Jeanine:I am going to back away from this site and focus on a limited number of things in my life.
I'll look forward to seeing more of your amazing quilts for a cause on your Facebook pages! We'll miss you here!
On the banks of the Mississippi River in north central Minnesota (Brainerd lakes area)
Thanks for your encouragement, Eileen and Nancy. Unfortunately, there is only so much energy to go around!
Im going to be joining you all soon as "Longarmers". Im in the process of purchasing a Gammill Statler Stitcher 26-10. Approval process - done! Document processing fee - done! 10 more pages of paper work to go and first and last payments ($$). So excited - lots of learning to complish.
Doing a longarm certification class next weekend (23rd).
You could even ask them if you could take pictures of the steps as they demo to help you remember back home.
Eva, a really good book is "Ultimate Guide to Longarm Machine Quilting" by Linda Taylor. She has an excellent section on loading the quilt. She also has a section on starting a business. I use that book more than the manual that comes with the Gammill. Good luck!
Hi Eva! How's it going? Congrats on the new long arm!
I use the same book Carol mentioned. I'm starting to work with rulers. Thea sent some wonderful Christmas tops I'm working on now. I'll post some photos soon... I'm putting crosshatching around her applique designs with rulers I bought at the Mid Atlantic quilt festival last weekend.
Let us know how it's going? I'd love to see what you've started working on.
we'll miss your beautiful quilts and knowledgable posts around here.
Quilting My Rainbow
Oh my goodness. I understand completely but what am I going to do without you?? We'll all miss you very much. Hope you at least check in once and a while.
Take care and hugs to you!!
I have a Lenni long arm. I have been quilting on it for a year and a half. I have finish approx 300 quilts on my Lenni. I do quilts for clients plus for myself plus for the Rescue Mission, plus for our church ministry. It is the only long arm I have used. It is a dream machine. I never have problems with tension, or thread breaking. I have a 10 ft table which will do a king quilt. I love free motion and pantographs. I was a little nervous about the pantographs but now have conquered them. I love my long arm and hope I can be doing this for a long time.
Hi JP, wow, 300 quilts? That's one every 2 days practically! I'd love to be a fly on the wall in your sewing room. :~)
Like Jeanine, I have not been on line very much lately, Been really busy with Hospice quilts, client quilts, my own quilts and remodeling of my quilt studio. no internet at the studio, so I have just pure sewing time. Then for some reason my DH feels I should spend the evening with him and poof there goes my internet time. I miss talking with everyone and all the help.
JP, 300 quilts, Lordy you must be young and full of energy. I think that would be all I would get done if I tried for that number. Then I would probably collapse and never move again.
Right now I am trying to get a quilt done to put in our Regional Quilt show on March 16th. Also have 2 client quilts and 6 Hospice quilts to do aftrer that. Don't you just love it. I saw where someone was starting with rulers. Here is a quilt I finished a few months ago using a ruler. It takes a little getting use to but once you do it goes really fast, especially these stars which are a Kimmy Brunner technique that was shown on QNN and now is being taught in a craftsy class.
Catch you all later.
I bought a slew of new rulers at the Mid Atlantic quilt festival last weekend, and I was sooo pumped to get busy using them today. My ruler hopper foot came UPS on Friday... but it doesn't fit. The foot hits the screw on the needle bar. Waaahaaahaaa!
Oh well... life happens and we deal with it, right? :~)
Please forgive me if this has been discussed in the past. I couldn't find anything in previous posts.
My problem occurs when I get to the lower borders, attached to the leader, when quilting on the longarm. I guess the quilting of the center of the quilt pulls the top in toward the middle. The last borders are stretched out and larger than the quilt center. I baste the sides as I progress through the quilt and I use the clamps to hold the sides of the quilt bottom and batting in place. Not sure if it would help to clamp the sides of the top, too.
Anyway, what can I do to prevent the bottom border from ending up stretched out? Sometimes I have trouble quilting the borders without getting folds in them.
Hi Carol, I now what you are talking about, I have had the same problem. I find the only way to fix that is to baste my quilt all the way down before I start quilting. If I am going to be doing quilting in each individual block I stitch in the ditch around each block before I start quilting. This keeps it from being sucked into the middle of the quilt.