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    ffq-lar got a reaction from quiltingjoyful51 in NQR Difficult day   
    I'm writing this through tears as I watch what is unfolding in Connecticut. The terrible loss of innocent children and adults is hard to grasp.
    Tell them you love them. Every day. Tell the ones who are important to you, who help you and who are helped by you, who you live with and who you know you can't live without. Tell them you love them.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from QuilterMomma in Need advice on a border design   
    To keep her costs down, I think you could squiggle in the ditch all the on-point squares in the border. That will go really fast and will nail down the seams to flatten it if it's not quite flat. It will add interest and texture to the border. A variegated blue-to-green thread would be pretty, but invisible thread will allow texture to show and not add a layer of color.
    Love the tropical panel!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from RoseCity Quilter in how to do panto & custom   
    Great instructions, Dawn!
    I will stick my nose in here to add--charge custom pricing for this procedure please!
    The finagling of the panto, the time it takes to tape it off, the SID down the seams, the running from back to front and back again, the careful advancing of the top--all that takes care and time. Then a custom border as well. It is a great design decision and pantos are pretty stitched out. But if it ain't edge-to-edge it's custom! I wouldn't give a price break just because the center is a panto.
    Off the soapbox...
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Primitive1 in just for fun - You Might Be a Long Arm Quilter When (please add on)   
    You might be a longarm quilter when...
    You walk into the LQS and go straight for the thread.
    Your freezer is full so you don't have to make dinner every night.
    Your gifts under the tree are from Superior Threads, Columbia River Quilting, and APQS. ( I got a letter from APQS and opened it since it was addressed to me. It was a receipt for Dennis for new leaders. Surprise!! )
    Those "other" people in your life don't have a clue what you do and congratulate you for having a nice "hobby". hahaha!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from DoryJM in Latest quilt   
    The link will take you to photos of the latest off the frame.
    I love it when I get quilts before the holidays that my customers tell me are several years old. Just laying around waiting to be finished until they decide it would make a perfect gift for XYZ.
    This one is four years old and I really like how it came out. Click through the pics to see the darker block. One side is purple thread and the other is green. The identical designs in each triangle shape made the pretty flower.

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    ffq-lar got a reaction from fotch in Newbie advice   
    I love that we might have a spot for newbie advice soon!
    We have a depth of experience here on the forum that is unsurpassed. And a culture of generosity that can't be found anywhere else online.
    I'll start things off with some advice from my hubby Dennis. He is smart, makes me stuff, fixes my machine problems, and is cuddly. And he loves "the quilty women".
    Here is something we were talking about last night.
    Den says--if you want to become an expert at something you must practice that thing for 2000 hours. That's like a full-time job for a year. Eight hours a day for five days a week for 50 weeks. Nobody would do that. But that's what it takes to become "an expert". This pertains to every talent, hobby, or vocation. That's why the first advice you will get is PPP. Practice practice practice. Boring and easily discounted--but TRUE.
    So when you buy your longarm, load that first piece of fabric, and stare at it--please realize that it's just your first hour. Allow yourself to be "not good' until practice makes you "good". It will happen quicker than you can imagine. Muscles and eyes learn to work together. Trying new designs stretches your brain. Two months later you'll be saying "not bad" when you stitch something graceful and recognizable! Then you tackle your first "real quilt" and you are on the journey to your 2000 hours. You'll be good before you are "an expert" and thrill yourself with your pretty quilting.
    I send you good thoughts--may your stitches be perfect, your bobbins always full, and your life surrounded with beautiful quilts!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from ThreadWaggle in Newbie advice   
    I love that we might have a spot for newbie advice soon!
    We have a depth of experience here on the forum that is unsurpassed. And a culture of generosity that can't be found anywhere else online.
    I'll start things off with some advice from my hubby Dennis. He is smart, makes me stuff, fixes my machine problems, and is cuddly. And he loves "the quilty women".
    Here is something we were talking about last night.
    Den says--if you want to become an expert at something you must practice that thing for 2000 hours. That's like a full-time job for a year. Eight hours a day for five days a week for 50 weeks. Nobody would do that. But that's what it takes to become "an expert". This pertains to every talent, hobby, or vocation. That's why the first advice you will get is PPP. Practice practice practice. Boring and easily discounted--but TRUE.
    So when you buy your longarm, load that first piece of fabric, and stare at it--please realize that it's just your first hour. Allow yourself to be "not good' until practice makes you "good". It will happen quicker than you can imagine. Muscles and eyes learn to work together. Trying new designs stretches your brain. Two months later you'll be saying "not bad" when you stitch something graceful and recognizable! Then you tackle your first "real quilt" and you are on the journey to your 2000 hours. You'll be good before you are "an expert" and thrill yourself with your pretty quilting.
    I send you good thoughts--may your stitches be perfect, your bobbins always full, and your life surrounded with beautiful quilts!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from meg in Outside the box   
    Here are a few designs for separated spines and ribbons.

