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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Sew Spooky Quilt - Finished!   
    I finally finished the Sew Spooky quilt last week, but I'm a little behind on my blogging and show and tell so I'm just finally getting around to sharing it today.  I WAY underestimated the time it would take to quilt this, but, it was a lot of fun and I am super thrilled with the results.  I always say I'm going to take more photos of the quilt after the initial photo session, more for me, and of course, I never do.  I wish though I had taken pictures of the back...the backing was black with candy corn, so the thread showed, but I think it was some of my most flawless quilting to date!!!  Of course, I'm only human, but I am still pretty darn proud of how neat and clean this was on the back, even with all that unregulated stitch in the ditch and all the applique I had to outline! 
     
    So proud of this, definitely hard to return to the owner.  But it made me feel FANTASTIC to hear how excited and happy she is with it. 
     

    1176274_763360433677212_523020450_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
     

    1150408_763361067010482_647549487_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
     

    1606945_763361597010429_1182329700_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
     

    1898120_763361410343781_557265268_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to LindaSteller in Northwind - finish for National Quilting Day   
    My sister pieced this quilt for her friend Ann's birthday, which is April 3.  I attached the binding to the front, and hope she has it tacked to the back by Thursday, so I can take it to guild for show and tell.  Hobb's Wool batting, Glide thread in Khaki, cream Magna-Glide bobbins (although I forgot to take a pic of the back).  Anne Bright's Gala Vine in the big on-point blocks, Chloe's Feather in the small triangles and inner border.  



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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Myrna Ficken in Black and White Quilt   
    Black and White Applique quilt. Backing Minky with applique. Quilted with Silk batting and Glide thread.




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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Radiant Star   
    I love how the simplicity of this pattern really shows "before" and "after" quilting.  I wasn't all that excited to start this one, but it perked up just fine.
     
    Radiant Star - before by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr   Diana's radiant star by Charlotte Peterson Enchanted Quilting, on Flickr  
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Myrna Ficken in APQS West   
    For every one who wants to know, the store looks fantastic! (Also lots of parking and it's just off the interstate.) And Myrna is very sweet and knowledgeable to boot. 
     
     
    Myrna, hope your knee and hip are okay.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Myrna Ficken in APQS West   
    It has been a month since the Grand Opening of APQS West.  Thank you all for your well wishes.  If you are in the area plesase stop in to check out the Showroom. I have all of our awesome machines to try out and Quilt Path. I have a rental program and carry longarm supplies pantos, Glide thread, DVD's rulers, Sew Batik wide backings and more.  Adding items as time goes on. Of course I will be teaching classes as well. Grabe your bestie and schedule your classes or time on a machine.
     
    Please be patient  over the next three weeks or so as I have to have my knee and hip scoped on the 20th and not sure how much I can be in for a little bit Call my cell to check. I will be there as much as possible.  I can sit there as well as I can at home, so company is welcome!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Bonnie H in Old Tobacco Road   
    A few weeks ago I asked for "permission" to quilt this mostly civil war print quilt with a panto and ideas for a panto. My first thought was Baptist Fan but the quilt I have on my bed already is quilted this way and I wanted something different, something to bring a little fun to what seemed like a drab quilt.
     
    I went ahead with a panto called "Wild Flowers" and I'm pretty happy with the end result, mostly just happy it is finished! LOL All that I have left is to hand sew the binding down and wash it.  I really like the colors with the bedroom wall. My DH is colorblind and his only request in the whole house was to have a dark blue bedroom. The camera doesn't capture the color very well -- the wall color looks much prettier than this!!!
     
