Merryjo2003

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from ClaireVoyant in Pantos on a Millie 30   
    It doesn't mean you can't work freehand on a 30 inch throat.  My point was the 30 inch throat with a computer system would be awesome, especially of the majority of my business was computer based!   If I wasn't able to get a computer system with a machine and my business was going to be freehand and hand-guided only, it would be a waste of space for me as I'm not tall enough to reach to the back.  It all depends on what style of quilting you do and how you're going to set up your business.  If you're mostly doing computer based work I would definately get the 30.  I think it would speed up the process because it would be a more efficient way to work.  We all do a little freehand, here and there, even with a computer system.  At least, everyone in my area.  So, depending on how you work and what your business model is, there's a a lot of options with APQS machines to get the right fit for your needs.  Isn't that great!  Have fun trying out the machines and ask a lot of questions.  There's a lot a good experience to draw from.
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from ClaireVoyant in Pantos on a Millie 30   
    You're correct that the fewer advances, the less time you spend on a quilt, as that's a more efficient way to work.  How much time that actually saves may not be a huge amount, but it all adds up.  That being said, it also depends on the density of the design you are quilting.  Same is true if you're hand-guided.  I've done pantos that take maybe 8-10 minutes across a quilt and some that take almost an hour, both freehand or computer.  That's why all pantos are not the same price and are also priced by sq/inch. I've quilted some dense pantos were it's taken a very long day to finish one queen quilt, other days I may get 3-5 small ones finished in a day.  I also use the zipper system and have lots of sets, so as one quilt is running, I can sit and pin the next 4 quilts.  Then I zip one off, zip the next one on and get it started.  Then I'm back to unpinning the first and pinning another on the zippers I just took off.  Very efficient way to work and save time.  I think this is one of the greatest advantages of having a computerized system.  I can even sit and piece when I run out of zippers, lol.
    The nice thing about digital designs vs. paper is that you're able to scale most designs.  That's great in my opinion.  After years of paper pantos, I've found that sometimes you have the perfect design for a quilt, but the scale is to large or small for the quilt.  Computers definitely solve that problem.  If it were me and I could afford the new Millie 30 and a computer system (I have a Millie 26 w/Quilt Path), I would go for it!  If I were free handing, I would stick to the 26 as the extra space would be wasted as my arms aren't long enough and I couldn't see all the way back to the rail!
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from ClaireVoyant in Pantos on a Millie 30   
    You're correct that the fewer advances, the less time you spend on a quilt, as that's a more efficient way to work.  How much time that actually saves may not be a huge amount, but it all adds up.  That being said, it also depends on the density of the design you are quilting.  Same is true if you're hand-guided.  I've done pantos that take maybe 8-10 minutes across a quilt and some that take almost an hour, both freehand or computer.  That's why all pantos are not the same price and are also priced by sq/inch. I've quilted some dense pantos were it's taken a very long day to finish one queen quilt, other days I may get 3-5 small ones finished in a day.  I also use the zipper system and have lots of sets, so as one quilt is running, I can sit and pin the next 4 quilts.  Then I zip one off, zip the next one on and get it started.  Then I'm back to unpinning the first and pinning another on the zippers I just took off.  Very efficient way to work and save time.  I think this is one of the greatest advantages of having a computerized system.  I can even sit and piece when I run out of zippers, lol.
    The nice thing about digital designs vs. paper is that you're able to scale most designs.  That's great in my opinion.  After years of paper pantos, I've found that sometimes you have the perfect design for a quilt, but the scale is to large or small for the quilt.  Computers definitely solve that problem.  If it were me and I could afford the new Millie 30 and a computer system (I have a Millie 26 w/Quilt Path), I would go for it!  If I were free handing, I would stick to the 26 as the extra space would be wasted as my arms aren't long enough and I couldn't see all the way back to the rail!
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from quilterkp in Which Size Bobbin to Get   
    I have the L bobbin, but one of my customers purchased a new machine with the M bobbin.  I spent a lot of time on her machine, and to tell you the truth, I didn't find any difference other than the machine seems a little louder than mine.  We didn't have any tension problems at all.  Love the new digital face!
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    Merryjo2003 reacted to Corey in How To Price Making An Entire Quilt   
    Very well said Merry Jo, people are not educated about our Quilts.
    They are all handcrafted and involve a lot of time, money, talents & energy to produce.
    Quilts are true labors of love, therefore priceless.
    Your quilt customers are so lucky to own one of your treasures my friend and for anybody who sell a handcrafted quilt, you are all generous souls.
