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TTMT #88 QZone and Elvis Quilt

19 thoughts on “TTMT #88 QZone and Elvis Quilt

  1. Jeanie I am so happy you got something to play with! I can honestly say that had it not for getting jerked around by the dealer that sold it to me “new” when it clearly wasn’t and was missing all kinds of stuff, and all the issues with the original stitch regulator they sold me, I would probably have stuck with mine longer. Once I had my juki and a stitch regulator that actually worked on that frame, that stitch regulator was AWESOME. and I can’t say enough about the awesome customer support from Grace Co. If you have ANY issues with the frame or regulator, call their tech support line and ask for Jason. He is a TREASURE.

    I don’t know if you got leaders with yours, but if not, I would be happy to see if I have enough mattress ticking left from the ones I made myself and send it to you so you can make some. It was super easy and I loved having a 5 foot leader that was easier to work with on quilts that were smaller than 5 feet wide.

    Also there is a “Quilting with Grace” facebook group if you haven’t signed up for it yet. On it you can get all kinds of tips and tricks and ask for help and advice from others with the exact same setup as yours. I found it really helpful. I am no longer a member since I sold my frame, otherwise I would just send you an invite.

    I have been wanting to try stencils and pantographs myself, too. On your juki, as long as you stick to a design that is no more than 3.5″ tall, you ought to be able to use the same design just fine on that setup for the entire length of the quilt. And as you advance the quilt lengthwise under those straps, if you roll them up and kind of sit them on top of the bar a bit more as you go, you don’t lose as much of your throat space as you do if you sort of let the roll hang behind the bar. Keeping the already quilted part rolled up on TOP of the bar helped me tremendously.

    I love your ideas for the Elvis quilt, and what a fun panel! I hope you have lots of fun!

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    1. Thanks for the awesome advice. I finally sat down and really worked with it today and so far I am very pleased. I was planning on making the leaders tomorrow. I noticed really fast that I’m not too crazy about the side bungie cables. They worked, but felt not as uniformed as the front and back clamps.
      I took a few pictures when I first started and a couple by the time I was done and I can already notice a difference in my quilting. The regulator is awesome! I’m still waiting on my stencils. I’ll check out the FB group. Thank you.

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  2. Oh, the Q-zone setup looks so exciting!!!! I hope you really love it–looking forward to updates.

    That Elvis panel fabric is super cool.

    Those Mason jar pincushions are a great idea–really cute.

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  3. Woo, welcome to the quilt frame club, Jeanie! You’re starting almost identically to the way I did with quilt frame + Juki. Once you get the hang of it, you’ll be unstoppable! I did lots of little quilts before I really got going. The stitch regulator is a game-changer. I am really happy for you.

    I’m so happy you like the Elvis fabric. You’re going to have such a fun quilt when you’re done!

    I have a jar like that but it is NOT that cute.

    Enjoy your new toy. ♥

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    1. Thank you. I have had a lot of fun with it so far. So far I really think this was a good move. I struggled constantly with FMQ with my other set up, but I kept trying. like cutting steak with a butter knife. It got done but not very efficient. I put a solid workout on the system today and I have to say I’m quite proud of my progress.
      I made a bunch of the jars up a few years ago and gave them as Christmas gifts (I kept a few for myself)

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  4. I am just so happy for you! Just practice, practice, practice. There are a ton of videos on YouTube for learning different patterns. I think you are really going to enjoy it.

    Oh how perfect is that Elvis panel. I can’t wait to see what magic you whip up with it.

    The pin jars are so cute. What a nice surprise to find them ready to go.

    I hope you are continuing to feel better each day. It’s really rough to feel unwell for that long.

    Happy Quilting 😁

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    1. That’s pretty much all I did today and loving the results. It was a slow start, but I had to find my way. I have started putting all the fabric in EQ8 and playing with the layout. Getting very excited about that.

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  5. I’m so excited for you! I hope you two get along great now that you’ve got the kinks out. Playing without thread is fun, but you know I feel inclined to tell you that you are still missing a part–thread! And it really is more fun with that when you are ready. Remember that you can set up a scrap sandwich and quilt over it and over it and over it. I waiting for many, many years before I could get what I wanted. This should really help! Yes, decisions have to be made. I gave up an entire living room. And it’s okay.

    Oh, the Jailhouse Rock panels are wonderful! You’re going to make that really rock! I DO remember your fat head.

    New pincushions! Yay!

    Great to see you. Enjoy your new partner in crime!

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    1. Thank you. I am really happy with it. I did start actually quilting and so far so good. I do like the overall control that I feel I have compared to before. I love the panels and have added the pieces to EQ8 to play with them.

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      1. Great. If you have any questions about panels, just let me know. Typically they are just a 1×1 layout with borders.

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  6. What a fun new toy to play with! I hope you enjoy every minute 😀

    The Elvis quilt is going to be great… you’re really good at using those kinds of sort of novelty fabrics in really creative ways.

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  7. What a fun new power tool! You are going to have so much fun quilting your quilts. Yes, practice, practice, practice. I like to get a kids floor drawing pad and draw out designs on that with a pencil the trace over and over and over it. A half an hour on paper is worth about 3 hours at the machine.
    I can see the Elvis quilt in my mind with quilting inspiration coming from the gates of Graceland. You will come up with a very special quilt for yourself. The panel Jennifer sent is perfect.
    What a cute pincushion. Is that made with 2 different size circles sewn together?
    Glad you are feeling better.

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    1. I agree. I find that I don’t “wing it” very well and do better with a plan.
      Yes, 2 separate circles, used one of the lids for the bottom fabric template and made the top a bit bigger (I don’t remember exactly, but thinking about 1.5-2 inches more)

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  8. I agree. I find that I don’t “wing it” very well and do better with a plan.
    Yes, 2 separate circles, used one of the lids for the bottom fabric template and made the top a bit bigger (I don’t remember exactly, but thinking about 1.5-2 inches more)

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  9. Congrats on getting the Qzone up and ready!!!! Can’t wait to see what comes out of that Elvis panel, there’ll be some moovin’ and a shakin’ going on!

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