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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 ffq-lar in Big Modern Star quilt off the frame   
    Great quilting for this one. I didn't realize that the center was one print until you mentioned it. Fantastic!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in Basting   
    You can easily baste by setting your stitches-per-inch at 8 and stitching in manual mode. The needle goes so slowly that you can move the machine to make extra long stitches. I try for about a half-inch long. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to I dew quilting in Started a new quilt   
    This is a quilt for my husband.....well that is questionable because I'm really loving this one.  First time to quilt flannel and I love it.


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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Sheagatzi in The new business is like the tortoise ... and thanks to the forum   
    Glad it's picking up for you -  slow and steady.  Your repeat customers will be telling their friends.  And then someone will take a quilt you have done to their guild meeting - and then...you can't keep up!  :-)   It's all good!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to JenniferBernard in The new business is like the tortoise ... and thanks to the forum   
    Hang in there. If you quilt it, yet will come! In the meanwhile keep trying new things. The more you challenge yourself, the more your skills grow.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to shirleyl in The new business is like the tortoise ... and thanks to the forum   
    It takes a while to get established. Hang in there, it will come!
    Shirley
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in The new business is like the tortoise ... and thanks to the forum   
    I started out the same--slow to build and most of my business (still) comes from my guild and word-of-mouth. Expect that you will double your business every year until you reach the level you are comfortable with. And a good piece of advice is to try to determine what your max number of quilts per month might be. Many longarmers find they overextend themselves, so schedule the quilts and you can give your customers an idea of when their quilt will be returned.
    Your talent and good work will take you far. Congrats, Tami!
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from dbams in The new business is like the tortoise ... and thanks to the forum   
    My business, The Quilted Lemon, only opened up in September. It's slowly getting there. Very slowly. But there are a few repeat clients so that makes me happy. One of the guilds that I belong to has asked me to do a short presentation on longarm quilting so hopefully there will be some quilts from that. And then today I just met a client for the drop-off of a custom baby quilt. Since that was custom work of piecing as well as binding after the quilting, it was a lot more than what I've been getting for just the quilting. The bay area is fairly affluent so I'm hoping that the quilt shop will send more people my way for custom baby quilts. The owner was happy that I had the clients choose their fabrics from the shop and buy them there. A win-win as far as I'm concerned. Now maybe he'll have more people call me.
     
    At any rate, I'm just happy that my Freddie and IQ have been so easy to work with. I'm still doing just E2Es but I'm learning new tricks everyday. I may play around with mixing different panto designs for a semi-custom look that would work better for the modern quilts. 
     
    The forum has been my go-to for any sort of pitfall or question that concerns me. The custom baby quilt had a minkee backing and the forum had great advice on how to handle it very successfully. So a big thank you to all of you for being available to dole out advice when needed. It's like having my very own team of cheerleaders. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from JeannieB in The new business is like the tortoise ... and thanks to the forum   
    My business, The Quilted Lemon, only opened up in September. It's slowly getting there. Very slowly. But there are a few repeat clients so that makes me happy. One of the guilds that I belong to has asked me to do a short presentation on longarm quilting so hopefully there will be some quilts from that. And then today I just met a client for the drop-off of a custom baby quilt. Since that was custom work of piecing as well as binding after the quilting, it was a lot more than what I've been getting for just the quilting. The bay area is fairly affluent so I'm hoping that the quilt shop will send more people my way for custom baby quilts. The owner was happy that I had the clients choose their fabrics from the shop and buy them there. A win-win as far as I'm concerned. Now maybe he'll have more people call me.
     
    At any rate, I'm just happy that my Freddie and IQ have been so easy to work with. I'm still doing just E2Es but I'm learning new tricks everyday. I may play around with mixing different panto designs for a semi-custom look that would work better for the modern quilts. 
     
    The forum has been my go-to for any sort of pitfall or question that concerns me. The custom baby quilt had a minkee backing and the forum had great advice on how to handle it very successfully. So a big thank you to all of you for being available to dole out advice when needed. It's like having my very own team of cheerleaders. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Neher-in-law5 in The new business is like the tortoise ... and thanks to the forum   
    My business, The Quilted Lemon, only opened up in September. It's slowly getting there. Very slowly. But there are a few repeat clients so that makes me happy. One of the guilds that I belong to has asked me to do a short presentation on longarm quilting so hopefully there will be some quilts from that. And then today I just met a client for the drop-off of a custom baby quilt. Since that was custom work of piecing as well as binding after the quilting, it was a lot more than what I've been getting for just the quilting. The bay area is fairly affluent so I'm hoping that the quilt shop will send more people my way for custom baby quilts. The owner was happy that I had the clients choose their fabrics from the shop and buy them there. A win-win as far as I'm concerned. Now maybe he'll have more people call me.
     
