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Fabric Tree Napkins

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by Karen Farnsworth
Wildflower Quilting
CreativeStudio 6.0 Certified Trainer

 

Make these fun and easy napkins to make your holiday table festive! You can use your Statler by Gammill and CreativeStudio or your free-motion Gammill Quilting machine to make a set of these beauties, perfect for holiday gatherings.
CreativeStudio 6.0 Users:

Click here to download the project file

 

Hand-Guided Quilters:

Click here for the right side template

Click here for the left side template

 

Instructions:

1. Choose your fabric. I like two-seasonal fabrics or a small print and coordinating solid fabric. I like to work with 2 yards of each fabric.

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2. Load the first fabric on your quilting machine, right side UP. I load my fabric lengthwise (the 2-yard length) penning the selvage to the leader.

3. Lay the second fabric right side down on your loaded fabric. Right sides of the fabrics should be facing each other. If desired baste the fabrics together to prevent shifting.

Note: There is NO batting in these napkins

4. In CreativeStudio, create a boundary of your quilting area.

5. Statler users use Repeat patterns to place copies of the tree napkin pattern in your work area. I like to set up all my patterns before beginning to stitch if I know I have 42-inches of fabric (width of fabric) to work with. Draw a boundary extension below the boundary on screen to show a holiday area of about 40 inches in height. Fill the area with patterns.

Note: I usually make 20 napkins at a time from 4 total yards of fabric (2 yards of each).

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Be sure to Toggle As Sewn any of the patterns that fall below the belly bar.

Note: If you are using a hand-guided machine, you can use a template to mark the patterns on your fabric before stitching.

6. Quilt the patterns. I use a coordinating thread color, 12 SPI and normal tie-offs.

7. Advance the quilt, relocate and stitch the next row of patterns.

8. Remove fabric from the quilting machine.

9. Cut out each tree with a quarter-inch margin. Trim the corners closely and snip in toward the stitching line around the curves.

10. Turn each tree right side out and press well.

11. Close the turn hole with fusible or whip stitched.

12. Fold the napkins and press again.

 

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13. ENJOY!

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Click here to download a PDF of the instructions

Green Hill Longarm joins Gammill Dealer Network

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Gammill is pleased to announce that Green Hill Longarm Quilting has joined Gammill’s network of professional dealers to serve the United Kingdom. Green Hill is located in Romsey, Hampshire and is owned by the Reading family and son, Jacob Reading.

 

The History of Green Hill Longarm Quilting

By Jacob Reading

Statler & Jacob Reading

From a very early age I realised my Mum had a strange genetic trait, she was unable to walk past a fabric shop without going in! I soon started to understand that Mum enjoyed collecting fabrics and I thought she just looked at them like stamps.

I would often go to bed as a young boy and next morning I would have a new pair of shorts, shirt and my sisters would often have new dresses. They were not produced by the elves but by my Mum with the fabric she would get from all those visits to fabric shops.

My second eldest sister soon followed Mum and began collecting fabrics and making things with it. My sister then got a job as the Saturday girl in the local fabric shop. She dreamed of one day owning such a shop. She gained more retail experience and soon, my Mum joined her, becoming the Saturday girl.

One day the owner said she was going to close the shop and so my Sister decided to purchase the shop. She took over running it at the age of 20. Mum supported her making quilts and projects for the shop. Dad did a complete re-fit of the shop and did the accounts.

The Shop grew more and more successful; new customers came most days. Soon the shop was too small and exactly one year after my sister took over she moved the shop to a much bigger one on the high street, again after another complete re-fit from Dad and this time with my help.

My sister was so busy she asked me to help with putting out the stock. I soon became very interested in the fabrics, how they all blended together and made great patterns. I wanted to know more about quilting. I read loads of books and watched my sister and Mum at work. We became aware of a need in the area for a longarm quilting service. Mum along with her sister had researched longarms for years and without any doubt knew the best system was Gammill.

Now the perfect timing of life: I became very interested in longarm quilting. Dad made various contacts with people and found the Gammill with the Statler system was the best way to go. We found one for sale and I went to the training with my parents to learn more. A few months later at a European quilt retreat, I had the privilege of meeting Georgia and Ivan Stull, Statler by Gammill owners, from Harrisonville, Missouri. Georgia is also a Statler CreativeStudio Certified Trainer and a Gammill Sales Representative. I was convinced more than ever this was for me. After a basement conversion, the Gammill machine arrived. Within days the quilts came in from customers and I have never looked back. I have been supported by Georgia and Ivan whom I call my “Quilting Parents.”

I have been non-stop quilting for the past two and a half years. When the opportunity to join Gammill as a dealership arose, I was thrilled. To be able to share the world of Gammill and Statler with others is a very exciting time.

While my machine is running I plan and design quilts and in my free time, I make quilts to my designs, which are displayed in my sister’s shop. It works for both of us, people can see what longarm quilting can achieve and also see what a quilt looks like with the fabrics for sale in the shop.

I have always enjoyed working with computers to using them for quilting is a dream come true. My Dad is an engineer by trade so we will work together servicing machines and solving any issues that might arise.

