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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from CrazyAboutQuilting in Freddie moves so well   
    After using Freddie with the IQ to do pantos, I thought that it was time to try out some FMQ. This little baby quilt is one of the charity quilts that my quilt guild gave me to quilt for them. The sashings and borders are still done with the IQ but the long flying geese strips were FMQ using Kim Stotsenberg's tutorial on her blog. I have to say that it was awesome being able to switch from computer to all Freddie, who's Blissed, at the touch of a button. Of course the hand guided bits took a long time compared to the computer guided parts but it was fun to do. It's not great but some little baby will be warm in it. More practice is on the to-do list. But maybe next time I'll put on Freddie's ruler base and try the SID with a ruler. My stitches decided to go walkabout from the ditch at times.
     
    From the first pink polka dot triangle to the last one there was a bit of a difference.

     

     
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to JBCorson in Got to scribe for judging!   
    As far as tip's go, the corners must be a perfect 90 degree turn, with fullness in the binding!  I'd have to say in terms of the "improvement category", that was the number one thing I noticed.  That and sashings not lining up exactly, I mean not 1/8" off.  
     
    Lots of miniature quilts were being judged.  Not one of them got a good comment about the binding.  The binding must match the size of the quilt, so she was looking for 1/8-1/4" bindings on some of these, when the makers used what looked like standard size bindings (2 1/4 or 2 !/2" cut I'd say)
     
    For quilting, they were looking primarily at good clean starts and stops.  Lots of quilts had minor tension issues, as she would turn the quilt over, she would run her fingernail over several places to feel for poor tension, if it was not easily noticed with the eye.  She liked the quilting to be equal throughout (one Halloween quilt, which I thought was just amazing, came in honorable mention, because the roofs of the houses were not quilted as full as the rest).  Also, clean backtracking, (which I am not good at yet!).  even stitches and good thread color.  I was surprised how big some quilting stitches were, but if they were even that mattered more being small.
     
    Our judge was amazing, taking time to ask if we had questions etc.  I got to sit next to her at lunch and picked her brain the whole time.  I'm sure she jet wanted to eat in peace, but that was not an option if she sat next to me.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to JBCorson in Got to scribe for judging!   
    I had the most amazing opportunity yesterday.  I scribed for one of the judges of our upcoming quilt show.  Man, if you ever get the opportunity, GRAB IT!  I learned so much about what they look for in every aspect of the quilt process.  I am not a "show quilter" by any means, but this is certainly great info to stash in my head.  I paid particular attention to the quilting feedback.  starts/stops, thread build up, backtracking etc.  It's all given the fine tooth comb treatment.  Just had to share……..
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in "Our" MQX Blue Ribbon Winner!!   
    Congratulations Valerie. That's awesome to see your work hanging up at such a great show. Maybe next time it'll be one of your pieces from start to finish? 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Linda - your experience I think is a common one.  I have noticed in some groups (especially online) there is a lot of public shaming that goes on regarding client quilts.  That doesn't happen here (and I'm really grateful for that - you all have a great attitude here)...while we all get those frustrating trouble tops I don't think it does us any good to moan and complain about them...especially to potential clients!  LOL  I think to share what things you can do to make life easier for your long armer in a kind gentle ways that help people understand what you do more is tricky business - but can really really be a great eye opener for non-long armers.
     
    I have loved reading all of these responses and about Tami's guild - I wish we all could get together once a year and have an "APQS" forum guild!!!  
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Another longarmer in my guild gave a talk about prepping your top before taking it to be quilted. Her stern lecture about D-cups, full borders, and bulky seams caused the woman behind me to say "I'm never using her. My quilts are never perfect and I'd be ashamed for her to see them. I don't need to be scolded about my piecing."
     
     Whenever asked about doing a talk about longarming, I decline...   That was a real eye-opener. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to RitaR in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    BethmM, it;s fun for us to help others!  feels good to be able to help.
     
    Lemon Tree, ask your two new customers to show and tell their quilts at a meeting.
    that helps a lot, for them to see your work on an actual quilt someone they know had
    you quilt for them..
     
    We have too many folks in our guild. even though they praise my work, take theirs to a
    pricy quilt shop to be quilted and pay more.  a lot more!   And it is computer generated,
    just like mine.
     
    The owner came to our guild joined, came steady, tapered off, opened the shop and
    dropped out of the guild.  Not a very nice  way to do things, IMHO !!   grrrr my bad attitude again!  sorry
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to dramaqueenB in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    That's so awesome!  Good job on your talk!  And Vicki, good luck on yours.  It'll be great.  I'm so jealous of all of you being able to enjoy the companionship of guilds.  You all are becoming my 'guild' as I live in an area two hours away from the nearest Modern Guild, and 30 miles from the nearest very small traditional guild, and work hours that make attending impossible.  So I'm sort of on a Quilting Island.  The Internet makes education and access nice, but there's nothing like touching or seeing in person a show and tell, or trunk show.  So occasional quilt shows will have to do.  Love once again how kind you are to each other on this forum and generous you are with information, encouragement and suggestions.    
    Beth
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Primitive1 in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    spanx - it won't let me correct that....
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Primitive1 in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Tami,
     
