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    mamu reacted to JenniferBernard in French Braid Jacket done (at last)   
    I designed this jacket for a guild retreat. It is foundation pieced and then quilted with my long arm. It was very hard to keep the piecing precise as you sewed and flipped the strips! I will not try piecing a jacket this way again.
    I am also sending it to Machne Quilting Today in a couple of weeks.
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    mamu got a reaction from ffq-lar in Almost Amish   
    Really beautiful quilting, made this quilt look fantastic!
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    mamu got a reaction from Sheagatzi in Rainbow Log Cabin - help please! - updated finished photos   
    How on earth did you get those swirls so uniform in size and smoothness?  looks great
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    mamu got a reaction from LibbyG in Bargello   
    FANTASTIC!!!  love this quilt pattern, do you know the name of it?
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    mamu got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in Accuquilt or Sizzix? Pro's/Con's?   
    I agree with Oma on the Accuquilt cutter.  If at all possible, I would recommend getting the largest (possibly the studio die cutter model) cutter that you have space for.  I have the small one and am limited on what dies I can use in it.  I still like it, but would really like to have a larger model and will invest in the Studio cutter in the future.  You can use the small dies and largest dies with it and then with the adapters, you can use the other brand dies too 
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    mamu got a reaction from Angi in learning how to machine quilt   
    the way I use to teach my students to quilt on a domestic machine is that I would get some very inexpensive pillow panels (pre printed designs about 12"-20") after we sandwiched them with backing fabric, cotton batting and the panel...pinned every 3-4"... I would have them follow the outlines on the panel.  After that we would go inside the panel and do some background work, swirls, echo lines, meandering.  some would get more adventurous and use different colored threads for each thing we did.
     In doing this they learned how to move fabric under their machines and follow lines plus background fills.
    It might help you to practice this way until you feel more comfortable before trying to quilt your top. 
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    mamu got a reaction from lkl in learning how to machine quilt   
    the way I use to teach my students to quilt on a domestic machine is that I would get some very inexpensive pillow panels (pre printed designs about 12"-20") after we sandwiched them with backing fabric, cotton batting and the panel...pinned every 3-4"... I would have them follow the outlines on the panel.  After that we would go inside the panel and do some background work, swirls, echo lines, meandering.  some would get more adventurous and use different colored threads for each thing we did.
     In doing this they learned how to move fabric under their machines and follow lines plus background fills.
    It might help you to practice this way until you feel more comfortable before trying to quilt your top. 
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    mamu got a reaction from ffq-lar in Traditional colors and stitching-- Dresden Plate   
    Wonderful
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    mamu got a reaction from JeannieB in Five Most Used Colors of Wide Backing Fabric   
    Most of the colors I see are light blue, pale green and tan...just about any cream on cream or tan on tan
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    mamu got a reaction from Lemon Tree Tami in Charity Quilt Doozy   
    I agree with Linda about bed sheets for backers.  I try and stay away from those as it just causes too many problems with tension/thread breakage and I don't need the frustration in dealing with that.  I can't imagine using a 'used' bed sheet to put on the back of a nice quilt top 
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    mamu got a reaction from quiltingjoyful51 in Frixion pens   
    I agree with Linda, we tested these pens and they do leave a faint line even when heat pressed... I found this to be true with light and dark fabrics.
    I still use them when constructing a quilt top or for applique when the lines can be covered with the fabric.  However, I won't use them on any customers quilts.
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    mamu got a reaction from Bonnie H in NQR - Chickenpox   
    Good information Dave 
     
    You can go online and Google information about Chickenpox and shingles.  I have had shingles and I also had chickenpox when I was a child.  
     
    The information I got when I was down with Shingles is this...  with a rash that is blistered or fluid filled, you are contagious to anyone that has never had Chickenpox and can give Chickenpox to them.  If you have the rash without blisters, you are mildly infectious, in any case it is best to not be around people until the rash is under control...which can be several days if not weeks.
    If you have had Chickenpox, the virus can and does lay dormant in your nerve cells until something awakens it....such as long illness, heavy stress, cancer, immune problems.  Not all that get Shingles are older, however it is more common in the elderly.  There are reports of children getting Shingles.  Once you have Shingles, you can get it again...it does effect each person a little different.  Shingles can cause nerve damage where the rash has been, such in my case.  My skin does not have sensitivity where the rash was.  
    You can get the Shingles vaccine (very expensive and most insurances do not cover this), but it is not full proof in preventing you from getting Shingles, although it will lesson the severity and length of this illness.
    You can not get Shingles if you have never had Chickenpox, BUT you can get Chickenpox from Shingles.
    I hope this has answered some of your questions.
     
