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See you in Springfield, IL '99

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This is a picture above and close-up below of the quilt I made for the Houston Astros Wives Gala. The gala is called "Black Ties and Baseball Caps" and is a fundraiser for battered women in Houston. The women dress in formal attire and the men in black ties. The players wear their playing shoes and caps! It is held on the field of the Astrodome.

The star blocks in the quilt are all signed by either a player or a manager of the Houston Astros Baseball Team. There are approximately 30 different gold fabrics and 60 different blue fabrics. All the blocks are set on point. The background blocks are Nine Patch made from half square triangles. The client wanted somt t-shirts in the quilt and these were cut out, backed with lightweight fusible interfacing and appliqued to the quilt.

The signatures were done with a brown fabric marker (couldn't find gold). Some of the players also included their numbers. The quilting was all freehand. Gold metallic thread was used in the gold fabrics. Navy thread was used in the blue areas with mostly loops. Smoke mono thread was used over the t-shirts in a clam shell design. The finished quilt was 99" x 99".

The close-up picture below shows some of the freehand loops in blue. The signature is "Jeff Bagwell #5" and the t-shirt next to it is a picture of him as well.

Carol Thelen from Texas,

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The next three photos and text are from Nancy Samples from California,

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This is a quilt that I pieced several years ago & never could decide how to quilt. Poor thing laid around here hoping for completion. It is queen size & the blocks are Ohio Star & Shoofly. I used some of Keryn Emmerson's designs on it. I have used this design several times and everyone loves it.
It is quilted with a dark gray thread that blended in very well & almost looks green on the quilt now. Nancy Samples

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Top mount laser--on Gammill Premier
Found this magnetic base at a tool supply store. The magnet has an off-on switch but it is not battery or electric run. We mounted a small steel plate to the top of the machine with epoxy glue. The base
attaches to that steel base and is adjustable. It can be turned to either side & I have also done some designs from the panto side using he top mounted laser. I use a battery powered laser pen. Nancy Samples

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Picture of cord---back of Gammill Premier
I was having problem with the cord hanging up on the bolts that hold the table together. DH made this attachment for the back of the machine that holds the cord away from the table. Works great. It attaches to the thread spindles. Nancy Samples

Here is Donna Barbwell, Serenity Quilter of Joshua, Texas with her Tropical Fish quilt.
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Tropical Fish is 34 inches by 34 inches and was inspired by a wallhanging I saw at MQS in Springfield '98. The fish, I drafted from a photo of a quilt I took at MQS called, Fish of the Coral Reef, quilt #88 by Hilary Mae Gaul and pieced by Teresa King. The fabric used is the Hoffman Challenge fabric, Watercolors #6014 Midnight. I entered this piece in Sandy's Hoffman Challenge at Sandy's Quilt Shop, Joshua , TX. and won first place. I will now be sending this off as an entry to the 11th Anniversary Hoffman Challenge.

Joannie Decker,  Below is a picture of a special quilt Joannie wants feedback on. She is asking for suggestions for the sky, the ground, etc. She is using 23 different threads. This is a pictorial, historical, genealogy quilt of TIGNISH -- PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND. To make this web page load faster we just recently turned the photo below into a thumbnail to speed loading the page. Be sure to click on the thumbnail to see the big, beautiful original photo.

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Mary Ellen mailto: has sent her quote sheet. She has it in Microsoft Publisher on her computer. Since many of us didn't have that software she re-sent it in Microsoft Works which allowed us to convert it to a Microsoft Word document and a text document.

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We moved Gary's quote sheet up from the middle of this web page for your convenience. Gary scanned his sheet and sent it to use as a graphic file which is why the difference between presentations of his vs. Mary Ellen's. Both presentation methods have their advantages.

Gary Johnson, APQS Ult 1, from Edmonds, Washington says, "Much has been talked about how people provide quotes for customers.  We use the attached workorder (Workord.JPG) in quadruplicate to give a FIRM quote to a customer. The math on the form figures out our charges on a per square foot basis.  We charge by the square foot as opposed to by the square yard or square inch.  We find the sq yard price scares people away, and the square inch is confusing to them.  By the square foot seems to be a small enough price multiplied by a relatively small number of square feet.  In any case we come to the same final number."

