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Everything posted by maggienoella

  1. Thanks for the good read, Linda. I've found that there are too many people selling handmade anything on the popular sites just to recover their costs. It really makes it hard. I guess that's another reason I have my day job. I read here a few years ago about other costs related to your expensive machines. There is a price at which it's not worth turning your machine on. When I start feeling guilty about what I charge, which is standard for this area, hubs tells me my time is worth more than what I'm getting paid anyway and if they don't like it then they can plunk down thousands of doll
  2. Hi David, I do what Dell does & also have the software Dancing bear mentioned. The next thing I'm going to do is stitch the same simple pattern on some muslin or something using different battings so that clients can see the difference. I've seen others here who have done that. Joan
  3. Hi Teresa, I actually haven't stitched anything yet, just trying to get it lined up before I start. So should I just line the bottom up and pin and then start stitching? Thanks, Joan
  4. The use of that board for that quilt is something I wouldn't have thought of but it turned out fantastic...all that movement and then the curves ended up being in exactly the right places. Great job! Joan
  5. I can't believe I missed this one! I like the quilt but the quilting really makes it special and is perfect! Joan
  6. I know I've seen this before but I can't remember when. I'm trying to do a better job of lining up the quilts. So far I think I've been lucky and want to learn before disaster strikes. I've got a custom quilt that I loaded this morning and the quilter is pretty new and self taught. I've got the sides pinned all the way down and the width is consistent even though the halfway marks were not. I decided to go with the full width and drop the idea of measuring from the halfway mark as I think I saw Kim Brunner do it because that just wasn't going to work. I hope I made the correct decisio
  7. I don't think it came across wrong. Best to do your research. There are parts of KC that are not safe & I wouldn't go to no matter what. Cautiously, Joan
  8. I am and am looking forward to it. I'm taking a class with Jamie Wallen and one with Dusty Farrell. The area around the Overland Park Convention Center is as safe as any other. It's a nice area and there are lots of places to eat and there are some nice quilt shops in the area as well. Sending you a PM. Joan
  9. I would love to be a dear friend of yours! I can't add anything to all the comments but I'll be looking at this one for a long time. What exquisite work all around. Joan
  10. 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
  11. Thank you all for your encouraging comments. I am taking them to heart and I do agree that you have to suck at something before you get good at it. Last night I had a lot of things to do because my ADHD gets me into a lot of projects, etc., but I decided to just focus on the quilt that needed to get loaded and quilted (panto). I just relaxed and didn't rush and that made a big difference. I have music but no tv and that's ok. I avoid things that I'm uncomfortable with (like most of us) so ppp either on the machine or whiteboard isn't fun. I'll try to remember that it's not going to be
  12. Holy cow! I liked what you did with it in the beginning but the quilting made this so beautiful! I wish I could envision like that. Joan
  13. Thank you Jeannie, I didn't know about that website. did have the right fabric and although she doesn't open until tomorrow, she emailed that it would go out today. I was very happy as this is for a commissioned t-shirt quilt. It's double sided and I had enough for the quilt to be the same size, but not any extra for a proper backing, even with sewing leaders. Thanks to everyone for your help, I appreciate it! Joan
  14. OMG! That's it. I'm going to give it a try. Thanks so much! Joan
  15. Yes, I saw that too but they were sold out or didn't have the fabric I needed. I also tried, thousands of bolts, Missouri star, the shop in higginsville mo & a couple of others that I can't remember. Thanks for helping me though, I appreciate it. Joan
  16. What are some good websites to search for older fabric? I tried all I can think of with no luck. I need 1-2 yds of Kansas Troubles Wildflower Serenade II #9252 if anyone has any they would like to sell. Thanks, Joan
  17. I don't have a fabric advance yet but I do have a lift because my hubs quilts too and he's at least a foot taller than me. I'm thinking about getting the fabric advance. Thanks for the post. Joan
  18. I quilted a flannel baby quilt on my DSM and it was a disaster. I decided I wouldn't quilt anything again unless it was on a longarm. I read this forum for 3-4 years and eventually gave up telling my husband I wanted one. When he suggested longarming as a side business, I couldn't refuse. I don't do custom work much yet, but that's ok. Joan