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Robin

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  1. I had a customer who gave me a quilt with super wavy borders. She sent that extra loft batting so I was able to quilt it out with a lot of extra work. So, I sent pictures of the quilt top before I quilted it and how it did not lay flat on my floor and also pictures of the fullness as I quilted it and advanced it on my rollers. I sent her a sheet on how to correctly apply borders thinking I would just nip it in the bud so I could avoid the same problem next time. I thought either she'll change her ways and do it right or she won't send me anymore quilts. The very next quilt I got from her had the same problems. So, it was hard to do but I sent it back to her and said I was not going to quilt tucks into her quilt because it is a precious quilt top and deserves better and she had to fix her borders before I could quilt it. I figured I would never see that top again, but that was fine. Low and behold she fixed it, thanked me for rejecting it, and sent back a nice flat top to quilt. I'm happy. The customer is happy. And most of all, the quilt is happy.
  2. I have reused practice pieces by just using a totally different color thread and doing different patterns.
  3. So neat! The quilt has a wealth of ideas for custom quilting. I have a barn quilt I gave up on a couple of years ago and put away. You make me want to get that quilt out and finish quilting it. Thanks for the inspiration!
  4. Bonnie, It just takes PPP. You will be fine. When I look back at my beginning panto quilts, I can see that I have greatly improved. And remember you don't need to follow the lines exactly, they are just guidelines, (unless you are doing a closely detailed panto, then you need to stay pretty close). I'm a panto gal and what works for me is to look ahead of the lazer a little ways so you kind of know where you are going, don't go too slow as that just makes it wobblier (is that a word), on rounder panto's I tend to keep my elbows down and move my body instead of my arms so much, oh, and did mention you have to hold your mouth just right! I do hold both handles, but I know a lot of the gals put both hands on one handle. It really just takes a lot of practice. Now, if someone will just get me out from the back of my machine and doing custom and freehand. I'm chicken to do that! I'm thinking that takes PPP too!
  5. Heidi, My MIL suffered from anxiety and depression after my FIL passed away. It was pretty tough for a while, in and out of the nursing home as she was afraid to be alone. But like Patty Jo's experience, we became very close and I learned so much about her and her life that made me truly understand her. I wouldn't trade the last years with her for anything. Take care and just know that we understand what you are going through and we are here if you need us.
  6. Cindy, I am sorry you have to go through this but it was bound to happen sooner or later. It's so hard to tell a quilter about a problem with their quilt and/or back. Especially if they are new as you don't want to discourage them. But it's best to explain things to them. Otherwise you will get another one just like it the next time! I just quilted a quilt that had way too much fabric in the borders...a king size quilt. I would have had her correct the problem before I quilted it but she wanted the thick poly batting so I was able to quilt out the fullness but it took so much longer to deal with. When I returned the quilt to her I sent along pictures of the quilt top unquilted so she could see the waves, along with a sheet on the correct way to apply borders and a really nice note. I figure, it's now or later. If I explain it now and make her mad, so be it. But if I received another quilt from her with borders like that I would have to return it to her to fix before I quilt it and that would probably not make her too happy either. Hang in there...most of the quilt tops you get will be so much fun! It's just like Christmas every time I get a new quilt top to quilt!
  7. Cindy, I am sorry you have to go through this but it was bound to happen sooner or later. It's so hard to tell a quilter about a problem with their quilt and/or back. Especially if they are new as you don't want to discourage them. But it's best to explain things to them. Otherwise you will get another one just like it the next time! I just quilted a quilt that had way too much fabric in the borders...a king size quilt. I would have had her correct the problem before I quilted it but she wanted the thick poly batting so I was able to quilt out the fullness but it took so much longer to deal with. When I returned the quilt to her I sent along pictures of the quilt top unquilted so she could see the waves, along with a sheet on the correct way to apply borders and a really nice note. I figure, it's now or later. If I explain it now and make her mad, so be it. But if I received another quilt from her with borders like that I would have to return it to her to fix before I quilt it and that would probably not make her too happy either. Hang in there...most of the quilt tops you get will be so much fun! It's just like Christmas every time I get a new quilt top to quilt!
