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    Carolina Lily work in progress

    Love the crisp, clean quilting. Looks gorgeous!
  2. Crooked? How is it crooked? I just don't see it! That is the prettiest bargello I've seen so far. Beautiful, just beautiful.
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    another brand new quilter!

    Cathey: She's adorable and I was so tickled by her using all that equipment. Was she hesitant at all? You must be a great inspiration for her! She's gonna be something when she grows up. You must be so proud of her.
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    Need some luck today

    Is Sue still with us? Did she survive? Anybody hear how the quilt turned out? God bless her.
  5. Pat & Bill: You've been added to an extensive prayer chain here in Southern California and to our prayer group at Saddleback Church. We will continue to pray for the both of you for as long as you need. God bless you both.
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    Wheels and Casters

    I have the moving men sliders under mine and it's easy to move around if I want to but not so easy to move if I don't. There's enough weight in the machine and table so it stays put. And, they don't add to the height of the machine.
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    Quilt pink on Ebay

    I just bid on one. Hope I get it. Spoke with my sister and Mom and they're both going to check it out and see if they can find "their" quilt. This is such a good cause and it is tax deductable. I cannot complain about the cost. The cause is reason enough! Happy Easter everyone. Hope you get to enjoy it with family.
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    Frog quilt

    Check out this link. there's a paper piecing pattern for frogs: http://www.paperpanache.com/guests/amobirdfrog.htm
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    Quilting Software Question

    Gosh - I haven't heard anyone on QuiltPro. I have an older version of QuiltPro and purchased a copy of EQ4 when it went on sale (just to try it out). Has anybody else used QuiltPro? And, if so, which version?
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    What's your favourite DSM?

    I have a brother innovis, babylock elageo and a babylock intrigue. I do some embroidery on the brother (disney designs) and the rest on the elageo. However.... I do all my piecing on the intrigue. It's small, sturdy and lightweight. It's been across the country with me and to Hawaii. It has needle up/needle down, thread cutter, separate bobbin winder (you don't have to unthread the machine, loads of stitches, comes with 7 or 8 feet including a 1/4" foot, and it does embroidery. All for a very low price. I cannot find any through the dealers but I have seen a couple through e-bay for less than $500. I'm looking to buy two for my nieces. Good luck -- take some blocks with you when you go to test drive your new machine. And by all means, test it with what you most sew -- fabric, threads.
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    What's your favourite DSM?

    I have a brother innovis, babylock elageo and a babylock intrigue. I do some embroidery on the brother (disney designs) and the rest on the elageo. However.... I do all my piecing on the intrigue. It's small, sturdy and lightweight. It's been across the country with me and to Hawaii. It has needle up/needle down, thread cutter, separate bobbin winder (you don't have to unthread the machine, loads of stitches, comes with 7 or 8 feet including a 1/4" foot, and it does embroidery. All for a very low price. I cannot find any through the dealers but I have seen a couple through e-bay for less than $500. I'm looking to buy two for my nieces. Good luck -- take some blocks with you when you go to test drive your new machine. And by all means, test it with what you most sew -- fabric, threads.
  12. Grammie Tammie -- congratulations to both you AND Bekah. Awesome! She's a cutie!
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    Mom's Roses Tote on Millie

    Vicki: It says a lot about you and your Mom that you have such a good relationship. I miss my Mom but I do get to talk to her every day. She's been my rock. Don't think I could get her on a rickshaw, though -- well, maybe if she was very tired she might..... Your Mom and the tote are both beautiful. Take good care of her. They don't last forever.
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    Dry-erase marker

    Check out this site: http://www.anyclean.co.uk/cleaning_tips/carpet/dry_erase_marker.htm Maybe this will help. Best of luck! But, applique would be nice....
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    Dry-erase marker

    Okay, I haven't read all of the information here but I did have an experience with white cotton towels when my husband was in the hospital. I wrote his name on all of his linens because his needed to be kept separate -- but I really wanted the writing to stay on the towels. However, we found when straight alcohol was used on them, it removed some of the permanent pen. Some are only faded but two, I know, have half of his name removed -- it ain't short (Augustine) -- so..... but it happened within the first day or two. Hope you find something.
  16. Birgit: I'm viewing this on my BlackBerry and it still looks beautiful (even as a teeny tiny picture). What I find amazing is how you're all spread out and still able to bring it all together. That's wonderful. Takes a lot of coordination and cooperation. Great job!
  17. Kenna: What about those air filter systems -- like the one offered by Oreck? They claim to remove allergens, etc., wouldn't something like that help? If you do a google on air filter systems -- all sorts of companies come up. That must mean something.
  18. Are... are..... are those eggs I see on that quilt? Now I understand why they're running around like that! How cute! I'm interested in the pattern also.
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    Does anyone else have a "helper" problem?

