Since purchasing my machine, which is a Gammill Classic Plus, I have learned so much. I have never gotten tired of quilting. I've never had to purchase another machine, and have had very few problems with the machine. Now that I have written that I expect my machine to break down tomorrow. My sales person has been helpful, but I have also had to call the main office and talk with the mechanic there on more than one occassion to get help with some minor problem that he was able to tell me, over the telephone, how to fix. The people there have been very helpful.
I have been to Machine Quilters Showcases since then and taken many classes. Yes this cost money, but each time I have received new and valuable information that has helped me to build my quilting business. It has helped me to make my quilts much more meaningful, and helped me to be able to make my customers very happy with quilting that was meaningful to them making their quilt into a true "heirloom" piece that will be passed down in their family from generation to generation. That is a feeling of satisfaction that not everyone experiences.
I recently took a quilt top to quilt for a lady who told me the finished quilt was for her niece who was in college. She is working toward her degree in early childhood education. The lady told me, I am so very proud of her, she's just the "apple of my eye" and I just can't even explain to you how much I love her and how proud I am of her. We talked about the quilt pattern and using a meandering pattern to quilt down the background so the pattern would stand out and she said, "I'm going to leave it up to you, how to quilt. You are the professional and I want it to look good, and I don't want to spend over _____ this amount of money." I knew there was a reason I had immediately liked this lady. I used the things she said to what we talked about to design my quilting.
|I hope the apple that I have outlined in the center of each block |
is visible in this picture. It really turned out great.
I used a simple quilt in the ditch method on the rest of the star and then meandering or stippling on the white background. When I add special touches to a quilt, I've found I don't have to go overboard with special effects in every area of the quilt. I just pick out particular areas and do the specials in those and then fill in the rest with standard quilting. This is very helpful to the customer because it helps keep the price down. When I do quilting like this I add a specific price to each of the special items. It can be anywhere of an extra $2 on up to and extra $10 for each special item. If I use metalic thread in a special item that increases the price. If I change colors of thread for the special item that increases the cost of those items. If it's the same color of thread that I am using on the rest of the quilt then the price can be very inexpensive for the customer depending on the difficulty factor. The apple was a fairly simple item in the same color as the rest of the quilting so the price was very inexpensive. The quilt had 9 blocks so the price multipled by 9 was added to the base price of the quilting.
|The sashing around the blocks gave me a perfect place to|
demonstrate the "apple of her eye" was surrounded by
love from the quilt maker. What better shows that love
than a heart.
My last special on this quilt was the fairly narrow outside border.
|The last narrow border is the ocean waves.|
If you ever want to discuss what quilting patterns you may want to use, or other ways to decide what quilting pattern to use, drop me a note. I'll be happy to give you my thoughts, for what they are worth. Hope you all have a great day, and remember, you are loved!