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Business Start-Up Special

Turn your passion into a career. Take advantage of Gammill fall savings to kick start your longarm quilting business. From Sept. 15 to Oct. 31, participating Gammill dealers will offer a free business start-up package to customers who purchase a Vision 2.0, Statler by Gammill or Statler Retrofit.

The Vision 2.0 offer is valued at $1,250, the Statler Retrofit at $1,600 and the Statler at $2,500.

The packages include start-up kit, batting, thread, patterns and more. The special also includes a business software program specifically for longarm quilters to organize customers, invoices and much more.

Click here to learn more about the special and longarm businesses or click here to locate your local Gammill dealer!

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Super Quick Trapunto Table Runner

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If you have the need for a quick project, why not try a wholecloth table runner? It goes much faster than piecing a project, and turns out just as (if not more) fabulous!

I started with a design I created using Electric Quilt (EQ7). I used the Card Basket block and repeated it three times with a small inner border and larger outer border.

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Then I printed out the 8″ block in full size so I could easily transfer to fabric.

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I used my design print out to plan my quilting.

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Once I was happy with the plan, I taped my block printout to my light box.

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Next, you’ll want to mark the center of your fabric. I simply fold the piece in half one direction and then in half the other direction and finger press. It marks the fabric just enough to line up the drawings.

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Then you line up the fabric fold over the center of the block print out.

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Using a chalk pencil trace over the block lines.

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As I move my fabric over I use a ruler to maintain the straight line to trace the next block.

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It is always a good idea to shut off the light box every so often to make sure you have traced all the block lines. Mark any areas you might have missed.

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Then move the fabric again to mark the third block. Use the ruler to line up and keep the edges straight. If you are having a hard time seeing the chalk lines when the light box in on, you can mark the edges with pins before moving the fabric

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Once all blocks are traced, you will want to draw the borders. In my EQ7 design I had a 1/2″ inner border and a 2″ outer border. These are marked using the ruler.

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Now your design is transferred and you are ready for quilting.

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Load your backing fabric on the Gammill as you normally would. I am using two layers of a poly batting as I want a trapunto look and also want the table runner to be firm and unwavering.

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Place your fabric with the transferred design on top of the double batting. Begin by basting outside of the marked edge.

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Then stitch along the marked edge line of the outer border.

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I like to stitch a few times around between the outer edge (shown with scissor point) and the basting line. It keeps the edges flat and out of my way while quilting.

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Then quilt all the border lines.

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Once all border lines have been stitched, it is time to stitch the block lines.

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As I want a trapunto look, I quilt my background areas fairly dense. I use the fills to cut through to other block lines in an attempt to stitch with the least amount of starts and stops possible

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You can see the majority of line stitching is finished and where the background areas were used to cut through to the next area.

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Then I go back and fill and stitch the center areas.

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I accidentally dropped my snips and ripped the fabric. As we all know, these things happen. I could have started over, but instead I made a design change and micro-stippled over the rip. You can barely see it at the scissor point. There is no need to toss the project, just work with the mistake.

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Continue stitch the background design and filling areas necessary to create the trapunto effect.

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Then fill your outer border. I chose feathers as they compliment just about everything.

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After stitch the feathers, go back and fill around them, adding more trapunto effect.

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And it’s done – and beautiful!

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It really is a super quick and easy project. Now bind and enjoy!

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by Karen Marchetti

Gammill Quilting Artist

www.creativelongarmquilting.com

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Quilted iPad Cover

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It is back-to-school time and what better gift to give a student you know than a custom iPad cover!

Certified Instructor Cindy Carey with North Star Longarm Quilting shows us how to design and personalize an iPad cover to make a stylish and useful carrying case with a personal touch. She uses an 11.5 inch by 20 inch design for her iPad 4 cover but sizes may vary by make and model. Click here for the video tutorial (hand guided users may wish to skip to the 17 minute mark of the video once their design is quilted). CreativeStudio users, click here for the project file.
A bonus! Check out Cindy’s video on how to square your quilt backing for longarm quilting by clicking here.

Just in time for football season

 

Football season is gearing up! Check out this amazing team quilt from Beautiful Bee Quilting (beautifulbeequilting.weebly.com) and customer Nancy S.

From themed fabric to simply using your team’s colors in your favorite quilting pattern, there are many ways to create a quilt to keep you warm while you cheer on your team. Can’t find fabric with you team’s name? Try incorporating a t-shirt into the design

Have you completed a quilt themed after your favorite team? If so, send us your ideas and photo at contact@gammill.net.

Looking for inspiration? Check out our Theme Quilts board on Pinterest for more team quilt ideas https://www.pinterest.com/gammillquilting/holiday-theme-quilts/

 

Statler Stories – Karen Luther

For Karen Luther and her husband, owning a Statler has given them much more than the opportunity to make beautiful quilts. It has led them to new friends, support and a hobby they can share together. Click the video to see more.

Windows 10

Gammill is currently in the process of evaluating Windows 10 and has been for the past few months.  At this time, we feel Windows 10 is perfectly fine for use on any Stand Alone Mode (SAM) computer to run CreativeStudio software.  However, use of Windows 10 on computers that operate the Statler by Gammill is still being evaluated.  There will continue to be in-depth testing prior to recommending installation of Windows 10 on your Statler PC.  We will make a final announcement in the coming months concerning when Windows 10 will be safe to use on Statler by Gammill PCs.  With new Operating System releases there can be any number of things that can go wrong and we want to make sure that your Statlers are not forced into downtime due to a Windows error that could have been prevented.  Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for our Statler PCs running Windows 7 through Windows 8.1 until late July 2016. We appreciate your patience during this testing process and will release further information as soon as it is available.

 

Thank you,

Statler by Gammill Technical Team

 

Importing Images in CreativeStudio

The import image feature in CreativeStudio allows you to take any digital image and drop it into CreativeStudio.

This means you can preview your pattern on different images, such as the image of a quilt block, which can aid you in designing your pattern.

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A new series in the Gammill Video Library explains the process of importing images and the CreativeStudio features of import image.

What is Import Image

Import Image Features

Import Image: Loading Images

Import Images: The Export Feature

 

Statler Stories – Joan Knight

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Joan Knight remembers very clearly the day she bought her Statler by Gammill at a quilt show.
It was the final day of a three-day quilt show.

“I had been walking around for three days. Five minutes before the show closed, I signed the papers,” she said.
Now, Joan is a CreativeStudio educator, sharing her love of quilting and her knowledge with others.
“I get to see the look on their face when they ‘get it,’” she said of teaching. “It is a blessing.”
CreativeStudio allows her to be as creative as she wants with her quilting. And, the Statler has allowed her to have a career doing what she loves.
“I get to be my own boss. I get to make my own schedule. And, I get to meet new people and watch as people see what [the Statler] can do for them.”

Watch Joan’s video here.

Educational Events

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Several of Gammill’s professional dealers have excellent educational opportunities coming up! Registration is now open for the following conferences
Sept. 27 – 29: Northwest Gammill/Statler Conference in Portland, Oregon
Hosted by Andrew’s Gammill Northwest
Event Website

Oct. 15-17: Statler Days in Zanesville, Ohio
Hosted by: A Touch of Thread
Event Website

Jan. 29 – Feb. 1, 2016: East Coast Gammill/Statler Conference in Glen Allen, Virginia
Hosted by: Threads Run Thru It
Event Website