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from LibbyG in Bargello   
    Love it! I'm sure she will, too!
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from T Row Studio in How To Price Making An Entire Quilt   
    I tell people, rule of thumb, queens start at $1000 for commission quilts. Price goes up or down depending on size of quilt and complexity of the design. That's usually enough to stop them. I don't like working for nothing for people who have NO clue of the amount of time and expense that goes into a quilt. I had one guy ask me why it was so expensive as it was "just sewing." So I educated him on the costs and hours asked him what he made per hour at his job. Then I asked him if he had the equipment, time, or skills to do it himself, because I would be happy to charge him to quilt and bind it when he finished! It just doesn't set well when people want a quilt, but don't want to even pay enough to cover the cost of the fabric.
    I also sell quilts at an annual craft fair. I sell queens for around $600-$700. Much less than a commission quilt. These are easy patterns and fabric I've found on sale. They are quilts I just wanted to make and don't have someone in mind to gift it to. It's so funny when people say they LOVE a certain quilt, then proceed to ask me if I have it in xyz colors. Clueless. Do I look like a department store?
    I've had boutique shop owners "kindly offer" to buy ALL my quilts (my whole booth) for 50% off the asking price. I refuse THEM,(I would rather donate them), and ask why I should PAY THEM to work filling their shops so THEY can double their money. One shop owner has come to the craft fair every year for the last 5 years and asked me the same thing. I guess she's hoping to get a different answer. Not in this life....
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from T Row Studio in How To Price Making An Entire Quilt   
    I tell people, rule of thumb, queens start at $1000 for commission quilts. Price goes up or down depending on size of quilt and complexity of the design. That's usually enough to stop them. I don't like working for nothing for people who have NO clue of the amount of time and expense that goes into a quilt. I had one guy ask me why it was so expensive as it was "just sewing." So I educated him on the costs and hours asked him what he made per hour at his job. Then I asked him if he had the equipment, time, or skills to do it himself, because I would be happy to charge him to quilt and bind it when he finished! It just doesn't set well when people want a quilt, but don't want to even pay enough to cover the cost of the fabric.
    I also sell quilts at an annual craft fair. I sell queens for around $600-$700. Much less than a commission quilt. These are easy patterns and fabric I've found on sale. They are quilts I just wanted to make and don't have someone in mind to gift it to. It's so funny when people say they LOVE a certain quilt, then proceed to ask me if I have it in xyz colors. Clueless. Do I look like a department store?
    I've had boutique shop owners "kindly offer" to buy ALL my quilts (my whole booth) for 50% off the asking price. I refuse THEM,(I would rather donate them), and ask why I should PAY THEM to work filling their shops so THEY can double their money. One shop owner has come to the craft fair every year for the last 5 years and asked me the same thing. I guess she's hoping to get a different answer. Not in this life....
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dtsobel in How should i quilt this?   
    I made both of these quilts also. Here's what I did to the Tardis. I have to wrestle the Dalek away from my husband and take some pics for you. Will do tomorrow morning.
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from T Row Studio in Jinny Beyer's Summer Lily Quilt   
    Beautiful!
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Quilt path not engaging stitch regulator   
    We figured out the problem! Need to replace the circuit board so everything can communicate. Boy did I get that first panto done in a hurry running in manual mode! Hahaha!
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in "Hop to it" customer quilt   
    Beautiful!
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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 got a reaction from dbams in Orbital View done!   
    Hi all!  Thought you would enjoy seeing this one.  This quilt belongs to a customer.  She did a fantastic piecing job on this huge110 inch sq. top!  Lovely gradient fabrics in great colors.  I did not want to give this one back!!!!  I told her I would quilt all her quilts for free for the next 5 years in exchange!  I could only work on it for about 3-4 hours at a time before my hands would cramp from all the small pebbles, so it was on the machine for a long time.  I can't take credit for the quilting design as this is how it appeared (as best as I could see) on the pattern jacket.  It's called, "Orbital View", by Mary Lou Hallenbeck.
     

     

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    Merryjo2003 reacted to Oma in MSQ Illusion Quilt finished   
    I've been working on this since last summer and finally finished it today.  It should have only taken me a couple of days, but I kept being interrupted and doing other things.  While trying to clean my room this week I decided I would just finish it and move on.  Woo hoo...it feels good.
     
    The pattern is from a video I saw on Missouri Star Quilts called Illusion. I quilted it with Circle Lord Cosmos.