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Everything posted by AnnHenry

  1. Wow! Throwing away a green mat every year blows my mind! I have made 94 (mostly queen-sized) quilts since 1989, and I am still using my first green Olfa mat. I have never turned it.
  2. Dear Ferret, I don\'t know if, way overseas, you are familiar with "our" Dr. Phil, a TV psychologist who dispenses profound advice on a multitude of problems of daily life. I never cease to be amazed at what I learn from him. One of his \'profundities\' is "You teach people how to treat you". Are you teaching your customers that they can make the decisions about how you run your business? You\'re the boss. Be bossy.
  3. My mechanic has a sign on his wall that says, "We can fix your car good, quick, or cheap. Choose any two."
  4. I love that old quote from To Kill a Mockingbird where Atticus Finch says, "It\'s not time to worry yet."
  5. Now isn\'t this a lesson ladies? Finish those quilt tops before you die because otherwise they might end up on e-bay for $10.83 plus shipping.
  6. It\'s the absolutely perfect choice, and kudos to the clever woman who suggested it, and how lucky for you to have a name that so many clever things can be done with! (yes, I know, I ended a sentence with a preposition.) Now, so that no one can ever steal it - - check into registering it with (as?) a "service mark". It\'s like a trademark/copyright for your business name and then no one else (in the U.S.) can ever use it.
  7. To RuthieQ: If the entire quilt is polyester, hopefully the seams were sewn with polyester thread because polyester is stronger than cotton, and over time and with extensive wear --polyester fabric cuts cotton thread. --polyester thread cuts cotton fabric Suggest quilting it only with 100% polyester thread.
  8. FF 80/20 was one of the battings I used on perhaps my first ten quilts. Back then one had to pre-wash (really just soak) the batting, especially for hand quilting because of sizing or something. I was machine quilting, but washed it anyway and then machine dried it. (I\'m not sure if pre-soaking is still necessary for this batting). It quilted up very nice and fluffy, and because of that, I used it for several succeeding quilts. Now, several years and several washings later, it has lost all its puffiness, and "lookswise" is no great shakes. It does make a very nice lightweight quilt, how
  9. I am a newbie, so new that I don't yet have my machine, but I will be ordering it shortly. The plan is that it will supplement my retirement income, and I have great expectations (fantasies?)) about being able to make extra money by renting out time on it for other people to quilt their own quilts when I am not doing customer quilts. I have read with interest the many responses from those quilters who are definitely not interested in renting out time on their machine, and I understand their reasons. I am wondering, however, if there are any of you out there who are doing this successfull
  10. If Retayne / synthapol is as wonderful as it sounds (above) I surely spent hours and hours of unnecessary work doing it my way - although this was several years ago, and I\'m not sure if Retayne was around then. It was my very limited understanding / assumption that Retayne had to be used the very first time a fabric was washed, so that therefore it would not work for hippychiquita\'s current problem. I may be wrong (again!) We will all eagerly await hearing the results of her efforts.
  11. I am an amateur here and don\'t know specifically about longarm quilting thread, but I don\'t see a lot of help forthcoming from people with more experience than I, so here goes. This is what I did when my nephew washed his quilt in Woolite and several fabrics "faded" onto the lighter colors. I had specifically told him not to (Woolite contains bleach - how else can it get things white in cold water?) but he listened to his mother instead of to the quiltmaker. I made an incredibly weak bleach solution and dipped a portion of the quilt into it, gradually making the bleach solution stronger
  12. Of course you should enter the contest! Especially if it is a contest requiring that the quilt was made within a specific time period, and next year it wouldn't be eligible to enter. You probably won't win First Prize, but is that your only goal? I enter my quilts in shows just to show them off and I don't care if they win anything or not. I think they are wonderful and the opinion of others (as in judges) is of no consequence to me, but that's just me. My biased, professional opinion is that the quilt world deserves to see this most lovely and creative quilt.