Happy Thanksgiving

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Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!

(click on the photo above for a larger view. You have got to see the details!)

I want to wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! Whether you are spending this day cooking in the kitchen or visiting with family and friends, let us all give thanks for what is truly important in our lives including family, friends and faith.

To thank you for your support of Longarm University this past year, I have put a FREE Online Class on the Longarm Classroom website. This class will show you how to make the cutest pillow top from a child’s hand and foot print. reinweb1(Click on the photo at left for a larger view.) It also makes a great gift for any child or grandchild! Also included in this FREE Online Class are instructions on how to machine applique using your quilting machine.

For complete details on this FREE Online Class, including photos, Click Here

For a list of other FREE Online Classes Click Here

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and travel safe!

Why We Quilt

I belong to a couple of machine quilting YahooGroups. A few days ago, someone from the group posted some photos of a quilt she was working on. I felt the photos would be of interest to those who read this blog and, with her permission, I am posting some of them.

What would YOU do if this quilt was on your machine?

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And here is a close up of the sashing –

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The quilter has written about her experience in quilting this quilt and has many more photos on her blog.

To view the post about this quilt Click Here 

It is well worth your time to read the post and view the photos.

If you have any photos of poorly pieced quilts, send them to me at longarmu@aol.com and I can post them on this blog.

Happy 2016 and a Situation

I wish everyone a happy and prosperous 2016 filled with LOTS of customer quilts for you to work on!

January is typically a slow(er) month for machine quilters. This is the time to take a break and re-charge yourself, clean your quilting room (mine is a disaster), work on some of your own projects, and maybe make some samples of new techniques and patterns you have acquired last year. You can then offer these new patterns and techniques to your customers at a higher fee!

The start of a new year is a great time to raise your prices! Even if it is only half a cent raise, at least it is a raise. If you are normally charging one and a half cents per square inch (,015), change it to two cents per inch (.02). You just gave yourself a raise – which you deserve!

You also do NOT have to let your customers know that you are raising your prices. Just do it! The next time your customer comes to you, quote them the new, higher price and don’t say anything about it. I will bet that your customer won’t even notice the difference.

Here are some numbers – A Queen Size quilt, 90 x 108 inches = 9720 square inch (psi). The old price of .015 cents psi would equal $145. The NEW price of .02 cents psi equals $194.40, which I would round up to either $195 or $200.

By raising your price by one half a cent, you just gave yourself a $50 raise! And, if you quilted 5 Queen Size quilts per month, you would have an extra $250 for doing the same kind and same amount of work you did in the past!!

I now want to change subjects completely.

I have been talking and emailing with a professional machine quilter and she has a very unique situation. With her permission, I am going to outline what her problem is and see if you have any suggestions to help her.

This quilter lives in a medium sized metropolitan city. The area she lives in, over the last many years has changed considerably and it now considered “un-safe to live in” (her words) and her customers don’t and won’t come to her home to drop off their quilts.

She has enough customers, does quality work, charges a very good price for her services and needs her quilting income to help support herself.

Because her area is has a high crime rate, she has no vehicle (too many times her car was stolen or vandalized) and must use public transportation to get around. If needed, she can – and has – rented a car for the day, but must travel by bus to the car rental office.

She is in the process of moving to a different, safer location, but that is still several months away, if everything works out well.

Do you have any ideas or suggestions for her and her situation? If you do, please write them in the comments section.

I have given her some suggestions (I’ll post them later) and now we both would like to hear from you.

This quilter does subscribe to this blog and will be reading your comments.

I thank you in advance for any thoughts, suggestions or comments.

Snowflake Serenade Mystery Quilt

For the last few years, on New Year’s Day, I have hosted an online Mystery Quilting Event, and the quilt for 2016 is Snowflake Serenade. I designed this quilt to match the FREE HAND quilting that will be done on this quilt. The class is open to ALL machine quilters with ANY kind of machine.

I actually created the quilting design first, then built a quilt around it!
For details on the Mystery Quilt Class Click Here

Snowflake Serenade Quilt

Snowflake Serenade Quilt

The photo above shows the Lap Size quilt – there are 2 table runners, a Twin Size, and a Queen and King Size quilt included in the piecing instructions.

Table Runner

Table Runner

Here is how this Mystery Quilt works. When you register for the class you will get a copy of the piecing instructions – and there is a video on how I pieced this block together. Piece your quilt top, you choose which size, and have it on your quilting machine, ready for quilting on January 1, 2016.

About 8 am Pacific Time (maybe a little earlier) the first “Part” of the quilting instructions will be posted online.( You will be notified via email when the Parts are online.) Throughout the day, about every 2 hours, another Part of the class will be posted. You can follow along with the class instructions and work on your quilt. By the end of the day, ALL the Parts of the class will be posted and you will see the completed quilt!

There is also a YahooGroups created for this class – and maybe a FaceBook group too – so that you can “talk” with other students and view photos of their progress.

This is a FUN way to start the New Year!

To Register for this class Click Here

I hope to “see” you in class on January 1st!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I hope you have lots of treats and no tricks!

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Starting a Blog

In today’s world, any business, including a machine quilting business, needs a web presence – and starting a blog will do this for you.

Starting a blog is relatively easy – much easier than starting a website – and, in my opinion, easy to maintain and easy to post information and photos.

But starting a blog can be an overwhelming process. I have found a FREE e-book “How to Start a Blog.” And it really is FREE! You can download this e-book (pdf file) at

http://firstsiteguide.com/blogging-intro

I have looked at this book and it gives you good information to start your blogging journey. It is NOT a “how to” manual but more of a general overview of the process. The organization that is giving this information to you is a web hosting / blog starting company, but they are not “in your face” about this.

I haven’t used their services so I’m not endorsing them, but from what I have seen, I am impressed with what I am seeing.

I would recommend downloading this FREE e-book, looking at the information, learning from it, and then decide if you want to join the blogging world.

Here is a tip for you – search engines don’t search social media. If you only post/advertise on FaceBook, Google, Bing, etc., will not find you or your services. If you have a blog – even just a free blog – tag your posts with quilt names, quilting design names, pattern and quilting designer names, and anything that will identify what you are blogging about. Then when someone does an online search for that particular tag, your blog post will show up.

Example: Do a Google search using the phrase “cable wreath quilt design.” Click on images and scroll over the photos. Look at the bottom of each photo and most of the photos will have my personal blog address – cindyroth1.wordpress.com – the Longarm University website address – www.longarmuniversity.com – or my machine quilting website – www.cindy-roth.com on them. You can click on the photos, then click on the “Visit Page” button. My photos are showing up in this search because of the way I have “tagged” them.

When you have your blog up and running, let me know, I like to follow other machine quilting business blogs.

Happy 4th of July!

From Longarm University and Longarm Classroom

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Have a wonderful holiday with friends and family!

If you are a professional quilter, take some time off to relax and refresh this holiday.

If you are a causal quilter, start a new project or complete a project already in progress!

Don’t forget those who have served to make this country the best in the world! Take a few minutes to visit the American Hero Quilts website www.americanheroquilts.com and help them provide quilts to our wounded warriors.

No matter what type of quilter you are, celebrate the independence and the freedoms that we have by living in this great country!