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This contest is in honor of Linda V. Taylor is celebrating 25 years as a quilt artist in 2017! To celebrate, Gammill, with support from other friends of Linda, will host several giveaways throughout the year! This month, one lucky winner will receive a prize package containing thread (provided by Superior Threads), Batting (provided by Hobbs), a Linda Taylor Anniversary t-shirt, Gammill mini cooler and other Gammill goodies. Five winners will receive t-shirts.
Winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 14 at 1 p.m. CST on the Gammill Facebook page and will be notified by e-mail.
Please void where prohibited. This contest is in no way affiliated with any social media platforms or websites.
Photographing Your Quilts
By Jo Ann Gruber
Quilted Treasures (Alaska Gammill Dealer)
I am not a professional photographer, but I am convinced that just about anyone can take decent pictures of their own quilts. You spend many hours creating your quilts. It doesn’t matter if it is a gift for your family, a donation quilt for charity or a work of art that you plan to enter into a show. It may soon be gone, so many of us would like to have a photograph of it to include with our documentation.
Any photographs that you take are certainly good enough for documenting your quilts and/or sharing them on social media. In most cases, you can take pictures good enough to enter quilt competitions. Personally, I’ve only had one of my quilts professionally photographed; and that was one that was included in Debbie Caffrey’s “Blocks and Quilts Everywhere!” book. So, there is certainly a time and place for the professional photographer; but the tips I’d like to share with you today are ones that you can use to take reasonably good photos of your own quilts.
If you are planning to enter a quilt in a major quilt show, you will need good photographs of it just to have a chance for it to be accepted for exhibit. (I have heard several judges say that most quilts that are juried are rejected because the photographs submitted are of questionable quality. No matter how good your quilt is in person, if the photograph of it is poor, it will more than likely be rejected.)
Things you need to know to get great pictures of your quilt:
Know your camera. Even the simple point-and-shoot cameras have many options on them. The various settings can dramatically affect how your quilt will look once it has been photographed. Most cameras come with an instruction manual or you can usually find one to download on the manufacturer’s website. I personally use a Nikon D70 for most of the digital photographs that I take. You certainly can take fairly good images with your smart phone or tablet, but there are some limitations depending on the quality of photographs you wish to take. For me, my phone doesn’t have a tripod socket, so it’s difficult to get the camera in the phone parallel to the quilt. (I like a camera with at least 5 megapixels of resolution.)
Find a good place to hang your quilt so there are no distractions. If there are distractions, you can always crop those items out of your photograph. You can use a bare wall, a design board, a display stand etc. If you’re photographing outdoors, you’ll want to make sure you do that on a calm day so that the wind won’t blow your quilt around.
Use a tripod. One of the best tips I can give you is to always use a tripod! This will help ensure a nice, crisp photo. Although I don’t use one for every quilt I photograph, the use of a tripod will allow you to get a quilt square in the viewfinder or display screen. If the lens of the camera isn’t aligned with the quilt, you will get a distorted image (called keystoning in photography). It’s basically an issue with perspective. Is this a bad thing? Not always.
Position your camera correctly. To minimize distortions, adjust your tripod so your camera lens is pointed at the middle of your quilt. If you need to, use a tape measure. Check the distance from the middle of your quilt to the floor and then move your camera so that the center of the lens is at the same height. Next, adjust your camera so it is parallel to the design wall. When your camera is not parallel, you get wonky photos. I take quite a bit of time looking at the view screen of my digital camera to see if the edges of my quilt are parallel with the edges of the view screen.
Lighting. I rarely use the flash on my camera. I use side lighting to be able to capture the relief (highs and lows) of the quilting. If I photograph a quilt outdoors, I avoid areas with full sun and prefer to photograph them in open shade. For even lighting without completely washing out the quilts, I place the lights so they are at 45 degree angles (or less) to the quilt. Sometimes I’ll place one lamp on either side of the quilt. I can usually get the best coloring that way. After a few shots like that, I’ll either turn off one light or place both on the same side. That way I can create shadows and I can usually get a good shot of the relief created by the quilting stitches. Also experiment with moving your lighting closer or further away to see what shows off your quilt best.