     

     
     
     

     
    P.S. Sorry for the exceptionally large images. I can't get them to shrink!!!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Quilt fabulous in Newbie to the APQS family   
    Hello everyone!
    I just wanted to introduce myself....my name is Adrean and I just purchased a new Freedom, yeah!! I have been quilting for over 15 years (mostly as a hand quilter). I got the longarm bug three years ago and haven't went back to my domestic machine since lol. I retired two years ago from the US Air Force after serving 29 yrs. I'm in the process of trying to start a business with my quilting...so please wish me luck.
    I invite you to please check out some of my quilts on Instagram and Flickr just search for quiltfabulous . I'm working on a Facebook page and website.
    Happy Quilting
    Adrean
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Pat C in Goofs   
    Oh, this is a fun topic! 
    I was one block short when finishing a quilt.  Couldn't find that block anywhere but knew I had made it.  Finally gave up looking and re-cut and pieced another one.  No sooner did I get that new block done when I realized I was sitting on the one I couldn't find.  It blended in perfectly with my chair pad!  Felt more like I was one brick short more than one block short.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Georgene in Picture of Bob and Rick Installing my New Millie with QP   
    In case you've never met Bob and Rick from the APQS team, here's a picture of them installing my machine last week.  Handsome, friendly, knowledgeable, good at what they do.  And I was so thrilled with their work and their delivery.  Thank you so much.

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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JanieN in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    I love every one's stories and advice.
     
    For me, starting a quilting business will be something that I'm looking forward to very much. I used to be a swimwear designer - first working for a company and then later I went on to freelance. While I freelanced I worked 70+ hour work weeks, kept track of the time I spent designing, working on the computer graphics, meeting with vendors, etc. The only thing I didn't experience was to have direct customers. My "customers" were either store buyers or manufacturers. Quilting at home will be a way to earn a supplemental income for the household while still being creative and yet have the flexibility to be available when my husband needs me to run errands etc. At 45 I'm too young to be retired so I really want this to work out.  :-)
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Oma in I call this "Randomness"   
    My grandson asked me last month to make a quilt for his girlfriend. My response should have been "no", especially since I had less than a month to do it and I've had such health issues lately. Ordinarily it would have been a breeze because he chose a very easy and quick pattern. Well, actually, there wasn't a pattern. He wanted triangles, modern and random.  He was very emphatic about the colors though...had to be shades of gray and one "Periwinkle blue". The blue was very precise. Do you know how many colors of Periwinkle blue there is? I played it safe and bought all Kona solids and the name of this blue is "Periwinkle". I should be ok.
     
    The hardest part was not to "arrange" it in some orderly fashion. They wanted the "randomness" of it. I finally took it off the design board...stacked all the HST in a pile and started sewing them together as they came off the stack. It drove me crazy. He has seen a pic of it and loves it and swears she will too. Well then, mission accomplished.

    I used Michael's Circle Lord board "Square Dance". I call it "Wonky Squares" so it sort of fits. I love his boards. I wouldn't have gotten this finished as quickly and nicely if it wasn't for the boards. I realized last night this is the first quilt I've quilted in almost two years. It's hard to believe. Maybe this will be a catalyst to get me working on some more.
     
    I have to get it in the mail today because her birthday is Sunday.  How's that for cutting it close...lol.

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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to AHuffman in Funky, Fabulous Dresden Plate Quilt- Done!   
    I have a customer who is a wonderful free spirt. She loves colors and isn't afraid of bold prints. I always enjoy doing her quilts. This time it was a Dresden Plate that would be at home with Alice in Wonderland. 

    I've been super inspired lately to play with more rulers and battings. I did a double batt of Hobbs 80/20 for this quilt and I don't think I'll do that again. It was just so incredibly heavy when I was done. Plus, I needed to raise my hopping foot to compensate for all that batting under the foot. So far my favorite double batt combo is wool on top with either cotton or 80/20 under that. I've been tempted to play with poly on top instead of wool because wool is just so incredibly pricey! I used Omni thread. 
     

    The center plate in the quilt had solid purple setting blocks around it. I decided to explode the quilt from the center out with angular lines shooting out North, South, East, West. Between the lines was some pebbles to keep it from getting to angular. I like how it created a center medallion to the quilt with the ruler work. 
     
