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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 it add to my business paperwork. I don't treat or think of my business clients any differently than I do of my regular quilt clients, but the IRS does. I simply think she was just being upfront and honest with you in the beginning; that she is required to give you a 1099 at the end of the year if you "choose" to quilt for her business. She knows she pays out more than $600 in a year for quilting. Almost every one of the businesses I've quilted items for has informed me of the 1099 plus they wanted the required IRS form fill out upfront, even if maybe no 1099 may need to be issued at the end of the year, they simply didn't want to do/ or find out at the end of the year they were doing business with an under the table business. Terry
  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 quote for a manufacturing home business. I'm fully covered in my home or have a quilt hanging in a show, have a booth at a show or transport customer quilts in my car. I realize States have different ins rules etc, but it's worth asking your agent. Terry
  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 center. Terry
  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 possibly computerize her machine. THe thought of computerizing their machine had never occured to them. But now she is so happy she kept her machine, yes it's now computerized and she loves it and spending her time learning something new. I'd say wait for awhile if you can before deciding to sell the machine. Take care Terry
  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 disappear. My advice would be to NOT set/keep regular hours at the shop so your customers continue to call you to set up a time for intakes at the shop, you will have dropins but you want your customers for the most part to stay in the habit of calling first, you will have less interruptions. Plus you will be free'r to come and go as you please just like at home. Keep your quilting money separate from the shops money. My quilting customers wrote me a check or paid me with CC, now there is the "square" making it so simple. I had my own cash box so customers knew this part was my business plus I kept my own customer mailing and newsletter list also although I split Advertising cost with the LQS. I paid the agreed rent plus $10 for each quilt intake the shop owner took while I was out. Plus you will want to have a separate money agreement with the shop owner for when the shop is open and she's not there too. You won't be able to quilt or make your money if you are watching the shop, trust me. Buy your "own" insurance and business license etc. just as if you were at home. Technically your quilting business is sub-leasing space from the LQS and not the buildings owner, so be sure you and your equipment is covered by your own policy if something happens. And that the owner of the building allows sub-leasing before you move in. I'd say go for it if you are compatiable and there's room for your machine and supplies. Terry
  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
  16. I keep all of my "new" books together in one place or pile. Once the pile gets too high I'll file a few of them away so I have room for more To sort I keep my favorite authors togather. The remainer are separated by "subject" , "technic" or "style" and then if the book still doesn't fit into any of those categories it goes into my "Misc" bookcase. I simply love quilting books. Terry
  17. Think you are wise to keep your lips zipped. How she ran her business 2 years ago when you were taking your quilts to her may be totally different than how she is running her business today. Her policies, disclosures and precedures may very well be updated to reflect her current quilting business situation. Terry
  18. Sandra {{Hugs}} and prayers for you. I know it's so hard waiting for answers. I had my hysterectomy & a dose of radiation 14 years ago for the same reason. I felt good actually great soon afterwards, but when I tried to do much I tired quickly, this pasted in a few months just in time to go back to work. Keep good thoughts flowing. Terry
  19. I bought the Go Cutter first then found it difficult {hard in my wrists} to turn, plus it was difficult to keep the Go Cutter from moving as I was cutting so I gave up using it. THen my GF got the bigger cutter, all it took was one time using it. I went home an ordered me one plus all of the strip dies. Now I add to my collection of dies when they are on sale or daily deals. I make lots of quilts and can do most of the cutting using my big cutter. Terry
  20. My GF makes wholecloth kitty pillows to sell, She loves to do freemotion on her DSM and needed a way to get rid of all her practice pieces and came up with the idea. Her practice pieces sold so well she now does really nice traditional quilting designs on nice solid colored fabrics, her wholecloth kitty pillows are about 18x18 with a zipper. She uses her batting scrap pieces for the pillow and it's her DH job to cut the batting to size and stuff the pillows. She puts the pillows in a pretty box she gets online, includes a cheap kitty toy and washing instructions, sells them for $99-$125. Says her biggest expense is the box. Terry
  21. I have 2 ladies who do my customers bindings they charge from .16-.25 an inch. They charge .16 an inch when binding is already attached and all they need to do is hand or machine stitch it down. If they need to prepare the binding first then they charge in the higher range, but the final cost in this range depends on how much work and time it took to prepare the binding, as we all know some times everything is pressed and ready other times it's rolled into a ball. When a customer brings me a quilt to bind I quote them only the price range and then I let my binding ladies decide on the final price once they see and finish the job. Terry
  22. I have used both the CL 18" and 48" CH boards many times to CH entire quilts from Baby to Queen or just doing CH borders also with great resu;ts. Advancing the quilt then lining up the rows to match has never been a problem as you can scoot the board a smigine if you need to, but this has never really shown to be a problem either and most times they match perfectly anyway. It's amazing and I hold my breath every time but when you get to the bottom of the quilt everything seem to come together and matches almost like magic. The only tip I can offer is that when I stop or jump over to do the next line of stitching I try to stagger these points a bit so that all the stops or jumps arent in a straight row which may be more noticeable on the back of the quilt and because these stops or jump places are where you will tie into or try to meet when stitching your advanced part of the quilt. For each advance I usually look for a good place to stop or jump so that the jumps for the row are contained to with in a 2-4" wide area across the quilt. Often times there are better places {less noticeable} to jump by just watching the design of the fabric or in your case at the edge of your outline stitching. Terry
  23. I do my share of charity quilting and this was suggested to me by another longarmer when I started my business many years ago. Depending on the size of the quilt I offer to provide free or 1/2 price on batting for all charitable quilting I do. I require my customer to provide me upon pick-up of the quilt a Bus. card, reciept, letterhead, statement or advertisement of the event on this it must state or the customer needs to write the name of the chairperson and phone #, plus the date of event. I also make the customer who picked up the quilt to write their name, address and phone # on the paper. By doing this I can take a legal Tax deduction for the batting without any worry. Plus it sure weeds out those that are dishonest; I've heard some excuses, but they never ask again. I do buy batting wholesale so it costs me very little as I use up my pieces whenever I can, I never feel bad cuz I'm getting my full quilting & thread charge, I never worry or stress weather it's legitiment or that maybe I'm being taken advantage of, that would become my customers IRS problem if it's not because I do take the tax deduction and they know it. I never discuss with the customer that some people cheat I simply state this is what my CPA requires and I would love to do the quilt for them if they provide me with the details that my CPA requires. Terry
  24. On my 12' gammill table, using both my Premier 18-10 and 22-10 machines I have done King size and longer {so far up to 147" in length with wool batting without a problem. I was able to make it clear to the bottom using an 11" panto without needing to adjust the lazar light, figured I could easily do 2-4 more rows. I have a customer who always brings me these very long quilts. For the long one I use pantos from 9'-11" Your first quilt looks wonderful, your ready to roll. Terry