cegates

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  1. Maybe a flat meander above the points of the "mountains" that will look like sky and straight lines under the flat side to ground it. You could divide the areas above the mountains with a diagonal line through the large white square so that the direction of the flat meander fits each section of the mountains. Does this make any sense? I would have to sketch it out to see if this is a good idea. I'm sorry you had the flu! Carol
  2. Intelliquilter for Millie

    You won't regret it! I love my IQ! Carol
  3. Has anyone tried a quilt-as-you-go quilt on the longarm? It seems like it should be simple to do a strip quilt very quickly that way - but would like to hear from others before I try it. Thanks! Carol
  4. Wow!! That's incredible!
  5. Wow!! That's incredible!
  6. Squaring Up Wonky Quilt

    In an ideal world, I would remember to lay out each quilt with the customer watching so that we can both see if it is reasonably square and flat - but of course I don't do that every time and get caught in the same situation you described. When I run into problems, I take lots of pictures and call my customer and talk about the options (taking a pleat, leaving the quilt wonky, etc.) The more I do this, the easier it gets - I know that it can be an uncomfortable conversation if you are less experienced. I personally would not have accepted this job as is. I would have returned it to the customer and let them decide whether to get a bigger backing or trim the quilt down themselves. I've only trimmed down a quilt once, and it was with a customer I know very well, and again, with lots of pictures to document what I did. I also saved the texts in which she gave me permission to do that. Regarding the binding, I charge by the inch, the price varies depending on what the customer wants. Many of my customers just want the binding attached and they stitch it down by hand. I don't think you charged enough in this case. Sorry that you had such a difficult time with this quilt! Carol
  7. Hand Quilting Thread

    I think there are several different brands that you could get from a quilt shop or JoAnnes or Hobby Lobby. It will be labeled as hand quilting thread. It has a waxy finish to make it stronger, and I think that it will be much easier to handle than regular thread. Don't be tempted to keep the leftover thread for your own use- it should not ever be used in a sewing machine. Let us know how this project turns out! Carol
  8. Hand Quilting Thread

    I've done this sort of thing with 3-5 graders and it can be a challenge. Bottom Line will be difficult to handle and to make a decent knot with. Tying knots was a bigger hurdle than threading needles for our kids. I would choose hand quilting thread, or even button twist. Providing larger needles with large eyes will also make this project go much more smoothly. Good luck!!!! Carol
  9. I love the way the CC's in the green hexagons line up to echo the petal shape. Beautiful!! Carol
  10. Customer Service

    I agree that having the option of someone coming to you to fix your machine is a missing piece in the APQS support system. I am comfortable with working on my machine and have had good experiences with APQS support working with me until the problem is fixed. But not everyone wants to work on their machine, and this process takes a long time. If you have a robust quilting business, you can't afford the down time while you figure things out. I am fortunate enough to always have quilts waiting in line, so often it would make sense to call in an expert to get the problem fixed quickly, pay for it and then keep on quilting. Most of us don't hesitate to call in a plumber or electrician when we need help, because you want the problem fixed quickly and correctly. I think if there were more qualified APQS service people available, they would stay pretty busy. Carol
  11. What threads are you using? I had to give up on using Bottom Line in the bobbin because I could never get the tension just right. What you are describing is what I experienced with Bottom Line. I know tons of people have lots of success with BL, just not me and my Millie. Carol
  12. I have a policy with State Farm - the premium is around $25 a month. It protects my Millie and IQ, plus provides liability coverage for unhappy customers or damaged quilts (material costs only). I don't meet customers at my house so I wasn't worried about coverage for someone being injured on my property. It is a separate policy from my homeowners. Carol
  13. I'm an NC garage quilter! I had my garage doors insulated a couple of years ago and it has made a huge difference in being comfortable in the heat and cold. Now that the doors are insulated, I will leave the door to the main house open while I'm quilting so I can get a little heat or A/C in there. I mentioned to Angela Clark that my needle up/down speed would be terribly slow some days and regular speed on others, and it didn't really seem to be related to the temperature. She said that the humidity was the culprit, and that does seem to be the case. It takes longer for the needle up/down to get up to speed as the machine warms up when it is really humid outside. Carol
  14. Rainbow Butterflies

    It is beautiful!!! What a wonderful gesture. Carol