    I used a spinning curl in the actual plates using my IQ. 

     
    In the kite shaped setting blocks I treated the full polka dot ones with a scimitar feather. At least, that's what I call it. It reminds me of the swords the soldiers in the Aladdin movie run around with. I think it is my favorite feather. 

     
    In the combo purple and polka dot kite blocks I did some curved ruler work. 
     

     
     
    More photos are over on my blog! 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from cmkeindl1 in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    Since there's the incredibly informative thread of what's the worse business decision you've ever made, I thought that it would be interesting to find out what every one thinks their BEST business decision they've made. Of course my business hasn't even been started yet but I think that for me it'll have been the decision not to rush into anything, to take the time for research, etc. Oh, and since I've had a blog for eight years I thought that my business name should be a reflection of that (Lemon Tree Tales) so I chose to call it The Quilted Lemon. Is that too dorky? Can you tell that I'm very excited and hope to be able to order my machine soon? 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to LindaSteller in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    If you are going to go into business, I think as Linda mentioned, one of the best things you can do for yourself is to get some education.  I am constantly floored by people who buy such expensive machines, add very expensive robotics, and then complain that they have no money to travel to a show to take classes.  I have attended a major quilt show and taken classes every year since I bought my machine in 2004.  Sometimes two or more shows a year.  Admittedly, I've now come to the time in my career where most of the classes would be repeats, since I've taken most of the technique classes, but I still do occasionally take some on new piecing ideas (rulers, shortcuts), or new things that can be done with my IQ.  Classes would be my best recommendation.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Georgene in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    The Quilted Lemon.
    What I'm envisioning is your turning "lemons" into lemonade with your quilting.
    Like the saying: when life gives you lemons, make lemonade.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to shirleyl in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    I would say adding QP. I did custom and overalls. But I also make commissioned quilts, as well as other minkee quilts that I sell. It quilts the all overs while I stitch up my next project. I still do quite a few hand guided and custom, but when making the quilts I sell, I can piece one in the time it quilts one and I didn't kill myself off last holiday season. Also taking classes in topics for you as well as your business. I like to do all sorts of things. It is just finding the time to do it. My other best thing is if I need to go take care of family business I do it, no regrets. My customers all know that I may have to leave town at a moments notice, but I communicate with them. They are great about it, but I reciptprocate and know they have quilt emergencies too. I am actually starting to get a pretty steady stream going and I keep busy and my accountant might Ctually be happy this year.
    Shirley
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to mamu in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    I would have to say my BEST decision was writing out instructions on how to prepare your top and backing for quilting and send them with each quilt I finished.  It made a huge difference on the next quilts I got from my customers.  
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to CindyT in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    Sounds like that would be a fitting business name for your business!  I find it interesting how people choose their business names.  Maybe that needs to be a new thread, too!  
     
    Since Linda hit the nail on the head for probably most of our BEST business decisions which is the purchasing of our machines, I'll tell you the 2nd best business decision I made for ME.  That is that I no longer will agree to match the thread to the back of the quilt if the thread on the front of the quilt is a different color.  I can't tell you how many hours I stressed about the tension being "perfect" so no pin dots would show on either the front or the back of the quilt especially if the customer used thin batting in their quilt and not top quality quilt material for the quilt top or back.  I made a rule that if they can't live with the same color of thread on the back that is what is on the front that they can take their quilt somewhere else.  I won't put myself through that stress anymore.  I can say that over 95% of my customers were okay with this, but I still have a few that pitched a fit.  Oh well.  That is where I "own" my business.
     
