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  1. Cairns

    Another Forest qu

    We thought this pattern would make a great quilt for our grandsons to use when each visits the cabin. I'm pretty new to the Longarm and I'm thrilled Lucey took only 4 partial days to quilt it.
    9 Points
  2. NHDeb

    Sharing my excitement!

    Just needed to share my excitement that my Lenni is officially all paid off! Feeling SO blessed this morning!
    9 Points
  3. T Row Studio

    My Zebra with many Colors

    Here is a paper pieced project I just finished. I wanted to paper piece this zebra with rainbow colors. I Ice dyed a piece of fabric with rainbow color and used it to make this zebra. I am pleased with the out come. I had planned on doing a blue background but when I got to the main face area on the animal it was blue and the background just washed everything out. I added more of the rainbow fabric to the breaks in the background and did it scrappy Black. I am going to call this small wall hanging , My Coat of many Colors.
    8 Points
  4. lindasewsit

    Here's what some pixy dust did! :)

    Here's the trouble area of my quilt, quilted! I had to put a pleat in the blue sash, but I think it itturned out pretty good for as wonky as it was.
    8 Points
  5. lindasewsit

    Got 'er tamed!

    7 Points
  6. T Row Studio

    Dance of the Dragonflys

    Here is my Dance of the Dragonfly wall hanging. It measures about 45" square I used a wool batting for a bit of puff. It is fused on with raw edge applique. I did all the raw edge on my Long arm. Maybe this draonfly quilt will help me forget that it is -40 with the windchill today Burrrr. Stay warm and Enjoy
    7 Points
  7. tootsquilts

    Irish Stars times 3

    I made three of these quilts for the kids for Christmas. All Just alike. I used Quilters Dream wool batting, and just pulled fabric from my hidden fabrics to try to match up as best I could. I used the the panto, Dewdrops in the Garden from Urban Elementz. I don't have quilt path, so I found it was a little hard to do. I started not to post these, because I was not as proud as I should have been with the panto I chose for these quilts. I got the pattern from the Quiltmaker magazine, July/August 2014 No. 158 issue. Anyway here is a picture of a couple.
    7 Points
  8. Quilta93

    "Love heals" quilts for cancer

    I read about "Love heals" quilts for cancer, and when a friend of mine had cancer a few years ago I made her one. Here's the site you can get the pattern if you're interested. http://machinequilting.mqumag.com/2010/03/love-heals-pattern/ The mother of a friend of mine has cancer. Please pray for her. I decided to make her a "love heals" quilt. She had given me some fleece fabric and I decided to use that on the back. Her daughter said her mom likes pink and green fabric. I had never used fleece on the back of a quilt before. I was amazed how it turned out. I've used fleece on a couple more quilts. I like that it's wide enough so that I don't have to piece the back of a lap quilt. I washed it after the pictures, so the markings came out. Deb.
    7 Points
  9. LisaFox

    Custom quilt done. Downloaded pattern on qp

    One of my customers quilt. We downloaded the quilting designs. Imported it into quilt path. We had alot of learning. But the design didn't get the best of us. I don't have a picture of the back, but it was just as beautiful.
    7 Points
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  11. Corey

    Batik Four Patch, Crazy Curves & Chevron quilts

    My first time pictures with the new APQS Website. It's been a while since I've shown my quilts.
    6 Points
  12. LibbyG

    Reproduction wall hangings

    My friend loves reproduction fabrics and the traditional quilting that was usually used on them. So the basket has crosshatching and feathers in the border. The blocks are just done freehand. So Fine thread. Just saying.........I cannot drag pictures into a post. I went to my computer picture file, right clicked, dragged the picture and it won't post. Am I missing another step???? blocks by Libby G, on Flickr blocks (2) by Libby G, on Flickr blocks (3) by Libby G, on Flickr baskets by Libby G, on Flickr baskets (2) by Libby G, on Flickr
    6 Points
  13. stitchin cricket

    North Carolina Snow Day!!!!

