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  1. I am moving back to Kalamazoo area. Thanks for the info ladies.
  2. I would appreciate input. I don't want to get rid of my Millenium but I am in TX and will be moving to Michigan next winter/spring. I have a 2003 machine with bliss, and hydraulic lift. My dilemma is that most of my furniture is from 1999 or 2002 and I am thinking of just donating it here. So how to move the longarm? I have the original box for the machine head. I can try and get boxes to ship the frame from the local dealer. I only have a small sedan so I can't pull at trailer or fit the machine head in my car. Does anyone have an idea of how much the shipping would cost? I am wondering about selling and getting a new machine maybe with quiltpath for my new location. I don't know if it will be difficult to sell locally (Fort Worth) or if it is reasonable to try and work with an APQS dealer here and in Michigan? Who gets the sale? do dealers take trade ins or can I work with APQS Headquarters? I would appreciate any ideas. Peggy
  3. thanks Jennifer. I will definitely try it that way. PeggyB
  4. Thanks Ladies. I hope to start the beadboarding tomorrow. I am planning on jumping over the applique. I will post pics. PeggyB
  5. Ladies can you help me out? I have the quiltazoid and I want to do beadboard around an applique border. I am going to start in the corner and have a miter line so that the corner is beadboard horizontal and vertical meeting on the miter. My question is when you use quiltazoid to do this what is the best method? Do you sew vertical, stop at the miter then move the board and due the horizontal and repeat until you reach far enough that you can just do all the horizontal across? Any tips or suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks, PeggyB
  6. I have had low back pain for years. I think on this forum 3 years ago or so I read about different shoes people wear for standing and quilting. Based on those posts I tried MBT shoes and most of my pain has gone away. I think alot of my pain was from years of poor posture (plus two injuries from my 20's) no affiliation with the company it just has made a world of difference for me PeggyB
  7. I have enjoyed every class I have taken from her.
  8. How creative! I really like it and thanks for the tip about using foam.
  9. PeggyB


    It is perfect for that quilt!
  10. this is the whole quilt, binding isn't finished on lower left. It came out pretty
  11. I had been intrigued by this pattern. Thanks for showing it with such beautiful quilting.
  12. I agree with Linda. Also when you use the products you purchase wholesale you have to pay the sales tax you would have paid had you sold it to someone else. So at least in Texas I have to pay or at least file sales & use taxes
  13. Please add me also Peggy
  14. This is a fun idea. I haven't been blogging much lately but I just recharged my camera battery so I will post something this weekend
  15. I know someone who would be interested. Where are you located? and is this something you can ship or are you looking for local pickup? Thanks,
  16. isn't 12 wt kind of heavy for a longarm? I bought one sppol to play with some bobbin work on my domestic sewing machine, after I heard Ricky Tims speak but I haven't tried it yet.
  17. I read her post and I think I understand what she is thinking... In an older post she supplied a link to the winners I looked at the winners and even in the small pictures with no close up on the quilting I thought most had visual impact. Ann Fahl's quilt have a very strong visual impact, but I am not sure all quilts need to have a design so strong you see it from across the room. I thought there were some very traditional applique quilts in the winners. I do like the idea that there be a separate category for an original pattern. I quilt more heavily since I have purchased a longarm and I do like the look so I don't agree with one commenter on Ann's blog (not Ann herself) that said heavy quilting belongs on a whole cloth where it is the star. I think there needs to be a synergy between the quilt and the quilting something that makes the quilt better whether it shows or not. I think the quilts with paint and bling are pretty but they should be in a separate category from more traditional. I have mixed feeling on photos printed on fabric (no piecing) and then quilted heavily should be in the same category as more traditional work. I do love going to the big shows. I love the wow factor and I think I learn from everything I see and my quilts are better for it.
  18. Other services a longarmer can offer Storing batting and fabric and how much to buy initially Pressing the backing fabric vs just spraying water on it and rolling it smooth Fabric bleeding Will moving the quilt with the needle in tear the fabric? When would you do traditional trapunto vs faux? How to decide what to charge customers Do I need a website to have a business? Do you trim the excess batting and backing for the customer? Sharing photos of customer’s quilts? Do I have to trim all the excess threads on a customer’s quilt? Working with batiks What do I quilt first? Borders , SID, middle, fill?
  19. A group of ladies made this as a good-bye gift for one of the quilters moving away from Texas. I did McTavishing behind the boots, outlined the barbed wire in the squares and loops and stars in the black.
  20. If you plan to move in 4 -5 years, I think that would be a consideration also..because you would have been building clientele in one area and then starting over in another. I think getting the RN would be a great idea. I don't mean to discourage you. The ideal would be to go to nursing school and also get a longarm. I think anyone who approaches this needs to weigh many factors. Dealing with customers, dealing with deadlines, dealing with quilts waiting to be done etc.
  21. I have also heard that you might want to use two batts when you have to use a different color bobbin thread to reduce possibilities of pokies
  22. thanks Bonnie. that looks good and fast.