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  1. SID the entire inner star. Everything is drawing your eyes to the center of the quilt. So using the center star you have two points at the 12 o'clock, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock, and 9 o'clock positions. Following your seams out to each side of the quilt. You have 7 chevrons in each of the four areas that will be formed. I would repeat quilt the angle that is formed from the red outline of the star points to the center, from the star outwards. Set you line spacing so, you seven colors chevrons without stitching through them. From those same 8 corner points on the center star, draw o
  2. BeckyP You can find what you locally and online. Look for a "bull bar" or light bart mounting brackets";
  3. This is slightly offtopic as the brake was loosening, but the principal should be the same. You probably need to clean out the brake, or loosen it up Best of luck to you rectifying your problem. Cagey
  4. If we are talking DSM (domestic sewing machine) Baby Lock, then set the maximum stitch speed about medium. Then with a practice quilt sandwich draw some straight lines and and some swirls. As everyone knows how they sign their name, practice quilting that. You must move your hands in the proper relation with your needle speed. If you feel the fabric tugging against the needle, then you need to speed up the needle. If your needle is doing repeated stitches in one spot or with very short stitch spacing you are depressing the foot peddle too much. Back off a little on the foot pressur
  5. Mwrubles, Every batting has a minimum quilting distance. Warm and Natural is 10 inches minimum. Hobbs batting minimum is primarily 4 inches Other battings may have a shorter or longer minimum quilting distance. See below and checkout link; Read your batting instructions to find your minimum quilting distance. I would quilt the top at a minimum of the required quilting distance. Otherwise you are asking for future problems after the quilt is used/loved and then washed. Try following some of the designs of on the shirts if you are concerned
  6. Lorri, You might checkout Cindy Needham's background stencils to help mark at outside of the block for the straight crosshatch. She also has a curved crosshatch the you can trace with wash away marker. Cagey
  7. Linda, The quilt looks wonderful. I was picturing the quilt made with many more patches. With so much space between them, it makes for a snugly and usable quilt. Thank you for sharing. Cagey
  8. I am not sure exactly what type of patches you are talking about. The ones that I have are rather stiff, and would not bend or fold well. For this reason, I do not believe they work well in a useable quilt or pillow. Because of this I would suggest making them into a wall hanging. Maybe a picture of your MIL and your husband or the whole family transferred to fabric in the center (or different pictures scattered around in the piece), and then the patches around the picture(s). Something to remind your husband of your MIL, and her love for patch collecting.
  9. I hate to rain on your parade with the new feet, but you might want try this too. Place a white index card or stiff piece of paper under your hopping foot. Then lower the hopping foot, and allow the needle to punch threw the paper. With the needle full down, draw a line around the outside of your hopping foot, being sure to keep the pencil close (same distance) around the hopping foot. Then raise your needle, and look at the card. Is your needle exactly in the middle of the hopping foot? On my APQS, it is not. As I have the new style hopping feet, I cannot slightly bend the foot
  10. The Gammill website does not make shopping easy, but could you possibly change out the entire hopping foot bar with a new foot that is a True Quarter? If that is not possible, can you remove the hopping foot? If so you could either buff off 1/32 from the hopping foot, or possibly find a CNC company that would do it with more precision. You could also place a strip of colored see-though tape 1/32 below your primary 1/4 inch ruler line so when you place the ruler using the tape, you get a true 1/4 inch stitch line. This would work for a straight edge ruler, but for circles or other
  11. I would email the above picture to APQS, and then call them in the morning. The upper joint (I think it is actually a bearing) looks like it is not fully seated together. APQS can give you the best method to fix. If you have to quilt tonight, I do not believe it would cause any issues to used sparingly. Tell us what APQS tells you. Best of luck with your repair. Cagey