    DH and I owned and operated another l business for several years before I started my quilting business.  So when I was just starting my quilting business, the saying he used to tell me all the time when we had our 1st business would pop into my head... "you have to spend money to make money".  He was absolutely correct although I cringed every time he used to tell me that because it meant he was going to spend some money that I didn't want him to spend!   Therefore I didn't feel bad about purchasing the extras to improve and expand my quilting abilities.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Oma in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    My BEST business decision was deciding NOT to go into business. In order to succeed in business you have to put a great deal of your time, money and energy into it. It has to be all three at the same time. There was a time when I had to the money and energy to start a new business, but I didn't have the time. Then I had the time and money, but no energy. There is a whole lot more to owning a successful quilting business than printing out business cards and taking in a few quilts. Even if you are talented enough to be able to do lovely quilts you still have the "business" side of it to take care of. The licensing, taxes, insurances...etc. And as it has been stated here...you have to do continuing education so you can stay current on the trends and keep your abilities top notch. It's a business because it's a lot of work. I applaud all of you who have accomplished this so well.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Primitive1 in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    I'm with Linda!  Know your niche.  Mine is custom hand guided quilting, it is what I do best.  Also - I took one of Dawn Cavanaugh's classes on pricing and was nervous about what I charged when I first set my prices but it turns out I ended up with more customers despite my prices being a little higher than the others in my area.  I do work hard to keep my quality of stitching up to the best it can be and I charge accordingly, but I also think people will think they are getting what they pay for and if you charge garage sale prices, you will get those customers that treat your work like it is a garage sale or bargain.  I also think the ability to say "bye bye - we'll miss you!" is definitely freeing to those who are pita's!  Your work should be enjoyable - not stressful!  I guess my best move was to set up a business mission statement and stick to it, "knowing what kind of work is in your wheelhouse" - as my hubby says, or ..."building a quality portfolio of customers.."  Like Linda says - own it!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Peggy (SewAsylum) in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    I don't have a business, but I love the name, "The Quilted Lemon."  Lemons make you think of summer, lemonade, sweet but tart, freshness, squeaky clean, pretty yellow.  I think it evokes a nice feeling!
    Peg F. 
     
    (p.s.-I call myself  "The Sew Asylum"  because I like all things scary and paranormal.  My sister said, "That is so YOU!"  lol)
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    I suppose everyone will gladly say their best business decision was to buy the best machine. And it doesn't matter what machine you have, you think it's the best! 
     
    But I want to add that my best business decision was to own my business. By that, I mean I make the decisions, good or bad. I take classes to improve my skills. I keep up on the latest longarming trends. I have a generous group of longarmers (hey Moxies!) who care and share and I love them, I turn down customers who are a pita, I embrace my wonderful customers who I "get" and who "get" me, and I can go in any direction I want to in the business. It took me years to build the confidence to "own" my business. But it definitely comes!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to shirleyl in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    Definitely agree Linda. I have numerous people in town that call and want me to help them with their long arms, but won't drive the 2-1/2 hours to take a class at HMQS, but they will drive there to shop. They claim the classes are too expensive. I won't help those that are too lazy to make an effort. You spent all this money on a machine, why not learn how to use it. Oh and the want to borrow my books and videos. So not going to happen. I have one friend that is welcome to my books and videos, etc. but she is hyper and would love to take a class, but she's an overachiever and does everything in double time and couldn't sit thru a class. And she assists me when I'm stuck. But she hand quilted for years. She only quilts for herself and sends people my way.
    Not everyone should start a business. It is a personal decision. I did it so I could set my own schedule and I'm glad I did, since hubby wants to retire. I'd rather he didn't for a while, at least until he gets some projects lined up. I will not have in sit in a chair and wither away like his dad did.
    Shirley
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from tyquilter in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    Since there's the incredibly informative thread of what's the worse business decision you've ever made, I thought that it would be interesting to find out what every one thinks their BEST business decision they've made. Of course my business hasn't even been started yet but I think that for me it'll have been the decision not to rush into anything, to take the time for research, etc. Oh, and since I've had a blog for eight years I thought that my business name should be a reflection of that (Lemon Tree Tales) so I chose to call it The Quilted Lemon. Is that too dorky? Can you tell that I'm very excited and hope to be able to order my machine soon? 
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