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stitchin cricket

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    Gastonia, NC
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    Making quilt tops and quilting them, reading, crocheting afghans, spending time with my family, meeting and getting to know other quilters; I love going to the North Carolina Mountains with my husband. I hope to someday run my own quilt shop, teach quilting and become an APQS dealer.

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  1. Hello fellow quilters, It's been a while since I've been on the forum. It's been a busy and unexpected year to say the least. I hope everyone is doing well and getting in a lot of quilt time. I'm currently working on a customer's quilt and for some reason, the thread sensor on my Millie keeps beeping indicating thread breakage. The problem is, neither the top thread nor the bobbin thread are broke or shredded. I've never had this happen before so I'm at a loss as to what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Happy Quilting, Carmen Finger - Stitchin Cricket
  2. Hey Karen, I'm very interested in your pantographs. I sent you a private message. If you can see it, I'll send you my email address. Happy Quilting, Carmen Finger
  3. Oh Irene, I love it. You did a great job. I'm making this same quilt for a lady I work with who just had her first child. I made it in grunge fabric. How did you like all those tiny pieces? The pantograph you used was perfect for it. Have you seen the penguin pattern she has designed as well? Thank you for sharing. Happy Quilting, Carmen
  4. I have a quilt on my frame and I’m using a double layer of Warm n White cotton batting, 40 wt superior thread & magna glide bobbin. I’ve adjusted my tension and the stitches look good, but the stitching is tight. Should I increase my stitch length? Also, the thickness has made the space between my hopping foot & needle plate tight? Should I adjust this or leave as is? I’ve never used double batting before so I’m not sure if this is normal or not. Any advice would be appreciated. Happy Quilting, Carmen
  5. Lisa, I can tell you that I was in your same situation several years ago. I did extensive research for nearly 5 years on every long arm machine I could find. My husband is an engineer, so I asked his opinion on each machine. We started going to quilt shows where long arm dealers would have machines set up that you could try out. My husband says that everything about the APQS machines is top quality. The frame for one is seamless, and the machine glides across it enffortlessly. All the other frames were pieced or made out of aluminum. Only one other machine had a solid steel frame, but it was unbelievably loud. Originally, I was limited on space so my only option was a sit down machine at the time. Once I discovered APQS, I always seem to be drawn to their machines. The quality, warranty and customer service cannot be matched by any other. I nearly purchased a sit down machine that was less expensive, but my instinct kept pulling me toward APQS. I finally made the decision to purchase George and never once regretted it. That was 3 years ago, and I have since upgraded to Millie!!!!!!!! I can tell you that my APQS dealer is nearly 2 hours away, but she's just a phone call away if I need her as is APQS Ccustomer Service. This company truly stands behind their machines & they consider anyone who purchases one a member of the APQS family. These machines are also handcrafted in America which my husband liked very much. I can't express to you enough how wonderful this company is or that I absolutely love my APQS machine!!!!!! I could go on & on about why you should pick APQS, but you need to test each machine several times & decide for yourself. Good luck. Happy Quilting,
  6. Thanks ladies!! Sharon, I called Sheridan and ordered the color I needed and several others today. If I had the time today, I would have traveled the hour and a half it takes me to get to her and picked it up today. I should be able to finish the customers quilt Tuesday or Wednesday at the latest. I know I will make sure going forward that when a cone gets down to the half way mark, I'll be ordering another one, particularly one that I use a lot. It's so frustrating when you're on a roll only to be stopped because you run out of thread, a real bummer. Thanks again ladies, I appreciate your responses. Happy Quilting,
  7. I'm on the verge of completing a customer quilt on my Millie and I need another cone of Superior So Fine 50wt #403 Putty. I thought I had enough left on the cone to finish the quilt, but it turns out I was wrong. I've tried to find a similar color, but it just doesn't sit well with me to use anything other than what I started with. This quilt is going to be auctioned off at a local church in order to raise money to renovate their kitchen. I have donated my services for this cause and the lady I'm quilting it for is going to donate the amount I would normally charge to her church to go toward the renovations. A lot of people are going to see the quilting so I want to do it right. I'm trying to find a quilt shop that sales this thread locally in Charlotte, NC or a surrounding area of NC but no luck so far. If there are any long armers in this area and you would be willing to sell me a cone of this thread, I would be so grateful. If not, I'm going to have to order it and wait on it to come in. A lesson learned here for me is to always make sure you have enough thread color for the quilt your're working on. Happy Quilting,
  8. What size pantograph works best for you? I'm trying to pick out a few pantographs in order to offer my clients options, but I don't know what size would be to large. I have a Millie on a 12' frame, and the largest panto I have is 10 inches. The reason I'm asking is because I found one that is 14.5 inches, and I didn't want to buy it if it would be to large. Any help or suggestions would be appreciated. Happy Quilting,
  9. Sue, I wish I knew, but the women I quilted this for bought the quilt top at an estate sale. She didn't know the name of it either. I've tried to find the pattern, but so far I haven't been successful. If I find it, I'll post the name of it here as well as who designed it. Thanks for looking!!!
