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    nancys13 reacted to dbams in double batting   
    Wool batting is also nice and warm.  I love Quilter's Dream Wool.
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    nancys13 got a reaction from dbams in Scoop Foot   
    I should have just read the forum!  Found one!
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    nancys13 got a reaction from quilterkp in Information   
    Patty, I took this course and I think it was worth it.  It was a bit pricey at $500 but I learned from this class what it would have taken me years to learn on my own.  It covers a wide range of topics.  I had to produce work that I needed to send to Dawn for critique.  It was not an easy course and it was a challenge while working full time. 
    good luck!
    Nancy
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    nancys13 got a reaction from dbams in Great loss to our sewing community, Nancy Zieman   
    I had the great pleasure to take a class from Nancy at the Wisconsin Quilt Expo in 2016, and was able to meet her as well.  She was just so nice and so "regular" if you know what I mean.  Connie, I thought of her as a friend too.  It's like those of us who have a passion for quilting and sewing have a kinship.  I have been sad all week. Prayers for her family and thanksgiving to God for the gifts that she shared with us.

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    nancys13 reacted to Gator in Great loss to our sewing community, Nancy Zieman   
    I know most of you probably already heard Nancy Zieman lost her battle with cancer and is now with our father in heaven.  I never met her but felt  like she was a friend.  I learnt so much from her online show and looked so forward to watching it.  In fact,  I have 30 something shows on my DVR and her latest Nancy's Notions catalog in my brief case today.  She was on the air since 1982, retired 2 years ago but still was involved in the show and her other businesses.   I especially loved her anniversary show and her book "Seams Unlikely".  Let's all  pray for her family and all her fans, she is missed.
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    nancys13 got a reaction from gkazee in Using Two Layers of Batting   
    Kathy, I saw that you mentioned your Type A personality with a little perfectionism thrown in!   I hear ya!
    A few months after I got my Lenni (2 years ago) I jumped in with both feet and signed up for a class through craftonlineuniversity.com .   It is called APQS Longarm Certification, Sponsored by Fons and Porter.   Dawn Cavanaugh teaches the class.  It's 14 lessons spanning maybe 16 weeks or so.  It is not for the faint of heart!  Dawn is a great teacher and she expects a lot.....so that should feed your perfectionism.  It is pricey ---   $499.00!  But, what I learned in that class would have taken me years to learn on my own.  Most of the assignments are mailed to Dawn and she personally critiques them.  For being an online course it is very hands on and I cannot say enough about Dawn.  The course also covers starting and building a business; it is pretty all encompassing.  
    I am happy to say I passed the class and have the Certificate framed on my wall to prove it!    Look into it.....good luck!
    Nancy
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    nancys13 reacted to Gator in Loyal customers. ???   
    Lora, great topic which needs to be brought up every now and then.  I like hearing what's happening in other parts of the country and world.  I have Millie with an IQ.  I did not raise  my prices when I got my computer.  I didn't need to because I could do more quilts which evened the field.  I charge a penny and a half for loose pantos/e2e and 2 pennies for tight pantos/e2e.  I have a Quilt finishing shop a block away from me (I'm also in a small town) who charges about the same.  The owner and I have a great relationship because she just does pantos/e2e.  She also sells batting, wide backs and flannel.  She does no custom, so she sends those customers to me or another longarmer.  There's work for everyone.  You really have to flow with the local pricing or you will loose those "bread and butter" customers.  When I moved to Michigan, I asked around about longarm pricing before I decided on what to charge.  I ask my customers  to pick out the panto they want from the hundreds I have  but  if a customer wants a particular panto design that I don't have (i.e. hippos, fire hose, particular flowers),  I charge them a one time special design charge of $15.00,  plus my normal square inch charge.  It will help you build your design catalog fast  without coming directly from your pocket.  I do the same with my embroidery business. 
    Great info, advise and thoughts everyone.
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    nancys13 got a reaction from Oma in NQR - "Dignity" statue in SD and other stuff   
    Wow, that truly is beautiful. Wish I could see it in person!  I wonder when the sun shines if the light plays with the star panels.
    Thanks for sharing Oma.  I sure hope you are healing well!
     
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    nancys13 got a reaction from Quilta93 in Magnifier warning   
    Thanks for the tips. The things we learned in science class really do apply in the real world!
     
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    nancys13 got a reaction from AnnP in Can Lucey handles this?   
    I think that would be a good compromise.  I feel bad for her that she did this to shirts that cannot be replaced.  Live and learn I guess!
    Good luck, and good for you for finding a way to help her.
     
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    nancys13 got a reaction from quilterkp in Blissed Lenni table arrived   
    Very exciting!  Post more pics!
     
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    nancys13 got a reaction from quilterkp in Best Feather Book?   
    I agree that a video is the way to go, but it is not ALL that you have to do.  Practice, practice, practice with a dry erase marker on a vertical then a horizontal surface. Then throw a big piece of muslin on your machine and do feathers up, down, diagonally, backwards, inverted, however you can think of doing them.   I never ever thought I would be able to do feathers....of course I am no expert, but I do a decent job. There is a certain rhythm to feathers; it's like a dance.  Good luck!
     
