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Everything posted by Neher-in-law5

  1. Members of AQS get a 20% discount on it from what I have seen. Well worth my already paid membership!
  2. That is the way I felt the first time my daughter took me there.
  3. My "local" quilt shop is 26 miles, but any would be a drive since I am outside any city limits! It is one of my favorite shops and the ladies are very friendly. I have told the owner that my job has been to make sure she stays in business so I can keep coming! Life and income have changed so I don't get to run there on my own like I used to. I do like to see the fabrics I am considering, especially when they require coordinating with others. Mary Beth, How close are you to Prairie Points Quilts on Shawnee Mission Parkway/Quivera? I like that shop when I would visit my daughter in KC. Unfortunately, they have moved back to CA so no reason to make that 6 hour trip, now a 30 hour one to check out a few other places!
  4. I am so glad you asked this. I have not had any EQ versions but was waiting for the new instead of getting the just barely outdated. Looks like Grandma Jackie will be getting me a nice gift for birthday/Christmas! That and the machine quilters business management program.
  5. I asked hubby for braided fishing line. He found a spool in his stuff. I now need to find a good needle.
  6. Check with your most local APQS dealer to see if they may be able to do the show. APQS as headquarters may be spread thin enough with the schedules that the dealer could be there with a bit of $$ or machine assist from the company. When is your show in the calendar of the national known shows, that may make a big difference in where they can be when. Good luck, I agree a quilt show is not a really good one without APQS!!!!
  7. Cagey, great method. Thanks for sharing it. Guess I will check with hubby for a fishing line and keep it handy. Maybe even put a magnet on Lucey to hold my fish needle so it doesn't get lost somewhere.
  8. Betsy, yes I did figure that the labor of cutting the smaller batts was reflected in the pricing so when I cut from a roll the effort will be pretty much the same for any size so I can create a base price. If I was purchasing packaged batts then the package cost would be what I would charge the customer. At this point I don't plan to have packaged batting available for others to purchase, just the rolls that I would choose to use for my quilts that I could sell to a customer. Customers can bring a packaged batt but I do hope they and I can come to an agreement on a good brand we both would like. Thanks for your thoughts. It is still a work in progress here for me.
  9. I am glad I could help. For my piecing price I started with an hourly wage I felt was appropriate and then broke it down into a cents price per square inch that would fit. If I have to rip out or rework something, that is on my cost because I am the one that didn't do it right the first time. We have had a business for years where the price was per piece and each operation was give a portion of that per piece price. When we had rejects that time was our fault and we needed to eat those costs. I see the piecing the same way. My per square inch price is for labor, utilities and machine costs. The materials needed for their quilt should be a separate charge. When I give an estimate I start with a full quilt shop price per yard of fabric. If you happen to get fabric at a better price then the customer happy that those costs are reduced but they at least know at the beginning what the total costs could run. That is why the cents per square inch on each makes sense for me. Then they can decide what size quilt they want as it fits their budget. You can call me if you want.
  10. I don't have a formula, but if we charge quilting per square inch then the same can be done for the amount of batting. I did some more checking last night on what my batting per square inch charges would be by checking the regular price of purchasing batting from the local quilting store and the regular price of the company. Their costs are all over the place when you figure the inches. I got the square inch figure for each of the sizes, then figured what the cents price would be to get to the dollar charge listed. The crib and throw prices ended up being higher than queen and king! I still need to see how I will balance them all out. I have no plans to under cut any of the local (or other) quilters with my quilting or my batting. My brain doesn't work well trying to keep track of inches, feet, and yards of batting so the square inch works for me. I also plan to use a square inch price for any piecing requested with the more involved blocks at a higher price. Tracking hours is hard with interruptions here. In figuring those prices I have started with some of the prices other quilters have listed and kept mine in the same ballpark. I just need to have the figures in a manner I can work with and easily answered when customers ask.
  11. I figured out how much I paid a yard then set my per yard price. Then I had some quilts that left a lot of batting unused but still belonged to the customer so sent it with the quilt. I now have figured a per square inch price for batting I have on hand. It still comes out to a similar pricing but I get to keep the large leftover pieces and the customer can figure the cost of the per square inch price for the quilting and for the batting used. Then there are no surprises in the bill. Be sure to add the extra 4 inches to the batting figures.
  12. Cute statement. Thanks to both of you for the education!
  13. Cagey, yes, I think your plan for the edges and border on George will work well. In fact, I think it will help you keep your border the full size and stop some of the pulling away from the sides of the quilt.
  14. Good for you. I like my blissed Lucey. You will have so much fun.
  15. Each June (second weekend?) the Minnesota Quilters Society have a large quilt show, it has been in Duluth, St. Cloud, St, Paul and sometimes in Rochester. It is on a rotation basis so you will need to check each year. I don't know which way the rotation is set. I think 2019 will be Rochester again.
  16. Maybe she realized that she could only blame herself for her choices and the difference between her expectations and the great work you did. Sorry this happened to you. Hopefully she will realize that you did a great work and will call to tell you that after she straightens out. I sure hope so. I did my first real client quilts a couple weeks ago and after delivery (while we sat and visited for an hour and a half about our kids and quilting) she called me a couple days later to tell me she finally had a chance to spread the two quilts out on the bed they were so pretty. I thanked her for even thinking to call and tell me that. It sure made me feel good about the work. I hope your customer can do the same.
  17. Thanks for the reply. I have started to edge baste my quilts, or baste one edge and pin the other until I get to that side and then baste the edge so all seems to be held well.
  18. Are you saying you basted the quilt before quilting with your longarm? Or basting it for her to do her own quilting? What method did you use?
  19. I believe Rainbows has varigated and possibly Glide. King Tut is also varigated but so thick that you would be replacing bobbins more often than you want. I have used the other two in my bobbins.
  20. I haven't been aware of any shaking or shimmy with my regular bliss table with my 2015 Lucey. It is not the deluxe table, I can not put the fabric advance on it, but that has not been a problem (it would be nice though!)
  21. Kwiltr pretty much wrote my post for me. All she said applies to me as well. I had pretty good stitches with George and liked the results, the foot pedal allowed me time to think. Now with Lucey I use the SR so I can think or start and stop without built up stitches. Lucey is still quite new to me and I mostly quilt for myself and don't have time daily to play with her.
  22. I finally found it. It is under the blue bar of number of posts in the section with other random postings. Thanks again.
  23. Thanks, Mary. Anytime I went into the section of the forum in Pictures I could never find it. I will need to see what I am doing differently. I like your avatar, my hubby is a Peanuts collector/lover.
  24. A few days ago I posted a picture of the quilt I made for my granddaughter's graduation. I can not find it in the Pictures section that I know I put it in. The only way I can get it to come up is with the little bell symbol that tells us if someone has given us "appreciation". Can anyone tell me how to find our own posts in this arrangement of the forum? Now watch, I probably won't be able to find this one either!!!
  25. This is the quilt I made for my first granddaughter's graduation from the book Bella Bella quilts. It is my version of NON-paper pieced paper piecing. My mind just doesn't work backwards, so I break the pattern down into units and then connect them into the wedge segments. I had my husband cut out plexi template rulers to trim the units. I started this after Easter and it went together pretty quickly. SID the borders and the outside of the Xs. Feathers in the upper purple/teal sections and loops in the bottom ones. The star is from a shirt from each grandpa, the dark from the other grandpa who has been gone a couple years now, the light from one swiped from my husband. The label is inserted into the western snap pocket from the dark shirt with a ribbon and kite from hubby's shirt.
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