Thursday, July 17, 2014

Years ago,

Rhonda pieced a quilt. It sat a very long time in the closet in the studio waiting for her to add a top and bottom border and quilt the quilt. She even had the backing pieced and ready to go.



See how lovely it looks on my bed? I took the quilt, added the borders, and test drove one of my new boards on it.


Doesn't it great such fabulous texture? It's a brand new board called Egyptian Eye.



The quilt looks so happy on our bed. And I am happy with how easy this quilt was for me to make lol.




Friday, July 11, 2014

It's been a busy week

In the studio. I finished this stunning quilt for Sheila yesterday.


Sheila chose the pantograph Featheration and I think it was a perfect choice.


There is just something about feathers.


Hope you have a lovely weekend. I have a few things of my own in the works for the weekend; I'll show you next week!



Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Keeping quilting affordable

I had a client come in the other day and as I was intaking her quilt, she mentioned that there was/is a new longarm quilter in our area that had lower prices than ours.

After the client left, Rhonda and I went over our listed prices and here's what we came up with.

When the BC government brought in the HST tax(combination of the federal tax and provincial tax), we decided to reduce the price on some of our pantographs. We decided that we would leave these pantos at a lower price to make it more affordable for our clients to complete their quilts.

Just to give you an idea on the discount prices, we offer a double(full) quilt to be quilted for $80(before tax). Once we break that cost down(to determine what a quilt will cost for quilting, you multiply the length by width than multiply that by what the longarmer charges per square inch); a double quilt works out to 11cents per square inch! That equals roughly $30 off our regular pricing. A queen quilt works out to 12.5 cents per square inch at only $100. That is a bargain! And these pantos are nice pantos; we currently have 16 in the 'discount drawer' and are adding a few more this fall.

Curious about meandering? That's 18cents per square inch.

With our regular pantographs, we also offer a 10% discount for seniors, new clients and members of (any) quilt guild.

Also, we offer no charge for trimming your quilt once it is quilted and as of July 15th, we are going back to our no thread charge(for regular quilting only. There is thread charges for custom quilting).

Rhonda and I pride ourselves on our work and the quality that goes into our quilting. We love making, and keeping!!, quilting affordable and helping you finish your quilts. And we just might be planning up a new discount starting this fall. Stay tuned.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dave and I went camping

And as usual, I packed some things to keep myself busy.


Before we left, I did manage to finally quilt my Storm at Sea quilt.


I started this quilt so many years ago. I had planned on making it king-sized for our bed but I used the rest of the fabrics up in other projects lol. It is nice to finally have it finished. I quilted it with my favorite Circle Lord Board, water.


Friday, June 27, 2014

A few months ago

Rhonda had a quilt come in that was a train panel. My brother in law adores trains and with his 80th birthday approaching(it was yesterday), I knew I wanted to make him the quilt.
I ended up getting the last kit from the store and the kit sat and sat waiting for me to make it. When I finally opened it last weekend, I decided to make the quilt differently from what the pattern wanted.


I backed the quilt with a snuggly minkee. My brother in law recently fell and ended up having hip replacement surgery so I wanted the quilt warm for him.


I kept the quilting minimal and use my Circle Lord board Water for the quilting.


Ted called last night to thank me for the quilt. He was almost speechless he was so thrilled with his quilt. That is why we make them for those special to us isn't it?







Monday, June 23, 2014

Customs

I finished up the rush custom quilts from last week.

Jazzy


I did a zigzag stitch through the 'rays' in a variegated thread.
Than I quilted lots and lots of pebbles in the center.


On the next two, lots of thread play. 

First, Sunflower


Linda put these together similarly to a bargello. She uses 4 panels to make each quilt.


And Iris.


Not as much thread play on this as on Sunflower.


With those finished up, I spent my weekend playing with this.







Thursday, June 19, 2014

Clearing the air

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I was at our quilt guild meeting earlier this week and was surprised to hear that I was moving! Nothing could be farther from the truth! Yes, when Dave had his health scare earlier this spring, the idea was there for us to move. We were worried that our home was too big for Dave and I but we decided that we love it to much to move to something smaller.

So do not fear; Quilted Cats Hideaway is not moving. And if we do, we would be staying in the Chilliwack area. There is also no plans for myself to retire for a very long time. And don't forget, Rhonda has years of quilting ahead of her also! 

Thank you for continuing to entrust us to complete your creations. Rhonda and I both love what we do and will be doing it for as long as we can.