witha'K'quilting

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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from LinneaMarie in Batting storage?   
    I had my husband build a bar that attaches underneath my frame. He built and welded hooks on opposite endes of the table and hung a 1-1/4" diameter galvanized fence post on it. The hooks make it easy to remove, yet the batting can easily be pulled from the side opposite the hooks and then flipped up over my bars where I measure and then cut my batt. I only have to be on the floor for a second grabbing the end of the batting. I can hold two 98" wide batts under my frame and off the floor.
    Oh I forgot, he welded large washers to the ends of the post to keep it from sliding off the hooks.

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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from Pepsi Girl in Millie got tattoo's   
    meg...stick with the tats on Lola! 
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from ffq-lar in A very funny for the day   
    dressed? check
    eaten breakfast? check
    kids off to school? check
    laundry in the washer? check
    hair brushed? check
    lotion? chapstick? check
     
    mentally prepared to sew? heck yeah...get outta my way, I am on a mission! 
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from delld in A very funny for the day   
    dressed? check
    eaten breakfast? check
    kids off to school? check
    laundry in the washer? check
    hair brushed? check
    lotion? chapstick? check
     
    mentally prepared to sew? heck yeah...get outta my way, I am on a mission! 
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from Oma in A very funny for the day   
    dressed? check
    eaten breakfast? check
    kids off to school? check
    laundry in the washer? check
    hair brushed? check
    lotion? chapstick? check
     
    mentally prepared to sew? heck yeah...get outta my way, I am on a mission! 
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    witha'K'quilting reacted to Bonnie H in A very funny for the day   
    Here's a photo that was on my cousin's Facebook page recently!
     

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    witha'K'quilting reacted to zeke in Happy Mothers Day.   
    To all of you who are, Happy Mothers Day. Zeke ...
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    witha'K'quilting reacted to ffq-lar in New business tips and hints   
    Another post today asked about time management for a quilting business. Here are a few things that work for me.
     
    *Schedule the quilts. Don't have 15 quilts sitting in your studio with a vague notion of how long it'll take to stitch through them. Do a rough estimate of how long it may take to finish each one. Figure how many hours a week or month you have to seriously dedicate to standing at the machine. Be realistic. Did I mention you should be realistic? Then when you take in the next one you can let your customer know it'll be "the middle of June" when you might have the quilt back to her. Be realistic. Is there an echo in here?
     
    *Control intake and pick-up times. Quilters love to talk quilts. And quilting. And how much a longarm costs. And may be interested in the other tops you have in-house. If you can keep intake and pick-up at under 20 minutes, you're a genius! A half hour is standard for me if I'm careful. Sometimes I lose control completely and will have a customer use up an hour with chit-chat---all very pleasant and sometimes you crave talking with a kindred spirit. But that's time you haven't charged for. The cost of that time will be built into your business. Try to keep it short, fact-filled, and pleasant. But you ultimately control it. (I've instructed my DH on the occasions of customers who I know want to spend a long time with me, to visit after an hour and "remind" me that I have a meeting to go to in a few minutes. Sneaky but not unethical--and it's effective. )
     
    *Charge for your work. And your education. And your machine. And thread. And your brain. And your tools and toys. All that you have and use are assets of your business. Charge accordingly. 
     
    *Feel good about yourself. Take classes. Hang those ribbons in the studio. Say thank you graciously when you're complimented. Bask in the glory when a customer is overjoyed with her quilt. Hug them if they'll let you. These are the intangibles of the business and can make all the difference when you're down or have had a difficult time with a quilt.
     
    *Take time for the other things you love. Your family and friends, travel, your own quilts, charity work, gardening, holidays, whatever makes you smile. Balance it. 
     
    * When you're over-booked and over-burdened, learn from that and make some changes. If you need to push back some quilting jobs, call your customers and let them know. No excuses, just the facts. Most will be very understanding. If some are not, give them a gracious "out" by offering their quilt top back so they can make other arrangements. I've had to do this once and not one customer took back her quilt! I love my customers!
     
