JeanieG what beautiful blocks, love the little sheep
QuiltE the main problem I had with the 6600 was the feet, if I wanted to change feet I had to get out the screwdriver and undo it and then screw the new foot on. With the Pfaff it is a 10 second job to just unclip one foot and clip on another. The other annoyance (for me anyway) was if I wanted to use the walking foot I had to adjust the needle position for my 1/4 inch seam allowance. With the pfaff just clip on my 1/4 inch foot which is a dead 1/4 inch. The Pfaff also has what is called ITD which is a built in walking foot, just clips down at the back of your foot and again just unclip it out of the way when you don't need it. I always have my walking foot on even when piecing, just don't use it when doing FMQ. I also use my open toed applique foot when I am quilting in the ditch as I can see exactly where the needle is landing.
Phew hope that answered everything.
Wow I must have it good over here, the Sweet Sixteen dealer, also the Pfaff dealer has one set up in her shop if you want to try it out, she also has a Avante HQ16 (I think that is what it is) set up and you can hire it out to quilt your quilt tops. My DD and I are quilting her Jamestown Landing on the 25th of this month.
Another surprise is next
These are two medallion quilts I have finished.
the first one has a machine embroidered centre and then I just did what I wanted for each round until I had it at a good size. I had this quilted by my new longarmer:rolleyes: and sewed the binding on yesterday
The second is a pattern matched LeMoyne Star, it was a pattern but I only used the centre medallion of the original pattern, then turned it on point added borders and lots more stars, it looks nothing like the original design. This was quilted by my old longarmer and she had it for more than 16 months. (that's why she is the old one):thumbdown:
Beautiful quilts!! I love them all. Love the quilting details that show in the second one.
MiraB ... thanks for the machine info. I can see the joys of not having to screw on/off for changing feet. Some have the quick attach, but not so many and yes, I do find it annoying but thought that was just life! Likewise, the re-setting of the needle for the 1/4" ... yes I hate that! I must admit sometimes I am lazy and don't change a foot when I should!! :) Things to consider and watch for as I make my decisions. I must admit I was *shocked* that these stores did not have the S16 on the floor for demos. My Janome/Bernina dealer have everything there and they move you around from one to the other as you consider machines, so I thought that would be the norm ... but after four stores, nope! I stopped calling at that point, as I figured if they don't keep them in stock, then how much do they really know about operations for support and teaching me? Likewise when it comes to service?
OMG ... I can see why your "last" LAQ is your last! 16 months ... you should have added that the recent thread about how long for LAQ! Both are beautiful quilts ... what a showy SAW Lemoyne! the white in the print really makes the stars dazzle. Great way to include the virgin fabric. It frames it all up nicely. Your embroidery RR is gorgeous too. Any destiny for these?
MiraB ... have you thought of a LA for yourself? And do you do any hand quilting?
Jeanie, I love your blocks; you're so clever with your fussy cutting. You are welcome to come and play with my Sweet16 anyday (there's even room for you to park an RV so we can have the RV party at my house LOL).
Mirab, beautiful quilts. I love doing medallion style but always manage to get one border that doesn't want to fit. Very pretty!
QuiltE a longarm is on my wish list, just have to have a house big enough for it:D, they do need more than one bedroom for space.
Yes I have tried hand quilting, I made my DS an Around the Twist quilt when he was a teenager, took me 6 weeks to piece it (I worked full time back then) and 2 years to hand quilt it. That has been my one and only foray into the hand quilting world. I could only quilt in the winter as the summer months were just too hot 42 celsius most days for months on end. Thank goodness for airconditioning.
Thank you everyone for your kind words..
QNS the second medallion is destined for our bedroom, DH painted the room more than 12 months ago in anticipation of this quilt being finished, and I think DD has claimed the first one, she loves pink
oh, Mirabelle, it was QuiltE wantin' to know the destiny of the quilts not I. They are beautiful quilts, so well done, they look like a picture in a quilt magazine of the big winners!
Jeanie, I love your blocks for the week; perfect cutting on the horses and the sheep are so cute!!
Different machines do perform the same, yet different for the user to decide...just cannot see that price for a LA, especially the Bernina top model at $10000.00 That would take several years to pay for itself...which I wonder if there's enough years left in this old mare to spend $$$$$ that we don't have in such an investment.
Jeanie--your blocks this week turned out great!
Mirabelle--pretty quilts. I really like kaleidoscope quilts. I've made one lap, have one started for our bed, and another on the "to do" list.
QE--Thanks for your input on the 6600. I have a friend that lives up the road just a mile and I have been thinking about asking if I can use her machine to see what I think before buying one. I do mostly QAYG because I have issues with my right elbow/wrist and don't have the strength to do FMQ...even small projects irritate it. Some day I would like to have a LA but don't have the space right now (like Mirabelle).
Jeanie, your blocks are fantastic. Cute use of same pattern, different backgrounds on the the sheep! The Star Hope just shimmers.
Love the discussion on machines. Would love to have a LA too, but......
Mirabelle those quilts are spectacular. Absolutely lovely and delightful. Thanks for sharing.