Sunday, June 16, 2013

Tech Sunday - Realigning Quilt Path After Power Outage

Thursday a huge storm blew through the NC.  With winds gusting up to 80 miles per hour.  It was unreal.  I knew it was coming so what happened was really my own fault.  Luckily the quilt on the frame was one of my Mom's.  It is not like the quilt was damaged and I was actually talking to my mom on the phone when I realized that I was going to have to stop Quilt Path about half way through a pass and take shelter in my laundry room.  We have really tall trees in our backyard..  They are quite a ways from the house, but when a pine tree that is around hundred feet tall is bending and coming close to your house it is not time to play with your longarm.  It is a good thing I bailed when I did because we lost power about minutes later.

I did save the file I was working on.  I have been doing this ever time before I transfer the file to Quilt Motion and it will now be something that always happens.  I also take a quick picture of the Panto screen with my phone before I hit the Quilt By Row button so I can set it back up if needed.   All I really needed to do was to figure out how to get it to start where I stopped.  I was just over half way across the row and had removed the painter tape that I use to align the row.  If it had still been there this would have been a little easier.  Because in that case when the file was transferred to Quilt Motion all I would have had to do is use the repair pattern, closest stitch button.    Since that mark was gone I needed to realign the pass manually.  I did this by working with the left top align button I got it close then I traced forward about an inch stopped, traced back to the beginning and used the nudge buttons to get the needle over where I started.  Then I used that wonderful closest stitch button.  

Since this is something that I had worried about before it ever happened, I am kind of glad that it happened and I found a way to work the situation.  That way I no longer need to worry about it.  

Friday, June 14, 2013

Modern Quilting

Here is one of my recent customer quilts.  It is currently hanging at Wish Upon a Quilt.  Cathy told me she wanted Modern Quilting and to have fun.   I had so much fun quilting this quilt!  I love how it turned out.  I really wanted to keep this quilt for myself.   This is really making me want to run out an buy fabric so I can make one for myself!

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Tech Sunday - Quilt Path

I have tried to figure out how to get the post that are showing in my Blogger app on my iPad as posted to actually post.  I am officially giving up and just retyping them.  So here is the post that should have posted several weeks ago. 

The long awaited day finally arrived! My poor UPS driver had to come by twice due to software issues on their end, but in the end I finally got the box I had been tracking for days!
It may not look excited, but it is!  Really, it is!  I was kind of worried since that far right corner is crushed but everything was perfect inside.
On the left you see the new narrow carriage that holds all the Quilt Path stuff inside it.  It is amazing how clean the install looks.  Then there is the box with the new Windows Surface tablet.  That got opened immediately and played with.  

This is the box that caused me to pause.  What have I gotten myself into... That is a LOT of cables.   And there is also a new circuit board for my beloved Millie.  I am so in love!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Tech Sunday - Quilt Path Double Header!

I finished and delivered my last May customer quilt on Thursday.  I still had one day of May left.  Yeah!  A free day!  So I decided to load a quilt of mine and quilt it with my new Quilt Path.  Other then playing with quilting a couple feathered blocks last Sunday I have not played with it, because I needed to get my May customer quilts done.  I decided to just wing it and quilt a play mat that I have been working on for the Twins.  Now I would never suggest that you just load a quilt with no practice, but I am well known for not following my own advice.

I took a brake from cleaning my studio to take the picture above.  It was so strange to see my machine moving without me.  It was quilting when I took the picture.  Too cool!  I chose a design that came with the system for this first quilt and it turn out great.  The Twins saw it yesterday and tried to convince me that binding was optional and that it needed to go home with them.  I did this Thursday evening and it took under an hour.  I will work on binding it this evening.

So then I decided I still had all of Friday.  It seemed only right that I could load another quilt for me.  Friday was house cleaning day because Matt's Aunts and Uncles were in town and would be spending the night.  I decided to try out my multitasking skills.  I loaded the next quilt on the frame so that I could start it Friday morning.  
In my "Go Big or Go Home" way, I decided that I would use a panto that did not come with the system, and use high contrast thread.  This panto is Passion Flower by Urban Elementz.  I love the ribbons and spiky flowers.  I used Wild Grass Green So Fine by Superior Threads on top and Lime Green Superbobs by Superior Threads on the bottom.  And you can see every stitch on the solid black Kona Cotton that I used on the borders and sashing.
The back looks awesome!  Even with some issues that I caused and did not really know how to correct, I was able to troubleshoot a way to line up the passes manually.

And because of those self inflicted issues, I could not figure out a way to get the last partial pass to quilt so I free handed the designs.  It is my quilt, so it is not an issue and unless I point it out most people would never notice!  And I have the freehand skills so I might as well use them.  

The thing that excites me the most is that I quilted two of my tops!  See why I am in love!  My stuff is always on the bottom of the to-do list.  But Friday, I started the dishwasher, had the washer and dryer both running and Quilt Path was quilting away... all at the same time.   And I was even able to keep straightening up my studio.  So now when I want to work on cleaning the studio, I will be quilting one of my Mom's tops or one of mine.   I love my Quilt Path!!!!

Tech Sunday - Quilt Path Install

Well I just looked at my blog and realized that my last two Tech Sunday post did not actually post.  I did them on my iPad and the did say they had posted but I never checked.  Not sure what is up with my iPad app, but I think I will stick to posting off my laptop for a while.  If I can find the pictures that went with my post I will post them later... It was obviously a non Tech Sunday last week... 

Sunday was a very busy day.  Sheri and I packed out our booth an the North Carolina Quilt Symposium, loaded the trailer with the help of our wonderful husbands, and headed back home.  We quickly unloaded the trailer into the garage and actually got pretty close to getting the right stuff to the right person.  Sheri ended up with my charity quilts and actually quilted them for me.  Thanks Sheri!!!  I ended up with a garage full of stuff and am still looking for a couple things that we have misplaced.  

By 3PM, Matt and I were installing my Quilt Path.   I have a 2008 Millie and my frame has the old C rail system.  When you are installing Quilt Path, you really have to read the instructions.  With all the different machine heads and rail combinations you need to make sure you are doing what you need to for YOUR system.  As always I am truly impressed with the details in instructions included.  Matt and I installed the system and it was up and running in a little over an hour.  It will be much quicker next time because we will not make the same mistakes.  

The board upgrade was quick and easy.  The change to the new carriage was a breeze.   I waited to the upgrade until I got back because I knew I was getting a new carriage.  I like the new narrow carriage.  I now have two wide carriages sitting around.  But that gives me a spare for my show frame.  

The problem came when we  installed the stepping motor and the idler.  I was happily reading Matt the instructions for the new Bliss-ready frame.  The only problem with that is that I don't have a Bliss-ready frame.  So we got the stepping motor and idler installed and put the belt on.  Then Matt looked at me and said this can not be right.  The whole thing was at a strange angle.  Huh?  Doesn't look that way in the pictures.  Then I noticed that the rails looked different in the pictures too.  The inside of the C rails are slanted.  The inside of the Bliss-ready rails are flat.  It took me a couple minutes to do a very simply thing...flip the page.  Whoops, a whole set of instructions for how to install the parts on C rails.  So off came the belt, stepping motor and idler.  We had to take the bolts out of both sides of each legs, slip the supplied metal spacer on the back side of the leg between the leg and the rail and the top of the stepping motor or idler between the leg and the rail on the front.  And it is now level.   Nothing was hard, it is just really important to read the instructions for the install.  

I had practice cloth on and was playing with quilting blocks in no time.  :)

In a little while I will post a second Tech Sunday this week because I want to show you the 2 quilts I quilted with my new Quilt Path.  I am totally in love!