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    ffq-lar got a reaction from meg in Latest quilt   
    The link will take you to photos of the latest off the frame.
    I love it when I get quilts before the holidays that my customers tell me are several years old. Just laying around waiting to be finished until they decide it would make a perfect gift for XYZ.
    This one is four years old and I really like how it came out. Click through the pics to see the darker block. One side is purple thread and the other is green. The identical designs in each triangle shape made the pretty flower.

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    ffq-lar got a reaction from cdilday in Latest quilt   
    The link will take you to photos of the latest off the frame.
    I love it when I get quilts before the holidays that my customers tell me are several years old. Just laying around waiting to be finished until they decide it would make a perfect gift for XYZ.
    This one is four years old and I really like how it came out. Click through the pics to see the darker block. One side is purple thread and the other is green. The identical designs in each triangle shape made the pretty flower.

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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Enchanted Quilting in Outside the box   
    Here are a few designs for separated spines and ribbons.

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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Mary Beth in Just dropped by to say "Hi"   
    I hear you're cruising through school!
    So great to hear from you and Merry Christmas to you and the family.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Sandra Darlington in just for fun - You Might Be a Long Arm Quilter When (please add on)   
    You might be a longarm quilter when...
    You walk into the LQS and go straight for the thread.
    Your freezer is full so you don't have to make dinner every night.
    Your gifts under the tree are from Superior Threads, Columbia River Quilting, and APQS. ( I got a letter from APQS and opened it since it was addressed to me. It was a receipt for Dennis for new leaders. Surprise!! )
    Those "other" people in your life don't have a clue what you do and congratulate you for having a nice "hobby". hahaha!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from o2b Quilting in just for fun - You Might Be a Long Arm Quilter When (please add on)   
    You might be a longarm quilter when...
    You walk into the LQS and go straight for the thread.
    Your freezer is full so you don't have to make dinner every night.
    Your gifts under the tree are from Superior Threads, Columbia River Quilting, and APQS. ( I got a letter from APQS and opened it since it was addressed to me. It was a receipt for Dennis for new leaders. Surprise!! )
    Those "other" people in your life don't have a clue what you do and congratulate you for having a nice "hobby". hahaha!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from a1flower in NC area looking for good machine   
    I say go for it! Ask about a repair/maintenance list that he might have to see what's gone wrong and how often. Try it out and it may be love at first stitch!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from MastiffMomQlt in just for fun - You Might Be a Long Arm Quilter When (please add on)   
    You might be a longarm quilter when...
    You walk into the LQS and go straight for the thread.
    Your freezer is full so you don't have to make dinner every night.
    Your gifts under the tree are from Superior Threads, Columbia River Quilting, and APQS. ( I got a letter from APQS and opened it since it was addressed to me. It was a receipt for Dennis for new leaders. Surprise!! )
    Those "other" people in your life don't have a clue what you do and congratulate you for having a nice "hobby". hahaha!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Debbie Turner in NC area looking for good machine   
    I think you shouldn't buy a frame until you decide which machine you want. Better to find an already assembled system that works than buy pieces that need altering.
    Check out Longarm University for used machines.
    Have you looked at Lenni's with a 12" frame? Those can handle a backer up to 120" wide.
    And used machines are available all the time here and on other brands' sites.
    Which systems have you tried? Would you opt for a mid-arm?
    Good luck with your search and if possible, list a "looking to buy" ad on any sites that will allow it.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Busy Quilting in just for fun - You Might Be a Long Arm Quilter When (please add on)   
    You might be a longarm quilter when...
    You walk into the LQS and go straight for the thread.
    Your freezer is full so you don't have to make dinner every night.
    Your gifts under the tree are from Superior Threads, Columbia River Quilting, and APQS. ( I got a letter from APQS and opened it since it was addressed to me. It was a receipt for Dennis for new leaders. Surprise!! )
    Those "other" people in your life don't have a clue what you do and congratulate you for having a nice "hobby". hahaha!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in FINISHED w/pics added...My Last "Rush" for the Year   
    You could echo the large motif like you plan to do the vines. I love that look. I agree with Heidi for the sawtooth triangles--treat them as a separate unit so the quilting in the adjacent areas can be better planned. I don't know if an echo will work well on the vines, as I look at them closer--the leaves are scattered up to the seam and sometimes over it. I might look awkward no to be able to stitch an echo around them because there isn't space. So your favorite filler there might be a good thought.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Quilting Heidi in how to do panto & custom   
    Great instructions, Dawn!
    I will stick my nose in here to add--charge custom pricing for this procedure please!
    The finagling of the panto, the time it takes to tape it off, the SID down the seams, the running from back to front and back again, the careful advancing of the top--all that takes care and time. Then a custom border as well. It is a great design decision and pantos are pretty stitched out. But if it ain't edge-to-edge it's custom! I wouldn't give a price break just because the center is a panto.
