Sandra Darlington

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  1. Thanks for the response. I would LOVE to keep my Liberty and also get a new machine, but unfortunately, I barely have the space for one longarm. I do not plan to add a computerized system, and the only "extras" that I want are the fabric advance (which I have on my Liberty), the deluxe frame and the Bliss rail system. I don't need the other bells & whistles, such as thread break sensor, the bobbin level indicator, or the vertical channel locks (on a Millie); no thread cutter wanted, either. I plan to continue my quilting business, along with doing the QOV quilts, Quilts For Kids, Family Promise quilts, Quilts Beyond Borders, and quite a few additional "comfort" quilt groups that I donate to.
  2. If you were going to purchase a new longarm, would you buy a Freddie or a Lucy? I am considering a new machine for the new year and I'm doing a bit of research. TIA
  3. My update is that today I spoke to Angie in the service department. She asked me a number of questions and thinks I have two bad circuit boards. I have them on order and should receive them on Friday. Hopefully, I will be able to install them! Also, hopefully, they will be the fix I need to get up and running again.
  4. Thank you for responding. So far, I am unable to figure out what to do. Nothing I have tried has helped. I left messages for APQS and two of the reps to contact me, but I guess nobody is available on a holiday weekend. I plan to call APQS in the morning.
  5. My left side light bars are lit on #3 & #5 only. My right side light bars are totally out. I cannot adjust my stitch length even though the indicator is lit, the needle bar is always pointing to the 7 stitches per inch mark and I am not able to change it on either the front or the back handles. I have a 2005 Liberty. Of course, I have a ton of "needed asap" customer quilts here. Please HELP!!!!! Update: Now the stitch length indicator lights are out on the front and the back dials. Things are getting worse. Update #2: I want to add that I am not able to stitch in unregulated mode. When I try to stitch, nothing happens.
  6. I remember that quilt as I was one of the "Aunties."
  7. I have not had any problems with the nubs on Minky. As already mentioned, just don't stretch it.
  8. If I have a very wrinkled piece of 100% cotton batting, like W&N, I sometimes use my iron to help get it to lay flat. But, I would not try that with a poly batt or anything with a loft, as it will flatten it. I often do this with my own batting that has been folded/scrunched in my batting leftover bag. I use these pieces and sometimes piece them together, when I make charity quilts for my guild to distribute. Other times I have draped the batting over my frame and spritzed it with some water and used my hands to smooth it out. The next morning it is dry and I can proceed to loading the quilt. I have a beautiful Judy N. bed runner to custom quilt here and this customer washed and machine dried her batting. It feels "yucky" and is very fluffy and wispy and a bit uneven in it's thickness. I would love to toss it out and use some Quilter's Dream batting, but of course, I can't do that. She does not want the bed runner to shrink and have the soft, comfy, cellulite look and the feel that cotton batting usually has after it's been washed and dried. But, she only uses cotton batting because it is "natural." This may have been a good candidate for a poly batting, or at least a batting that only shrinks about 1% instead of 3% or more percent.
  9. Also, be sure to have enough thread in your bobbin so you don't run out on one of those plastic shirts, leaving some holes.
  10. Very interesting comments about the quilt shows. I used to love going to shows - Houston, Paducah, MQX (went to both New England locations, depending on the years), AQS in Lancaster, Mancuso in Oaks, Hershey (can't remember if AQS or Mancuso) and now rarely go to the shows. I do try to go to the one in Oaks, although somewhat less exciting each year, but it is local. No long drive or flight and no hotels. But, I never seem to like their classes, with the exception of Lisa Calle's class that I took last year. I don't think APQS has been represented there (in Oaks, PA) in a few years, although I might have the shows mixed up. I do see Innova's represented "everywhere." In fact, most of the longarm quilters in my area have switched to Innova's. Any thoughts on this?
  11. Connie, make multiple trips to the car during the day. LOL I've done that at a few shows.
  12. I have that problem, too. I solve it by just repositioning my overhead lights a bit. I have Dave's Dee-Lites (I think that's how he spelled it). If you can reposition, try that first.
  13. Bonnie has been a wealth of information over the years!
  14. I also like DeLoa's appliqué ruler, but often I just use a curved ruler and adjust the angle as needed (usually every few stitches).
  15. I made quite a few "signature quilts" over the years. On the first one (for a retirement at work) I mailed squares to various buildings with instructions and a Pigma pen, and they were then incorporated into a quilt, if/when they were returned by the deadline. But, the others were pieced tops that I serged around the edges and took the tops to the showers. I sat at a side table (or the customer appointed someone to do this) with the quilt top and the pigma pens and instructed each person where to sign within the blocks. Usually I make a Rail Fence quilt, set on point. It is fast and easy to make. I make the center strip white or light and that is where the people should sign. I figured that if I had to remove a block due to a problem, it could easily be done and not ruin the entire quilt. Usually the quilt top went home with someone to collect additional signatures from neighbors, relatives who could't attend, etc. After all the signatures were on it, I would get it back to quilt and bind. And, yes, I did replace blocks on several quilt tops due to inappropriate messages (teenagers) or food stains. Just my thoughts....
  16. Dory, Your quilting is lovely; thank you for the pictures. That is most likely how I will quilt it, too. I feather "everything." Sue, thank you! I am doing well. I'm in remission (from uterine cancer, diagnosed in 2013) now and have gone through the surgery, radiation and chemo. Still "issues' come up, but so far, "I'm hanging in there." I started spending so much time on my computer that I didn't do much of anything else, so decided to ween myself away from some of the forums. I have missed my APQS friends, although do see many on FB. I'll have to check in here more often to talk to everyone.
  17. Has anyone quilted one? I will be doing one in about 2 weeks, so I am trying to get some ideas of what to do on it. I have not seen it in person yet, but did "google" it to see the pattern on Keepsakes site. All suggestions and ideas would be helpful. Thank you in advance.
  18. I prefer to use Quilters Dream, Dream Green. It is a thin poly and even though it is light green in color, it does not show through the thick, stabilized tee-shirts. I have quilted quite a few customer's tee-shirt quilts who used Warm & Natural as their batting. Some use it because it has to be a "natural" product, but I think most use it because they can use their 40% or 50% off coupon at JoAnn's. They seemed to stitch out just fine, but I don't know how the 3% (or more) shrinkage will make them look after they are washed. I love that "cellulite" look on many quilts, but not sure I would like it on a tee-shirt quilt.
  19. This story really raises my blood pressure! Personally, I would want to see a higher minimum bid on your beautiful handmade quilt than $100. I've been involved in situations like yours and people want things to be a very low price because your "homemade" "blanket" ( too many people call our beautiful quilts blankets) was basically free and didn't take much time to make.. Of course they could go out and buy a really nice quilt from Walmart for much less than the thing you whipped up with just stuff you had laying around your house. Argh!!!! The last time I donated a large throw quilt to the company I used to work for, for a charity golf outing's silent auction, I talked them into the starting bid at my cost. They thought that was far too high, but finally did it. Guess what? Nobody bid on it. At the end of the evening I planned to take it home with me, but was told a gal who was working on the Silent Auction committee took it and gave a $20 donation saying (and the group agreed) that $20 was better than nobody bidding, so everyone but me was happy with that outcome. I never donated another quilt to them.
  20. I've made quite a few "string quilts" that would have a similar look. I always do an overall design, preferably one that is not too dense.
  21. I always press my backing seams open, but many of my customers press to one side. It doesn't seem to matter so much if I can run it with the seams running horizontally on my roller, but when those triple thicknesses are loaded vertically, it seems to be an issue.