Anita's quilts and quilting

A professional longarm machine quilter for hire and some of the work I've done.

Unequal and unfair exchange

Thank you to all who have responded to my question. Lately, I’ve had several requests from people to be my apprentice employee. More requests than I normally get. These people … Continue reading

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August 17, 2009

Or…. you could….

So….. you say you want to become a machine quilter. You’ve seen the prices that machine quilters charge? Of course you have. You’ve been a customer and know how much … Continue reading

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August 16, 2009 · 5 Comments

Dealing with quilt issues

My sincere apologies….. this is not going to be a really good tutorial. They say a picture is worth a thousand words…. well I forgot to take some pictures and … Continue reading

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May 25, 2009

Thread constantly breaking or having tension issues?

Having trouble locating the problem? You say you have tightened the tension…. loosened the tension….. re threaded more times that you can count….. tightened the top on the rollers….. loosened … Continue reading

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March 23, 2009

I only do three types of quilting

I do only three types of quilting Your choices are: Fast Good Cheap You may choose only two, because I can’t do all three at once. If you choose fast … Continue reading

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February 10, 2009

Fear of saying no?

This is the current quilt on my machine. Yes, it does have issues…. 95 percent of the tops I receive to quilt will have an issue or two. Some just … Continue reading

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August 13, 2008

Quilt issues – new feature

I’ve decided to add a feature to my helpful hint blog now that I’m getting back into a somewhat normal routine. It will be about dealing with quilt top issues. … Continue reading

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July 22, 2008

Quilt show thoughts

I may have the answer about how a judge picks a quilt show winner. I tossed and turned all night…. dreaming I was in a tv guessing game. I was … Continue reading

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May 17, 2008

How do you win in big shows?

During my time at Paducah I spent lots of time just looking at quilts. Not to see what won and move on. I spent time studying them. Winners as well … Continue reading

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April 28, 2008

Interesting conversation

I had an interesting conversation with a customer about this block…. It’s a dresden plate block from about the 40’s. I saw the marked lines as quilting lines…. she saw … Continue reading

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February 5, 2008 · 1 Comment

It’s only 15 minutes…

Sometimes it’s the little things that eat away at the limited space in my time box. Yesterday this happened…. I evidently didn’t put the bobbin on correctly so it wound … Continue reading

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January 17, 2008

Auditioning quilting designs

Short post as I continue to clear up some ME quilts. Many quilters use different ways to audition quilting designs before marking or stitching on the quilt. Some use clear … Continue reading

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December 18, 2007

Creating a paper trail

One of the things necessary for running a quilting business is the paperwork. I could pay to have these forms typeset and printed but why spend the money when I … Continue reading

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December 11, 2007 · 2 Comments

Realistic scheduling – part 3

When I was first starting out as a machine quilter money was very tight. One day I asked a friend for a small loan to buy groceries. My friend said, … Continue reading

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December 5, 2007

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