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thmper844 Posted: Sun, Nov 21 2010 8:55 PM

I've been quilting for several years. Finally bought a new machine last year and the quilting frame. I've made several quilts, but yet haven't been able to figure out how to quilt on the frame. That's what brought me to the Quilter Club. Hopefully I will find tips, tricks, and help to use that big frame.

Jayne

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Nana replied on Sun, Nov 21 2010 9:01 PM

Jayne

Can you tell us more about your frame set up and what kind of problems you are encountering when you try to use it.   Also welcome to the site.  Hope you enjoy and chat with us frequently.  Would love to see pics of your quilts.

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gini replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 1:00 AM

welcome jayne      you will get a lot of tips here, some of them will even be about quilting      gini

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Kris replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 2:44 AM

Hello Jayne,

welcome to the group.

I have a Babylock QCP on a New Joy "Magic" frame. It works well for me. I would advise you to get some good leaders. I bought pre-made ones from The Grace Company. It  sure makes it easier to line up the quilts when loading them onto the rollers.

Practice a lot. I dove right in and quilted a large quilt for my first try. If you're not feeling that brave just make some small sandwiches and practice on those. 

QNNtv has a show called "Quilt It" if you haven't yet you should check it out. It's a longarm quilting show that features different longarmers that provide great tips.

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Leslie replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 3:53 AM

Hi Jayne, welcome to QCA.

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Barbara replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 4:03 AM

Hi Jayne, welcome to the club, You will get some good adivce from the folks here that do use the longarm and frameto quilt. good luck.Barbara

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Judy Lee replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 4:39 PM

Welcome Jayne,

For a tutorial on your frame go to Grace Pinnacle.com.  It is very thorough and informative, even if you don't have that particular frame.

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thmper844 replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 6:50 PM

I have no idea how fast to go.....can't seem to get the speed of the machine in line with how fast I need to move the machine....it's been a sew and stop, tear out the stitches, and try again.

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thmper844 replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 6:52 PM

I made some leaders, and they seem to be fine. My frame is a Little Gracie.  I will definately check out the show.  Thanks so much for the tips.

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Nana replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 6:53 PM

It takes practice to get the speeds together.  Make you up a practice sandwich and start playing.  It won't take long to figure out how fast the machine needs to be to coincide with how fast you move it.  But it does take practice.  Just play, relax and have fun.

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Granny M replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 6:59 PM

Jayne  Welcome to the club.    Lots of people here that can help you.   I don't have a frame,  want one but don't have one.  I am still doing the free motion way on my Brother.

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Cathie replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 7:21 PM

Something else to check out, Grace makes a stitch regulator that will work with most machines, that might help with the speed thing.

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Kris replied on Mon, Nov 22 2010 11:02 PM

There's also a Quilter's Cruise Control to help with speed. It's not a true stitch regulator but it does help.

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