Thursday, May 25, 2017

APQS Lenni for sale - make room for Millie!

Yes, my beloved APQS LENNI longarm (a.k.a. Miss Margie), is for SALE! It is time for me to move to a larger machine along with a computer! But first, Miss Margie is excited at the opportunity to bless another quilter. If you have been considering having your own reliable longarm machine, the Lenni is just the ticket. It is simple to use, easy to maintain, and makes beautiful stitches. Just contact me if you need more information. You can either email me using the "contact me" form in the right side-panel, or call me at 423-207-6140. And, you are welcome to come take a test-drive. Here are the particulars:

$8,000 (if purchased new, would be nearly $12,000)

Throat Size: 20” x 8”
Table length: 12’
Weight 35 lb.
Footprint: 4’6” x 12’
  • Adaptive Logic Stitch Regulation - best in the industry
  • APQS Bliss ball bearing track system option included
  • Pantograph table and laser pointer
  • Zippered leaders and 1 set of quilt zippers
  • Thread, bobbins, and a pantograph to play with
  • Extra bobbin case, plus some pre-wound bobbins
  • 1 pkg of brand new needles
  • Bobbin winder
  • Basic Training DVD, and CD manual
  • Hard-copy assembly instructions
The Lenni is light (only 35 lb.) and oh-so-easy to use. It is simple to maintain, and will tackle a king sized quilt with ease. With the Bliss track system, it just floats across the quilt. Lenni is perfect for free motion, loves pantographs, and is ready to be computerized. APQS makes top of the industry professional industrial quilting machines. All of their machines have superior reliability, personal, top-notch customer support, and a caring, helpful, and active forum of owners (newbies and the curious welcome!)

Quilting with a friend

Pam's workstation
Wanna know how to make real progress on those projects just begging for attention? Quilt with a friend!! I suggest someone you really like or want to know better. You not only can help each other solve quilting challenges, but also build a stronger relationship with someone who shares your quilting passion. Lately, my friend Pam has been coming to the studio once a week to stitch and gab. What a joy. We share our lives, love for God, and passion for quilting. Our weekly sessions have greatly blessed us both! Isn't her Little Charmer quilt adorable? Thanks, Sandy for your donation of the computer table!

News from the studio

Tricia's string quilt

I just love the simplicity of this quilt and the boldness that the black background gives it, don't you? Tricia made this one a few years ago, and recently finished it up as a gift. Nice job, Tricia!

We used the very versatile, Pipeline panto.


Mary Anna's friend's quilt 

This quilt top was made by a friend of Mary Anna's. Oh my! A real Stunner. And you should see the amazing 1/4" seams on the back of the top! The piecer is a real pro. We used the Poplar pantograph pattern.

Baby quilts for Agape Women's Services

Not long ago, our guild got a call for baby quilts from the Agape Women's Services in Johnson City, TN. Well, I found a pastel jelly roll, and together with some background yardage will get 5 baby quilts from that one jelly roll! I'm making 2 Jacks on the Porch (from 13 strips I get 2 quilts using a 3 x 3 layout) Find the pattern on Craftsy: Jacks on the Porch. BTW, if you use the Jacks on the Porch pattern, you can get 6 baby quilts out of the jelly roll (using a 3 x 3 layout)!

The other 3 quilts use  Jenny Doan's Pinwheel Stars.  Mercy. I haven't finished any of the Pinwheel Stars quilt tops, but I've been working!

King of Glory Wall Hanging or Table Topper

A lovely friend of mine had a birthday last week. In preparation for that, her DH and I schemed for me to make her a wall hanging in the colors she loves to decorate with. So, he sent me a few pictures of some key decorating items so I could get a feel for the style and colors. It was a surprise, and I presented it to her at her celebratory lunch at Olive Garden. Now, the King of Glory greets them as the come into and leave their bedroom. She loved it! (The pantograph is Pipeline.)

Wish I'd invented that

Have you seen the new Cake Mix Recipes from Moda? They are stitch-through papers designed to be used with 10" squares. Ruth Ann at Heavenly Stitches showed them to us at the May guild meeting. Each pack has 44 papers, all of the same layout, and you do the standard "stitch on the dotted line, cut on the solid line" routine. And when you are done, you have the makings of at least 40 - 44 blocks (depending on the number of mistakes you make!). There are 4 different packs right now, with others on the way. You can also get Cupcake Recipes - which are designed for charm packs! Fun and easy! Get them at Heavenly Stitches in Kinsport, TN.

Learning for the Week

Don't run over your fingernail with a longarm needle.  Ouch. Fortunately, I did not put the needle all the way through the finger and the machine and needle are fine and functioning great. My nail was a little banged up, and I just needed a bandaid. Time to put the safest foot on the machine!

You have a glorious Memorial Day weekend! Now, let's go quilt something!

Friday, April 21, 2017

What's wrong with this picture?

Oh, not THIS picture, though.

