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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Mary Beth in Not Happy   
    I use Dawn dishwashing liquid (original blue) to get oil and grease out of any fabric.
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Grandsons quilt   
    He will treasure this quilt. I know because I still treasure the quilt my granny made me when I was 9 years old.
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from LibbyG in The Storytellers   
    I just started making this quilt! It's a BOM through Keepsake Quilting. I've done the first two blocks, so I have 10 more months before I get to quilt it--gonna save these photos though--some great ideas in there for quilting mine!
    By the way, the best part of this BOM is that they send way more fabric than what is needed to make the blocks. I'll have a lot of leftover fabric!
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Oma in Grandsons quilt   
    He will treasure this quilt. I know because I still treasure the quilt my granny made me when I was 9 years old.
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Sheila S. in APQS road show   
    It's a good chance to try other options for your Lenni if you are thinking about upgrading anything. They also do a nice introduction to threads--at least they did at the road show I went to when I bought my Millie. I sat next to a woman who already had one machine and was in the market to add another so she could have the computerized system doing edge to edge stitching while she did freehand quilting on the second machine. I learned almost as much from her!
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Question washing   
    I prewash everything by running it through a regular cycle with a little Synthrapol.
    In the case of your dress shirts, I would DEFINITELY pre-wash/shrink the backing because that shirt fabric has been washed a lot and is not likely to shrink when the quilt is washed. But the muslin will shrink, which could make some issues. my goal is always to have the batting, backing and quilt top shrink in unison.
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Question washing   
    When I bought my last wide backing fabric I was told to expect it to shrink UP TO 7%. That's quite a lot, so I pre-washed it. Glad I did--what started out as 108 inches wide ended up being only 104 inches. I usually pre-wash every fabric I use.
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in Finally did it!   
    So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need.  On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips.  After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room.
     
    Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home.  I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad.
     
    Last week I quilted a queen-sized quilt, and pinning WAS that bad.  So yesterday, I finally installed the red snappers to my machine's leaders.  Minutes ago, I loaded my first quilt top with the leaders.  Such bliss!  It took me all of maybe five minutes to load the top, batting, and backing, and to sew the top and sides.  Why didn't I do this last October when I set up the machine? 
     
    The "quilt top" I loaded is actually a light weight upholstery fabric that looks like a quilt of 4-inch squares in muted country colors.  I bought this fabric for a song a decade ago, thinking I might want to use it as a backing, but it was never "right" for any quilt I was making.  It has become a perfect fabric for me to practice my ruler work and hand-guided quilting with my Malcolm.  It's about 4 feet wide by 9 feet long, so I have lots of practice ahead of me!  Yay!  It'll make a serviceable picnic quilt when I'm done playing.  
     
    And I am still stocking up my little studio with 'essentials' I might need one day.  I figure I should be well-stocked so I'm set to go when I retire and have less of an income.  
     
    Just ordered a couple gross of magna glide bobbins and a new bobbin case to use just with them. (under $12 for the case from APQS)
     
    Happy fourth everyone!
     
    Kevin
     
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from JeannieB in Finally did it!   
    So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need.  On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips.  After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room.
     
    Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home.  I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad.
     
    Last week I quilted a queen-sized quilt, and pinning WAS that bad.  So yesterday, I finally installed the red snappers to my machine's leaders.  Minutes ago, I loaded my first quilt top with the leaders.  Such bliss!  It took me all of maybe five minutes to load the top, batting, and backing, and to sew the top and sides.  Why didn't I do this last October when I set up the machine? 
     
    The "quilt top" I loaded is actually a light weight upholstery fabric that looks like a quilt of 4-inch squares in muted country colors.  I bought this fabric for a song a decade ago, thinking I might want to use it as a backing, but it was never "right" for any quilt I was making.  It has become a perfect fabric for me to practice my ruler work and hand-guided quilting with my Malcolm.  It's about 4 feet wide by 9 feet long, so I have lots of practice ahead of me!  Yay!  It'll make a serviceable picnic quilt when I'm done playing.  
     
