quilt Path and seriously considered it but I really wanted the no sew zone and since no one could tell me when that might be available for Quilt Path I went with the more expensive IQ. I should add t
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