Kueser

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    Kueser reacted to mlsa3 in Talk About Clueless   
    I was at Cardiac Rehab the other day working out.  A couple of ladies and I were talking about going to the Houston International Quilt Festival and I was telling them of the magnificient quilts they have there on display.
     
    One of the ladies, just as serious as she could be said, "I bet some of the show quilts could cost up to $500.00 if you could buy one."  I almost fell off my exercise bike.  I explained as best I could that $500 might pay for the fabric and pattern if it was a large quilt.  I had priced a Judy Nehymeyer (spelling) pattern and fabric for her Glacier Star and it was almost $300.00....that's not counting the time to piece the quilt....then the time to quilt it.
     
    One lady I talked to this year at the festival did a king or queen size Whole Cloth quilt which was was one of the most beautiful quilts I've ever seen...it took her over 2 1/2 years to make...now what do you think she would take for it!  (I've attached a pic of the quilt)
     
    The lady in rehab was amazed.  Hopefully I helped her understand a bit about pricing quilts and you get what you pay for.
     
    David

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    Kueser got a reaction from WandaGerdes in how long?   
    I went to Carrol, where the machines are made, and picked mine up. It was really neat walking through the factory and seeing other machines being built.
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    Kueser got a reaction from RitaR in Looking for quilts idea ( update with pics.)   
    Cross hatch the strip pieced blocks and do a nice feather design in the other blocks. Just my thoughts.
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    Kueser got a reaction from Bonnie in Ok in Looking for quilts idea ( update with pics.)   
    Cross hatch the strip pieced blocks and do a nice feather design in the other blocks. Just my thoughts.
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    Kueser got a reaction from RitaR in Shopping for computer system   
    I promised myself when I reached my 5th birthday cancer free, I would add a computer system. Today is four years and I have a year to now to make up my mind. I would like to hear from everyone and anyone, their good, bad, and ugly experiences with their systems.  I think I have it down to Quilt Path and Inteliquiter (but am keeping an open mind). I'd also like to hear how much you use the system? I've been quilting a long time doing- free hand and pantos and wonder if the investment will be worth it.
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    Kueser got a reaction from Corey in Shopping for computer system   
    I promised myself when I reached my 5th birthday cancer free, I would add a computer system. Today is four years and I have a year to now to make up my mind. I would like to hear from everyone and anyone, their good, bad, and ugly experiences with their systems.  I think I have it down to Quilt Path and Inteliquiter (but am keeping an open mind). I'd also like to hear how much you use the system? I've been quilting a long time doing- free hand and pantos and wonder if the investment will be worth it.
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    Kueser got a reaction from Zora in Kansas City Regional quilt Festival   
    Our guild had a booth there and it was very successful. My feet hurt like the dickens but in a couple of days I'll be back to hula'n away behind my Millie. Great show and what a bunch of great booths to brose through and of course buy, buy, buy. Can't wait for the next show in 2017.
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    Kueser got a reaction from Longarm quilter in Kansas City Regional quilt Festival   
    Our guild had a booth there and it was very successful. My feet hurt like the dickens but in a couple of days I'll be back to hula'n away behind my Millie. Great show and what a bunch of great booths to brose through and of course buy, buy, buy. Can't wait for the next show in 2017.
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    Kueser got a reaction from dbams in Music Playlist for longarm quilting   
    I play Hawaiian tunes. The music is smooth as I hula down the table.
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    Kueser got a reaction from ValerieJ in Music Playlist for longarm quilting   
    I play Hawaiian tunes. The music is smooth as I hula down the table.
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    Kueser got a reaction from QuiltyMama in Irons   
    I found an old GE iron in the house on property we bought. It's like the one I learned to iron with as a kid. Love it because it doesn't turn off. Wouldn't call the iron cheap but it did come with acreage.
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    Kueser got a reaction from maggienoella in Irons   
    I found an old GE iron in the house on property we bought. It's like the one I learned to iron with as a kid. Love it because it doesn't turn off. Wouldn't call the iron cheap but it did come with acreage.
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    Kueser got a reaction from dbams in Irons   
    I found an old GE iron in the house on property we bought. It's like the one I learned to iron with as a kid. Love it because it doesn't turn off. Wouldn't call the iron cheap but it did come with acreage.
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    Kueser got a reaction from ffq-lar in The cost of quilts   
    Linda, May I quote you? Your description of the big box store "quilts" vs. those that we make was well written and every quilter and or piecer should proudly post it for all to see!
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    Kueser reacted to ffq-lar in The cost of quilts   
    For non-quilters who are stunned when I tell them what a quilt "is worth" and then remark about the things the big box stores sell as "quilts"---I tell them with a smile "Those Asian-made quilts are decor items only that last through two washings and then their life is done. A real quilt is a well-made treasure that your grandchildren will fight over when you're gone."
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    Kueser got a reaction from K. Szymaszek in its high time I asked   
    I also use painters tape at the edges and "marking lines" for alignment as I roll the quilt up. I usually have at least 5 strips of tape to match the seams, borders, and center of the quilt as I roll.
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    Kueser got a reaction from GMALKB in This is why we do it.   
    On another front, I recently presented quilts to several veterans at their annual Christmas party. These guys were of the Korean War era and each one gushed and thanked the guild for their quilts. They were all so proud.
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    Kueser reacted to ffq-lar in NQR--Love across borders   
    I'll try to make this short.
    Over ten years ago Dennis (who makes and sells plans for a machine that grinds mirrors for telescopes) was contacted by a young man from Trujillo, Peru who ordered plans so he could make a mirror and then his own telescope.
    Jorge was poor, a student, and eager to learn. Over time they became email buddies and friends.
     