    That sounds like it went great!  I was planning to bring some slides of hammocks, etc to show what happens when you don't measure your borders, and when things don't lay flat...going to compare trying to quilt that extra fullness out to wearing spans - you can't make it disappear - you just move it around....LOL!  I did plan to bring a quilt that I quilted modern as well - trying to show that we aren't just traditional....
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Luz2Quilt in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Most quilting guild program committees are looking for local talent to provide a demo, trunk show or anything quilt related during their off season.  From what Tami described, she provided valuable insight to quilters that are uncertain which route they want to proceed for quilting their tops (hand piecers may want hand quilting or Sashiko machine quilting).  There's nothing wrong with wanting to be a "topper" and having a "longarmer" quilt the top...it means the topper gets to make more tops! My problem is that I LOVE everything quilting!  I love both hand/machine piecing, hand/machine quilting, FMQ with DSM & LA, art quilts, fabric post cards, embellishments, even hand binding- but I do want to do it myself!  (that's why my Millie is for my personal hobby).  Presenting pros/cons of all types of quilting will educate your fellow quilters/toppers which route to proceed.  Congratulations Tami!  Thanks for sharing your experience.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to delld in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Three of us Long armers presented a program several years ago. It was a lot of fun and the guild seemed to enjoy it. Sometimes I think we need to do it again. SOme seem to have short memories on how to prepare there backs!!!!! LOL 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Tami - you know I'd love to hear more about your modern guild.  My guild unfortunately can be very resistant to new ideas.  While there are a bunch of ladies there I just love...they can be a bit set in their ways.  I have tried, me oh my!  LOL    I sure wish they'd open up as they are missing out on so much!  I have thought a lot about starting a modern guild in my area!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in "Our" MQX Blue Ribbon Winner!!   
    Cagey,
     
       First, thank you so much for your kind words!  I truly appreciate it!  
     
    I wouldn't feel comfortable sharing exactly what was paid but often it is inquired of me as to "how much" my work would cost.  What I can tell you is this - every client is quoted individually.  Depending on the amount of quilting, the intensity of quilting, the amount of time put into even just planning of the quilting - the price will vary.  I can tell you that for this quilt in particular it was my understanding several - including well known long arm quilters were considered and Claudia's quotes are right in the ball park for the type of quilting we are discussing.  Of course the more well known, highly awarded quilters are going to come at a higher premium.  On that same note - I can not, and would not work for free - nor do I recommend that of any other quilter.    To give away your work for free truly works against us all...and doesn't give people who know little to nothing about long arm quilting the impression that what we do has value.
     
      I can also tell you that for quilts I anticipate will require a large amount of time on my schedule I will ask a deposit.  I may also as for additional fees for materials that I do not normally carry on hand.  This quilt in particular has well over 100 hours and spent about 7 weeks in my home - not all of that time was on the frame...I would say four to five weeks total frame time.  Keep in mind I have three children and don't quilt on the same kind of daily schedule the way other quilters might.
     
       When we discussed this quilt MQX wasn't a thought - all I knew is that it was going to ultimately be a bed quilt that would likely hang in the owner's local guild show.  It is a BIG guild and a very good regional show...but national recognition was the farthest thing from our minds so you can rest assured, no work was gifted in the hopes of getting my name out!    LOL
     
       After winning 3rd place in the guild show Janet-Lee encouraged me to contact Barbara and Nancy about entering it in MQX.  Because Barbara is not a show quilter or really interested in becoming a show quilter I wasn't sure if they would be interested...I'm so glad they were - and now they have quite a story to tell!  
     
      PRICE is a sticky subject and I have to share my thoughts on this...for you and for others reading.  There's a lot of people with the impression that nobody will pay for quality work - this is really just not true.  But - that said - there are some logistics that go into finding the "right" clients.  I do not accept every quilt that comes my way - nor am I the appropriate quilter for every piecer out there.  What I have found is that yes, there are lots of long armers out there giving away their work for peanuts.  I don't fret over them - they haven't infringed on my business to date and I don't think that they will.  What happens when you begin to charge what your WORTH, is that your client base changes.  Yes, you'll lose customers.  But your demographic will shift.  You will start to attract folks whose budget you do fit appropriately and who have an appreciation for what you do.  There are many many people out there who will pay you good hard earned money for quality work.  But you also have to stop marketing to discount shoppers.  NOT that I have a problem with finding work that will fit your budget...I am not knocking those folks AT ALL because I do have those clients who just don't have hundreds of dollars to spend.  But I also find that if someone asks you to take $70 when you've quoted $100  - they ultimately don't respect you or what you do.  They want cheap work - and my goal is not to provide cheap work, it is to create quality customized art work.  NOT everyone can do what we do - and we need to remember that.  What I am saying is...just because I'm not in everyone's budget does not mean that I am NOT worth what I charge.  I cannot afford a BMW on my stay at home Mom wage...that is just my reality.  Does that mean BMW should drop their prices so I can own one?  Of course not.  It's a quality luxury vehicle - and worth a higher premium than say - my minivan!  LOL  I focus on specialized custom professional work - and I do have affordable options for folks who cannot or do not want heirloom custom quilting.  I have worked very very hard at my art form, just as many of you have, investing a LOT in terms of money, time, and effort into improving...and that is something that never ends.  All of that has VALUE.
     
