mamu

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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 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.
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    mamu got a reaction from ffq-lar in Easy-peasy fudge   
    I made another version....
     
    Used semi-sweet choc chips for first layer.  While in freg, I made up another batch with milk choc chips.  I added that to the other layer.  I also had added nuts to both.  Made a pleasing milk choc and dark choc look when cut into sqs and everyone loved the flavor of both milk and dark chocolate.   
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    mamu got a reaction from Liam in UFO Top Finished, Suggestions Please   
    OMG!  What a fantastic quilt!!!  I like all the suggestions and might add the possibility of fern fronds?
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    mamu got a reaction from quiltmonkey in I'm Never gonna feel guilty about the size of my stash!   
    My husband has never said anything about my stash.  I wonder if it is because he has loaded up 2 acres of our land with his precious items?? 
     
    Yes, I agree with everyone about our stash of fabric and craft items.  It is therapy for a quilter's soul
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    mamu got a reaction from Lora Ferguson in Instructions to customers   
    I have made up my own page of "how to prepare your quilt top and backing for quilting".  For the quilts that have issues, I put the paper in with the quilt and tell the customer that there is additional information for them to read.  Sometimes if the quilt or backing is really bad (like what you described) I actually go over the paper with the client and tell them why.  I have not had any more issues with these ladies since I have done that.  Most of the time it they just didn't know.  Education helps our job a lot  
     
    As for the 'freebies' that you do.  If the backing is bad, I send it back.  If the top is really bad, I send it back and I tell them why.  People just don't understand what is needed for good results on machine quilting.  So many times we here "it will quilt out".  Remember your reputation as a quilter is on the line, regardless if it is charity or for pay.
    Should they still want you to quilt it, then tell them you charge for ironing, fixing seams, trimming threads and cleaning.  You said you were trying to start your business and wanted to build a client list and one way was to do charity quilts.  Be careful that these same people don't take advantage of you and your generosity.
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    mamu got a reaction from ffq-lar in Easy-peasy fudge   
    I have made this too!  works great. 
     
    My version is the same as Linda's for the base.  While the first base is in the refrigerator I then  make a second layer using a pkg of semi-sweet choc chips melted with 1 1/2-2 cups peanut butter and about 1 cup powder sugar...all melted and mixed together.  Pour on top of the base and refrigerate till hard.
    Cut into small sq's and enjoy!!
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    mamu got a reaction from Oma in Fantastic Thursday   
    I had grand plans on reorganizing my sewing room......    then hubby planned out my day by insisting I do a ride along with him to pick up some fencing materials.  Was a nice drive, winter wonderland with all the snow. Very festive looking.  Have all of my shopping done, decorations up, baking and candy making done and all Christmas quilts finished for clients.  I guess I can relax and just do what ever I want before the first of the year hits.   
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    mamu got a reaction from Oma in NQR - Sending Christmas packages   
    I agree, this was totally unacceptable!   I do have a wonderful UPS driver and even the sub driver is great.  I live rural Montana and sometimes the driver has to drive several miles to an address for delivery.  We have had pkg's delivered after 8pm during Holiday times.  I see the UPS trucks on the road by 7am...so I know they are working many hours per day trying to get pkg's out.  However, sloppy and lazy delivery of pkg's such as this, WRONG and I would have notified the local office as well as the CEO.  I do hope you get a response.
     
    As for the pkgs being ripped open.. all I have to say is tape those boxes up like Fort Knox!  When I was in college I would work Holiday rush at a delivery facility for UPS.  Those boxes get THROWN, BOUNCED, SHUFFLED AND STACKED prior to actually getting in a delivery truck.  After seeing how pkg's are treated, I have always used a lot of packing tape on any boxes I ship regardless if it is UPS, USPS or FEDEX.  My daughter complains that she has to use a chainsaw to open my packages!
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    mamu got a reaction from maggienoella in So frustrated   
    When I started quilting for others I found that custom work was way too stressful for me and took too much time. I didn't get the money from custom work to off set the hours spent.  Then the customer base here really didn't want to spend a lot of $ on quilting.  So, I went to E2E/panto work only.  My customers are very happy with their quilts and I am happy that I don't have the stress.  Plus, I can do a couple of E2E/panto quilts a day, doubling my profit. 
    I started my customer base by using my quilt group friends.  I also give out a 'free E2E quilting lap size or smaller' with every paid 8 quilts quilted for a customer.  This has really helped increase my customers and they are thrilled that they can work towards getting a 'freebie'.  I have found that doing all of this has helped me work as much or as little at quilting for others, as I want.  Way less stress makes for a happy quilter and happy customers.
    Sometimes a person just has to figure out the 'comfort zone' with themselves and their customers. 
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    mamu got a reaction from meg in Piecing thread   
    I also use Masterpiece thread and use the thread holder stand on the back of the machine.  Masterpiece has changed their thread from 2 ply to 3 ply to accommodate the newer machines that have the tighter tensions.  I have an 180E Bernina that I have used Masterpiece in when this thread first came out and never had an issue.  I recently purchased a newer model Bernina and had lots of trouble with the Masterpiece thread breaking. When I went to the 3 ply (which you can only get 3 ply now) I did not have this breakage issue.  I purchase the large cones and they last me through several quilt projects.  I also get my thread through Sewthankful.com as this is the best place I have found for pricing on this thread.
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    mamu got a reaction from tyquilter in Let's do this again--your "best" goof-up.   
    Well... anyone get a black eye?  Yep  happened to me. 
    I was trying to see inside the machine where the arm is moving up and down with the thread.... being really close (obviously) trying to see inside and accidently hit the 'on' button... yep arm moving fast up and down hitting my face... knocked me several times before I responded enough to get the heck out of the way!
    Can't fix 'stupid'....  
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    mamu got a reaction from Marti10245 in Rating an iron   
    I have used Rowenta's for years.  However, it seems the newer ones do have some issues.  The Rowenta I am using now has auto shut off and will heat up fairly quickly when needed. It does have an issue with steam...sometimes it steams and sometimes it doesn't.  I have had this iron for about five years, so I guess it is doing okay for having used it for so long.
    I have always thought that I would go with a less expensive model when this one dies and just replace it when needed.
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    mamu got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Pulling my hair out....frustrated...HELP!   
    Wow Dave.... what an interesting career life you have had.
     
