Cagey

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  1. QM; I would charge by the hour, which you can convert to your personal PSI, depending on how fast your quilt and how many thread breaks will be involved. I took a class with Claudia Pfeil once, and she told us how she charge by the hour. More importantly, she said it normally cost between $2,000 to $3,000 for her to complete a large quilt. If it was very detailed, it could cost more. The customer that pieced a once in a lifetime quality quilt, expected the same when it came to the quilting. Claudia said her skill set earned that sort of charge. While many would not pay for it, the ones that truly respected the quality and craftsmanship of her work would. For this reason, I recommend you do not sell yourself short, and charge by the hour. Be up front with the customer, and questimate that it will take "X" hours to complete the quilt, and give them a high expected cost. Tell them you will keep track of every minute you spend working on the quilt. Then use a stop watch to keep track of every minute you are quilting, and record your start and stop times. This will help show your customer how much time went into the quilting, and help you come up with a better estimate of how much time you will take to finish a quilt, and if you are earning the cost or your craftsmanship. I would guess the piecer put in 200+ hours to complete quilt. With that many hours in the project, you should be able to explain your hourly rate to quilt the top. Best of luck. Cagey
  2. Kathy; As always, you quilting is gorgeous. I like the swirls, and how it helps break up and cut the end to all the straight lines and points. Wonderful job. If you get board, I still have room in my stocking and under the tree.... Cagey
  3. Only 8 hours and 45 minutes remaining in your opportunity to "Win a Millie". Get your entries in. I am sure Dawn is getting her dialing finger all warmed up for the big reveal. Cagey
  4. True 1/4" foot

    http://forum.apqs.com/topic/42017-new-true-14-foot/?tab=comments#comment-544602 The link should help. Cagey
  5. Bobbin thread won't pull up on Millie

    My suggestion, remove bobbin case, and clean it. Then ensure that the bobbin moves freely, and thread pulls easily from bobbin case when outside of machine (would be great if you could test in TOWA gauge). After that is working fine, reinstall bobbin case with bobbin, and manually rotate needle bar to bring up bottom thread. Then see if you can easily pull on bobbin thread tail, and stripe off thread. If not, you need to look for possible burs on the hole where the needle and thread go through, and then the hook assembly. I have no idea about the thread cutter, but you need to see if you can get it to retract or be off to the side so that it is not part of the possible issues preventing the bottom thread from pulling freely from the bobbin. Best of luck to you, and resolving your issues. Hopefully, a good nights sleep makes it easier to find the problem. Cagey
  6. 14 Dec - 5 PM CST

    So everyone is not worried about carrying around their phones; Cagey
  7. BOM quilt pic

    Missy; On of the posters here has taken pictures of her quilts on fresh untouched snow. They are beautiful. So I am sure yours would be too. Though its probably a bit nippy being outside taking them. I have found hanging my quilts from our blind track above our sliding glass door works as a rather good quilt holder and backdrop. Cagey
  8. BOM quilt pic

    Missy; A picture is worth a thousand words. That may get you more input, and suggestions. Cagey
  9. Business Name

    You said it was Square Quilting On My Time Quilting LUV Quilting - means more if your in Dallas True Lines Quilting TLM -That Looks Magnificent Quilting - motto "We start sucking up to our customers before we even meet" Anything Goes - I like that name as you would be able to use that business license to purchase a lot of other items for your usage. Best of luck coming up with a name. If you need a logo, PM me, and I can give you a name of a graphic artist that can help you design on. He helped me come up with mine on the page. It was about 50 to 75 dollars. Cagey
  10. Intelliquilter vs. Quilt Path

    Robin; You may have to expand your search to other forums that cater to quilt path or intelliquilter. There are a number of them out there on the internet. Check out the specific forums for both. Ask your questions, and weigh the source and form your opinion of the validity of the information. It all comes down to personal opinion and perception. In the end though, every buyer has to make their personal decision as to what works best for them and their situation. Best of luck shopping. Cagey
  11. Baby gift

