Grace is my sister-in-law's great grandmother. My sister-in-law has one of Grace's show quilts - the Return of the Swallows. It is made up of tiny flying geese units about 3/8" x 1/2" in a bed-sized quilt. One of Grace's granddaughters is our neighbor and she has two of Grace's quilts - one is a forerunner of the petit point, only with larger pieces. I hope you get a chance to see some of her quilts.
I'm glad you like your Innova. I think of investing in a longarm so often because, like you, I want to finish my own quilt tops. There's about a dozen waiting to be quilted right now. With the cost of paying a long-armer to finish them for me, I could have a good sized downpayment on my own machine. Maybe someday, Lord willing.
Grace Snyder's petit point flower basket quilt is at the Quilt museum in Lincoln, but it may not be on display at the time you are visiting. You may have to write them and request a viewing. (It would be worth it.) I would love to meet up with you, but I'm on the opposite end of the state from Lincoln. I hope you have a great trip and enjoy the International Quilt Museum. I have been there twice and it has been worth the trip both times. If you go to their web site, it may tell you what will be on display during the week you are there. If you are passing through the central or western end of the state, let me know.
Happy Thanksgiving....maybe you could use your baby over the long weekend....
I have tried Superior( bought at the quilt show..lower price but CT is still a better buy)...When changing the tension...remember you need to move it more than your regular sewing machine....I have used lots of colors and types of thread...even the spindal type of thread....but most of the time I use CT...
I know several friends( NON Innova people) that have tension issues all the time.....But with my baby...I sometimes forget to check the tension....and she is just fine!!!
Sorry for the delay in responding. No, I only did the tops. I took them to someone else to have the quilting done. The class I spoke of is through Quilt University at www.quiltuniversity.com They offer many different classes. Check it out, I'm sure you'd find something you would like.
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ABMLongarm you will have to become a yahoo member to join the group but it's free and just takes a few minutes to fill out the info. There's lots of good information from the site members.
Marla - I'm so excited about the Innova - can't wait for it to get here. Are you in the Innova Yahoo group? I feel like I'm learning lots of tips from there too. How long did it take your DH to put yours together? Any tips or problems with that. DH went to the shop with me to order it and looked it over and decided he and DS could put it together - hope so!
Hello Marla, I am glad to hear from you. My group starts Feb 1 and scheduled to end July 1. We r too make 30 9" blocks your choice with aa light background and up to 4 additional colors. Each block should have a signature block accompanied with it detailing your information: name, block name, address, etc. once you finish your blocks you would mail them to me along with $5 for shipping blocks back to you. I distribute one of your blocks to each participant and you will get one blocks from each participant yourself. So you send me 30 blocks and you get 30 different blocks in return. Any questions just drop me a line and I will tell you all that I can. Thanks Debra
Marla--thank you for sharing the information about the insurance changes. The thing is that our coverage is through ChampVA because my DH is a disabled veteran. It's considered a benefit instead of insurance, so the new rules don't apply to us---or to military families who are on TriCare. It bothers me--and I think they could come up with a solution, perhaps allowing people like us to pay a comparable amount to cover our children, but that isn't the case. When he starts grad school, we'll get him a student plan (I hope!).
Hi Marla, I'm so sorry that I didn't get your message until today. I some how missed it in the comments. I hate to admit this but I am stumpted on the thread tension. I haven't worked on any quilts on my LA lately. I've been soo busy trying to get the quilt tops made. If all else fails call the manufaturer. I did. The owner called me back and explained a few things to me that the store didn't. I hope you get it resolved soon.
Make sure you go to the AMB web site. Not sure if the manual you got is the same as mine but, they have updated sections their. There is also an Yahoo Group that you can join, it's a very helpful group and lots of pictures and new tools that people come up with. Let me know if I can be of any help!!