    At any rate, I'm just happy that my Freddie and IQ have been so easy to work with. I'm still doing just E2Es but I'm learning new tricks everyday. I may play around with mixing different panto designs for a semi-custom look that would work better for the modern quilts. 
     
    The forum has been my go-to for any sort of pitfall or question that concerns me. The custom baby quilt had a minkee backing and the forum had great advice on how to handle it very successfully. So a big thank you to all of you for being available to dole out advice when needed. It's like having my very own team of cheerleaders. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Sheagatzi in The new business is like the tortoise ... and thanks to the forum   
    My business, The Quilted Lemon, only opened up in September. It's slowly getting there. Very slowly. But there are a few repeat clients so that makes me happy. One of the guilds that I belong to has asked me to do a short presentation on longarm quilting so hopefully there will be some quilts from that. And then today I just met a client for the drop-off of a custom baby quilt. Since that was custom work of piecing as well as binding after the quilting, it was a lot more than what I've been getting for just the quilting. The bay area is fairly affluent so I'm hoping that the quilt shop will send more people my way for custom baby quilts. The owner was happy that I had the clients choose their fabrics from the shop and buy them there. A win-win as far as I'm concerned. Now maybe he'll have more people call me.
     
    At any rate, I'm just happy that my Freddie and IQ have been so easy to work with. I'm still doing just E2Es but I'm learning new tricks everyday. I may play around with mixing different panto designs for a semi-custom look that would work better for the modern quilts. 
     
    The forum has been my go-to for any sort of pitfall or question that concerns me. The custom baby quilt had a minkee backing and the forum had great advice on how to handle it very successfully. So a big thank you to all of you for being available to dole out advice when needed. It's like having my very own team of cheerleaders. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in The new business is like the tortoise ... and thanks to the forum   
    My business, The Quilted Lemon, only opened up in September. It's slowly getting there. Very slowly. But there are a few repeat clients so that makes me happy. One of the guilds that I belong to has asked me to do a short presentation on longarm quilting so hopefully there will be some quilts from that. And then today I just met a client for the drop-off of a custom baby quilt. Since that was custom work of piecing as well as binding after the quilting, it was a lot more than what I've been getting for just the quilting. The bay area is fairly affluent so I'm hoping that the quilt shop will send more people my way for custom baby quilts. The owner was happy that I had the clients choose their fabrics from the shop and buy them there. A win-win as far as I'm concerned. Now maybe he'll have more people call me.
     
    At any rate, I'm just happy that my Freddie and IQ have been so easy to work with. I'm still doing just E2Es but I'm learning new tricks everyday. I may play around with mixing different panto designs for a semi-custom look that would work better for the modern quilts. 
     
    The forum has been my go-to for any sort of pitfall or question that concerns me. The custom baby quilt had a minkee backing and the forum had great advice on how to handle it very successfully. So a big thank you to all of you for being available to dole out advice when needed. It's like having my very own team of cheerleaders. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Hartley Vertical Spool Holder   
    Valerie, my dealer Myrna Ficken uses one. Maybe she'll chime in with her thoughts on what the best placement is. 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Fastquilts in YEAAAAAAAA....I think!!!!   
    That is so exciting and I know how you feel.  Years ago we needed a new garage and the only way I would agree to it was if I could have an upstairs for my studio.  I had sewing and quilting stuff all over our house.  My husband finally agreed and I got an 18 foot by 30 foot room.  I am very blessed to have the space and love getting to do what I love.  I hope everything goes great while you are transforming this space.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in YEAAAAAAAA....I think!!!!   
    So wonderful, David!
    I came home from an APQS Road Show ten years ago after plunking down the deposit for a Millie and was measuring the dining room wall to see if it would fit. When Den found out what I was planning he emptied the "little garage"--a single-car space attached to the big garage and full of lawn-care stuff--insulated it, finished it inside with lots of lighting and outlets,and put in some windows. I have heat, A/C, TV, and carpet. I'm out of the house and out of his hair!
    You're lucky you get to start almost from scratch. Have fun and don't wear yourself out!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to mlsa3 in YEAAAAAAAA....I think!!!!   
    For the past 20+ years our 2-car garage has been my woodworking shop.  Last year because of artheritis in my feet getting so bad I sold all of my woodworking tools.  We bought a new Aframe Camper for my retirement present and moved it into one side of the garage.  We had been paying storage for my boat for the past several years and I sold my boat this past weekend.  So I thought.....hhhhhmmmmmmmmmmm.
     
    Told the wife this morning that instead of getting rid of the boat storage I was going to move the camper into that storage and clean the garage out and turn it into my quilting/sewing room.  Other than the rolling of eyes all she said was FINE.  I think she will probably talk to me again later this month.
     
    So now I have an 18' x 18' room for my quilting studio.
     
