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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Wannabelongarm in Need a little bit of encouragement   
    Send her a kind and carefully-worded message, explaining what your plan was and what obstacles are present that make you want to change your quilting plan. Include some photos and ask her how she'd like you to proceed. Unload her quilt and load your QuiltCon entry. Let her know you'll work with her but have a deadline quilt that you need to start and after she (and you) decide what the plan will be, you can re-load and finish her quilt. Not to be too cruel (or cause you to lose a customer), but she doesn't own your time---you do. Even if she was given an estimated finish date, the delays caused by her errors have pushed other projects back and you're allowed to pop her out of line for a finish later. Hope it all works out happily for both of you.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from twquilter in Need a little bit of encouragement   
    Send her a kind and carefully-worded message, explaining what your plan was and what obstacles are present that make you want to change your quilting plan. Include some photos and ask her how she'd like you to proceed. Unload her quilt and load your QuiltCon entry. Let her know you'll work with her but have a deadline quilt that you need to start and after she (and you) decide what the plan will be, you can re-load and finish her quilt. Not to be too cruel (or cause you to lose a customer), but she doesn't own your time---you do. Even if she was given an estimated finish date, the delays caused by her errors have pushed other projects back and you're allowed to pop her out of line for a finish later. Hope it all works out happily for both of you.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from T Row Studio in Need a little bit of encouragement   
    Send her a kind and carefully-worded message, explaining what your plan was and what obstacles are present that make you want to change your quilting plan. Include some photos and ask her how she'd like you to proceed. Unload her quilt and load your QuiltCon entry. Let her know you'll work with her but have a deadline quilt that you need to start and after she (and you) decide what the plan will be, you can re-load and finish her quilt. Not to be too cruel (or cause you to lose a customer), but she doesn't own your time---you do. Even if she was given an estimated finish date, the delays caused by her errors have pushed other projects back and you're allowed to pop her out of line for a finish later. Hope it all works out happily for both of you.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Gail O in Need a little bit of encouragement   
    Send her a kind and carefully-worded message, explaining what your plan was and what obstacles are present that make you want to change your quilting plan. Include some photos and ask her how she'd like you to proceed. Unload her quilt and load your QuiltCon entry. Let her know you'll work with her but have a deadline quilt that you need to start and after she (and you) decide what the plan will be, you can re-load and finish her quilt. Not to be too cruel (or cause you to lose a customer), but she doesn't own your time---you do. Even if she was given an estimated finish date, the delays caused by her errors have pushed other projects back and you're allowed to pop her out of line for a finish later. Hope it all works out happily for both of you.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from dbams in Thread breakage, and Sewers Aid   
    Here's a source without a price.http://www.clearcoproducts.com/silicone-thread-lubricant.html
     
    I've used the much-thinner liquid silicon and also Sewer's Aid and much prefer the thicker Sewer's Aid. It's more expensive per volume, but it isn't messy and works well for me. I buy it wholesale at EE Schencks.
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    ffq-lar reacted to lizh27 in SOLD! SOLD! SOLD! 2009 Millennium, JUST REDUCED! Erie, PA   
    Thanks again for the replies, I have lowered the price and hope to have some action soon.
    Liz
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from quilterkp in Suggestions to Diversify?   
    You could try---
     
    Teaching piecing. Drawbacks---finding a place for classes. Advantages---a built-in customer base for your quilting business.
     
    Teaching DSM and longarm quilting. Drawbacks---you might be training your competition. 
     
    Make quilts to sell. Drawbacks-- it's hard to sell a quality quilt on etsy and get your investment out. Commission quilts are good if you get cost-of-materials up-front and a signed contract for the rest.
     
    Pattern design. Digitized quilting designs, freemotion quilting designs, or original quilt patterns. Good money-makers.
     
    Design and make rulers, templates, and stencils. This is more involved and there's lots of competition. 
     
    Offer a BOM class locally or on line---you must do your own original design but you sell the full pattern or offer to sell it in installments on a blog. This also works with a mystery quilt. You'll have students in line for quilting if you have a gorgeous sample.
     
    If you have two machines, do freehand/custom on one and also rent it. Put a computer on the other for extra income since you'll need to be there with a renter and also when you're using the computerized machine.
     
    Good luck, find your niche, and make some money!  
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from T Row Studio in Suggestions to Diversify?   
    You could try---
     
    Teaching piecing. Drawbacks---finding a place for classes. Advantages---a built-in customer base for your quilting business.
     
    Teaching DSM and longarm quilting. Drawbacks---you might be training your competition. 
     