  8. I know what you mean about batik backs, they can be a bugger as they are so dense. I usually tell customers beforehand if they bring me batik backs that they can be difficult to deal with. You never know, sometimes they quilt up nicely and others are buggers! It also sounds like you did a lot of work for $150! Being a strictly panto gal for customers so far, $150 doesn't sound like nearly enough compensation for a custom quilt. Please don't be too discouraged and remember all the satisfied customers you have under your belt. This too shall pass! Happy Easter! Robin
  9. I meant to say for anyone who is interested.... I need to remember to proof read before I post!
  10. I received an email from my LQS that she is selling out of the Accuquilt Go cutter and dies at 50% off until everything is gone. For anyone who is...her store is called The Plaid Square and she is located in Glasgow, MT. Her email is della@plaidsquare.com. Go for it!
  11. Mary Beth, Ditto on Lisa's comment. Whatever you decide you need to pop in on the forum every once in a while cuz we would all miss you so!
  12. I recently had a customer who had pinned some of her seams down on the underside of the quilt top as I think she was going to press those seams again and then she forgot to take the pins out before she gave the top to me. I kept finding the pins as I was pressing the top before loading it. I had visions of throwing my timing completely out of wack by hitting one. I almost missed one but caught it as I was rolling to my last row. Not a good thing.
  13. Mother Goose from Signature is my favorite. You can't believe how many things it works with. I get it in the large cones.
  14. I really like to have may studio clean and organized. I just work better that way. I have a room for my fabric with a cutting table in the center of it so the door can be shut on my mess if need be. I have a couch and a couple of chairs in the main room where my LA is along with my sewing machine and desk. So that works well for discussing things with my customers. My biggest down fall is when customers come to drop off a quilt or pick one up three hours later they are leaving. It's just so much fun to visit with them...people who have the same "illness" as I do. You will have so much fun in this business. Again, good luck!
  15. I agree with Shana, it's best to work with the longarmers in your area instead of against them. The owner of my LQS is the experienced long armer and the pro in our area along with being a great gal. She has really encouraged me and helped me get started with customers as she is always booked months ahead, and many times when people need a quilt done sooner, she will send them my way. I only do edge to edge thus far for customers and I really feel that is my bread and butter. I do intend to get out from the back of my machine and broaden my horizons but I really feel that the money is in edge to edge. My customers are very pleased with the short turn around time and I am keeping as busy as I want to be. I am also doing some custom quilts as time allows, which I really enjoy as I get my piecing fix that way. It really beats being out there working nine to five for somebody else. My guess is the gal who is giving away her services is maybe not doing quality work. There are some quilters who are just not particular about stitch quality or the finished product as much as getting it done cheap. You'll get the good ones. Good luck out there.
  16. My computer got nailed when I went to webshots as well. I kept having a popup saying my computer might be at risk and it wanted me to buy this anti-virus software to get out of it. What a scam. They didn't know my son is a computer wiz and it took him a while but between my husband and my son we made it go away. It is so frustrating...it makes me want to throw my computer in the garbage.