    Vicki: I think Rudy is The Bomb! He's so cute.
  20. Okay, this post is very interesting. Kenna -- Not sure what you look like but I'm stuck on that image of quilting naked with smoke coming out of your pores...... ???? Okay, I've got to clear my head for a minute. I quit smoking -- it will be ten years this June. I tried quitting for about 25 years to kick that nasty habbit. My Mother is a staunch anti-smoker and I THINK I kept my smoking as secret from her -- maybe. I'll never know because if I ever bring it up, I'll never live it down. But she's never come out an accused me of being a smoker. She did catch me when I was 14. Unfortunately, that wasn't enough to stop me from taking it up. I'm with you'all -- my sense of smell is much better since I quit and the smell of cigarette smoke to me is not very pretty. I am ashamed to have smelled like that -- and I didn't even know it. I never told my husband that I smoked but I also never smoked in front of him. Who did I think I was kidding! Keeping my current quilting room odor free is next to impossible since it is right next to our kitchen. However, building it about 100 yds from the house might be an answer. That and using a good air purifier. Who knows? I thought Fabreez was a good suggestion. Allergic to kitties (break out in hives -- so I cannot hide it no matter how much I want to cuddle 'em), sensitive to perfume, and very, very sensitive to rodent dander. I can always tell when someone has mice or rats (intentionally or unintentionally and yes, some folks do have them as pets) or hamsters or chinchillas, etc. So I understand both sides. Bottom line, we learn to deal -- you accept whatever you're willing to put up with. It's all a choice and you need to communicate. Folks are not as difficult sometimes as we think they are. Kenna - go get dressed, girl. And Judi -- don't give up the chocolate. Don't you know dark chocolate is used for medicinal purposes? It's good for you, honey. Don't go stressing out because someone says you need to cut it out. That's rediculous. Just get yourself some Dove dark chocolate bites. Have a wonderful day. I'm heading outdoors for a nice long walk in this gorgeous weather. Wish you could join me!
  21. Wow - this is great. Enjoyed reading all of your stories. My member name goes way back to when my sister and I decided to start a business -- a farm in Hawaii. Hence, two sisters became tu'sistas (you have to have the Pidgeon accent to truly appreciate it).
  22. I don't think folks here in Southern California know how to deal with this cold weather. I come from upstate New York and this brings back memories. Now if we only had some snow....... oh, I digress. Wait! That's why I left New York, wasn't it? Black ice, freezing rain, snow on snow on snow, blackouts, hauling wood for the fireplace, cleaning out the furnace and the fireplace. Okay, I feel MUCH better now. I hope this post finds you all toasty and safe. For me? I'm doing hand-work. Perfect weather for finishing bindings.
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    want to learn what to do first

    Check out this website if you want ideas for order patterns: http://www.aquiltersstudio.com/Patterns-PANTO-ROLLS.htm When I started, I was quilting just to clean up my quilt tops and to finish a bazillion quilts for charity. It was totally started as therapy for me. No kids, a husband that worked away from home most of the time, high pressure job, isolated from family, yada yada yada. Heck... it's turned into a passion. Sorry, I digress..... you want to know the best way to start. I agree with sewingupastorm. Start small. Start slow. I would practice, practice, practice (ppp) my control on the machine. The first rulers I would get would be something to control my straight lines and to help with any stitch in the ditch work (SID). http://columbiariverquilting.com/sewclear_straight_ruler_set.html Basic color threads: off white and cream are the colors I used for the longest time. Looked good with just about anything I did. When you get more involved, check out Superior Threads. http://www.superiorthreads.com Sign up for Bob's newsletter. He's a hoot and they are awesome. I love their Bottom Line and So Fine! threads. Their customer service is great. There are a few books I'd recommend but to start, I'd get the Ultimate Guide to Longarm Quilting. Read as much as you can on maintaining your machine. Watch your DVD on the machine and really understand what they are talking about. Don't just give it a cursory glance. There's some important information in it. I would create a "stitch guide" for my machine. I created fabric pages of muslin with different stitch settings, needle notes and thread types. Then I put them in sheet protectors. Write notes as to what you did to adjust and get the best tension. You'll be glad you did later when you're pondering why your stitches are not quite what you're looking for. There's a multitude of information on this site. I'm sure there's always going to be someone that has run into whatever hurdle you encounter or question you might come up with. Ask... and most important -- have fun with it. Best of luck and welcome!
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    I have a Question-

    This is what is out on the Gammill web: "The 2006 $100,000 Quilting Challenge Winner Introduced on NBC's Today show! The winner of the 2006 $100,000 Quilting Challenge and the winning quilt were introduced on the Today Show on Tuesday, January 9. (The Today Show is on the air 7 -10 a.m. on NBC) From thousands of entries and 40 finalist quilts, Linda McCuean's wholecloth quilt "Bella" has been selected grand prize winner in the 2006 $100,000 Quilting Challenge!" A complete story and photos of the winner will follow in the first issue of the 2007 $100,000 Quilting Challenge magazine, on sale March 27, 2007. Check back soon for more details.
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    Competing with Computerized Quilting

    Exactly, Grammie! Your quilt is awesome. I respect that very much. There's a lot of learnin' that goes into running CQ and the computer behind it. Goooolllly, imagine a remote controlled system you can operate from across the room? Man, that would be a w e s o m e!