    Make quilts to sell. Drawbacks-- it's hard to sell a quality quilt on etsy and get your investment out. Commission quilts are good if you get cost-of-materials up-front and a signed contract for the rest.
     
    Pattern design. Digitized quilting designs, freemotion quilting designs, or original quilt patterns. Good money-makers.
     
    Design and make rulers, templates, and stencils. This is more involved and there's lots of competition. 
     
    Offer a BOM class locally or on line---you must do your own original design but you sell the full pattern or offer to sell it in installments on a blog. This also works with a mystery quilt. You'll have students in line for quilting if you have a gorgeous sample.
     
    If you have two machines, do freehand/custom on one and also rent it. Put a computer on the other for extra income since you'll need to be there with a renter and also when you're using the computerized machine.
     
    Good luck, find your niche, and make some money!  
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    ffq-lar reacted to fallenfar in Talk About Clueless   
    I had to quit posting pictures of my work on FB as my non quilting friends thought it would be so! much! fun! for me to make them a quilt!  They just wouldn't leave me alone no matter how times I said I no.  Hey, just because it's my hobby, does mean I do it for the cost of fabric!  Or the cost of my time either.  I quilt to de-stess.  I am not stessing over making YOUR quilt.  Unless I WANT to.  Believe me, I have made plenty of quilts for plenty of people for plenty of reasons.  But they were people that I chose, for reasons that were my own.
     
    That Houston wholecloth is stunning.  The maker's name escapes me but I saw it posted somewhere a few days ago.  The story behind it is beautiful; it is a memorial tribute to her mother.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from CrazyAboutQuilting in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from QuiltGuy in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Gail O in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from WW Quilter in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from CindyT in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from dramaqueenB in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from delld in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from lkl in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from dbams in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from JeannieB in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Oma in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Beachside Quilter in Where are you Linda Rech?   
    I'm here! Just super busy as Barb said. Our show is Friday and Saturday---Barb will be there showing APQS machines. Hoping to get back to the forum soon---it's nice to know I was missed!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from WandaGerdes in Issue with Glide top thread shredding   
    If it's shredding above the needle plate, check for burrs on your pigtail guides, especially the one just above the needle. Even if you don't feel a burr, turn that last one upside down and try it. If the thread is breaking at the needle plate, check for roughness in the needle plate hole. Sometimes poly thread can't take running back and forth through the needle eye a bunch of times. I use Sewer's Aid on all threads except invisible. It keeps the thread "cool" and it shreds less.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from dramaqueenB in Latest quilts   
    I've been so busy for a couple of months. My guild show is in October, I'm the co-chairperson and quilting like crazy to get everyone's quilts finished for the show.
    I just finished one for me! I found a vintage DWR at an antique mall for $15. I only glanced at it to see what shape it was in, snatched it up, and ran home.
     
    The arcs are machine pieced but the pinched squares and melons are hand-pieced. I repaired some open seams and found a couple of small stains. I think it's vintage but probably not feed sacks. The color way is very deliberate. Each arc has the same progression of color with pink/coral at each end. And each set of facing arcs has the same fabrics in mirror image. The piecer wanted it all neat and orderly.
     
    After looking at it it was obvious that it had been sandwiched and hand-quilting started. One edge had echo-quilting along the arcs and centers, and inside each arc piece. One center had a circle and a double-line cross hand quilted in. I assume the seller had found this and realized that no one would buy it when it was partially quilted so they took the layers apart to sell only the top. Lucky me!
     
    Link to photos  https://www.flickr.com/photos/larech/19595075004/in/dateposted-public/
     
    Look for the shadow of the 80 year-old quilting. Water, steam, pressing---nothing removed the shadow of that long-ago quilter and her stitches. I love it. Arrow right at Flickr for detail shots. More quilts beyond that.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from maggienoella in Centering a backer   
    Centering the sides is easy. The top/bottom takes a bit of math. I draw the backer on paper and figure where the top would sit in a perfect situation---such as if the top is loaded 5 inches from the top edge of the backer, there would be 5 inches of backer left at the bottom. Then take into account the fact that the quilting will advance the top a bit (eating up maybe an inch of top over a 100" quilt) and the thickness of the batting (wool batting will make the top shorter than flat cotton batting will). Then I might load the top 6.5 inches down from the top edge instead of 5 inches down. Then I hope for the best...
     
    Just as in woodworking, measure twice or three times, verify your plan, then go for it. As an added safety measure, I pin the top edge and methodically advance and smooth to the bottom edge. This eases my mind that I'm on the right track. 
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