    And I am still stocking up my little studio with 'essentials' I might need one day.  I figure I should be well-stocked so I'm set to go when I retire and have less of an income.  
     
    Just ordered a couple gross of magna glide bobbins and a new bobbin case to use just with them. (under $12 for the case from APQS)
     
    Happy fourth everyone!
     
    Kevin
     
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Gail O in Finally did it!   
    So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need.  On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips.  After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room.
     
    Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home.  I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad.
     
    Last week I quilted a queen-sized quilt, and pinning WAS that bad.  So yesterday, I finally installed the red snappers to my machine's leaders.  Minutes ago, I loaded my first quilt top with the leaders.  Such bliss!  It took me all of maybe five minutes to load the top, batting, and backing, and to sew the top and sides.  Why didn't I do this last October when I set up the machine? 
     
    The "quilt top" I loaded is actually a light weight upholstery fabric that looks like a quilt of 4-inch squares in muted country colors.  I bought this fabric for a song a decade ago, thinking I might want to use it as a backing, but it was never "right" for any quilt I was making.  It has become a perfect fabric for me to practice my ruler work and hand-guided quilting with my Malcolm.  It's about 4 feet wide by 9 feet long, so I have lots of practice ahead of me!  Yay!  It'll make a serviceable picnic quilt when I'm done playing.  
     
    And I am still stocking up my little studio with 'essentials' I might need one day.  I figure I should be well-stocked so I'm set to go when I retire and have less of an income.  
     
    Just ordered a couple gross of magna glide bobbins and a new bobbin case to use just with them. (under $12 for the case from APQS)
     
    Happy fourth everyone!
     
    Kevin
     
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from gkazee in Finally did it!   
    So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need.  On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips.  After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room.
     
    Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home.  I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad.
     
    Last week I quilted a queen-sized quilt, and pinning WAS that bad.  So yesterday, I finally installed the red snappers to my machine's leaders.  Minutes ago, I loaded my first quilt top with the leaders.  Such bliss!  It took me all of maybe five minutes to load the top, batting, and backing, and to sew the top and sides.  Why didn't I do this last October when I set up the machine? 
     
    The "quilt top" I loaded is actually a light weight upholstery fabric that looks like a quilt of 4-inch squares in muted country colors.  I bought this fabric for a song a decade ago, thinking I might want to use it as a backing, but it was never "right" for any quilt I was making.  It has become a perfect fabric for me to practice my ruler work and hand-guided quilting with my Malcolm.  It's about 4 feet wide by 9 feet long, so I have lots of practice ahead of me!  Yay!  It'll make a serviceable picnic quilt when I'm done playing.  
     
    And I am still stocking up my little studio with 'essentials' I might need one day.  I figure I should be well-stocked so I'm set to go when I retire and have less of an income.  
     
    Just ordered a couple gross of magna glide bobbins and a new bobbin case to use just with them. (under $12 for the case from APQS)
     
    Happy fourth everyone!
     
    Kevin
     
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Quilta93 in Finally did it!   
    So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need.  On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips.  After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room.
     
    Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home.  I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad.
     
    Last week I quilted a queen-sized quilt, and pinning WAS that bad.  So yesterday, I finally installed the red snappers to my machine's leaders.  Minutes ago, I loaded my first quilt top with the leaders.  Such bliss!  It took me all of maybe five minutes to load the top, batting, and backing, and to sew the top and sides.  Why didn't I do this last October when I set up the machine? 
     
    The "quilt top" I loaded is actually a light weight upholstery fabric that looks like a quilt of 4-inch squares in muted country colors.  I bought this fabric for a song a decade ago, thinking I might want to use it as a backing, but it was never "right" for any quilt I was making.  It has become a perfect fabric for me to practice my ruler work and hand-guided quilting with my Malcolm.  It's about 4 feet wide by 9 feet long, so I have lots of practice ahead of me!  Yay!  It'll make a serviceable picnic quilt when I'm done playing.  
     