Take lots of pictures. This is made much easier and more cost effective with digital cameras. You can simply delete the ones you don’t wish to keep. I usually take several pictures of each quilt. I keep changing the lighting, I zoom in different amounts, and I take full shots and detail shots. My goal is to give myself many options so there is a greater potential that at least one is really good.
I hope a few of these pointers might help you take better pictures of your quilts, even if those pictures are just for your own personal documentation.
Join Gammill in celebrating 35 years as the longarm machine quilters trust and save on a Statler by Gammill, Vision 2.0 or Statler Retrofit!
Now through May 25, 2017, with purchase of a new machine:
Statler by Gammill: $1,500 cash off or $2,000 in optional equipment
Statler Retrofit: $1,000 cash off or $1,500 in optional equipment
Vision 2.0: $750 cash off or $1,000 in optional equipment
Available from participating Gammill Dealers only.
Cannot be combined with other offers.
No cash value.
Orders must be placed by May 25, 2017.
The SUGAR Conference is Presented by the Statler Users Groups And Representatives. For more information, visit http://www.sugarconference.com/
The wait is over! Organizers of the SUGAR Conference are thrilled to announce they have added two new teachers and 15 new classes to the conference line-up!
Anita Shackelford – the single most requested teacher for the 2017 conference. Master teacher and designer, Anita will be teaching NINE Statler classes. Everything from how to use various features in CreativeStudio to Modern quilting, Appliqué on a Statler, and Point-to-Point. Check out her classes online now!
Aubrey Stephens, the technical guru at Gammill corporate since 2001, will be teaching “Gammill Maintenance” twice during the conference! The charismatic Aubrey will teach you how to troubleshoot your Statler.
Two more classes by Georgia Stull – “Easy Peasy Borders in CS7” (one of her most popular classes) and “Smart Marketing for Your Quilting Business” (a new class, which just recently introduced at the East Coast Conference, and students raved about it!).
Log in to your account to see the new class descriptions and days / times offered. Simply click on “Register for Classes” and scroll down to browse through the classes. You can also use the “Search” function to search by teacher. Sign up today! These classes will fill up.
Pre-Registration Deadline Extended: SUGAR has extended the pre-registration deadline to May 1 instead of April 15. That means you can make changes to your schedule by adding or removing classes all the way up until May 1st at 11:59 p.m. CT without penalty. Organizers said they hope this helps you get your schedule just the way you want it! That also means that final payments aren’t due until May 1. Please Note: You can still add classes or other items to your order after May 1, but you’ll be required to pay in full (rather than 50 percent) at the time of purchase. (Additional classes can be added to your schedule through the close of the event on Saturday, June 24.)
Enter the Statler-Only Quilt Competition! This is a unique opportunity to enter a competition just for Statler quilts! Support this special competition by entering your quilts today. The Quilt Entry Deadline is May 1. Simply log in to your conference account (or register as a new user) and enter online. You don’t have to come to the conference to enter your quilts! Please share your gorgeous Statler creations for attendees to enjoy! All the quilt entry information is available online at http://www.sugarconference.com/quiltcompetition.html. First place winners will receive ribbons and “Best of Show” will receive a $500 cash award, courtesy of Stitch Happy. And don’t forget about this year’s Challenge, “I Did It My Way!” The Challenge winners will receive ribbons and cash awards, thanks to our generous sponsors. First place in the Challenge will also receive this amazing wooden Quilt Block, made by Val Funk’s husband. A big thank you to Heartland Quiltworks for sponsoring the Award Ribbons, and to our Challenge cash award sponsors: Quilts & Things, Eureka Documentation, and Sweet Dreams Quilt Studio.
Introducing the Gammill quick change foot! No matter what your project, Gammill now has a foot to make your quilting shine! This set from Gammill features a quick change adapter that allows feet to be changed quickly without tools. Contact your local Gammill dealer to preorder http://gammill.com/our-dealers/dealer-locator/
No need to worry about damaging your quilt when using lofty or bulky material. This foot allows you to glide quickly over applique, batting, and more.
OPEN TOE FOOT
Allows viewing of the needle in motion. Great for precision work such as outlines or stitch in the ditch.
Add a decorative touch to your quilting. Use with yarn, cording, embroidery thread, etc.