    An understanding and proud family plus happy customers are what make this job the one I love. Good luck with your business!
     
    I'm sure others will contribute some great tips here as well!
     
     
     
     
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from Wendy-ON in LED light Systems for APQS longarms   
    sounds interesting. this is outside my price budget right now though. would love to hear what others think when they get it. 
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    witha'K'quilting reacted to meg in What will happen to your Stash?   
    I'm going to live to be 225 years old and use it all.
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    witha'K'quilting reacted to quiltmonkey in I'm Never gonna feel guilty about the size of my stash!   
    I'm home today on my day off huddled up to my wood stove watching Marathon episodes of American Pickers -- seeing all of this massive amounts of stuff / junk in the old sheds and attics --- well, now I don't feel so guilty about my fabric stash!
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from jclark in Batting storage?   
    I had my husband build a bar that attaches underneath my frame. He built and welded hooks on opposite endes of the table and hung a 1-1/4" diameter galvanized fence post on it. The hooks make it easy to remove, yet the batting can easily be pulled from the side opposite the hooks and then flipped up over my bars where I measure and then cut my batt. I only have to be on the floor for a second grabbing the end of the batting. I can hold two 98" wide batts under my frame and off the floor.
    Oh I forgot, he welded large washers to the ends of the post to keep it from sliding off the hooks.

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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from Sandra Darlington in Hi everyone....   
    You have been missed! It is certainly a relief to hear great news! 
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from cmkeindl1 in Well I've done it this time!   
    diagonal jelly roll race quilt:
     
    how about loading it crookedly(?) on the frame? then all you had to do is stitch horizontal lines. 
     
    it will take a bit to make certain you don't stretch it out of shape...but should be doable. 
     
    for the TAW quilt: 
     
    consider doing simple piano keys in the border. the paisley print will not show much, so don't bother with elaborate quilting. 
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from dlnewell in Well I've done it this time!   
    diagonal jelly roll race quilt:
     
    how about loading it crookedly(?) on the frame? then all you had to do is stitch horizontal lines. 
     
    it will take a bit to make certain you don't stretch it out of shape...but should be doable. 
     
    for the TAW quilt: 
     
    consider doing simple piano keys in the border. the paisley print will not show much, so don't bother with elaborate quilting. 
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from Oma in Thunder...and maybe some rain?   
    i wish we were just expected to get rain. they are calling for snow today and tonight! 'tis the season! i too plan to get some sewing done. 
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from Heritage Keepsakes in A Collaborative Effort.   
    Gorgeous! the colors, the fabrics, the painting...and the quilting is beautiful! what a special quilt to cherish! 
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    witha'K'quilting reacted to Tamarack in Pedal to the Metal   
    Just published my second quilt pattern with my friend Lori and we are finding quilt designing just as addictive as quilting.   Our first pattern was an intermediate level so we wanted to make the next one fast to piece but still had a design element that was interesting. We've included three different designs in one pattern and the sizes range from twin to king.  I have lots of pictures on my blog but here are a few close up shots of the three quilts. 
     
     




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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from DoryJM in Kudos to APQS--They're a One-Stop Shop   
    i missed it too! dory, you crack me up! 
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from ffq-lar in Nice surprise   
    congratulations to you both. its beautiful!
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from ffq-lar in Women of Courage quilt   
    gorgeous quilting! 
     
    i like all the cc quilting. simple yet very effective, especially when mixed with the other design elements. 
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from Bonnie H in Table Topper   
    nicely done bonnie! you added some wonderful quilting motifs to this that truly made the quilt! I hope the hand heals soon.
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from LisaC in Rabbits Prefer Chocolate II   
    Lovely!
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    witha'K'quilting reacted to meg in Happy Anniversary Meg!   
    Thanks for the well wishes.
    Just be glad you're on the other side of the country, Kristina!
    Let's allow this gem to die quietly, shall we?
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    witha'K'quilting got a reaction from queenie123 in Millenium vs Freedom and channel locks   
    i like the horizontal/vertical channel locks on Millie. I use them as Linda...to check straightness.