Thought that we might have a place to share idea's, websites and ask each other questions without monopolizing the main group.
I think I will keep websites in this space to make it easy to find.
Customqt.com - Michele will custom build you a template or ruler at a really reasonable price.
http://www.apqs.com/quiltboard/viewthread.php?tid=30930 Ikea cabinets
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2u4RgOAeSJ0&feature=player_embedded- Apqs timing video
https://www.facebook.com/#!/?sk=nf cleaning the bobbin case
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l6jaVst0zqw&list=UUSBbc654SN_xB6... Frogging a quilt
http://forum.apqs.com/index.php?/topic/30399-about-those-needle-hol... getting rid of needle holes.
http://www.urbanelementz.com/hints/pantographs/ instructions on how to line up pantographs.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1mRhcquZTM&feature=share Jamie Wallens Tension video.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOD5pLcYz3w Dawn C. on tension and needle flex.
http://www.quiltedjoy.com/2014/05/backing-short-longarm-machine.htm... extending backing
"fast and free" videos from Patsy Thompson
I can say beyond a shadow of a doubt that I do NOT like floating a quilt top!
Day two of quilting the 3D Flower quilt, or really day one, yesterday was spent pulling out a bunch of stitching when my 1.5 inch border pattern ran into a flower pedal. Three minutes of stitching an hour of rescuing (SP?) my flower pedal from under the hopping foot. That was it for the day for me....
I have two borders, and two rows quilted now.... I really like it from the back. You really can't see the stitching on the top. I had to change what I was doing in the regular 9 patches. If I would have done what I originally planned I would never of been able to tack down those pedals after it was quilted.
Well hubby just said lunch was ready, so I will be back at it after I do the dishes.
Have a great day!
I think you will need to try floating again on a top that doesn't have the three dimensions. I think your quilt would be challenging however you loaded it. Can't wait to see it all finished, I'm sure it will be gorgeous!
can't wait to see the finished quilt!!!
This is a wondeful explanation by Dawn Cavanaugh of how a LA actually forms stitches and how direction, needle size, thread affect your stitches.
Nancy how is JoAnne??
Well, she has a new motor and is purring like a kitten, it is amazing how quiet and steady she runs. We got the new motor on wednesday. DH installed it that night and I had her running a little later. Have not quilted anything yet, plan on tomorrow quilting my tree skirt and taking off from there. I have about 9 quilt tops ready to quilt. Will hopefully have some pics to share in a few days.
Tried to work on my 3 D flower quilt today. Not a lot of luck, I have 2 borders left to do one is 1.5 the other is 4.
But try as I may I can't reload the darn thing straight.... which of course is going to be a big problem! I knew there was a reason I hadn't reloaded the darn thing. I just want it done!
Alright serve me my cheese to go with my whine.....
PLEASE! If you ever see me type the words "custom quilting or float the quilt top" remind me of all the bad words, stomping of feet and temper tantrum that I have done over the last 48 hours. ( and I still have two sides of the borders to do). I finally gave in and said close is going to have to be good enough. I couldn't completely compensate for the shift in the bottom border...so the spacing is a little off in the center of the bottom border. I don't know if it would have been okay if I hadn't had to pull it off to frog part of a border.... I do know that I need to restreach my leaders to work out the warp. But for now on I am sticking with what I know....and that is edge to edge!
Try the floating one more time with a "normal" quilt top. I think the dimension in you flower quilt had a lot to do with your problems.
Today's lesson - If the top thread keeps breaking play with the tension even if you think it's good! I'm using Invisifil thread - it's very thin, 100 weight, so works well for pebbles, micro fills and SID. I used it before with no problem. Yesterday it kept breaking. I had checked tension, done a sample and had great stitches so assumed it was ok. So I tried quilter's aid, rethreaded, loosened the quilt, etc and then gave up for the day. Today I decided I'd loosen the top tension a lot and then readjust. I loosened it almost a full turn and then tested expecting not to get a decent stitch - but the stitch still looked great. I quilted all afternoon with no breaks - this thread obviously has a wide range of tension that will make good stitches - just gotta get to the point where it doesn't break - lol
I got a magnifying glass for my LA when ABM gave us all a discount on accessories for xmas. I love it. I was working on pebbles today and it made it sooo much easier. It doesn't work well for things like larger feathers or other designs but is great for little stuff - will have to try some micro stippling.
Just curious did you change the needle? I have found that if I start getting a lot of breaking of the top thread....sometimes just a needle change will help also.... but then again I don't play with a lot of thread.
Glad you go it figured out.
Yup - tried the needle change too(forgot to add that to my list) but it didn't help. No breaks today either even after a bobbin change - life is good - lol