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Here's a peek at someone else's pieced tops to be quilted. As I started the sandwiching process on the braid quilt, I discovered two "baggy" sides...one end and one long side. Oh....this will be a challenge. She had a long border strip for the border which had no seams where extra fabric could be fudged into to take up extra fullness. She had warned me she made this a long time ago, and it could be a practice piece for me!

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I have attempted a triangle shape approach for the worst of the baggy areas of the borders on top and bottom. Not sure this is how I want to leave it. Going to stop on this one and think about it for a while and start on her next quilt too.

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This quilt top should be a little easier!

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Beautiful stitching, Mavis!
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You are transforming these quilt tops wonderfully.  It must be a really big step to give your talents to another's work.  Really beautiful and creative stitching - thanks for sharing.
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Thank you, Lori and Chaly.  Yes, going from quilting for oneself and for gifts is very different than doing someone else's pieced tops.  Hope to become much more proficient and hope to make others happy with the finished product!  (Ruining someone else's quilt will hopefully never enter into the picture[wink]
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Mavis, you're doing a great job!  I'm not sure I would have the courage to do that!
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Mavis-

You've done a remarkable job working with such floppy/too large borders. I would have either given the quilt back or removed the border, trimmed it to size and reattached it.

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Good for you jumping in!  It's very scary and I've only done a few quilts for my guild.  That's taking on a real job handling the one with the wavy borders.  I've dealt with excess fabric a little, but nothing like that!  I would've been tempted to remove the border and re-do it rather than have to fight it so much in the quilting.  You did a great job!  
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I agree with Phyllis and Christy, I would have either given it back to be fixed or fixed it myself. Since I'm lazy, I probably would've given it back. You are a saint for taking that on.

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Thank you, Jeanette, Phyllis, Caly and Christy.  I had to take a break for a couple of days.  There were two weeks of horribly muddy paddock conditions with a heavy wet snowstorm just before Thanksgiving that kept  the deep mud insulated but not frozen for my poor ponies.  Had to pull them and keep them confined to stalls which meant a lot of cleaning, hauling, and rebedding.  That, plus lots of quilting and cooking up a storm for the holiday left me a bit exhausted and much too sore muscles.  This last week we had colder night time temps that firmed up the lot, and the ponies could go back outside.  (They do have a stall they can go into at anytime).  I'm starting to feel much better.  Today, we have our craft fair/bake sale at our church.  I'll be able to talk to the gal who made these tops and get a feel of how she intends to use the braid quilt.  If it's a special gift for someone, I may have to rethink what should be done with it.  At this stage, I really don't want to rip out all the border stitching.  
I get more quilting done in the winter months, and I tell myself to keep getting out of my comfort zone and keep learning.  At the same time, I don't want someone feeling I've ruined their quilt! i

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Yes, I think talking to her before proceeding is a good idea. She might not even realize how wavy it is, or what she did to cause it. I know as a beginner I made plenty of mistakes(still do!). We don't get better if we don't learn what we don't know.

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Today I finished the baby quilt. Owner wishes to bind it herself.
This was pieced much better..... . . No baggy borders!
Now I need to get back to the first quilt and take another good look at it.

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Mavis -  Very nice! Your quilting accentuated the hearts nicely. 
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That is beautiful Mavis!

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Thanks, Phyllis and Cari.  Phyllis, I have to confess something:  Having my nose to the grindstone the last couple of weeks, I didn't see the forest for the trees. Hint:  Does the quilt look like I photographed it upside down?  ha ha.  Just was so focused on getting designs into all the geometric shapes that I didn't realize those blue pieces were to represent hearts!  Turning it the right way, really helps!
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Mavis-  

Thanks for the giggle. I wondered why you posted a photo that showed the quilt upside down.

Carefull of that grindstone. You don't want Skin off your nose. [biggrin]

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Here's where I decided to leave it on the challenging quilt. After talking with the owner last weekend, I feel more comfortable in giving it to her "as is." At this stage of the game, I think I did the best I could. She is planning on paying me for my work, and I' m gong to give her a suggested donation types price, as I did not give her an up front cost. Also, if she hates what I have done, it will be easier on both of us if not too much money was agreed on. If you're comfortable in saying what you would pay for quilting these two quilts, I would love to hear it...I' m planning on suggesting in the $65 range for the two.

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Specialty quilting, and you say 65 for the pair? !!

I just paid $58 for a panto'd baby quilt measuring 35x51. That included the batting and a trim. I did the binding. My LALady also charges for thread.

She'll be telling all her friends how wonderfully inexpensive your long arm skills are...

My LAL aims for $18/hour, I believe, plus supplies. I'm not sure how that translates into square inches.





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Lori, I saw your green and white baby quilt before I saw this.  This answers my questions!

  I purposely want to start low and build "a following."  I thought free hand fmq should be worth a bit more than a pantograph.  Thank you for being willing to share the price with me to help give a feel for what others may be used to paying.  

 





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I understand your need to build a client list. When you undervalue your work, others will too. I suggest charging a reasonable amount for your time and talent, as well as, wear and tear on your equipment.
Also, clients do not always take it well when you raise your prices to equal those around you.
I am not a long armer, but the above is based on my experience and observations.

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I agree, Phyllis.
Good work/art/skill builds a following.
Low prices build headaches.

I thought MSQC was (once?) charging .03/square inch for panto.I looked for a price today, and didn't want to create a login to find out. Their price, whatever it is, includes batting. My local shops don't have pricing on their websites, either.

Mavis, my LAL prefers to provide the batting, she has a cotton and a cotton-poly blend. Says it saves her with tension adjustments.

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Custom sit down quilting is much more time consuming(and harder on your body) than standing at a long arm. I think you are under selling yourself and if you plan to make a business out of it starting off cheap to build a following will bite you in the butt unless you make it VERY clear(loudly and often) that your introductory prices will only remain in effect until a specific date. Even then, when you raise the price some people are going to have a tizzy and some, the cheapest of them, will drop you. Your work is valuable, even charity work. You do very nice custom work and your prices should reflect that.

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Gals, I cannot thank you enough for your input.  So happy you're willing to be candid with me and provide much needed perspective, as I never sent a pieced top out for someone else to do the quilting.  From the beginning I dove in with my 301A and a cheap brother with my first quilt and just did walking foot, doing near-the-ditch quilting lines.  It was a queen size quilt.  Broke a couple of needles and learned a lot about what "drag" of a quilt can do!  I also told my hubby that until you've done the quilting on a regular sewing machine, you didn't know what a challenge quilter's face!  Getting a mid arm, sit-down machine made life much easier!  

I didn't think I would ever aspire to attempting to quilt for someone else, but here I am.  I don't expect to do this "full time" but it would make some long winters go by extra quick!  Getting a little change back on this hobby would be a plus, too.  

I did not have to provide the batting or backing on these quilts, but now I am considering once again measuring the quilts and starting out by figuring a "per sq. inch" type price.  Glad I talked to all of you before the customer!

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Mavis-  Much luck to you with your new endeavor!
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