    When Jorge couldn't find a mirror blank (a thick piece of glass which can be ground and polished to use in a telescope) Den found one and sent it to Peru. The corrupt officials need bribes to deliver any items, especially from outside the country and it cost Jorge quite a bit to get the blank. It had been opened and a huge gouge was found on the back. Luckily it didn't affect the other side so Jorge ground his mirror.
     
    While Jorge would be considered middle-class in Peru (his extended family of five shared a three-room mud-brick house with electricity and water) he had trouble saving enough and continuing classes. Dennis would send him money a couple of times a year. I know---red flags! But Jorge sent pictures, small gifts, and it made us feel good that $100 would let the family have some luxuries they couldn't afford. That amount is almost a month's wages in Trujillo.
     
    His girlfriend became pregnant, delivered a little girl, and they named her Linda Nicole. Wow.
    Two years later they added a little boy to their family. Named Dennis.
    We were honored and laughed that we now had grandchildren!
     
    Jorge sent us a link to a youtube today showing little Dennis graduating from Kindergarten and being elected "el Presidente" of his class. So cute! The school system is very structured and the kids wear caps and gowns. We get lots of photos of cultural celebrations with the kids and family.
     
    Jorge asked today if we would consent to being the kids godparents. They're Catholic and it's a serious and sobering commitment in the Church. I guess we really are grandparents!
     
    Just thought I'd share our favorite Christmas story for this year. What a great feeling to connect with people from far away.
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    Kueser got a reaction from ffq-lar in No more "day job" for Linda!   
    Congrats! I know everyone believes that once you retire you'll have oodles of time to do what you want to do but you've already made the number one mistake for that to be a reality - you told people that you have retired I "retired" seven years ago (gee where has the time gone?) and have been busier than ever. I really don't know how I had time to work. My best advice is to remember: "No" is a complete sentence. Schedule "me" time and don't let anyone guilt you into doing something you don't want to do. Family time will take up any so-called spare time. I'm one of the sandwich generation but love being able to help my folks and my grandkids. Time with them is more valuable than the $ from quilting. 
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    Kueser got a reaction from ffq-lar in A couple of recent finishes. Red and white, and a masculine one.   
    Your quilting as always is inspiring and amazing. Love to look at your work.
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    Kueser got a reaction from ffq-lar in Quilt Shop Theft   
    You're right about grand larceny. Perhaps shops should post the average cost of their samples with a warning that thieves will be prosecuted.
     
    However, this might frighten quilter spouses. They would have posted proof that this hobby is expensive.
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    Kueser got a reaction from ffq-lar in How do you feel about Sunbonnet Sue?   
    Why Sunbonnet Sue hide her face??????????? Just sayin
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    Kueser got a reaction from anniemueller in How do you feel about Sunbonnet Sue?   
    Why Sunbonnet Sue hide her face??????????? Just sayin
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    Kueser got a reaction from Bonnie H in Panto overload - how do you sort them?   
    Seeing the picture of the pantos stored standing up, I'm thinking those empty wine cases I've been hoarding might be put to use
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    Kueser got a reaction from Bonnie H in ISO scraps of Terrain fabric   
    You might try the Lil' Red Hen quilt shop. I noticed they had several landscape type fabrics in their $1.00 fat quarter bucket. http://www.lilredhenquiltshop.com