    And I am still stocking up my little studio with 'essentials' I might need one day.  I figure I should be well-stocked so I'm set to go when I retire and have less of an income.  
     
    Just ordered a couple gross of magna glide bobbins and a new bobbin case to use just with them. (under $12 for the case from APQS)
     
    Happy fourth everyone!
     
    Kevin
     
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from delld in Finally did it!   
    So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need.  On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips.  After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room.
     
    Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home.  I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad.
     
    Last week I quilted a queen-sized quilt, and pinning WAS that bad.  So yesterday, I finally installed the red snappers to my machine's leaders.  Minutes ago, I loaded my first quilt top with the leaders.  Such bliss!  It took me all of maybe five minutes to load the top, batting, and backing, and to sew the top and sides.  Why didn't I do this last October when I set up the machine? 
     
    The "quilt top" I loaded is actually a light weight upholstery fabric that looks like a quilt of 4-inch squares in muted country colors.  I bought this fabric for a song a decade ago, thinking I might want to use it as a backing, but it was never "right" for any quilt I was making.  It has become a perfect fabric for me to practice my ruler work and hand-guided quilting with my Malcolm.  It's about 4 feet wide by 9 feet long, so I have lots of practice ahead of me!  Yay!  It'll make a serviceable picnic quilt when I'm done playing.  
     
    And I am still stocking up my little studio with 'essentials' I might need one day.  I figure I should be well-stocked so I'm set to go when I retire and have less of an income.  
     
    Just ordered a couple gross of magna glide bobbins and a new bobbin case to use just with them. (under $12 for the case from APQS)
     
    Happy fourth everyone!
     
    Kevin
     
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from dbams in Finally did it!   
    So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need.  On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips.  After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room.
     
    Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home.  I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad.
     
    Last week I quilted a queen-sized quilt, and pinning WAS that bad.  So yesterday, I finally installed the red snappers to my machine's leaders.  Minutes ago, I loaded my first quilt top with the leaders.  Such bliss!  It took me all of maybe five minutes to load the top, batting, and backing, and to sew the top and sides.  Why didn't I do this last October when I set up the machine? 
     
    The "quilt top" I loaded is actually a light weight upholstery fabric that looks like a quilt of 4-inch squares in muted country colors.  I bought this fabric for a song a decade ago, thinking I might want to use it as a backing, but it was never "right" for any quilt I was making.  It has become a perfect fabric for me to practice my ruler work and hand-guided quilting with my Malcolm.  It's about 4 feet wide by 9 feet long, so I have lots of practice ahead of me!  Yay!  It'll make a serviceable picnic quilt when I'm done playing.  
     
    And I am still stocking up my little studio with 'essentials' I might need one day.  I figure I should be well-stocked so I'm set to go when I retire and have less of an income.  
     
    Just ordered a couple gross of magna glide bobbins and a new bobbin case to use just with them. (under $12 for the case from APQS)
     
    Happy fourth everyone!
     
    Kevin
     
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Oma in Finally did it!   
    So when I first decided I was going to buy a Millennium, I started asking longarmers what I would definitely need.  On an instruction video from Manquilter I saw them using leader grips.  After talking to many folks, I bought a set of Red Snappers for my Malcolm, even though I hadn't even ordered a machine yet. They stood in the package over at the side of the room.
     
    Three months later, I had a Millie all set up and ready to play in my home.  I could not quite figure out how to install the rods on my leads and I kept putting it off saying that pinning isn't that bad.
     
    Last week I quilted a queen-sized quilt, and pinning WAS that bad.  So yesterday, I finally installed the red snappers to my machine's leaders.  Minutes ago, I loaded my first quilt top with the leaders.  Such bliss!  It took me all of maybe five minutes to load the top, batting, and backing, and to sew the top and sides.  Why didn't I do this last October when I set up the machine? 
     
