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  1. 8 points
    dbams

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Here's a picture of the quilt, for anyone who would like to see it.
  2. 5 points
    dbams

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Hello Everyone, Yesterday, I received a package from Himself (a.k.a. RitaR's husband, Roland). Imagine my surprise when I found a ribbon and evaluation form, along with a letter from Roland. Here is what he had to say: Dear Betsy, Pray you and your family had a joyful and present Thanksgiving. Mine was enjoyable, spent with my daughter, son-in-law, and grandkids. Our quilt guild was in need of more quilts for our quilt show, so decided to enter the one you gals made for Rita. I was using it on the bed. It won a ribbon, so I'll send it on to you. I'm enjoying looking at it and reading the writing on it. I thank you gals again for making the quilt. She enjoyed when she first saw it, and was wanting to see it again later, but just never got up the strength to do it. Pray you all have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Rita's quilt won second place! I had tears in my eyes when I saw the ribbon and read Roland's letter. Wasn't that nice of him to send that for all of us to see? I know this was a group project, but I hope no one minds if I keep the ribbon. I never expected to have a quilt with my work win anything, and this means a lot to me.
  3. 3 points
    Gail O

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    You absolutely deserve to keep that ribbon!
  4. 2 points
    Gator

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Betsy, thank you for sharing the ribbon and Roland's note. I'm in tears once again but good tears knowing the quilt not only made Rita smile but "himself", Roland is getting comfort from this quilt. It's amazing he entered it in the show, I agree Rita was behind his thoughts saying do it! I get the feeling that's it's her way of saying thank you, smile. I forgot how beautiful the quilt was, thank you for posting the picture again. I love running across old posts that still have Rita's comments on them, she will always be with us. Betsy, I think you deserve the ribbon. You volunteered without hesitating to gather the blocks, arrange them, add sashing and quilt it. You also got it done in a hast, enabling us to get it to Rita who was gravely ill at the time. Please be sure Dawn gets a copy of the letter, picture of the ribbon and quilt. She would love to post it on the blog and probably the APQS Facebook site too. PS: The ribbon is adorable!
  5. 2 points
    All good comments. I was just glad that I had my reading glasses on. I'm sure it was probably needle flex. I was doing a quilt with hexagons, lots of "y" seams, batting and minkee. IQ stopped for an obstruction which was probably the needle flexing/bending holding onto the fabric. I first thought it may have hit the bobbin thread cutter which sometimes sticks on me, but I would have noticed it by sound. I am aware that it sticks sometimes, heck it's 8 years old, in my hast to check a problem with my IQ tablet, I didn't check it too. I have 3 domestic machines, 2 10-needle embroidery machines and a serger, in other words lots and lots of needles with breaks over the years. I think most only broke into two pieces, this was the first one that shattered. I am so proud of my girl (Millie), she was born in 2008 and is running smooth, that needle breaking had to hurt. APQS quality is superb. I don't want to scare anyone, because needle breaks are part of our world, just be careful. For our "newbies" yep us "oldies" still gets the stuffing scared out of us when it happens because it totally catches you off guard and sounds a lot worse then it is.
  6. 2 points
    Cagey

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    I believe the best thing from this win, is that we all are reminded that while Rita may no longer be with us in body, she continues to live among us in spirit and her words of wisdom on the forum. I find the ribbon to be a tangible reminder to Roland just how special his bride was, and how many lives she touched during her time with him. Congratulations to Rita, Roland, and all those who brought about this wonderful reminder of love and caring. Cagey
  7. 1 point
    T Row Studio

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Thank you for sharing this. The group here are amazing I am proud to be part of it. Thank-you everybody who took part in this project. It turned out beautiful. Great job putting it together Betsy. Display the ribbon proudly.
  8. 1 point
    tootsquilts

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Thank you so much Betsy for sharing this reward. By all means you deserve to keep the ribbon and anything else that is connected to this quilt. If it had not been for you, we would have never gotten it done in a timely fashion. It is so heart warming to see what Himself has done with the quilt. I'm sure he will continue to keep it on the bed to warm his heart as well. I agree with Vickie, how very thoughtful of Himself to share this quilt with all that were at the show and now around the world. Thank you again Betsy, you did a wonderful job.
  9. 1 point
    piecrust

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    How thoughtful of Roland, Rita sure got lucky when she found him. Betsy-it was you who got it done and any accolades are all yours. Nice job!
  10. 1 point
    mrmquilt2

    Ribbon for Rita's Quilt!

    Wonderful. So sweet of Roland to pass along the ribbon and evaluation form.
  11. 1 point
    MelissaNH

    Cutting Strips for piecing/binding

    Hi Cagey. I have been using a Shape Cut ruler for years and I love it. It is the same idea as the Stripology ruler with the slots. I was skeptical at first, thinking it wouldn't be accurate, but I was pleasantly surprised. It really saves time. I do find that the plastic around the slots can be a bit wobbly so I use another ruler on top to stabilize the one I'm cutting against. You don't have to line up the ruler with the slot exactly, just slide it along top as you go to hold it in place. Not sure if that makes sense. My Shape cut is getting a bit worn and I have been thinking of replacing it. When I do, I'll probably go with this one. I like the 45 and 60 degree lines on it. My Shape Cut doesn't have those. As for folding the fabric again, the trick there is to make sure the folds are parallel to each other. if they are not, you'll get bends in your strips where the folds are. They are pricy but I don't think you'd regret getting this ruler. Melissa (who is excited to be able to contribute to a topic for a change instead of just asking questions all the time. Lol)
  12. 1 point
    If you want the deluxe frame and bliss rails then you need to consider the cost of upgrading Lucy's standard frame versus the cost of Freddie that comes with those options and the automatic advance. I believe Freddie also comes with the glide feature that is useful in some free motion quilting.