As you have gathered we are a large close family. We were all home schooled and we all work very well together and enjoy working with each other. We were brought up to believe in ourselves and that if we work hard and put our minds to it, anything is possible.

 

Green Hill Longarm Quilting

Jacob Reading
Green Hill Longarm Quilting
3 Bell Street
Romsey
Hampshire
SO51 8GY
United Kingdom Phone:
+44(0)1794 278050
E-mail: gammilluk@yahoo.co.uk
Website: http://www.greenhilllongarmquilting.co.uk/

 

International Quilt Festival

What a great time we’ve had at the International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival in Houston! Thank you to everyone who stopped by the booth to visit Gammill and Linda’s Electric Quilters! Here are some of our favorite photos from the events!

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The Gammill crew hard at work setting up the booth.

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A view from above with the final finishes almost complete.

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The Gammill classroom is setup and ready for students!

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Market begins!

 

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Take 3 Fabrics, Just Add Thread took first place in the group category at International Quilt Festival in Houston! The quilt is by Page Johnson, Mary Reinhardt, Jan Malmquist and Dee Legvoldt. It was quilted by Page on her Gammill longarm.

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Kris Vierra, Kris’ Custom Quilting, whose quilt, A Quilter’s Garden, won the Master Award for Machine Artistry at Quilt Festival in Houston! Kris quilts with a Gammill Optimum Plus.

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The winner of the Gammill sponsored Master Award for Contemporary Artist.

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Festival begins!

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Photo by Heartland Quiltworks.

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It’s never too early to begin quilting.

Photo by At the Heart of Quilting.

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The team from Linda’s Electric Quilter’s on Halloween.

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How long does it take to load a quilt?

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Six minutes when you have the Gammill pit crew working!

 

 

The Stuffable Bear Project

Photos & Information courtesy of the SWSS Retreat

Statler by Gammill users put their machines to work for a good cause, recently coming together to make and stuff 265 teddy bears, which will be used to comfort children in crisis.

The Stuffable Bear Project was part of the 2015 Southwest Statler Siblings Retreat, held Oct. 21-23 in Mesa, Arizona. Registered quilters received patterns and instructions for quilting a set of four stuffed bears prior to the retreat. They used their own Statlers to complete all of the work. Local attendees were asked to stuff and close their bears. Attendees traveling from other areas brought their bears with them to the retreat for a stuffing party.

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Although attendees were asked to bring four bears to stuff, many went above and beyond.

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Deborah Cook, a new Statler owner, quilted 70 bears, each one unique. Deborah received the information about the Stuffable Bear Project before she received her new Statler. She couldn’t wait to get started and so she immediately got busy and re-designed the bear pattern to stitch it on her domestic machine until her new machine arrived. She also included an embroidered face, heart and bow tie.

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Helping to lead the project was June Lewis, pictured right, who spent countless hours stuffing 24 bears prior to the retreat start. She then spent days at the stuffing station accepting, stuffing, sewing, boxing and sorting donated bears.

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In the end, it took four 10-pound boxes of stuffing to complete the unstuffed donated bears.

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The completed bears were donated to the West Valley Child Crisis Center to distribute to children in need. Jessica, a representative of the organization, visited the retreat to explain the mission of the West Valley Child Crisis Center. She said she was overwhelmed with the generosity of the group and her car was stuffed to the roof top as she pulled out of the parking lot!

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The Stuffable Bear Project was organized by Donna Goldbeck (left) and Janice Bahrt (right). It was an amazing example of Statler users coming together to benefit a wonderful cause!

Gammill would like to thank the SWSS for their generosity and caring and for making a difference in the lives of so many children.

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Best of Both Worlds Episode 1

Here it is! The Best of Both Worlds Episode Number 1, hosted by Gammill Quilting. Watch as Linda V. Taylor begins working on a Baltimore Album quilt. This new, free quilting show will focus on mix of instruction for both computerized and freehand quilting techniques as well as how to combine the two! All episodes will be posted on the Gammill website at http://gammill.com/education/videos/both_worlds/

 

Best of Both Worlds!

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Gammill Quilting is sponsoring a new quilting show with host and award-winning quilter Linda V. Taylor. The name is Best of Both Worlds and it will focus on mix of instruction for both computerized and freehand quilting techniques as well as how to combine the two! The show is free and all episodes will be available on Gammill’s website. 
Those who enjoy freehand quilting will be able learn new techniques and skills as well as how their valuable skills can dance around computerized designs. And, those who love computerized machines will become more comfortable dropping the belts on the machine and embellishing quilts with freehand designs.
Linda will be starting and finishing a real quilting project each month. The show will also include expert guests demonstrating their computerized or freehand skills. The first episode will air next week!

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First episode coming the week of Oct. 26!

Road to California

This week’s Road to California’s blog post features Gammill and the Statler family! Read more at

Also, did you know this year Statler by Gammill classes will be offered at this conference! Click Here for a flier on the event and Statler classes from Gammill Certified Trainer Georgia Stull.

IRS Section 179 tax break benefits new quilting business start ups

By Andrew Weaver

Andrew’s Gammill Northwest

 

If you are opening a new quilting business, you should speak to your tax planner about a section of the IRS tax code that could really help with your cash flow in that critical first year!

