LisaC

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    LisaC reacted to Gator in Woven Rosewood Quilt Finish   
    Beautiful, I love the colors.  Perfect name for the quilt.
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    LisaC reacted to lisae in Woven Rosewood Quilt Finish   
    It is so pretty! I love how it turned out! The quilting is just right. 
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    LisaC reacted to mlsa3 in Woven Rosewood Quilt Finish   
    Beautiful quilt.  I agree....just enough quilting on this...really adds to it.  If you decide it doesn't look right on your bed I can send you my address.
     
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    LisaC got a reaction from dianne31331 in Woven Rosewood Quilt Finish   
    I can't remember the last time I posted a finished quilt photo and I love seeing all of yours. Here is a recent finish; I pieced this quilt over the past two or three years. I found the gorgeous Robyn Pandolph border fabric on sale and bought the rest of the bolt and the one coordinate they had.  My heart wanted me to quilt this thing to death; but my logical side said NO! Finish it; it goes on your bed and your dog will sleep on it!  At any rate, it is finished and we are enjoying it. I used Quilters Dream Wool Batting and a variety of Glide and Sew Fine threads; quilting is all freehand and ruler work. Thank you for looking!


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    LisaC got a reaction from cegates in Woven Rosewood Quilt Finish   
    I can't remember the last time I posted a finished quilt photo and I love seeing all of yours. Here is a recent finish; I pieced this quilt over the past two or three years. I found the gorgeous Robyn Pandolph border fabric on sale and bought the rest of the bolt and the one coordinate they had.  My heart wanted me to quilt this thing to death; but my logical side said NO! Finish it; it goes on your bed and your dog will sleep on it!  At any rate, it is finished and we are enjoying it. I used Quilters Dream Wool Batting and a variety of Glide and Sew Fine threads; quilting is all freehand and ruler work. Thank you for looking!


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    LisaC got a reaction from Oma in Woven Rosewood Quilt Finish   
    I can't remember the last time I posted a finished quilt photo and I love seeing all of yours. Here is a recent finish; I pieced this quilt over the past two or three years. I found the gorgeous Robyn Pandolph border fabric on sale and bought the rest of the bolt and the one coordinate they had.  My heart wanted me to quilt this thing to death; but my logical side said NO! Finish it; it goes on your bed and your dog will sleep on it!  At any rate, it is finished and we are enjoying it. I used Quilters Dream Wool Batting and a variety of Glide and Sew Fine threads; quilting is all freehand and ruler work. Thank you for looking!


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    LisaC got a reaction from Marie0722 in Woven Rosewood Quilt Finish   
    I can't remember the last time I posted a finished quilt photo and I love seeing all of yours. Here is a recent finish; I pieced this quilt over the past two or three years. I found the gorgeous Robyn Pandolph border fabric on sale and bought the rest of the bolt and the one coordinate they had.  My heart wanted me to quilt this thing to death; but my logical side said NO! Finish it; it goes on your bed and your dog will sleep on it!  At any rate, it is finished and we are enjoying it. I used Quilters Dream Wool Batting and a variety of Glide and Sew Fine threads; quilting is all freehand and ruler work. Thank you for looking!


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    LisaC reacted to Sue E. in Woven Rosewood Quilt Finish   
    Very nice. I really like how you "quilted in" a border in the lighter patches of the star. I need to remember this! Very pretty quilt.
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    LisaC got a reaction from Marie0722 in Zoe the Zebra   
    Your quilting in amazing and really makes the quilt!
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    LisaC got a reaction from quiltmonkey in Finished this one a few days ago...   
    Exquisite, Shana! Thank you for sharing!!!! I love it. Prayers going up for your client!
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    LisaC got a reaction from quiltmonkey in My Dilemma   
    I bought a 5 year old used Mille  that I have now owned for 8 years. I only quilt for myself, too. I have never regretted  purchasing a quality top of the line machine rather than a less price new machine. APQS machines are easy to work on yourself and they have a lot of guides, videos and help.
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    LisaC got a reaction from LibbyG in String of Pearls   
    Libby, very beautiful work, as usual. You are a wonderful quilter!
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    LisaC got a reaction from lisae in My Dilemma   
    I bought a 5 year old used Mille  that I have now owned for 8 years. I only quilt for myself, too. I have never regretted  purchasing a quality top of the line machine rather than a less price new machine. APQS machines are easy to work on yourself and they have a lot of guides, videos and help.
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    LisaC got a reaction from dbams in Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!   
    Somehow I missed this post! Wow! Yes, tears in my eyes. How wonderful of Roland and yes, Betsy, you deserve that ribbon. God Bless You and thank you for sharing.
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    LisaC reacted to yankiequilter in Stitch In the Ditch on longarm   
    I mostly quilt for myself and almost exclusively do custom quilting, ditching all blocks, sashing and borders.  In the past I used monopoly however earlier this year switched to Wonderfil's  Invisifil and Superior's Micro Quilter and I believe both of these threads are 100wt poly.  They are extremely fine, blend very well, and I can see it a lot better than the monopoly so it is easier to find the thread and thread the needle.  I have used the Invisifil and Micro Quilter for stitching around applique as well as background quilting.   For all over quilting I do as posted by fbaldwin.
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    LisaC got a reaction from piecrust in Which type of pen do you use? ... or which fabric?   
    I also use the 08 Micron Pigma Pens; they are wonderful!
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    LisaC got a reaction from qltnbe in Gathering Baskets   
    It is gorgeous!! I love basket quilts; what a great job on piecing and quilting!
     