Perfect for appliqué or trapunto work.
For use with ¼” rulers and templates
Click the video link below to see a demonstration of each foot.
Statler challenge “Fall in My World” to be displayed at AQS QuiltWeek events in 2017-2018
Gammill, Inc. invites Statler users to complete a submission for the “Fall in My World” Challenge. Three winners will receive cash prizes and finalists in the competition will be displayed at five American Quilter’s Society QuiltWeek events in 2017 and 2018. It is estimated approximately 70,000 people will view the Statler Challenge at the following AQS QuiltWeek events:
Grand Rapids, Michigan (August 2017)
Fall Paducah, Kentucky (September 2017)
Des Moines, Iowa (October 2017)
Daytona Beach, Florida (February/March 2017)
Lancaster, Pennsylvania (March 2018)
Gammill will award three prizes in the competition. A Grand Prize of $1,000, a First Place prize of $500 and a Second Place $250 prize. The exhibit of finalists, as well as other selected quilts, will be on display at other Gammill events following the AQS shows. The winners will be announced at the Fall Paducah show in September 2017.
Finished quilt size: 24” x 24”
Theme: “Fall in My World”
Quilts must be quilted on a Statler by Gammill.
At least 75 percent of the quilting must be done by computerized quilting. Up to 25 percent may be hand guided.
Embellishments may be added such as threads, ribbon, beads, embroidery, etc.
Finished quilts must have a top, middle and backing. Maximum thickness: 1 inch
Quilts must be submitted with the official entry form (PDF).
Submitting your quilt
Please submit your quilt and entry form to Gammill by June 15, 2017.
Mail quilts to:
1452 Gibson Street
West Plains, MO 65775
Quilts will not be returned to owners until late 2018.
June 22nd-24th in Kansas City, MO!
So Much to Learn, See, Do, Try & Buy! The SUGAR Conference is an educational conference, coordinated by the Statler Users Groups And Representatives, specifically dedicated to specialized training and networking opportunities for Statler by Gammill® owners. This year’s attendees will enjoy three days of classes for every level of quilter (beginners to experienced) by professional Statler by Gammill® instructors, a quilt competition specifically for Statler® quilters, as well as a stunning display of machine-quilted quilts and special exhibits, and a vendor mall of quilting-related products. Plus, time to mingle and network with other Statler owners from across the globe, world-class entertainment during the Friday Night Banquet, and exclusive presentations & trunk shows.
Custom Build Your Own Schedule! Nearly 100 to choose from! This is your chance to take all Statler-related classes from many of the world’s top Statler instructors. Classes for every skill level, beginner to advanced. This is your chance to take the latest classes from the ‘best of the best’ on the new CS 7, CreativeStudio®, machine maintenance, quilting with kids, how to manage your quilting business, and more! View the classes now.
Call for Quilts! The 2017 SUGAR Conference is pleased to host a quilt competition just for quilts completed on the Statler by Gammill®. This is a unique opportunity for participants to enjoy a quilt exhibit of computerized machine-quilted quilts. Enter your quilts today! Information available online. Quilt Entry Deadline: May 1st
Interested in a Booth? We still have spots available in the vendor mall for just $250. Register online today.
The SUGAR Conference is Presented by the
Statler Users Groups And Representatives
(a non-profit 501-c3 organization):
With the Generous Support
of GOLD SPONSOR,
Gammill Quilting Systems:
Dear Statler Family,
Unfortunately there is some misinformation being spread right now regarding patterns, encryption and cloud features in CS7.
First of all know that you will be able to use your encrypted patterns just as you can in CS6.
In CS6 if your put the red key or controller number into the Controller Definition field when in SAM mode you can view and use encrypted patterns in SAM mode but cannot sew them out unless you take the file to the stitcher with that red key/controller.
CS7 works much the same way. You enter the red key/controller number when you import. You can then use the patterns in SAM mode but you will not be able to stitch them on any machine but the one they are encrypted to.
There are some new exciting capabilities in CS7 that have opened the doors for us to offer different types of encryption (for you and the pattern designers). We will be sharing more about those opportunities in the near future. But please know that all of your previously purchased encrypted patterns will work just as they always have.