    Pro's:
     
    (1)  Lots more room
    (2)  get my quilting Frame out of living room
    (3)  Get to plan my room exactly like I want it...been looking at everybody's pictures of their rooms
     
    Con's:
     
    (1)  OMG...you should see what I have to get rid of
    (2)  Lots and lots of work to get room ready (a)  Rip out shelves and things from walls (  Have to insulate the walls  © Clean sheetrock and tape and float some of it  (d)  Paint  (e)  Indoor/Outdoor Carpet (f)  Electrical
    (3)  Our subdivision restricts our removing garage doors so I've got to put up with the door tracks being on the ceiling and having garage doors
    (4)  Will have to use just a small section for my exercise equipment (Have to do cardio exercise 3 times a week due to heart attack)
     
    To say I'm excited would be an under statement....now ask me a couple of weeks from now after starting all of this work and I may not be quite as excited.
     
    David
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to maggienoella in Tshirt quilt   
    This is the tshirt quilt that I made from start to finish for a client.  She wanted shirts on the back also, so I made a block for the center.  The problem with the back was not all the shirts were the same size so I had to figure out how to make them work out.  I tried my hardest to get it to line up correctly to quilt, said a prayer, and got 'er done.  Nothing fancy. I always tell people the front is the queen and the back comes out how it comes out after I've tried to line it up.
    Thanks for looking,
    Joan


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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to Fastquilts in Tshirt quilt   
    I agree with all above.  I make a lot of these and when someone calls and tells me the size then I give them a price and if they want it done they pay the price otherwise someone else can do it.  We all put a lot of time into our work.  A good friend of mine wanted to make 2 for her grandkids and they are almost like my grandkids to me.  I helped her do the first one and she was amazed at how much time there was in making one.  Just yesterday she bought my lunch and helped me fuse the interfacing to one I am working on.  She told me she appreciates all I do for her and wants to help me any way she can.  She is just getting into quilting and since I just retired in on Jan.1 she loves to come to my studio to quilt with me and I love having her.
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Question for Millennium Users with the Mushroom Handles   
    AHHHHHHHH!  Thank you Andrea!  I love you!  You are awesome!  Yay!!  It works now...ohmagawsh what a relief...I was getting REALLY frustrated.  When in doubt.....I must remember that I'm a dork and probably did it backwards.  LOL!
     
    Thank you all so much!
     
    **Edited to add - once I get a moment I'll hop over to the post and share an update for others who read along or are looking for help...but I lowered the levelar bar by one washer and haven't had any issues with tension since.  NOW - I did it when the new machine came...so I'm not sure how much was due to the frame/leveler bar OR if the tension assembly had just gone in my old Ulti.  Maybe both?  But in any case I did what you recommended and so far issue resolved.  You guys are AWESOME!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to ffq-lar in comparing machines   
    It would be wonderful if a dealer or someone at APQS could post a comprehensive list of "standard equipment" for each generation of the models. This would make it easy for someone unfamiliar with the different models and older machines.
    Like --Millennium 2000 to 200?-- silver body, black frame, h & v channel locks, SR, Laser, fluorescent light bar, blah blah blah. Then when the changes come--Millennium 200? to present--white body, white frame, LED lights, quilt glide blah blah blah.
    And do the same for the Ultimate, discontinued models, different iterations of the Lenni frames, etc. It's so confusing sometimes and while machine seekers can always ask questions of the seller, it would be nice to have an overall view of standards. Also, a complete description of the differences in the rail systems (vertical wheels, horizontal and Bliss rails) would be helpful. Any knowledgeable dealer want to take this on and would APQS make it accessible on the site? 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to BethDurand in How much do I love my APQS?   
    While dropping off tax stuff today, we got to talking about longarm machines.  My tax lady and her assistant are both quilters.  Assistant mentions that a mutual friend has purchased another brand of machine, and that she has yet another brand.  Assistant ask me about the warranty on APQS machines.  Such fun to watch her jaw drop when I told her that our machines have a lifetime warranty. 
    Gotta love APQS!
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to QuiltGuy in Side Clamps that hold backing   
    I liked Lisa's so much I had her husband make me a set too! 
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    Lemon Tree Tami reacted to pumpkinpatchquilter in Millie Mouse's Progress on my Dahlia Quilt   
    Not that I don't have quilts to work on, but I thought it only right I steal away two days to play with my new long arm on my own quilt!  My goal yesterday and today was to stabilize my dahlia and get a little filling done.  I might keep it on another day or two before I have to do a couple of pantographs on client quilts...but had to play at least a little!  I'm super happy so far!  
     
    11053429_950206291659291_8560081060708153784_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
     
    10686675_950257124987541_3955568962728290031_n by Valerie/Pumpkin Patch Quilter, on Flickr
     
    Sorry my name is so stinking huge too - I added it on my phone and it looked tiny until I got on the computer!  
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