  10. I recently finished this quilt for a customer, and she loved it. I usually do a basic puzzle meander for her, but I wanted to do something a little different which she gave me permission to do. I did an E2E pattern from Digitech Patterns called Fantasy Flame that came with my Millie. I love the way it gives the impression of fireworks going off all around the stars. Hope you enjoy the pictures.
  11. It's been a while since I've posted anything, but I thought I would post the completed quilt I did for my friend from work. I took everyone's advise and turned the quilt so that the batik blocks resemble flower pots. I also quilted flowers on it, but I decided to do an all over E2E pattern called Azalea I purchased from Urban Elementz, and I used Bottom Line 60 wt on top and glide magnetic bobbins on the bottom. Anne has two long haired Dachshunds that she and her husband adore so you can imagine my luck when I walked into my local quilt shop and found the batik fabric with paw prints on it to use as the backing. I was told by the person who delivered the quilt to Anne, that she usually didn't like blankets laid over her, but when she seen the quilt and all the messages on it, that she wouldn't let anyone remove it from her bed. She also could seem to stop rubbing her hands over the quilting, and she liked to hear the encouraging messaged read to her each day. Several weeks ago, Anne decided that she didn't want to go through anymore intensive treatment so she was transferred to the Hospice House. It is with a very sad heart that I must tell you that Anne went to be with the Lord at 6am this morning. I feel so blessed to have had the privilege of knowing and working with such a kind women, and I feel honored that the quilt brought her joy and comfort during her last days on this earth. I hope you enjoy the completed quilt, and please say a prayer for her husband Martin and their family as they deal with this sad loss in their lives.
  12. Thanks Zeke and Lora for the tip on basting your quilt with wiggly Lines, it has helped me tremendously. Another good tip I use came from Dawn Cavanaugh regarding how to make sure your quilt top is lined up straight. I use my channel locks and stitch a straight line across the top basting the batting and backing. Once complete, I line my quilt top up with that line before basting it down. I'm a self taught quilter and, I've learned so much from this forum, and I'm truly thankful for all the advice. Happy Quilting
  13. There's Sparrow Quit Co. and Whirls & Swirls. I've never been to Canada so I'm not sure if either one is near you, but they are both APQS dealers. Hope this helps. Happy Quilting,
  14. My dear hubby has been researching the best way to create a lighting system for me so that I can see better when quilting on Millie. He's come up with a great idea to create a light bar for me, so I wanted to know what your opinions were on the best type of lighting to use (LED, Halogen, Incandescent). He says that Halogen would throw off to much heat especially since my room doesn't have high ceilings and is 13 X 15 in size I think (Millie is on a 12 ft. frame and fits nicely with plenty of room on three sides). He thinks incandescent wouldn't be bright enough so that leaves LED. My main concern is the LEDs throwing off a glare making it difficult to see where I have or haven't stitched. I wear glasses and the lighting in my room makes it difficult for me to see sometimes especially if the thread blends really well with the fabric. I can't use the light bar from APQS because of my ceiling fan/ceiling height so that's out unfortunately. What type of lighting do you use over your long arm machine? Thanks in advance for sharing your ideas. Happy Quilting,
  15. Thanks everyone for your nice comments. Believe it or not, that's my first time doing feathers on a quilt. I've practiced on paper but never seemed to be able to master them. I just finally told myself "this is a practice quilt so just go for it!!" The swirl hook pattern is one that Angela Walters does so I wanted to try it too. I love working from the front of the machine doing free hand quilting. I have several pantographs, and I'm learning them but I feel confined/limited when doing them. Until I can buy Intelliquilter, I'll have to get past my issues and learn them. Libby, I love looking at the quilts that everyone posts, and I hope to be that good. Libby, your quilting has been inspiring me since the first time I seen one of your quilts posted here. When I get frustrated with myself, I just hop on the forum and look at all the beautiful quilts and let them work their magic at building my confidence. Thanks again for your comments and please continue to inspire me with your work. Happy Quilting,
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