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QBee - Mary Ann



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PostSubject: QBee's New Frame   Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:54 am

I've cried and I've cussed. . . but am still hopeful my Grace Majestic frame will soon work wth my HQ16. Nowhere nearby for me to shop, so I did on-line shopping. Lynn at kathyquilts.com said this would be perfect with my stitch regulated HQ 16. Well - - he was wrong. Got very little help from him and even less from Grace Company. Lynn got in touch with a buddy of his, Michael, who is an HQ dealer. I needed a different carriage for my machine, which Michael shipped to me. Now I need a different hook up for my stitch regulator, which Michael has shipped and it should arrive soon.

My previous frame wouldn't do any more than an 80" quilt and was set up on a work table. I think I'm going to love this when it's finally ready to roll. Thankfully, Michael has been very helpful, and told Tom to call back when the new encoder arrives so he can talk him through installation. I hope his friend, Lynn, thanks him adequately for saving Lynn's backside.

Here are a couple of pics of Tom, working on assembly. One morning he took a break from the office to come home and call Michael about the carriage. He had been on his back under the frame in his shirt and tie, but I had him pose for the picture.





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memaw4



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Apr 02, 2012 1:21 pm

What a trooper your hubby is QBee! I'm drooling....... I've said all along if I ever could aford a LA, it would be the HQ 16. I'm so glad I've got a dealer close to me. Actually I have two! One that sells the one you have and the other sells the Tin Lizzy. I played with the Tin Lizzy and loved it. I could get reeeeeaaaallllllll use to having it around.........

Now to just find the money! Or that money tree! LOL lol!

Please let us know how you like your HQ 16.
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Jill



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Apr 02, 2012 2:53 pm

What an ordeal this has been QBee. How long has this been going on now, about a month? I'm sure it will be worth it in the end, and you and DH have been very patient.
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QBee - Mary Ann



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Apr 02, 2012 4:30 pm

Memaw - I have loved my HQ16. I've had it for about six years. The original frame was one that clamped onto a ten foot utility table, and truthfully I didn't really have complaints about the frame set up until I got the idea of bigger and better. This frame is 12 feet, so I'll be able to do wider quilts. I was limited to about 80" wide with my previous system.

The good thing about my previous frame, was that it was definintely more reasonably priced. So, it wasn't quite as big a cash outlay to get started.

Is there a BabyLock dealer in your area? I'd be curious about their quilting machines. I believe they had the Jewel which was a 16" like my HQ, and now have the Crown Jewel, an 18". HandiQuilter makes the BabyLock quilting machines, and the pictures sure look like they're twins. Make 'em the same, baptize one HandiQuilter and the other BabyLock, maybe?

I also wonder if the dealers have used machines. Some people get the machines and then decide they don't really like doing their own quilting, and others fall in love and trade up to bigger machines. Then, ta-da, there's a used machine for sale. They probably show up on ebay and craig's list, too. . . though I like the idea of having a dealer to work with for questions or problems that might come up.

Listen to me! Cheering you on!! Wishing and hoping you can get a quilting machine! Cheesy
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TxMaryQuilts
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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:34 pm

I have the Tin Lizzie Memaw and I really like it too. Heck, I think getting your hands on any quilting machine is a good thing!!!

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memaw4



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Apr 02, 2012 6:55 pm

QBee, Yes! I do happen to have a Babylock dealer near me. I'm one lucky lady. Tin Lizzy in one city and Babylock in the other! I have to say I've been looking at the Babylocks site. Thinking of going that way for my next sewing/quilting machine. A good friend of mine, whom I go to church with, just went and bought a Babylock and wouldn't have anything else! Her's is also an embroidery machine too.......

TxMary, I loved the way the Tin Lizzy preformed. It was so smooth. And it didn't cost near as much as I thought it was gonna cost either. I was totally sold. Maybe someday when my rich ship comes in! LOL
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Jill



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Apr 02, 2012 7:42 pm

Memaw, I'll bet that's why you bought that house on Veto Lake...so you could wait for your rich ship to come in. Cheesy
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Gimpy Cat
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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Apr 02, 2012 8:57 pm

QBee your hubby is a winner, shirt and tie or tee he is in there making it work for you, hope you have lots of wonderful hours quilting away - I can hardly imagine what it would be like to be able to machine quilt, Im envious

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QBee - Mary Ann



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Sun Aug 19, 2012 7:30 pm

Woot! Woot! Only took about six months and my great HQ16 is on my wonderful Majestic frame, ready to quilt! The last hold-up was that I still had to use the old wheels on the HQ and old track on the carriage (the platform on which the machine rolls back and forth from front to back) I finally was put in touch with the Tech Engineer at Handiquilter. He was truly pleasant and helpful. And now I have new wheels and track, and DH and I are still happily married!