    I do recommend taking the little fella to the doctor as Chickenpox can cause secondary problems.  Since he is still getting blisters, he is contagious.  Any fluid from the blisters can get into the air, clothing, hands, floor, ... and can be transferred to others.  Chickenpox is a serious illness for the elderly, teenagers, and young adults.  You do not have to have alot of blisters to be seriously ill or have secondary complications from Chickenpox.  This is one of the reasons why most schools require the Chickenpox vaccine prior to going to school.
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    mamu got a reaction from rdearing in Pantagraphs   
    http://www.digitechpatterns.com/
     
    You can have them make your pantograph any size you like.  Also they usually have sales on new patterns the first 10 days of the month...some half price.
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    mamu got a reaction from quiltingjoyful51 in NQR - Chickenpox   
    Good information Dave 
     
    You can go online and Google information about Chickenpox and shingles.  I have had shingles and I also had chickenpox when I was a child.  
     
    The information I got when I was down with Shingles is this...  with a rash that is blistered or fluid filled, you are contagious to anyone that has never had Chickenpox and can give Chickenpox to them.  If you have the rash without blisters, you are mildly infectious, in any case it is best to not be around people until the rash is under control...which can be several days if not weeks.
    If you have had Chickenpox, the virus can and does lay dormant in your nerve cells until something awakens it....such as long illness, heavy stress, cancer, immune problems.  Not all that get Shingles are older, however it is more common in the elderly.  There are reports of children getting Shingles.  Once you have Shingles, you can get it again...it does effect each person a little different.  Shingles can cause nerve damage where the rash has been, such in my case.  My skin does not have sensitivity where the rash was.  
    You can get the Shingles vaccine (very expensive and most insurances do not cover this), but it is not full proof in preventing you from getting Shingles, although it will lesson the severity and length of this illness.
    You can not get Shingles if you have never had Chickenpox, BUT you can get Chickenpox from Shingles.
    I hope this has answered some of your questions.
     
