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  1. Thanks, everyone. I'll shop around.
  2. We also have USAA for our homeowners insurance (and auto insurance) and they will not cover my small home based business. That's why I had to go with RLI. How is it that your small business insurance was covered under your USAA homeowners insurance and mine is not?
  3. For the past five years, I have had RLI insurance for my (very small) home based longarm machine business. I have always paid my premium on time (in full). I have never filed a claim. However, each year that I have had RLI insurance, my rates have increased. Five years ago I joined RLI AND The bill I received from RLI in today's mail is nearly $100.00 more - incremental increases over the last five years. I don't know why I expect my premium to increase each year. It creeps up slowly every year. This is very disappointing to me. I understand that rates go up but why do they hit the little guy so hard? My very small business doesn't make a lot of money. I would like someone to explain why my bill increases every single year. I look forward to hearing a good reason and explanation why my rates go up every single year. When I called RLI last year to inquire why my rate went up, they gave me a lot of yadda yadda yadda bla bla bla on the phone. Well, this year I do not want to hear a generalized statement or excuse from the stupid insurance company. I need to shop around for another insurance company. Does anyone have a good recommendation for longarm machine business? My homeowners insurance (USAA) uses RLI so if you have an alternative solution, I am game to hear what you have to say. Thanks, Shana
  4. I have found that if the thread "bounces" in the tension spring/knob as you pull on it (testing the tension - while threaded through the needle) that the "bouncing" actually causes issues. So, you should tighten until the bouncing on tension spring stops and the spring stays somewhere between 7:00 and 8:00 on the clock as you pull the thread to test the tension. That seems to work for me! I usually thread through the top and the bottom tension loops. In general, over the years, I've discovered that "TOP THREAD NOT TIGHTENED ENOUGH" is about 90% of the cause of thread issues.
  5. Quilted Joy, Angela Huffman is an angel. She goes above and beyond.
  6. What size needle do you use? Try upping to a 4.5 needle and thread through two of the tensioner holes above the spring. Adjust tension knob accordingly. See how that works. Good luck.
  7. I love King Tut! I use a 4.5 needle and that has cured many an issue.
  8. Ugh! SO glad you got that pen mark out of the quilt! The way I avoid this (for over 10 years now) is I keep all of my marking pens/pencils/chalks in one drawer and I keep all of my indelible pens in a separate drawer. That way I have to think twice before I open a drawer to use a pen. LOL!
  9. You did a great job. I love your curly curls!
  10. Practice practice practice!
  11. Looks so pretty! I'd definitely quilt all through these fabrics and photos, using special care around the sweet faces... that beauty with the big smile... just meander your way around that pretty face. It will all blend in nicely. An off white/cream thread will be good, I think. If you're nervous about the thread color, you could use a monofilament thread. The quilting will become part of the overall entire quilt. You won't even realize the quilting until after you admire all of the pretty photos. It's an afterthought.
  12. I have used Superior So Fine Sagebrush. So Fine! #50 #446 Sage Brush 3,280 yd. Cone I just ordered more -- (Bottom Line too!) The Bottom Line #613 Sage 3,000 yd. Cone
  13. Hi! I usually "Meander" my way through the photo quilts. I've quilted many of these over the past 10 years. To answer your question, YES you can quilt through the photo, and you should. As a general guide, anything the size of your palm or bigger needs to be quilted. Otherwise, it will be a big poof and this big poof is prone to more wear and tear over they years. Quilting helps provide more integrity to the fabrics. I do not quilt over the faces, if at all possible. I never ever quilt through the eyes, nose or mouth. I quilt around these areas. Hair is OK. Body is OK, background is OK. Everywhere but the face is OK. Just gently guide your needle (meandering) around the face. I usually pick a thread that blends well... such as cream or white or beige. You don't even notice the thread in the photos. Try it.
  14. There are a gazillion ways to make feathers. One easy way to get started and build confidence is to use this great book called "Hooked on Feathers" by Sally Terry. You can't screw up! https://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://t2.gstatic.com/images%3Fq%3Dtbn:ANd9GcSV7RKS7-msSQ8TlJyP7W71DlzBjwg6rjZaOaF3v-rj3mPkoTyZ&imgrefurl=https://books.google.com/books/about/Hooked_on_Feathers.html%3Fid%3DSPZYNwAACAAJ%26source%3Dkp_cover&h=637&w=825&tbnid=8iYroxt0wSwC3M:&tbnh=160&tbnw=207&usg=__5uGxuwzL_h_c_4kqi9vQm8cIceY=&vet=10ahUKEwjd2N6xoKfUAhVGxWMKHVzACdoQ_B0IbDAO..i&docid=GogZQrAUVLTmaM&itg=1&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjd2N6xoKfUAhVGxWMKHVzACdoQ_B0IbDAO
  15. I've quilted lots of quilts with photos added. I usually quilt from the front (freehand meander) and I DO NOT quilt through the faces, especially the eyes, nose or mouth. I skirt around these areas and just meander through the body or background area - not the face. However, some of these photos are large and they need some sort of quilting to hold it all down and together without too much puffy. So, I usually guide my needle carefully around the heads and in between. I use a white or cream colored thread that blends in with everything... I've done this successfully many times with very nice results. You don't even notice the thread... you see the photos and the sweet faces. You can do it!