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  1. I don't have a thread charge for regular thread. And I don't charge for needles either. I can usually do 3-4 quilts or more with the same needle unless I begin to hear ticks. All of my pantos dense or loose are the same price, but simple loose stippling or meandering is a bit cheaper. Dense or over the top custom I now charge by the quilt. Congratulations and Good Luck! Terry
  2. In addition to regular quilt clients I do some LA quilting for professional trades such as upholsterer's, interior decorators and other businesses so I will get some 1099's at the end of the year from these business type clients. This is not out of the ordinary and it is expected, plus it is federal law for them to send me a 1099 if I do enough work for them in the year. I don't give these businesses my SS#, I give them my Tax ID #. At the end of the year I give the 1099's to my CPA right along with the tally of my regular customer invoices etc.., it's not an accounting problem at all nor does
  3. PDX is a casual,laid back, dress as you please town for the most part,the weather is usally in the mid 60's to 70's in Oct. thou it can be in the upper/high 80's then too. So jeans/slacks and Tee-shirts {short/long sleeved} is all you'd really need to fit right in and be comfortable, along with a overblouse or sweatshirt or two,plus a short light weight sweat/rain jacket with hood, just don't forget your umbrella. Terry
  4. Interesting Topic: When I first went to my agent he came back and quoted my ins. premium as thought I was a Manufacturing business because that is what I'm listed as for IRS purposes. The first quote was very high. So he said that I did not need to use the same category for ins as I did for the IRS. I live in Oregon. He suggested that we try the "service" category for ins purposes as long as I had no employees and that me manufacturing a quilt from start to finish wasn't the primary function of my business. The quote for Ins. for a "Service" home business was almost 1/2 the cost of the first q
  5. I only do longarming, and sell batting no classes or machine rental etc. My ins lists me as a " In Home Business/ Service". Terry
  6. Congrats on opening your business. After 5 years most of my customers still don't know or use my business name, they refer to me and my business by my first name. For that reason I'd pick something short with Judith in it, and make sure the .com is available and buy it at the same time. Good Luck. Terry
  7. FYI Be sure to check with your hotels before you buy the Light Rail pass. Many of them will provide them free if you book for a convention or continous stay. Also don't forget there is a wonderful trolley line from the convention center into downdown which goes through the pearl district in downtown and then onto pioneer place in the heart of the city, wonderful upscale shopping and food. The trolley is A great ride if nothing else.The trolly line is associated with Tri-met so the same pass is good on the entire system, Bus, trolley or light rail. Lucky me lives and works 6 miles from the cen
  8. Hi Terese Just to let you know I was googling quilters websites {having one made and wanted ideas} the other day and yours came up quite high in the listings almost near the top so whatever you are doing that's getting you high up I hope you are getting lots of customers too. BTY nice website. Terry
  9. My #1 panto over the years has been Chantilly Lace, works well when nothing else will on baby to old lady quilts. These are the ones I've used over and over again. Tickle by Beany girl Tickle Too One Cloudy Day by Timeless Quilting Square Spiral by Golden Threads Recent most requested are: Amaze Me by urban elements, looks great on batik quilts Bauhaus by urban elements, this one is super easy and way faster than it looks and the modern quilters love it. Terry
  10. My BF who is also a LA'mer has a client who sells lots of quilts on etsy now and most of her sells are to local customers. Awhile back she had nice Vista Print posts cards made to advertise that she made gift quilts and bags and that she sells them on etsy. Then she hung her post cards locally at stores, churches, schools and everywhere else she could think of. Her etsy sells went up so much that her DD and a neighbor now help her make items for etsy. Terry
  11. Cheri my BF lost her DH last year he was her biggest fan and helper in their home based quilting and internet business. Her first thought was to sell the LA because her DH used it more than she did. Plus at the time she thought she needed the money. She is so glad she didn't sell her LA {she even had a buyer} because later when everything had settled down and she had time to think and reorganize her future plans, she realized she still wanted to make quilts, but she never liked the results she got quilting them using her hand driven machine. Then in the middle of the night it hit her to possib
  12. Welcome! Hope they have a great trip out west. BTW Portland is a great place to live, I've been here 60 plus. Terry
  13. If it's a small area I'd call the customer to see if she had fabric to replace the area with. Customers are more often understanding than not. Terry
  14. I started out quilting at a small LQS, it was great until she closed the shop, I'm at home now. Weighing the pros and cons I'd much prefer to have my machine back at a LQS as long as it was nearby. Actually I would leave my current machine home for doing my own quilts and some custom quilts for customers. I'd buy another machine to take to the shop. I made a cover for my machine and a drop cover for my frame for when I was not in the shop, this protected my machine settings and customer quilts from snoopy fingers. I eventually had to lock up my rulers, tools and thread, my stuff seemed to di
  15. Not a good trade in my view. When I get backed up I gladly recommend other LA quilters and shops with machines in my area to my customers and I've gotten referrals from shops and LA quiltesr as well, but no strings are attached. Terry