dlnewell

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  1. Business Name

    My business name is Forever Designing...I came up with that because I've sewn my whole life and have always tried different sewing ventures to make money. Thankfully I found my niche in longarm quilting, but should I decide to do other things besides just quilts, I feel my name would encompass anything I might attempt in the fabric world. What are some things you like, the town where you live...these might give you some ideas. It's hard to make suggestions not knowing anything about you.
  2. Baby gift

    CUTE quilt!! Quilting is Fabulous too!
  3. New to me Freedom

    You should be able to call APQS and give them the serial number and they can tell you when it was manufactured and answer all of your questions. They offer GREAT customer service!
  4. Here are a couple of pics of a recently quilted customer quilt. She did machine applique quilt monopoly thread. I thought it was a super cute quilt. It has one layer of Hobb's wool batting and was quilted with the Metro Pro Thread.
  5. Crosshatch

    Since you drew the lines on before loading the quilt, why not quilt a zig zag row across and be careful with the next row of zig zags so that your points line up...Clear as mud? That way you won't have to be rolling back and forth.
  6. Need help managing my business

    Maybe you should raise your prices. You don't want to suffer burnout. I do mine on a first come first serve basis. That being said, I have a list with clients names in order I receive a request to quilt their quilts and a need by date. That gives me the wiggle room to bump someone ahead in line if need be. I don't like to keep a lot of customer quilts at my home at any one time in case I were to suffer a fire or natural disaster. I call the customer when I'm a few weeks from working on their quilt so they can bring it to me. I should clarify....are your prices lower that that of other quilters in your area? If you are priced significantly lower, then that may be the reason you are so busy....and therefore not being paid what your time is worth.
  7. Need help managing my business

    Maybe you should raise your prices. You don't want to suffer burnout. I do mine on a first come first serve basis. That being said, I have a list with clients names in order I receive a request to quilt their quilts and a need by date. That gives me the wiggle room to bump someone ahead in line if need be. I don't like to keep a lot of customer quilts at my home at any one time in case I were to suffer a fire or natural disaster. I call the customer when I'm a few weeks from working on their quilt so they can bring it to me.
  8. M and M wheels

    I would think any machine would glide well if the wheels were adjusted properly.
  9. Don't be afraid to say no.
  10. M and M wheels

    I have a 2008 Millie on the un-blissed frame. I upgraded to the m & m wheels. I've had bearings go bad in them. When no quilt was loaded on the frame, she would only travel to about halfway down the frame before stopping. Trying to quilt freehand felt like I was dragging a big heavy weight. If you can make sure the wheels are adjusted so that the weight of the machine isn't on the top edge that should help with the ease of movement. If you remove the wheels and hold on the the bearing portion only and it doesn't spin freely, then the bearings are worn out and need replacing. That's my 2 cents worth.
  11. If the border fabric is the same as the background of the blocks, you could just do a meandering feather type of border. You wouldn't have to necessarily mark anything. If you're wanting a more formal look, how about scallops the width of the blocks. They could be shallower on the narrow border and deeper on the wider. Then feather the outer edge of them. You could straight line fill in the centers of the scallops.
  12. I learned a lot through trial and error and just doing. I recommend that if you are using templates for curves, etc while using double batting, especially the wool on top, that you make sure you're holding the template down firmly. There have been a couple of times my hopping foot hit it and I've been extremely lucky that my machine's timing was not affected. I think using the roller bar on quilt top is good for helping to keep everything stable while quilting with double batting. You-tube videos are very helpful as well.
  13. The borders are being stretched on slightly (or maybe a little more than slightly). I would take off those borders. Since this is going to her grandson, it is probably not a "competing show quilt". Starting with the quilt top on a flat surface pin on the first red border. I think she will find that it is several inches too short as is. After sewing it on make sure it lays perfectly flat and don't even worry about it laying square. Proceed in the same manner with each additional border. In my experience, I've found it's much easier to deal with a border that's too big rather than one that's too small. If your customer is completely out of border fabric, she may have to cut off the outer edge of the body of the quilt to make those borders fit.
  14. I have State Farm and I've been pleased with them.