 

Section 179 is an incentive for businesses to purchase, finance or lease qualifying equipment in 2015. It allows businesses to deduct the full amount of the purchase price of equipment (up to certain limits) in the first year, rather than having to depreciate the equipment over many years.

 

In some cases if you financed the machine, Section 179 could mean that during your first year of machine ownership the savings in your tax bill (or the increase in your refund check) is more than the total of monthly payments you had to send in!

Here is a sample of how this could apply to a purchase in 2015:

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Source: www.section179.org

 

By applying Section 179 in this example, you have $9,800 taken right off your tax bill or straight into your IRS refund check.

 

Here is the best part – you get the deduction right away!

 

For example, let’s say you make a Gammill purchase in October and finance it through AFP, Arvest  or another lender. You then receive your IRS refund or Tax Credit of $9,800 in February or March, depending on how quickly you filed your taxes.  So you’ve gotten all this money back from the IRS but it will take you more than a year of payments on a 5 year loan to have written checks totaling $9,800. This cash infusion could provide a big boost in the first year of your business.

 

How much can I deduct?

For 2015 the deduction limit is the lesser of $25,000 or however much business income you had in 2015. If you are unable to use the entire deduction because your 2015 business income is less than $25,000, you can use the credit to offset all of your 2015 business income, and then carry forward the unused amount of the credit to the following year.

In past years, Congress has raised the dollar limit as the end of the year approaches (for 2014 they raised it to $50,000) but we won’t know until very late in the year.

Consult your tax advisor for further information.

 

What is my deadline to get in on this?

You should talk to your Gammill dealer right away! Your machine order should be placed by October 31 if possible to avoid potentially missing the deadline. In order to qualify for the Section 179 Deduction of $25,000, the equipment must be purchased, financed or leased and put into service by December 31, 2015.

 

Where can I get more information?

More information about Section 179 is available at www.section179.org. Please also remember to consult a tax professional for more information.

 

Is this a real thing? It sounds too good to be true!

YES! In our business, we have purchased computers, office furniture, etc. using this deduction. In 2014 at the end of the year we purchased a new Gammill delivery truck, and Congress raised the deductible amount to $50,000 at the last minute which allowed us to deduct the entire cost of the truck. This tax credit has been a really big help in my business, and I think you’ll find that it helps you too!

 

 

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Quilt Show full of Baskets.”

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This stunning quilt is by Gammill Certified Trainer Debbie Tribble,  Dream Weaver Quilting, who designed the piece to be raffled for the 2015 Flathead Quilters Show. The quilt is called “A Tisket, A Tasket, A Quilt Show full of Baskets.”

The quilt features a great deal of machine applique and also hand applique where the flowers extend beyond the medallion boundary. Debbie said she had a great time hand guiding the Statler to enhance the applique. She was also able to show off the precision the Statler provides while stitching the beautiful feathers around the medallion center.

Thank you for sharing, Debbie! Learn more about the Statler by Gammill and our current business special at http://gammill.com/education/running-a-business-with-your-Gammill/

Marketing Your Quilting Business

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by Kelly Gallagher-Abbott, Jukebox Quilts

You’ve purchased your machine, decided on how to manage your business and have your forms ready to go. Now, all you need are customers and quilts! Here are some tips for spreading the word about your business and growing your clientele.

Tips & Ideas

  1. Use social media and other means of online communication to share details and basic information about your business, photos of quilts, coupons, specials, promotions, ideas and inspiration, tips and in general, engage your customers. Consider using: website, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, Flickr, Twitter, blogs and newsletters.
  2. Use online tools, many of which are free, to help with marketing. For example, use Picasa to edit photos, WordPress to create a website, and Constant Contact or Mail Chimp to create an e-mail newsletter.
  3. If you want to publish photos of your customer’s quilts, it is always a good idea to get written permission. Consider adding this to your intake form. And, always obtain permission before adding someone to an e-mail newsletter list.
  4. Brand your photos so that when they are shared on social media, your logo will still appear. You can use a free photo editor section to add a light watermark or logo to your photos.
  5. Make items such as fliers and brochures more appealing by including a coupon or helpful information such as quilting tips, quilt sizes or free patterns.
  6. Show off your creativity. Give away quilted samples of your work with your business name included such as mug rugs, pin cushions or phone pouches.
  7. Support the community and attract new customers by donating items such as t-shirt quilts for local school or charity quilts for local organizations. You can also donate gift certificates to non-profits for silent auctions or drawings. For example, create one that is good for a four-hour class for four people to create a wall hanging.
  8. Create coupons or discounts for certain patterns such as fast to sew edge-edge patterns. Include a sample on the flier or brochure.
  9. Network with people. Visit business groups, display your quilts in local businesses or bed and breakfasts, prepare a presentation for quilt or women’s groups on quilting trends or other topics that display your skills, join the Chamber of Commerce, and ask banks, libraries or other businesses if you can display quilts there.
  10. Teach technique classes about using your machine to piece, applique classes or other educational opportunities that showcase your quilting.