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Just in time for Springfield (Joannie is going), here are Joannie and Nick's picture.  Joannie Decker, The Quilt Conspiracy, Gammill Classic, Chelsea, Maine. Joannie was the Featured Quilter in the March-April 1997 issue of Alice Furrey's "Creative Outlining" Newsletter.

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Shannon says, "There has been some discussion recently about quilting Drunkards paths.  I just developed some photos and among them was a DP that I had quilted. I quilted in 1/4" inside the colored portions that made a pinwheel type shape, and then put medallions in each background."


Piece and Joy Quilting 

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Due to the demand for a copy of Kari Ruedisale's "Average Price List" we are posting it here with her permission:  

Hi to one and all!!!

Well, after flipping papers, reading and rereading emails, banging on the calculator and fighting a headache, I have come up with some figures. There are several things to keep in mind as you read these:

    1.  they are from all over the US
    2.  everyone's perception on stipple, heirloom and custom varies
    3.  everyone works at a different pace
    4.  everyone is doing this job for different (me- I'm trying to raise 4 kids!:)  )

I found that people charge in these ways:
    1.  by the sq. inch
    2.  by the sq. foot
    3.  by the sq. yd
    4.  by the size of the quilt
    5.  by the hour
    6.  by the job (bid, estimate)
    7.  other
There is no strong majority in any of the methods of charging.

Now -- the challenge was to make this all work out to the same method of charging so everyone's prices were reflected in the same way, so I turned all of the methods into "by the square inch". Here we go....

Pattern                      $ range per sq. inch                 Price Range

Pantograph                          .006-.010                   $33.60-56.00
Stipple                                 .008-.020                   $44.80-112.00
Custom                                .014-.029                   $78.40-162.40
Points of interest:
    -custom was from simple to "heirloom" work
    -none of these prices included batting (to my knowledge)
    -some charge extra for thread/some don't
    -some charge extra for "rounded corner borders" or picture frame borders
    -some charge extra for block motifs
    -Binding- I only received 3 binding prices:  they average to $1.00 per ft. for machine/hand binding, $ .50 per ft. for machine/machine binding. And finally, something I realized when I was charging by the size and noticed on other's price sheets who are charging by the size: 
      45 x   60 quilt = $25 =.0100 per square inch
      90 x 108 quilt = $45 =.0046 per square inch
What this means in a nutshell is that you need to be cautious when charging by size that you are not getting cheaper per sq. inch as the quilts get bigger.  I was when I charged this way and so are others! Last, but not least!  This average price range sheet is based on 12 price sheets - not very many!  They are from WA to MI and all over in between.  The information I have given is not "official" or "the only way to charge" or anything even close to that!  As I said before, we all are different and do things differently.  And different areas with different markets will bring in different rates. (I like that word - different!)
Happy Quilting and any comments are welcome and wanted!!!
Kari Ruedisale           Gammill Classic             Lansing, MI

Shannon Hicks of Piece and Joy Quilting, Gammill owner, Washington , sends in this "Tumbling Leaves Border" pattern. Shannon says at the end of the vine branches, "I double back. Even if you are not exactly on the line, it gives a nice little tendril vine, and looks lovely. Sort of like it has a twist to it-like a 3-D ribbon." This pattern is copyrighted by Shannon, but we are authorized to use it for Commercial Use. It is marked as such in the upper left corner. The original pattern file has been reduced for viewing below so be sure to download the file and not the image. Be sure to visit Shannon's web site and leave her a message thanking her for sharing her pattern.

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Here are Arlene and Gary's photos.

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With the following sequence of photos (with more to come) Gary says, "I'm trying to show the many possibilities for Keryn's patterns and how they can be used with the DR paper. We are even doing borders with it now due to the very increased accuracy we get and the ability to do VERY complex feather patterns that just are too hard with the laser, because of the lack of control from the panto area of the machine."

Gary says, "This is one (Bpqb.JPG) of the back of a most recent Bears Paw. Done with feather border. Keryn Emmerson modified straight feather in sashing and stippling around paws."

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This is the front side (Bpqf.JPG) of Gary's Bears Paw quilt.