  17. Mary Beth, Prayers are going up for your Dad from Fort Peck, Montana. I haven't posted in a while but your prayer request really tugs at my heart. My dad turned 90 today and he can't figure out why the doctors can't make his legs stronger again so he can get around better and do more things. Dads are so precious as are Moms. I agree with Patty Jo, you need to go and be with your Mom if at all possible. I was home to see my Mom and Dad in January (they live 525 miles away and I hadn't been there since June). I decided in January that I need to get home more often. They won't be there forever. My mom is 82 and is a quilter, too. She makes the good old block quilts and ties them. They are everybody's favorites. She had a stroke in the year 2000 and got everything back except some movement in her right hand, so cutting blocks is a little difficult for her. So, anyway I told her I would come back in March and cut a bunch of quilt blocks for her so she can just grab them and sew and not have to deal with cutting. She was thrilled. I am rambling on I know but the point is parents are precious and I will certainly say prayers for your Dad and your Mom. Take care,
  18. Jessica, We all had to start somewhere. I promise it will get easier. You will look back at your first quilt and be amazed at how far you have come in a short time. One tip I would give you is to not be too critical of little bobbles because when you take the quilt off the frame and it is not right up close to you, it's amazing how it all blends in. I used to rip and rip and rip, now I have loosened up quite a bit. Relax and enjoy, you will love your machine. Take care, Robin
  19. Hey, Bonnie I was thinking of you too as I remembered you saying you were coming this way sometime soon. Please do contact me, I would like to meet you in person and I could show you my studio and the lodge, too. It really sounds like you and your family have been through it the last couple of months. I did enjoy your snake and mouse story! I would have wrecked the vehicle with the mouse on my leg alone, then the snake would have given me the final heart attack! I have been walking the hunting dogs through the hills out here at the lake instead of on the road as there is too much traffic. I got home the other day and saw a huge bull snake up by the storage building by our house. I asked somebody if there are a lot of snakes out here and they said there are some rattlers and bull snakes. The rattlers are mostly out in the hills (where I have been walking the dogs). Needless to say I will be figuring out another route. I miss my farm! No traffic and no snakes! Bonnie, do stop in if you get this way. That invite goes out to all of you gals. My new email is rrschock@gmail.com and cell is 480-1940. Take care and I hope things are settling down for you, Robin
  20. Hi guys! Have missed being on the forum but life has been pretty chaotic. Am all moved from my beloved farm (after living there 20 years) and am settling in at the lake. Since I last posted I have moved from the farm, painted my lake basement for my studio, moved into my studio, painted the interior of a commercial building my husband bought, been the maid I don't know how many times for our lodge (having lots of quilt retreats!), quilted many customer quilts, and had a humungous garage sale. I guess you could say I have been busy. I have lurked a time or two but just now was trying to catch up by looking at some previous posts. Wow, it sounds like Bonnie has been through it the last couple of months...I hope all is well with you now Bonnie...and everybody. Will be in touch more regularly now. Take care everybody!
  21. Thread breaking is such a pain. I was having the same issue today. Did four rows no problem then the thread broke and (dare I say it) I rarely have issues with thread breaking. I changed needles twice, checked for rough spots around the throat plate, rethreaded my machine, loosened the tension way loose, still the same problem. Then I happended to think I was using red thread. I have heard that red and black dyes can tend to weaken thread. So, I tried another thread and no problem. My memory is so short it seems, I have had problems with red thread before. Anyway, I loosened my tension up some more, put sewers aid on the thread and threaded through only one of the holes in the 3 hole thing and am just trying to make it through this quilt. Only a couple of rows left.....wish me luck!
  22. Hi all! I am busy packing and moving to the lake after 20 years on the farm. Also, am quilting up a storm. I just finished 3 customer quilts and have 6 more waiting for me. Also, need to paint my quilt studio (basement) at the lake before my machine will go in. And my ex-boss called and wanted to know if I could train in the new girl who starts May 15. I am overwhelmed, but have been lurking just not posting. Used King Tut on my latest quilt (all batiks) and was a little nervous as had heard it could be difficult. I started with a new needle and didn't adjust my tension at all and it quilted like a dream. No breaking threads. I like King Tut. Tomorrow I am helping at our guild's quilt show with registering quilts so that will be fun. Take care guys and Shana, I hope you get better soon!
  23. I started out looking at smaller machines and frames. I was really looking at the Handi-Quilter and frame, but my husband didn't like the Handi-Quilter frame, not for a home business as he thought it was too flimsy, and I wasn't all too impressed with the stitch quality on the Handi-Quilter machine. Maybe they didn't have the tension set right? Also, I thought why invest in a smaller set up that I would probably have to sell for half the value of it to upgrade. Anyway, (with my husband's help) before I knew it I had the Gammill Optimum and a 14' frame! Haven't regretted going big from the start. I love my machine and love, love, love quilting on it!
  24. I remember thinking how cool the quilting was on the that quilt and how I would like to make that quilt and quilt it just the same as it is in the picture. Joanne, really neat quilting and congratulations!
  25. So pretty. I see you have your McTavishing down. I still want to learn that. Maybe after I get done with this move to the lake (after 20 years at the farm!). I can't believe how much stuff we accumulated! Anyway, gorgeous quilting!
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