    The "quilt top" I loaded is actually a light weight upholstery fabric that looks like a quilt of 4-inch squares in muted country colors.  I bought this fabric for a song a decade ago, thinking I might want to use it as a backing, but it was never "right" for any quilt I was making.  It has become a perfect fabric for me to practice my ruler work and hand-guided quilting with my Malcolm.  It's about 4 feet wide by 9 feet long, so I have lots of practice ahead of me!  Yay!  It'll make a serviceable picnic quilt when I'm done playing.  
     
    And I am still stocking up my little studio with 'essentials' I might need one day.  I figure I should be well-stocked so I'm set to go when I retire and have less of an income.  
     
    Just ordered a couple gross of magna glide bobbins and a new bobbin case to use just with them. (under $12 for the case from APQS)
     
    Happy fourth everyone!
     
    Kevin
     
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from InesR in Up and Running   
    Everytime you turn your Lenni on and play with it, you will learn something. The more you play, the better you'll get. Have fun!
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Up and Running   
    Everytime you turn your Lenni on and play with it, you will learn something. The more you play, the better you'll get. Have fun!
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from LibbyG in Signatures for quilt after quilting question   
    I made a quilt as a going away gift for a family leaving our church for a few years of missionary work. I left the back a pastel color and everyone at the going away party traced their hand and then wrote their name across the palm. I had them use Crayola brand fabric markers because they don't need to be heat-set (and they could use their choice of colors). It turned out beautifully and went home with the recipients that night. I saw it again a while back, and it's held up nicely to repeated washings. Their little ones liked to lay on the floor with it and put their hands in the handprints of folks they remembered from "back home."
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from LibbyG in WHAT THE BEEP?   
    And here's the little panel I quickly stitched for my premiere play with Malcolm.  I learned a lot (mostly about what not to do).  Still got lots of playing to do before I hit a serious quilt, but that's o.k. because I have a pile of UFO's to learn on.

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    kkey1030 got a reaction from qltnbe in Signatures for quilt after quilting question   
    I made a quilt as a going away gift for a family leaving our church for a few years of missionary work. I left the back a pastel color and everyone at the going away party traced their hand and then wrote their name across the palm. I had them use Crayola brand fabric markers because they don't need to be heat-set (and they could use their choice of colors). It turned out beautifully and went home with the recipients that night. I saw it again a while back, and it's held up nicely to repeated washings. Their little ones liked to lay on the floor with it and put their hands in the handprints of folks they remembered from "back home."
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    kkey1030 got a reaction from JuneR in WHAT THE BEEP?   
    And here's the little panel I quickly stitched for my premiere play with Malcolm.  I learned a lot (mostly about what not to do).  Still got lots of playing to do before I hit a serious quilt, but that's o.k. because I have a pile of UFO's to learn on.

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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Oma in WHAT THE BEEP?   
    And here's the little panel I quickly stitched for my premiere play with Malcolm.  I learned a lot (mostly about what not to do).  Still got lots of playing to do before I hit a serious quilt, but that's o.k. because I have a pile of UFO's to learn on.

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    kkey1030 got a reaction from Battynurse in WHAT THE BEEP?   
    And here's the little panel I quickly stitched for my premiere play with Malcolm.  I learned a lot (mostly about what not to do).  Still got lots of playing to do before I hit a serious quilt, but that's o.k. because I have a pile of UFO's to learn on.

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    kkey1030 reacted to QuiltingB in IQuilt Class Project   
    I hope you like it as much as I did! I want to make her modern class project too, but I have a few other things to get finished first!
    I hope you will share yours when it's finished!
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    kkey1030 reacted to QuiltingB in IQuilt Class Project   
    You can do it!!
    It wasn't until I had the chance to take Judi Madsen's feather class at MQX that it actually "clicked" for me! I liked to draw on paper to practice, but also important to just doodle on the longarm! I have gone through a lot of muslin, I put the radio on and just doodle with some pretty thread, no pressure not trying to make anything spectacular. In fact some of my practice made excellent dog beds! LOL
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