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  1. Carmen, what a lovely quilt! What about hearts in the colored blocks? I also like Debbie's idea to treat the colored blocks as flower pots, and stitch flowers in the white blocks. I think black ink would be visible in the colored blocks, if you did the flower pot idea. Please post pictures when you're done. Prayers for your co-worker.
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    I cleaned my studio

    I feel your pain. Long hair has done the same thing to my vacuums for years, and even though our daughters are grown and not living at home, my hair is still long. Don't remember where I heard this tip, but I keep a toilet brush (never used in a toilet, in case you're wondering!) to swipe up threads from my carpeted floor. IKEA sells them for 99 cents. The bristles grab thread quite well. Of course, I do not have shag carpeting, which might tangle in the bristles. Ugh!
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    Vintage Quilt

    LOVE it!!
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    News about Rita

    Here is a link to Rita's obituary, for those who would like to read it. http://www.bridgescameronfuneralhome.com/notices/MargueriteRita-Armstrong
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    Size of Quilting Design?

    Rosemary, I don't know that there is really any "rule of thumb" on this. You do need to check your batting, because it will say the maximum distance for quilting, but I think 1.5" to 2" should not be a problem for batting. Pretty much, I go with what pleases me, unless it is a quilt for a charity, like Quilts For Kids, which have requirements for quilting density. Cute quilt!
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    Totally finished with label

    Rosemary, I love that John Deere quilt! What a great idea to do the label that way! Birch Run is only about 20 minutes south of Saginaw. It is also very close to Frankenmuth, where there is a cute quilt shop. At least it's cute from the outside. I have not been in Frankenmuth when it is open.
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    Totally finished with label

    Let the head shakers shake. Binding is another personal choice on the part of the quilt creator. I sew mine by hand because I like doing it. Others prefer to do machine bindings. Either way, quilts get finished, given, used, loved, and appreciated. I love your label! Was it done on an embroidery machine? I use printable fabric for my labels, but would love to make one as nice as yours.
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    News about Rita

    Heidi, thank you for sharing this news with us. I am so sorry for Rita's family and friends, but glad she is not suffering any longer. So pleased we were able to give her a special quilt when we did. Prayers for Roland and the rest of Rita's family and friends.
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    Ideas anyone?

    Wow, I love it!
  10. Great job, Missy! Congratulations on your well-deserved awards!
  11. Marti, I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for you and your family at a tremendously difficult time.
  12. Fabulous! You and Lenni make a great team. This couple is very fortunate to have you in their lives. What a great tribute to your relationship with her.
  13. Jeanne, your work is outstanding! What a wonderful tribute to your friend.
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    Applique quilt

    Heidi, this is superb!! You and your friend make an excellent team!
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    Plus quilt

    You are right - the perfect compromise. Looks great!!
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    My Accomplished Quilting :)

    Actually, Connie, I think you're in the middle of Rosemary and me. Per Google maps, Bay City is about 71 miles from Clarkston, and Tawas is 69 miles from Bay City. I've never been to an AQS show. Are they fun?
  17. Charmaine, the posts saying your quilting is beautiful are entirely correct! That being said, Carol's quilts with pantos are also lovely gifts. It really is the thought that counts, and I am sure the recipients feel that way, too. The speaker at the work bee was out of line. Even if the organization believes your work was too much quilting, there are definitely other ways to share that message without hurting your feelings. I am so very sorry this happened to you, and hope you will feel comfortable continuing your good work.
  18. Kathy, your quilting is beautiful!!! How wonderful to hear from the lucky recipient's mother about how much it meant to her and her daughter. I don't understand why some people feel the need to make disparaging comments when someone else does something special for a person they don't know. I am so glad you are not letting that stop you. I also make quilts for Quilts for Kids, and although they are not even close to the quality of your quilting, I have always hoped that they were appreciated. I did get personal acknowledgements from QFK twice, commenting on the special quilting I did, which meant a lot to me. Even without that, though, I would still continue making quilts for them, because I get a lot of personal satisfaction from making these quilts. I have been very blessed in my life, and making these quilts is one of the ways I can use the blessings I have been given. Keep up the great work!!
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    Not as Easy as I Hoped

    Good question, Terry. I go front to back. Never occurred to me to do it the other way, but I will be interested to hear what others do. Mary, I am wondering if your panto issues are because of your Bliss rails. From what I've heard, they make it so easy to move the machine that you need to exert very little effort. You may be used to using more muscle when doing pantos.
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    My Accomplished Quilting :)

    Rosemary, I'm in SE lower Michigan, with a cottage in NW lower Michigan. You, Connie, and I should all get together sometime!
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    I'm bored. : |

    Laundry is not bad, since you can do other things while the loads are running, but definitely the kitchen and vacuuming should come off the list! Hope you found something fun to do last night. If I were you, with that list, I think I would opt for whichever alternative is the most fun. Hope your motors arrive very soon!
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    My Accomplished Quilting :)

    Well done! Your daughter is very lucky.
  23. How much oil are you using, and it is good quality sewing machine oil? You don't need a lot of oil.
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    Help needed finding this fabric

    Sorry, Heidi, I don't have any specific info for you. Have you requested a post on missingfabrics.com? Quite a big audience over there.
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    Stitch regulator

    Pat, have you called the service department? That would be your best way to get a definitive answer.