    Well, we are thinking it is fixed...keeping fingers crossed.  We went through a whole tab of needles though.  I am getting ready to start a pantograph to see just how things are adjusted. 
     
    We did find out that there is about a 1/16th play in the needle bar and I am wondering if we need to order bushings?  Any thoughts on that?
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    mamu got a reaction from Marti10245 in Used Intellistitch   
    Well, that is an interesting question.  I believe that the motor is totally changed out on the machine to accommodate the Intellistitch.  So I wonder if removing the Intellistitch you would even have a machine that would work?  I have never seen a used Intellistitch being sold.  I would contact Intellistitch and ask them.  You can google for their web site and contact info
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    mamu got a reaction from Twoguyswhoquilt in Long arm advice for a newbie   
    Jim gives  some very solid advice.  Figure out your budget and stick to it.  Purchase what you can afford and remember that you can always upgrade in the future.  There always seems to be more and more bells and whistles that are put onto the newer machines. This can be a benefit or not, depending on what you think you will use.  Decide what you will be happy with knowing that you can always upgrade later on.  Also, you need to figure out where you are going to put your long arm machine and what amount of space you will need for it.  I wouldn't go smaller than a 12' table.  You can do king size quilts on a 12' just fine.  If you have the space, go for a 14'..but keep in mind most people do not have that large of a space and so resale might be an issue with the larger table.
     
    I purchased a used ULT 11 with Intelestitch, a 12' foot table and have been quite happy with it.  Should I decide to upgrade, I may just keep this little work horse and let my husband play on it when he retires!
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    mamu got a reaction from anicatt in UK Quilt Retreat 2014   
    Oh my goodness.... I would love to go to this.  I am thinking it would be a huge cost factor for me though.  Will give it some serious consideration.
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    mamu got a reaction from sewlinzi in UK Quilt Retreat 2014   
    Oh my goodness.... I would love to go to this.  I am thinking it would be a huge cost factor for me though.  Will give it some serious consideration.
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    mamu got a reaction from pumpkinpatchquilter in 1930's Aunt Grace Sampler Custom Quilting and a Ribbon!   
    My goodness, you have really advanced in your quilting ability!!!   Good Job
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    mamu got a reaction from Oma in Is anybody up for a swap?   
    Mailed my blocks today....whew   was a marathon run getting the old embroidery machine to finish up all of those.  Of course I would choose a design that had LOTS of color changes   but, they are done and on their way!!!!
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    mamu got a reaction from Bonnie H in Sharing latest quilt   
    Well, you need to publish that pattern as it is one of the best cowboy baby quilt patterns I have ever seen!  Since we have a ranch and all my family live on ranches...the kids get cowboy/cowgirl baby quilts.  I really love your quilt
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    mamu got a reaction from Dyan in My daughter's children's book....   
    Congratulations!
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    mamu got a reaction from HeidiP in Discounts for Multiple Quilts?   
    Well, I guess I am red faced here because I do give a discount.  Actually, I keep a file with each person I quilt for on a card.  I keep track of ea quilt for that person and what was paid. Then on the eighth quilt done, they get a free E2E lap top or smaller quilting, my choice of design and they supply all materials.  This discount has to be used by them within 6 months, not during Holiday times and I write it out on a business card of which they have to submit with the quilt.  With all of the ladies I quilt for I have only had four ladies take me up on this offer!  One was for a table topper, baby quilt, wall hanging, lap top quilt.  They really like the idea of being able to have a 'freebie' to use, even if they don't use it.
    I think you have to do what works for your area and for the people you quilt for.  Since I am very rural and in a financially depressed area, this just seems to work well for me.
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    mamu reacted to irene rose in How I organized my panto's for showing customers...   
    I do this also.  I also keep an alphabetical list of all my pantos in the front of my book.  It keeps me from accidently re-ordering a panto that I like.   
        I made my list on an Excell spread sheet.  It includes the name of the panto, size, source / who made the panto, and the degree of complexity of the panto (for pricing).  And, it's easy to update.
       Also, when my new pantos arrive, before they go into the designated bin, I copy them on my printer.  Then, they can be put away.  The new pantos go in the front of my pantos book - in their "new" tab - until I update my list.  I update my list every few months.  Doing it this way keeps it from being too big of a task.