    I thought I would share a rare occurrence in my neck of the woods SNOW!!! Here in NC, we rarely get snow and when we do, it usually doesn't hang around for more than 2 or 3 days. While our snows can't compete with the western or northern snows, their a big deal for us, and we love watching the snow fall. This snow fall just might hang around a little longer than normal because of the arctic blast that follows the snow. That just means more quilting time for me. The scene in these pics can be viewed from both my sewing room and Millie's room. I'll get to experience a quilting day with beautiful scenery. ENJOY!!!
    6 Points
  14. suzanp

    Playing with Mr. Quilt Path

    Before and after.. Sometimes it is not really a quilt until it is quilted... Smiles
    6 Points
  15. Kwiltr

    Last Q4K Quilts for Awhile!

    I just finished the last two quilts I had picked up before Christmas for the Quilts 4 Kids gals. Yay! Now I'm gonna take a break and start something for me . These Quilts were pieced by someone else, I only did the quilting on Lenni, of course. The Spiral Feathers on one were taken from. Tutorial given by Threaded Quilting on her blog and the square flower was from The Inbox Jaunt. Both motifs were new to me and a lot of fun to quilt freehand. I really loved the batiks in the one quilt. So pretty!
    6 Points
  16. T Row Studio

    one year gone another year ahead.

    I would like to start by saying I have enjoyed posts on this forum in 2016. And expect to enjoy more posts in 2017. With the new forum format it is way easier to post pictures so I am sure there will be lots of Eye Candy to be seen. I enjoy the questions and all the answers that are offered to help with the little problems we seem to find. I would also like to reflect on my year. I have had an amazing year with my quilting journey I have been recognized for my piecing as well as my quilting. I have been humbled with the reaction I have gotten with my pieces. My journey in quilting is changing and I am taking baby steps as I continue along this wonderful trip. I hope 2017 bring each and everyone wonderful things and as we come across obstacles, we hit them head on and learn from them and take what we learn as we continue . Thank-you for your knowledge and friendship and Have a Happy New Year .
    6 Points
  17. SWall

    No longer a Lurker...

    Well.... I hope I am doing this correctly... This is my first post. I have been lurking in the shadows for sometime now but my DH has urged me to become a more active member of this amazing group! I just recently retired and am looking forward to being able to spend more time in my quilting room. You are all such amazing quilters from whom I have learned a great deal from! Thank you for all your posts and amazing pictures of your work. I will try and put a picture of myself and my studio in the next day or so.
    5 Points
  18. Pepsi Girl

    Bonnie hunter Mystery

    So how's it going ladies? Got anything to show? I've been snowed in for a week so here's mine. It stills needs the last border but I couldn't wait any longer.
    5 Points
  19. Cairns

    Help with quilt ideas

    Okay. Thanks for the thoughts. I'll audition them this weekend and get to work! i appreciate the advice, ladies. I finished this one. Lucey quilted out unbelievably bad piecing issues and the quilt will now last longer and s out of storage. I'm pretty happy. Thanks again for suggestions.
    5 Points
  20. EHonour

    Black & White Music

    Still working on the binding handwork, but I thought I'd post these completion pictures. This quilt was pieced by my wife Beth over a year ago for our son, who is a music professor and music composer. All the fabrics have music motifs, and she arranged them in a bold black-and-white log cabin style. My challenge was to tie it all together with quilting while enhancing the music motif. So: piano keys around the border, music notes in the big circles, and treble/bass clefs all over the place. It was fun to work out how to quilt these patterns as efficiently as possible, but there were still a LOT of stops and starts. I also challenged myself to knot and hide all the ends this time.
    5 Points
  21. Sharon Deming

    one year gone another year ahead.