    Off the soapbox...
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from lindasewsit in U2 messages   
    "Cleaned"? Huh? What's that?
    Oh. I remember. That's what I used to do on occasion before that big machine moved into the studio.
    Now when Den and I are talking, I hand him the long-handled Swiffer and ask him sweetly, since he's so tall and strong and everything, to pleeeeese wipe down those naughty cobwebs in the corners.
    Also swapping out the bright light bulbs for 25 watt-ers makes my living room instantly cleaner!
    It's a tough job but somebody has to figure out how not to do housework!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from cdilday in Newbie advice   
    I love that we might have a spot for newbie advice soon!
    We have a depth of experience here on the forum that is unsurpassed. And a culture of generosity that can't be found anywhere else online.
    I'll start things off with some advice from my hubby Dennis. He is smart, makes me stuff, fixes my machine problems, and is cuddly. And he loves "the quilty women".
    Here is something we were talking about last night.
    Den says--if you want to become an expert at something you must practice that thing for 2000 hours. That's like a full-time job for a year. Eight hours a day for five days a week for 50 weeks. Nobody would do that. But that's what it takes to become "an expert". This pertains to every talent, hobby, or vocation. That's why the first advice you will get is PPP. Practice practice practice. Boring and easily discounted--but TRUE.
    So when you buy your longarm, load that first piece of fabric, and stare at it--please realize that it's just your first hour. Allow yourself to be "not good' until practice makes you "good". It will happen quicker than you can imagine. Muscles and eyes learn to work together. Trying new designs stretches your brain. Two months later you'll be saying "not bad" when you stitch something graceful and recognizable! Then you tackle your first "real quilt" and you are on the journey to your 2000 hours. You'll be good before you are "an expert" and thrill yourself with your pretty quilting.
    I send you good thoughts--may your stitches be perfect, your bobbins always full, and your life surrounded with beautiful quilts!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Oma in Rant-a-licious! They're thinking all the time!   
    It happened again. My wonderful customers manipulated my schedule without consulting me.
    Two customers swapped spots without asking me. One has two spots this month but no quilts ready. She hopes to have her custom ready and swapped her E2E lap-size spot with a friend scheduled in January. Unfortunately I put on the brakes on that deal because the swapped quilt is a monster-sized custom.
    Very nicely, I let Piecer#1 know that first of all, permission is needed first so even if she had already made the arrangements she should have kept that to herself until I said it was OK. Why? Because I don't have time for a third custom quilt this month.
    So she was given the choices of--her having her quilt done and not #2. Or of #2 being done and not hers --which means she would lose both her spots this month. Did I mention that none of these quilts has been dropped off yet? And Piecer#1's second quilt is only in the block stage?
    I told her I will be gone all next week for MQX so I will have 9 days when I get back to actually quilt--around the day job, of course. And her custom monster will take all 9 days....
    Oh. She never thought of that.
    Piecer #2 dropped her quilt off last night.
    So #1, due to a busy life, lost her spot for a custom quilt and a lap quilt. She's in #2's spot in January for the custom and in the queue for the lap quilt if I have a cancellation.
    But you should see the pretty quilt!
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from Barbara Conquest in charge for thread   
    To recoup my thread expenses I charge $2 per pre-wound BottomLine bobbins used. This covers the retail cost for both the top and bobbin thread. Just as you may buy batting wholesale and charge retail, thread can be purchased wholesale and charged a reasonable retail price. You have spent the money to have a great offering of many colors and types of thread and a thread charge allows you to replenish what you use and add more to your stash.
    You are on the right track to charge for thread since costs are going up and as you say, it's better for your customers rather than raising your per-inch charges.
    I want to edit to add that maybe other businesses don't have a thread charge and some will provide the batting as well. Just realize that your business structure should allow you to make a profit. Whatever you don't charge for ( if the cost isn't hidden in your per-inch pricing) comes right out of the profits.
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    ffq-lar got a reaction from anniemueller in Rant-a-licious! They're thinking all the time!   
    It happened again. My wonderful customers manipulated my schedule without consulting me.
    Two customers swapped spots without asking me. One has two spots this month but no quilts ready. She hopes to have her custom ready and swapped her E2E lap-size spot with a friend scheduled in January. Unfortunately I put on the brakes on that deal because the swapped quilt is a monster-sized custom.
    Very nicely, I let Piecer#1 know that first of all, permission is needed first so even if she had already made the arrangements she should have kept that to herself until I said it was OK. Why? Because I don't have time for a third custom quilt this month.
    So she was given the choices of--her having her quilt done and not #2. Or of #2 being done and not hers --which means she would lose both her spots this month. Did I mention that none of these quilts has been dropped off yet? And Piecer#1's second quilt is only in the block stage?
    I told her I will be gone all next week for MQX so I will have 9 days when I get back to actually quilt--around the day job, of course. And her custom monster will take all 9 days....
    Oh. She never thought of that.
    Piecer #2 dropped her quilt off last night.
    So #1, due to a busy life, lost her spot for a custom quilt and a lap quilt. She's in #2's spot in January for the custom and in the queue for the lap quilt if I have a cancellation.
    But you should see the pretty quilt!
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