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"This is Arlene's latest quilt (Ctqf2.JPG). The pattern is Crown of Thorns or Wedding Ring. Quilted entirely with Karyn Emmerson's Plume patterns, double plume in border, straight feather in small border, and square and round plume medallions. Triangles were done with triangle plume patterns. Its beautiful and customer loves it. Back picture does not have enough contrast to send."

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Log Cabin quilt front (Lcqf.JPG) and quilt back (Lcqb2.JPG). "Quilt done with Keryn Emmerson's patterns and Gary's Pine Tree border. Patterns chosen to look like snowflakes and done with DR paper technique. Sashing done with fill in pattern we call loop-loop-star. It looks quite lacy and is supposed to look like snow in this quilt."

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We rushed to get this seasonal pattern uploaded as soon as possible before Christmas. Sue Riddick of Riddick's Quilts in Tulia, Texas (in the Texas Panhandle), APQS Ultimate II, sends in this festive pattern also Copyright FREE. Sue says, "Enclosed is a pattern we would be glad to share. Jim designed it for the border of a Christmas Quilt and it worked quite well. Have a Happy Holiday - see you in Springfield." Nice work Jim. We have a feeling this pattern will get used on many more quilts before Christmas!

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Gary Johnson, ,APQS Ult 1, from Edmonds, Washington has graciously offered the following Copyright FREE continuous line pattern as an early Christmas present to all! Thanks, Gary.

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Marianna Garrett of Washington has graciously offered two of her continuous line original patterns, Copyright FREE for our use. Way to go Marianna!! The first is "Jean's Strawberries".

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The second is "Andrea's Apples".

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The files for both of Marianna's patterns are for 8.5 inch by 14 inch paper so we could make the images as large as possible. They have been reduced here to 600 pixels wide to fit on your screen. However, when you download the files you will have to scroll right to see the rest of the pattern. Once the downloaded images are on your screen in any "paint" program you can adjust the size to fit your printer's paper size. Since this is our first attempt at doing patterns we are open to suggestions. You can email us through the links at the bottom of this web page, or put your idea out on the longarm list for general discussion.

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Bonnie Hunter, Burley Idaho, APQS Ult 1, Needle in a Haystack!! Bonnie says, "I have had this business name with my other sewing related sidelines for about 7 I kept it! I also have a doll and stuffed animal pattern business...and have licensed several designs to Butterick in New York...but quilts are my first love and I'm excited to be breaking into the custom quilting business." 

Subject: Re:Cowboy Beans Recipe
From: Bonnie Hunter <>
Date: Thu, 02 Jul 1998 09:08:50 -0600
X-Message-Number: 32

(Or Now You're Cookin with Gas! *LOL*)

Brown 1 lb ground beef with 1/2 green pepper, chopped, and one onion, diced. Drain.
Pour in two 16 oz cans of pork and beans with sauce, 2 cans each of red kidney beans, white navy beans, drained.
Add 1 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup molasses, and 1/2 tsp of liquid smoke.
You can simmer on the stove, or put in crock pot on low, or heat in Dutch oven over hot coals.

MAKES LOTS! You might want to cut recipe in 1/2


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There have been many solutions for a horizontal thread holder for specialty threads. This is just one solution we found rather elegant (bolt.jpg). Notice the bolt tucked behind the gold plate. We took this picture at Ron and Fawn Hedelius's shop in Rigby, Idaho. Another suggestion from Bob Hamlin is to use a "Bic" type ball-point pen. He tapes the removable cap of the pen to the top of the machine arm then inserts the pen back into the cap. Use a clip on the end of the pen to keep the spool on while sewing because the vibration will make the spool drop off the pen without a clip. Someone also mentioned Nancy's Notions and/or Clotilde sells a horizontal tread holder that attaches to the regular spool holder. What do you use? Let us know.

After numerous request asking, "What kind of bolt is that?" I decided to find out. As it turns out this bolt is an Elevator Bolt. There are actually two other bolts (one is called a "screw") that also will work for this purpose that you might find. One is called a Step Screw and the other is called a Closet Bolt normally found in the plumbing section of any hardware store.. The sizes I used are 1/4-20 and around 3 inches long. Click on the thumbnails below to see larger photos of each.