    Cathy; That is some gorgeous ruler work and quilting in general. Outstanding job. I am no sure which is prettier, the back or the front. The back truly makes your artisanship standout. Great job. Thank you for sharing. Cagey
  12. Cathy; I for one believe the pictures turned out wonderfully. The feathering and quilting designs are gorgeous. Great job, and thank you for sharing. Cagey
  13. Jim; While I may not quilt for a business, I would be honored to test your thread. As I normally embroider my personal monogram on all my quilts, I would also test the thread while embroidering. If your looking for a few good quilters to share 2 or three spools, I am your quilter to give you honest opinions. I also normally wind my own bobbins. Cagey
  14. Call me maybe........http://forum.apqs.com/topic/41925-2008-millennium-for-sale-price-just-lowered/
  15. A price, location, reason for selling, year purchased, bobbin size, etc., may be helpful to your sale. Best of luck. Cagey
  16. I believe the best thing from this win, is that we all are reminded that while Rita may no longer be with us in body, she continues to live among us in spirit and her words of wisdom on the forum. I find the ribbon to be a tangible reminder to Roland just how special his bride was, and how many lives she touched during her time with him. Congratulations to Rita, Roland, and all those who brought about this wonderful reminder of love and caring. Cagey
  17. Melissa; Thank you for sharing your views and education all of us on the subject. I have decided to put the ruler on my Christmas wish list for my mother. She is always pressing me and the grandkids for what we want to make her shopping task easier. This will make it easy for her to buy for me at least. Thank you again, and have a wonderful night. Cagey
  18. Recently at my guild meeting, a quilter demoed a Creative Grids Stripology Squared Ruler. She said it has become her go to ruler for cutting most fabric. My question, is I was taught to fold yardage in half, and then cut it. Using the Stripology ruler, you have to fold the fabric twice. Is there reduction of accuracy or precision by folding your fabric twice and then cutting? I ask, as I do not want to get a $52 dollar ruler that doesn't work well for me. Thank you for the advice in advance. Cagey
  19. Thread Delivery Tip to share

    Kathi; Macgyver your are with innovation where needed!!! Thought it sort of makes you wonder why APQS stopped mounting the thread cone holder on the side of the machine, since you sort of have to fluff and stuff the quilt over to that side of the machine on larger sized quilts? Cagey
  20. Sandra; Why not purchase a used Millie with the most bells and whistles you can get for the same price of a new Liberty? There seem to be a number of lightly used Millies out there for sale. Plus, with what Dawn shared concerning the durability of the APQS machines, buying used does not seem like that bad of a deal. Even if you had to buy a circuit board or two or some other part, you would probably be money ahead in the long run. Best of luck to you with your shopping. Cagey
  21. Connie; I am glad to hear that you were not injured. That being said, you can never be too safe, so you could wear safety goggles. Though searching OSHA, I could not find any reported eye injuries. I did find this; http://onguardsafetytraining.com/login/v8_user/BLM_textiles_instruction/Industrial_Sewing_Machine_Instruction.pdf , but it does not suggest using safety glasses. Many posts made is seem that eyestrain would be the more likely injury. Good food for thought though. You should reach out to your old unit or base, and contact the parachute shop and see if they use safety goggles when making repairs/sewing. Cagey
  22. PieCrust; Go buy some inkjet printable quilt fabric, and then sign them; http://electricquilt.com/online-shop/category/printable-fabric-paper/ You can mark the full sheets with water soluble marker so the signers can see the 2x4 block area they have to sign. Be sure to stress to them that anything outside the blue mark, will not be seen on the final block. I made the mark 1/2 inch from my sew line, as I was sure a few would not listen to my instructions as I watched them sign the sheets. EQ will not say if the sharpie marker is permanent on their sheets, but I iron heat set them with no issue and washed them multiple times in my small test sample. I used it in my Take A Vet To School quilt; see 5th picture; http://forum.apqs.com/topic/41978-take-a-vet-to-school-day-quilt/ Most liked signing with the small fine point blue pen verses the black. You can decide on the color depending on the other colors in the quilt top. I hope this helps a tad bit, as you go forward. Cagey
  23. I want to thank all of you for providing your inputs concerning the Stripology Squared ruler and the stripe dies. In the end, I believe the SS ruler offers more options then the dies. Take care, and have a wonderful day. Cagey
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YNgebpEbG5I
  25. Sharon; As I have never tried the double fold method, I did not know this. I will have to experiment with some scrape fabric to see how it works. Thank you for your words of wisdom. Sewing Pup; Accuquilt is great, but you have to go with the sizes they offer. Again, I was taught to use 2 1/4 inch strips for binding, so that is what I use. I was lucky enough to find a used one, so I do have the cutter, and the fact that my local guild has a hug library of dies, makes it a useful tool. Thank you sharing your input. NHDeb; I can see the use of dies, but was wondering about the odd 1 3/4 or 2 1/4 cuts which the Stripology Squared ruler offers after double folding. Thank your for sharing. Cagey