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  1. Betsy, nice job on the tribute quilt. I've had my machine longer, but I don't do the volume of quilts others on the forum quilt. So, I still try to learn something on every quilt. Great job taking the class and then taking the plunge on a quilt. Lynn
  2. As we wait for snow in Atlanta, that quilt makes my heart scream "Spring!!!!" Great job Dell. Lynn
  3. As always, thank you to everyone for your support. I eagerly await a picture of the birthday girl with her quilt:)
  4. My customer's daughter turns 21 next week. The customer was cleaning out her storage boxes this fall and found all of her daughter's little girl clothes. She asked me to make a quilt from the clothes. We picked a very simple pattern to keep the focus on the clothing. The customer didn't want an all over pattern, so I pretty much put in everything but the kitchen sink including my first use of curved cross hatching in a block, several clam shell blocks, and lots of quiltazoid designs. The non-overlapping egg/dart sashing ties things together. I added a label on the back that has a pictur
  5. I also use the R&S boards. It takes a little while to get the hang of things, but the effort is really worth it. As an all over pattern on so many quilt tops, BF and swirls are hard to beat.
  6. This blue and white quilt is the first one my customer ever pieced (and appliqued and paper pieced and. . . . . She is with the State Department and is frequently posted to interesting places. During one assignment, she took a quilting class. I can't imagine doing this for my first quilt; what an adventurous teacher and group of students! The quilting is a lot of meandering, cc'ing with triple play rulers, a few quiltazoid designs, a couple of freehand feather designs, and a sashing design out of Linda Rech's book. Nothing fancy, but the quilt deserved more than a simple all over. Batti
  7. James, The quilt is fine. Quilted and used is better than wadded/folded up in a drawer or closet. Do take into consideration all of the advice for buying batting online. It's worth it not to have to make do with batts that may be fine for hand quilting but not fine for longarming. Lynn P.S. Happy New Year
  8. Congratulations to both you and your customer!!!!!!!!!!!! Lynn
  9. Lyn, Thanks for the wedding pictures. These are great. Lynn
  10. Do have the Kleenex ready for when the customer picks up the quilt. You've done a lovely job of giving this customer a beautiful reminder of her grandmother. Lynn
  11. Debbie, The quilt is just beautiful. I agree with the others - feel no guilt. Be amazed that during your caregiving services you found time to make such a treasure. I'm sure that your mother feels the love and comfort quilted into your gift for her. The time you are spending with your mom now is hard but precious. It is so important to be with people and to witness these transitions in their and in our own lives. In our hurry-up, I want this now world - time is the most precious gift. The quilt and your presence are both gifts of time. Lynn
  12. Debbie, Her applique and your quilting are just gorgeous. Please give us more details - thread, batting, how long . . . . were you quilting solid all week? Lynn
  13. It is a joy to hear the excitement in your voice - may be the best part of my day. A friend sent me a quote today: "Good friends are like quilts-they age with you, yet never lose their warmth." Amen. Lynn
  14. I think you need to figure out what your hourly rate needs to be - whether it is $7/hour or $20/hour. When I have a custom order, I take the time to actually make a block and carefully time myself. I figure that I will get faster as the piecing goes and figure that in to estimating how much time it will take me to piece the top. Beware, adding borders carefully takes more time that one thinks it should. Then I charge standard rates for quilting and binding. Be clear with your customer about who buys fabric and batting. If that is your responsibility, figure that into the quilt cost separa
  15. Beverly, Thank you for remembering to share the story and the quilt. Indeed, you gave a meaningful gift to this family. I understand why they cried. Lynn
  16. Glad to read that you are home. Take care as you heal and keep us posted on the biopsy results. Lynn
  17. Dear Linda and Adam, You produced a quality product for a reasonable price that allowed many of us to work, with precision, from the front of the machine. May you find happiness in whatever you do. Lynn
  18. It's all gorgeous, but I really love the way you made the lettering pop on the lower left (as we look at it) part of the quilt. Lynn
  19. Love seeing the comparison of regular lighting and blacklight lighting. I've also used the blacklight to give me the needed contrast to see stitching. It's so hard when the thread 'perfectly' matches whatever fabric one is sewing on. The quilt looks great. I like that we can see the feathers on the minkee back as well. Lynn
  20. "Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp, Or what's a heaven for?" (Robert Browning) Sometimes I fall prey to envy of others work, but then I slap myself up side the head and keep on going. I use the forum and pictures of glorious work as inspiration. Superb quilting comes from both talent and from dedicated PPP'ing. I draw more than I once did, but I still don't practice enough to reach the skill level I want. That is no one's fault but my own. I attract more clients who want start-to-finish quilts rather than tops quilted; thus I go through times where I spend more time pie
  21. Kay, Thanks for the info! Toot away on your horn - you do such gorgeous work. I'm pleased for you that you've been recognized for your work. Lynn
  22. Rita, Thank you so much for the description of your trip. So glad that it raised your spirits. Belatedly, Happy Anniversary to you and to Himself. Lynn
  23. LineaMarie, Your pricing on the large quilts may even be on the low side. Your customers have gotten a good deal from you. Lynn
  24. My experience has been that people's eyes glaze over when you give them complicated pricing - so much per block but then you have to pay for materials, batting, quilting, binding, etc. People who quilt or craft understand all of the separate charges; non-quilters just want a price. Of course, you have to have control over materials to be able to give a flat price per shirt. I end up charging between $20 and $25 per shirt depending on the quality of backing, sashing, and border fabric. Check out www.campusquilts.com. Their per shirt block charge decreases as the number of shirts increases.