    Thanks for starting this thread, Terry. Now that it is easier to post pics - I look forward to seeing more of yours! I too enjoy piecing well. I found a great class - piece like a pro on Craftsy - and have incorporated even more easy "habits" that have improved my piecing skills. I love perfect points without trying! I hope many of our quilting family take a moment to reflect on how blessed we are to have the care and support of our brother and sister quilters here on the forum. Thank you ALL for sharing your technical expertise, suggestions, and comments. Thanks for your encouragement and support. And thanks for setting some of us free from the hangups of "needing to be perfect"! Thanks Terry for your contributions on the forum. Your own participation is refreshing. Here's to great joy in this quilty life in 2017! Happy New Year everyone!
    5 Points
  22. SWall

    A couple of finished quilts

    My daughter loves to piece and here are a couple of quilts I have quilted for her. The hexagon quilt was done with rulers and the other one was done with quilt path. I had a bit too much of a gap between the rows on the quilt path but it worked really well to free-hand some additional fillers in-between. It's pretty difficult to see where it was done. I was quite happy with how these turned out.
    4 Points
  23. EHonour

    Bubbles and Bars

    Whee! A first "client" quilt. Well, not really. But it's the first one I've done for someone other than my wife. This was pieced by a good friend, and I offered to quilt two of her quilts as a birthday present. This is the first. Lots of straight lines and bars in her quilting, but the colors were so bold and young that I thought it needed lots of fun freeform bubbles and bounces. I've now given it back to her, and she was delighted. Her second quilt is languishing back in my Tennessee studio, awaiting our return from Florida in April. It'll be more formal.
    4 Points
  24. Sew & Sow

    Help Please

    Thanks everyone. The consensus seemed to be to call my friend and that's what I did. Turned out to be not as bad as I thought it would be. I've taken off the borders and re-attached. The whole quilt had bias edges, no wonder there was so much stretching. Now the quilt is fairly square with a little puffiness within the blocks, but not too bad. Almost ready to start quilting.
    4 Points
  25. lisae

    Garden Party Quilting Finally Finished!

    I finally finished the quilting on my daughter's quilt! It is huge 118x118 and almost all ruler work. This quilt started as a kit I bought at a quilt retreat in 2011. My daughter wanted it for her wedding quilt, but she wanted king size. So I searched the Internet and found a second kit. I was still short on the large rose fabric in the outer border. I posted on missingfabric.com and was able to find enough to finish it. Then the quilting...although simple, it was very time consuming. This quilt has been through two moves with me as well. I finally put it back on the frame last summer and decided not to take it off until it was finished. If anyone ever hears me mention 1/2 inch crosshatch again, please shoot me!
    4 Points
  26. Mary Beth

    Where is the "reputation" button?

    The little green up button on the right hand side of the post. When you click it...you give someone a reputation
    4 Points
  27. Kwiltr

    2nd (and LAST) Olaf Finished

    It's done!! I am so over Olaf quilts, never over Olaf . This quilt was the 2nd one I made for practice on my Lenni and will be donated as well to the local Quilts 4 Kids. On this one I worked on border and block quilting designs. I need so much practice doing borders going in all directions!! Ugh! Not to mention getting some consistency in spacing and size and... the list is endless. So for 2017's challenges (I wish I could achieve that in one year ) I will continue to work on that. I tried Glide 60wt on the bottom this time. So great not to have to change the bobbin so often!! And for some of the quilting, it is a nice bonus not to have the thread build up on the back, I.e. On the Stars. It melts into the backing and worked very well tension-wise. I'm sold! I wind all my own bobbins and they work great. I get so impatient as I approach the end of a quilt and I was running out of ideas for the blocks, yet I didn't want to waste an opportunity to try something new. There was no other plan beyond that as I started to quilt. Anyway, that's it. Here's several pictures I took while the sun was out! Thanks for taking a look!
    4 Points
  28. qltnbe

    Need some input.