    I do recommend taking the little fella to the doctor as Chickenpox can cause secondary problems.  Since he is still getting blisters, he is contagious.  Any fluid from the blisters can get into the air, clothing, hands, floor, ... and can be transferred to others.  Chickenpox is a serious illness for the elderly, teenagers, and young adults.  You do not have to have alot of blisters to be seriously ill or have secondary complications from Chickenpox.  This is one of the reasons why most schools require the Chickenpox vaccine prior to going to school.
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    mamu got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Customer incentives   
    My customer incentive is to give a coupon card to my regular and most prolific customers.  This card states a 'free' quilting (E2E of my choice) of a lap size (size is stated on card) or smaller quilt, to be used within 6 months and is not transferable.  This has been a big hit with my ladies.  Some get a coupon card twice a year while others get one maybe once every 1 1/2 years, just depending on how many quilts I have done for each person.  
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    mamu got a reaction from JanieN in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    I would have to say my BEST decision was writing out instructions on how to prepare your top and backing for quilting and send them with each quilt I finished.  It made a huge difference on the next quilts I got from my customers.  
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    mamu got a reaction from Lemon Tree Tami in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    I would have to say my BEST decision was writing out instructions on how to prepare your top and backing for quilting and send them with each quilt I finished.  It made a huge difference on the next quilts I got from my customers.  
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    mamu got a reaction from lkl in What's the BEST business decision you've made?   
    I would have to say my BEST decision was writing out instructions on how to prepare your top and backing for quilting and send them with each quilt I finished.  It made a huge difference on the next quilts I got from my customers.  
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    mamu got a reaction from Peggy (SewAsylum) in What's the WORST business decision you've made?   
    I agree with giving friends a little 'extra' and then having them take that 'extra' and run with it!!!  I have been asked to do all sorts of things with out the benefit of $ just because we are 'friends'.  I have started telling them NO and not swaying.  I know that they wouldn't ask someone else that was quilting for them to do these things....so, rather than get resentful, I am just letting them no that I won't be doing any 'extras' without extra pay!!  
    I did charge one gal for the extra ironing, squaring, cutting thread/cleaning, seaming backing.....listed the cost for each item.  She was notorious for giving me quilts that needed all of the above and just figured I would make it all 'right' if something was wrong without paying for it.  Now she makes sure everything is good before she gives the quilt to me!  
    Then I had one lady that consistently would call and say she needed a rush done on a quilt.  Once I started charging her the extra fees for a rush job, she stopped asking for the rush.
    Funny how so many times people will expect those extra's.
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    mamu got a reaction from lkl in What's the WORST business decision you've made?   
    I agree with giving friends a little 'extra' and then having them take that 'extra' and run with it!!!  I have been asked to do all sorts of things with out the benefit of $ just because we are 'friends'.  I have started telling them NO and not swaying.  I know that they wouldn't ask someone else that was quilting for them to do these things....so, rather than get resentful, I am just letting them no that I won't be doing any 'extras' without extra pay!!  
    I did charge one gal for the extra ironing, squaring, cutting thread/cleaning, seaming backing.....listed the cost for each item.  She was notorious for giving me quilts that needed all of the above and just figured I would make it all 'right' if something was wrong without paying for it.  Now she makes sure everything is good before she gives the quilt to me!  
    Then I had one lady that consistently would call and say she needed a rush done on a quilt.  Once I started charging her the extra fees for a rush job, she stopped asking for the rush.
    Funny how so many times people will expect those extra's.
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    mamu got a reaction from Sheagatzi in Bobbin Cam or another tool?   
    You could put a mirror on a broom handle, tape it on.  I think there are some mirrors attached to telescoping wands that are in the auto parts/tools departments??
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    mamu got a reaction from dbams in cost of quilting   
    There are several good discount fabric shops online that you might want to try.  I have purchased from them and the fabric is good quality and I have never had any issues with the fabric.  Most of these shops get fabric that might be out of print or 6 months to a year old and reduce the pricing.  Some shops have weekly discounts on certain lines of fabric.  I never pay retail for fabric it is just too cost prohibitive for me.
    Here are a few to consider
    thousandbolts
    stitchnframe
    fabricshack
    whittles
    connectingthreads
    fabricdepot
    quiltfabriccloseouts
    discountfrabrics
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    mamu got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in cost of quilting   
    There are several good discount fabric shops online that you might want to try.  I have purchased from them and the fabric is good quality and I have never had any issues with the fabric.  Most of these shops get fabric that might be out of print or 6 months to a year old and reduce the pricing.  Some shops have weekly discounts on certain lines of fabric.  I never pay retail for fabric it is just too cost prohibitive for me.
    Here are a few to consider
    thousandbolts
    stitchnframe
    fabricshack
    whittles
    connectingthreads
    fabricdepot
    quiltfabriccloseouts
    discountfrabrics
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    mamu got a reaction from Oma in cost of quilting   
    There are several good discount fabric shops online that you might want to try.  I have purchased from them and the fabric is good quality and I have never had any issues with the fabric.  Most of these shops get fabric that might be out of print or 6 months to a year old and reduce the pricing.  Some shops have weekly discounts on certain lines of fabric.  I never pay retail for fabric it is just too cost prohibitive for me.
    Here are a few to consider
    thousandbolts
    stitchnframe
    fabricshack
    whittles
    connectingthreads
    fabricdepot
    quiltfabriccloseouts
    discountfrabrics
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    mamu got a reaction from whatever66 in Ultimate 11   
    I also have an Ult 11 and purchased it with a stitch regulator already installed.  I do like the stitch regulator and use it a lot.  To have one installed on your machine it would cost around $3,000.  At first I did not like the 'scooting foot' as I had only used a hoping foot before. After my adjustments on the foot height, I no longer have any issues with it.  These machines are nice ones and will work quite well for you for many years.
    If you do have any questions don't hesitate to ask as there is always someone here that can help you.