Lucey’s First Quilt! (Bradie’s Quilt)

Tula Pink Quilt

My first quilt on my APQS Lucey!!!! I had so much fun quilting this for Bradie.


And I think she likes it 😀


These swirls were the very first free motion I did on my Lucey.

Testing out in stitch regulated and non stitch regulated.


The big differences I noticed between my APQS Lucey and my old machine (MOM),

  • SO MUCH MORE SPACE!!! 26″ vs. 18″ of throat space is a crazy amount of space. I was at my mom’s house where MOM is set up, and couldn’t believe how tiny it looked, even after only a few days of having Lucey. Which makes quilting easier and faster, and I have mad love.
  • On MOM I always worked in stitch regulated mode, ALWAYS. Whereas on Lucey I did stitch regulated for the ruler and ditch work, and non-regulated for the free motion.
  • Lucey is so much quieter. And just better sounding besides.
  • I didn’t have to sticky tack / band-aid, and or anything else to keep the threads from breaking, it just does it all by itself.
  • Moving the quilt is so much easier — the power feed is awesome, but even without that, being able to do all the adjustments on one side of the frame, rather than having to go back and forth, saves a lot of time.
  • I can float my top! On Lucey the bar for loading tops is located (in a more normal spot) so that the quilt top would be rolled up above the backing and batting. On MOM it was below. This means, on Lucey, even if I don’t go to the effort of loading the top, that bar is still holding the top in place so it doesn’t move around. It also means I can more easily adjust my batting so there are no wrinkles. So excited to be able to float tops like, pretty much every other longarmer I know.




In general, I just can’t believe that this is my life, that I have this great machine for the next year. Seriously guys, you have no idea.

This week though, I’m trying to take a break from longarming. I’ve got some pretty tight deadlines for market, but the quilts aren’t here yet… which means when they do show up, I’ll be working like a crazy person. So in an effort for something resembling balance, I’m trying to resist the call of Lucey this week. But next week, back at it.

Until then, later days!




11 responses to “Lucey’s First Quilt! (Bradie’s Quilt)

      • Seriously? Ten cents per inch? You get customers that are willing to pay that much? Geeze, I think I live in the wrong area. What’s your marketing secret?

        • 😀 I don’t really have one. I actually don’t market at all — I just do a good job, and refuse to take less than that. I also get more quilts shipped to me than I quilt for locally. I get a lot of people who think it’s too expensive, but I know how long it is going to take me to quilt, and I can’t quilt for less than that.

  1. Fabulous, Kathleen! I am working up the courage to turn off my stitch regulation… probably time for a test quilt, huh? Good luck meeting all the market deadlines and finding some balance right now.

  2. Stunning quilting Kathleen! I just recently started following you, and I have to tell you two things: 1) I was born and raised in Edmonton, have frequented your (mom’s) shop “just” south of the city more than once…now living a good non-working life in Canada’s southernmost town, Kingsville ON, and 2) I am JUST back hours ago from taking a class with Angela Walters herself in person, PINCH ME, and omg but you are right up there!

  3. Looks so great!

    I always float my tops as well. I actually took my top bar off for awhile, because I noticed that some other long armers don’t use it, but I ended up putting it back on. It gives the tiniest bit of tension to the top, so that things seem to lay more smoothly. 🙂

    Can’t wait to see more! (And now *I’m* off to do crazy Market work!)

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