Jenquilts

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  1. What about Vicki welsh? I've been reading her blog and she's very good with hand dyed fabric... Here is her blog and I believe she does custom orders http://vickiwelsh.typepad.com/
  2. It's really a shame that it seems so many quilters have auto immune disorders or pain disorders..I'm not certain if fibro is categorized as autoimmune....but a lot of the things that help people suffering from it are similar to what helps me (an RA sufferer)and it seems to have the same triggers(stress, lack of sleep etc) Im interested in the infrared sauna...how much does that cost and can the infrared be harmful if you get too much exposure? I really need to go gluten free to see if it helps but I just haven't gotten the willpower. I hate taking all the drugs:(
  3. I have MQBM and an iPad which could run it as an iPhone app and I have an android phone as well...I'd be happy to be a beta tester.
  4. I just used the Fairfield bamboo batting...the 60/40 as someone brought it to me for a charity baby quilt. The loft was good and I didn't have any issues getting a decent stitch. It would probably be easier to say, this 80/20 isn't well suited for machine quilting, perhaps you could bring me the 60/40 I think you'll be happier with the result. I have been exclusively using quilters dream otherwise, but have been experimenting with different batting types on charity quilts as many people bring whatever they have for some of these projects. I certainly have learned a lot:)
  5. What would you do?

    I have the same problem. In my county you can't have customers come to your house, so I've been going to the customer. I'm super new and only have had 4 customers so far, but I've pretty much had to wait till its on the frame. I don't have a large table and most of the time I don't have floor space in the studio(my animal free zone) so I've been just measuring on the frame so far and hoping for the best. I wish I could figure out another solution.
  6. Best wishes Sylvia, I know he will feel much better when this is over...just have to get through this hard part. Thinking of you both! Jen
  7. my new quilt bags

    I had this genius idea that I would screen print my logo on some bags but I haven't found any that have a zipper and are inexpensive enough that I can do it so I might just get these:)
  8. If you are looking for good aloe Vera gel...Walmart carries the one that is clear and has no fragrance...
  9. NQR-Still no power!

    We lost power too but not as long. Ours went out Friday night and came back on Sunday morning at 7am. It was the craziest storm. The wind came out of nowhere and it blew one of the non load bearing giant columns off our house. We lost all our food. I took myself, my 2 year old and my refrigerated meds to my husbands dads house to stay and he stayed here with our dogs in the 100 degree weather and 88 degree house. I'm glad I had power before going to work today. Others were not so lucky. Needless to say there was no quilting done this weekend. I read a book for the first time in a very long time...the union quilters:)
  10. I don't know if that is the Right way to ask the question but I have approximately 6 inches of batting at the bottom of the quilt. Is there any chance that through the quilting, I will run out of batting when I reach the bottom? I'm thinking no, but if there is any chance I will replace it with a longer batting. It is quilters dream select.
  11. New to the board

    I'm just started taking n business on May 31st so it's very fresh in my mind. I bought my machine in November with no longarm experience prior and I remember thinking I could get up and running and maybe get some Christmas business....Ha!!! Yeah that was very naive. It took me several months to understand loading, squaring and tension. I started out working on charity quilts from my guild and that was a really smart thing to do for me as it gave me a chance to practice, and less pressure. I did that for months util I got my first customer. That first customer quilt made me very nervous and I hadn't been nervous for quite a while, but now I'm starting to really get in a groove and feel more comfortable although it seems there is a new situation that I haven't yet faced with every quilt. I am starting off with only edge to edge as that is what I am comfortable with, and I wouldn't mind staying that way. There are a lot of piecers in my area that just want that. So I have had 8 quilts in my first month of business. I do have to say that how much I thought i would make per quilt isn't really turning out to be reality and I hope I get a lot faster as my hourly wage is also not what I expected, but I'm learning a lot and I love doing it. Best of luck!
  12. Professional Tote bag

    I bought this pattern a while ago and a local quilt shop even has a class on making it. I need to get my pattern out and go for it...Id like to hear more about the zippers and why hers are different...love the bag!
  13. Top stitches are wavy

    Here is a pic....
  14. Top stitches are wavy

    I tried changing the thread path...it got better but it didn't completely solve the problem. Do you have any other advice? I'm not sure of the science behind what I'm trying to do so I'm not sure what to try next.
  15. Top stitches are wavy

    It's the thread....don't know yet if its the dark color but I switched to orange which I had just used and its stitching fine...going to try to set it up the thread path differently to see if I can fix it...any advice beyond what Dawn mentioned already? Thanks, Jen