  12. PKS, Do not be afraid to ship a machine. You can find a packing company in most cities that will come to the home of the seller, remove the item, and then pack/ship the items to you. They will normally use a freight company to do this, and the items will be delivered to your driveway. You are responsible from there for moving into your home and assembly. I would hope most sellers would work with a buyer to complete this process. I shipped a large George table from Detroit to Florida, and it was approximately $400 for the entire process. You can ship cars across the county for
  13. Very rarely does someone wish they had a smaller car, a smaller boat, or a smaller kitchen. With that being said, I would go with the Lucey. If it is about the cost, you could always go with a used APQS machine. There were some recent older model Millies for sale closer to the Moxie cost. I do not think you can go wrong with a new or well cared for used APQS machine. Best of luck making your decision. Cagey
  14. Gerald, You do understand the post if over 10 years old. Plus, Matt; the individual you quoted, has not visited the forum since 2016. If you hover over the poster's name you can see when they last visited the site. If you do an internet search for "anti-fatigue floor mats" you will find a number of possible solutions. Best of luck shopping. Cagey
  15. Jan, It would not stay on the car long if you walked away as nice as it looks. It would be on someon else's bed or couch in a nano-second. It is a wonderful quilt. Outstanding job, thank you for sharing. It would be an interesting NASCAR paint job if APQS ever sponsored a car for a race. Cagey
  16. I would take a single layer of high loft batting, and lay it under the gnome. Then I would use your DSM with invisible thread stitch around the outline and internal lines of the gnome. Once your done, cut away the extra batting to get a trapunto look when you place the top layer of the quilt on your sandwich. It will make you gnome pop out of the quilt top. I would then SID each block of the quilt, making sure to do the internal lines on the one 5 batch block you have. Then may be a snow flack or star design in the other blocks. The more quilting you do in the blocks, the more the gn
  17. Try an internet search for recovering data from an SD card. Search using with and without a password. You will probably find most of the information is for phone SD cards. You might also try using the computer you used to put the data on the SD card to see if it can open the stored data. Then save it without a password or with a password you will remember. There are free trial versions of data recover programs you will find. Be sure to only download from a trusted site. Best of luck recovering your data. Cagey
  18. Does your electrical outlet still powered? Plug a night light that you know operates to ensure the outlet is powered. If not check your circuit breaker and or a ground fault outlet. If using an extension cord our multiple outlet, be sure the devices circuit breaker has not popped. Hopefully it will be an easy fix. Cagey
  19. Casual Qulter, This video should help. Though it does not specifically state that you need to have twice that number to include the bobbin thread. See the discussion tab/section above the video. Superior shows their SuperBoBs 60wt have about 118 yards for a L sized bobbin, and 215 yards for a M sized bobbin. Superior also has a chart you can print out for you to reference. If you wind your own bobbins, you will not be able to wind your bobb
  20. Your test sample has to be the same materials as the actual sandwich. If not, you are not adjusting your tension for the actual environment you will encounter. That is why it is a good idea to leave extra material on the borders so you can test your tension there. Then move into the center of the quilt when your ready. If on the real quilt sandwich the bobbin thread is winning the tension war, then you need to loosen your bottom tension or tighten your top tension. As I think the bobbin thread may be too tight from your post, try this link first;
  21. Being a sit-down quilter, I would suggest placing your DSM (Domestic Sewing Machine) sewing table in a lefthand corner, so the quilt cannot fall off the back of the table, or off the left side of the table. After that, fluff the quilt up so that your hand quilt area can be restriction free moved around under your hopping foot. ________________Wall_________________________________ I DSM table I quilter I Place ironing board here if you need support on your left side. Butt it u
  22. I might suggest getting out the manual, and ensuring you have properly attached all motor connectors in their proper position. If two motors are close, could you have got the wires crossed? You could also disconnect every connection, then spray them with contact cleaner Then reconnect all the connections. There could be a bit of corrosion/dirt between the connections that is interfering with the flow of electricity. Also, push in on the wires at the back connectors to be certain you did not catc