    I have to admit that I took this quilt off the frame so that I could get a Christmas tree skirt done that I was making for a Christmas gift for my daughter-in-law. It will be going back on the frame as soon as things settle down around here. As for charging for SID.....I am not sure I am the one to ask. I am sure I am undercharging big time, so hopefully others will chime in here to give you a better idea. I do charge .02 for anything over a panto.
    4 Points
  29. Cagey

    Merry Christmas

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year; I want to wish all of you ladies and gentlemen a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. May each of you and your families have a safe and uneventful holiday season, and may your blessing follow you and yours throughout the New Year. While we are all stressing out to buy that last minute Christmas present or killing ourselves to make Christmas perfect, remember that the original Christmas was in now way shape or form perfect or without blemish. Think about it, before Mary and Joseph's had even lived together, their relationship was challenged by an immaculate conception. Try explain that to your parents and new in-laws. Then a multi-day journey riding on top of a donkey. (Anyone complaining about a husband's driving, or the backseat antics of children?) Only to be finished off giving birth in a dirty, smelly; though well animal-warmed, stable or cave. (Can any new parents say wash your hands before touching the baby or throw away that binkie it fell on the floor) The original Christmas was not perfect, so do not kill yourself to make it perfect. There never is nor will there ever be a perfect Christmas. You only have to look at the picture to see, no lights, no tree, no special dinner or meal. Just a new husband and wife, along with workmen and their families celebrating the birth of a new baby, the spirit of family, and the salvation to come. So take a deep breath, let bygones be bygone, and make the most of your your Christmas and New Year celebrations. Your Christmas may not turn out exactly as you had planned. The people you celebrate it with will remember the love and time you spent with them for years to come. Family and friends will try to emulate the celebration your gave. Cousin Mildred's excessive drinking and her ugly argument with great uncle Tucker will only be remembered for a few weeks. The love and joy you shared will be what made the season perfect. Here is my Christmas gift to each of you. It is a short story, that I believe tells the true meaning of Christmas. It is not perfect, but It always reminds me that it is the gift of giving ourselves that makes Christmas special. Share your gift......http://santasearch.org/print_text.asp?RID=1170 Cagey
    4 Points
  30. dlnewell

    Looking for ideas for quilting open sky

    Ok, so I couldn't figure out how to add text...anyway, here is quilt I quilted for a customer. The blocks are only 12-14 inch or so, but this gives you a different idea of the textures you can quilt, depending on what the fabric looks like
    3 Points
  31. lisae

    Today's Finish - Camo Quilt

    I made this quilt for my dear friend who just had her first baby. They had tried for years to have a baby. This was their final attempt and it took! I am so happy for them! They love hunting and decorated baby's room in a camo theme. I didn't care for the top until I appliquéd the letters. Sometimes the best quilting is a simple meander! Quilted with King Tut "Bulrushes" top thread, Glide Dark Brown bobbin thread. minkee backing.
    3 Points
  32. stitchin cricket

    North Carolina Snow Day!!!!

    Sounds great Linda!! It would be great to talk to someone who loves quilting as much as I do. I've been piecing quilts for over 16 years, but I've only been quilting them myself for approximately 3+ years, and a year of that was spent renovating our previous house in order to sell it because I had no space to expand my quilting. The time that I have been quilting was done on a HDM or the APQS George. I took the plunge a few weeks ago and purchased a Millie, and I still can't believe she's in my house. It's been a bit of a learning curve for me and I'm trying to adjust to moving the machine instead of the fabric as well as having stitch regulation. I have watched Angela Huffman on Fons & Porter, and I'm trying to take her advise to just pick a few designs to master then add more as your skills improve. She also said that slow and steady wins the race. My problem is 1. I've never been known for my patience, and 2. I get bored doing the same design over and over. I'm currently trying to break these two issues because I know that I must if I want to be able to quilt as beautifully as the quilts I've seen done by others on this forum. My DH tells me all the time that what he's seen me do gets better the more that I do it, and I need to stop being so hard on myself because there's no such thing as perfection in quilting. He says that's what makes every quilt special and unique because it's the quilter's signature touch that makes it so special. Anyway, email me at cdfinger@att.net and we'll make arrangements. Happy Quilting, Carmen
    3 Points
  33. lisae

    Sweet New Year's Day Finish

    This sweet little quilt was pieced by my daughter for her friend. The fabric is so cute. I quilted it with "Baby Butt Hearts" all over freehand. Glide Cotton Candy top and bobbin.
    3 Points
  34. Quilting Heidi

    one year gone another year ahead.

