ramona-quilter

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  • Birthday 09/18/1947

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  1. Okay, Im going to try to post a photo to see if I can remember. I took a Quilt Path Class at Over The Top Quilting Studio - Central Texas APQS Reps. I am working on a charity quilt but will not post that photo since it is not done. I did finish a church banner at Over The Top a few weeks ago. I rented one of their Millie's. I had very specific instructions from the piecing duo on how they wanted it quilted. I think it needed more but it wasn't my call. Here's the photo. Hmm, when I used to post photos, I think I used flickr or webshots. Now my stuff is on Picasa. Not sure how this goes
  2. Hey, MB, I had to come check out the chat and I find you here. It seems like yesterday. I remember when we got to know each other on APQS chat until a bunch of us met MQS 2008(?) in Overland Park. I want to know who is going to Houston next month. Maybe I should start a new post for that.
  3. I've seen some hints on facebook but would love to see the winners list. It always seems to takes MQS forever to post the list. This is my first year not going to MQS - I feel so out of it. I know they just announced the winners but would love to get info. Thanks
  4. Robin, I got burned by the blue marker on a quilt a while back. It was for my DIL's BFF. That gave me the freedom to throw it in the washer (no soap) for soak and spin...3 times. It did all finally come out. I think that I was just heavy-handed with it, marking over the same spot more than once.
  5. I also prefer Madeira Monolon to Superior's Monopoly. I run it "sloppy loose" on top or it breaks. I know that you are using an expanded base with that ruler, right? I think we all have favorite rulers. Try several until you find one that feels good in you hand. The only other thing to do successful SID is moving s-l-o-w.
  6. I was in Facebook this morning and saw a gorgeous DWR featured by APQS. It was Heidi's quilt shared with a bizillion folks. Congrats, Heidi. Facebook article on Heidi's quilt
  7. I love the loft of QD wool. I have used it alone many times. But have also used it with a thin batt underneath, like QD cotton Request (their thinnest cotton batt), on all my personal show quilts.
  8. G-r-o-a-n. Tension problems are unnerving. And when you have to frog, that's time-consuming but then you also have to quilt that row again. (sigh). When I have thread problem with my quilts: -if the problem is on the back of the quilt, then my top tension is usually not right. -if the front of the quilt is boogered, then the bobbin tension is usually too loose/too tight. It's the opposite of what you might think. That's the way I learned it. My biggest problem is when I change top threads, I sometimes forget to check that the new thread is inside the tension disks instead of 'riding' on the outside. I hope that you will post a photo of your quilt, Dory. Log cabins are classics.
  9. Wow, Cheryl, 5.8 is a pretty good shaker. So glad you all are OK. We had a big one here Easter of 2010 that seemed to go on forever. I don't think you ever get used to earthquakes. Most of them are not bad and are over quickly and seem less damaging than some of the storms you see on the nightly news. But it is nothing but scary for those few minutes.
  10. I almost put myself out of business at the beginning of this year. It is hard for me to "time my work". I forget when I started or the phone rings and there goes my time. So the below estimate is probably optimistic. I did a partial Dear Jane (140 blocks - no Christmas tree border) and made $6.86 an hour. Then the next custom was a Moon Glow, also lots of SID. That one was $5.35 an hour. After those 2, I decided to redo my custom pricing. I break the quilt down into elements. I love the digitized designs for blocks when I can find one that works with the quilt. I figure out a charge per block. A digitized block would be one price. A freehand design in a block, like CC would be another price. A block requiring SID would be yet another price. If I choose a design that I have to mark, it takes time to mark. I try to do as much custom using freehand as I can. It is faster. Feathers, molars, ferns etc are easy enough to run on a border freehand. For example, my base charge per border is $25 plus $5 for each "roll" to do a border. For example, an 70 x 80 quilt would have $25 for the first part, plus $5 for the 2nd roll (inches 20 -39), $5 for the 3rd roll and $5 for the 4th roll which is the end of the quilt. So $40 for the outer border. That process gets multiplied for EACH border. If the borders require SID and I think most of them do, then that would add another charge. Let's talk about thread charges. Every thread charge multiplied by every roll. I charge $5 standard thread fee + $5 if I have to change thread plus $1 for each change after that as I roll. So in the example 70 x 80 quilt, with 2 borders using 2 different threads would be $80 for the border plus thread change $5 + $2 per roll (3 rolls) for thread changes so $6 more dollars. Premium thread like Rainbows and King Tut have a higher thread charge. I have used this formula several times and can use it while consulting with a customer. I don't explain the details to them, though. It would probably put them to sleep. Using this formula, I now feel better about my bottom line. I think we all have to develop or use a process that works for us keeping in mind that we are running a business, we're supposed to be paid for our time.
  11. What a fun meander, Linda. It reminds me of cocks comb. Like you, I also have trouble "not crossing" the lines. I really have to focus. I believe that stipple, in all its sizes, is a wonderful background filler. It just lays in the back, anchoring and doesn't try to steal the show. I will have to try your 3-bump meander, though. Thanks for the tip, Linda.
  12. Gosh, Linda, I hope that you don't take this guy seriously. We all know that your were just trying to help this Nettie so she doesn't get herself in trouble with the copyright-police. Unlike the quilting police, designers have lawyers. And even if it is not copyrighted, why was he so threatening in his response to your simple question? I am appalled at his response and then this guy went out of his way to get an account on APQS just so he could blast you. Who does that? His anger was so out of control it carried him to do the research that it takes to get your phone number,call you and then call your place of employment. That is just wrong in so many ways.
  13. I like your idea, Tammie. But we are more socially correct today, $%#! it. So we dance around the subject with softer words so as not to hurt the feelings of the person that lied to us. And what does it get us? We are the ones that get hurt. We lose our trust in humanity. We are less apt to assist a person in need. We see the darker side of thing never trusting that a thing is as it appears. I wonder how long, if ever, it will take to trust people again.