With regards to the cloud features in CS7 they are not enabled in the Demo version of CS. We will share more information about exactly how these exciting new features work in the near future, but please rest assured that all measures have been taken to secure your data should you choose to use the cloud features.
Change is always hard, even when it is a good change. The cloud features in CS7 will allow you better access to your patterns and also provide greater security for the pattern designers. Your patterns are yours and yours alone. Only you will have access to them. We’ve designed these features to enhance your experience with CS.
Many of you already use all sorts of cloud type features in your day to day lives (iCloud, iTunes, Google Drive, Facebook, Dropbox, etc.), you may not even realize all of them. Many of you may already be putting your patterns into a cloud (Carbonite, Barracuda, iDrive, Crashplan, etc.). The Gammill Pattern Cloud is much like these other than it is quilt pattern specific. It is a place to store your patterns where you can easily access them from another location or restore if you have a computer crash. It is a service we are offering to our Statler family for no charge to make your lives easier and to keep CS up to date with the best modern technology has to offer.
Please watch for more information in the next few weeks regarding the cloud features that will be available in CS7 and how they will make your life easier and more fun. We are very excited about these features and can’t wait to share the possibilities with you!
We know you all have been anxiously awaiting the release of CreativeStudio 7.0 this month. Unfortunately, we have had unexpected challenges that mean the software will not be ready this March as previously planned. This new version of software is much different than any previous version of CS with so many new features and improvements. The addition of Pattern Management meant software programming changes on almost every level. Because this has led to unexpected delays we have made the very difficult decision to delay the full release of the software.
The decision to not release in March was not made lightly. But, as a company, we would never want to release a software version that is not completely ready for you. We value you too much as customers. Your time, your quilts and your customers are too important to risk the chance that software might not work just as it should.
Today, we are releasing to you a demo version of the software that can be operated in Stand Alone Mode (SAM). You will be able to operate this on any computer but you will not be able to use it to stitch out on your Statler. We know many of you are excited about CS7 and many have classes scheduled. This demo version will allow you to learn and become familiar with CreativeStudio 7.0. CreativeStudio 7 has so many great new features we are sure you are going to love it. We hope you will enjoy getting to know the software more through this demo version and will be as excited as we are for the full release.
Since the introduction of Windows 10, Gammill has recommended against utilizing Windows 10 with the Statler system. We have supported the use of Windows 10 for use with CreativeStudio in Stand-Alone Mode (SAM), but not when connected to a Stitcher. The reason for these recommendations is based on communications between Windows 10 and various Microsoft servers. Windows 10 added Cortana and other applications within the operating system that continually communicate with various Microsoft servers on the internet. On a SAM system, this communication is not an issue. However, on computers connected to the Stitcher, we have found that this communication can disrupt communications between the PC and the Galil controller. As a result, we have recommended against the use of Windows 10 with a Stitcher. Gammill is not the only industrial user of Windows that has experienced this issue. Many other industrial manufacturers, such as CNC machines, have had similar issues. As a result, Microsoft has released a special industrial version of Windows 10 that eliminates this communication with Microsoft servers. We have tested this new industrial version and found no degradation in communication performance compared to a Windows 8 PC. The changes in communications with their servers also has the side effect of allowing Microsoft to make the version more secure – they tout that this is the most secure version of Windows ever. Therefore, beginning April 3, genuine Gammill computers will have this industrial version of Windows 10 installed. This version of Windows is not available through the regular Windows 10 updates, etc. like the consumer versions of Windows 10. Microsoft requires that the industrial version must be installed directly by an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) such as Gammill. As a result, the only way to offer an upgrade for existing Gammill computer running Windows 7 or Windows 8 is to send the computer to Gammill to have the industrial Windows 10 installed on site. There is no need to upgrade your Windows 7 or Windows 8 computer to Windows 10. No advantages in function of your machine are gained by the operating system upgrade. Because we know there are some users out there who want the latest regardless, we will offer this service for $199 (the same price as Windows 10 Pro direct from Microsoft). However, we also encourage you to check with your dealer about trading in your existing Gammill computer towards the purchase of a new one, this way you would not be without a computer for the time it would take in shipping and handling.
Computers must be shipped to Gammill headquarters for the installation per the agreement with Microsoft.