A miracle, and just in time. My dear, long-long-time friend Pat is coming on Wednesday for a few days. A mini-retreat so Pat can use the HQ. So excited about the fun we'll have! Spent the day rearranging my sewing room so I can sew while Pat quilts. Relocated the cutting table to a spare bedroom. You can just see the top of my sewing machine tucked in next to the ironing board.

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Gimpy Cat
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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:04 pm

Oh wow, excuse me while I drool on your photo! Im so happy for you, finally its all fixed and running properly. You are going to have a ball with it and a mini quilt retreat with a friend, after grandma camps - wow, you are having a great month QBee!!! Looks like you have used your space really well in your sewing room, like you have plenty of windows too. Have fun, cant wait to see all your creations

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golo
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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Sun Aug 19, 2012 9:19 pm

envious of the fun you will have with a dear friend... can't wait to see what you quilt...

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iambuzzysma



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Aug 20, 2012 9:05 am

Wow, QBee - I didn't know you had one. I'm jealous!. but wait...... I only live 4 hours from you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have fun with your friend. Can't wait to see your work. sewing2
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memaw4



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:16 am

Drooling along with Gimpy....... and it's filling up our Lake we live near! I just heard they're goin' restock it now with more fish! Maybe I can get hubby to go fishing!
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Jill



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Aug 20, 2012 5:58 pm

QBee, I'm drooling too over the beautiful, sunny room and your new frame. I guess all the frustration has ended and now you and your friend can quilt! Have fun.
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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:06 pm

When is the "Luvsquilting" mini retreat? Would love to play games on that quilting machine.
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QBee - Mary Ann



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Tue Aug 21, 2012 4:46 pm

My sewing room was formerly bedroom of our youngest. It does have nice windows for daytime sewing. There's only one dinky little ceiling light though, so I have lamps galore.

I can usually have the work table / cutting table butting up against my sewing machine cabin. I can shove that around enough to slide the quilting frame away from the wall when I want to quilt.

With my friend coming, though, I thought we'd need a little more room, so I did more extensive moving out and emptying of the sewing room.

I have several quilt tops waiting. I think it's kind of funny that now I'm ready to go and my friend will be the first one to use the new system.

Luvs - We'll have to make a plan! Just remember that you have to feed me suppers in exchange for using my machine. Very Happy
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TxMaryQuilts
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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Tue Aug 21, 2012 5:02 pm

Hey no fair. I don't get fed supper when my friend and my sis use my machine. cry2

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Gimpy Cat
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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Tue Aug 21, 2012 6:33 pm

TxMaryQuilts wrote:
Hey no fair. I don't get fed supper when my friend and my sis use my machine. cry2

well thats it then, no more machine using for them, either they show with supper, cookies, brunch or some kind of goodwill food or they dont get their little texan feet in the front door! lmao lmao
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QBee - Mary Ann



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:42 pm

Gimpy Cat wrote:
TxMaryQuilts wrote:
Hey no fair. I don't get fed supper when my friend and my sis use my machine. cry2

well thats it then, no more machine using for them, either they show with supper, cookies, brunch or some kind of goodwill food or they dont get their little texan feet in the front door! lmao lmao

Well, TxM, you gotta learn from the best (me and Gimpy) and become assertive with a new plan! lol! Actually, my friend is a retired teacher who now works a few part time hours at "Let's Dish". At LD they have several stations, each with everything you need for a specific recipe, a diff recipe at each station. All the veggies are cleaned and chopped, meat cut, etc, and measuring utensils are there. You follow the instructions, get the ingredients sealed in a plastic bag, and freeze it. You leave with several "homemade" dinners to put in your freezer, and take out and cook for a quick meal. So, Pat is bringing a couple of Let's Dish dinners. Very Happy dance

Hmmm...now that I think of it, I may demand that Luvs bring her yummy quinoa mango salad when she comes. Undesided
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quiltermarynel



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:06 pm

Wow! That is going to be great fun when you have it really up and going.
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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:30 pm

QBee Im fascninated with the lets dish concept, I looked it up, wow, takes take away to a whole new level!

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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Tue Aug 21, 2012 10:35 pm

Add me to the JEALOUS list as well! We need to see pics of the fun! Congratulations...so happy for you that it finally is working out!
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TxMaryQuilts
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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Wed Aug 22, 2012 11:20 am

Guess it is just as well, I really don't need more calories. geek

We actually have a place similar to that in the next town. Sounds like a pretty good concept for busy working folks. I have heard hte price is not too bad either considering the time and gas you save from running around shopping.

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quiltermarynel



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Wed Aug 22, 2012 4:28 pm

I don't know about other companies, but Nolting sells used, reconditioned machines at good prices and has great tech support. Too bad I don't have the space or the physical ability to use one.
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Luvsquilting



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PostSubject: Re: QBee's New Frame   Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:12 pm

Well, good thing you are from Minnesota. I'm the hot dish/meatloaf type of cook.
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