Rejoice with me! My laptop now has a new brain and is running great! I picked 'er up from the digital hospital on Thursday and have been dancing a jig ever since! Other than having my digital life come grinding to a halt and all the trauma that caused, I had to use a paper calendar! I also didn't have my usual "Good morning - here is your list of appointments coming up, and a list of all of the tasks you've been putting off way too long" greeting from Outlook. The tragedy in that was that I forgot to enter the APQS Millie giveaway every day!! Which reminds me, I need to put all of the appointments that are scribbled on my beautiful AQS calendar into Outlook before I stand somebody up. Can anyone guess who these lovely people are?

News from the studio

Miss Margie is good as new and we are open for business! Time to get those tops done that have been staring you in the face or a while. Remember, free batting on your first quilting order!

New pattern for Irish Pinwheels

Yea! Now that my laptop has a new brain and all of my precious apps and files are unaffected, I can resume normal life. (Don't you wish getting a new brain was as easy as unplugging the old one, and putting in a new one?) Anyway, normal life includes publishing a pattern now and then. The pdf pattern for Irish Pinwheels was already complete before my laptop died, so all I had to do was enter a few details about it on Craftsy, and upload it. Maybe I'll actually make one for myself soon. I have most of the fabric, but it has to take a place at the back of the line behind 3 other priority projects - well, unless I change my mind. Click here for the pattern: Irish Pinwheels

Junk to Jewels

Junk to Jewels
Here's the latest creation from Linda in NY. Such a happy quilt! So full of life. The block is known as Aunt Sukey's Choice (among other things). We used the new Filigris pantograph.

Rebekah's Lone Star

Joyce is at it again. What a pretty lone star quilt! We used the very versitile Pipeline panto. You go girl!

New pantos in the studio

Filigris (again)

What's Wrong with this Picture?

No... these are not supposed to be harem pants (or eunuch britches). They are supposed to be p.j. bottoms for me. And no, my legs aren't that short! I'm still laughing over the thought of trying to walk while wearing them. I'll wait while you figure it out......
..........still waiting......

See, this is really a bigger problem than just sewing the front side seams together and the back side seams together rather than doing it right. Wonder when I last made a pair of pants... Not only did I use a lovely 5/8" seam, but I serged the raw seam edges together to prevent raveling. Do you think I'm going to pick out the serged edges as well as the regular stitching? NO. These are p.j.'s not Lady Gertrude's wedding dress. I'll cut off the serging and just use a narrower seam. Golly. And I was so proud that they were going to get done today.

New machine status

Met with the bank this week. Financing strategy is in place. Be thinking about whether you want to have a sweet longarm of your own. Margie will be coming on the market in a few weeks.

Tips and Techniques

Spin your seam intersections to reduce bulk

Have you noticed that when you make a block, such as a pinwheel block, with several seams that intersect in one place, that they often form a hard "knot" of a place? Well, that knot can be a challenge for the needle to penetrate during quilting. If it is bad enough, it will pose a risk of a broken needle or damaged quilt top. Here's how that knot can be minimized.

  • Join your pieces as usual.
  • Then remove the vertical stitches within the seam allowance on both sides of the seam. I have noted that area for you with a ceramic pencil.
  • Press the seams in a circle and flatten out the center of the intersection.
Your block will lay flatter and the seam intersection will be easier for the needle to penetrate.

Learning for the week

Are you kidding? Guess I needed to check one more time.

Well, that's it for now. Please have a simply delightful, quilty weekend!

Now, let's go quilt something! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Yes, I am still here!

It has been a long time since my last post! I haven't really been idle, just stymied! Last time, I told you that my longarm was on vacation. Well, she's back and running in peak form. That's the good news. Just about the time I was ready to write the next post, the motherboard in my laptop fried to a crisp! So, I'm trying to limp along electronically with my little tablet. I've been quilting, and piecing, and having a great time, and even taking pictures. But I don't have a way to share the pics with you, access my calendar, any of my files, or any of the software I depend so heavily upon. As you can imagine, I'm getting a good workout practicing patience!

In other news... in the last post I told you we had a beautiful, new roof! Guess what. It leaked worse than before it was installed. Yikes. So I quick called my guy, who called the big boss, who sent out his head construction guy to look at it. The flashing around the chimney flue was missing. There had been some - but someone just ignored putting it back on. Not to mention there was a significant hole in the sub-roof that wasn't fixed when the roof went on. Golly. So they bowed and scraped and groveled, and got all of that repaired lickety-split. So far so good. NOW I can start the search for a drywall contractor to address the interior damage. I don't like loose ends.

News from the studio

There is BIG news from the studio! I visited with my APQS dealer on Monday. I love spending time with her whenever I can. She is a delightful person! Anyway, we talked everything over, and I have ordered a brand new longarm!! Within the next few months, I will take delivery on a 2017 APQS Millennium! AND a computer! I can hardly contain myself! But first, we gotta do what we gotta do: line up good financing, and sell Miss Margie the longarm. She is not on the market yet, I still have work to do and get everything worked out with the bank. I will keep you posted!