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WandaGerdes

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  1. I've been wanting to get involved with qov. I called our local office a couple years back. But my confidence in my piecing and quilting is still pretty low. Our military deserve the best. Once I get better this is the organization I plan to get involved in.
  2. Except the 1 quilt I made myself, I've never been given a quilt. My children, nieces and nephew all have quilts I've made them. As they age I make more age appropriate quilts for them. I've always wanted a quilt given to me so now I make sure they will never want for a quilt.
  3. An 800 number kept calling me. I don't answer those. I assume since it's Dawn it will be 515 number. But after the 5th time I convinced myself it had to be Dawn because they didn't leave a message and they were relentless. Soooooooo I answered. Ugh it was just a telemarketer. Way to smash my dreams telemarketing! !
  4. I started quilting while pregnant with the third baby. Back in 2001. I finished my king trip around the world quilt top. Still my favorite pattern. I had no clue how to do the backing. So I put it aside to work on all 3 of my then children. After finishing theirs I went back to try and figure out how in the world to piece the backing of mine. A lot of frustration and a preemie baby I gave up quilting in 2002. Until I was pregnant with the last of my babies. In 2009 I decided I wanted to make a quilt for my youngest. Well his got side railed also when he decided to come early I was put on hospital bed rest until he was born and he came really small, 1 lb 9 oz. He was in the hospital for a long time. All together I was gone 4 months. Even when he finally came home he was on a heart monitor and oxygen. Then his kidney problems started and 5 surgeries. Mean while I felt beyond guilty I didn't keep him in long enough, thought i was the reason he was having all these problems and on top of that he didn't even have his very own quilt for all his hospital stays. In 2012 things finally slowed down enough for me to get his quilt done, also a trip around the world. As soon as I got his done I wanted mine, since I was now the only one without a quilt lol. Hard to admit but I had to go to youtube to figure out the backing. At that time I thought there was supposed to be only 1 seam lol nor did I know anything about wide backings. I also decided to get Patience. The 1st quilt on Patience was my 1st quilt. Oh was there ever problems with the quilt especially borders there is a few tucks. But I do love my quilt. As you can see so does he. Always on our beds.
  5. I only quilt for myself however I've been asked twice to make a quilt for others. 1st time I tripled the cost of all of material and thought NO way they would agree. It was for my sister in laws, father. Both my brother and sister in law agreed without hesitation. Both said they thought I would charge more considering how much time I've put into theirs. 2nd time was my hair dresser of 17 years. She asked me to do a tshirt quilt for daughter's graduation. I had never done one and since she knows EVERYONE in our community I was a lot intimidated. So I told her $25 for each shirt and my practice materials. Again to my shock she has agreed and has been collecting shirts for the last 3 years. For every sport or activity she orders an extra tshirt for this quilt. Every 6 weeks, at my appointment, she tells me how many she has and her excitement. So far asking fair price has not turned anyone away. I don't want to start a business. I like quilting on my own time. Plus no one can complain about a quilt given to them but paying for one I would have to listen to nit picking. I wouldn't take that very well and the customer would not be happy with me afterwards lol.
  6. I 2nd everything they have stated above. Also the stitch regulator is amazing. I can not state enough how helpful the men and women on this forum or APQS company their selves are. Everyone is beyond helpful and friendly.
  7. I've been wondering about quilt ez myself. I did try it out. It seemed easy enough to run but then again so did IQ and quilt path. I do not run a business so spending a ton just is not going to happen for my hobby. If money was not a problem, IQ by far seems to be the most versatile than any other from my research. I really like their no sew area. I've not found any other system that has that. Quilt path is not made by APQS, it's made by Grace Co. I wish there was a spread sheet or something that compares all the features of each system.
  8. I was asked by a friend to make her daughter a tshirt quilt for graduation in 2 years. I've never made one and really never wanted to, nor do I run a business. BUT she is a dear friend. So I would love to do this for her. I don't have the first clue what to charge or even how to make one. Yes I've watched videos and even went to goodwill for some tshirts and bought stabilizer to practice. She wants a bed quilt, say (85x85) 5x5 -15 in with 2 inch sashing, at even $16 a shirt that's $400. Does that sound about right? Any tips would be helpful as well.
  9. I've tried so many different threads. I stick with glide thread and bobbins. I use glide is my dsm as well. Very little lint and rarely do I have to adjust tension.
  10. just watched some of videos. Looks like a nice system. Does anyone have this system or know anymore about it?
  11. Has anyone used the round magnets? They say they are stronger than the bars. http://www.harborfreight.com/10-piece-rare-earth-magnets-67488.html I was thinking of trying these. They would be easier to store is my logic?
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