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The photo in the middle shows the three kinds of bolts from left to right: the Closet Bolt, Elevator Bolt, and the Step Screw. Notice the Closet Bolt has a thick flat oval head. The Elevator Bolt has a circle shaped head that is perfectly flat and very thin. The Step Screw has a slight dome to the circle shaped head.

The photo on the left shows two Elevator Bolts connected by a Course Heavy 1/4-20 nut (just a thick nut to have enough thread to connect two bolts end to end). When you are not using the horizontal thread holder you simply unscrew the outer bolt and nut leaving the 3/4 inch elevator bolt out of the way tucked behind the plate at all times. The Elevator Bolts have a place just under the head where a wrench can be placed. If the two bolts vibrate apart while sewing simply tighten the two bolts into the same nut using two wrenches to tighten just a tad.

The photo on the right shows the one Elevator Bolt after the longer bolt and nut have been removed when not in use.

If you do not have a metal plate to tuck the Elevator Bolt behind you can put closed cell foam poster mounting tape on the circular head of the bolt and just stick the bolt to the side of your machine wherever you want it. You end up with a round piece of foam the same size as the head mounted between the head and the machine.

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Recently Ron Hedelius visited us to help prepare our machine for Marcia Stevens' classes. Ron showed us some extensions for the stock Gammill clamps. You can purchase a 10 foot length of half-inch thin wall PVC at Home Depot for 55 cent.......most hardware or gardening shops will have this for sprinklers. Simply cut into 5 inch lengths. This is not the thicker walled schedule 80 nor schedule 40 PVC. I believe it is schedule 125 and known as thin wall. Just take a clamp with you when you buy the PVC to be sure your clamp can be inserted into the end of the PVC.

As promised we traced down where Ron had seen them (with Ron's help of course). Pauline Copeland of Bedford, Wyoming has an Optimum and she came up with this niffty solution for the hard to squeeze clamps. Thank you ever so much, Pauline, from all of us Gammill clamp owners.

The following three quilt photos were provided by Gary Johnson, , APQS Ult 1, from Edmonds, Washington

Gary says, "There has been a lot of talk about how people have done double wedding ring quilts. This is a photo (Dwedring.jpg) of one we recently did using the templates provided by the owner. The templates/stencil came from Shar's Prairie Patchwork."

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Gary said, "These two pictures are the front (Fan1.jpg) and back (Fan2.jpg) of the pattern called Baptist Fan. The largest fans or arcs are done at 6.5 inch radius (or half the diameter). Hartley Fences without an extension are limited to 13 inch diameter circles. Contact Hartley Badger for an extension or email me  and I'll describe how to make a 19 inch extension". For those of us who are not familiar with the Hartley Fence invented by Hartley Badger check out

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One view (grumpy.jpg) of the front of the Bears Paw quilt provided by Sandy.
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A second view (g1.jpg) of the front provided by Grumpy.

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This is a view (grumpy1.jpg) of the back of the quilt provided by Sandy. Sandy says:

I "met" Grumpy on the Quilt Biz list and decided to give him a try, and I'm so glad I did. The back of the quilt is great, and I'm as proud of it as I am the front. The quilt is 90" by 108", and the bear paws are made of the Moda Marbles. It really is surprising to people who have never seen any machine quilting except the pantograph, and I show it at every opportunity. Even though I am only a longarm wannabe, I want everyone to know what machine quilters are capable of doing. Grumpy can probably describe the pattern better than I can. I "think" that he said he used 3600 yards of thread. It was quilted in January of 1997.

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Sandy Heinrich of Sandy's Quilts & Things, El Paso, Texas:

Sandy's Husband's Genealogy Page:

This is another quilt by Grumpy. It is a white on white whole cloth called "Grumpy's Scribbles". This quilt was at the Sisters Show the middle of July, 1997. It is a queen size, 94" by 110". The quilt is 100% cotton (top, back and thread) with a Hobbs Heirloom (80/20) batting. It took Grumpy 20 hours to complete. Grumpy, Amity, Oregon:  

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This Moose is dedicated to Susan of Jackson Hole Quilt Connection, Wyoming for her famous Moose Quilts.

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