    Happy New Year all! Terry your work is beautiful and I'm glad you are being recognized for it. 2016 was a crazy year for me. I haven't gotten much quilting done. I started off with my sciatic problem that lasted 4 months. I'm ever so thankful that pain was relieved. I've fought all year with my right foot. The pinched nerve cause so many problems with my right foot. Standing for any length of time is still hard. I had foot drop, then plantar fasciitis and I'm still having unresolved pain. I see a new orthopedist on Wed. and pray he can make it better. We sold our home in April and we've been waiting for our new home to be done. It was supposed to be done in Oct! I'm praying we close this week and I can get all my stuff back. I just disassembled my machine yesterday and it is ready for its new home. Unfortunately I moved it to my daughters but only used it once. LOL I've been a little busy. The joys of the year are by far outweighing the bad. We were so blessed to have three new beautiful grandbabies this year! Love them all to pieces. I'm very much enjoying spending every day with the twins, who definitely make you smile and laugh. Such a joy. Our little Landon is still fighting his heart battles but has come so far! He sailed through open heart surgery the beginning of Dec. and did great until a few days before Christmas. They did the first echo post release and discovered his upper chambers pressure is way too high. He has pulmanary hypertension. They put him on oxygen and hoped that would help give the heart a rest and the pressure would go down. That didn't happen so now they are trying medication. If the medication doesn't make the pressure go down he will have to have a catherization to see if they can see what is causing the problem. Please keep him in your prayers. He is such a joyful happy little boy! His sister is also a happy baby! Their smiles light up the room for sure. Here's to hoping 2017 is full of joy! I pray for joy for all of you as well!
    3 Points
  35. tootsquilts

    one year gone another year ahead.

    I feel the same way Terry And I as well have had a very wonderful experience with all of the APQS family through the years. I am no longer quilting for the public, but only for family. I sure hope that everyone here has a wonderful and blessed New Year.
    3 Points
  36. T Row Studio

    No Quilts for christmas

    Merry Christmas my APQS family. I did not make quilts for Christmas I made Puppets for the grandchildren. They were a hit from young to old. I love making Christmas gifts and with 6 grandchilden that can keep a body busy I have included pictures I hope you love seeing them as much as I did making them. Hope you have a great holiday season and a fantastic 2017 If anybody is interested in making some of your own It was a free pattern on the internet. here is a link if you are interested https://l.facebook.com/l.php?u=https%3A%2F%2Fnewlifenewpurpose.wordpress.com%2F2013%2F08%2F27%2Ffree-mouth-puppets%2F&h=tAQF4xkPS
    3 Points
  37. Mary Beth

    Merry Christmas

    Not sure I will be able to drop in the next couple of days, so just wanted to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. May God bless you all....and please....remember the reason for the season!!
    3 Points
  38. zeke

    Don't get needled under the pressor foot

    Hey kids. Zeke here. I'm settled into my new digs in Matthews, North Carolina and ready to do some longarm servicing. I don't have my machine set up yet, but I will soon. I can be reached at 916-689-4992.
    2 Points
  39. Pepsi Girl

    I'm no longer Bummed!!

