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Stay in Code with Light Meters

A light meter will help you meet lighting codes and standards and ensure safety and quality control requirements. At the same time, it increases comfort levels and productivity. 170 more words

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hitting the road

Planning trips has always been somewhat of a mixed experience.  On one hand, I’m excited and look forward to the new things and places on the trip but on the other hand sifting through the infinite number of repetitive recommendations is incredibly excruciating and painful. 251 more words

Tech

Cool Tools

Here are my top 10 really cool digital tools that will help you during your working day. Take a look and let me know if you agree or if you think there should be something else. 10 more words

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Public libraries, the Affordable Care Act, and news in 2014

With the initial healthcare insurance enrollment period, and the attendant media running up to and during those months, just fading in memory, it’s already time to use what we learned and improve on the remarkably smooth Covered California/California public library interfaces we began to build a year ago. 177 more words

Training

Zipper Leaders

Warning!  For those of us who are longarm quilters or who want to be longarm quilters, read on… otherwise, this will bore you. 1,196 more words

Customer Quilts

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An update to the original post, which is included at the bottom of this post... For those of you who like using zipper leaders, I have found a couple more shortcuts.   Awhile back, when I was getting ready to baste the quilt backing onto the zippers, I had my 1/4" quilting foot on my machine.  Instead of swapping out the foot, the lazy side of me decided to leave the 1/4" foot on and try to baste the zippers on with that.  Guess what?  It worked! IMG_1639 Another discovery has to do with backing that is not cut square.  It's more important, for me, to have the backing square than the quilt top.  I can fix the quilt top so that it ends up square with the quilting.  But, if you don't have a square quilt back, then your quilt will never be square when it's finished.  Whatever side you attach to the zippers needs to be straight, so if the customer does not have a preference of which way the quilt is loaded (which is usually the case), then he/she will not know which 2 sides need to be straight.  I could charge my customers for cutting the fabric for them to make the quilt backing straight and square, but I don't feel comfortable cutting their fabric.  You never know what they want to do with it.  Besides, unless a customer has watched you step-by-step in the preparation process, he/she won't understand how important this is.  So, this is what I've done with quilt backings that are not straight. IMG_1640 I fold the fabric back and just stitch over it.  This is especially an issue with pieced backings.  Here's another shot after I unzipped the other side of the zipper.  See how the backing is pieced and the edges don't match? IMG_1642 But, what about when you want to sew the other side of fabric to the other side of the zipper and it doesn't match up?  Before you unzip the zipper to attach the other side of the fabric, make sure you line up the 2 sides of the backing fabric.  If they don't match, mark the side that extends with a pin and pin it onto the other side of the fabric. IMG_1641 I only suggest you try this if you do not have too much fabric to fold back.   When I attach the quilt top to the quilt sandwich on my frame, I make sure I am about 4 inches (at a bare, bare minimum 2 inches) from the edge of the zipper.  The reason I do this is because I have found that when attaching the backing to the zipper, the fabric stretches a bit.  This is a problem no matter what.  When I was pinning the backing fabric to the canvas on the quilting machine frame's rollers, the backing fabric would stretch then as well.  Sometimes it was worse than when I baste it with a zipper leader.  I know a lot about fabric, but I haven't figured that one out yet.  In the picture below, you can see how the zippers kind of "wave" with the stretch of the fabric.  It's not bad, but to be careful, I accommodate for that, which is the reason the above fabric folding technique can work for me. IMG_1643 One more thing... Sue Schmieden, the creator of the zipper leaders I use (www.longarmconnection.com) suggests color coding your zippers.  I don't have a picture to show you, because I haven't tried it yet, but when I am ready to replace the zippers I have on my canvas, I will definitely try this!  For color coding, Sue suggests that you use a different color fabric for each side of the zippers.  So, for the belly bar or bottom of the backing, you would attach the backing zipper that would go on the canvas onto a piece of colored fabric (let's say "red") and then sew the "red" fabric with the zipper to the canvas on the belly bar.  I've gotta tell ya, this sounds so much easier than trying to sew the zipper onto the canvas. Then, for the other side of the zipper that would be zipped go with the belly bar zipper, you would attach red fabric to that part of the zipper also.  That way you know that the bottom edge of the backing fabric which is attached to the belly bar will always be red. You would repeat this process with a different color for the other 2 rollers with canvas.  Let's say "blue" for the take up roller (the roller bar with the canvas that rolls up the top edge of where you are working if you are facing the front of the machine) and its set of zippers.   And, then use another color (let's say "white") for the quilt top roller.  I hope it all makes sense, but it would only make sense to another longarmer, I think.    

Cool Tool Review - Trello Will Change Your Life

Let it first be said that I cannot express how unbelievably awesome and amazing this tool is! It’s a total game-changer.

Are you ready for a project management miracle? 306 more words

For Faculty

cool tools

Another digital flip-flop for you: a book that started out as a website. Cool Tools: A catalog of possibilities came out in 2013, was #15 on Amazon in the US, and is a book based on Kevin Kelly’s… 246 more words

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