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The old crazy quilts were not as orderly as we are today. They still are a wonderful and artful way to put together many colorways and types that do not traditionaly go together.

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Joy replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 10:53 AM

Still working on this quilt! I almost have enough blocks done to piece it together! I will post a picture when I get done! Thank you all again!

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gini replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 12:34 PM

welcome angel1   i hope you join us here on forums so we can get to know you   gini

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gini replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 12:34 PM

joy, i will look forward to seeing what you've done with your quilt  gini

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Leslie replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 3:36 PM

Joy, can't wait to see what you did.

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Leslie replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 3:37 PM

Hello Angel 1, Hope you are enjoying the site.

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Joy replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 8:17 PM

Ok ladies and gents! I have another quilt to make that I need some help with. A friend came by with a bunch of the purple and gold Crown Royal Bags and asked if I could make her a quilt with them. Any ideas???? I had thought about doing a t-shirt type quilt but....seems like all those gold tassels, (used for closing the bag), could be useful for something in a quilt...what to do???

And seriously, on another note...when does one start charging people when they request a quilt? Seems like friends I didn't even know existed are coming to me asking for a quilt.

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Leslie replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 8:32 PM

Joy, I use to have that problem, until I learned to say no.   As for the bags I think Like a tee shirt quilt would work, but i don't know about the strings.

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Cindy replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 8:35 PM

Joy,

Many years ago I used to make dolls.  Everyone loved my dolls and wanted one, so many  that I spent most of my time making dolls for almost nothing.  That is why I don't make quilts for money.  I will gift one, but I never charge for making a quilt.  People are a little less prone to ask you to gift them with a quilt.  I am always happy to show someone how to make a quilt themselves.  That how I skirt the issue.

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Joan L. replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 8:48 PM

Joy, I've had this happen. Usually I tell them if they want to buy the fabric, batting ,backing and thread they change their mind when they see the cost. LOL 

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Cindy:
Many years ago I used to make dolls.  Everyone loved my dolls and wanted one, so many  that I spent most of my time making dolls for almost nothing.  That is why I don't make quilts for money.  I will gift one, but I never charge for making a quilt.  People are a little less prone to ask you to gift them with a quilt.  I am always happy to show someone how to make a quilt themselves.  That how I skirt the issue.

I bought my first embroidery machine to do embroidery for myself and for gifts.  It turned out that everyone wanted something embroidered once they knew i had the machine.  I was nearing retirement, so I thought it would be a good way to earn a little money, so I upgraded to a commercial embroidery machine, and when I retired I started an embroidery business.  It was so successful that I became stressed trying to keep ahead of the orders.  It ruined my love for the embroidery by the stress a business can create... so I sold the business after about five or six years.  I then bought a quilting machine and intended it to be for my own quilts... I did not want it to be a business and ruin my love for quilting.  Well, when your friends know that you have a longarm machine, it can be difficult to say no.  I do not quilt for a  business, but I do some quilting for friends.  The condition I give them when I accept their quilts is no time demands... in other words if you need it in a hurry, I cannot help you.  If you are not in a hurry, I will work it in on my time schedule.  There are times when I might have two or three quilts waiting to be done, but I never feel stressed over it, because that was agreed before I took the quilt.

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gini replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 10:44 PM

Joy:
A friend came by with a bunch of the purple and gold Crown Royal Bags and asked if I could make her a quilt with them. Any ideas????

 

i've seen some cute quilts done with these bags.  the one i liked the most waas the simplest.   she cut squares out with the logo and just stitched them together.    

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.when does one start charging people when they request a quilt? Seems like friends I didn't even know existed are coming to me asking for a quilt.

  this really depends on whether you want a business or not.    when some one asks me if i will make a quilt,  i start with telling them how many quilts are in line ahead of them.   once they get the message that i have 30 quilts needing quilting.    and more than that,  needing finishing,  and all the quilts i want to start, and that their quilts are at the end of that line.  and, it may be decades before i can get to it.   they don't ask anymore.     however if you want to get paid.  i would calculate how many hours you spend on  that particular quilt and decide how much your time is worth an hour.   a lot of times that is enough to quiet the friend's requests.     i do offer  to teach them to make their own quilt.   ginii

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gini replied on Tue, Dec 28 2010 10:47 PM

i don't mind making quilts for really really good friends, but it is always with the stipulation that i get to pick fabrics and i can take as long as i want.    most of the time when friends come over and really like a quilt i have made, i will give it to them.   and if i go to someone's house and already have a quilt that will go perfectly in their home, i will gift it to them      gini

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Leslie replied on Wed, Dec 29 2010 4:26 AM

Ok I'm coming to your house Gini, Cause I really want your SBS and your Snowbound, and several others you have posted.  :)

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LadyRags replied on Wed, Dec 29 2010 7:41 AM

I love the 1000 triangle blocks / especially with a white or even better black background.... it makes the colors pop.  I use a 60 degree triangle to cut my blocks to size.  I just sew them together in twos ... then longer strips.  I use the brown bag system.  Bag of Darks / Medium / Light fabrics.  I then go in order to get a better mix of fabrics.  Each row is off set by row one dark triangle then medium for row two and then light.  This give a controlled scrappy appearance. 

I often " Make" my fabric by sewing scraps to a pellon backing in crazy patch pattern.  This is a great project for my DD who just wants to sew but does NOT follow patterns.  I then cut the triangles out of the made fabric and stick them into the pattern WILLY NILLY.

I use my triangels as starters and enders when working on other projects.  I sew two triangles together as I go along and chain piece other projects.  That allows me to have the triangle quilt as an ongoing project.  I made several of them last year... sorry no pics as they have been given away. 


Have fun with your projects. 

I love the quiltville scrap quilts... great project... took a class in CRUMBS from Bonnie and it was great.


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