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    LisaC reacted to Quilta93 in Niece wanted to make a quilt   
    My niece, Sydney, visited for a week from Minnesota, because she wanted to see us and wanted to learn to quilt. She'll be 14 next month.  She saved her money and bought a sewing machine.  The only sewing she's really done was in the class the place she bought her sewing machine offered for new machine owners.  I've taught adults, but not kids.  I told her to look through a book of blocks and choose the ones she liked. I vetoed all but the one in the pictures.  I decided to make 18" inch blocks, so she only needed to make 6 blocks. It ended up looking too long and skinny, so we decided to make 3 more blocks.  Sydney did most of the cutting and sewing. I did all the pinning. I had her practice drawing what she wanted to quilt, and then quilt it on some sheets I cut down, using my Millie. She decided to quilt feathers and swirls in the sashing, and I suggested meandering in the blocks. She did one block, and didn't like it at all, so we ripped it out.  She ended up doing feathers in all the blocks. She did all the quilting. She had never even seen a longarm until she saw mine.  I'm amazed at how well she did. She said she had no idea what making a quilt involved. With all the work she did in one week, she didn't get burned out. She wants to come back, and thinks she can go home and make a quilt using the churn dash block.    Deb.  
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    LisaC reacted to AnnP in My very first RUDE customer and I've been quilting for 11 years!   
    Yes. Let it go! When we keep that ugly resentfulness in us, it only hurts us. Like LibbyG said We cant control people only how we deal with it!
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    LisaC got a reaction from LibbyG in Applique wall hangings   
    Beautiful, Libby! As usual! I love your work.
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    LisaC reacted to mamu in Loyal customers. ???   
    I agree with Linda.  You upgraded to a computerized system but your customers are not interested in that, they just want a nice design on their quilts that do not cost them so much.  I have found that if a person is wanting a panto or all over design, they want this because they do not want to add more cost to their quilt.  The only time I have had customers ask for custom or more detailed all over designs is that they are either gifting as a special gift or wanting to place the quilt in a show.  Quilters are looking for the best deal they can get and the best quilting they can get.  You have lost some of your clients because of your increase in price.  You were wanting to off set the upgrade cost and hoping to get your clients to pay for this upgrade, hoping they would appreciate that computerized will make the designs more perfect for them.   I do not have a computerized system and  exclusively do panto's for my customers.  I use to offer both custom and pantos, but found that my bread and butter was in the pantos, so I only do custom for myself now.  There are other longarmers (some computerized) in my small rural area that do custom and some of my customers go to them for custom when that is what they want.   However, they always come to me for their pantos because I offer lower price and a fast turn around time.  These things are very important to them.   I have often thought of upgrading to a computerized system, but only to shorten my time at the machine and produce a better stitch line in designs.  It would help me do more quilts in less time I think, thus the volume of quilts done would actually help pay for this upgrade. 
    As Linda said... offer some incentives to get your clients to come back.  With more people getting their own quilting machines, we need to keep our businesses going with incentive marketing.  Know what your quilters want, know what is being offered out there from other longarmers and adjust your  pricing accordingly.
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    LisaC reacted to ffq-lar in Loyal customers. ???   
    No one has replied, so I will gingerly step in and give you my take on the problem. Adding a computer to your machine does not mean that you should raise your prices above the industry standard, especially for overall designs. The customer doesn't care how you get there or what you use---they are interested in the finished product and don't want to pay extra for computerized when someone else can do the same thing for less. I'm talking about pantos/overalls, not custom. Also, you have "niched" yourself. You have inadvertently sent a message to your customers that you are out of the panto/overall business by showing lots of custom quilting. Custom=$$$$ to everyone. Make some simple quilt tops and quilt them with overalls or a panto and show them everywhere. Remind them that you're still around and offering the less-expensive quilting. I think your customers perception of what you offer and your pricing has been muddled---that you are now too expensive. To get them back in the fold, use your favorite method to contact them and offer a blow-them-away deal on pantos and overalls "exclusively for you, my favorite customer". Any size quilt up to a Queen (you supply the limit for dimensions) with a choice of three pantos/computerized or freehand overall (not a big meander) for $100. This will price you at less than a cent-and-a-half, but will give your business a boost. They will dig out all the big UFOs and maybe get one done as a Christmas gift. Limit the number (like first 20 quilts) and limit the month---like November only or first two weeks in January. See if that will nudge them back to you. Good luck---it's disheartening when the customers you think are friends stop becoming customers.
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    LisaC got a reaction from whitepinesquilter in Update: Memory Quilts and a FREEDOM Purchase!   
    Marci, I am so sorry for your loss! Your brother had good taste in shirt plaids ! Your quilts are spectacular!!! Congratulations on your new Mille!
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    LisaC reacted to Sharon Deming in Patriot Quilt Design   
    There are bound to be plenty of ideas on Pinterest for patriotic quilts. I have  a pattern for one for sale on Craftsy:
    https://www.craftsy.com/quilting/patterns/medal-of-honor-a-quilt-of-valor/158367
    The gentleman is the husband of a friend of mine. She made the quilt as a Quilt of Valor for him.
     

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    LisaC got a reaction from dbams in Letter from Himself (RitaR's husband)   
    Wonderful post and pictures!  Thank you all!