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    nancys13 got a reaction from Mindy in The Millie Give Away   
    Mindy, you have such a good point.  I know they have these contests regularly.  I should just not enter and hope for the winner each time to be someone who does not own an APQS yet..... Like you!!
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    nancys13 got a reaction from MaryQuiltsTx in Best Feather Book?   
    I agree that a video is the way to go, but it is not ALL that you have to do.  Practice, practice, practice with a dry erase marker on a vertical then a horizontal surface. Then throw a big piece of muslin on your machine and do feathers up, down, diagonally, backwards, inverted, however you can think of doing them.   I never ever thought I would be able to do feathers....of course I am no expert, but I do a decent job. There is a certain rhythm to feathers; it's like a dance.  Good luck!
     
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    nancys13 reacted to Mindy in The Millie Give Away   
    I would be happy with a Lenni!
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    nancys13 got a reaction from Mindy in The Millie Give Away   
    My morning routine is off too!  Now what??  My phone has not rung yet either, there are no voice mails, or emails.  I feel greedy wanting one so bad when I have a Lenni (which I do love).  If I win I will really really want to quit my job.  Might not be a good idea.....how would I buy fabric then? 
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    nancys13 got a reaction from quilterkp in Quilting ideas needed please - Finished quilt pics posted   
    I like the idea of treating the colored blocks as flower pots, but I think it would be better if you rotated the quilt 180 degrees so the top of the flower pots are the longer edge.  I also agree that stitching in the white space would be spectacular and have a bigger effect. You could do the same type of quilted flower but in different variations...flower leaning to the left, to the right, smaller, singles, multiples, etc.  Now I want to do one!
     
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    nancys13 got a reaction from dlnewell in Quilting ideas needed please - Finished quilt pics posted   
    I like the idea of treating the colored blocks as flower pots, but I think it would be better if you rotated the quilt 180 degrees so the top of the flower pots are the longer edge.  I also agree that stitching in the white space would be spectacular and have a bigger effect. You could do the same type of quilted flower but in different variations...flower leaning to the left, to the right, smaller, singles, multiples, etc.  Now I want to do one!
     
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    nancys13 got a reaction from dbams in Quilting ideas needed please - Finished quilt pics posted   
    I like the idea of treating the colored blocks as flower pots, but I think it would be better if you rotated the quilt 180 degrees so the top of the flower pots are the longer edge.  I also agree that stitching in the white space would be spectacular and have a bigger effect. You could do the same type of quilted flower but in different variations...flower leaning to the left, to the right, smaller, singles, multiples, etc.  Now I want to do one!
     
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    nancys13 got a reaction from RosemaryJ08 in Totally finished with label   
    Thanks for posting the pics!  I just upgraded my sewing / embroidery machine and you have inspired me.   I will be getting my first grandboy in July and I need more project ideas for him!
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    nancys13 got a reaction from dbams in Cobbled Court Quilt series   
    I have been listening to the Cobbled Court series on audio in my car.   I have really enjoyed them (I think I am on book 4 or 5).   I figure if I can't be quilting at least I can enjoy listening about it!
     
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    nancys13 reacted to Robin in 2nd Custom Quilt with IQ   
    Just finished my 2nd custom quilt with IQ.  It is Deck the Halls by Claudia's Creations.  The redwork is done with the Deck the Halls machine embroidery CD, The quilting is all done by IQ.  I had this posted in Computer Aided Quilting but Gator thought I should post it here too so more people would see it.  I added IQ in July 2016 and am loving it so far!  I learned so much on this quilt but don't get much time to quilt on my own stuff, and do mostly panto's for customers, so I hope I can retain some of what I learned by the time I get to custom quilt again! 
    Thanks for looking!
    Robin in MT



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    nancys13 got a reaction from MaryQuiltsTx in Machine sewing binding   
    A friend from my guild taught me this technique and I love it!   I call it Machine Binding with an Accent Fabric
     
    Cut the accent fabric (which will become the inside "flange") in 1 1/2" strips
    Cut the primary fabric in 1 1/4" strips
    Sew these together on the long edge.  Press.  Fold.  Then press again.
    Sew to the the back of the quilt.  Fold the binding over and then stitch in the ditch on the front of the quilt.
    Sorry, these are not the best pictures.... in the pic with the blue fabric, the strip on the left is when I sewed the two pieces together on the long end, and on the right is when it is folded and ready to sew onto the quilt.  The other picture is the same technique but on a different quilt.


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    nancys13 reacted to bttyboopette in First quilt path panto attempt   
    It's called Time Warp. I made it bigger by adding 2 more yellows so I also needed more background fabric.

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    nancys13 got a reaction from InesR in Machine sewing binding   
    A friend from my guild taught me this technique and I love it!   I call it Machine Binding with an Accent Fabric
     
    Cut the accent fabric (which will become the inside "flange") in 1 1/2" strips
    Cut the primary fabric in 1 1/4" strips
    Sew these together on the long edge.  Press.  Fold.  Then press again.
    Sew to the the back of the quilt.  Fold the binding over and then stitch in the ditch on the front of the quilt.
    Sorry, these are not the best pictures.... in the pic with the blue fabric, the strip on the left is when I sewed the two pieces together on the long end, and on the right is when it is folded and ready to sew onto the quilt.  The other picture is the same technique but on a different quilt.


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