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Everything posted by clgtennis

  1. I use microquilter for SID and use it in the bobbin with very nice results. It lasts forever in the bobbin due to it's 100wt!
  2. Adding to the conversation, I have had and IQ system on my Freedom since I bought my longarm over 2 years ago and am extremely happy with it! It's easy to learn and the support from IQ (both technical and functional) is fantastic. I work in IT and have never had vendor support that could match Zoltan and IQ. I do both pantograph and detailed custom quilting with mine and also the no-sew zone you mentioned. I compared this to Quiltpath and one of my decision points was the Unix viruses to worry about and lifetime software updates are included in the price. If you can afford IQ it is well worth the price. Good luck with our decision.
  3. I found these instructions to build a light bar over my Freedom. A friend of mine volunteered her husband to help me and we built it (mostly he!) in one evening. I love this light bar and it was inexpensive compared to others I looked at and attaches perfectly to the brackets on my 10 foot frame. I found all the supplies at Home Depot and Lowes.
  4. I purchased pre-design studio a few years ago and have used that successfully to create all types of designs for my IntelliQuilter. The price was right and the software is easy to learn and use.
  5. I started making this quilt early last year and finally finished the piecing and quilting. I loved how the quilting designs came together and planned to keep this one for myself but I have someone interested in buying it so not sure where this will end up! Hobbs 80/20 batting and Superior threads quilted on my Freedom with IQ. Ditch work and straight lines are ruler work. Quilting designs are from House of affiliation but stitch out beautifully!
  6. Beautiful quilting! I'm always amazed at how nice the basket weave design looks on a quilt. I'm sure your customer will love it. Cathy
  7. Beautiful job! The quilt and quilting are amazing. Cathy
  8. What an awesome tribute to your husband and his service. The quilt and quilting are both beautiful. Thanks for sharing! Cathy
  9. Thanks David...I know what you mean about piecing a DWR quilt. I also wanted to make the traditional style pattern and have looked at many pictures, patterns, videos and rulers until finally deciding to start with a metro rings quilt. You still have to do the curved piecing but it's very forgiving which I loved...I'm a big fan of sewing a piece slightly larger and cutting it to size so this was perfect for me:-) Cathy
  10. Thank you! I'm continually amazed at how the quilting changes and enhances the look of a quilt.
  11. Since this is ultimately not my quilt I wasn't quite ready to do everything freehand and that is why I bought my IQ:-) Need to use what I paid for! I did however ditch the rings by hand using a curved ruler. For my own projects I am slowly trying to incorporate more freehand and ruler work. Thanks for looking!
  12. Between work and the holidays I was finally able to get this quilt on and off my frame. It's a commission quilt for a co-worker/friend and thankfully she was not in a hurry. I used quilt designs from House of Creations (they stitched beautifully!) and my Freedom with Intelliquilter. Just need to add the label and off it will go. Cathy
  13. The quilt and quilting are absolutely beautiful! One of the best quilting ideas I've seen for that quilt design. Great job!
  14. Beautiful quilting on a beautiful I remember why I bought that pattern!
  15. Yes...piecing took longer than I thought it would when I first decided on this pattern. I had to piece the center of all the flowers first and then lay out where they would be placed so I could determine the color around each block. Thankfully the result was worth the effort!
  16. Thanks for all the nice comments! I learn more and more about my longarm and IQ every time I use it and am inspired by all the other great photos I see. I'm slowly working to gain confidence to do more manual work on my quilts as well. I have a couple smaller pieces that are waiting for me that I'll jump in and start one of these days:-)
  17. A recent finish for my great niece's 10th birthday. I've had the fabric for quite a few years thinking it would make a pretty girls quilt and when my niece asked me to make her a quilt I knew what I wanted to use. The pattern is called Zinnia Garden from American Patchwork & Quilting 2017 calendar. My niece loved it and apparently her bedroom is being painted to go with it! Cathy APQS Freedom w/Intelliquilter
  18. I've been watching some YouTube videos recently about the various ways to attach binding to a quilt using the longarm. I've been quilting on a longarm for several years and have never tried this before so I wanted to ask a couple questions to those of you that have done this either for your own quilts or for customers. 1. What technique do you use to attach binding with your longarm? Do you use a ruler or stitch straight reference lines to align the binding or some other technique? 2. Are there quilts you won't use the longarm to stitch the binding on? Lot's of points along the edges? Very uneven borders? Competition or heirloom quilts? 3. Any "gotchas" to watch out for? I'm always open to learning and trying something new so any and all comments would be greatly appreciated! Cathy APQS Freedom & IQ
  19. I thought that's what they mentioned in the video was a 1 second time frame but thanks for clarifying that it is 1 second per cycle and not 1 second to go down or up!
  20. Thanks for the suggestions Linda! What you said makes sense and I was hoping that's what was happening when I heard the hmmmm. Unfortunately I can't start away from the corners as I'm doing an orange peel design on the rings of a DWR. I do try to start right in the seam line but don't always hit that exact spot! I'm not having any issues when quilting the centers or footballs which start in those respective centers. I was also worried when after it happened a couple of times that I had to turn the machine off and back on to get the needle up/down button to work again. I watched the video on adjusting the needle up/down and have a (hopefully not stupid) question...does increasing the speed mean the needle up/down moves faster with each press (or hold) of the button or that it goes up and down multiple times? I thought the video mentioned that being the issue but think I misunderstood it.
  21. I'm currently working on a quilt made with batiks and am having an issue with the needle not penetrating the fabric when performing the first securing stitch. The area I'm having issues with is usually a corner and I realize that batiks are denser than most cottons but it almost sounds like the motor is struggling to drive the needle down. I've also had issues with the needle up/down where I press the button and the motor sounds like it's moving the needle up and down but it doesn't. I have to turn the machine off and back on again for it to work. This usually happens after I've had the problem with the first securing stitch but not every time. I searched this forum and found the videos on adjusting the needle up/down on the back of the machine but wanted to ask here first if that is what the issue might be. I'm not having any issues once the machine starts sewing or when securing away from a seam...though the needle does hesitate sometimes. I'm using a 100/16 3.5 needle and 50wt Glide thread. I've thought about switching to a thinner needle but my stitches look fine as is. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Cathy 2015 Freedom w/Intelliquilter