    Gabby is up and running! It took my husband exactly 1 week to get our road unplugged. (Sadly they are telling us the snow and winds will be back Tuesday and Wednesday, but that another topic) So we headed to town Friday picked up our mail and there it was the package from my Tech guy. Came home and called him, to my surprise I replaced everything with only one phone call. I did have to call back when I was done so he could walk me through the timing issue. But once I did that Gabby is back to her old self. So we finished the little quilt on her and here it is. It's the last of 6 grand niece/nephew quilts. Twin size, I used Glide Mauve in the bobbin, Affinity Wine on the top, Bamboo Batting, and a Panto called Basic Butterflies. I was snowed bound so I pieced the back which I'm normally to lazy To do. Just needs the label and clear skies so I can get it back to town, and it will be on it's way to Alabama. The close ups are all the back of the quilt.
    2 Points
  40. gkazee

    To Float or Not to Float...

    I haven't pinned a quilt top to the quilt top bar since the 2nd or 3rd quilt I did that didn't belong to me when, after pinning to the take up bar, I could roll the top up evenly because there was so much fullness in the sides. I unpinned and floated working the side fullness in as I went. Since that worked out well for me I have continued floating the tops. I haven't removed the top take up bar however because it seems to put some tension on the layers so I don't have to use any clamps on the backing bar to hold the layers together. I also use blue painters tape on the quilt top bar to mark where the sides of the quilt should be after I roll the quilt. I only have the leader grips for loading the backing but in love mine. I really hated pinning. I also have the leader grip side clamps which seems to put move even side tension on the backing.
    2 Points
  41. T Row Studio

    Quilt Hangers

    I used a adjustible curtain rod I started with the rings and clips but they were fiddly to put on. I use the small clamps now. I can take my pole down and clamp my quilt on it the set it over the u-shaped coat hooks I have screwed to the wall ( these are into studs for stability) I have included a rather large image of the hook measures 1 1/2" x 1 1/2" and the clamps measure 1 3/4' x 3 1/2". Hope this makes sense my rod can expand to 12'
    2 Points
  42. loraquilts

    Goning to need some pixy dust for this!

    I'm so tired of working in fullness on quilts. Now when I do my intake, I tell the customer that the quilt will not lay flat on the frame, will have wavy borders, and will end up with puckers and ripples if quilted as is. I give the customer the option to take the quilt back and fix it. None have so far. So now I just quilt it and let the ripples end up where they end up. I try to make it as smooth as I can and even out the waves, but I don't kill myself over it any more. I've even given two of my regular customers lessons about how to properly attach borders to quilts to make sure they are not going to have wavy borders. Doesn't seem to make any difference. I can tell they are still just sewing long strips to one side until they reach the end, cutting off the border and then continuing on the rest of the sides. Why is measuring and easing borders so hard for them to get? It's really not all that complicated. Well, anyway I stopped making it my problem to fix their quilts. They keep coming back, so that's good.
    2 Points
  43. lisae

    one year gone another year ahead.

    Happy New Year to my APQS Forum friends! I may not post much, but I do check in at least once a day. I love seeing what is going on with you all, as well as the beautiful quilts and even the challenging quilts. You all make my day. I plan to have lots more finishes to share this year!
    2 Points
  44. mlsa3

    one year gone another year ahead.

    In 2016 I made and quilted 7 quilts.....quilted 4 more for others......signed up for the APQS giveway 7,253 times and got nothing other than addicted to signing up....got so envious of all the eye candy you folks have posted pictures of....already have started seeing (in my head) the quilts I want to make this year....cleaned and rearranged my quilting room 18 times and it always ended up looking exactly the same....loved all the chit chat here on the forum. All in all I would say I have had a great year. Thanks for the great friendships here.
    2 Points
  45. quiltmonkey

    one year gone another year ahead.