      So the moral of the story is...charge what your worth, not what people want to pay!    Even in my local area, where our economy is pretty devastated and there is quite a lot of poverty - I still have clients who pay good money for custom work.    So while I believe a market can become saturated with long arm quilters (not the case where I am) - I also believe that no matter where you are, you can find your clientèle.
     
    I hope that helps answer your questions!  
     
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Dyan in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Tonight one of the guilds that I belong to had me do a short presentation on longarm quilting. I was a little nervous but had so much fun talking about our favorite mode of quilting. To make things easier I brought quilt samples as well as a little handout that talked about the history of longarms, types of quilting (panto, custom, heirloom etc) along with pictures of my Freddie and tips on how to prepare a quilt for your longarm quilter. At the break I had two people come up to me and place their orders to get their quilt done. Yay! And the handout has my contact info for anyone who later decides to get something quilted. I'm feeling quite optimistic now. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Gail O in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Tonight one of the guilds that I belong to had me do a short presentation on longarm quilting. I was a little nervous but had so much fun talking about our favorite mode of quilting. To make things easier I brought quilt samples as well as a little handout that talked about the history of longarms, types of quilting (panto, custom, heirloom etc) along with pictures of my Freddie and tips on how to prepare a quilt for your longarm quilter. At the break I had two people come up to me and place their orders to get their quilt done. Yay! And the handout has my contact info for anyone who later decides to get something quilted. I'm feeling quite optimistic now. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from dramaqueenB in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Tonight one of the guilds that I belong to had me do a short presentation on longarm quilting. I was a little nervous but had so much fun talking about our favorite mode of quilting. To make things easier I brought quilt samples as well as a little handout that talked about the history of longarms, types of quilting (panto, custom, heirloom etc) along with pictures of my Freddie and tips on how to prepare a quilt for your longarm quilter. At the break I had two people come up to me and place their orders to get their quilt done. Yay! And the handout has my contact info for anyone who later decides to get something quilted. I'm feeling quite optimistic now. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Vicki, this was a very small Modern quilt guild and had maybe 30 people present. They started asking questions in the middle of the presentation so I just went with the flow. It made it very interactive. The hard part is that a lot of modern guild people believe that you should never ever have anyone else quilt your top for you. Or that longarmers mostly do traditional designs. So I showed them a few more modern pantos and then talked about how there's a time and place for the three types of quilting: by hand, by DSM and by longarm. That seemed to go over well with 99% of them. LOL
     
    Valerie, let your guild know that you'd love to do a presentation. I'm sure they'd really appreciate it.
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from gkazee in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Tonight one of the guilds that I belong to had me do a short presentation on longarm quilting. I was a little nervous but had so much fun talking about our favorite mode of quilting. To make things easier I brought quilt samples as well as a little handout that talked about the history of longarms, types of quilting (panto, custom, heirloom etc) along with pictures of my Freddie and tips on how to prepare a quilt for your longarm quilter. At the break I had two people come up to me and place their orders to get their quilt done. Yay! And the handout has my contact info for anyone who later decides to get something quilted. I'm feeling quite optimistic now. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Sallyquilt in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Valerie, maybe you could put a bug in the program chairman's ear.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Primitive1 in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    I am on the schedule to do the same thing for our guild in July - I am very nervous about speaking in front of 100 people...I am hoping that once I start talking about my passion I will forget about being nervous....but I am glad to help educate those who are thinking about using a longarmer and hoping to encourage those who haven't tried one yet....
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Enchanted Quilting in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Great message...tips to help your job easier and a business booster besides!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    That is AWESOME!  I wish our guild would do something like that!
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Sheagatzi in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Tonight one of the guilds that I belong to had me do a short presentation on longarm quilting. I was a little nervous but had so much fun talking about our favorite mode of quilting. To make things easier I brought quilt samples as well as a little handout that talked about the history of longarms, types of quilting (panto, custom, heirloom etc) along with pictures of my Freddie and tips on how to prepare a quilt for your longarm quilter. At the break I had two people come up to me and place their orders to get their quilt done. Yay! And the handout has my contact info for anyone who later decides to get something quilted. I'm feeling quite optimistic now. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Tamarack in Quilt guild presentation on longarm quilting   
    Tonight one of the guilds that I belong to had me do a short presentation on longarm quilting. I was a little nervous but had so much fun talking about our favorite mode of quilting. To make things easier I brought quilt samples as well as a little handout that talked about the history of longarms, types of quilting (panto, custom, heirloom etc) along with pictures of my Freddie and tips on how to prepare a quilt for your longarm quilter. At the break I had two people come up to me and place their orders to get their quilt done. Yay! And the handout has my contact info for anyone who later decides to get something quilted. I'm feeling quite optimistic now. 
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