    Happy New Year to my friends here (my APQS family) you all are beautiful, kind, thoughtful, and good people. Warmest regards, Shana
    2 Points
  46. mamu

    Help Please

    5-7 inches is a HUGE difference!! I would let her know the problem and ask her to fix it. If she doesn't want to do that, then I would tell her I would do the best I could but there WILL be tucks and pleats due to the enormous difference in measurement from the middle to the edges. Sometimes a quilter can work in and inch or two, but 5-7 inches is way too much to work in without having pleats and tucks especially with a panto. You have already spent a great deal of your time on this quilt, so keep that in mind when charging her. Sometimes our friends think we can do miracles with their quilts and the old saying "It will quilt out" does not pertain to any substandard pieced quilt! I have learned that friends can take advantage of you with quilts that are wonky. So, I always tell them " I can fix it, but it will cost you " then I quote my prices and I do not 'fix' quilts for a cheap price! I know that they could have fixed the quilt prior to me getting it but sometimes being in a hurry, laziness or inexperience gets the best of them. Usually I only have to charge them once to fix a wonky quilt....they learn from that and I have never gotten a repeat wonky quilt from those that I have charged to fix!
    2 Points
  47. stitchin cricket

    Favorite winter soups

    My favorite soup to make is homemade vegetable beef soup. I slow cook a sirloin or chuck roast overnight seasoned with spices. The next day, I take the broth and divide it between two slow cookers, add all the vegetables we like, tomato sauce and petite diced tomatoes. I pull the meat apart with a fork and add it to both slow cookers. Once all the ingredients are added, I let it slow cook for the remainder of the day for dinner. I always make homemade corn bread to go with it. This is my families favorite soup. Happy Quilting, Carmen New Millie owner
    2 Points
  48. 3 Sisters Quilting

    Pictures of Your First Quilt

    Just became a member of this group - I also have had my Lucey for only a short time. I purchased her the end of October, 2016. Here is a photo of the first full quilt I did. However, I must admit that I practiced for a few weeks before I attempted an actual quilt. I am loving my Lucey, the only complaint I have is that I wish the table had a height adjustment to fit me. I am just under 5 feet and the table does not adjust to a comfortable height. My brother-in-law is going to build me a platform . . . and yes you can laugh . . . ;-) I did E2E Dragonflies on the body of the quilt with hand guided piano key on floral border and E2E Ribbon Candy (modified) on the pink borders. I still need to put the binding on but I think I did a pretty good job. I am loving the forum . . . Thanks Bonnie
    2 Points
  49. Cagey

    Need some input.

    Linda G: I say you have to charge a livable wage for you quilting skills. As you have to buy the machine, thread, pay your 7% SS tax, pay your employer 7% SS tax, you come tax, maintenance of the machine, I for one believe you have to charge $20 per hour to cover all your fees. Otherwise you are probably better off working somewhere else and just quilting for fun. Purely my opinion, and yes I quilt for fun. Next time you work on a customer's quilt, track every second you work on the quilt using a stop watch. That is to say, track your time considering what you are gong to quilt, loading it, quilting it, unloading the quilt, fixing any issues, reloading if needed, and hanging it up for pickup. Once you are done, you will have the total time you spent working on the quilt. Divide that into what you charged, and figure out if you are making more than minimum wage in you area. If not, you need to price accordingly in my opinion. Good luck. Let us know what you figured out, as it is a common question on the forum. Cagey
    2 Points
  50. RitaR

    cervical surgery.

    Thanks Hieid, as of now, I'm getting butterflys In my stomach. rofl We have things to do and places to go, everyday between now and then, I'm trying to crochet dish cloths, not doing it very good, but it keeps my hands busy. I passed the Pre op with flying colors. Today I have the 6min walk test., don't know why they call it that when it takes half an hour lol ;o) He will fuse C1 thry T8..I will get a Buster Brown hair cut high on the back and let the hair grow in with the brace. They fitted me in the brace which I'll have to wear for 3 months, and I won't be able to nod or shake my head at all. It, goes from my jaw, down to mid chest, and in back from middle of head/and down , I think he said to about t11 or t12. I have to shower with the brace on. Living this way for 3 months is going to be a VERY DIFFERENT experience, and I WILL, WILL, do it. Christmas blessings to all, may it be Healthy and Safe. God Bless all, Rita
    2 Points